Cox and Dinkins adds Landscape Architecture Services as John Champoux, RLA, LEED AP, Joins the Cox and Dinkins Team
Cox and Dinkins is pleased to welcome Mr. John D. Champoux, RLA, LEED© AP, to the firm as Director of Landscape Architecture. With the addition of Mr. Champoux to the firm, Cox and Dinkins will add Landscape Architecture to its scope of services. Mr. Champoux is a graduate of Cornell University with over twenty years of professional design experience in all aspects of landscape architecture, master planning and detailed site design. He also has an extensive background in grading and drainage issues and low impact sustainable design.
Cox and Dinkins is pleased to announce that Robert L. Echols, Jr. (Rob) has joined our transportation division. Mr. Echols has over thirty-three years of experience and has spent his entire career in the transportation industry designing and managing major roadway and bridge projects throughout the Southeastern United States. Mr. Echols graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1982 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After earning his Professional Engineering License in 1985 and Professional Land Surveying license in 1987, Rob went on to become the Engineer of Record on some of the largest interstate construction projects in South Carolina, totaling over $1 billion in value. In 2005 Mr. Echols was appointed CEO of Florence and Hutcheson and served in that role for several years during the firm’s successful growth in the Southeast to over three hundred employees in ten states.
Cox and Dinkins, Inc. is excited to announce that Mr. Gene L. Dinkins, Jr. has recently been appointed to serve on the City of Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals (BoZA). Mr. Dinkins’ term will last through December, 2019. BoZA is a quasi-judicial city board that is authorized to hear appeals in matters related to the City’s zoning ordinances.
Mr. Dinkins has worked at Cox and Dinkins for the majority of his life. Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2002. In 2005, Mr. Dinkins became a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) and in 2009 he became a LEED© Accredited Professional (AP). Gene’s engineering degree coupled with his in-house on the job training make him well-informed in all matters related to land surveying, engineering design and zoning issues.
Mr. Dinkins previously volunteered his time to the City of Columbia as he was appointed and served on the Code Enforcement Task Force. He also served 6 years on the City Planning Commission, where he was most recently the Vice-Chairman, until his term expired in October 2016. Gene is also one of the founding members of the Congaree Riverkeeper Organization, a non-profit organization founded to help protect the city’s rivers and clean water, and served as a board member and Vice-Chairman of the Board.
In his free time, Gene enjoys exercising, watching Clemson football, spending time with his wife and their King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and the outdoors.
Cox and Dinkins worked with Garvin Design Group and Beau Welling Design as the Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor on the first phase of the University of South Carolina’s new Golf and Student Recreation Facility. The work on this initial phase encompassed approximately 25 acres out of the 300-acre development which is located between the Indoor and Outdoor Football Facilities and the Congaree River. It will feature more than 400 yards of hitting space and three greens totaling over 18,000 square feet. Cox and Dinkins provided topographical and wetlands surveying, grading, drainage, storm water pollution prevention, roadway, and water main extension plans. Upon its completion, this elite practice facility will assist in the Gamecocks’ future recruiting efforts and help the USC Men’s and Women’s golf teams compete at a more advanced level. Check out the photos and video below!
The excitement is building as everyone looks forward to a new era in USC football. We would like to share some pictures of the recently renovated Springs Brooks Plaza. As the lead project manager Cox and Dinkins worked closely with all team disciplines to transform the 14 acres surrounding the stadium into a beautiful space that will help to make the game experience unforgettable! The $14.5 million project continues the look and theme of Gamecock Park and integrates green space with a new 12,000 square foot game day building. All images are by Gary Matson.
Plans for the redevelopment of the Cardinal Newman campus were recently revealed to the Forest Acres community. Cox and Dinkins is working with the Beach Company to create a work-play atmosphere with high end apartments, town homes, and retail space aimed at local businesses and unique restaurants. The project took into consideration traffic concerns, utilizing the adjacent traffic light onto Forest Drive, residents’ concerns along Gamewell Drive, and the need for a main street, community feel for Forest Acres residences.
Cox and Dinkins, Inc., will once again be a sponsor for Pawmetto Lifeline's Fur Ball Moonlight Gala. Pawmetto Lifeline is dedicated to solving pet overpopulation in the Midlands. "There are over 17,000 homeless pets in the Midlands and over 11,000 are euthanized each year. Our plan uniquely positions us to correct this problem through four distinct initiatives: Adoption, Medical, Rescue Collaboration, and Education efforts." -Pawmetto Lifeline