Brown, Mitchell & Alexander, Inc. (BMA) is a consulting engineering firm specializing in civil engineering consulting services, planning and surveying for a wide range of clients along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
With 50 years of experience, BMA provides the full spectrum of civil design services, from surveying and regulatory permitting, through contract administration and construction observation. Our projects have included:
- Study and design of public and private water, sewer and storm drainage projects
- Road and highway improvements
- Commercial and residential site development
- Beach erosion/beach renourishment projects
- Planning, permitting and design for new and existing wastewater treatment plants, ranging in size from 3,000 to 5,000,000 gallons per day (GPD), from construction through start-up
- Preparation of master plans for large tract developments including industrial parks, retail developments, residential master planned communities and numerous gaming developments
- Marine engineering including harbors, fishing piers and boat ramps
- Environmental services including Environmental Permitting, Wetland Delineations, Stormwater Permitting, Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys, Environmental Due Diligence Assessments, NEPA Compliance and Aquatics Surveys
- Construction Management
Gaming and Entertainment
Since the early 1990s, BMA has been directly involved in the growth of the Mississippi Gulf Coast gaming industry, working on all phases of development including preparation of master plans, design and construction of casino dockside facilities, as well as their ancillary facilities – hotels, parking lots, garages, entertainment complexes, marinas, RV parks and golf courses. Our major casino development clients include:
Pathways, Parks and Public Space
BMA’s pathway, road and park projects have included:
- Harrison County Pedestrian Pathway along U.S. Highway 90, stretching from the City of Pass Christian to the City of Biloxi
- Pascagoula Promenade
- Hancock County Pedestrian and Bike Pathway Project
- Numerous park improvement projects involving various landscape elements and features including fire pits, benches, irrigation systems and splash pads
- Numerous roadway and highway improvements
- Jones Park improvements at the Bert Jones Yacht Basin, Gulfport
- Point Cadet Park in Biloxi
BMA is a proud partner of the Complete Streets Coalition
whose goal is to promote improved accessibility along our streets for all users.
Rebuilding Our Coast
BMA played an important role in the rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. We went to work immediately following the storm, and we continue providing services to develop a strong infrastructure for the future.
Our storm-related services included:
- Working closely with municipalities to access damage to the infrastructure in order for FEMA/MEMA to prepare project worksheets associated with these projects
- Providing priority lists to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
in order to allocate Katrina Supplemental CDBG funds for these projects
- Participating in FEMA and CDBG funded projects from conception, design, construction and close-out, including project management, design of wastewater treatment facilities, water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, storm drainage systems, and sewage pump station rehabilitation and reconstruction
- Providing construction management services for all the CDBG Gulf Region Disaster Recovery Grant funded projects for the Hancock County Utility Authority with a total estimated project cost of $145 million
State and Federally Funded Projects
BMA has extensive experience working on state and federally funded projects of various scope and complexity and is very familiar with the grant preparation procedures, regulations and deadlines associated with such projects.
We have been very successful with projects involving the coordination of multiple agencies including:
Our experience with projects that have multiple funding sources has given us insight in dealing with funding that places a variety of requirements on a project.
Our Team and Technology
An engineering firm is only as good as its personnel. Our senior level managers supervise all aspects of the firm, sharing their knowledge and experience with new members as our firm grows.
Our drafting department consists of senior CADD operators with more than 100 years combined experience in drainage, water and sewer improvements, and site development. They perform computer-aided drafting using the latest technology including AutoCAD, AutoDesk Civil 3D/Storm & Sanitary Sewer Analysis, and SiteOps Site Planning and Preliminary Design software. BMA also has the latest format printers, plotters and large format scanners for preparation of construction documents.
The BMA survey department has a complete survey staff available, with a full time Professional Licensed Surveyor, survey crew, and licensed UAV pilots. They utilize the latest advances in surveying technology including a Network RTK systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or “Drone” surveying. Our range of equipment and expertise allows us to undertake survey work from tight urban areas to mapping very large parcels with limited accessibility such as wetlands, shorelines and hazardous environments. Our staff is thoroughly familiar with the Gulf Coast area and uses automated surveying systems that interface with the computer-aided drafting software to enable surveys to be completed quickly and with a high degree of accuracy. We have the right tools and experienced personnel to meet any situation.
BMA is the first engineering firm on the Coast to utilize the cutting-edge technology of the Leica RX1200 receiver in conjunction with a permanent Global Positioning System (GPS) Reference Station located at the BMA office. This technology provides the following benefits:
- Reduces set-up time in the field enabling BMA to quickly and accurately locate points and complete surveys in a timely manner
- Provides for results that are digitized and easily transferred to mapping systems
- Allows for sub-centimeter accuracy that is subject to little degradation by weather
- Does not require line-of-sight between stations
- Is compatible with AutoCAD, allowing the interchange of information with all other departments
- Currently, we utilize RTK GPS technology, which provides greater accuracy and speed while surveying in the field.
With an Environmental Scientist on staff, BMA also assists with issues such as wetland permitting, environmental site assessments, storm water permitting and other environmental services. We are familiar with the requirements of various federal and state regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which provides our clients with guidance through the complex regulatory process.
In addition, Bill Mitchell is a Certified Construction Manager
which allows for our firm to provide Construction/Project Management
services to our clients in order to advise and manage all aspects of a project, contributing to the control of cost and successful completion of a project within the scheduled time.
A Commitment to our Clients and the Environment
As engineers, our responsibility is to provide solutions that promote the well being of people and increase quality of life, while protecting the natural environment.
Our firm has experience in practices surrounding this ideal including Low Impact Development (LID), Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) design, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). For more information on these practices go to www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
BMA currently has offices in Gulfport, Biloxi and a satellite office in Pascagoula. Although the primary focus is coastal Mississippi, we are licensed in Louisiana and Alabama and have previously completed civil engineering projects for major private developments in other states including Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.