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Sain Associates, INC.

Year Inducted: 2022

In 50 years of service, Sain Associates has grown from two employees to become one of the largest engineering firms in the Birmingham area, and it is widely recognized as a top traffic and civil engineering firm in Alabama. Since its incorporation in 1972, Sain Associates has actively contributed to improving quality of life through engineering excellence at the state and local level as well as advocacy for the engineering profession.

Throughout its history, the firm has successfully completed numerous projects throughout Alabama and 36 additional states in both private and public sectors. The firm has more than 60 employees among its Birmingham headquarters and branch offices in Huntsville and Pulaski, Tennessee. Sain Associates is currently registered in 12 states, and its engineers are licensed in 23 states.

Charles “Hack” Sain founded the firm with a goal to unite engineers, architects, and contractors in seamless communication, planning, and execution. Sain served the engineering profession for many years and was a 2006 inductee into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and the 2008 Associated General Contractor Construction Hall of Fame.

Randy Sain took leadership of the company in 1997, leading it through a period of diversification of services and growth. Randy Sain retired in 2010 and turned the company leadership over to Jim Meads, who remains president and chief executive officer. In addition to Jim Meads, the current Senior Principals Joe Meads, Becky White, Alicia Bailey, and Vann Rutledge are planning for the fourth generation of Sain ownership.

Today the company specializes in traffic/transportation engineering and planning, site engineering, infrastructure design, surveying, construction engineering and inspection, and geographic information systems services.

Sain Associates has been instrumental in the development of over 1,000 commercial projects; design and/or construction of several flood control projects and power plants; municipal, correctional, educational, federal housing, and healthcare facilities; and over 10 million square feet of industrial/distribution center projects on sites of 200 acres or more. The firm provided professional engineering services to Wal-Mart for more than 28 years and has worked on over 240 stores across the Eastern United States.

The firm was the first to receive a continuing service, on-call contract with the Alabama Department of Transportation in 1993, which has been renewed numerous times. It also has had similar contracts with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 25 years. Under the ALDOT Statewide Traffic Signal Design Services Contract, the firm has provided services for over 80 projects over the past three decades, with design plan development for over 500 traffic signals and 35 signal systems.

Starting with its founder, executives at Sain Associates have played an integral role in the advancement of engineering in the state, serving in leadership roles in professional organizations, such as the Alabama Section Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama, the Alabama Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Economic Development Association of Alabama. Sain executives serve as advocates and advisors for the profession and engineering standards. The firm’s team of planners and engineers have been editors of several policy and guidance manuals used in Alabama.

The numerous awards for the firm and its leadership include a 2020 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for its work on the Interstate 20/59 Central Business District Bridge Replacement in Birmingham.