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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: Lowell K. Christy

Lowell K. Christy is President of Christy Cobb Consulting Engineers. But her beginnings were a bit more humble.

While attending the University of Alabama, Mrs. Christy was a summer employee of Rust International. And her career continued to grow from there.

In 1971 she earned a degree in Civil Engineering while working for Hudson & Associates. In 1976 she joined E. Glenn Bishop and Associates as a part-time designer. Just one year later she became a full-time Designer and Project Engineer with Hudson, Ball, Marlin and Associates.

She stayed with the firm until 1981, when she struck out on her own.

Initially her firm served architectural clients on residential and commercial projects. Over the years, Mrs. Christy expanded her skills to include municipal and industrial facilities, structures on waterfronts, excavation bracing for bridges and foundations for heavy equipment. The firm expanded its client base to include state and local governmental agencies, engineers, and contractors.

Mrs. Christy became a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas. She developed within the professional associations as well. She is a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies, as well as the first female president of the Alabama chapter. She served as Chairwoman of the Council of American Structural Engineers; and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Alabama, the Pre-Engineering Advisory Committee of Birmingham Southern College’s Norton Board, the Advisory Board of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering for the University of Alabama at Birmingham; the American Institute of Steel Construction; ASTM International; the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Alabama Preservation Alliance.

Mrs. Christy still finds time to give back to the community. Her civic involvement with groups like Girl’s Incorporated of Central Alabama, the Women’s Network, the “Eureka Program,” Alabama Power’s female engineers organization “ICAN,” and the Society of Women Engineers helped earn her a place among the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 10 Women of 1991 and the Cahaba Girl Scout Council’s 1994 Women of Distinction.

Mrs. Christy has been honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies with the 2014 Community Service Award for making an extraordinary impact on the quality of life in the Birmingham community. And now she has earned her a place in the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame.