EMJ’s Chattanooga team wraps up Ruby Falls expansion
After 14 months of meticulous planning and diligent work, EMJ has completed the Ruby Falls expansion in Chattanooga.
Located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls boasts the nation’s largest and deepest waterfall open to the public. The site has become one of the most popular attractions in the Southeast, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.
With this expansion, visitors will now enjoy a new entrance lobby and pedestrian mall, as well as updated parking, ticketing, retail and restrooms. Other additions include renovated office space and enhanced observation of the city.
Due to its location and landscape, the project provided some unique challenges.
“The biggest challenge was the hammering out of rock,” said Ryan Colbert, EMJ Project Engineer. “We had to install rock drapes to mitigate the risk of falling rocks. That process presented its own challenges, but we were able to overcome them.”
Much like all projects of this magnitude, teamwork played a crucial role.
“Our framers came through for us really well,” Colbert said. “Logan Moore really stepped up to the plate and helped us where we needed it. They all went above and beyond what we asked of them.”
Ruby Falls and EMJ share a storied history in Chattanooga, so it is fitting that the two teamed up for this project.
“Our client relationship with Ruby Falls is very strong,” Colbert said. “They are very pleased with our work, and there’s a good chance we will do business in the future as well.”
Congratulations to the EMJ team on the project: Superintendent John Rudez, Project Engineer Ryan Colbert, Superintendent Taylor Copeland, Project Manager Matt Elliot, Director of Construction Gary Gibson, Superintendent Lance Lindsey, Vice President of Preconstruction Alex Miller, Senior Administrative Assistant Tina Brogdon, and Project Accountant Robin Phillips.