ABES Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of Curtis Thompson, PE, who joins the firm as a senior civil engineer on Jan. 1, 2023.

Thompson, who is based in Missoula, Montana, will work remotely.

Thompson is a 1993 graduate of Colorado State University, in Fort Collins. His career has taken him to Missouri, Colorado and Montana, where he worked in a wide range of civil engineering specialties. For the past four years, he has owned and operated a single-person engineering company.

Thompson has been working with ABES Engineering since 2021 when he took on a Memphis project on a contractual basis. “We’ve been working together more and more,” he says of ABES CEO Emmanuel Tuombe and Engineering Manager Brad Davis. “With ABES growing, we decided it would be a good time for me to come on full time.”

Tuombe says Thompson is a great fit for ABES and brings his expertise in the areas of project management, civil engineering design and much more.

“We are excited to have Curtis join the ABES team,” Tuombe says. “People – ABES team members, partners, clients and supporters – are at the heart of ABES’s growth. Curtis is an experienced engineer with over 28 years of experience in civil engineering. His decision to join ABES full time is a testament to our culture and shows that we are a strong engineering company that attracts top-tier engineers who are motivated to make a difference in communities.”

Tuombe says in the year that Thompson worked part-time for ABES, his impact was obvious. “During that time period, we saw the level of expertise, the quality of work, and how Curtis embodies ABES Core values of Performing as Team, Communicating Effectively and Exceeding Client Expectation,” Tuombe says. “I think Curtis also saw that ABES is a place where he can bring his years of experience and continue to grow and be challenged with new opportunities.”

Thompson is currently working as project manager on street modification in the historic Orange Mound revitalization project in Memphis. Orange Mound was the country’s first community built specifically for African Americans.

The revitalization project has engaged the community as it focuses on improving public safety, cultural preservation, economic development, health and wellness, education and housing.

Thompson’s work focuses on a stretch of 1 1/2 miles of street with a goal of making the street more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. “The design will make it less of a commuter street and more of a neighborhood street.” The project is expected to begin construction in spring of 2023.

Thompson says while he has enjoyed working as an independent contractor, he’s excited to officially join ABES. “It’s fun to be part of a growing company, and it’s nice to be part of a team again,” he says.

Tuombe says he’s happy to accommodate Thompson’s desire to remain in Montana while still becoming a part of the ABES team. “Our goal is to continue attracting qualified engineers no matter where they live and provide them an opportunity to grow their career while living where they prefer to live,” he says.

“I’m very excited about Curtis joining ABES, and I’m confident that ABES is going to continue growing because of the people we are attracting, the partners we work with, our clients who entrust us with their projects, our supporters and the communities that we serve.”

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