Our Newest Principals: Merissa Gamba P.E, S.E, BSCE

January 8th, 2018

Merissa Gamba

Uzun+Case, LLC. is proud to announce the promotion of Merissa Gamba to principal.

Merissa Gamba, P.E., S.E., BSCE, has managed projects throughout the United States for the past 15 years. She has 20 years of structural engineering design and construction administration experience in a variety of projects including educational and recreation facilities, hospitality and residential projects, mixed-use developments and aquariums.

Merissa has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

Merissa is a member the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

“I am very excited for the future of Uzun + Case given the extensive expertise and experience Merissa brings to team,” said Uzun + Case Principal, Mary Kay Knight, P.E. “Merissa has successfully managed countless commercial, higher education, and entertainment projects from inception through construction for her clients and will continue to lead her team’s efforts while expanding her role with Uzun + Case.”

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Our Newest Principals: Adrian Persaud P.E, MSCE

January 8th, 2018


Uzun+Case, LLC. is proud to announce the promotion of Adrian Persaud to principal.

Adrian Persaud, P.E., MSCE, began his career in 2002 and joined Uzun + Case in 2004. He has 15 years of experience in the design of higher education, office, residential, hospitality, educational, justice and parking projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He has particular expertise in renovations, post-tensioning and structural steel design.

Adrian has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia.

Adrian serves as Vice President of the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia. He is also a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Adrian’s knowledge, passion, and energy are an exciting addition to the leadership team,” said Uzun + Case prinicpal, John Hutton, P.E., S.E. “He works tirelessly each day to build positive relationships with his team, while delivering challenging and fast-paced projects for our clients. I congratulate Adrian in his new role and look forward to the impact he will make for Uzun + Case.”

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Uzun+Case Raises $7000 for Clark’s Christmas Kids

December 13th, 2017


Uzun+Case and their employees continue to their commitment to Clark’s Christmas Kids, collecting approximately $7,000. This is our 7th year participating in this gift drive and brightening the holidays for 91 deserving kids.

Collecting the money is just the first task. Next, it’s on to shopping. This past Sunday, December 9th, despite the Atlanta weather, our employees and their families eagerly met to start fulfilling the wishes found on each child’s Christmas List. With a wide range of ages, newborn to teenagers, we were able to purchase three gifts per child.

Martin Cuadra, Uzun+Case partner, and his family even joined Clark on the radio.

Simply put, turning the presents over to Clark Howard’s staff and seeing the smiles on the faces of the Uzun+Case families, that’s what the holiday season is all about!

Special thanks to our shoppers: Stephen and Nora Richards, Philip and Ethan Hatcher, Rob and Peri Weilacher, Tom, Emily, Leah and Charlie Pfeifer, Christopher, Marcella, and Isa Oakley, and Maria and Martin Cuadra.

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MetLife Wins an Award

November 6th, 2017


Uzun + Case is pleased to announce that our MetLife Global Technology and Operations Center Project was awarded First Place in the New Construction Projects Over $50 Million Category by 2017 SEAoNC Best Projects.

Perched on a bluff above Lake Crabtree in Cary, NC, Buildings I & II of the new MetLife Global Technology and Operations (GTO) campus beacon into the night towards I-40 and Raleigh-Durham Airport.  Construction was completed on the two 7-story buildings in April of 2015 on a 26.5 acre campus near the Research Triangle Park.  Each building is comprised of 213,500 SF of Class A office space developed by Highwoods Properties.  The site also includes two precast parking decks for a total of 1,900 cars, a terraced outdoor theater, a basketball court, an 8,000 SF fitness center, and walking trails linked to Umstead State Park to accommodate the more than 1,200 employees.  Approximate cost of the total project is $110M.

Built on a fast-track schedule, the architectural firm Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio collaborated with Uzun+Case, general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie and steel fabricator SteelFab to complete the project – from design commencement to construction completion -  in less than two years. Technical innovative practices were employed throughout the project such as the first use of machine room-less elevators with pressurized hoistways and the use of municipality-provided reclaimed water for the cooling towers.

By collaborating throughout design and construction, the team was able to improve the efficiency, constructability and flexibility of the design for the benefit of all.  As a result, the steel cost per SF for both office buildings was a modest $10.20/SF (including all miscellaneous steel except the steel stairs), a relatively low number for a first class corporate facility built on a fast-track mode.  MetLife boasts that GTO is the lowest cost new administrative office space they operate in the U.S.  MetLife’s head of global design and construction, Pamela Abalu, stated that the goal for GTO was “to create a timeless, adaptable, sustainable and beautiful workplace.”

With the success of Buildings I & II, construction is currently underway for Building III.

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