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History

Coulter Jewell Thames formed in 1995 by consolidating three smaller professional firms to provide integrated full-service professional site design. Coulter Jewell Thames’ principal owners are licensed engineers, surveyors and landscape architects who now offer over 85 years of combined experience in the profession. This experience comes from projects across North Carolina, particularly in the Triangle region and surrounding counties. Over the years, our client base is a combination of municipalities, county governments, authorities, schools, churches and private developers.

We made a conscious decision to house our office in the heart of downtown Durham. We did this at a time when it was not the popular thing to do. Recognizing the potential of this historic stretch of then abandoned buildings, we invested in the community and strived to help the area grow. Our staff of civil engineers, landscape architects and surveyors, who provide a holistic approach to site design, helped transform the city of Durham.

 

Principal Owners

Daniel A. Jewell RLA, ASLA, President

Dan Jewell is co-founder and president of Coulter Jewell Thames, PA. With over 33 years experience, Jewell has served as project manager on a wide variety of projects including commercial and office design, residential land planning and site development feasibility studies, recreational trails and park design with vast experience in public involvement, landscape design, site analysis, cost estimating, educational and recreational facilities. Currently, Dan sits on the boards of directors for several non-profit boards and civic organizations. Dan obtained a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1981 from Purdue University. He has served as State Chapter president for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and he currently sits on the Boards of Durham Central Park, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham Area Designers, the Home Builders Association of Durham Orange and Chatham Counties and various committees and advisory commissions.

 

James W. Thames PE, Vice President/Treasurer

With over 33 years experience, James Thames has served as project engineer on a variety of projects with experience in designing and coordinating plans and specifications for streets, water distribution mains, water feeder mains, sanitary sewer extensions, sanitary sewer outfalls, pump stations and water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions, Greenway trails and various storm drainage systems. He also has experience with contracts, client contact, bid documents and has managed projects that have been funded through local, state and federal sources. Jim obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1979 from North Carolina State University.

 

Jeffrey P. Williams PLS, Secretary

Jeff Williams has 22 years experience of professional land surveying. He was instrumental in starting, developing and overseeing all land surveying operations for Coulter Jewell Thames. Since being employed at the firm, Jeff has managed our survey crew and performed many field surveys, including boundary surveys for easement plats, field location surveys and location survey of underground utilities. His projects with the firm include Twin Creeks Linear Park, Morgan Creek Greenway Trail, City of Durham Recreation Centers, Mayo Park, Eno Greenway Trail and Third Fork Creek Trail. Jeff obtained a Civil Engineering degree in 1986 from Conestoga College, Ontario, Canada.

 

Goals

Coulter Jewell Thames has played a large role in the development and revitalization of downtown Durham. We opened our doors downtown in 1995 when it was nearly a ghost town for successful business. Now with the rapidly growing downtown area, which really is a broader scope that includes the entire Durham community and Triangle region, we see our company’s history with the city as a valuable asset to attract projects that are sensitive to the physical, environmental, community needs and market demands of the area to continue to provide a sustainable place to live, work and play.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]