Founding Principal of Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc. Transitions to Chairman of the Board

Adams retires as President of the Oak Ridge born architecture and engineering firm.

Ben-AdamsOAK RIDGE – Founding Principal, Ben Adams, of the Oak Ridge born architecture and engineering firm Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc. has retired after starting the company fifty years ago and will stay with ACHW as Chairman of the Board. For the past 50 years, Ben Adams has actively directed Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc. He is a professional civil engineer, registered land surveyor and registered landscape architect.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1956, Ben spent three years as an officer of the United States Navy. One year after his honorable discharge, Ben moved to Oak Ridge from his home in Nashville and went into private practice with the late George Crouch. Crouch & Adams, Inc., an engineering firm evolved into the multi-disciplined architectural, engineering, planning, surveying firm of Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc.

“When George and I started the firm in 1960, it was our vision to build an Oak Ridge based firm capable of meeting the needs of a rapidly growing community, as well as supporting the U.S. Department of Energy work at Y-12, X-10, and K-25 plants,” said Adams. “Over the years, we have been privileged to have designed some of the city’s landmark properties such as Jackson Plaza Towers, Flatwater Grill and the new Oak Ridge High School.”

Ben Adams has been firmly dedicated to the growth and development of the Oak Ridge community, evidenced by his active participation in the many state and area civic associations.

Ben is past President of Tennesseans for the Arts, a past President of Roane/Anderson Economic Council; founder of the East Tennessee Economic Council; 1999 recipient of the Muddy Boot Award; a past president of the Oak Ridge Arts Council and Oak Ridge YMCA; past President of the Oak Ridge Rotary Club, and past Chairman of the Oak Ridge 40th Anniversary Committee, among other accolades and honors.

Adams also served a six-year term on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB). ORSSAB is a federally appointed citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office on its Environmental Management Program in Oak Ridge.

“Ben Adams is one of the truly great people of Oak Ridge,” said Jim Campbell, President of East Tennessee Economic Council. “Whether he is running a meeting, playing his guitar on someone’s back porch, promoting the arts, or writing a business proposal, Ben has always been about making Oak Ridge a better place to live, to work, and to play.”

“His company is one of the first businesses in Oak Ridge, dating back to the formative days of the actual city of Oak Ridge. For 50 years he and his partner’s made it work, and that speaks more than words about his effort, his l eadership, and his perseverance.”

Over the course of his career, Adams has participated in hundreds of topographic surveys, boundary surveys and engineering surveys throughout the City of Oak Ridge area and companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Crown American Corporation, South Central Bell and agencies such as the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Manuel Herz, newly named President of the firm said, “since I joined the firm in 1974, Ben has been more than a business partner, he is a close friend. He has led our company from its inception and has charted a clear course for the continued growth and success in the coming decades.”

Leon Lawson, remains as Vice President Architecture, Bryan Mills, has been promoted to Vice President of Civil Engineering and James Phillips has been promoted to Vice President of the Surveying Department.

Source: Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc. and Cortney Piper Communications | An Affiliate of SRW & Associates
Photo: Adams Craft Herz Walker, Inc.