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oreland Altobelli Associates,

Inc. was established in

1987 as a full service civil

engineering company. The company

was started by Thomas D. Moreland,

PE and Donato J. Altobelli. The

two had been friends at Georgia

Tech and then both pursued

public sector careers—Moreland’s

was with GDOT and Altobelli’s

was with the Federal Highway

Administration. As it would seem

logical, the company emphasized

engineering and program

management of transportation

projects. The company also provides

civil, geotechnical, site, structural,

water, waste water and storm water

engineering services as well as

architectural, landscape architecture,

land surveying and acquisition.

The firm is generally known as MA

and has been fortunate to grow

and provide services throughout

Georgia and occasionally in Florida,

North Carolina, South Carolina

and Tennessee. The company

is comprised of 330 engineers,

other professionals, technicians,

managers and administrators.

Q. What have you learned in 29

years in business? What is the

most important foundation on

which your company stands?

There is no substitute for hard

work. Whatever issue exists, turning

your attention to it, rolling up your

sleeves and analyzing the facts can

provide a solution. MA established a

mission statement which has served

as a foundation of the company. The

mission statement has the following

three parts:

• To serve great clients with high

quality engineering, management

and right of way services.

• To provide team for MA people

which is rewarding to them

financially and professionally.

• To be a successful business.

Q. Where do you see your business

in the next year? Five years?

The consulting engineering business

in Georgia is undergoing significant

consolidation. Small and medium

sized businesses, like MA, are under

pressure and have no choice but to

compete with the very large national

and international companies. MA is

equal to this challenge. We are

committed to our clients and will

offer superior service and superior

quality. We see the next year as

steady and we see steady growth for

the next five years. MA’s experience

in providing state and local

government with services to

improve the infrastructure is

unparalleled in the State. We believe

this is still a fertile field and look

forward to steady growth.

Q. What project are you most

proud of accomplishing?

MA is fortunate to work and live

where we can enjoy many significant

transportation improvements that

the firm designed.

• Serving as Gwinnett County’s

program manager for their SPLOST-

funded road improvement for a

number of years.

• The design, right of way acquisition

and construction inspection for a

series of improvements on I-85 in

Gwinnett County. These include the

interchange at Sugarloaf

Parkway, SR 20 and Old Peachtree

Road and most notably the

interchange modification the SR 316

and I-85 interchange.

• The design of the Kennedy

Interchange in Cobb County at I-75

and I-285, which added a new access

point at Cumberland Blvd.

• The design of a new interchange at

Atlantic Station on 17th street and

I-75 in downtown Atlanta.

• The design of Georgia’s first di-

verging diamond interchange at

Ashford-Dunwoody Road and I-285.

These are significant projects, but

all the services that all MA folks

provide every day are important and

we are accountable to our clients for


Q. How do you keep more than

300 employees inspired to work

hard each day?

I find that people inspire each other

and work hard each day. It is perhaps

the strongest tradition at MA:

everyone works. One of the mottos

of MA is “MA—Where everyone is

someone.” I believe a major

contributor is that we work where we

live and we believe in the

projects. It’s our privilege to

improve an interchange or an

intersection and increase safety or

improve a park where our children

play or we walk our dog. Many of our

team members work as an

extension of our clients’ staff and

the work ethic shared by these

combined teams produces great