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Founded in Lexington, Kentucky in 1914 by Howard K. Bell, Bell Engineering has earned a solid reputation as a provider of solutions-based, innovative engineering and landscape architecture applications that fulfill the needs of communities and industries around the United States.


Originally operating as Howard K. Bell Consulting Engineers, Bell was one of the first consulting engineering firms in the state of Kentucky and specialized primarily in water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering. More than 100 years later, our company is still privately owned and our corporate headquarters remains centrally located in Lexington, Kentucky. Branch offices in Hopkinsville and Somerset, Kentucky allow us to effectively serve southern and western Kentucky and the southeastern United States. We are committed now more than ever to developing successful partnerships and relationships with our customers.


We employ experts in civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, operations, and value engineering, industrial pretreatment, landscape architecture, and urban planning -- all prepared to work with you to solve issues that you encounter. Our staff leads with the experience and availability necessary to complete projects in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner while planning for compliance with the rigorous and ever-changing standards facing the industry.


As you browse our website, we hope you will see why Bell is the best choice for your project. We serve our clients with a "hands-on" approach offering top-notch customer service that is second to none.

Years of Engineering
& Design Excellence.

About Bell




The right team can make or break your project. 
Selecting Bell for your project means that you can be confident that you have a dedicated team of qualified individuals working with your best interests in mind. We invite you to meet our firm leaders - each of whom takes a hands-on role in our projects to ensure your satisfaction.


Kelly G. Gillespie


Kelly has 30 years of industry experience. His main focus is project development, funding assistance, project management, analysis, design, and construction administration on sewer collection and water distribution projects.


John D. Prince, PE

Vice President

John has 30 years of industry experience and serves as head of the Environmental Engineering Department. His experience includes hands-on assembly of HVAC, plumbing, and industrial process piping and equipment. 


David F. Schrader, PE

Vice President

David serves as Assistant Director of Bell’s Engineering Department. He offers 30 years of experience and has managed multi-million dollar water and wastewater treatment, collection, and distribution projects.


Megan E. Hogan, CPSM

Director of Marketing

Megan has 19 years of marketing and proposal experience and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer. She delivers fresh ideas and a professional, organized approach to the firm's marketing and business development efforts.


James K. Roberts, PE, PLS

Executive Vice President

James has 45 years of industry experience and specializes in the analysis of sewer collection and pumping systems (SSES). Additionally, he is a registered land surveyor and oversees surveying services provided by the firm.


Stephen H. Caudill, PE

Vice President

Steve has 30 years of experience overseeing a variety of water, wastewater, stormwater, and development projects. He also has extensive experience with a variety of funding agencies and the additional responsibilities included with utilizing those funds.


Robert L. Pickerill, PE

Vice President/Regional Office Manager

Bob serves as Regional Manager of our Hopkinsville office and has 45 years of experience. His background includes site development, site plans, street/parking layout, streetscape, water features, sewer, water, and stormwater drainage design.


Carah L. Boggess, CPA

Controller/Finance Manager

Carah has 21 years of experience and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her background includes experience as Controller, Executive Director, and Business Manager across multiple industries. Carah oversees the firm's accounting and finance operations.


Our employees enjoy:

  • Competitive Salaries

  • Health Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Long-Term Disability

  • 401K

  • Paid Vacation & Sick Leave

  • Life Insurance

  • Profit Sharing

  • ESOP

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