This Is Knoxville
In 2014, CEC established operations in East Tennessee through the acquisition of Knoxville-based VISION Engineering & Development Services, Inc. Since its founding in 2002, VISION had focused primarily on surveying and civil/structural engineering for land development projects and was part of the design teams behind many large resort and entertainment developments in the area: Westgate Resorts, The Island in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Bluegreen Resorts, Blackberry Farm, and others. After CEC acquired VISION to form CEC Knoxville, we quickly expanded our services to include environmental engineering, ecological services, and air testing. Our structural engineering group provides support to all of CEC’s offices, which gives us a unique connection to the corporate body. In December 2016, CEC Knoxville became the first private tenant in the University of Tennessee’s Innovation Campus and Research Park at Cherokee Farm.
CEC Knoxville has held on to the “small firm” culture from its roots. At the same time, the Knoxville area is rapidly growing and CEC Knoxville intends to grow with it. We encourage entrepreneurial thinking and professional development, and we support the development of new ideas. Plus, we enjoy social events such as the Winter Office Olympics, Tennessee Smokies baseball games, UT football games, brewery evenings, and more. We’re the only office (that we know of) with a house band: Humble Bob and the Engineers!
CEC Knoxville regularly gives back to the community. We support many local nonprofits, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, the New Hope—Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Eagle Scouts. In addition, our employees participate in the UT Engineering Department’s co-op education program and serve as technical advisors and guest lecturers.