LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project  

LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project

Earlier this year, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) performed ALTA land title commitment surveys on approximately 900 acres of land in Henry and Carroll County for IperionX Limited, a developer of sustainable U.S. critical material and mineral supply chains.  

IperionX aims to be the leading developer of low carbon titanium for advanced industries including space, aerospace, electric vehicles and 3D printing. IperionX holds an exclusive option to acquire breakthrough titanium technologies that can produce titanium products that are low carbon and fully circular. IperionX is producing titanium metal powders from titanium scrap and its operational pilot facility in Utah and intends to scale procure at a Titanium Demonstration Facility in Virginia.  

IperionX also holds a 100% interest in the Titan Project, which has the largest JORC-compliant resources of titanium, rare earth, and zircon rich mineral sands in the United States. The land controlled by IperionX and surveyed by LIS will be used to sustainably extract these minerals that are critical to advanced U.S. industries.  

LIS is proud to have played a key role in surveying IperionX owned land which forms part of the Titan Project. The work being conducted in Henry and Carroll Counties is expected to bring economic benefits to the local communities.  


Improvements Made to Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® Facility   

Improvements Made to Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® Facility

Ahead of the 84th annual competition, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® made improvements to its 105-acre grounds and facility. In order to make these need mortifications, surveying services were needed to measure the relative elevation, physical characteristics, and legal boundaries and corners of the land. Once completed, the improvements provided additional space for guests to celebrate the legacy of the Tennessee Walking Horse for years to come.

Fans travel from across the country to witness this Tennessee tradition, with upwards of a quarter of a million tickets sold each year. The show takes place annually on the Saturday night before Labor Day and lasts for a total of 11 days. More than 2,000 horses compete, but only one is named the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse®.

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®, known as the Celebration®, is home to the largest event facility in the state of Tennessee. The 105-acre grounds are home to numerous event venues, barns, and RV sites. The premier arenas include the Celebration ® Outdoor Arena which seats over 30,000, the Cooper Steel Indoor Arena with 45,000 heated and ventilated square feet, and the Champions Arena which is a covered stadium. The Celebration also offers the Blue Ribbon Circle Club Venue, the Celebration® Campground which harbors 289 total spots with water and electric hookups, and 45 barns that house 1,272 total stalls.

Surveying services were provided by L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) and included a boundary and topographic survey of the entire Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration facility. The surveys allowed for improvements to be made to the facility including the addition of new RV parking sites to accommodate the large crowds. Due to the large size of the grounds, the project spanned three months prior to the 2023 Celebration®.

LIS Vice President of Surveying Tommy Young stated, “We thoroughly enjoyed getting to survey such a prestigious location. We hope that our survey is the basis of many large improvements in the future.”

The Tennessee Walking Horse Festival, now known as the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®, dates all the way back to 1939. The event began when Henry Davis was inspired by the nearby Crimson Clover Festival and decided that the city of Shelbyville should begin its own festival centered around its most important asset at the time, the Tennessee Walking Horse. The event has been held annually, without interruption, since then.


River North Development to Transform Nashville’s Downtown  

River North Development to Transform Nashville’s Downtown

The River North District Waterfront Development will transform Nashville’s Downtown through the incorporation of the Cumberland River. The 125-acre development is a mixed-use district and is located on the Cumberland riverfront.   

The development, known as the Landings at River North, will provide the community with a beautiful mixed-use development that will allow people to live, work, and play with a river view. Residents will also have the convenience of downtown Nashville just minutes away. 

The mixed-use district will consist of two 7-story-tall, luxury apartment buildings, The Oxbow and The Wayward. The apartments will provide more than 600 residential units. Surrounding the residential buildings will be office spaces and 50,000 square feet of retail shops. Ultimately, the Landings at River North will include a waterfront public park, marina, and new pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River connecting Germantown to East Nashville.  

“The Landings at River North will greatly enhance this growing development on this side of the Cumberland River,” stated LIS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Chris Conrad. “The beautiful views and proximity to the bustling downtown will be a great draw to the area.” 

As a subcontractor to Archer Western, the L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) team has supplied horizontal and vertical control for the project as well as quality control and quality assurance by providing as-built survey data to confirm elevations and positions of the structure. This will ensure that construction will be performed to the specifications required, ensuring safety and security for the owner’s investment. 

LIS also performed construction staking of the more critical areas such as the bioretention pond and base line grid control. These areas have critical specifications that must be adhered to for the success of the project. LIS continues to work closely with Archer Western to ensure that the project runs smoothly and that the requirements are met.   

The projected date for the completion of the Landings at River North has not been set at this time.  


Paris Hampton Inn Development Provides Additional Lodging for Visitors 

Paris Hampton Inn Development Provides Additional Lodging for Visitors

Since opening, the Hampton Inn, located at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris, has provided an additional location for tourists to stay while visiting Henry County for fishing tournaments and other events. The new hotel opened to the public in the summer of 2022, and L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) was involved from beginning to end.    

Conveniently located near recreational areas, the Hampton Inn provides a much-needed lodging option for patrons seeking to enjoy the outdoors. With Kentucky Lake only 20 minutes away and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation a short 40 minute drive, the hotel is in a prime location. 

“This hotel was designed with the specific needs of the community in mind. This hotel features oversized boat parking spaces with 110 outlets for charging boat accessories,” stated LIS Engineer and Project Manager, Nathan Grasfeder.  

In the early stages, LIS met with VRL Hotels II, LLC and assisted with the initial site selection based on their needs. After the site was selected, a boundary and topographic survey were produced in order to assist with the design.  

LIS then designed a civil site plan that met the City of Paris’ requirements for items such as parking, access, utilities, and stormwater. In addition, LIS continued its involvement through the completion of the project by performing quality control during the construction of the hotel to ensure the site was built as designed.  

“The construction of this hotel has spurred new interest in commercial developments around this area south of Paris,” Grasfeder commented. 

The hotel is four stories, with 72 rooms, a swimming pool, a business center, and a meeting area. Other nearby attractions include Eiffel Tower Park and the Paris Landing State Park. The Hampton Inn is managed by Gibson Hospitality Management Inc. 


Redesign of E.H. Crump Boulevard Interchange to Ease Traffic Congestion in East Memphis 

Redesign of E.H. Crump Boulevard Interchange to Ease Traffic Congestion in East Memphis

Due to the currently failing infrastructure, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has commenced the replacement of the E.H. Crump Boulevard Interchange in East Memphis. The improvements made will help to deal with traffic flow and congestion, further ensuring the safety of motorists.  

The interchange has long been a bottleneck, only made worse by the surrounding landscape. With little room to maintain traffic and construct a new interchange, it is a challenging project for contractors.   

LIS President Patrick Smith stated, “I was first aware of the Crump project when I was working on my first construction engineering and inspection (CEI) project at Walnut Grove Boulevard in Memphis. When I saw the concept plans of a roundabout at the heart of the interchange, I thought it was an amazing solution for a complex project. Fast forward 15 years and I am getting to see firsthand the complexity of the constraints.” 

The project will include the demolition of the previous interchange and the construction of a better, more efficient interchange. This will include bridges, ramps, roadways, and a new roundabout. L. I. Smith & Associates (LIS) will provide survey construction layout for the project as a subcontractor to Bell Construction, the prime contractor. Work on this project will continue for the next several years.  

 “LIS has been performing highway layout for more than 30 years. Our team takes pride in being experts in this field,” said LIS Vice President Chris Conrad. 

Conrad, who has been with LIS for eighteen of those years, is LIS’ project manager on the E.H. Crump Boulevard Interchange project. He will continue to oversee the construction layout team as they work to assist Bell in meeting milestones throughout the duration of the multiyear project. 

To date, LIS has provided a site model for grading and performed all grade stakes and alignment, as well as construction lines, stakes, and grades to aid Bell Construction in the initial stages of construction.  

Due to the nature of this project, LIS will continue to slope stake and stake pipes and drainage structures in different locations at the interchange throughout the duration of the project. In addition, the team will work on the bridges as the project progresses. 

“This is a high-profile project in the heart of Memphis. To be a part of this project is a point of pride and accomplishment for our company,” commented Conrad.  

The project began in May 2022 and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2025. 


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