Driving around Newport News, Timothy Mills can easily point out some of his firm’s more well known projects: the Turner Building in Port Warwick; the large pond in City Center; and Beacon One, the latest office building to be developed in Oyster Point at the corner of BayPort Way and Canon Boulevard, to name a few.
Mills has created a footprint for his professional engineering and design firm, TAM Consultants, over the years.
“In our business, we like to say engineers make the modern world possible,” he says.
TAM Consultants provides solutions-based engineering services such as structural design and engineering, forensic investigations, cause and origin reports, storm and fire damage evaluations, window, storefront and curtain-wall testing, owner-agent services, property condition assessments, insurance claims, HOA services, audits and consulting.
“First and foremost, we exist to serve our customers,” Mills says.
One of TAM Consultants’ specialties is forensic investigations, in which engineers evaluate and determine what is causing a building to fail structurally.
“[Forensic investigations is like] trying to solve puzzles as to why buildings are behaving a certain way,” Mills says.
TAM Consultants is also partially responsible for another set of iconic structures in Newport News—some of the Newport News Public Arts Foundation stainless steel and bronze public art pieces installed around the city.
The company, which Mills launched in 2002 in Williamsburg, has since grown to 16 employees and counting.
The new office in Oyster Point—which the company moved to in March—gives TAM Consultants another avenue to access clients in Newport News, a city in which Mills wants to expand TAM Consultants’ footprint while being easily reachable to clients located in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Williamsburg, where TAM Consultants also has an office in Virginia Beach’s New Town.
“We’re really looking forward to expanding this office in this market,” he says, explaining the office will grow by several employees this year. “There’s an opportunity for us to serve this market and provide services for homeowners.”
Mills is also working on expanding services to Richmond in the future.
The Long Island native moved to Virginia in 1990 and began working for various consulting firms before launching his own. In 2016, TAM Consultants purchased GG Cornwell and Co., a long-standing engineering firm, and began the process of rebuilding the office by expanding services and hiring new staff.
The area is special to Mills and his family—after a long search that included Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and Albany, N.Y., he and his wife chose to settle in Hampton Roads. Mills says they were attracted to Newport News’ proximity to the water and the city’s vibrant, diverse community.
“We just love the area,” he says.
In addition to his role as president of TAM Consultants, Mills is active in the community, serving on the James City County Board of Building Appeals, the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center board and the Footprints Dance board.
TO THE POINT
Contact: Timothy Mills, president
Address: 720 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 122, Newport News, VA 23606