Ruby Falls Selects Local Suppliers for Expansion

Ruby Falls Selects Local Suppliers for Expansion
March 7, 2017 Bradley Cox

Green Globe certified Ruby Falls is excited to announce the selection of EMJ Construction to begin work on the attraction’s expansion efforts for phases one and two, to be completed next year. Both Ruby Falls and EMJ have strong legacies in Chattanooga making the synergy a natural fit. The project includes updated parking, ticketing, retail, restrooms, office space and a new entrance lobby, intended to improve queue lines for the cave tour and the overall guest experience. Other additions include a pedestrian mall and enhanced observation of the city.

“We are always thankful when we have the opportunity to work on a project that positively impacts our hometown,” said Clint Dean, executive vice president of EMJ Construction. “Ruby Falls is a notably unique and exciting construction project, which is extremely important to our community. We are looking forward to helping enhance this historical landmark while delivering an exceptional client experience to our friends at Ruby Falls.”

“From the moment our discussions with EMJ started it was obvious that their team understood the historical significance of this venture,” said Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls. “They have also worked extremely hard to provide solutions for Ruby Falls, but more importantly for our visitors and guests as we construct this unique project. Having a team that includes our architect PGAV Destinations and the local construction expertise of EMJ gives us a great path towards success.”

Founded in 1968, EMJ Corporation is a diverse family of companies with offices in Chattanooga, Boston, Dallas and Tulsa that has built more than 260 million square feet of construction projects across the nation. EMJ’s mission is to deliver unique value through servant leadership to its clients, partners and colleagues. To do this, EMJ uses its Concept-to-Completions (C2C) team approach. In 2016, EMJ was ranked #82 among Engineering-News Record’s Top 400 Contractors in the nation, serving as a testament to the innovation and collaboration of its more than 500 employees. Learn more at 

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning. PGAV’s key clients include industry leaders such as SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Universal Studios and many others. Recent assignments include the Grand Canyon, Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Georgia Aquarium. Visit

Ruby Falls has hosted millions of visitors since its first tour in 1930 and has long been a family favorite for generations. Ruby Falls is home to America’s deepest cave and largest underground waterfall open for public viewing. It features a 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Go to for more.



Ruby Falls

Meagan Jolley
phone: 423-475-8992


EMJ Construction

Dottie McCallen
phone: 423-855-1550