BUSINESS NEWS TWO DEWBERRY PROJECTS RECOGNIZED BY ACEC VIRGINIA Dewberry , a privately held professional services firm, recently received two awards from ACEC of Virginia during the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards virtual ceremony. The firm’s I-95/Route 630 Interchange Reconstruction and Widening project in Stafford County, Virginia, received the ACEC Pinnacle Award, which is the organization’s highest honor of engineering excellence. It is presented to the firm that has demonstrated innovation, commitment to improving the community, and dedication to the engineering profession’s principles. Dewberry served as the lead engineer on this design-build project providing transportation and engineering services, field surveying and environmental permitting services, as well as quality control inspection during construction. The project consisted of widening and realigning Route 630 (Courthouse Road) west of I-95 for approximately two miles, realigning nearly one mile of Courthouse Road/Hospital Center Boulevard east of I-95 to intersect with Route 1 at the existing Hospital Center Boulevard intersection, reconfiguring the interchange at I-95 to a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and locating it approximately 800 feet south of the existing interchange, and the implementation of two new park-and-ride facilities with a capacity of nearly 1,100 parking spaces. Shared use path and sidewalk facilities were also incorporated along Courthouse Road. “We are appreciative of ACEC’s recognition
of this exciting project and are very honored to receive this award,” says Dewberry Vice President and Business Unit Manager Steve Kuntz, PE, DBIA. “It has been exciting to see the transformation along the Route 630 corridor, which these improvements accommodated, as well as the operational and safety benefits, which have made traveling easier for the public and surrounding communities.” Additionally, the Elmont Water Storage Tank and Booster Pump Station project earned a merit award. Dewberry provided evaluation, design, and construction administration services for the development of the new one- million-gallon water storage tank and booster station. “The project was identified by Hanover County as being important to support expansion in a new economic growth area,” says Dewberry Associate Vice President and Business Unit Manager Dan Villhauer, PE, LEED AP. “A new water storage tank and pump station allowed the county to provide reliable water service and fire protection to the entire area. The team worked closely with the county to plan, design, and construct a facility that included redundancy, flexibility, ease of operations, and room for expansion, which met the needs of the stakeholders.” Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise,
Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and more than 2,000 professionals nationwide. DEWBERRY SELECTED TO PROVIDE SUPERVISION OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE CONTRACT Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has announced that it has been selected by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide supervision of construction services to complete bridge repairs and resurfacing on the Garden State Parkway. The project will take place between mileposts 126 and 172 in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, and Union counties and will require the installation of concrete construction barriers and other incidental work on the GSP. “We are excited to be given the opportunity to continue providing support to the NJTA,” says Dewberry Senior Vice President and Business Unit Manager Anthony Pecci, PE. Dewberry’s services will include supervision of construction services for the implementation of lane shifts, selective replacement of complete deck panels, partial depth concrete spalls, deck joint reconstruction, repairs to structural steel, removal and replacement of existing asphalt wearing surface, painting, and substructure waterproofing and repairs to prestressed concrete beams.
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and famous firm CRS in Houston – published a book of his “TIBS” years ago. TIBs were little bits of wisdom from him – statements of “this I believe.” 6)Practice open-book management. I know I have been pounding this drum relentlessly for some time, but the reason I am doing so is because open-book really works as such a great training method to get a wider range of employees understanding the financial dynamics of a firm in this business. It works – and it costs so little to implement. Do some Google research on it yourself if you don’t believe me. Maybe it’s time to throw away your Good to Great book and instead start reading about open-book management and how it can work for you! 7)Establish a real mentoring program. Mentoring works. It is hard to formalize it, but there are things you can do. I say it is difficult to formalize, because both mentors and mentees need to select each other. But you can always insist that it happen – and have your people name their specific mentors and mentees – and then get those people to share some of what they are each getting from the process. To conclude – imparting knowledge on others is your only real path to business sustainability and personal freedom that I know of. So what are you waiting for? MARK ZWEIG is Zweig Group’s chairman and founder. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4)Hold design review meetings. Nothing novel here, but how many firms do it on a consistent basis and how many invite people who have nothing to do with the project to the meeting as a learning exercise? Not many in my experience. These are such great opportunities for people to learn, so as many people as possible need to be able to benefit from these reviews. “You won’t feel comfortable delegating anything to anyone if you don’t have confidence in their ability to do the job to your standard of excellence. Some people never develop that confidence in their people and as a result are trapped.” 5)Write articles and blogposts. Your writing is a great opportunity to impart knowledge on others in your own business! Get into the habit of regular writing to your employees. Blog and send your blogposts out to all. Don’t underestimate the value of this practice if you do it consistently and relentlessly. Some people even write books of their stuff. Bill Caudill – one of the founders of the old
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