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BUSINESS NEWS UVA’S BRANDON AVENUE/GREEN STREET UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT RECEIVES ENR MIDATLANTIC AWARD Dewberry , a professional services firm, announced that ENR MidAtlantic selected the University of Virginia’s Brandon Avenue/Green Street utility infrastructure project as the winner of the best project award in the Landscape/Urban Development category. As part of the project, the university redeveloped 14 acres adjacent to both the academic and health system grounds as a vibrant mixed- use district. The development included a new signature street design with a bioretention median that would treat the entire district’s stormwater needs. In addition, new central utility infrastructure was extended to serve six new buildings, including chilled water, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, domestic water, low temperature hot water, a medium temperature hot water to low temperature hot water conversion hub, electrical ductbank, and communication service.

The project was submitted to ENR MidAtlantic by Barton Malow Holdings LLC. “Having spent nearly four years working on this project, we are thrilled to see it through to completion and ultimately see it recognized by ENR MidAtlantic,” says Dewberry Project Manager Devin Keeler, PE, LEED AP. “UVA is a world-class educational institution and as it continues to attract students from across the globe, creating a new iconic district and improving the infrastructure systems were necessary tasks to accommodate the growth and expansion.” 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. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and more than 2,000 professionals nationwide.

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COVID is forcing. Embrace the quantum evolution and push yourself even further out of your comfort zone. There are a few areas where firms need to advance in order to grow better and stronger: ❚ ❚ Diversity. Get beyond the check the box mentality, and realize that authentically embracing diversity now goes a long way in solving the recruiting side of the recruiting/ retention challenge. Our ElevateHer Symposium which is part of the Elevate AEC Virtual Experience, kicks off on September 30th and includes an incredible lineup of keynote speakers and presentations from five cohorts. The cohorts will present theses on various strategies and tactics for successfully advancing diversity in your firm, all aimed at improving recruiting and retention. The event is free, so invite your entire leadership team. The takeaways will be incredibly valuable. ❚ ❚ Flexibility. Figure out a way to keep flexibility after COVID. This is essential for the retention side of the recruiting/retention change. In a previous article, I stated that award winning firms of the future will be made up of heroes at home, not just at work as our lives and profession are intertwined like never before. In a post-COVID world, this won’t (and shouldn’t) change. We needed more flexibility in this industry; let’s keep it. ❚ ❚ Digitization. We will call this “IT.” For many years, our data on the highest performing firms shows that IT investments were one of the top three drivers of growth. Without a doubt, the firms that had the smoothest transition and the strongest performance since COVID, were firms that had significantly better IT infrastructure than their peers. You should now be devising a way to get an even greater advantage in this area. To make great progress on these and the other things that will make your firm more competitive than ever, do hard things now. Don’t focus on how you can get back to the way things were, instead develop a completely new vision of the future where your firm can operate smartly and efficiently in any environment, including a longer-term COVID world. What will separate extraordinary firms from average firms is continuing this quantum leap – intentionally! CHAD CLINEHENS is Zweig Group’s president and CEO. Contact him at THE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE The 2020 Elevate AEC Virtual Experience will be an eight-week event, providing attendees powerful thought leadership and networking opportunities through highly produced live interactions. This experience will kick off with the inaugural ElevateHer Symposium and will include daily doses of keynote speeches, learning sessions, virtual social mixing events, and awards celebrations. Learn more.


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