Waterworks professionals spend extended periods on specifications, bids, project management, and more, and it’s easy to lose sight of the ultimate goal of every project—improving people’s lives. Too often, professionals plan and complete a project and then simply move on, knowing the public good is served and people’s day-to-day lives are improved.
Robinson Engineering Ltd. of South Holland, Ill., recently completed a project in which it flipped that template inside out. The firm brought the community into the project from the beginning and worked closely with its municipal client to prioritize education and public involvement alongside design, budget, and schedule.
In doing so, Robinson created a model for future projects and, more important, found a way to bring added value to the community beyond the project itself. It’s a model Robinson believes can be adopted for many public works projects and one that not only shines a more favorable light on the work and the waterworks profession but also builds confidence in local government, educates the public, and results in a more fulfilling vocation.
Read the full article here – Reaching New Heights with Community Involvement.
Originally published in Journal AWWA (Vol. 107, Number 8, pages 28-32), http://www.awwa.org/publications/journal-awwa/abstract/articleid/54138084.aspx. Shared with permission.