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JUL 2014

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i n g c r u c i a l t ra n s p o r t a t i o n p ro j e c t s easier than ever. After more than two decades as a transportation advocate, there has never been a better time to plan, design and build transportation projects, regardless of mode. Put simply, both sets of changes are designed to streamline project devel- opment and approval. As a result, I am optimistic enhancements to the NEPA and New Starts processes will lead to an increase in the number of transpor- tation projects, which is good for the U.S. construction and manufacturing industries from an economic stand- point, and good for our communities as well, as we fnd new efective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. WITH SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES GROWING ON A LARGER SCALE, HOW HAVE AGENCIES APPROACHED PROJECTS WITH YOU DIFFERENTLY? Cer tainly, transit agencies across t h e c o u n t r y h av e t a k e n t h e l e a d i n building LEED-certified buildings and re - d e s i g n i n g e x i s t i n g ma i nt e na n c e and operating practices to maximize precious resources and push the con- sumption of clean energy. From our perspective, our transit-industr y cli- ents, rightly so, expect us to not only understand the constantly evolving standards for environmental sustain- ability, but to have the depth of pro- f e ss i o na l e x p e r i e n c e a n d t h e i n f ra - structure and technology to put those standards to work — not next year or next month, but now. So, we have got to spend as much time and effort stay- ing ahead of the sustainability curve as we are on the projects themselves. Our clients' projects are likewise evolving quickly, incorporating ever-changing innovations to achieve greater heights of sustainability. F i v e y e a r s a g o, s u s t a i n a b l e e l e - ments, such as motion sensors to con- ser ve power and water, daylighting, passive s olar, stor m water manage- ment, and whole-site waste reduction, were just beginning to get widespread attention. Now, those kinds of things are mandated in every public project. And, I expect that those mandates will c o nt i nu e, a n d e ve n i n c re a s e, a s w e continue to look for new ways to pro- tect and preserve our environment. As t h e p ro j e c t ma nag e r, a s t h e cl i e nt 's representative, we are expected to ful- ly understand the importance of those i n n ovat i o n s w h i l e a l s o f u l ly u n d e r- standing their impact on the projects themselves. We need to make sure the proj e ct team me ets an increasingly higher sustainability bar without im- peding already constrained schedules and budgets. It is a challenging, yet ex- citing time for the construction indus- try, and for construction management firms like Hill. It truly feels as if we are on the front lines. We are helping cli- ents implement these incredible inno- vations almost as soon as they are be- coming available. 22 < m ETRO m AGAZINE JULY 2014 CONSULTANT ROUNDTABLE

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