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ONE ON ONE Alternative Delivery Methods; Providing Client Value Key to Industry's Future Michael Kennedy on Market Trends and Project Delivery Methods Q. A. As you know, one of the One is the ability to pro- financing alternatives, whether major priorities for ACEC is the vide distinctive value to our through a design-build approach reauthorization of the Trans- clients and their stakeholders or a public/private venture, is an portation Equity Act for the through a variety of delivery area where many different parts 21st Century TEA-21 . In methods. This includes every- of the industry including fin- addition to increasing funding, thing from traditional delivery anciers, attorneys, bond counsel, what are CH2M HILL's major methods to design-build, and to all the different financial parts of priorities with reauthorization? all sorts of full-service delivery the infrastructure, as well as the alternatives. As the funding for designers, constructors, and A. infrastructure projects becomes operators of facilities will need Our first priority is to more scarce and difficult, we're to come together and provide make sure that the Bush admin- Michael Kennedy is president seeing an increase in the number creative leadership. As the U.S. istration places transportation of CH2M HILL's Transportation of client needs for alternative and the world grow, the needs on the national agenda in a way Business Group. delivery mechanisms. Given that will increase more rapidly than that is meaningful. Certainly, the majority of people in the we can fund them through tra- the way in which TEA-21 is engineering industry come from ditional methods. reauthorized will send signals to Q. the consulting side, this is a sig- CH2M HILL has tradi- the industry of its priority, and Q. nificant challenge for us to learn As a longtime ACEC tionally been viewed as an envi- the relationship of transporta- how to deal with a real mixed member, what has been the ronmental firm. What are your tion to all other national priori- portfolio of delivery alternatives. greatest value that you have ambitions in the transportation ties. Of course, there are many The second most challenging derived from the organization? area? deserving issues. We would like issue is being an American firm to see serious thought given to A. A. in today's global marketplace. Actually, CH2M HILL One thing that we really increasing the federal gas tax, There's a different attitude about has been involved in significant appreciate is that ACEC is able which hasn't been done in American firms and it has transportation projects since the to represent the industry on very almost two decades, and to pro- changed the dynamic around very early '60s. As you may difficult and complex issues in a viding some way to index the how we do business globally. know, we currently rank eighth rational and professional way gas tax. It's not currently overall in the ENR rankings for Finally, for us, and for most peo- for example, the stance ACEC indexed and it's not tied to any- ple in our industry, is the reten- transportation. Our objective is has taken on behalf of the indus- thing that represents a bench- tion of key staff. to continue to do outstanding try relative to outsourcing. I mark that can be indexed. Our transportation work in all our appreciate the fact that ACEC second priority would be to look Q. There has been a lot of market segments, and to rapidly has tried to take a very balanced at creative funding alternatives. discussion of the merits of alter- build that reputation around position on this issue. Since it is We would love to see some very native project delivery methods. transportation. I also would say difficult and contentious, there creative funding alternatives What does this mean for trans- that being an environmental needs to be superior leadership, included in the broad reautho- portation projects? firm positions us in a unique which I think ACEC is provid- rization. But the fundamental way in the transportation indus- ing. That's one of the things we issue for us, and for people in A. For transportation specif- try, because we have deep have been very pleased with. the industry, is whether the ically, one of the things is going expertise in environmental administration places trans- to be finding creative ways to assessments and we can look at portation significantly high on bring financing to the table, in environmental streamlining its priority list. addition to the federal and local issues. It provides a strong capa- Q. From your perspective, funding that traditionally has bility that many other environ- what are the most challenging been available. To find alterna- mental firms do not have. issues facing your firm and the tive ways to support needed industry as a whole? infrastructure through creative 3 6 ENGINEERING INC. S e p t e m b e r l October 2003

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