As president of the public services group for Camp Dresser and McKee Inc., Paul Brown is responsible for the firm's North American public projects.
This means that he is working on projects for the Denver-based Colorado Water Conservation board, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as well as local projects for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
CDM has traditionally provided environmental engineering services to public utilities and private companies when they needed expertise on a specific project. About 20 years ago, the firm began bundling services together that had traditionally been conducted by separate businesses. Rather than simply providing the plans and specifications for a particular project, CDM began assuming the task of construction as well as, sometimes, the operation of facilities.
By bundling services, the firm sidesteps the "adversarial" design-build bid approach in which the company works with a separate builder, according to Brown, which increases efficiency and bottom-line costs.