Smart sustainable development

The Midwestern mecca of Milwaukee is in the midst of a dramatic transformation, thanks to successful sustainable development strategies, and public/private partnerships that generated more than $2 billion of new tax base. In Sustainable Development—A Winning Strategy for Growth (Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.), city development commissioner Rocky Marcoux will outline the pivotal roles that planning, infrastructure, public works, and creative financing have played in executing sustainable growth in this major metropolitan area. His presentation will include case studies involving brownfields, adaptive reuse of historic warehouse districts, creation of a riverwalk, revitalization of public housing, and creation of new industrial zones.

Getting ROWs right

Public works personnel should include right of way (ROW) personnel at the onset of a project—doing so could help prevent costly construction delays down the road. Mack Dickerson will share successful strategies for acquiring ROW in horizontal design/build and construction-manager-at-risk projects in You Want the Right of Way When? (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.). The presentation is geared toward civil engineers, ROW managers, utility coordinators, appraisers, and construction managers. Vice president of Tierra Right of Way Services Ltd., Dickerson served as ROW project manager on the award-winning Skyline design/build project, the first in Arizona to include design/build in its scope.

More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 5 p.m.

We Can Rebuild: Levee Disasters and the Aftermath

In 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes overwhelmed 14 levee miles and pumping stations in Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley; Larry Mathena Jr., a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, shares how lessons learned can be applied to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and preparations for future storms.

Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Integrating CSS Into Your Transportation Program

Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders to develop transportation systems that preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Sustainable Stormwater Design—A Case Study

Western Michigan University, the city of Kalamazoo, and a local economic development organization partnered on a private business park to create a sustainable stormwater system that improves water quality, reduces runoff, protects downstream property, and recharges groundwater.