Other stories by William D. Palmer Jr.

  • Buying a compact excavator

    What you need to know

  • Fresh Approaches

    The country is embracing infrastructure construction and foregoing earmarks and traditional approaches to invest the money wisely.

  • Locked Out

    Ten years ago, security at most mid-sized water treatment plants was little more than a locked door. Today, water and wastewater utilities are doing their best to protect the vulnerabilities of systems that spread out over literally millions of miles.

  • On a Roll

    As infrastructure managers look for ways to economize materials for pavement and water projects, an increasingly cost-effective choice is roller-compacted concrete (RCC).

  • From Preventive to Proactive

    Many cities use geographic information systems (GIS) combined with asset management software to manage infrastructure, but buildings often get short shrift. But now forward-thinking facility managers, are also using technology to bring their role out of the basement and into the modern world.

  • No big deal

    When an event brings more people into a small town than the normal population, the public works department has to be ready. Water, wastewater, trash, roads, parks—all are impacted far beyond their originally intended capacity. Here's how two towns reacted.

  • From Septic to Sewers

    Each city took a different path--sometimes several--to building their new wastewater treatment systems.

  • Small, medium, or large

    David versus Goliath. Efficient versus ineffective. Weak versus strong. This is how many people may compare small towns to large cities. Small towns' public works departments have small staffs, less red tape, and fewer political problems while big cities have large bureaucracies, more money, and...

  • Paving with roller compacted concrete

    This is the finest product for city streets to come along in years,” said Marty Savko of Nickolas Savko & Sons, Columbus, Ohio.

  • 2005 Trendsetters

    A lot has happened in the past year since we named our first 50 Trendsetters. The transportation bill passed (finally!). The Department of Homeland Security saw a changing of the guard. The standoff in Iraq continued. And 50 more people made a huge impact on the public works industry.