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    Most public works directors and other local government employees that have pursued a career in this field have at one time or another began what I like to call a "Quest for Mayberry." Perhaps a better way of putting it is a quest for a utopian society, but being a big fan of the Andy Griffith show...

  • Added value

    In the other half of my life, I am editor of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine. In that role, I have to keep in touch with the issues that weigh on the minds of concrete contractors—things like finding and keeping good employees, managing projects to stay on schedule, and struggling to control quality...

  • A losing bet

    Life is a risky business. Every moment of every day brings some level of risk. When we design a building or a water treatment plant or a levee, we accept and try to define the risk. We know that there will be situations where the stresses on the system will exceed the design, so we build in safety...

  • Rick Merson: Director of public works Town of Needham, Mass.

    Needham, Mass., is redesigning the town business district to make it more pedestrian-friendly and safe. The roads will be narrowed to accommodate crosswalks and sidewalks and the town itself will be beautified. Ironically, when Rick Merson started 35 years ago, the town was expanding the roads to...