Multipurpose solutions are on the rise

A new face at the top: Although public works departments continue to retain architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms largely for road and water projects, nearly a third are now turning to those same firms for landscape architecture/park design. Source PUBLIC WORKS

South Florida Water Management District contributed $12.3 million toward buying the land, design, and construction of Freedom Park; the Florida Communities Trust provided $6 million for construction. Collier County property taxes funded the remaining $13.2 million. Photos: CH2M Hill

Early rebound: Use of AEC firms has rebounded slightly despite the continued decline in property and sales tax revenues. Source PUBLIC WORKS

Does your department plan on using an AEC firm within the next six months? “We're seeing that the decision to move forward [on projects] is contingent on getting matching funding,” says Mark Bridgers, a principal at FMI Corp. Source PUBLIC WORKS

For which services did you use AEC firms in 2009? “We've developed an on-call list of consultants for smaller projects,” says a respondent from a special district in the Rocky Mountains serves 100,001 to 250,000 people. Source PUBLIC WORKS

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