Infrastructure Evolution is a forum dedicated to sharing new perspectives on creating and improving the built environments that shape where we live and work. This new platform is a partnership between Turner & Townsend, a global professional services firm and industry thought leader, and Columbia University’s Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM), a strategic construction management research initiative.
As the name implies, this new forum will seek to present a forward-looking view of the industry. Our goal is to create an influential movement for change in the industry by focusing on the markets, macro themes, and innovations that will affect the future of infrastructure investment. We'll ask how the industry can create a better value proposition to owners, investors, and society. We'll explore what changes are required and how the industry can adopt a progressive, collaborative approach that sustains supply-side business performance while delivering better outcomes for the end user. We believe the industry must work, as one, to create a platform for investing in the future and act as a catalyst for growth, innovation, prosperity, and equity.
Our next event is Friday, May 20, 2022, entitled “Delivering Infrastructure in the New World Order”
Description: Over the last ten years, successful delivery of infrastructure assets has taken on several new dimensions and expanded the scope of what can be achieved through investment. In short, It could be said that it is no longer enough just to build a high quality asset, on time and budget, that provides a great customer experience. Now, we would more likely define a successful project delivery as one that still is high quality and provides a best-in-class customer experience, but also provides economic opportunity and social mobility to the surrounding communities and disadvantaged businesses, employs techniques and practices that reduce waste and harmful emissions, and leverages cutting edge innovations and technologies that increase productivity, stakeholder consensus, and automation. In addition, the professionals in our industry now expect to work and collaborate in non-traditional manners, thereby changing the look of our offices, job sites and homes. As the US Infrastructure industry gets ready for the infusion of capital from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, hear the perspectives from these industry leaders as to how these changes are evolving their organizations and what their vision for the future entails.
Our panelists included:
Tim McManus - Americas Board of Directors, Turner & Townsend
Duanne Gilmore - Infrastructure Development Executive at Google
Jennifer Aument - Global Transportation Chief Executive at AECOM
Gregory Sauter, PE - President at WGI and founder of Smart City Works
Mark Blumkin - USA Head of Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
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This conversation disccussed how public-private partnerships in the US could be a critical element of the new national Biden infrastructure bill. We discussed the lessons learned from both successful and unsuccessful projects, and how the industry broadens its’ definition of what success looks like (MWBE participation, carbon reduction, workforce development, community investment, etc.).
Kevin Corbett, CEO New Jersey Transit
John Dionisio, Partner, Meridiam North America
Projects are getting more complex, with high expectations on impact and speed. The combination of these will require massive levels of funding, better planning & execution, and the need to start-and-finish with the benefits in mind. So, here’s the question we need to ask ourselves, “Is the industry, in its widest sense, fit to take on this challenge?” Does the industry need to change and in what way? Recognizing that, it is incumbent on the industry to spend the money wisely.
Murray Rowden - Managing Director - Americas & Global Head of Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
Kathryn Garcia - Candidate for Mayor of New York and Sanitation Commissioner (Ret.)
Gerrard Bushell - Executive Chair, The New Terminal One @JFK International Airport
We want to hear from you! If you have questions about our events, please feel free to contact us.
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Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specializing in program management, project management, cost and commercial management and construction consulting across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With 112 offices in 45 countries, we draw on our extensive global and industry experience to manage risk while maximizing value and performance for our clients.
The Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) is a Strategic Management Research Initiative founded at Columbia University back in 2011 by Professor Ibrahim Odeh. Every year the program nominates the top eight to ten students from the Civil Engineering Department to join the GLCM strategic group. To be able to qualify as a GLCM candidate, each student needs to show a combination of the following attributes: (i) outstanding academic achievements in their studies; (ii) exceptional soft skills in presenting and writing; and (iii) entrepreneurial and innovative problem solving skills.