October 2008

Our company

New leader named for Project Delivery team
Our day-to-day work of delivering great service, great results and great value to clients is managed through CH2M HILL OMI’s Project Delivery and Operations team. Effective Oct. 1, the group has a new leader: Steve Meininger. Steve Meininger Steve first joined CH2M HILL in 1993 and now is responsible for customer satisfaction and for financial, technical and administrative aspects of CH2M HILL OMI client sites. Steve ensures each project meets quality, safety, compliance and other performance objectives, working alongside a strong team of regional vice presidents and local managers. He most recently led project delivery work for the company’s Northeast Region. Steve replaces Roger Quayle, who has been selected to lead another initiative within CH2M HILL after 13 years of leadership accomplishments at CH2M HILL OMI, including helping the company earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2000.

CH2M HILL Canada ranked among nation’s best employers
Canada's Top 100 EmployersCH2M HILL has been named to the 10th annual list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Announced earlier this month, the prestigious Top 100 Employers competition is organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and covered by Maclean’s magazine, the most widely read weekly publication in Canada. Employers were evaluated against eight criteria: physical workplace; work atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Employers are compared to others in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

See sustainable solutions in ‘Quarterly Planet’ publication
Curious about some of the sustainable solutions being offered by CH2M HILL? Check out the current edition of the firm’s Quarterly Planet newsletter. The latest issue highlights CH2M HILL's work in designing facilities with cutting-edge hybrid air circulation systems that reduce energy consumption, costs, and facility carbon footprints. Other articles are on the Gippsland Water Factory, a first of its kind wastewater treatment and recycling system in Australia, and a total water management paper that earned an award from the American Water Works Association. If you’re interested in applying more sustainable practices in your company or community, talk with your project manager or contact our business development team.

Our partners

ICMA spotlights success in Centennial and Sandy Springs
The International City/County Management Association selected a handful of “Best Practice” cities to showcase at its annual meeting last month – including Centennial, Colo., and Sandy Springs, Ga.  Each city was profiled in a 5-minute documentary, now posted on the ICMA TV Web site: “Practical, Effective Virtual City Government in Centennial” and “Creative Government in Sandy Springs.” Both stories praised these progressive communities and included segments about their partnerships with CH2M HILL OMI for a range of city services. ICMA is the professional organization for managers, administrators and assistants in cities, towns, counties and regional entities throughout the world.

Fayetteville Sustainability Summit brightens up ‘Green Valley’
Fayetteville Sustainability SummitThe City of Fayetteville, Ark., hosted its first Sustainability Summit earlier this month, bringing experts from around the country to the Green Valley. Following opening remarks from Mayor Dan Coody and U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, CH2M HILL’s John Mogge delivered the keynote on Masdar City, which will be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste “green community.” CH2M HILL OMI, Wal-Mart and KNWA were among the sponsors of the free one-day event that attracted 350 residents, business owners, students and community leaders. The event also included a product fair and sessions on consumer, business and agricultural topics. CH2M HILL OMI has managed the city’s wastewater treatment facilities since 1987. “Green Valley”describes a local effort to identify Northwest Arkansas as a center of the sustainability movement.

Chattahoochee Hills shows community spirit
Congratulations to the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., which was profiled recently on a metro-Atlanta television news program. To help offset higher property taxes needed following an unexpected housing slump, the Mayor, City Manager and several City Council members are forgoing their salaries. The positive story also gave high praise to the countless volunteer citizens who give their time and services to support the city and its vision. The short segment can be watched on the Chattahoochee Hills Web site.

Our communities

Walla Walla helps educate about water
World Water Monitoring DayFor the fourth year, employees who operate the wastewater system in Walla Walla, Wash., helped support World Water Monitoring Day, an international education and outreach program sponsored in part by CH2M HILL. Led by lab analyst Nela Rice, employees showed Boy Scouts from Troop 305 how to sample and test waters from four streams. The Scouts collected samples and recorded results for pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and temperature – helping deepen their knowledge about water quality. CH2M HILL OMI has served the Walla Walla community since 2000. Employees in Lehigh County, Pa., Denver and other locations around the country also took time out to help kids understand water quality.

Johns Creek team works to keep rivers clean
CH2M HILL employees and Johns Creek, Ga., city staff members volunteered to clear more than 600 pounds of trash and debris – more than any other organization – from the Chattahoochee River Johns Creek, Ga.last month. The work was part of the 11th annual Rivers Alive cleanup campaign, sponsored by Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division and Department of Community Affairs. In total, volunteers collected more than 700,000 pounds of debris from the Chattahoochee River, Metro Atlanta’s main water source, much of it collected by high-school students. CH2M HILL donated monetary prizes to the student environmental clubs that collected the most trash. Among the dozens of volunteers were land development manager Seth Yurman, left, and land development inspector Richard Cooper, right, both CH2M HILL OMI employees working for Johns Creek.

Wearing denim to make a difference
Employees at CH2M HILL OMI’s headquarters in Denver raised nearly $300 earlier this month to donate to breast cancer research. Employees paid $5 to wear jeans to work, in support of Lee National Denim Day, and they also got pink-ribbon pins to display. Since its first year, Lee National Denim Day has raised more than $70 million for the fight against breast cancer and unites nearly 1 million supporters nationwide each year.
Lee National Denim Day

Our people

Meet Ruben Aranda, enthusiastic advocate for safety
Ruben ArandaWhether it was serving as a city councilman in Grants, N.M., or being a 29-year volunteer firefighter, Ruben Aranda has long been all about keeping people safe. His strong personal commitment to safety is the perfect complement to the job he holds today as a CH2M HILL OMI Regional Health & Safety Manager in the Western U.S. Not only does he help assure that people understand and follow all safety protocols, but he also uses his creativity to make safety training fun, enjoyable and memorable – even to the point of developing a Safety Wheel of Fortune game, complete with “Vanna White.” All joking aside, after being severely injured in a motorcycle accident years ago, Ruben understands the hardships families can face from such incidents; he never wants employees – or their families – to endure similar challenges.  “Safety shouldn’t be part of your life,” Ruben says. “It should be your way of life.”

Elisa M. Speranza
President’s perspective
A lot of great changes happen in the fall – changing leaves, changing temperatures, even soon changing the time. Fall has brought changes to CH2M HILL OMI as well.

As you see in the newsletter, after 13 years, the head of our Project Delivery & Operations team, Roger Quayle, is heading off to a new assignment within the firm. We’ll miss Roger and the many talents he brought to our company – and we’re glad he’s just a phone call away and still a part of the CH2M HILL family.

At the same time, we’re delighted to bring another talented executive into this vital role, Steve Meininger. Many of our clients already know Steve, as he has worked with dozens of different clients over the years, crossing all areas of water and wastewater, industrial services, O&M technical consulting and more. If you haven’t met Steve yet, you likely will. He’s a committed leader dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help support our clients’ critical needs.

Nothing is more important to Steve, or to me, or to any of us here at CH2M HILL OMI, than delivering outstanding customer service to our partners. As we say time and again, building strong partnerships is at the heart of what we do. Thank you for allowing us to serve your communities and companies with respect, professionalism and pride.


Elisa M. Speranza

Come see us!
Conferences give us a great way to continue connecting with clients, sharing our technical expertise and supporting our industry. Plus, they’re fun! Here are some of the upcoming hot spots where you can meet CH2M HILL OMI:
Oct. 18-22
Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
Dozens of papers and presentations will be delivered by CH2M HILL and CH2M HILL clients, including the Town of Prescott Valley, Ariz. — CH2M HILL OMI’s client since 1993. CH2M HILL OMI is a gold sponsor of the Operations Challenge.

Oct. 22-24
City-County Communications & Marketing Association
Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Marketing & Communications Director Susan Mays is on a pre-conference session panel at 9 a.m. Oct. 22, “Techniques for Developing a World-Class, Well-Organized Small Communications Shop.”

Oct. 29-31
Texas Municipal League
San Antonio
Booth 313

Nov. 11-15
Congress of Cities
Orlanda, Fla.
Booth 113
Want to learn more about running a city as a business? Join CH2M HILL for an Exhibitor Solutions Theater session at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, as we showcase groundbreaking public-private partnerships for delivering city services.

Nov. 19-20

Nov. 20-21
Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions. The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization; contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete municipal operations, including administration, public works and community development – all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Denver-based company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With more than $5 billion in revenue and 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2007). The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of America’s Most Admired Companies (2008).

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