Phil Washington grew up on the South Side of Chicago in public housing with a single mom caring for a family of six. “The people building infrastructure in my community did not look like me,” he says. “I wondered, ‘Why can’t I get a job helping to build my own community?’”
Little did the reserved engineer know as he watched TV images of residents waiting in long lines for bottled water that he would be the one to oversee the massive, multibillion-dollar effort to finally bring the city’s aging and long-neglected water systems into the 21st century.
Following Vermont’s record flash flooding last July 10-11 that killed two people and caused about $682 million in infrastructure damage, Benjamin Heath, civil construction manager at Engineers Construction Inc., received an emergency call from Burlington city officials that a 24-in.-dia sanitary sewer pipe had breached.
An official groundbreaking held Nov. 1 kicked off a 12.37-megawatt solar carport and energy storage system project at Six Flags Magic Mountain, representing the largest single-site commercial renewable energy project in California and the largest U.S. solar project allocated toward a for-profit organization.