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No. 5: Mott MacDonald: Engineering firm’s North American operation sees opportunity in nation’s aging infrastructure

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Mott MacDonald, an infrastructure-focused professional engineering and services firm with a North American corporate headquarters in Iselin, has been excelling by the numbers.

It’s hard to argue with Nick DeNichilo, CEO and president of the firm’s North American operation, when he implies that’s a good thing for everyone — given what’s at stake in its sector.

“Our industry faces global threats such as aging infrastructure, climate change, environmental degradation, scarcity of resources and the constant threat of natural and man-made disasters,” DeNichilo said. “I have seen firsthand how the American Society of Civil Engineers’ report card on America’s infrastructure motivated many decision-makers to fund needed improvements. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragic event to prompt a ‘call to action.’ ”

DeNichilo pointed to the critical nature of a challenge issued by the ASCE to reduce the life-cycle cost of infrastructure by 50 percent by the year 2025.

 “This will require innovation and a focus on resilient and sustainable infrastructure,” he said. “We will also need to consider innovative forms of project delivery if we are going to accomplish more with less.”

Mott MacDonald works on a number of infrastructure projects for a client base that includes municipalities, counties, state and federal agencies and other public entities, as well as private developers in the water, wastewater, bridge and highway, rail and transit, tunneling, ports, coastal, energy and environmental sectors.

The North American arm of the company was previously a joint venture company, but recently aligned with the larger Mott MacDonald corporation. DeNichilo sees it as a good opportunity to advance the firm’s important work.

“(It) has given us a deeper resource base to draw upon, and has allowed us to expand into sectors that are new for us, including education, the built environment and energy production and distribution, including renewable energy,”DeNichilo said. “One of our recent projects was the Block Island wind farm, the first offshore wind farm to be constructed in the (country).”

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