How Environmental Management Systems Are Driving Sustainability Success

Interview with Tara McCullen, Burns & McDonnell Regional Environmental Services Manager in Atlanta Q: What is an environmental management system (EMS)? Why is it important? A: An EMS is a framework of processes to proactively control and minimize impacts to the environment, comply with environmental regulations and continually improve environmental performance. Managing environmental data and…

Mercedes-Benz USA Opens New Headquarters in Sandy Springs

DRIVING INNOVATION: MERCEDES-BENZ USA OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS IN SANDY SPRINGS By Lisa R. Schoolcraft When luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) decided to build its new corporate headquarters in metro Atlanta’s Sandy Springs, the company wanted a building that looked as innovative as its vehicles. “All the stars are aligned,” said Dietmar Exler, President and…

Interactive Technology: From Novelty to Need

How Virtual and Augment Reality Can Help Improve the Design Process and Your Firm’s Bottom Line By Lori Johnston   The state’s $122 million Judicial Complex isn’t set to open until the fall of 2019, but the judges who will work in the complex have already toured — and even suggested design improvements for —…

How an Integrated Team Approach is Disrupting the Norm

Interview with Nathan Newman, Manager, Regional Global Facilities Group, Burns & McDonnell Q: How can the engineering, architecture, construction (AEC) industry efficiently take a project from planning through construction to meet the demands of our aging infrastructure and needs? A: We have to look at taking an alternative approach to project delivery. Traditionally, project teams…

Balancing Act

FROM PLANNING TO PARTNERSHIPS TO PUTTING PLANS INTO ACTION, THESE FIVE WOMEN HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF METRO ATLANTA By Lori Johnston These five women who serve as Executive Directors of Community Improvement Districts in metro Atlanta are among the females making names for themselves in Georgia. They’ve overcome obstacles and stereotypes to become leaders…

Smart Moves

SMART MOVES Flexible Schedules, Telecommuting, Mentoring and Leadership Initiatives Help Attract and Retain Talented Women By Lori Johnston   Jenny Jenkins, P.E. entered the engineering fi eld about 20 years ago and didn’t even think about asking her employer what would happen when she started to have children. Unlike females  interviewing for internships and jobs…