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  •  Do you know this firm's work? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm drawing a mental blank on them, but maybe other folks know their past projects. Compared to other large enviro consulting firms with multiple offices, I haven't found a lot of info about them in some of the usual places. On the various state pre-qualification lists for consultants, they're listed on a couple of sites for some level of services like in Illinois or Florida. But they're not listed for consulting services for places with reasonably high construction levels like Alberta or  Minnesota or Ohio .

    This seems strange to me, but maybe they specialize in stuff that crosses border?  I don't know.

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    by histopresto on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 08:40:29 AM PDT

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    •  I suck at google (1+ / 0-)
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      but they have to have at least one licensed engineer under Candadian and U.S. law.  It is hard for me to believe there aren't other firms with the same qualifications who could not have been utilized.  

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      by gchaucer2 on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 08:53:28 AM PDT

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      •  Oh there are a lot of firms who could do it. (3+ / 0-)
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        This isn't at all the kind of job that one licensed guy with interns and a mailbox could do. This firm has a bunch of offices, but I guess I was thinking more about the other big consulting companies. Firms with the capacity to do these kind of projects have stables of various qualified professionals in all disciplines, but they would have also been likely to do special hires for this project.

        It would be interesting to see how the firm selection process occurred. There should have been some kind of RFP issued that this firm bid on and won. But I think that it's also important to keep in mind that State is not an agency that typically has a whole lot to do with this kind of project assessment, compared to a lot of other federal agencies. They're not an agency who would have that big of a track record, so they may not have lists of preferred or prequalified consultants like most of the state DOTs do, for instance. Agencies do those kind of lists so they don't have to stop and vet the qualifications of their contractors every time a job comes up for bid.

        There are also a bunch of other federal agencies that have reg responsibilities who participated in this EIS, too. Their names are on the EIS and supporting documents right along with State.

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        by histopresto on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 09:13:57 AM PDT

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