Orange County Branch Newsletter

May 2011

OC Firm Spotlight



HDR is celebrating 25 years of success in Orange County and the Southern California area. We currently employ over 300 people in seven Southern California offices serving public and private clients throughout the six-county region. Our largest Southern California office, located in Irvine, is staffed to serve our Water/Wastewater; Transportation; and Federal, Energy, and Resource Management clients.  We are proud to have been given the opportunity to work with outstanding local clients on notable projects such as the Michelson Treatment Plant for IRWD, SR57 Widening for OCTA, the Santa Ana River Sediment Transport Study for OCWD, and the Ortega Highway Widening project for Rancho Mission Viejo.

HDR was founded in 1917 in Omaha, Nebraska, and has grown to 8,000 employees across the country and internationally based on a strong commitment to our core values of respect, integrity, empowerment, innovation, teamwork, and responsibility. HDR's mission is to be a superior professional firm known for vision, value, and service to our clients, our communities, and our employees. Our vision for Southern California and Orange County specifically is continued growth through understanding our clients’ and communities’ needs and working together with our clients to provide value-added solutions that improve the quality of life for all of us.

HDR was honored to recently receive the 2010 Project Achievement Award for the Ortega Highway (SR 74) Widening Project from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Chapter. The Ortega Highway project was recognized for the extensive collaboration among 14 public and private sector partners to widen the roadway from two lanes to four lanes including a new bridge over San Juan Creek. We wish to express our appreciation to ASCE for recognizing the Ortega Highway Project as a 2010 award recipient.

HDR is proud of being part of the Orange County community. Our staff lives and works in the local communities we serve and we are committed to being a good community partner. HDR routinely partners with organizations to support events and programs such as the Orange County Water District’s Children’s Festival, Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank, National MS Society, and the Santa Ana Paint Your Heart Out.

While HDR's services have evolved to manage increasingly complex projects ranging from nanotechnology to infrastructure security, one thing that has not changed is our commitment to the values upon which HDR was founded.  Our current Southern California Area Manager, Bill Bennett, said that “as we watch our clients struggle with decreasing resources and increasing demands to deliver complex infrastructure programs and as our clients are asked to provide more with the same or more with less, we are challenged to become more thoughtful, strategic and creative to be able to integrate our full compliment of management, financial, planning, design, and delivery expertise to help our clients deliver as promised. Only when we are successful in helping our clients meet their commitments to their respective communities are we then able to meet our commitments to our staff and organization.”

We would like to thank our clients for the opportunity to collaborate in developing value added solutions for our communities and ASCE for providing a community where public and private partnerships are changing landscapes and improving lives. We at HDR are honored to be part of ASCE and the Southern California community.

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