McGill Celebrates National Public Works Week with Focus on Connecting the World
May 21-27th is National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) since 1960. This week is an opportunity to educate the public about the value of public works professionals and necessities of public works projects across North America. The theme for 2023 is “Connecting the World Through Public Works.” McGill is grateful to be a part of the connection.
May 21-27 is National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) since 1960. This week is an opportunity to educate the public about the value of public works professionals and necessities of public works projects across North America. The work that McGill performs for local governments connects us all through infrastructure and service and is representative of this year’s theme, “Connecting the World Through Public Works.”
One ubiquitous need around the globe is solid waste management. This year we discussed the importance of public works with solid waste professional Jeff Bishop, PE. He is no stranger to public works. With over 35 years of experience, Jeff is an essential part of the McGill civil and solid waste management team. Jeff has extensive engineering experience with a wide range of solid waste projects from small convenience centers for municipal solid waste collection to major landfills. One of his greatest assets is his unique knowledge and expertise in landfill planning and design. His extensive background with a multitude of civil engineering projects provides our local government clients with a unique blend of experience in both design and management of projects.
Conversation with Jeff Bishop, PE
In your position at McGill, how do you feel your role impacts communities?
“I provide over 35 years of experience in master planning, permitting and design of civil site and solid waste related projects to assist clients in succeeding in their goals for the development of their projects.”
What is a project that stands out to you and why?
“Blackburn Black Resource Recovery Facility, Catawba County, North Carolina. McGill has been involved with this solid waste facility since the implementation of the federal solid waste Subtitle D regulations in North Carolina in 1997. The County has won numerous awards for its innovative operations at the facility in combining the county’s solid waste disposal and recycling efforts into creative by-products, re-use of disposal materials, and generation of electrical power. McGill has been instrumental in the master planning, permitting, design, and construction administration for many of the facility’s components.”
How can McGill help communities with their public works projects?
“McGill is a full-service engineering firm that includes all aspects of engineering design, financial planning, master planning, grant writing, landscape architecture, surveying, and construction administration that can assist communities with their projects from the initial conceptual planning through implementation, construction, and post-construction operations. McGill is an engineering firm that prides itself on our positive relationships with our clients and works hard to develop each new and existing client into a long-term client.”
Building Longlasting Relationships
We work directly with public works professionals to better understand their operational needs and build solutions that improve the safety of their working environment, increase efficiency and efficacy of operations, and provide reliable infrastructure to last for years to come. Solid waste management projects often have a long lifespan, for example the average life expectancy of a landfill is 30 to 50 years with additional monitoring for another 30 years. McGill builds long-lasting relationships with clients and works collaboratively over many years to achieve their goals.