Civil Engineering: Building a Solid Foundation for Design-Build (D-B) and Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) Projects

Posted by Admin on Aug 17, 2017 6:02:14 PM

USST Rendering R4.jpg Since 1965, Haskell has been a pioneer in the integrated delivery of architecture, engineering and construction projects. Much of Haskell’s success in completing comprehensive D-B and EPC projects on time and on budget comes from the bedrock of the company’s civil engineering services.


“We have a deeply talented group of civil engineers whose expertise spans every platform and industry in Haskell’s project portfolio,” said Kevin Crump, PE, Chief Civil Engineer for Haskell. “From industrial, government and municipal projects to educational and healthcare clients, we have the experience and expertise to successfully navigate D-B and EPC projects from start to finish.”


Laying the groundwork with research and analysis

In the earliest planning stages of any capital expenditure project, Haskell’s civil engineering team lays the groundwork for the project by examining the potential site engineering criteria, environmental complexities and researching complex federal, state and municipal permitting requirements.


“We don’t subcontract civil engineering services, we utilize our own human capital because our team will save clients’ money and get the job done faster and more thoroughly,” said Crump. “It also creates a more direct line of communication from our clients to the project team.”


For example, in 2014 Haskell launched a $110 million project with a leading manufacturer of consumer products to build a greenfield plant. Haskell’s civil engineering team, led by Crump, were the first boots on the ground in Kentucky. The team surveyed three potential sites in an area prone to challenging karst topography, infrastructure/utility improvements, and severe weather conditions.


“We evaluated three sites in the Tennessee Valley for any potential topographic issues, infrastructure challenges, utility resources and potential permitting problems,” said Crump. “Ultimately, this led us to pick the optimum build site for our client in southwestern Kentucky. The right site isn’t always the cheapest one, because the least expensive site can become the most costly selection if heavy engineering is required to make it work for the project.”


Overcoming challenges with planning and ingenuity

During the construction process, Haskell’s civil engineers worked closely with their mechanical and electrical engineering counterparts, as well as the project managers and procurement specialists to help craft proposals and evaluate bids for services and equipment needed to complete the project.


“Our team is critical to maintaining the client’s best interests and preserving the integrity of the project throughout the process,” said Crump.


At times, the civil engineering team also has to step in and resolve an unexpected issue. As construction neared completion on the greenfield plant project, for example, Haskell’s team was faced with a challenge that threatened to bring the entire build to a halt. Natural gas lines installed by a local provider fell behind schedule and would not be able to power the plant’s equipment upon opening. Adjustments were made and the civil team was able to assist the procurement team in selecting equipment that would work off of propane until the natural gas lines were completed.


Thanks in part to the critical expertise of Haskell’s civil engineers, the project was completed ahead of schedule and within .5% of the project’s original budget.


Reaching around the globe with expertise and experience

“We can work just about anywhere,” said Crump. “We have licenses in about 40 different states; there’s really not part of the country where we haven’t hit the ground and solved an engineering problem. We frequently engage international efforts where local professionals are unable to provide the added value of innovation typically known within the US. We maintain trusted relationships with governing authorities all over the nation to make sure we have the latest information on permitting and development requirements.”


In all, Haskell has 14 civil engineers based out of their Jacksonville headquarters, plus 60 more in the company’s Benham firm with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis and St. Paul. The group boasts a diversified portfolio that can handle projects of all sizes, varying degrees of complexity and location.



Would you like to discuss our civil engineering capabilities now? Contact our expert, Kevin Crump at

Topics: EPC, Manufacturing