How to be sure that you’re hiring the right engineering firm
How to separate those who can, from those who claim they can.
Identifying and hiring the right expert or advisor has never been more challenging for managers and organizational leaders than it is today. And though search engines (Google, etc.) on the Internet are designed to help you find things faster… they can also quickly make the challenge even more daunting.
For example, a search in Google for “engineering consultant” produced 11,500,000 results (in 0.37 seconds). So search engines alone won’t help you sort out those who say they can help you and those who actually can help you.
We’ve heard that “information is power”. In fact, the truth is that “applied knowledge” is where the real power is.
While information can be accessed quickly, knowledge is acquired and deepened over years of experience, by the application and mastery of information to provide consistent and reliable results. Krieger & Stewart has developed its engineering knowledge over 40 years of experience working with public agencies on infrastructure projects.
Information alone is cheap and easily available. Knowledge is acquired the hard way– through lessons learned, blood, sweat, tears and the maturity of time. This is what distinguishes an outstanding engineering firm from the many engineering firms today. You can be confident that an outstanding, highly-experienced, details-oriented engineering firm will protect you and serve alongside you as a reliable partner.
But don’t take our word for it…
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (3P) has stated that proper partner selection is the most important of the six most critical elements for the long-term success of partnerships. In particular, proper partner selection has greater significance for public agencies, as the duration of partnerships has increased dramatically in recent years. Water and wastewater partnerships have progressed from 3- to 5- year partnerships to more long-term arrangements ranging from 10 to 20 years. Larger infrastructure partnerships, such as toll roads, have partnership terms ranging from 30 to 99 years. As lengthier agreements become more common and acceptable, establishing a long-term working relationship with a private sector partner becomes a critical factor for the success of the public-private partnership.
The complexity and number of details found in today’s infrastructure projects can overwhelm a public agency. Today, the thousands and thousands of details involved in every project make it nearly impossible for a public agency to manage its projects without securing the right engineering firm as a strategic partner.
If your engineering consultant doesn’t lighten the burden for your staff and protect your interests, they aren’t your partner.
Hiring an experienced engineering consulting firm that engineers the details for you will lower your total project costs and protect your agency’s bottom line, while freeing up your staff to manage other agency priorities.
We work closely with you and your staff to ensure that your goals, priorities and interests are fully aligned, protected and integrated into your projects. With Krieger & Stewart, you never have to worry about potential conflicts of interest or needless surprises, as we are fully dedicated to the success of your municipality or public agency.
Contact us today to discuss your projects, challenges and facility goals for the coming year.