Arup Hires Witko; Strengthens Water Business in the Americas
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that it has hired Janine Witko as Arup’s Water Business Leader in the Americas region, to be located in the New York City office.
Under Janine’s leadership, Arup will refocus its strategic efforts on building its water business in the Americas. Arup’s commitment towards climate change adaptation is manifested by pursuing projects focused on water supply quantity and quality treatment issues, wastewater/CSO planning and design and asset management. While Arup’s water business services are applied to a wide range of projects throughout the world, Janine will be responsible for further developing these services and growing its client base in the Americas.
“Arup’s aim is to be recognized as industry-leading experts in the strategic and sustainable management of water,” said Gillian Blake, principal and leader of the infrastructure practice team at Arup New York. “By adding Janine to our leadership team, we will be on our way to being viewed as global thought leaders in creating a legacy of innovative, future proof, and value-adding solutions to complex problems, and for delivering projects in an integrated and holistic way. We are looking forward to her contributions.”
With 30 years of professional experience, Janine joins Arup from Halcrow, where she served as vice president and North America water director. Her knowledge and leadership have influenced notable projects for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and United Water. On Feb. 4, she will co-moderate a panel presentation on succession planning at the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) 85(th) Annual Meeting & Exhibition and she is currently completing an update of the Water Quality chapter in the updated AWWA Water resources manual to be released in 2014.
Arup’s global water team includes civil engineers, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, geotechnical specialists, ecologists, environmental scientists, rivers and coastal scientists and geomorphologists. Its water business in the Americas has experienced steady growth over the last 5 years and has been involved in projects such as Lake Mead, a deep-water intake to preserve the water supply to Las Vegas, in Arizona; Bay View Hunters Point, a sustainable infrastructure development, in San Francisco; and the East River Water Front Esplanade, a rejuvenation of waterfront park in New York.
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
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