Sam is a senior manager of transportation engineering in our Verona, VA office. He joined the company in August 2013.
You’re a certified ENV Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). Can you tell us what this is and how it relates to our work?
An ENV SP stands for Envision™ Sustainability Professional. This is a credential from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, which is a not-for-profit organization structured to develop and maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure called Envision™. This rating system generally has been compared to LEED, except that it is for infrastructure and not architecture. Envision™ provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It is directly related to the services we provide for projects with roadways, utilities, bridges, rail and other infrastructure. Although you may not have heard much about it to date, I believe it will be as commonplace in 10 years as what LEED is today. You can find more information at sustainableinfrastructure.org.
If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go and why?
This is a tough one. I’ve been to many places that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting. Do I pick somewhere I’ve never been or stick to what I’ve experienced? My thinking is that vacation is supposed to be a getaway, which to me means shorts, flip flops, blue water, warm weather and cold beverages. So it would have to be somewhere (island or cruise ship) in the Caribbean, although the Florida Keys would do just fine as well.
What is your favorite quote?
For history’s sake it would be “Give me liberty or give me death!” In my own personal use, it’s probably “How you doin’?” (obviously with an Italian accent from a guy with a West Virginia twang).
If you could learn to do something really well, what would it be?
Slow down time. Of course in reality (unless someone knows something I don’t), it would be to either hit a 98-MPH fastball or fly a fighter jet.