When You Want it Done Right

Have a construction project you need managed? Need to know if the materials, process, or quality is being maintained on your project? Want to build something, but not sure which foundation type to use? Considering an alternative delivery method for your next project? The project management, owner’s representative, construction administration, geosciences, and materials testing and inspection professionals at DOWL can help with any or all phases of the project process.

Practice Lead

Jason Kelly, PE


Market Sectors


The design and construction of buildings, utilities, bridges, roads, and dams requires a thorough understanding of soil, rock, and groundwater conditions. Our geoscience professionals use soil & rock mechanics, geophysical surveys, and soils engineering to solve practical problems related to infrastructure development comprised of or supported by soil and rock. Drawing on the expertise of our geotechnical engineering and geoscience professionals, we specialize in evaluating subsurface conditions and their impacts for any project; from the planning and permitting stages, into fieldwork and data collection, and through design and construction.

List of Services
  • Pre-Development/Planning
    • Desktop studies/reconnaissance
    • Exploration planning and logistics
    • Geological mapping/studies
    • Geohazard evaluation
    • Subsurface explorations
    • UAV-based mapping and imagery
  • Analysis and Design
    • Geotechnical laboratory testing
    • In-situ testing and performance monitoring
    • Foundation recommendation and analysis
    • Pavement design and subgrade evaluation
    • Seismic design and analysis
    • Earth-retaining structures
    • Computer modeling
    • Frozen ground engineering
    • Geophysical survey
  • Construction Support
    • Rock slope stabilization observation
    • Drilled shafts observation
    • Pile driving observation
    • Thermal foundation observation
    • Emankment/excavation observation
    • Ground improvement observation
    • UAV-based as-built mapping and imagery
    • Construction specification development
    • Design and constructability review
Team Lead
Keri Nutter, CPG


Ferry Street Bridge Inspection

Construction Engineering and Inspection

Building a quality project safely, on schedule, and within budget is the common goal of the owner, engineer, and contractor. Like other project phases, construction requires a team effort of skilled individuals working together toward the desired outcome. Whether your project needs full-service construction administration, or requires specialized testing technicians or engineers to inspect a wide range of structures, including roads, bridges, docks, walls, sign supports, and reservoirs, we can help.

List of Services
  • Pre-construction Phase
    • Alternative delivery selection consultation
    • Bid letting
    • Construction cost estimating
    • Value Engineering
    • Critical path schedules/construction time estimates
    • Constructability reviews for plans, specifications, and phasing
    • Risk assessment
  • Construction Phase
    • Construction management/owners representation
    • Conflict resolution and team building
    • Progress meetings
    • Claims negotiation
    • Budget management and forecasting
    • Change order processing
    • Contractor invoicing/payment
    • Submittal and request for information (RFI) management
    • Onsite observation/inspection
    • Permit compliance/Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
    • Material testing
    • Quality control and compliance of field-tested materials
    • Surveying
  • Post-construction Phase
    • As-built documentation
    • Load rating
    • Project closeout
    • Warranty phase management/inspection
  • In-service Structure Inspection
    • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) certified bridge inspection
    • Emergency inspections
    • Marine structure inspection
    • Non-National Bridge Inventory (NBI) vehicular and pedestrian bridges
    • Water reservoir inspections
    • Strategic asset management including assessment, maintenance, priorities, and cost estimating
Team Lead
Jim Albin, PE, DBIA


Innovative Delivery and Strategic Initiatives

Our innovative delivery and strategic initiatives services are solely focused on you—the owner. We work closely with our owner-clients to assemble the right team and then engage them at the right times during the project. We act as an extension of your business, looking out for your best interests in all phases of your project, from start to finish.

List of Services
  • Delivery Services Provided
    • Design-Bid-Build
    • Best-Value Procurement
    • Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) or Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
    • Design-Build (DB) (Traditional and Progressive)
    • P3
  • Project Initiation Services
    • Delivery method selection support through criteria matrix
    • Funding request package preparation
    • Alternative delivery contract support including proposal preparation and negotiation
    • Architectural/engineering selection and contract negotiations
    • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) advisory and development assistance for CM/GC and Progressional DB during preconstruction
    • Master project schedule and budget development and review
    • Risk assessment and allowance/contingency allocation
  • Construction Design Services
    • Engineering design and environmental services for all phases and delivery methods
    • Project management and scheduling
    • Independent quality assurance services
    • Staff augmentation for all phases of delivery
    • Construction bid/request for proposal packages
    • Construction cost estimating and value engineering
    • Construction management (see CE&I)
    • Contracting for all project phases
    • Design phase management
    • Conflict root cause analysis and resolution
    • Invoice and pay application review
    • Cost comparison workshops
    • Construction cost estimating and value engineering
    • Independent Cost Estimating (ICE)
    • Cost report reviews
    • Web-based project/construction management systems
    • Closeout documentation
Team Lead
Steve Noble, PE, PTOE