More Buried Infrastructure R&R, Civil Engineering Experience in Charlotte

Professionals in the fields of buried infrastructure renewal and replacement and civil engineering have joined the growing Charlotte staff of McKim & Creed.

 Patrick Needham, PE has joined McKim & Creed as a project engineer. He brings five years’ experience in civil engineering, project management and construction. Mr. Needham served four years as a civil engineering officer in the US Air Force, and then worked as a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian civil engineer, where he managed the Portfolio Optimization Element. This consisted of project programming, community planning, and energy management for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. He has extensive experience programming and designing new construction, maintenance and repair projects for DoD installations. Mr. Needham has a degree in civil engineering from Clemson University.

Heading McKim & Creed’s Charlotte-area buried infrastructure renewal and replacement services is Craig Watts. He has more than 25 years’ experience in sanitary and storm sewer flow metering projects and condition assessment programs. His specific experience includes the management and analysis of all aspects of sewer studies, including flow metering, manhole inspection, smoke testing, flow isolation, dye testing, closed circuit television inspection, data analysis, and report preparation. Mr. Watts has also prepared sewer rehabilitation strategies, developed project schedules, and supervised sewer rehabilitation contractors. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Preston Johnson, EI, comes to McKim & Creed as an engineer intern with experience in civil and construction engineering. He has been involved in such complex projects as the planning and development of a 20-acre acid-generating materials storage facility and a 325-acre tailings storage facility at a gold mine, and engineering the construction of dry fly ash disposal facilities. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in civil engineering and a concentration in environmental and water resource engineering, and is a member of Engineers Without Borders.

 James Kalski brings to McKim & Creed’s Charlotte team experience and expertise in producing plans, profiles, cross-sections, elevations, structure sections, construction details, references and perspective drawings. A CAD technician specializing in the water and wastewater industry, Mr. Kalski is proficient in a plethora of applications, including AutoCAD/Land Desktop, AutoDESK Map, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Microstation, Raster Design, and ArcGIS.

McKim & Creed established its Charlotte office in 1994. Notable projects for which McKim & Creed has provided engineering services include UNC Charlotte’s award-winning Partnership, Outreach and Research to Accelerate Learning (PORTAL) building, Carolina Healthcare System’s medical office and healthplex in Waxhaw, and the Ramah Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor.