Claire White worked with a team at Dewberry to write the fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, which is a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers. The first edition was published in 1996. In addition to the handbook, there were two other companion texts created. Development of the Built Environment provides a holistic and less technical overview of the entire development process. Construction Practices for Land Development focuses on the construction process, with a specific focus on the design engineer’s role during construction.
White served as the primary contributor and editor for Construction Practices for Land Development. “Based on our research, there are numerous texts on construction management and the construction manager’s responsibility, but few of them focus on the design engineer’s role during construction,” she said.
White became involved in this project after interning at Dewberry while she was an undergraduate. Following her internship, she maintained a relationship with Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering alumnus, Skip Notte, who connected her to leaders at Dewberry to discuss this project. In fact, many Virginia Tech alumni were contributors for Construction Practices for Land Development, including Skip Notte (’97), Kyle White (’10), Matthew Martin (’10), and Melissa Emory (’08). Additionally, Department Head Sam Easterling wrote the foreword for Land Development Handbook (4th ed.) and Professor Randy Dymond wrote the foreword for Construction Practices for Land Development.
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