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CommunityIncreasingly, people are expressing fear that land development and construction projects will unduly disrupt their lives and pose dangers to their health. The public’s concern about the environment, the economy, and the general welfare of their communities has led to protests, negative media coverage, and lawsuits. Too often, the results are the same: extended project schedules and significant cost overruns. Occasionally, the voice of the public stops the project cold.

At SCS, we know that people denied the opportunity to work with a project will often work against it. That’s why SCS established a formal policy to foster working relationships with elected officials, government agencies, the business community, labor organizations, environmental and community interest groups, property owners, and the media. Since then, we’ve been involved in community relations activities on projects of all sizes and scopes—from major educational bond projects to the design and construction of light rail, airports, highways, and power plants

Our Approach to Public Involvement - SCS’ community relations team helps customers engage local communities in partnerships that represent both project and public interests. Team members cultivate trust between project stakeholders, and facilitate open discussion of issues so that all parties feel their concerns are addressed.

Community relations is also a cornerstone of SCS’ sustainability policy, which integrates economic development, environmental protection, and social responsibility in all phases of project development and execution.
Services our community relations team can provide:

  • Conducts community interviews and public surveys to identify local perceptions, values, and needs
  • Designs communications materials and programs that encourage dialog and support public participation in project design and construction planning
  • Develops and implements community relations plans that define goals, audiences, and actions
  • Identifies local concerns and resolves conflicts early, before issues become politicized and exacerbated by media attention

 

SCS has a tradition of effectively responding to the changing needs and demands of sophisticated engineering and construction projects—a tradition that has served the company well on many major endeavors. Community relations is a value-added service—a part of SCS’ comprehensive approach to project management. Specialists plan and execute programs that benefit engineering and construction projects and meet the specific needs, concerns, and cultures of local communities. A strong relationship with the community surrounding a project site fosters an environment of trust so that work can proceed without costly interruptions, on time and on budget.