CH2M HILL Team Selected as Program Manager for Mega Expansion of Panama Canal

Aug 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from CH2M HILL

    DENVER, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has
 awarded CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and
 operations firm the Program Management contract for the $5.25 billion
 Panama Canal Expansion program. Subcontractors on the team include DHV
 Group, Grupo TYPSA, CSA Group, and Earth Consultants International.
     "We are proud to contribute our global experience to help build not
 only one of the world's major infrastructure projects, but to build it in
 such a way as to leave a lasting legacy of sustainable socioeconomic growth
 and environmental responsibility," said Michael Kennedy, President of CH2M
 HILL Transportation Group. "We are thrilled to support Panama's incredible
 vision for its future."
     The expansion project involves building a new set of massive locks on
 both the Atlantic and Pacific ends of the existing canal and will include
 substantial excavation and dredging. The project schedule calls for the
 first "Post Panamax" vessel to transit through the expanded canal in 2014,
 the 100th anniversary of the completion of the original canal. A Post
 Panamax vessel is the term for ships that are larger than a Panamax and do
 not fit in the original canal. After expansion, the Panama Canal is
 expected to be able to handle vessels up to 12000 TEU in size.
     "The expansion of the Panama Canal is considered one the most visible
 and important infrastructure projects in the world, and will affect global
 commerce significantly over the next century," said Garry Higdem, CH2M
 HILL's lead executive for the Panama Canal program.
     The Program Management function involves assisting the Panama Canal
 Authority (ACP) in the management of all contracts, interfacing with design
 build and construction teams, as well as numerous stakeholders. "We are
 honored to team with ACP in delivering this historic project for the
 citizens of Panama," said Jhan Schmitz, CH2M HILL's Program Manager for the
 Canal Expansion. "The key to this program's success will be the effective
 coordination of a world-class multidisciplinary team."
     Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global
 leader in engineering, construction and operations for public and private
 clients. With $4.5 billion in revenue, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading
 program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by
 Engineering News-Record (2007). The firm's work is concentrated in the
 areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, and industrial
 facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and
 leading employer by business media and professional associations worldwide.
 CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees in regional offices around the