Richland County Program Management
Richland County is the epicenter of activity for South Carolina. It is home to the state's capital city, Columbia, and the largest university in the state, University of South Carolina. It's also home to recreation opportunities that bring people to the county each day.
Due to a lack of state and federal transportation funds, the county's infrastructure became inadequate. Instead of waiting for state or federal help, the county took it upon itself to solve its own infrastructure challenges. It proposed a $1.07 billion penny sales tax to ignite a revitalization of the county's infrastructure. The referendum passed in 2012 with three focuses: roadway, transit and bike/pedestrian/greenway Improvements.
Prior to the referendum, HDR | ICA assisted local businesses educating the public about transportation needs, and advocated for the tax.
Now, we are one of three members of the joint venture that manages the program. In particular, we are involved with roadway and bike/pedestrian/greenway improvements, accounting for $750 million. There are 10 additional firms that support the team. Member firms and county transportation staff share an office to encourage teamwork and collaboration on projects.
Our employees serve in roles of the program manager, construction manager and project managers. We perform a significant portion of the overall design.
Transparency and public involvement are important to the team and they communicate regularly with the public through social-media campaigns, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube video updates and public involvement meetings held on site.