Centennial, Colo., Selects CH2M HILL OMI to Provide Public Works Expertise, Services

CENTENNIAL, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 15, 2008 -- Striving to enhance the level of service it delivers to its citizens, Centennial leaders have selected CH2M HILL OMI as the City's partner for public works services. This is thought to be among the largest conversions from county services to a private sector contract in the country.

Beginning July 1, CH2M HILL OMI -- based in neighboring Englewood -- will manage all public works functions for the city, such as traffic engineering and operations, permit processing, inspections, administrative services, and street and roadside maintenance, including snow removal. CH2M HILL OMI has partnered with DMJM Harris and American Civil Constructors to provide public works services to the city.

Through a new public-private partnership unanimously approved by City Council on April 14, the city now will control public-works operations and decision-making, relying on CH2M HILL OMI to implement all services and meet high performance standards set by the city. Since its incorporation in 2001, Centennial had partnered with Arapahoe County to provide public works services.

"As stewards of our community, it's our job to listen to citizen concerns, do our research, and respond with the most efficient, highest-quality solutions," says Jacque Wedding-Scott, Centennial city manager. "Centennial is known for its private-sector partnerships, and we're confident that our new partnership with CH2M HILL OMI will be a successful union."

"We have more than 15 years of experience in collaborating with cities to manage their most critical public-works processes. But it will be especially satisfying to serve Centennial since many of our people already have deep personal ties to the community," says Gary Miller, CH2M HILL OMI senior vice president. "We plan to operate just like an extension of the city, delivering excellence 24 hours a day, every day of the year."

The partnership will be guided under a five-year contract -- worth about $4 million for the remainder of 2008 and about $8.6 million in 2009 -- that the City must review and re-approve annually. A seamless transition between county operations and city-controlled operations is scheduled for the month of June. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office will continue to provide public safety services under a 10-year agreement with the City that was signed earlier this year.

The City of Centennial, Colo., is the seventh-largest city in the Denver metro area with just over 100,000 residents and 37,000 households. The City of Centennial was the largest incorporation of its kind in U.S. history when it was created in 2001. Centennial officially became a city on Feb. 7, 2001. For more information, visit www.centennialcolorado.com.

Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL OMI to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions. The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization; contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete municipal operations, including administration, public works and community development -- all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Englewood-based company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.omi.ch2mhill.com.

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With more than $5 billion in revenue and 24,000 employees, 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 energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of America's Most Admired Companies (2008). Visit www.ch2mhill.com.

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