Water Works in the Southeast

Water Works in the Southeast

Wayne Haynie Expands Water Services into the Region with a Focus on Talented Recruits and Building Supply for the Future

Wayne Haynie's colleagues know him as a business builder in the Southeast, where he's launched the next phase of his engineering career to expand Burns & McDonnell's water practice in the region.

His first step was to recruit two talented regional engineers who had the experience to help him take aim at projects that would differentiate Burns & McDonnell and build its regional portfolio of successful clients.

After successfully integrating with a publicly traded mega firm, Haynie was looking for a place where clients are a high priority, and where he could build a staff of rising stars who fit into the Burns & McDonnell employee-owned culture. He joined the company in 2012 as the Southeast regional water practice manager. "There is something about the energy and enthusiasm here that makes it such an easy fit for me," Haynie says.

Haynie is building on 30 years of experience as an environmental design engineer and utility operations manager. He also brings project management and operational experience for municipal and industrial clients.

"The most rewarding thing about my work is helping co-workers achieve success and job satisfaction. I get a lot of joy out of that day to day," he says.

Water for the Region

Georgia has already implemented significant water conservation measures, and planning for permanent supply growth is in the works, including expanding reservoir capacity. Economic recovery and job creation are tied to a stable water supply.

"Creating that stable water supply will keep Georgia and surrounding states competitive," Haynie says. "Without diligently addressing this issue, the Southeast could lose new job creation opportunities."

That makes expansion in the Southeast a natural step for the Burns & McDonnell water practice, which has provided service to municipal clients since the company's founding in 1898.

"It takes a unique individual to build a practice from scratch," says Ron Coker, senior vice president over the firm's water practice. "Wayne is a great recruiter, mentor and leader for our staff, and a trusted adviser to his clients, qualities that are essential to building Burns & McDonnell's Southeastern presence."

Local Perspective

A Georgia native, Haynie grew up hearing relatives talk about people who'd "gotten out" of the Georgia Institute of Technology and done well. "You don't simply graduate from Georgia Tech," Haynie says. "You ‘get out,' like you've been in jail. It's part of the lore."

Civil engineering competed for his attention with football, track, cross-country and courting Marie, the high school sweetheart whom he later married.

"When I realized a 2-minute half-mile wasn't going to put bread on the table, I had to let college athletics go," he says. "Concentrating on water and infrastructure seemed noble and practical."

Much of what is now metro Atlanta in the 1960s didn't have water and sewer systems, including Haynie's grandparents' homes in rural Gwinnett County. Summers spent running to an outhouse helped him appreciate the value of improving water and sewer access.

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Haynie grew into a water engineer and manager for local governments and a regional consulting firm in metro Atlanta. His career led him to manage the practice that designed and oversaw construction for the miles of deep tunnels required to solve Atlanta's combined sewer overflow challenges.

Making Clients Successful

Haynie also takes pride in his track record of building strong teams of professionals. "He is a teacher, a natural-born recruiter, and his experience across the Southeast is unparalleled," says Arnold Olender, vice president of the Burns & McDonnell Atlanta office. "Part of Wayne's appeal is that he knows how to connect to clients and build trust. He brings out the best in our people, the client's staff and subcontractors alike."

As Haynie builds his staff, he is also developing a strong platform for success in the Southeast. He started with work for the Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority in Covington, Ga.

"Wayne has been a guiding force in our most recent growth period, a period of time that saw the authority developing from a small rural water and wastewater utility to the larger and more progressive utility that it is today," says Mike Hopkins, executive director of the authority. "Wayne has brought more than just scope, schedule and budget to the authority. He has provided creativity and vision that continues to place us on the cutting edge as
a water/wastewater service provider."

Haynie's team is now working on the planning and conceptual design for projects associated with the combined sewer overflow program for Chattanooga, Tenn. The estimated $250 million project provides a path forward for the aging sewer system after a settlement with regulators.

"Similar to Atlanta, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., the city of Chattanooga has experienced water quality problems in its major waterway, the Tennessee River, for many years," Haynie says. "Our Southeastern team is dedicated to bringing creative, innovative solutions to move the city
and its system into the future."

Contact Wayne at 770-510-4520.

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