MVP Winner Honored In San Antonio

By Traci Read, Senior Editor | March 2009 Vol. 64 No. 3

When it comes to the promotion of rehabilitation technology, the tireless efforts of Joseph G. Majdalani have earned him the honor of Most Valuable Professional for 2009 from the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association and Underground Construction magazine.

Majdalani was presented the award at a special luncheon held at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on Jan. 20, in San Antonio, TX.

As the former senior assistant director of Wastewater Operations, a division of the Public Works & Engineering Department for the city of Houston, Majdalani directed the operation of 660 employees, 40 wastewater treatment plants, 420 pump stations, three wet weather facilities, 33,500,000 linear feet of gravity collection system and 1,500,000 linear feet of force main. He administered an annual operating budget of $115 million and a capital improvement projects budget of $156 million.

Majdalani has had a varied career in both the private and public sectors over the past 24 years. He has risen through the ranks of structural engineer, civil engineer, chief engineer and water utilities engineer to his role as senior assistant director. Along the way, he completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Louisiana and California.

Majdalani is a strong proponent for considering trenchless construction and rehabilitation technologies when planning a city’s projects. He has earned a reputation among contractors for taking a practical approach in seeking realistic solutions for complex solutions.

“Joe has been a huge proponent of trenchless technology his entire career,” commented Russell C. Ford, business development manager for LAN and past president of GCTA. “While Joe was with the Public Works Department for the city of Beaumont, he championed the use of pipe bursting and trenchless rehabilitation, making Beaumont the first city in the United States to use trenchless methods that were installed by city crews.

“Then, when he began working for the city of Houston, Joe maintained a professional relationship with the contractors. He worked to streamline the city’s processes to make his department friendlier to the trenchless industry and help get projects underway more quickly and make sure contractors were paid promptly for work completed,” Ford said.

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