David Schwartz is a vice president and senior project manager with experience in a wide range of water and wastewater treatment and conveyance projects. He is also the assistant resident engineer for the 1.3 billion-dollar biosolids digester facilities project for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He's an expert in planning, design, value engineering and start-up of facilities. For his work managing design-build projects like the Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station and Enhanced Clarification Facility for DC Water, David has worked closely with the design and construction teams to enhance collaboration and improve project delivery.
Why CDM Smith? CDM Smith has given me the opportunity to work on an ever-changing variety of projects. I have been involved with design, construction and business development, and have never been bored. Even though I did not follow a technical track, I have always been able to participate in technical aspects of projects at some level, and I still get to do enough of that to keep it interesting. CDM Smith has great people, and I have had the privilege to work with a lot of them over 35 years.
How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why? One of my first projects gave me exposure to the construction side of the business, and I always seemed to gravitate back to that. Although my primary role was as a design engineer, then project manager, and eventually client service leader, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to stay close to the technical side. As design-build became more viable in my region, I pursued opportunities and helped educate clients in the benefits of the delivery method. That ultimately led to several opportunities to lead delivery teams on over $500M worth of DB projects in Virginia and the District of Columbia. In my current role, as part of the construction management team overseeing a $1.3 billion biosolids digester facilities project for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, I am able to bring together all of the skills and lessons I learned over my career. I truly consider it the capstone to my career.
What’s your personal motto? If you can’t do anything about it, don’t sweat it!