Engineering & Project Management

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Engineering​ programs

The ultimate challenge of this division's work is not to merely build projects but to build communities. The Engineering Services Division manages its work through the following programs. ​

Tonia Wimberly, PE 
Construction Program Manager

This team provides construction administration and field oversight of capital projects and the street resurfacing program managed by Engineering Services. A team of construction managers and inspectors oversees projects during the construction phase, ensuring project safety, proper traffic phasing and accountability for construction costs, schedule and quality. 

​During construction, our goal is to minimize impact on citizens and businesses. An inspector and construction manager monitor the project’s progress each day and are available to answer questions and assist you with construction issues.  

​David Wolfe, PE
Environmental Program Manager

This team supports the environmental expenses incurred by the City due to the ownership of buildings and property. Projects supported include the management of former City landfills, asbestos-in-buildings surveys, Phase l property audits, environmental site assessments to support economic development projects, rapid response to discovered environmental contamination, state/federal EPA reporting obligations, and the remediation of contaminated properties.

Becky Chambers, PE
In-House Planning and Design Program Manager

Engineering & Property Management manages the design and construction of neighborhood, storm water, transit and roadway improvement projects. In most cases, our project managers work with consultants to design projects that include new roads, sidewalks, planting strips, curb and gutter, bicycle lanes and storm drainage.  

However, many transportation projects of all sizes are designed E&PM’s in-house design staff.
​David Wolfe, PE
Interim CNIP Program Manager

Since the late '80s, Charlotte has taken action to revitalize, stabilize and maintain the infrastructure of its neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program was originated in 1990 and funded at $2 million annually through 1996, concentrating on "City within a City" neighborhoods such as Beatties Ford Road, Sterling and Villa Heights. 

Since then, voter-approved neighborhood improvement bonds have funded improvements in targeted neighborhoods across the city, from Hidden Valley to West Boulevard and dozens more. 

This team provides project management and works closely with the Neighborhood and Business Services to assist in developing and implementing programs to revitalize fragile neighborhoods. This work often involves cooperative ventures with Charlotte Water and the Storm Water Division of Engineering & Property Management.

Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA
Transportation Program Manager

As part of its Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the City of Charlotte builds sidewalks to provide a safe, comfortable and connected pedestrian system to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. 

The City’s adopted Transportation​ Action Plan (TAP) calls for the construction of 625 miles of new sidewalks by 2030. Under current funding levels, at least 10 miles of new sidewalks are planned for completion each year to help accommodate that goal. The plan also requires that sidewalks be constructed consistent with Urban Street Design Guidelines and every effort shall be made to meet the intent of the guidelines when designing sidewalk projects. 

The City’s Sidewalk Program currently allocates $7.5 million each year through street bonds. Sidewalks are requested and prioritized in accordance with the City’s sidewalk retrofit policy. Sidewalk repairs can also be requested online or by calling 311.

Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA
Transportation Program Manager

Engineering & Property Management manages the design and construction of transportation projects that include new roads, intersection improvements, planting strips and bicycle lanes. The team works closely with Charlotte’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Planning Commission to create “comp​lete” streets: streets that provide capacity and mobility for motorists that are also safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists and residents. Minor roadway projects costing less than $500,000 are designed by E&PM’s in-house design staff. They include a public involvement opportunity during the planning phase, just as larger projects do.

​Tom Russell, P.E. 
Urban Infrastructure Program Manager

This team provides project management services for various infrastructure programs throughout the city, working closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning, CDOT, CATS and other City agencies to manage several pro​grams of capital improvements such as the following:
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Improvement pro​gram (NECI) - Providing needed infrastructure for transit neighborhoods as part of the Community Investment Plan
  • Farm-to-market roadway improvement​ - ​​​​​​Improving rural roads to serve new development
  • Area plans program - Providing specific infrastructure needs as identified by citizen involvement in area studies
  • Business​ corridor revitalization - Providing infrastructure support to enhance Charlotte's older business corridors
  • Center City transportation p​r​ogram - ​Providing support for uptown infrastructure initiatives
This group also manages private redevelopment projects in coordination with the City's economic development efforts. These projects help make Charlotte's Center City and transit corridors a vibrant, successful urban community.