Meet Richard Zimmerman: Senior project manager leading RMT Inc.’s renewable-energy-development projects.

1 Learn from your legacy.

In many ways, our renewable energy leadership lies in our environmental engineering legacy. Our roots stem back to RMT’s founders, three former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources environmental managers who specialized in solid and hazardous waste management. The early corporate plan for RMT was to provide industrial clients with full-service waste-management and groundwater-quality consulting services. So it wasn’t a far leap to direct our efforts toward construction of renewable energy facilities.

2 Create a dialogue.

The first step is determining client needs and goals. Here we listen to clients and figure out how we can work together. What is their approach to engineering? What are their project goals? We engage in several casual conversations, along with formal project meetings, to facilitate a solid partnership with the client.

3 Complement client resources.

Client capabilities vary significantly. For instance, some have an engineering staff that has done site work. We have specialists who take such preliminary work and incorporate it into plans for solar- or wind-energy projects. Other clients may just have a proposal in hand and need our entire spectrum of services, from site development to engineering and construction. Either way, we easily accommodate each client’s resources.

4 Offer services in-house. 

Much of our competitive edge comes from having everything under one roof. When it comes to solar and wind energy, our technicians are experienced not only in the design and construction of these renewable energy facilities, but also in the high-voltage transmission necessary for their completion. Clients are assured that the entire project is being handled with the utmost expertise and effectiveness.

This same quality and technical aptitude applies to our choice of subcontractors. Among them is Hooper Corporation, whom we have used in multiple phases of our electrical work, specifically because of their quality craftsmanship and great safety record.

5 Expedite solutions.

Perhaps the best reason for choosing a full-service firm such as RMT is our ability to deal quickly with project concerns. If it is necessary to alter plans because a specialized crane is needed to move wind turbines up a steep mountain slope, for example, our designers work hand–in-hand with our construction team to make this happen as efficiently as possible. Our Sheffield wind energy project is one real-world example of this team approach. During the early phase of this contract, it was determined that water mitigation was necessary to capture water runoff contaminated by the building process. Our construction team jumped on the problem by creating a series of rock-lined ditches to safely store and subsequently drain the water without causing project delays.

6 Complete all objectives.

While technical expertise and project coordination counts for a great deal, success boils down to your ability to create a great working relationship with the client. Consequently, at RMT it is all about sharing and fulfilling the client’s vision.

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