First released in 1995, the Land Development Handbook has become one of the most widely recognized and referenced publications in the land development design profession. Earlier this spring, the fourth edition of the handbook was released, with the most recent edition expanding into three separate books: Land Development Handbook (4th Edition), Development of the Built Environment, and Construction Practices for Land Development). This recent publication provided an opportunity for former LDDI student and current Virginia Tech CEE Assistant Professor of Practice Claire White, who was invited to serve as Editor on the Construction Practices for Land Development book.
Working alongside Editor in Chief, Mr. Sid Dewberry, White set out to develop the text such that it went beyond what is presently available in the realm of construction management and the construction manager’s responsibility, and focused more expansively on the design engineer’s role during construction. Of her involvement in developing the text, White states, “I admire Mr. Dewberry’s dedication to advancing the land development profession as evidenced by his work on the Land Development Handbook. It was an honor to work with him and the rest of the team on this latest edition. I hope Construction Practices for Land Development will be a key resource for professionals and students alike just as the Land Development Handbook has been for the last 25 years. In particular, I hope this text helps new engineers, as there are many topics in this book I wish I had better understood early in my career.”