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History

Thomas Camp left the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to set up a consulting practice with partners Herman Dresser and Jack McKee. Camp pioneered drinking water treatment technologies such as dual-media filters and direct filtration - still in practice today. McKee advanced approaches in water quality protection and groundwater recharge. Dresser established the character and business practices of the firm, emphasizing teamwork, employee development and exceptional client service. Click through our history timeline to see our progression through the years.
1947
Thomas Camp provides studies and designs for water treatment plant improvements for the city of Cambridge, our first client.
1947
Camp, Dresser & McKee officially formed a partnership.
1949
Expanding beyond New England, the firm wins a pollution abatement report project on the Clarion River.
1947
Thomas Camp provides studies and designs for water treatment plant improvements for the city of Cambridge, our first client.
1947
Camp, Dresser & McKee officially formed a partnership.
1949
Expanding beyond New England, the firm wins a pollution abatement report project on the Clarion River.
1954
Design of the 1st dual-media, multiple-tray water treatment plant establishes the firm as a water-treatment innovator and leader.
1958
Design and services during construction for a wastewater treatment plant help to rehabilitate the polluted river, leading to WWTP designs for the greater Boston region.
1959
Performing water supply studies for the city and 11 surrounding communities, the firm designs the state's largest filtration plant, a 45-mgh facility.
1954
Design of the 1st dual-media, multiple-tray water treatment plant establishes the firm as a water-treatment innovator and leader.
1958
Design and services during construction for a wastewater treatment plant help to rehabilitate the polluted river, leading to WWTP designs for the greater Boston region.
1959
Performing water supply studies for the city and 11 surrounding communities, the firm designs the state's largest filtration plant, a 45-mgh facility.
1963
Continuing to grow, the firm wins our first international project, a 10-year wastewater master plan for the city of Bogotá, Colombia.
1965
The firm becomes the public health engineering consultant for East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
1968
This innovative water reclamation plant treats wastewater to the high quality that it can discharge into Salt Creek without disturbing the ecosystem.
1963
Continuing to grow, the firm wins our first international project, a 10-year wastewater master plan for the city of Bogotá, Colombia.
1965
The firm becomes the public health engineering consultant for East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
1968
This innovative water reclamation plant treats wastewater to the high quality that it can discharge into Salt Creek without disturbing the ecosystem.
1973
The EPA retains the firm to prepare the country's first comprehensive guidelines, and subsequent updates, for design, construction and operation of U.S. water pollution control facilities.
1974
The firm plans, designs and oversees construction for a regional wastewater treatment system in the rapidly growing Southeastern market.
1978
Conducted water resource studies of aquifer capacity over a 225,000 square-mile area to define a water supply strategy critical for economies of 6 Southwestern states.
1973
The EPA retains the firm to prepare the country's first comprehensive guidelines, and subsequent updates, for design, construction and operation of U.S. water pollution control facilities.
1974
The firm plans, designs and oversees construction for a regional wastewater treatment system in the rapidly growing Southeastern market.
1978
Conducted water resource studies of aquifer capacity over a 225,000 square-mile area to define a water supply strategy critical for economies of 6 Southwestern states.
1983
The firm designs a 10-mgd plant that can be expanded to 90-mgd when other communities join the system, providing significant cost savings.
1984
Signing a $168 million Superfund contract, the largest awarded by the EPA, the firm begins cleanup for National Priority List hazardous waste sites across the country, entering the federal remediation market.
1983
The firm designs a 10-mgd plant that can be expanded to 90-mgd when other communities join the system, providing significant cost savings.
1984
Signing a $168 million Superfund contract, the largest awarded by the EPA, the firm begins cleanup for National Priority List hazardous waste sites across the country, entering the federal remediation market.
1986
Our comprehensive wastewater facilities plan for the conveyance, treatment and biosolids management of 500 million gallons of wastewater per day becomes the blueprint for the Boston Harbor Cleanup.
1993
The firm completes 30-mgd Eagle Mountain Ozone Facility in TX, that features a compact layout to simplify operations.
1995
Chosen for design-build of a system to clean 2 million gallons of contaminated groundwater and soil at a rail-yard and tank farm in Sparks, NV.
1986
Our comprehensive wastewater facilities plan for the conveyance, treatment and biosolids management of 500 million gallons of wastewater per day becomes the blueprint for the Boston Harbor Cleanup.
1993
The firm completes 30-mgd Eagle Mountain Ozone Facility in TX, that features a compact layout to simplify operations.
1995
Chosen for design-build of a system to clean 2 million gallons of contaminated groundwater and soil at a rail-yard and tank farm in Sparks, NV.
1999
Commencing with the largest single-season screening study performed in the United States, this project helps the EPA restore a 180-square-mile community polluted with asbestos from decades of vermiculite mining.
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2003
Planning, designing and managing geotechnical installations for Leipzig Tunnel, the firm contributes to a world-class rail system in Germany.
1999
Commencing with the largest single-season screening study performed in the United States, this project helps the EPA restore a 180-square-mile community polluted with asbestos from decades of vermiculite mining.
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2003
Planning, designing and managing geotechnical installations for Leipzig Tunnel, the firm contributes to a world-class rail system in Germany.
2005
Responding to Hurricane Katrina, the firm assesses damage to wastewater treatment, collection and distribution systems, aiding in recovery and protection against future storms.
2008
Designing the largest advanced water purification facility in the world, read more about innovative project.
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2009
Following a devastating earthquake, the firm provides design-build services for 150 schools, health clinics and hospitals designed.
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2005
Responding to Hurricane Katrina, the firm assesses damage to wastewater treatment, collection and distribution systems, aiding in recovery and protection against future storms.
2008
Designing the largest advanced water purification facility in the world, read more about innovative project.
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2009
Following a devastating earthquake, the firm provides design-build services for 150 schools, health clinics and hospitals designed.
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2011
In a joint-venture, the firm provides design-build services for sustainable LEED-Gold facilities, supporting 2,300 personnel from the Department of Defense.
2012
Marking the firm's entry to the transportation market in Qatar, improved transportation to the North and West of the city.
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2016
In a joint venture, we begin work on Houston's Northeast Water Purification Plant expansion, the largest U.S. progressive design-build project of its time.
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2011
In a joint-venture, the firm provides design-build services for sustainable LEED-Gold facilities, supporting 2,300 personnel from the Department of Defense.
2012
Marking the firm's entry to the transportation market in Qatar, improved transportation to the North and West of the city.
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2016
In a joint venture, we begin work on Houston's Northeast Water Purification Plant expansion, the largest U.S. progressive design-build project of its time.
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Our History

1940s — With the formation of the partnership, the firm grows a local client base, designing important water infra­struc­ture projects throughout New England. 

In 1949, the firm expanded beyond New England and wins a pollution abatement report project on the Clarion River in Penn­syl­va­nia. 


1950s –
Using new, in­no­v­a­tive tech­nol­ogy to de­liver ex­cel­lent re­sults, CDM’s rep­u­ta­tion ex­pands be­yond New Eng­land.

In 1959, we de­signed the first dual-media, multiple-tray water treatment plant estab­lish­ing the firm as a water-treatment innovator and leader.


1960s
– We win our first inter­na­tional contract in Colombia, taking the firm outside of the United States.

In 1965, the firm became the public health engineering consultant for East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, es­tab­lish­ing the firm in the inter­na­tional arena.


1970s
– In 1973, The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) re­tained the firm to prepare the coun­try’s first compre­hen­sive guidelines and subsequent updates for design, construc­tion and operation of U.S. water pollution control facilities.

Over the next few years, we made sev­eral ac­qui­si­tions that ex­panded our foot­print in New York and Florida.


1980s –
The Com­pre­hen­sive En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sponse, Com­pen­sa­tion, and Li­a­bil­ity Act – com­monly known as Su­per­fund – cre­ated a trust fund through a tax on the chem­i­cal and pe­tro­leum in­dus­tries and es­tab­lished a fed­eral au­thor­ity for the cleanup of haz­ardous waste sites.

In 1985, CDM Fed­eral Pro­grams Cor­po­ra­tion was cre­ated to work with the EPA and other fed­eral agen­cies.


1990s –
We com­pleted sev­eral ac­qui­si­tions that ex­tended our ser­vices in the west and in Ger­many.

In 1999, we com­menced the largest sin­gle-sea­son as­bestos screen­ing study in the U.S., help­ing the EPA re­store a 180-square-mile com­mu­nity pol­luted with as­bestos in Libby, Mon­tana.


2000s
– In 2005, the firm responded to Hurricane Katrina by assessing damage to wastewater treatment plants, collection and distri­b­u­tion systems, and aiding in recovery and protection against future natural disasters.

In 2009, fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in Pak­istan, the firm provided design-build ser­vices for 61 earth­quake-re­sis­tant schools, 16 health cen­ters and seven uni­ver­sity im­prove­ments.


2010s
– In 2011, the firm provided design-build services for a sustainable LEED-Gold facility that sup­ports more than 2,000 Dept. of De­fense per­son­nel at An­drews Air Force Base in Mary­land.

In 2012, CDM and Wilbur Smith As­so­ci­ates - a suc­cess­ful trans­porta­tion and in­fra­struc­ture firm in South Car­olina - joined forces to be­come CDM Smith, a lead­ing global con­sult­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, and op­er­a­tions firm of more than 5,000 profes­sion­als delivering integrated so­lu­tions in water, en­vi­ron­ment, trans­porta­tion, en­ergy and fa­cil­i­ties.