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Chitra Foster, PE, DBIA

Vice President, Construction Area Leader
Few managers have more diverse experience in the planning, design and construc­tion of water and wastewater programs than Chitra Foster. Over the course of her 20-year career, Chitra has developed and managed multi-disci­pli­nary teams that deliver unique, high-quality solutions for clients both domes­ti­cally and inter­na­tion­ally. And as the head of CDM Smith’s construc­tion project portfolio in the central United States, Chitra has worked with owners and project teams to tailor the right alternative delivery method that suits each unique client and sector need, utilizing her extensive knowledge of regulatory and market drivers. 

How might clients describe you? Forthright, intelligent and proactive. 

years at CDM Smith
years in industry
projects completed

What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? It means honoring our owners and business partners first by respecting their intel­li­gence and experience. Then we must take the time to create innovative solutions that match each owner’s unique story. Finally, we must deliver on what we promise. We can’t stop listening after the first interaction; it’s our continuous collab­o­ra­tion that helps us deliver together. 

What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? I’ve been known to ‘moonlight’ at my husband’s gourmet market on the weekends. I get paid in wine and cheese, so it’s not a bad gig! 

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? I’ve relocated to seven CDM Smith offices around the globe and have worked short-term in a great many more. 

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Trust is the foundation of the relationships that make projects succeed.
Chitra's Areas of Focus
Did you know?

Chitra is an active member of the National As­so­ci­a­tion of Women in Con­struc­tion and the Design Build In­sti­tute of America.

Optimize Project Delivery 
Download these slides from a webinar Chitra moderated to learn how to let your project goals determine the best delivery method to use.    
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2017 Industrial Waste Practice Grand Prize
Chitra was part of the CDM Smith team that designed and built a hazardous waste incineration facility expansion for Clean Harbors, Inc. The project was recognized with top honors by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
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