The land acquisition process is part of many projects that expand or enhance a municipality’s transportation network. This component of a transportation improvement often requires the acquisition of private property for public use. 法律不仅要求对收购进行公正的补偿, but it also encourages agreements structured to avoid litigation and assure consistent treatment of property owners. The ability to reach an agreement in a timely manner is founded on a comprehensive, 准确的, 和可靠的评估.

Civiltech recognizes this critical component of public agency transportation improvements and offers our clients the unique service of an in-house 正确的方式 (ROW) department. 内部提供土地征用服务, our team has an unmatched understanding of how the design work integrates with the land acquisition process. We can implement land acquisition strategies to minimize project impacts and delays. 也, our designers pay particular attention to the minimization of private property impacts when identifying ROW needs.

The ability to provide a complete land acquisition process requires the specialized services of a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. 今年二月, Civiltech’s Dino Lanzo received his license and joins our Director of ROW services, 戴夫白,在这个区别中. Working as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser within the ROW field is not a common career path for appraisers and requires specialized knowledge and experience. Civiltech considers our dynamic ROW team to be a tremendous asset for our clients and our projects.

Dino’s path to certification provides a glimpse into this interesting and somewhat elusive career path. 迪诺以音乐商业学士学位开始他的职业生涯, 这让他在一家录音棚实习. His duties included business development, working on recording projects, and teaching music lessons. While he found being involved with recording projects interesting, he quickly realized that his passion was for the detail in the business end and not the music aspect. 他有商业背景, Dino transitioned into an accounting role within the Illinois Tollway (on loan from another transportation engineering firm), working as a project accountant calculating the potential savings of their Congestion Relief Program. 随后, Dino was assigned to a position at the Bureau of Land Acquisition within IDOT District 1, then continued in a permanent position as a Consultant Appraisal Manager.

通过这条非常规的路线, 迪诺发现自己置身于一个令人兴奋的新世界之中, a business opportunity that sparked his interest and at which he felt he could thrive. Dino’s career discovery was Civiltech’s good fortune when he began working with 戴夫白 and the Civiltech team. Dino joined Civiltech providing services similar to his Consultant Appraisal Manager position at IDOT. This role allowed him to see the processes employed by many different appraisers. He then transitioned into preparing appraisal reports which provided hands on training and counted towards 3,他所需要的1万小时记录在案的经验, as he now knew he wanted to pursue becoming a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

一个具有挑战性的路径, the requirements prior to sitting for the exam include 300 hours of classes, 3,以上提到的000小时的工作经验, 至少30个月的准备时间. 迪诺在2012年开始了这个过程, 他的大部分课程都在网上, 2017年5月,他完成了最后一节课. 2017年10月, he sat for the 6 hour test and is now a newly licensed appraiser, 可独立签署评估报告.

Having been involved in the process as both a client representative (public agency) and in the trenches doing the appraisal work, 迪诺带来了彻底的, 整个ROW流程的全面视图. Dino feels that working within Civiltech’s ROW department offers many advantages to his position. 他解释说, “Being involved in the beginning of the land acquisition process is often the most difficult because it’s hard to explain to people what the proposed improvement will look like in the end. Civiltech provides great exhibits and thorough plans to illustrate the project, 这让我与业主的沟通更容易.”也, 当被问及在内部使用ROW服务的好处时, Dino notes that it is beneficial to have the ROW specialists involved in the design process. “我们需要明智的土地征用政策. Integrating the perspective of someone in the right of way field within the planning and design process can help facilitate the project schedule and generate cost savings by identifying and minimizing unintentional impacts that may not have otherwise been foreseen.”

Dino’s advice for anyone interested in pursuing a career in land acquisition, “Find a great mentor to help you learn the ropes and recognize real world experience opportunities as part of the educational process. It’s a difficult path, but with hard work, it can be very rewarding.”