CDM was founded as a partnership in 1947 by Thomas R. Camp, Herman G. Dresser, and Jack E. McKee.
Dr. Camp headed the department of sanitary engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before leaving the university to set up a consulting practice. Dedicated to public health protection, he pioneered water treatment technologies such as dual-media filters and direct filtration for public water supplies.
While Dr. Camp set the standard of technical excellence for CDM, Mr. Dresser established the tone and business practices of the firm, emphasizing the importance of employee development across all disciplines.
Our complete suite of services spans from program management, management consulting, and architectural and geotechnical engineering, to design-build, construction management, and operations. Beyond the traditional services, CDM is also employing innovative technologies and approaches such as 3D/4D design, sustainable development concepts, and complex alternative delivery mechanisms to help our clients meet their challenging goals. More than one-stop shopping, client service at CDM means exceeding expectations by listening carefully to each unique concern, understanding project demands, and delivering a tailored solution. CDM is a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide. CDM is a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide.
Dr. McKee made professional contributions in water quality protection, groundwater recharge, and engineering education. He left the firm in 1949 to become a professor at the California Institute of Technology, later rejoining CDM on a part-time basis. In its early years and throughout the 1950s, the partnership established its reputation in New England as an engineering practice specializing in water supply and water pollution control.
Many early clients in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts remain CDM clients today. During the 1980s, while continuing to build our traditional base of water and wastewater expertise, CDM also made a strategic early entry into the hazardous waste management field, being named as program manager of one of EPA's first major Superfund contracts in 1981.