Andrew L. Casolini Dal Bo
PE, LEED AP
As head of Wendel’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Group. Andrew has a strong focus on asset management and strategic planning for water and wastewater systems, in particular, the design and retrofitting on facilities. Recognized as an expert in the collection, distribution, and treatment of water, wastewater, and storm water; he has led infrastructure improvement projects for urban and rural communities with facility capacities ranging from 3,000 to over 100 + million gallons per day.
He helps identify client objectives that improve the quality of life for the residents within a community and designs strategies to deliver these objectives. A significant part of this process is guiding financial management and fiduciary responsibility using asset management principals. Andrew assists with the implementation of the plan’s strategies and oversees project management.
Get to know Andrew…
What is the toughest business decision you have ever had to make?
Early in 2006 the Wendel partners decided in order to have the organization grow and survive, we needed to expand into new markets. Virginia was targeted as a business friendly state. After countless discussions with my partners, and especially my wife, I chose to move my family to northern Virginia to bolster efforts in our Alexandria office, which had one employee at the time. The choice to relocate from Western New York was incredibly difficult. Fortunately clients, friends and family were very supportive. Since then, client relationships in WNY are stronger than ever, and we have grown to 34 employees in Virginia and counting.
What is it about water and wastewater field that first drew your interest?
When I was young (12 years or there abouts) all I wanted to do was to build a dam. The idea of building something that would last the test of time intrigued me. It wasn’t until university that I started to really understand how humans should engage the environment in a holistic way. Dr. Weisman from Lehigh University unleashed my curiosity in relation to the ecosystem that ties land and water together.
Most memorable Wendel moment?
During one of our events, the management team invited back Peter Wendel (son of Wendel’s founder Leon Wendel) who left the organization in the early 1980s. He was speaking about the early Wendel years. The moment that has stuck with me since his speech was this (I am paraphrasing): “Remember…you have something very precious in your possession. You have my last name. Respect it and treat the name as if it is yours.” There are no more Wendel family members that are part of the organization, but his words still resonate and drive my behaviors and professionalism.