Lochmueller Group is setting a standard for innovative Public Involvement (PI). Our PI team is fortunate to team with clients that recognize the value of investing in meaningful participation. Our reputation has built client confidence, and when we have unique ideas, our clients know their investment is safe. Lochmueller Group has grown a dedicated PI team who knows the client, knows the project dynamics, and tailors a plan that smooths the path to participation. We know a well-thought-out strategy for engaging the public provides feedback that leads to project success.
The days of crowded public meetings are dwindling; expecting people to show up at a certain time in a certain place is a reach. To accommodate people’s lifestyles, Lochmueller suggested the use of a “Meeting in a Box” for the Mid-States Corridor Study. Our team used local libraries, which had flexible hours to accommodate work schedules and welcomed people to bring children, to house materials presented at local meetings. The public could then review the materials and leave their comments on a provided form placed in a comment box.
While meeting presentations and comment forms are a staple of any good public outreach strategy, Lochmueller has a tool that is a little more high-tech. Our talented team is bringing projects to life with virtual reality. Innovative improvements like displaced left turns and roundabouts can be intimidating, and explaining through words and pictures only goes so far. Putting on a virtual reality headset and experiencing what it’s like to drive through an intersection without any risk builds driver confidence and improves project acceptance.
We are happy to be able to offer this unique product to our clients and look forward to exploring new applications for the technology. It’s just another way Lochmueller is committed to staying ahead of the Public Involvement pack. At Lochmueller Group, our leadership and experience, paired with a commitment to embracing change and innovation, set us apart. We await persistent growth to continually meet the needs of our clients and the communities we serve!