Richard Coles

Senior Strategic Advisor - Water Infrastructure
Richard Coles

Recognition & Awards

  • M.S., Civil Engineering – Loyola Marymount University
  • B.S., Environmental Science – California State University, San Bernardino
  • Corporate Leadership Program – Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Co-Author, White Paper – “A Brine Approach for the Owens Lake.”  This paper presents the benefits of using brine as a Best Available Control Measure to control PM10 on the dry lakebed due to brine’s low emissivity
  • Member, American Water Works Association
  • Member, Western Dredging Association
  • Member, American Association of Port Authorities

Richard Coles is a renowned water infrastructure expert and has delivered complex water conveyance, water pumping and water treatment systems.  He has a solid track record of providing leadership in the engineering and construction management industries and building high performance teams that deliver superior results.  He has managed a wide range of large design, design-build, and construction projects, and is experienced in managing multiple design teams and construction teams simultaneously.

For more than two decades, Rich has led consultant teams supporting air quality, dust control, water conveyance and water conservation projects for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program, implementing innovative solutions and environmentally sustainable approaches that have successfully reduced dust emissions, conserved water, and restored the local environment.  Rich recently served as the QA/QC Manager for the design-build team supporting the Water Replenishment District of Southern California’s cutting-edge Groundwater Improvement Program Advanced Water Treatment Facility in Pico Rivera, California.  This project includes expansions to existing water treatment facilities, spreading operations, and stormwater capture facilities.

During Rich’s 30+ years of experience in the industry, he has provided value engineering, design management, program/project management and construction management leadership expertise on dozens of wastewater treatment, recycled water, water filtration, reservoir, pipeline, and pump station projects, as well as numerous port, harbor, dredging, levee and wetlands restoration projects, throughout California, the nation and abroad.

Rich earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and his B.S. in Environmental Science from California State University, San Bernardino.  He has also completed a corporate leadership program at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.