Fourth Edition of Land Development Handbook Released

Resource expands to a series of three books

Dewberry1Fairfax, VA—April 23, 2019 – The fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers, is now available from publisher McGraw-Hill. Authored by Dewberry and originally published in 1995, the first three editions have sold nearly 40,000 copies to date. The new edition and accompanying books are available through McGraw-Hill, Amazon, and other retailers.

The new edition expands the resource from one book to three, focusing on design, business, and construction. The series includes:

  • Land Development Handbook, 4th Edition
  • Development of the Built Environment
  • Construction Practices for Land Development

Dewberry2Each text focuses on a different perspective of the land development process and includes new case studies for both public and private project types. The books were influenced by experts across the country and include contributions by faculty of real estate and civil engineering programs.

“Today, we are constantly reminded of the importance of infrastructure engineering—aging structures, population growth, diminishing resources, and a changing climate are all challenges faced by the engineering community,” writes W. Samuel Easterling, PhD., PE, F.SEI, F.ASCE, in the book’s foreword. “These challenges are best overcome through collaboration among industry leaders and by publishing technical content that improves the knowledge base of our industry. The Land Development Handbook provides us an enormous depth of technical content, authored by a multitude of professionals working within an architecture, engineering, and consulting firm that has a proven history of commitment to the industry. Led by Mr. Sidney O. Dewberry, this edition continues to keep pace with social and technological changes.” Easterling is the head of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Dewberry3Dewberry continues to operate as the author of the new Land Development Handbook series with Mr. Dewberry serving as the editor-in-chief for all three books. The editors and primary contributors of the fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook are Cody A. Pennetti, PE, and Christopher J. Guyan. The new Construction Practices for Land Development was prepared by Claire M. White, PE, assistant professor of practice at Virginia Tech. Dr. C. Kat Grimsley, director of the MS Real Estate Development program at George Mason University, was the editor and primary contributor of Development of the Built Environment. Additional contributors included several Dewberry employees as well as representatives of other engineering firms, real estate developers, and faculty with George Mason University and Virginia Tech.

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Land Development Handbook, Fourth Edition 4th Edition