Trenchless Practice Lead – East Coast, McMillen Jacobs Associates

Babs Marquis, CCM

Babs Marquis has more than 26 years’ experience in underground project design and construction. He is the McMillen Jacobs Associates Trenchless Practice Lead for the East Coast, and is located in the Burlington, MA office. Previously, Babs worked for Jacobs Engineering Group for 10 years and Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation for 11 years as a construction manager. During his extensive career in the trenchless industry, Babs has been involved in major tunneling and trenchless projects in the northeast for clients such as the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston Water & Sewer Commission, the Metropolitan District Commission (Hartford, CT), and Narragansett Bay Commission (Providence, RI), District of Columbia Clean Waters, New York City Department of Design & Construction, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

For the past 17 years, Babs has focused on underground construction management for tunnels and conveyance, including water and wastewater pipeline design and construction projects, with an emphasis on trenchless construction methods. He has worked on various pipeline projects utilizing microtunneling with wet retrieval; pipe jacking; horizontal auger bore; and pipeline renewal methods such as pipe bursting, sliplining, and relining. Babs was involved with the planning and design of the East Boston Branch Sewer Relief Project as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, ordered under a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) consent decree. From 2009 to 2011 he was resident engineer on the project’s pivotal microtunneling and pipe bursting components. In 2011, East Boston Branch Sewer Relief was named North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) Project of the Year. Babs has authored and coauthored several papers for the NASTT No-Dig Show, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pipelines Conference, and Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC); and is a member of NASTT, ASCE, Underground Construction Technology (UCT), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

Babs is an active member on the board of directors for the NASTT Northeast Regional Chapter and serves as its vice chair. He played an active role in the launch of the chapter and its successful inaugural conference and journal for trenchless practices for the Northeast Region.


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