PUBLIC works of an enduring character, and of lasting benefit must be carefully designed to meet the needs of each community efficiently and economically. A modern mail-order house performs a remarkable variety of services, but we have not arrived at the stage where a mayor can open the catalog, select a nice looking bridge, fill in the order blank, and have the postman deliver it in a neat package ready to use. Every bridge, every sewer system, every school, even the jails must be tailor-made, designed for the site and the needs of the community. This calls for engineering ability of a high caliber. Too often in the past it has been a matter of coincidence that municipal improvements turned out as expected.