O’BRIEN Thomas E. O’Brien, chairman and CEO of contractor-fabricator BMWC Group Inc., Indianapolis, died on Jan. 18 in that city at age 59. The firm says he died after a long illness but did not disclose details. O�Brien, who joined BMWC in 1979 as assistant project manager, was named president in 1996, CEO two years later and chairman in 1999. He was also an advisory board member of the Construction Industry Institute and on the executive committee of the Indiana Construction Roundtable. BMWC Group ranks 340th on ENR�s list of the Top 400 Contractors, with $160 million in 2009 revenue.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan