The Moles and Beavers, the respective east coast and west coast-based heavy construction professional groups, have named six industry executives for top honors to be awarded in January.
The Moles' non-member award will go to Wayne E. Jones, veteran project manager for contractor Traylor Bros. Inc., Evansville, Ind. He currently is managing construction of the New Orleans Permanent Canal Closure Pump Stations project for the Army Corps of Engineers, as part of the firm's joint venture with contractors Kiewit Corp. and Pittman. He also managed other innovative and challenging marine projects, including the Braddock Dam; Neuse River Bridge; and the post-Katrina $1-billion Lake Borgne barrier in New Orleans, for which he received ENR’s 2013 Award of Excellence. Jones also is a Captain of the U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.), and previously managed construction of major Corps projects in South America for Harbert Construction and Harbert International.
Also to be cited is Moles member Arthur B. Corwin, chairman, president and CEO of geotechnical contractor Moretrench American Corp., Rockaway, NJ. The firm is widely recognized for using innovative techniques on complex geotech project challenges, including the Northern Boulevard crossing on the East Side Access project in New York City, which required use of jet grouting and compaction, compensation grouting and ground freezing. Corwin, a former Moles president, also is treasurer of the General Contractors Association of New York and a director of Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey.
They will receive the awards at the Moles’ annual award dinner in New York City at the New York Hilton on Jan. 27.
Recipients of the Beavers Golden Beaver awards are the following:
Bruce E. Grewcock, chairman and CEO of Kiewit Corp. is cited for management. Named company CEO in 2005 and chairman in 2013, he runs a global firm whose revenue in contracting and related businesses execeeded $10.4 billion in 2014, up from $4.1 billion in 2005.
Honored for supervision is Michael F. Donnino, senior vice president and large projects division manager of Granite Construction Inc. He oversaw the firm's reorganization to form that division, which manages the contractor's heavy civil infrastructure projects over $50 million.
Receiving the engineering award is Randall J. Essex, executive vice president and director of professional excellence for Hatch Mott MacDonald. During his 34-year career, he has been involved in planning, design, construction engineering or dispute resolution on more than 160 tunnels globally, according to the Beavers. He is the U.S. representative to the International Tunneling Association.
Susan Hecker, executive vice president and national director of contract surety for Gallagher Construction Services, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., will be presented with the service and supply award. She now serves as the 2015-16 president of the National Associate of Surety Bond Producers.
Honorees will receive their recognition on Jan. 22 at the J. W. Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles. Addressing the award dinner event will be Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media.