Richard L. Abramson

Lee McIntire, a veteran executive of Bechtel Corp. and CH2M and a board member of contractor McDermott, was named as that firm''s interim CEO on June 7 following the resignation of David Dickson, who had been chief executive since 2013. The company did not state a reason for Dickson's departure nor whether a permanent CEO search is underwey.

McIntire joined the firm's board last year. He had been CEO, from 2015 to 2018, of TerraPower LLC, the nuclear reactor design firm started by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and also served as Chairman, CEO and President of CH2M Hill. a previous name, from 2006 to 2014, following the death of Ralph Peterson. The engineering services company now is part of Jacobs. Mcintire also was Bechtel executive vice president and a director.

Under Dickson, McDermott emerged from bankruptcy in June 2020 as a private company, shedding $4.6 billion of debt and with more than $2.9 billion in credit and loans. The contractor also said it elevated Samik Mukherjee to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He previously led the company's global operations as group senior vice president, joining the firm in 2018 from TechnipFMC, where he was executive vice president

TerraPower said on June 2 that it will build a 345-MW demonstration project of its Natrium advanced nuclear power technology, developed with GE Hitachi, at a former coal power plant site in Wyoming, in an announcement with utility Pacificorp and state Gov. Mark Gordon. The project will be "a fully functioning power plant and is intended to validate the design, construction and operational features of the Natrium technology," the firm said. Estimated to cost $1 billion, its design, licensing, procurement and construction will be managed by Bechtel.



Maria Lehman

Maria Lehman, elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the 2022-23 term said she intends to “right some of the wrongs in the profession right now and really set us up to be the leaders that we’re meant to be.

Currently national treasurer, she also is U.S. infrastructure director for Australia-based engineer GHD and had been chief operating officer and executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority. Also vieing for the position was Peter Moore, president of Florida consultant Chen Moore and Associates.

As part of elections, ASCE voting members failed to pass a constitutional amendment to grant student members voting rights, with the 66.5% in favor short of the required two-thirds approval needed.

ASCE says it represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide


Atlanta design firm Cooper Carry has elevated Kyle Reis to president and CEO. Formerly head of its urban design and planning studio, he succeeds Kevin Cantley, now chairman. Reis is also an advisory board director of the Urban Land Institute Atlanta chapter. Cooper Carry, which says it is Atlanta’s largest design firm, also has Washington, D.C., and New York City offices. It ranks at No. 229 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting $72.3 million in 2020 revenue


Richard L. Abramson

Richard L. Abramson, 74, cofounding partner of national construction law firm Peckar & Abramson P.C., died suddenly on May 29, said the River Edge, N.J., practice, which did not disclose the cause of his death.

The firm, which he founded in 1978 with Robert S. Peckar, also has represented banking, manufacturing, retail and real estate clients.

Abramson served as lead counsel in more than 30 cases, according to the firm, and was cited numerous times as a Super Lawyer in New York and New Jersey.