Phil Claybrooke has joined mechanical contractor TDIndustries, Dallas, as vice president of special projects in its north Texas region. He was most recently regional sales manager for the western U.S. for Johnson Controls and also served as a global account manager at Honeywell Inc. The company reports revenue of about $300 million.

Predrag “Pete” Popovic, vice president and senior principal at engineer Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbrook, Ill., has been named president of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) for three years. IABSE, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a 4,000-member organization that works to advance structural engineering knowledge and practice. Wiss, Janney hired Paul Whitenack as a senior associate in its Minneapolis office. He is a former project architect at RSP Architects.


Berry DeSimone Jr. has been elevated to chief operating officer of Legat Architects, Chicago. He was principal-in-charge of the Oak Brook, Ill., office and is a member of the firm’s board.

The Moles, a Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based group of national leaders in heavy construction, has named Peter O. Shea Sr. and Robert E. Alger to receive its 2011 awards for outstanding achievement. Shea, a tunneling manager since the early 1960s, is executive vice president of contractor J.F. Shea Co. Inc., Walnut, Calif., and president of its unit, J.F. Shea Construction Inc. (One of his uncles had been construction director and partner of the joint venture that built Hoover Dam.) Alger has been president and CEO of The Lane Construction Corp., a Cheshire, Conn.-based transportation contractor, since 2001. He also served as president of the Moles and is former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Institute. Awards will be presented in New York City on Jan. 26.


Five construction industry executives will receive the 2011 Golden Beaver award from The Beavers, a Los Altos, Calif.-based group of practitioners primarily working in western states. Cited for management is Bill T. Dutra, president and CEO of The Dutra Group, a San Rafael, Calif., dredging contractor. He is the third generation to lead the family-owned firm and a pioneer in hydraulic and underwater excavation in North America. Receiving the engineering award is James E. Monsees, the Orange, Calif.-based senior vice president and technical director of underground engineering for Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City. He is cited for tunnel design and construction innovation. Gary Janco, vice president of C.C. Myers Inc., a Rancho Cordova, Calif., transportation contractor, will receive the supervision award. Hired as the firm�s first superintendent in 1977, he has managed numerous large bridge and highway rebuild projects. The awardee for service and supply is Edmond E. Traille, CEO and managing partner of GALLINA LLP, a Walnut Creek, Calif., accounting and financial services firm. He is cited for educational contributions to the industry, say The Beavers. Receiving a special award is Gerard J. Carty, a former construction firm executive and current executive director of The Moles, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., for expanding its student scholarship program. Honorees will be recognized on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.

Gerard J. Carty

Carrie Schiff has joined engineer-contractor MWH, Broomfield, Colo., as chief legal and risk officer. Most recently, she was senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd.

Watts Constructors, Honolulu, has named Brett Harrison as a senior vice president of the firm’s commercial building division. He was president of construction and partner at Trammell Crow.

Granite Construction, Watsonville, Calif., has promoted Laurel Krzeminski to vice president and chief financial officer. She has been the firm’s interim CFO since June.

Terracon, an Olathe, Kan., consultant, has appointed Frederick “Fritz” Heneman as a principal, senior vice president and national director of federal services. Previously senior program manager for Dept. of Defense work at contractor The Shaw Group, he now is based in Denver.

Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc., Nashville, has named Gary Curtis as vice president and director of energy and environment. He was senior project manager of nuclear generation development at the Tennessee Valley Authority.