Michael Della Rocca, regional managing director in North America for U.K.-based Halcrow and president of its subsidiaries in Canada, the U.S. and Caribbean, is set to join AECOM in a similar role, also based in New York City. A company spokesman confirms the appointment but did not disclose his exact title and start date. AECOM announced internally on June 13 that Jim Jaska was named president of its newly combined Americas and government-services unit, effective on Oct. 1. He has led its government operations unit, which includes U.S. federal and global government-services work. Halcrow says Robert Ulrich, development director for the region, has been appointed interim managing director of the Americas, effective on June 28.
Robins & Morton, a Birmingham, Ala., building contractor, has named Bryson G. Edmonds senior vice president of its new power and industrial division. He had been vice president of sales and marketing for the global power and industrial business unit of Houston-based KBR Inc. Before that, he was vice president of sales and construction services at Birmingham-based BE&K Inc., which KBR acquired in 2008. His father, William Edmonds, was a BE&K founder, in 1972. G. Edward Cassady III is named chief financial officer and senior vice president. He had been managing director of The Martin Cos., a Nashville, Tenn., investment firm, and also served as executive vice president at BE&K. Ross E. Cates is named the new division's vice president of power and commercial services. He had been KBR director of procurement and served as vice president of power and procurement at Kiewit Corp. A former vice president of construction operations at KBR, Kenneth E. Smith joins as the division's vice president of construction services.Cates and Smith are former BE&K executives. The new division will provide engineering, procurement, construction and industrial maintenance in the energy and industrial sectors.
Fixed-price contracts, including for P3s such as this major Ohio road expansion, have lifted contractor margins when projects are priced right and run well. But more red ink linked to tougher projects and owner demands have firms seeking new risk balance—or changing their business model