Kit Miyamoto’s effort as global CEO and humanitarian coordinator at engineering and disaster management firm Miyamoto International and president of the nonprofit Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief is not just work— it’s personal.
On March 22, 2023, two cars traveling at excessive speeds on the I-695 inner loop in Baltimore, Md., struck each other, with the impact sending one vehicle through an opening of a concrete work zone barrier on the center median shoulder.
As project director on London’s $1.2-billion Silvertown highway tunnel, Juan Angel Martinez Diaz successfully adopted hovercraft-like skates to rotate the job’s 39-ft-dia tunneling shield to drive both bores of the 0.9-mile crossing, saving critical time on the project’s tight schedule.
Little did the reserved engineer know as he watched TV images of residents waiting in long lines for bottled water that he would be the one to oversee the massive, multibillion-dollar effort to finally bring the city’s aging and long-neglected water systems into the 21st century.
Following Vermont’s record flash flooding last July 10-11 that killed two people and caused about $682 million in infrastructure damage, Benjamin Heath, civil construction manager at Engineers Construction Inc., received an emergency call from Burlington city officials that a 24-in.-dia sanitary sewer pipe had breached.
Four years after the team broke ground on the 12,000-sq-ft Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in lower Manhattan to replace its beloved predecessor destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it was not clear if work would finish.
Fatih Çevik, general manager of Limak Construction, based in Ankara, Turkey, has had a longstanding affection for the Çoruh River in the country’s mountainous northeastern region, which he describes as part of the landscape of his youth.