BURCHAMU.S. Army Col. Margaret W. Burcham was selected on Sept. 18 to command the Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, based in Cincinnati. She is the first woman to serve as a division commander and engineer on a full-term basis, says the Corps. Burcham will lead seven Corps districts in a 17-state region that includes 4,800 staffers and an annual operations and construction budget exceeding $2 billion. She formerly served as an Army division chief at the Pentagon and as a Corps district commander in Iraq, among other posts. Col. Janice Dombi was named temporary commander
Ken Portnoy has joined Balfour Beatty Construction, Dallas, as vice president of public-private partnerships. He will coordinate the firm's U.S. activity using alternative financing approaches. Portnoy was president of the public facilities division of Garfield Traub Development LLC, Dallas.WILSONFluor Corp., Irving, Texas, has made a top executive change at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, the company-led partnership that manages and operates the U.S. Energy Dept.'s Savannah River site complex in Aiken, S.C. Dwayne Wilson has been named president and CEO, replacing Garry W. Flowers, who will be the corporate senior vice president for environment, safety and health, the company said.
Paul Eng-Wong has been named a principal of Watertown, Mass.-based engineer Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. following the firm's Sept. 6 acquisition of Eng-Wong, Taub & Associates, a New York City transportation planner of which he is president and co-founder. Martin Taub, the acquired firm's other co-founder and executive vice president, also joins VHB as a principal. Eng-Wong, Taub & Associates has 40 employees.Johnson, Miraman & Thompson Inc., a Sparks, Md., engineer-architect, has named Sharon J. Bland as vice president. She was president, CEO and founder of Clear Solution Management Group, a Washington, D.C., management consultant, and formerly vice president of
In a management shake-up, Leighton Holdings Ltd., the St. Leonard's, Australia-based contractor, has named Harnish Tyrwhitt to be CEO. A 26-year company veteran, he replaces David Stewart, who resigned on Aug. 25 after eight months in the position. He had succeeded Wal King, who served 23 years as CEO. Since 2007, Tyrwhitt had been managing director of Leighton Asia Ltd., based in Hong Kong, and a director of Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd. The company claims Leighton Asia “is now considered one of the top-tier contractors” in Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Tyrwhitt also took over management of Leighton's offshore and
DAVEY Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Aug. 4 that he will appoint Richard A. Davey as Transportation Secretary and CEO of the state Dept. of Transportation, effective Sept. 1. Davey will replace MassDOT Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, who said in July he would resign. Since 2010, Davey has served as MassDOT’s rail and transit administrator and as general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He also had been general manager of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, a private firm that operates the authority’s commuter rail system. According to published reports, Mullan is returning to the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag,
JOHNSONCarol A. Johnson has been elevated to president and project manager of Washington Closure Hanford (WCH), overseeing its $2.3-billion River Corridor Closure project at the U.S. Energy Dept.'s Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup site in Washington state. Johnson has been closure director at WCH—a limited-liability firm owned by URS Corp., Bechtel National and CH2M Hill—since joining in 2010. Previously, she was infrastructure executive director at the Sellafield nuclear site in the U.K., responsible for critical nuclear safety-related infrastructure and support services, commercial fuel transport and security, among other things. Johnson also managed more than 1,900 employees and an annual budget of about
GrebbienVirginia Grebbien has been promoted to president of Parsons Water & Infrastructure Inc., a division of engineer-contractor Parsons Corp., Pasadena, Calif. She was vice president and global business development manager. Prior to joining Parsons in 2008, she was the western division manager for MWH Americas Inc. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association has announced that Joseph Nigro will become president of the Washington, D.C.-based union, which has 150,000 members in construction and shipbuilding work, it says. Nigro's elevation from secretary-treasurer follows the July 1 retirement of Michael Sullivan, who had led the union for 12 years.Forrester Construction Co., Rockville, Md.,
HELLMUTH PageSoutherlandPage, the Washington, D.C.-based architect-engineer has named George W. Hellmuth as executive vice president and regional director of business development. Most recently, he was principal of architect Perkins + Will and market-sector leader of its commercial, civic and corporate practice. Peter J. Wallace has rejoined Hill International, Marlton, N.J., as senior vice president in its construction claims group, based in Philadelphia. He was founder and principal of the capital projects consulting practice at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Wallace originally joined Hill in 1977, leaving as a senior vice president in 1996.Ann Massey, formerly president and CEO of MACTEC,
DELLA ROCCA 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
CLARKE KRÜGE Global design firm W.S. Atkins plc, London, has named German physicist and former construction executive Uwe Krüge as CEO. Effective on Aug. 1, he replaces Keith Clarke, who is retiring from the post. Clarke will remain sustainability director and play a role in Middle East business development. Krüge has been president of Cleantech Switzerland, a Swiss government export support group, and a senior adviser at Texas Pacific Group, an international private equity firm. He was also the CEO of Swiss high-tech firm Oerlikon Management AG but was replaced in 2009 after it recorded a 40% fall in sales.