Photo: AP/Wideworld A photo of the daring rescue last June of a stranded boater in Des Moines, Iowa, by construction worker Jason Oglesbee won a Pulitzer Prize on April 12 for photographer Mary Chind of the Des Moines Register. She captured Oglesbee, part of a bridge construction crew for contractor Cramer & Associates, Grimes, Iowa, as he reached for Patricia Ralph-Neely. Oglesbee was named a 2009 ENR Newsmaker for his effort and on behalf of Cramer’s quick-thinking crew.
STONE Dewberry, an engineer-architect based in Fairfax, Va., has named Donald E. Stone Jr. as its new CEO. He had been chief operating officer and infrastructure engineering services practice-area leader. Additionally, Dan M. Pleasant, president of Dewberry’s Southeast division, has been promoted to replace him. Environmental engineer Tetra Tech, Pasadena, Calif., has appointed Daniel L. Johnson as vice president, based in its Golden, Colo., office. He is previously vice president and principal with GEI Consultants. David LaFrance has been named executive director of the Denver-based American Water Works Association, effective on May 3. He had been the finance director for
MAGGIO FISHMAN Robert E. Fishman has joined nuclear and alternative-energy firm AREVA Inc., Bethesa, Md., as president and CEO of its new global solar business unit. He had been chairman and CEO of solar-power-generator developer Ausra, Mountain View, Calif., which AREVA acquired on Feb. 8. Fishman will be based in Mountain View to lead the unit, the name of which will be announced in late March, says an Ausra spokeswoman. The acquisition reflects AREVA’s intention “to be the world leader in concentrated solar power and to further strengthen and diversify its renewables portfolio,” says the firm. Charles Maggio has joined
BONCHER John Boncher has been promoted to CEO of Cupertino Electric Inc., a San Jose, Calif., electrical contractor, effective in April. The 21-year company veteran remains president and had been chief operating officer. In his new role, Boncher replaces James Ryley, who retires next month as CEO but remains chairman. Ryley joined Cupertino in 1959 as an apprentice electrician and became CEO in 1997. Insurance broker and risk consultant Marsh, New York City, has named Mark Reagan, a 40-year industry veteran, chairman of its global construction practice. He had been managing director of the construction services group at insurance broker
REAGAN Insurance broker Marsh, New York City, has named Mark Reagan, a 40-year industry veteran, chairman of its global construction practice, which includes 600 professionals, the company says. He joins the firm from a previous role as managing director of the construction services group at Aon. Reagan also served as construction practice chairman at insurance broker Willis, and held management positions at AIG and Seaboard Surety Co. Marsh has also named Todd Vandenhaak to lead a new specialty construction and engineering consulting practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is relocating from Seattle to London, to lead
After serving three years as acting head of the office of the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers has been nominated to a full, 10-year term as the Capitol Architect. The "AOC" is responsible for maintaining and operating the Capitol building, as well as the Library of Congress, Supreme Court building and other federal facilities on and near Capitol Hill. President Obama sent Ayers' nomination to the Senate on Feb. 24. Ayers next will go through the Senate confirmation process. Ayers, a 13-year veteran of the AOC office, has served as acting architect since February 2007, when Alan M.
FERNON T.Y. Lin International, the San Francisco design firm, has named Clark Fernon vice president in charge of a new southern California transportation group. He was associate vice president and San Diego unit business manager at AECOM. Also named to the group are Les Hopper, associate vice president and transportation manager, and Rodrigo Gonzalez, senior associate and supervising transportation engineer. Both are former officials of the California Dept. of Transportation. Ian Anderson has joined CH2M Hill Cos., Denver, as president of its energy and chemicals business group. He joins the firm from The Shaw Group Inc., where he was executive
LASSETTER Peter Lassetter has joined architect-engineer Thornton Tomasetti, New York City, as senior vice president of its San Francisco-based operation. He had been principal and group leader in that city for Arup. Lassetter also was the lead structural designer for San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences school project, which gained LEED Platinum certification. Bowman Consulting, a Chantilly, Va., civil engineering firm, has named Tom LeBeau, Ken Sisk and Jim Nelm senior project managers, following its acquisition of The Vision Group, a Chesapeake, Va.-based engineer and construction management firm owned by LeBeau, Sisk and Nelm. GRIFFITH Patricia Velasquez Griffith has been
JÖNSSON Robert Jönsson has been elected president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the first non-North American to head the Bethesda, Md.-based group, which has 65 international chapters and 5,000 members. Jönsson is chairman of the Dept. of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety at Lund University in Sweden. He has been on its faculty since 1981 and department head since 1985. KBR, Houston, has hired Mark S. Williams as group president of its government and defense, infrastructure and minerals, and power and industrial business units. He was group vice president in northern Europe for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.,
JACKSON Tim Jackson has been named Orlando-based managing principal of design and planning at AECOM Technology Corp, Los Angeles. Formerly president and CEO of Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, an Orlando engineer, he assumes his new position following AECOM’s acquisition of “selected assets and operating liabilities” of his former firm. The transaction, announced Dec. 22, 2009, includes all 90 Glatting Jackson employees. Jackson joined the firm in 1986 and had been CEO since 2007. Mike Logan has joined HBE Corp., a St. Louis design-build firm specializing in health-care facilities, as senior vice president for hospital sales for the mid-Atlantic region. He