Astute leaders. Risk takers. Clever problem solvers. Passionate community servants. The 2018 class of ENR Newsmakers embodies qualities that enable members to improve the construction industry and benefit the public.
To select the next class of ENR Newsmakers, our editors searched the magazine’s web and print pages for individuals who had served the “best interests of the construction industry and the public” in 2017.
This week completes an annual ritual for ENR editors. Each fall, we comb through the issues of the previous year for individuals who have served the best interests of the construction industry and the public.
A longtime project manager of complex infrastructure projects, Jim Stevens led his team of contractors to complete the first large-bore tunnel ever constructed underneath the San Francisco Bay seven months ahead of schedule and below budget.
San Diego County water chief Bob Yamada points to Peter MacLaggan as a true visionary and persistent leader in moving to completion the nation’s first large-scale seawater desalination plant, in Carlsbad, Calif., and offering a template for other water-strapped municipalities in North America.
Don’t let the elegance of the $135-million, 1,720-ft cable-stayed Tilikum Crossing bridge in Portland distract you from the ingenuity that occurred before construction even started, in 2011, on Portland’s first bridge over the Willamette River since 1973.
The impact of COVID-19 on the construction sector workplace illustrates how quickly disruption can occur. Newsmakers will discuss how employers are meeting new challenges that include crisis management and workforce recovery and rebuilding, how knowledge is being managed and transferred, recruiting and developing next generation talent and why diversity and inclusion not only matter but are core to growth.
During this webinar, newsmakers will talk about what they have learned about the dynamics of human error, organizational failure, preventive teamwork and balancing of competing interests in recovering from calamities. They'll describe how to build a foundation of data and interpersonal cooperation that can head off possible failures and bounce back quickly when they occur.
Newsmakers will explore how contractors and engineers can create a built environment that uses energy more efficiently, emits less carbon, produces less waste and creates more resilient buildings, roads, transit systems and utilities. Considering new techniques, technologies and with plenty of imagination, the group will envision how to build a better future for all.
Most in construction know the obstacles to innovation. Fears of failure and liability, resistant clients, reluctant building officials and discomfort about change are just some of the difficulties of being first. In this newsmaker panel, change-makers will offer ways to find a path through the innovation maze. Joining the group to share insights is a recent ENR Award of Excellence winner.