Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence

CII established the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence in 1985 to honor an individual for significant achievements in improving the engineering and construction industry. The award is CII’s highest honor and is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards of its kind in the construction industry.

Carroll H. Dunn was the Project Director of the Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness (CICE) Project, which was sponsored by The Business Roundtable and led to the creation of the Construction Industry Institute. Dunn had a highly decorated career in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a Lt. General. During his military career, Dunn served in World War II and later served as Director of the Titan II Missile Program and was Division Engineer of the Corps’ Southwestern Division.

In 1980, Dunn began work full-time on the CICE Project and later was instrumental in the establishment of CII. Dunn’s service to CII was considered so valuable that he was appointed an ex-officio member of all the original committees and research task forces. 

Award Selection Criteria

Criteria for the Dunn Award include the following: 
  • Significant contributions to the construction industry (i.e., innovation, effective implementation, business impact, and mentorship).
  • Demonstration of the highest degree of personal dedication to improving costs, schedule, quality, and/or safety of the capital facilities delivery process. (Describe in detail.)
  • A leadership position in the construction industry from which others can be influenced by example and direction. (Is the nominee a mentor? Speaker? Entrepreneur? Innovator? Describe in detail.)
  • A record of accomplishment that brings added distinction to the recipient and the organizations with which he or she has been associated.
  • Nominees cannot be active on the CII Executive Committee, or part of the current or past CII staff.
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Anne Ellis (2022)

Recognized structural engineer, trailblazer, and champion of innovation and AEC industry advancement

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Wayne A. Crew (2021)

Industry leader, member representative, then CII Director who worked to improve the engineering and construction industry by preparing its future leaders and committing to safety.

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Mike Rowe (2019)

He gained his celebrity by depicting the dignity of hands-on work. Then he generously gave back by establishing a foundation designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades.

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Melissa B. Herkt (2018)

A successful industry leader who experienced success in many sectors with both owner and contractor organizations, then shared her knowledge as a mentor to rising leaders.

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John W. Dalton, Sr. (2017)

The CII Executive Committee selected John W. Dalton Sr. as the thirty-first recipient of the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence.

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Bernard Amadei (2016)

The CII Executive Committee selected Bernard Amadei as the thirtieth recipient of the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. He was recognized for this honor at the 2016 CII Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Craig L. Martin (2015)

A visionary leader who instilled a “culture of caring” at Jacobs, in retirement he has become a strong advocate for a smarter, safer industry

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Janice L. Tuchman (2014)

Editor of Engineering News-Record who brought construction reportage into the Internet age and developed regional editions of the magazine to convey diverse local developments in a globalized industry.

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J.J. Suárez (2013)

Established CSA Group. Served as CII Chairman, led or participated in many committees and research teams. Inducted into National Academy of Construction

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Joseph A. Ahearn (2012)

After a distinguished career as a military engineer, joined CH2M HILL as a strategic analyst. Worked to develop next-generation leadership.

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Stephen T. Ayers (2011)

Dedicated his life to service to the country and worked to establish sustainable national facilities. Championed a return to the fundamentals and promoted more collaboration between owners and contractors to reduce change orders.

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James G. Slaughter, Jr. (2010)

Led early ground-breaking CII research and continues to lead efforts to improve the capital investment process; inspires others to find ways to make construction safe, on time, and under budget.

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Charles H. Thornton (2009)

Founder of Thornton Tomasetti advanced the industry through structural engineering work around the world for nearly half a century; founded ACE Mentor program to introduce inner-city youth to architecture, construction, and engineering

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Ralph R. Peterson (2008)

Pioneer in hazardous waste management and remediation at CH2M HILL who went on to promote global sustainable development initiatives.

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David J. Nash (2007)

Rose to serve simultaneously as U.S. Navy Chief of Engineers and Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, then as a civilian answered the nation’s call to run the reconstruction effort to rebuild Iraq.

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Daniel W. Halpin (2006)

Professor, author of classic engineering texts, simulation expert, and CII research pioneer who developed construction-civil engineering program at Georgia Tech before heading up top notch program at Purdue.

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Alan L. Boeckmann (2005)

Inspired by his mining engineer father, used worldwide project experience to initiate global use of 3-D plant design and became a leader in developing and using best practices.

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James B. Porter, Jr. (2004)

Innovative engineer and executive with experience in business methods, investments, design, and operational management who focused on efficiencies that increase competitiveness.

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Joseph J. Jacobs (2002)

Jacobs Engineering founder who led his company to the top echelons of the engineering world and whose entrepreneurial spirit and ethical beliefs inspire those who work for him.

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H. B. Zachry, Jr. (2001)

Born constructor who led a road contracting firm founded by his father to a worldwide leadership role through dedication to his employees and the principles of quality, safety, and client satisfaction.

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Arthur J. Fox, Jr. (2000)

Long-time editor of Engineering News-Record; traveled around the world to report on more than four decades of industry progress, created ENR’s Engineer of the Year award

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Donald J. Gunther (1999)

Hard-driving Bechtel executive whose leadership, dedication, and teamwork influenced others personally and professionally as well as changed Bechtel’s approach to worldwide business.

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Edward W. Merrow (1998)

Researcher who developed the Project Evaluation System, an analytical tool to benchmark project data, and founded Independent Project Analysis (IPA).

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Richard L. Tucker (1997)

Professor, productivity research pioneer, CICE participant, and renowned industry speaker who personally led efforts to establish CII at UT Austin; served as first Director from 1983 to 1998.

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John W. Morris II (1996)

Led effort to unite Corps of Engineers, Federal government, and environmentalists in shaping national water resources policy during turbulent transition era.

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Daniel J. Bennet (1995)

Aspiring association executive, CICE participant, and author of CII by-laws who led establishment of the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

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Jack E. Turner (1994)

Originated idea that led to establishment of The Business Roundtable, and later suggested a study of owner-contractor issues that became the CICE Project.

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Gary D. Jones (1993)

Hard-working, determined 1987 CII chairman whose “implementation challenge” that year led to a dramatic change in how CII viewed implementation.

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James M. Braus (1992)

Shell Oil and CICE leader and diplomat who bridged diverse opinions within CII to keep the Institute unified and authored the original CII Strategic Plan.

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Clarkson H. Oglesby (1991)

Research pioneer and author of classic construction engineering textbooks who established the first graduate studies in construction at Stanford University.

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Louis Garbrecht, Jr. (1990)

Pioneered “engineering” of the construction process and proved that constructability is cost-effective; early advocate of project management research; original chairman of CII.

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Robert H. Miller (1989)

Intense DuPont participant during CICE who later chaired CII, oversaw its first published research, and helped to establish its educational program.

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Theodore C. Kennedy (1988)

A founder of BE&K; influential member of original CII Board of Advisors; recognized industry leader in education, training, and employee development.

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Charles D. Brown (1987)

Early application of cost-effectiveness principles led to stellar engineering career; DuPont representative to CICE study; energetic advocate of CICE findings.

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Carroll H. Dunn (1985)

Inspiring leader and project manager of the CICE Project who guided the establishment of CII as a principal national forum for construction research.

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