John W. Dalton, Sr.

John W. Dalton, Sr., has significantly added to the success of three major EPC firms: Bechtel, Shaw, and WoodGroup Mustang. He currently works as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Zachry Group. John has played key roles in both in the development and execution of projects, as well as the advancement of project systems. While at WoodGroup Mustang, John was the driving force behind the company’s decision to join CII, and ensured the integration and implementation of CII’s Best Practices across their projects.

Throughout his career, John has served the industry in many capacities. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Academy of Construction, a fitting recognition for his dedication and service to our industry. In his service to CII, John served as a longtime Board Member and on CII’s Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Committee and Globalization Committee, and as the Chair of the Board. He was also awarded CII’s other highest honor, the Richard L. Tucker Award for Leadership & Service, in 2011.

John had also been an active member of ECC over 30 years and is Past Chairman (2004) and played a critical role in the development of their highly acclaimed Future Leaders Program. In 2015 he was the recipient of ECC’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

John had been active over the years working to improve the linkage between academia and industry. His initiative was based on the universities using CII Best Practices in their Construction Management programs. Several leading universities have invited John to serve on academic boards with the objective of improving communications and the linkage with industry. These universities include:
  • University of Texas, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • University of Houston, College of Technology
  • Texas A&M, College of Architecture, Department of Construction Science
  • Arizona State University, Leadership Advisory Council, Del E. Webb School of Construction 
Through John’s leadership and vision, the University of Houston founded the first process and industrial construction management degree program in the country. John personally marshalled industry and university resources to jumpstart the program. Today, it is thriving and fully supporting the huge engineering and construction industry along the gulf coast. In 2013, in recognition of John’s contributions to the construction and academia initiatives, a number of industry organizations and individuals (many CII members and participants) funded the John W Dalton Sr. Process & Industrial Construction Management Endowment Scholarship. Earlier this summer, John was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston – a fitting recognition from the university where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Construction Management.

John embodies every attribute of a Carroll H. Dunn Awardee. He has made significant contributions to the industry, demonstrating his dedication to improving the safety, cost, scheduling and quality of capital projects. Please join us in congratulating John on this well-deserved award.