Member Highlight: Walt Ennaco, Smithsonian Institute

We are excited to shine a quarterly spotlight on certain individuals who have been integral in advancing CII initiatives. This quarter, we recognize Walt Ennaco, who has contributed his leadership skills to CII for 16 years.

After five decades of government service, Walt announced his retirement earlier this year. We wish Walt all the best in this next chapter and will miss his leadership in CII.

Walt graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of General Engineering. He then received a Masters of Geotechnical Engineering from the University. He also holds LEED certification for new construction and has been recognized for many achievements during his tenure.

Walt proudly served as a Major in the US Army. Ennaco was a Program Manager at Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers and the Chief of Military Project Management for the Mobile District which had a $400 million per year program in the southeast U.S.

His many awards and decorations include the Army Legion of Merit, multiple Meritorious Service and Commendation Awards, a DOD Superior Civilian Service Award, the South Atlantic Division, US Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Award, and the NMNH Peer Award.

Walt joined the Smithsonian and served as the Project Executive for the National Museum of Natural History, the Associate Director for Project Management, the Director of the Office of Project Planning and Management, and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations (OFEO).

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Office of Planning, Design, and Construction OPDC, Walt was responsible for the planning and execution of a $150 million annual facilities capital program which supports revitalization, renovations and construction for the 19 museums and 9 research centers (more than 700 buildings and 12.5 million square feet).  As the Deputy for Smithsonian Facilities, he was also responsible for oversight of the facilities operations of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Walt began participating in CII in 2005. He was active in CII’s Federal Facilities Delivery Community of Practice, and served on RT 245 “Maximizing Engineering Value,” which examined 64 engineering strategies, to raise the industry's awareness of the broad range of issues and drivers that influence how engineering value on capital projects can be optimized. Walt served on the Board of Advisors and took a turn as FHC Chair as the liaison for the Sector Leadership Committee.

In 2016, Walt was a key player in the formation of CII’s Facilities & Healthcare Sector Committee, appointing several of his team members to lead the Knowledge Base review effort, and placed Smithsonian representation on the sector’s Research Team on life cycle cost estimation.

In 2018, Walt was presented with the Distinguished Service Award which is selected by CII staff.

CII is honored to recognize Walt Ennaco and his invaluable contributions to our industry.

Date posted: March 18, 2021