Moles honor US and UK executives Jan 2010
Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
- Two heavy construction industry executives - Thomas Dobson, former CEO of the Keller Group, London, England, UK and Thomas W. Traylor, Chief Executive Officer of Traylor Brothers, Evansville, Indiana, USA - take top honors at The Moles' Annual Award dinner next week in New York. The two executives, with long and distinguished careers, will be recognized by the one of the industry's foremost construction organizations, for outstanding achievement in construction - Traylor, a member of The Moles since 1983, will receive the Member award, and Dobson, the Non-Member award.
- Tom Dobson
Born and educated in Scotland, with a major in soil mechanics, Dobson moved to England in 1966 and joined Keller, the ground improvement and foundation construction specialist. He remained with the company throughout his entire career. In 1975 he was transferred to Canada as President of Keller Canada and in 1981, moved to the US, opening an office in Tampa, Florida. The company then acquired Hayward Baker and in subsequent years, acquired Case Foundation and McKinney Drilling. Major projects completed during Dobson's period in the US included work on the Los Angeles Metro and tunneling projects in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Sail Francisco and Seattle. In 1995, Dobson returned to the UK as CEO of the parent company, and expanded operations to mainland Europe and Australia before retiring in 2004. Having become a US citizen, he now makes his home in South Carolina. He is recognized as one of the great innovators and leaders in the foundation and underground engineering sector in the US and worldwide.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1961, Tom Traylor went to Stanford University where he received his Masters degree in Business Administration in 1963.
- He then went to work for Traylor Brothers, a company founded by his father in 1946. After several field assignments on dam, bridge and tunnel projects, he was brought into the head office and in 1979, was made President of the company. Under his direction, Traylor has completed nearly 200 bridge, marine, and heavy projects, and nearly 100 underground projects throughout the US. After an absence of almost 30 years, the company is now back working in New York City in joint venture with Granite Construction Company and Frontier Kemper Constructors on the recently awarded $659 million contract for construction of the Queens Bored Tunnels and Structures as part of the Long Island Railroad's Eastside Access Project. Other technically demanding pressurized face TBM tunnels completed by the company including the CN Rail Tunnel connecting Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, to Port Huron, Michigan, and the San Diego South Bay Ocean Outfall Tunnel. Traylor and his wife, Nancy, who is also from Evansville, have four sons: Tom Jr., Mike, Chris and Dan, all of whom are employed by Traylor Bros.
- The worthy winners will receive their Outstanding Achievement in Construction Awards at the Moles' dinner on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at The New York Hilton Hotel, West 52nd Street in Manhattan.
- East Side Access soft ground tunnels awarded - TunnelTalk, October 2009
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