New Jersey Engineering Firm Chairman Receives National Civil Engineering Award
Reston, Va. – Nearly 45 years ago, John F. Donohoe, P.E., joined Moretrench American Corporation immediately after graduating from college. Now, serving as chairman since 1995, he will be honored as the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2009 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in construction. The award, which recognizes Donohoe’s extraordinary contributions to civil engineering during his 45-year career, will be presented Thursday, April 23, 2009, during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.
“John Donohoe has been a great asset to the civil engineering profession,” said ASCE President D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE. “His innovation and excellence in the construction of civil engineering projects have continued to keep this profession in the forefront.”
Donohoe joined Moretrench American in 1964, and he rose through the ranks to become the company’s president from 1982 to 2002 and chief executive officer from 1995 to 2007.
Among Moretrench’s accomplishments during Donohoe’s tenure was the design and construction of the largest ground freezing operation in the United States which allowed jacking of three massive box tunnels beneath South Street Station for Boston’s Big Dig.
Active in the civil engineering community throughout his career, Donohoe has been president of the ASCE Construction Institute, Associated General Contractors (AGC) New Jersey Chapter President, national director of AGC, president of The Moles, and president and trustee for the Construction Industry Advancement Program (CIAP) of New Jersey. He was recently named president of the General Contractors Association (GCA) of New York.
Among his many honors and awards, Donohoe was selected as Man of the Year of AGC of New Jersey in 2001. He also received The Moles Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction in 2004.
Donohoe earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame. A licensed professional engineer, he is a resident of Short Hills, N.J.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.