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The Beavers Heavy Engineering Construction Assoc. Announces Sam Baker as 2012 Golden Beaver Awardee

Fri Oct 28, 2011

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October 28, 2011 – For Immediate Release

The Beavers Announce 2012 Awardees

Ronald P. Wells, president of the Beavers and Chairman Emeritus of Stacey and Witbeck, Inc., has announced the recipients of the 2012 Golden Beaver Awards.  The awards will be presented at the 57th Annual Awards Dinner to be held Friday, January 13, 2012 at a new location – the J.W. Marriott Hotel at LA Live in Los Angeles.  The guest speaker for the event is columnist/author/actor Ben Stein.

J. Doug Pruitt, chairman of Tempe, AZ-based Sundt Construction, Inc., will receive the Management Award.  A civil engineering graduate of Oklahoma State University, Pruitt joined Sundt in 1966 and rose through the ranks to become president and chief operating officer in 1992, then was named chairman and CEO in 1998. He has served as president of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University and was elected to their Hall of Fame in 2007.  In 2009 Pruitt served as the national president of the Associated General Contractors and is one of the founding members of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative.

James M. Marquardt, Senior Vice President and Eastern Region Tunnel Division Manager for J. F. Shea Co., Inc. will receive the Supervision Award.  A 33-year veteran of the underground and tunneling industry, Marquardt is currently involved in the $1.1 billion No. 7 Line extension of the New York City subway system.  His past project management has included the $320 million New York City Water Tunnel No. 3, Stage II and the $150 million Weehawken Tunnel Light Rail Transit Project in New Jersey  He has also managed major projects on the Washington D.C Metro and Los Angeles Metro, along with major water tunnel projects on the East Coast.

William W. Edgerton, chairman of Jacobs Associates, will receive the Engineering Award.  Edgerton received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and earned an MBA from George Washington University.  He joined Jacobs Associates in 1987, bringing seventeen years of experience working for contracting firms (A. S. Wikstrom, Morrison-Knudsen & The Driggs Corporation).  During his career at Jacobs Associates he has been involved with major tunnel and infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.  In 2002 Edgerton received the American Underground Association’s “Outstanding Individual Award for the Underground Industry.”

Sam E. Baker, Jr., a partner in the Seattle-based law firm of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, will receive the Service and Supply Award.  Baker holds a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Montana.  He was a founding member of the University of Washington Contractor Industry Advisory Council and has been a director of the Western Washington University Foundation.  He is the only attorney to have been inducted in the University of Washington Construction Hall of Fame.  Baker currently serves as a Trustee of the Beavers Charitable Trust, the scholarship program of the Beavers.

For Additional Information Contact:

Dave Woods, Executive Director

The Beavers, Inc.

Tel: 650/694-4834