Construction Industry Round Table Elects Drinkward as Chairman

The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the national business trade association comprised exclusively of approximately 120 chief executives from the leading design and construction companies doing business in the U.S. and globally, has elected Wayne A. Drinkward as Chairman of the organization for a term of one year. He succeeds H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chairman Emeritus of HKS Inc. Drinkward was elected during CIRT’s Annual Spring Meeting, which occurred during Infrastructure Week last month in Washington, D.C., and which also welcomed new directors.

“It is exciting to chair a group that represents so many great companies that are at the forefront of our economic recovery and so much a part of our national discussion on rebuilding American infrastructure,” Drinkward says. Drinkward is Chairman & CEO of Hoffman Corp. Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1922, Hoffman Construction Co. is a privately held, employee-owned general contractor and construction manager. Hoffman works in a wide range of markets, from urban high-rise towers and cultural projects such as museums and libraries, to advanced technology, industrial manufacturing facilities, water treatment plants and more. The company has expanded its geographic reach to include projects throughout the western U.S. and overseas.

In welcoming Drinkward as the new Chairman, CIRT President Mark A. Casso, Esq., NAC, notes: “Each year CIRT is fortunate to have a highly accomplished leader from the design and construction industry step into the role of Chairman, and this year is no different with the election of Wayne Drinkward. He has been extremely successful in building Hoffman Corp. into a respected business and community leader in Oregon and has shown that same thoughtful insightful approach within CIRT. His knowledge of the emerging cyber, network systems and power needs as they relate to the proposed national infrastructure initiative will be of great value.”

At CIRT’s recent Membership Meeting, the following members were also elected as officers:

  • Charles A. Bacon III, chairman & CEO Limbach Holdings, Inc., Pittsburgh, as Vice Chairman
  • Paul Franzen, president, Barnard Construction, Bozeman, Mont., as Treasurer
  • H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chairman Emeritus, HKS Inc., Dallas, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairman.

In addition to the executive committee elections, CIRT also welcomed the following four industry leaders as new directors who will serve on the board through 2020:

  • Greg Cosko, president & CEO, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction, San Francisco
  • Peter Emmons, founder & CEO, Structural Group, Columbia, Md.
  • Steven L. Edwards, chairman & CEO, Black & Veatch Holding Co., Overland Park, Kan.
  • Daniel P. McQuade, group president, AECOM Construction Services, New York

“CIRT is fortunate to have a dedicated board of such highly regarded industry professionals. We offer congratulations to our new officers and directors, and thank all of our current and outgoing directors for their service to CIRT and its members as well as the design/construction industry,” Casso says.

CIRT is an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading design and construction companies working to be a leading force for positive change in the industry. CIRT is the only organization that serves as the single voice representing the design and construction community. The CEO members who make up CIRT lead companies that are responsible for over $200 billion dollars in private and public sector design and construction work, and their companies directly employ nearly 1 million people across the country. For more information about the CIRT please call Mark Casso at (202) 466-6777, or visit CIRT’s website.

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