James M. Marquardt, Senior Vice President of J. F. Shea Construction Inc., has been elected to serve as President of The Moles for the year 2015-16. He assumed the role from retiring President, Henry E. Adams, at the Annual Business Meeting and Dinner held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at The New York Hilton Hotel.
Other officers elected are: First Vice President, Richard D. MacDonald, Weeks Marine Inc.; Second Vice President, Christopher S. Traylor, Traylor Bros. Inc.; Treasurer, Alfonso Daloisio Jr., Railroad Construction Company Inc.; Secretary, Jeffrey M. Levy, RailWorks Corp.; and Sergeant-at-Arms, Robert K. Radske, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers.
Marquardt’s career in heavy construction started in 1971, as a 19-year-old apprentice surveyor on the A-3 section of the Washington, D.C., Metro. In 1977, he joined Gates & Fox Co., working in various capacities on WMTA subway projects and on the Bath County Pumped Storage Project. By the age of 28, he was named Project Manager on the WSSC Bi-County Water Tunnel project in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a 4,600-lf, 7.5-ft diameter water tunnel. He went on to serve as Project Manager on the MX Missile Basing System for the U.S. Air Force. Marquardt joined the Mergentime Corp. in 1986 and served as Project Manager on the WMATA F3c Project, a 3,200-ft soft ground tunnel mined by an EPB tunnel boring machine.
In 1987, Marquardt joined J.F. Shea Co., and served as Project Manager on several jobs, including two more WMATA subway tunnel projects. He then served as Tunnel Manager on the Halskov portion of the Storebaelt Subaqueous Rail Tunnel Project, part of the bridge and tunnel crossing linking Denmark and Germany. Other projects included the MTA subway project in Los Angeles; two major MWRA water tunnel projects in Massachusetts; Joint Venture commitments for DEP water tunnel projects in New York City, and two major Second Avenue Subway Projects for the MTA.
In 2001, Marquardt was promoted to Vice President of Shea and has been Shea’s Eastern Area Manager since 2008. Marquardt was again promoted in 2011, becoming Senior Vice President. Among Jim’s proudest accomplishments was serving as Project Director of the Joint Venture team of Shea, Skanska and Schiavone, which, in November 2007, was awarded the $1.1 billion contract for the extension of the No. 7 Line from 42nd St. and 8th Ave. to 25th St and 12th Ave. It will provide subway access to the Javits Convention Center and to the massive Hudson Yards development, now under construction.
Most recently, Marquardt been involved in the startup of the $1.6 billion Metro Westside Purple Line Project in Los Angeles, and the pursuit of the Purple Line LRT Project in Maryland.
Marquardt has served on the RETC Executive Committee including Chairman for the 2009 Conference and serves on the GCA Executive Committee in New York City. In 2012, he received both the Golden Beaver Award for Supervision from the Beavers and the UCA Award for Outstanding Individual from UCA of SME. Marquardt’s election as President of The Moles followed his many years of service in various capacities within The Moles Executive Committee.