Timothy Barnard, Chairman of the Board of Barnard Cos., Bozeman, Montana, and Raymond R. Oneglia, Vice Chairman of O&G Industries, Torrington, Connecticut, have been selected for top honors by The Moles, one of the industry’s foremost construction organizations. The awards will be presented at The Moles’ Annual Award Dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Barnard will receive the Moles Non-Member Award, and Oneglia will accept The Moles Member Award.
Starting his construction company in 1975, Barnard’s work ethic has allowed his original earthmoving and utility pipeline enterprise to expand significantly into a multi-million dollar heavy civil contractor that ranks 193rd among Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 U.S. Contractors. Barnard Cos. specializes in risky, remote, complex projects. Barnard is currently serving as the managing partner of a joint venture with Impregilo and S.A. Healy for the construction of the $233 million twin TBM tunnel Central Subway project in San Francisco. Barnard studied at Villanova University and Gonzaga University and received an Honorary Doctorate, Lifetime Contributions to Education & Community, from Montana State University in 2011. He has served on the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees since 2000, and received its Gonzaga Distinguished Alumni Merit Award in 2004.
Oneglia earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College in 1970, and promptly returned to the family’s construction company, O&G Industries, where he began working in his teens. Spending the first 10 years as general superintendent overseeing all of the company’s field operations, Oneglia became immersed in all aspects of the company’s operation. He was instrumental in the acquisition and development of several quarries and material yards that have made O&G Industries one of the most diversified construction companies in the Northeast and a premier supplier of construction materials throughout the state of Connecticut. Oneglia proved successful in building relationships, enabling O&G to partner with West Coast construction companies Perini Corp. and Tutor-Saliba on several major projects on the national stage. In 2000, Oneglia became a member on the Tutor-Perini Board of Directors. Oneglia is a past President and past Trustee of The Moles; past Board Member of the Beavers; and past President of the Connecticut Road Builders Association.
Robert E. Alger, 2014 President of the Beavers, has announced the recipients of the 2015 Golden Beaver Awards, which will be presented at the organization’s 60th Annual Awards Dinner to be held Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the J. W. Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles.
The Management Award recipient is Richard S. Weeks, President of CEO of Weeks Marine Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey. His career started in 1970 with Weeks Stevedoring, the predecessor to Weeks Marine. After graduating from John Hopkins University and earning an MBA at Harvard, Weeks joined the company full time in 1977. Working closely with his father, Richard N. Weeks, he has grown the company from annual volume of $40 million in 1988 to $600 million in 2013. Weeks and his brothers represent the fourth generation of Weeks family members active in the business. Weeks received the Moles Member Award in 2009 and has served as president of the Moles and the Dredging Contractors of America.
Jim Stevens, Director of Operations for Michels Corp. Tunneling Division, New Berlin, Wisconsin, will receive the Supervision Award. Beginning his career as an operator/foreman, Stevens has a track record of successfully completing increasing larger and complex projects, including design-build and design-bid-build. His most recent project was the $215 million San Francisco Bay Tunnel, where the bore was completed eight months ahead of schedule and well under budget.
The 2015 Engineering Award will be presented to Mark Leja, Chief of Caltrans Division of Construction. Leja’s career with Caltrans spans 30 years, beginning as a design and resident engineer at the district level and steadily progressing though the organization, culminating in being named Chief of the Division of Construction in 2007. Over the last seven years he has been responsible for delivering the largest construction program in the department’s history – an average of 675 projects annually worth $11.25 billion.
Tom Clemens, President of North American Tunneling for Dywidag-Systems International (DSI), Louisville, Kentucky, is the 2015 recipient of the Service and Supply Award. After graduating from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, Clemens began his 44-year career in a training program and inside sales position for Commercial Shearing’s Underground Supports Division. While the ownership and company has changed several times over the years, Clemens steadily rose through the company taking on additional sales and operations positions. He was named president in December 2006, after playing a key role in developing alliances with partner companies to dramatically expand their product line serving the underground construction industry.
The guest speaker for the 2015 Awards Dinner is CBS golf commentator David Feherty. For additional information, contact Dave Woods Executive Director of the Beavers at 650/694-4834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.