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[March 22, 2007]

Beavers 2007 Awards Dinner

(California Builder and Engineer Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Los Angeles, Calif. The 2007 Golden Beavers Awards were presented at the 52nd Annual Beavers Awards Dinner held Friday, January 19th, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Ralph Larison, 2006 Beavers president, was the master of ceremonies for the event, which was attended by 2,100 the largest crowd in the history of the organization. Former Senator Robert Dole was the guest speaker.

The Management Award was presented to Robert G. Brosamer, president of R & L Brosamer, Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif. After graduating with a civil engineering degree at the University of California in 1964, Bob joined Gordon H. Ball Company and within just a year was named superintendent for trimming and concrete lining of 75 miles of the California Aqueduct. He quickly developed a reputation for equipment innovations and construction techniques that has continued throughout his career. In 1972 Bob formed his own company, Ball, Ball and Brosamer, Inc. with Gordon Ball's two sons. The firm completed over 100 major projects before it was sold in 1987. Bob subsequently founded R & L Brosamer in 1994 and has grown it into a $125-plus-million company.

John F. McDonald of Traylor Bros., Inc., Evansville, Ind., received the Supervision Award. John joined Bechtel, Inc. in 1972 after earning his civil engineering degree from Georgetown University. His first position was an office engineer and field inspector on a segment of the Washington, D.C., Metro system. He joined Traylor Bros., Inc. in 1977 on one of their Metro contracts and since then has managed major tunnel projects throughout the United States as well as in Singapore and Canada.

Russell L. Fuhrman, a 1968 West Point engineering graduate and 32-year Army Corps of Engineers officer, was presented the Beavers Engineering Award. After retiring with the rank of Major General and as Deputy Commander/Acting Chief of Engineers, Russell joined Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. in 2001 and initially managed a $90-million complex fast-track design-build program for cable landing stations. More recently he has been PB's executive project manager for the $2.5-billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge Replacement Project in Washington, D.C.

Patsy Fitzpatrick received the Golden Beaver Award for Service and Supply. After nearly 20 years handling heavy and engineering contractor banking relationships with the Bank of California, Patsy joined Moss Adams LLP as a director of their Construction Industry practice. This new position allowed her to work with contractors to structure their financing, strategic and transition planning. Active with numerous industry associations, Patsy chaired a sub-committee for the Associated General Contractors that was instrumental in getting legislation passed that allowed contractors to earn interest on their retentions. After retiring from Moss Adams LLP last year, she continues to provide financial advisory services as Charles River Company.

A Special Award was presented to the family of G. B. "Jerry" Toll Jr., former executive vice president of Peter Kiewit Sons' Co., who passed away in January 2005. Jerry served as president of the Beavers in 1994 and as chairman of the Beavers Charitable Trust 20012002. He was instrumental in organizing and launching the Walter & Suzanne Scott Challenge Grant, which has increased the Beavers scholarship program by over $3 million.

The 2007 officers of the Beavers were installed at the dinner. Alan L. Landes of Herzog Contracting Corp., St. Joseph, Mo., will serve as president; James D. Waltze of Griffith Company, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., will serve as senior vice president; Thomas R. Draeger of Bechtel Group, Inc., Frederick, Md., will serve as vice president; and R. M. "Mike" Phelps of Kiewit Corporation, Concord, Calif., will serve as secretary-treasurer.

The Beavers Charitable Trust will provide $400,000 this spring in scholarship grants for civil engineering and construction management students. In addition, it has $3 million in endowed scholarships spread among 30 different school. The dinner and Beaverdilly both help support the trust.

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