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Peter W. Tunnicliffe, PE, BCEE, DBIA CIRM

Executive Vice President, Construction Unit President

As one of the founding members of CDM Smith’s construc­tion unit, Pete Tunnicliffe has played a vital role in advancing the firm’s design-build subsidiary, growing it to one of the ENR Top 400 contractors in the United States. And over the course of four-decade-long career, Pete has made significant contri­bu­tions to the design-build industry in multiple roles within the firm. As president of CDM Smith’s inter­na­tional unit he was responsible for sales and delivery of projects in over 30 countries, bringing in over $1 million in engineering and design-build work. He has led the project development and design of major water and wastewater treatment projects throughout the United States and internationally. His contri­bu­tions to industry orga­ni­za­tions—like the Water Design Build Council (of which he is a founding member) and the Design Build Institute of America—have earned Pete distin­guished honors including an honorary title of Director Emeritus and a DBIA Lifetime Achievement Award

What is your favorite part of your job? Ribbon cutting ceremonies! Along with winning new and exciting projects. 

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What inspires you? Working with various teams is exciting and inspirational whether in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Australia or Asia. I’m passionate about applying innovation in ways that will deliver value to our clients. And I also enjoy leading market changes in our industry as they evolve. 

What are your 3 non-work passions? Painting, cooking and sports cars. 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was a ski patroller for 3 years.  

Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
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I chose CDM Smith based on the company's strong core values, dedication to client service and strategic investments in the future.
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In addition to his certifications in engineering and resource management, Pete also holds a JD degree from the Brooklyn Law School. 

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