Peter Tunnicliffe Wins DBIA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Peter Tunnicliffe Wins DBIA Lifetime Achievement Award
November 1, 2016

BOSTON—The De­sign-Build In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (DBIA) an­nounced that CDM Smith’s In­ter­na­tional Unit Pres­i­dent Peter Tun­ni­cliffe, PE, BCEE, DBIA, CIRM has been named as the win­ner of DBIA’s 2016 Brunelleschi Life­time Achieve­ment Award, an honor given to lead­ers com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing the de­sign-build prac­tice. The of­ficial award will be presented on November 3rd at DBIA’s 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tun­ni­cliffe’s legacy as a de­sign-build leader has left a last­ing mark on CDM Smith and the en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try. He was in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing CDM Smith’s con­struc­tion di­vi­sion in 1992, which ig­nited the firm’s adoption of design-build delivery. CDM Smith now brings in $400 mil­lion in con­struc­tion rev­enues an­nu­ally and is ranked as a top 10 de­sign-build firm in the water/wastewater industry and a top 400 general contractors by the En­gi­neer­ing News Record (ENR).

CDM Smith CEO Steve Hickox says, “I’ve had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with Pete for the past 40 years, and I’ve wit­nessed his many en­gi­neer­ing tal­ents and his abil­ity to think out­side of the box, es­pe­cially when it comes to de­sign-build pro­jects.”

Tun­ni­cliffe has been a long­time ad­vo­cate for the de­sign-build in­dus­try, hav­ing helped es­tab­lish the Water De­sign-Build Coun­cil, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing best prac­tices in al­ter­na­tive de­liv­ery ap­proaches for water and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects.

Es­tab­lished in 1993, the De­sign-Build In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (DBIA) is the only or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­fines, teaches and pro­motes best prac­tices in design-build project delivery. Design-build is an in­te­grated ap­proach that de­liv­ers de­sign and con­struc­tion ser­vices under one con­tract with a sin­gle point of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Own­ers se­lect de­sign-build to achieve best value while meet­ing sched­ule, cost and qual­ity goals. Learn more about de­sign-build and DBIA’s cer­ti­fication and other pro­grams at

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