Construction Writers Association Salute Profession’s Storied Achievements and Promising Future At Annual Conference

May 14, 2009

CHICAGO, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Globally respected construction journalists, an industry leader, and an aspiring new professional were honored at the annual conference of the Construction Writers Association (CWA) at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bob Nilsson, former president of Turner International LLC, received the Silver Hard Hat Award, CWA’s highest individual honor. Along with his continuing service as an advisor to Turner and other firms, Nilsson spends several days each week at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working with wounded veterans and their families. A former Marine, Nilsson is also the founder of the Urban Land Institute’s Second Chance Scholarship, which raises funds to help amputee vets attend school and prepare for new careers in the design, construction, and real estate fields.

Nilsson is an active recruiter and fundraiser for the ACE Mentoring Program, which introduces high school students to careers in architecture, engineering, and construction.

Inducted into CWA’s Hall of Fame were Janice L. Tuchman, editor-in-chief of Engineering News-Record, and the late Kneeland “Ned” Godfrey, longtime editor of Civil Engineering magazine.

Tuchman has covered numerous projects and people around the world for three decades, earning numerous individual and industry awards. She also pioneered the magazine’s entry into the digital world, including the launch of ENR.com.

Godfrey was an internationally respected figure during his four-decade career as a construction journalist. A civil engineer with a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he served as editor of Civil Engineering magazine for nearly 25 years. Godfrey later edited four newsletters, including Contractors Business Management Report, for the Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA).

Andres Boral was presented with CWA’s second $2,000 Build Your Future Scholarship. A junior Civil Engineering major at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, Boral combines an outstanding academic record with numerous civic, community, and industry-related activities. He also provides financial support to his mother, and hopes to assist his three siblings with their educational goals.

Construction Writers Association, founded in 1958, is a non-profit, non-partisan, international organization for journalism, photography, and communications professionals serving the information needs of the construction industry. By providing opportunities for networking, education, and recognition, CWA helps foster a strong community — and improves the quality of construction writing. www.constructionwriters.org.

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    Deborah Hodges
    Construction Writers Association

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