Dal Hawks, former project manager at UDOT is the 2012 Public Official of the Year.
The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized Hawks for making significant contributions to the engineering profession. ACEC chooses a Public Official of the Year based on the individuals’ commitment to public and community service, adding to the body of knowledge in an area of expertise, and exhibiting noteworthy leadership.
Hawks most recently managed the I-15 CORE project, the largest Design-Build project under construction in the nation. As Project Director, Hawks led a diverse, large and talented team to successfully deliver a high value public investment.
Some of the key accomplishments of the project team include:
- Moving six bridge segments using Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT).
- Employing fixed-price, best-design procurement, resulting in significantly more improvements than originally anticipated with impacts to the public minimized
- Implementing key project systems to track and trend project performance
- Developing and implementing key auditing system that allowed UDOT personnel the opportunity to oversee and monitor contractor and designer performance
- Conducting risk workshops to identify, understand, assign and mitigate retained risks in order to enable UDOT to proactively manage the work within established and understood constraints
- Conducting training on UDOT staff members’ roles and responsibilities, which will result in expanding institutional knowledge and expertise concerning the design-build contract method
Hawks has recently retired from UDOT.