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Commemorating SeventyFive Years of Commitment to Excellence in Heavy Construction

Pam Middleton Bob Vale

Pam Middleton Bob Vale

Table of Contents 75th Anniversary Book Committee John L. Kolaya, Chairman Stephen J. Barlow Alfred H. Brand Gerard J. Carty Arthur B. Corwin Kirk Samuelson Richard S. Weeks Concept Bob Vale Pam Midd

Table of Contents 75th Anniversary Book Committee John L. Kolaya, Chairman Stephen J. Barlow Alfred H. Brand Gerard J. Carty Arthur B. Corwin Kirk Samuelson Richard S. Weeks Concept Bob Vale Pam Midd

Preface The 75th Anniversary of The Moles In 1937, Henry Leeuw, Alex Stagg, and Albert Sielke met in New York City and founded The Moles, a professional organization representing members of the heavy

Preface The 75th Anniversary of The Moles In 1937, Henry Leeuw, Alex Stagg, and Albert Sielke met in New York City and founded The Moles, a professional organization representing members of the heavy

Rich History Traditions Fostering Friendship Information Exchange The formative months Many diverse and notable milestones in U.S. and world history occurred in the period between the autumns of 1

Rich History Traditions Fostering Friendship Information Exchange The formative months Many diverse and notable milestones in U.S. and world history occurred in the period between the autumns of 1

Early Moles Objectives Following the first formal dinner in January 1938, Alex Stagg, one of The Moles founders who, a few months later, was elected an officer of the organization, waxed philosophical

Early Moles Objectives Following the first formal dinner in January 1938, Alex Stagg, one of The Moles founders who, a few months later, was elected an officer of the organization, waxed philosophical

Changing Times The era and the opportunity met Given this context, the evening of October 29, 1936, was a perfect time for a small group of men, who had worked on a variety of jobs undertaken by the N

Changing Times The era and the opportunity met Given this context, the evening of October 29, 1936, was a perfect time for a small group of men, who had worked on a variety of jobs undertaken by the N

Founding Members Establishing The Moles brand By the meeting held on May 13, 1937, minutes indicated that the group indeed was growing and now included members employed by Degnon Contracting Company,

Founding Members Establishing The Moles brand By the meeting held on May 13, 1937, minutes indicated that the group indeed was growing and now included members employed by Degnon Contracting Company,

Mr. Mole Ralph Atwater The Moles, an official and recognized organization as one of the worlds most prestigious heavy construction groups was well on its way to making history in the construction a

Mr. Mole Ralph Atwater The Moles, an official and recognized organization as one of the worlds most prestigious heavy construction groups was well on its way to making history in the construction a

It all begins with a rigorous member admission process When an organization devoted to heavy construction and engineeringtwo professions that employ hundreds of thousands of men and women across the

It all begins with a rigorous member admission process When an organization devoted to heavy construction and engineeringtwo professions that employ hundreds of thousands of men and women across the

Annual Awards Criteria and Procedural Process The Moles bylaws are quite clear about the necessity of upholding the principles and procedural standards set forth for every aspect of the Annual Awards

Annual Awards Criteria and Procedural Process The Moles bylaws are quite clear about the necessity of upholding the principles and procedural standards set forth for every aspect of the Annual Awards

Getting the Presidential Treatment As statistical odds go, it is remarkable, but true, that The Moles have played host to not one, not two, but three former presidents of the United States. Remarkably

Getting the Presidential Treatment As statistical odds go, it is remarkable, but true, that The Moles have played host to not one, not two, but three former presidents of the United States. Remarkably

Holing Through Newsletter In addition to the bylaws and various event traditions award programs, dinners, summer outing, there is one other component of The Moles life and history that has provided a

Holing Through Newsletter In addition to the bylaws and various event traditions award programs, dinners, summer outing, there is one other component of The Moles life and history that has provided a

MOLES RALLY AROUND THE WAR EFFORT Theres something about building the cities, ports, and transport mechanisms of our nation that fills Moles with a special sense of patriotism for their beloved countr

MOLES RALLY AROUND THE WAR EFFORT Theres something about building the cities, ports, and transport mechanisms of our nation that fills Moles with a special sense of patriotism for their beloved countr

1943 The Member and NonMember Achievement Awards both went to individuals who had made stellar contributions to the war effort. Frank W. Barnes, member recipient, was recognized for a long career in

1943 The Member and NonMember Achievement Awards both went to individuals who had made stellar contributions to the war effort. Frank W. Barnes, member recipient, was recognized for a long career in

Sandhogs The 19th and 20th centuries brought buildings and urban environments to previously unimaginable heights. While these achievements fascinated the public, few were paying much attention to what

Sandhogs The 19th and 20th centuries brought buildings and urban environments to previously unimaginable heights. While these achievements fascinated the public, few were paying much attention to what

The Moles Events Generally speaking, heavy construction contractors and engineers are more closely associated with dealing with facts, figures, and other practical pursuits than with the more sociable

The Moles Events Generally speaking, heavy construction contractors and engineers are more closely associated with dealing with facts, figures, and other practical pursuits than with the more sociable

The Clambakes Clambakes June 1938 was a busy month for the formative Moles organization. In addition to electing officers and continuing to add members, it was also the timing of Ralph Atwaters appoin

The Clambakes Clambakes June 1938 was a busy month for the formative Moles organization. In addition to electing officers and continuing to add members, it was also the timing of Ralph Atwaters appoin

The Annual Frolic The Moles first Frolic was held in 1939 in the Cascade Room of the Biltmore Hotel. Plans for this and subsequent evening outings of this type earned Ralph Atwater a reputation for be

The Annual Frolic The Moles first Frolic was held in 1939 in the Cascade Room of the Biltmore Hotel. Plans for this and subsequent evening outings of this type earned Ralph Atwater a reputation for be

Winter Meeting The idea of a Winter Meeting of Moles was conceived by Tom Dailey, Moles president in 1994. Toms theory was that retired Moles members would enjoy staying in touch. With that in mind, I

Winter Meeting The idea of a Winter Meeting of Moles was conceived by Tom Dailey, Moles president in 1994. Toms theory was that retired Moles members would enjoy staying in touch. With that in mind, I

Annual Awards Dinner Annual Awards Dinner As described in Chapter One, the custom of a January dinner began in 1938 and was enhanced in 1941 with the annual presentation of Member and NonMember Awards

Annual Awards Dinner Annual Awards Dinner As described in Chapter One, the custom of a January dinner began in 1938 and was enhanced in 1941 with the annual presentation of Member and NonMember Awards

The Moles 75th Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center January 25, 2012 42 1958 The Moles President Howard A. Collins Member Award Peter F. Connolly NonMember Award Fra

The Moles 75th Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center January 25, 2012 42 1958 The Moles President Howard A. Collins Member Award Peter F. Connolly NonMember Award Fra

What It Means To Be A Mole Those We All Salute Standing on the Shoulders of Giants It has been said that whatever good things we build, actually end up building us. The full truth of this statement is

What It Means To Be A Mole Those We All Salute Standing on the Shoulders of Giants It has been said that whatever good things we build, actually end up building us. The full truth of this statement is

Commemorating Achievements of the Best of the Best From the time in the 19th century when men began to turn windblown plains, fastflowing rivers, and contoured hills previously unexplored territoriesi

Commemorating Achievements of the Best of the Best From the time in the 19th century when men began to turn windblown plains, fastflowing rivers, and contoured hills previously unexplored territoriesi

Father of the U.S. Navy Seabees Rear Admiral Ben Moreell Rear Admiral Ben Moreell did not set out in life with the intention to be a military innovator or hero, so his career and many accomplishments

Father of the U.S. Navy Seabees Rear Admiral Ben Moreell Rear Admiral Ben Moreell did not set out in life with the intention to be a military innovator or hero, so his career and many accomplishments

Frank Crowe Dam Builder Extraordinaire Each decade of the past 75 years has given rise to new construction approaches and solutions. Francis T. Frank Crowe was an iconic engineer of his era, whose wor

Frank Crowe Dam Builder Extraordinaire Each decade of the past 75 years has given rise to new construction approaches and solutions. Francis T. Frank Crowe was an iconic engineer of his era, whose wor

Steve Bechtel A penchant for both handson management and longrange vision Stephen D. Bechtel is remembered in his company and by all who knew him in his industry as a peerless salesman, a successful b

Steve Bechtel A penchant for both handson management and longrange vision Stephen D. Bechtel is remembered in his company and by all who knew him in his industry as a peerless salesman, a successful b

Peter Kiewit Colossus of Roads Grandson of an immigrant brick maker, Peter Kiewit took over management of the familys Omahabased firm in 1931. Founded in 1884 by his father and uncle, the company had

Peter Kiewit Colossus of Roads Grandson of an immigrant brick maker, Peter Kiewit took over management of the familys Omahabased firm in 1931. Founded in 1884 by his father and uncle, the company had

Harry Morrison Early and lasting innovations in a growing industry MorrisonKnudsen Corporation originated in Idaho when Harry W. Morrison and Morris Hans Knudsen decided to join together in 1912 to ta

Harry Morrison Early and lasting innovations in a growing industry MorrisonKnudsen Corporation originated in Idaho when Harry W. Morrison and Morris Hans Knudsen decided to join together in 1912 to ta

Lou Perini Taking the family contracting company to new heights Louis R. Perini was another builders son who carried the family firm to greater heights than his father, who had developed a midsized ro

Lou Perini Taking the family contracting company to new heights Louis R. Perini was another builders son who carried the family firm to greater heights than his father, who had developed a midsized ro

Stepping Up All in a Days ... or a Lifes Work The Weeks family stepping up Dick and Rich Weeks are the fatherson team that own and manage Weeks Marine, one of the largest marine and tunneling contract

Stepping Up All in a Days ... or a Lifes Work The Weeks family stepping up Dick and Rich Weeks are the fatherson team that own and manage Weeks Marine, one of the largest marine and tunneling contract

George Tamaro and 911 Perhaps there is no better testament to the bonds and trust that make up what it means to be a Mole than the story of George Tamaros experience in the aftermath of the terrorist

George Tamaro and 911 Perhaps there is no better testament to the bonds and trust that make up what it means to be a Mole than the story of George Tamaros experience in the aftermath of the terrorist

running tunnel jobs as project managers. Thats still the Shea way today. As it happened, Bucks introduction to Tunneling was Charles H. Buck tunneling occurred just as the tunneling busiAthertons spec

running tunnel jobs as project managers. Thats still the Shea way today. As it happened, Bucks introduction to Tunneling was Charles H. Buck tunneling occurred just as the tunneling busiAthertons spec

Construction and the Law Bob Rubins father, Joe, was a civil engineer in heavy construction from the late 20s through the late 60s who frequently attended Moles events. When Joe Rubin talked about The

Construction and the Law Bob Rubins father, Joe, was a civil engineer in heavy construction from the late 20s through the late 60s who frequently attended Moles events. When Joe Rubin talked about The

Sal Mancini Realizing the American Dream Sal Mancinis personal and career story reads like a classic Horatio Alger account. Born in a small town outside Rome, Italy, in 1944, he came to the U.S. at ag

Sal Mancini Realizing the American Dream Sal Mancinis personal and career story reads like a classic Horatio Alger account. Born in a small town outside Rome, Italy, in 1944, he came to the U.S. at ag

Some Parting Thoughts... James M. Slattery A few days ago I was speaking to a friend who is not in our industry and he asked, What is a mole Well, I said, Webster defines it as a small, furry animal w

Some Parting Thoughts... James M. Slattery A few days ago I was speaking to a friend who is not in our industry and he asked, What is a mole Well, I said, Webster defines it as a small, furry animal w

Running The Moles A Dedicated Few Progression of Moles Administration By the mid1940s, it was becoming apparent that advancement of The Moles organization was consuming a great deal of time and energy

Running The Moles A Dedicated Few Progression of Moles Administration By the mid1940s, it was becoming apparent that advancement of The Moles organization was consuming a great deal of time and energy

Gerard J. Carty At the time Arline was considering retirement in 1993, Gerard Gerry J. Carty was retiring as a senior vice president of Walsh Construction Company. Gerry, a revered Moles member and fo

Gerard J. Carty At the time Arline was considering retirement in 1993, Gerard Gerry J. Carty was retiring as a senior vice president of Walsh Construction Company. Gerry, a revered Moles member and fo

Iconic Projects Heavy construction projects involve a complex set of variables that include a rich mix of materials, plans, processes, equipment, legal documents, and thousands of details associated w

Iconic Projects Heavy construction projects involve a complex set of variables that include a rich mix of materials, plans, processes, equipment, legal documents, and thousands of details associated w

Hoover Dam By the turn of the 20th century, population growth in the Southwest United States was expanding by tens of thousands per year. Public works officials increasingly talked about the need to a

Hoover Dam By the turn of the 20th century, population growth in the Southwest United States was expanding by tens of thousands per year. Public works officials increasingly talked about the need to a

Queens MidTown Tunnel The Queens Midtown Tunnel QMT was first envisioned for enabling the flow of modern automotive traffic under New York Citys East River in 1925, inspired by earlier, successful com

Queens MidTown Tunnel The Queens Midtown Tunnel QMT was first envisioned for enabling the flow of modern automotive traffic under New York Citys East River in 1925, inspired by earlier, successful com

Grand Coulee Dam Work on Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state began in 1933, two years after the start of construction on the Hoover Dam. As was the case with the Hoover Dam project, the proposal to b

Grand Coulee Dam Work on Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state began in 1933, two years after the start of construction on the Hoover Dam. As was the case with the Hoover Dam project, the proposal to b

National Interstate System Not long after the end of World War I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, then a young Army lieutenant colonel, took part in a truck convoy designed to road test how military vehicles wo

National Interstate System Not long after the end of World War I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, then a young Army lieutenant colonel, took part in a truck convoy designed to road test how military vehicles wo

VerrazanoNarrows Bridge Located at the mouth of Upper New York Bay, the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge was aptly named for Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into Ne

VerrazanoNarrows Bridge Located at the mouth of Upper New York Bay, the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge was aptly named for Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into Ne

Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel The 23mile long Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel CBBT, officially renamed the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. BridgeTunnel in 1987, connects southeastern Virginia, near Virginia Beach, wit

Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel The 23mile long Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel CBBT, officially renamed the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. BridgeTunnel in 1987, connects southeastern Virginia, near Virginia Beach, wit

Connecting An Island Perhaps no area of the country best exemplifies the expertise and accomplishments of Moles members than the Island of Manhattan and its lifelines to nearby land masses. The island

Connecting An Island Perhaps no area of the country best exemplifies the expertise and accomplishments of Moles members than the Island of Manhattan and its lifelines to nearby land masses. The island

World Trade Center It was just over 40 years ago that Moles member Rino M. Ray Monti was selected to manage construction of the 1,350foot, Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center. By any measur

World Trade Center It was just over 40 years ago that Moles member Rino M. Ray Monti was selected to manage construction of the 1,350foot, Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center. By any measur

Washington D.C. Metro The rapid transit system in Washington, D.C., the Washington Metro, is the second busiest system of its kind in the U.S., following only New Yorks subway system. Under the jurisd

Washington D.C. Metro The rapid transit system in Washington, D.C., the Washington Metro, is the second busiest system of its kind in the U.S., following only New Yorks subway system. Under the jurisd

Battery Park City By the early 1960s, emergence of the container shipping business had driven maritime traffic from Manhattan to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the oncethriving port area on the south

Battery Park City By the early 1960s, emergence of the container shipping business had driven maritime traffic from Manhattan to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the oncethriving port area on the south

Channel Tunnel The idea of a road tunnel between England and France was first suggested to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 during a brief period when the two rivals enjoyed peaceful relations. But the resp

Channel Tunnel The idea of a road tunnel between England and France was first suggested to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 during a brief period when the two rivals enjoyed peaceful relations. But the resp

Boston Central Artery When it comes to complex U.S. highway projects, few would qualify as more challenging than the Central ArteryTunnel Project in Boston. The city had a major traffic probleman elev

Boston Central Artery When it comes to complex U.S. highway projects, few would qualify as more challenging than the Central ArteryTunnel Project in Boston. The city had a major traffic probleman elev

Redevelopment WTC Site Normally, when engineers and heavy construction professionals think about rebuilding, its in the context of renovation or renewal projects. The idea of literally rebuilding on t

Redevelopment WTC Site Normally, when engineers and heavy construction professionals think about rebuilding, its in the context of renovation or renewal projects. The idea of literally rebuilding on t

Commitment To the Future Pride in information sharing and professional networking are two hallmarks of what it means to be a Mole. It was only natural then that about 20 years into its existence, as t

Commitment To the Future Pride in information sharing and professional networking are two hallmarks of what it means to be a Mole. It was only natural then that about 20 years into its existence, as t

Your Career Is In Construction events for students and faculty from many leading universities and technical schools offered an effective and continuous connection between The Moles and the constructio

Your Career Is In Construction events for students and faculty from many leading universities and technical schools offered an effective and continuous connection between The Moles and the constructio

Students Day Students Day site visits prove to be a landmark Moles tradition One of the most pivotal new activities designed to encourage promising youths to consider heavy construction as a career wa

Students Day Students Day site visits prove to be a landmark Moles tradition One of the most pivotal new activities designed to encourage promising youths to consider heavy construction as a career wa

Students Day Students Days visits traditionally kick off with coffee and donuts and the sorting out of who will wear which companys hard hat and vest. The exceptions are the cadets from the United Sta

Students Day Students Days visits traditionally kick off with coffee and donuts and the sorting out of who will wear which companys hard hat and vest. The exceptions are the cadets from the United Sta

Student to Mentor Al Brand Like a number of todays Moles, Al Brand, partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, and Moles president in 2008, experienced firsthand the value of Students Day. Al wa

Student to Mentor Al Brand Like a number of todays Moles, Al Brand, partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, and Moles president in 2008, experienced firsthand the value of Students Day. Al wa

Scholarships, Student Awards, and internships introduced Along with Students Day tours came the tradition of presenting a cash award to a student, selected by his or her participating school. Each yea

Scholarships, Student Awards, and internships introduced Along with Students Day tours came the tradition of presenting a cash award to a student, selected by his or her participating school. Each yea

Supporting the next generation To a great extent, the informal Moles charter is to help support the professional development, relationships, and camaraderie that will produce the best possible outcome

Supporting the next generation To a great extent, the informal Moles charter is to help support the professional development, relationships, and camaraderie that will produce the best possible outcome

Teaching A key connection to the industrys future There are few who know more about the educational and career path to success in heavy construction than Bob Brungraber, a Moles Member Emeritus, who r

Teaching A key connection to the industrys future There are few who know more about the educational and career path to success in heavy construction than Bob Brungraber, a Moles Member Emeritus, who r

presented the award plaque to Bob at the Annual Awards Dinner in January, 1989. It was the culmination of a lifelong dream to excel in heavy construction. From his days as a high school student, Bob s

presented the award plaque to Bob at the Annual Awards Dinner in January, 1989. It was the culmination of a lifelong dream to excel in heavy construction. From his days as a high school student, Bob s

epilogue The 75th Anniversary of The Moles On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of The Moles, Edgar F. Kaiser was asked to be the principal speaker for the evening. It was an unusual request to be

epilogue The 75th Anniversary of The Moles On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of The Moles, Edgar F. Kaiser was asked to be the principal speaker for the evening. It was an unusual request to be

Credits Photography Page vii 28 30 31 42 48 49 51 53 57 60 62 64 66 76 79 80 85 86 87 88 90 93 96 96 97 97 97 100101 102 103 104105 110111 112 112 112 114 115 116 118 119 120 Credit Courtesy of G. Way

Credits Photography Page vii 28 30 31 42 48 49 51 53 57 60 62 64 66 76 79 80 85 86 87 88 90 93 96 96 97 97 97 100101 102 103 104105 110111 112 112 112 114 115 116 118 119 120 Credit Courtesy of G. Way

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