The UW Department of Construction Management Inducts Three Industry Professionals into the Construction Industry Hall of Fame
SEATTLE, WA The University of Washington Department of Construction Management this year has honored three individuals who have made substantial contributions to the industry: Kathleen B. Garrity, Philip B. Lovell, P.E., MASCE and Jon D. Magnusson, P.E., S.E. Throughout their careers they have each made substantial contributions to the field, the advancement of construction education, and to their community.
Garrity's commitment to craft education began with the founding of the Washington Electrical Education Foundation and the first executive hired for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington chapter where she served as President for more than 30 years.
"I was very lucky that as a trade association manager I ended up in the construction industry," said Garrity in accepting the honor. "Contractors have three main attributes: they are results oriented, they are problem solvers and they know that success is contingent on investing in long-term relationships; all of which parallel my own views."
Early in her ABC career she focused on construction education. "I realized that the labor shortage needed a new and creative solution to address the severe and chronic gap in skilled craft professionals," she said. Along with AGC's education director, she recruited a group of dedicated and hardworking contractors who created the first of-its-kind-in-the-country training program, the Construction Industry Training Council, where multiple associations joined forces to train together. Today CITC has seven association partners and more than 600 students in 10 crafts at three locations in Washington.
As President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington, Garrity represented contractors before the legislature and the Department of Labor and Industries, as well as other government agencies. Working with various groups representing women- and minority-owned firms, Garrity was an active advocate working to bring these firms into the mainstream of the construction community and helping them achieve success. One of her proudest tasks was serving on NAIOP Washington's Community Enhancement Committee for the last 10 years. The committee is made up of members of the wider real estate/construction community - developers, architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants and more. Each year the committee selects a worthy project that needs the special kind of help that only construction industry can accomplish. Then after many months of planning and fundraising, some 250-400 volunteers transform a school, camp or other community facility in just one day. It would not be possible without the relationships and trust developed over the years.
Garrity is only the second woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "The people construction industry and all they accomplish are amazing. I'm honored to have spent my career with such a wonderful and talented group of people. I am very thankful to be a small part of it and to be recognized by my peers," Garrity said.
Magnusson has spent 40 years as a Structural Engineer, 25 of which included his role as CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates Inc. Working with area contractors, Magnusson helped pioneer the use of super high strength concrete, composite column construction, hybrid concrete core/steel framed buildings, and advanced earthquake and wind damping systems.
Magnusson grew up in a construction family with weekend trips to construction sites and discussions at the dinner table including the joy of successful bids and the disappointment of unsuccessful bids. "Construction is really part of my DNA," he said.
His projects, which he says are always a collaborative effort, range from notable local projects such as Safeco Field, Century Link Field, Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Central Public Library to national and international projects like the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, the San Francisco 49ers Stadium and the Panama Museum of Biodiversity. He also donated engineering for a Guinness World Record for the largest origami paper crane, with a wingspan of 200 feet, that was created for the Wings for Peace Project and suspended in the Kingdome in March, 2000.
"Having worked on projects around the world, I am amazed at how many really good contractors there are in our community," he said. "They truly collaborate with designers in leading the nation's construction industry to new levels of accomplishment."
He was the founder and 14-year President of the Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of Washington, which has reached more than 1,700 high school students and awarded more than $477,000 in college scholarships. Additional community involvement has included service to the Downtown Seattle Association Board of Directors, Water 1st International, Boy Scouts, University of Washington College of Engineering, and the Seattle Rotary Club.
Lovell retired in 2003 as Vice President and Operations Manager of Turner Construction's northwest region following a 37-year career with the company. He has been a leader as well as educator in all aspects of construction management, both while active within Turner and currently in retirement.
His career in the industry involved a wide variety of projects and all phases of the design and building process. Lovell has been a manager and leader in all aspects of construction management and has been active with the Association of General Contractors and the UW Construction Industry Advisory Council. He has also been a member since its inception of the Project Review Committee under the Washington State Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) and is an expert in the GC/CM delivery process. He is a member of the Dispute Review Board Foundation, an active project DRB team member and current Chairperson of the Sound Transit Citizens Oversight Panel. He is also a registered Professional Engineer and member of ASCE.
"I remember working very hard during my career because building things is very demanding," said Lovell. "There is a tremendous amount of work and coordination with people during the construction process but when it is finished, it allows you to see the results of your work."
In retirement, he continues with the AGC Education Foundation as a trainer and is a current member (since 1996) and past chair of UW Construction Industry Advisory Council. Residing in Edmonds, he is an active member and current chair of the city's Planning Board, serves on the Mayor's Advisory Group and is a member of the Edmonds City Waterfront Access Study Task Force. In addition he participates in the Camper Cabin Expansion Project at Camp Corey in Carnation.
"The average citizen looks at a project and knows that someone designed it and someone is building it," Lovell said. "What they don't understand is that building is a service industry - our people are our real product. The fact that I'm recognized with the honor of being inducted into the Construction Industry Hall of Fame is doubling gratifying as it is a reminder not only of my career accomplishments but also of the innumerable relationships I've developed over the years."