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Peter Tunnicliffe Wins DBIA Lifetime Achievement Award

November 01, 2016

DBIA Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Peter TunnicliffeBOSTON—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 contractor 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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