One of America’s top engineers, an asphalt equipment manufacturing innovator, a 40-year New Jersey construction association executive and the founder of a leading engineering firm were inducted June 3 into the 2013 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s “Transportation Development Hall of Fame.”
Launched in 2010, the Hall honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development during their careers. A committee of judges comprised of nine construction industry journalists reviewed the nominees in two categories:
Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators: Honors the men and women who discovered or created a “game changing” product or process that significantly advanced transportation design, construction and/or safety. It seeks to honor the original innovator.
- Dr. J. Don Brock, founder of Astec Industries in Chattanooga, Tenn.;
- Othmar Hermann Ammann (posthumously), founder of Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers, now based in New York.
Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families): Recognizes men, women and families who have made significant contributions—beyond just having successful businesses or careers—that have notably helped advance the interests and image of the transportation design, construction and safety industry.
- Gene McCormick, a senior vice president of Parsons Brinckerhoff in Naples, Fla.;
- Bob Briant, Sr., (posthumously), the long-time CEO of the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, in Allenwood;
Dr. J. Don Brock, founded Astec Industries in 1972, creating a company that “builds the equipment that moves America and the world from rock-to-road and beneath.” The pioneering products and technologies he personally developed—he is the holder of over 90 U.S. and foreign patents on construction machinery and drying equipment— have touch virtually every phase of road building and related construction activity. In the process, he helped make our roads and equipment safer and more efficient, durable, environment friendly and profitable.
Today, Astec Industries is America's leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, pipeline and utility trenching, oil, gas and water well drilling and wood processing, offering more than 200 products. Brock serves as executive chairman of the Astec board of directors.
In 2012, the ARTBA Foundation’s TransOvation™ workshop and awards program were renamed in his honor. The event was created for the specific purposes of fostering innovative thinking within the transportation design and construction industry and publicly recognizing its proven innovators. The name plays off the meanings of three words—“transportation,” “innovation” and “ovation.” It includes an annual two-and-a-half day workshop led by world-renowned innovators from both within and outside our industry and an annual awards program.
Othmar Hermann Ammann
Believed to be the greatest bridge builder of the 20th century, Othmar Hermann Ammann’s innovative genius was his ability to anticipate future challenges. Born in Switzerland, Ammann came to New York in 1904, where his gift for long span bridge design and forward thinking matched perfectly with the city’s need to connect its five growing boroughs and the island of Manhattan to the mainland U.S.