The Association for the Capital Projects Engineering & Construction Community.

The Prestigious ECC Awards


Honored at the Annual ECC Conference, the ECC Awards are given to the most inspirational, exemplary, outstanding industry executives and leaders. Winners must meet a varied list of criteria and are selected by a special committee of distinguished and esteemed industry pioneers.

The Spirit of ECC Award

The annual Spirit of ECC Award honors candidates who display an exemplary demonstration of a wide array of talents, skills, and passions that encapsulate the ECC’s mission to engage and improve the industry. The recipient of the Spirit of ECC Award will have shown the following:

  • A strategic response to a fundamental challenge or opportunity;
  • A solid application of 'Thought Leadership';
  • A certain stewardship towards the betterment of the industry, its participants, and the people it serves.

Anyone who fits the criteria above within the industry of engineering and construction contracting is welcome to be nominated. Nominations can be up to two pages and may include one (1) attachment of a photograph or a video up to 2 minutes in length. Nominations are due by Spring of 2017, please send to

  • Contact: Tara Wilson, 713-337-1600
  • Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Send to:
  • Requirements: 1-2 pages to validate nomination, including 1 photo or a 2-minute video.
2015 Recipient: US First

ECC was proud to award US First with the 2015 ECC Spirit of ECC Award.

The mission of US First is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Watch the video

2014 Recipient: Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-USA’s mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

EWB-USA works to achieve a vision of a world in which all communities have the capacity to meet their basic human needs. This vision is actively pursued by engaging in community-driven development programs. EWB-USA’s development approach requires that all program proposals come directly from the communities themselves. They’ve found that this increases the likelihood of a project’s success by ensuring that the needs addressed by our chapters are both identified and supported by the community. With the community's input, chapters design and implement low-cost, small-scale, replicable and sustainable engineering solutions to the problems identified by the community. Programs encompass water purification and delivery, sanitation, transportation and infrastructure projects, and sustainable and renewable energy systems.

The other historical problem EWB-USA’s mission addresses are gaps in the STEM education system. The United States ranks 52nd in the quality of STEM education and 27th in college students receiving engineering degrees. EWB-USA offers members transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and produce better students and, ultimately, better leaders. This engagement also supplements traditional engineering curricula by focusing on the teaching of professional skills such as leadership, project management, cross-cultural communication and systems thinking.

2013 Recipient: Mitchell Energy Barnett Shale Team

Mitchell Energy Barnett Shale Team

In 1981 the late George Mitchell assembled a team of geologists, engineers, and other critical groups to find a commercially viable way to extract natural gas trapped in the North Texas Barnett shale formation. At the time, few people expected this endeavor to succeed, and none except maybe for George Mitchell himself, could have imagined the energy revolution this team would begin to unleash 17 years later. Today, the practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used to extract shale gas is a well-known process that has provided the United States with access to a plentiful low cost energy source. Shale gas is now sparking a resurgence in the North American manufacturing sector, leading to predictions of ~ 1 million new jobs being created over the next 10 – 15 years.

The thought leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and perseverance the Mitchell Energy Barnett Shale Team demonstrated over those 17 years is at the core of what the Spirit of ECC Award represents. It took tremendous teamwork to overcome all of the uncertainties and setbacks encountered in working on a new technology development project for that period of time. A diverse group of 62 people were at the core of this project, with no doubt many others contributing to the team’s ultimate success. These team members have not received a high level of notoriety for what they accomplished, making it even more satisfying to take the opportunity to acknowledge their achievement at the 2013 ECC Conference.

2012 Recipient: Team Rabbit

Team Rabbit

On August 5, 2010, a minor earthquake caused a mine to collapse in Copiapó, Chile, trapping 33 men underground. No one above knew if they were alive or even where they were. All they had to go on was that the men — or at least their corpses — were stuck somewhere between 500 and 800 meters below the earth. Everyone agreed on only one fact: any rescue effort was a race against time. No matter where the miners were when the shaft caved in, the survivors wouldn’t have enough water or food to last long. Answering the call for action, three companies selflessly came together as “Team Rabbit,” and through their creative technical thinking abilities, their critical project management skills, and the resources they deployed, they showed the world that the Capital Projects Industry can transcend its traditional scope, to serve the greater good of mankind and save human lives.

When the accident occurred, local drill teams had equipment capable of excavating down to 400 meters, but this was not enough, and managers were forced to issue an all-hands-on-deck call. Being major players in the Chilean mining industry, Drillers Supply International and Geotec Boyles Bros S.A., answered the call. They were joined later by Center Rock Inc., a small company in Pennsylvania specializing in drilling technology, after learning that the mine rescue would take too long. Building on their existing business relationships, these three companies became Team Rabbit, and successfully executed “Plan B,” as the media termed their successful evacuation project, rescuing the 33 miners and returning them to their families long before the initial projected date of Christmas. For their role in saving the 33 miners, ECC honored these three companies with the 2012 Spirit of ECC Award.

2011 Recipient: Chevron Project Resources Group

Chevron Project Resources Group

The 2011 Spirit of the ECC Award was presented to Chevron Project Resources Company. Mr. C. Michael Illanne, President and General Manager of Project Resources Company accepted the award on behalf of PRC. Project Resources Company (PRC) was formed in 1997 to create a center of expertise within Chevron for the management of major capital projects. PRC was nominated on the basis that it embodies the spirit of ECC with its strong drive for safety, excellence in project management, continuous improvement and creation of new processes/tools/techniques to address the challenges of today’s highly complex and technically challenging project portfolio. More importantly, PRC fosters the spirit of ECC through cooperation and sharing with and learning from others in both the oil and gas and other capital-intensive industries.

ECC Achievement Award

The ECC Achievement Award was originally introduced to the industry in 1988 as the ECC Division Award, and has been honoring recipients who exhibited the most well-rounded aspects of a true industry leader. This prestigious award honors industry professionals who are:

  • Bold risk-takers
  • True visionaries
  • Leaders with integrity
  • Professionals who have had a lasting and positive impact on the competitive face of business; and
  • Candidates who possess stature among their industry peers.

Past recipients of this award vary from high-office executives to doctorate-level engineers. Dating all the way back to the ‘80s, these amazing examples of industry pioneers are:

  • 2016 - James G. Slaughter, Jr. S&B Founder (retired)
  • 2015 - John W. Dalton, Sr. - Wood Group Mustang (retired) — Watch the video
  • 2014 - Richard Tucker, Founder, Construction Industry Institute, National Academy of Construction
  • 2013 - Emmitt Nelson, Shell (retired), Co-Founder Zero Injury Institute
  • 2012 - Alan Boeckmann, Chairman, Fluor
  • 2011 - Khalid Farid, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, AMEC
  • 2010 - Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
  • 2009 - Don Vardeman, Vice President of Worldwide Projects, Anadarko
  • 2008 - Louis J. Cabano, Chairman, Pathfinder LLC
  • 2007 - Noel G. Watson, Executive Chairman, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • 2006 - Bill Greehey, Chairman of the Board, Valero Energy Corporation
  • 2005 - James B. Porter, Jr., Du Pont
  • 2004 - Bill Higgs and Paul Redmon, Mustang Engineers
  • 2003 - Larry Evans, AspenTech
  • 2002 - Jeet Bindra, Chevron/Caltex
  • 2001 - Ed Merrow, IPA
  • 2000 - Hugh K. Coble, Fluor Corporation
  • 1999 - John Mihm, Phillips Petroleum Company
  • 1998 - William A. Brookshire, S&B Engineering & Constructors Ltd.
  • 1997 - W. I. (Irv) Doty, Shell Oil
  • 1996 - Ted C. Kennedy, BE&K Inc.
  • 1995 - Shelby Pierce, Amoco Corp.
  • 1994 - Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • 1993 - Robert H. Miller, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company
  • 1992 - Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
  • 1991 - Wallace L. Tanner, Shell Oil
  • 1990 - Dave Tappan, Fluor Daniel
  • 1989 - Al Crosby, Exxon
  • 1988 - Albert Dib, Bubler, King & Bubler