ASCE has honored R. Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, with the 2017 Roebling Award for his contributions to construction engineering as a builder of such significant bridges as the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge and Oakland Bay Bridge and as a construction engineering historian, chronicling the achievements of past construction engineers like the Roeblings.
Giroux made key contributions to the construction industry through the major-bridge projects for which he played important roles while working with Kiewit Corporation. He also took it upon himself to research and document the construction means and methods used by past engineers, such as John Roebling, to create a body of knowledge that will remain valuable for future generations of construction engineers. It should be noted that his first historical research project was the Brooklyn Bridge, resulting in the publication in 2009 of “The Relevance of Roebling” in ASCE’s Journal of Constructed Facilities.
He crafted his research in a series that became known as Paul’s Great Project Talks. His works, “Building Brooklyn Bridge,” “Building Hoover Dam,” “Building Golden Gate Bridge,” and Building Panama Canal,” have been presented nearly 200 times at engineering schools and other public venues. During the past 15 years the number of attendees to his lectures and seminars now totals nearly 30,000 people.
The Roebling Award recognizes and honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of construction engineering.