ASCE Honors Phelps with Its OPAL Lifetime Achievement Award for Construction

August 6, 2014

Andrew Phelps - ConstructionAndrew K. Phelps, P.E., M.ASCE, whose more than 35 years’ diverse leadership experience in engineering, construction, and facilities operations focused on large capital projects, major government programs, and plant operations, mining and nuclear facilities, and environmental remediation, is the recipient of ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement award for construction. Principal vice-president and manager of Operations for Bechtel Mining & Metals, Phelps is responsible for the execution performance on 10 major capital projects valued at $25 billion in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Canada, and the U.S. A key leader in the dramatic expansion of Bechtel’s operations in Latin America, Phelps’ leadership team successfully increased revenue and margin factor by 3 over a three-year period and grew the professional workforce from 700 employees to 2,600. Most recently, Phelps coordinated Bechtel’s disaster recovery and relief efforts for the approximately 2,000 colleagues and their families during the Maule earthquake, in Chile. Among the highlights of his professional engineering career, Phelps was project director for the Gulf Oil Spill Response Project in Saudi Arabia in 1990-1993 following the Gulf War, where he assembled a project management team who, working with numerous Saudi organizations and veritable United Nations contractors, fought to contain the spill on many fronts and contributed to Saudi Arabia’s record oil recovery levels. Also, Phelps was program director for the U.S./FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where he led Bechtel’s rapid deployment effort by staffing a team of 3,000 people to provide housing of approximately 100,000 individuals displaced by the hurricane. An employee of the Bechtel family of companies for more than 35 years, Phelps is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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  • Avatar Ken Albin, P.E., PMP, M. ASCE

    It’s been a pleasure being able to contribute to your success all the way from your beginnings as an entry-level Civil Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN. The recognition is well deserved and represents the respect and admiration that the Engineering/Construction community has for your many multi-discipline/diverse talents.

  • Congratulations !! It’s nice to see all the effort recognized.


  • Congratulations, and well deserved. I enjoyed reading about your acomplisments.

    Manuel Delgado, P.E., F.ASCE

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