ASCE has honored David L. Richter, M.ASCE, with the 2018 Construction Management Award for his service to the global construction management industry and his executive leadership in building Hill International Inc. into the largest independent construction management firm in the world.
Richter is being recognized for his accomplishments in the management of major construction engineering projects worldwide. He has risen from general counsel, to group president, to chief operating officer, to CEO of Hill International in a career spanning 22 years. Over this time, the company has grown from a private domestic one with fewer than 300 employees to a NYSE-listed global firm with more than 4,300 employees.
During his leadership, Hill International has received over 100 awards for project excellence. These awards have come from various organizations – ASCE, American Public Works Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, Project Management Institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. Recognitions have also been received from industry publications such as Big Project, Building Design + Construction, and Engineering News-Record.
A trained lawyer, Richter has kept his interest in education by improving on his credentials with an Oxford master’s degree in major project management. He has also initiated programs at Hill that benefit hundreds of employees who receive additional training and pursue professional credentials.
Richter has had a long-term relationship with ASCE and the Construction Institute. He has been a board member of the Construction Management Association of America and serves on the board of trustees of the CMAA Foundation. He is a fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Building, where he is designated a chartered construction manager as well. He is active in civic organizations at Princeton, Greater Philadelphia, and Southern New Jersey. He helped found the Oxford Alumni Society of Philadelphia, and currently serves as its chairman.
He served as a David Rockefeller Fellow from 2003 to 2004 and received a Global Excellence Award from the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects of New York in 2007. In 2017, he received the Excellence in Management Award from ASCE’s New Jersey Section.
The Construction Management Award is presented to a member of the Society who has made a definite contribution in the field of construction management in general and, more particularly, in the application of theoretical aspects of engineering economics, statistics, probability theory, operations research, and related mathematical-oriented disciplines to problems of construction management, estimating, cost accounting, planning, scheduling, and financing.