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Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence

CII established the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence in 1985 to honor an individual for significant achievements in improving the engineering and construction industry. The award is CII’s highest honor and is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards of its kind in the construction industry.

Carroll H. Dunn was the Project Director of the Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness (CICE) Project, which was sponsored by The Business Roundtable and led to the creation of the Construction Industry Institute. Dunn had a highly decorated career in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a Lt. General. During his military career, Dunn served in World War II and later served as Director of the Titan II Missile Program and was Division Engineer of the Corps’ Southwestern Division.

In 1980, Dunn began work full-time on the CICE Project and later was instrumental in the establishment of CII. Dunn’s service to CII was considered so valuable that he was appointed an ex-officio member of all the original committees and research task forces. 

Dunn Nomination Form     

Recent Recipients:

Mansour Saad Al-Shehri

Charismatic leader has delivered successful mega and giga-projects with his dedication to teamwork, leader development, worker training, and innovative practices.
Mansour Saad Al-Shehri

Anne Ellis

Recognized structural engineer, trailblazer, and champion of innovation and AEC industry advancement
Anne Ellis

Wayne A. Crew

Industry leader, member representative, then CII Director who worked to improve the engineering and construction industry by preparing its future leaders and committing to safety.
Wayne A. Crew


Award Selection Criteria

Criteria for the Dunn Award include the following: 
  • Significant contributions to the construction industry (i.e., innovation, effective implementation, business impact, and mentorship).
  • Demonstration of the highest degree of personal dedication to improving costs, schedule, quality, and/or safety of the capital facilities delivery process. (Describe in detail.)
  • A leadership position in the construction industry from which others can be influenced by example and direction. (Is the nominee a mentor? Speaker? Entrepreneur? Innovator? Describe in detail.)
  • A record of accomplishment that brings added distinction to the recipient and the organizations with which he or she has been associated.
  • Nominees cannot be active on the CII Executive Committee, or part of the current or past CII staff.