links with the graduate construction program. The plan to found the Construction Institute envisioned a group of firms and individuals from industry who would provide financial support and counsel for further development of the construction curriculum and for research on long-range problems of the construction industry.
The Construction Institute continues today to provide highly valuable support for the Stanford construction program. The member firms provide input about current construction practices and opportunities and support teaching by industry experts focusing on key topics such as accounting, estimating, labor relations, leadership, and real estate development. This interaction with industry provides expanded educational opportunities for the students and better prepares them for careers with leading firms. John also used the Construction Institute to maintain long-term links with graduates and friends of the program and to assist them in their careers.
John taught construction management courses in Egypt, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, and Japan, and he traveled with one of the first American groups to visit China following its opening in 1979. He served on the boards of the Scott Company and Caterpillar, Inc. He was awarded the Golden Beaver Award for Services & Supply in Heavy Engineering Construction in 1976, which he deeply cherished. John was elected to the NAE in 1993 and to the National Academy of Construction in 2001. Other recognition of his many contributions to construction included his receipt of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Management Award in 1977 and ASCE’s Peurifoy Construction Research Award in 1990. John’s Peurifoy Award lecture highlighted the emergence of the construction engineer as a recognized member of the civil engineering profession and the need for further actions to implement new techniques, decrease disputes and litigation, improve contractual relationships, and increase professional teamwork.