Celebrating a half century of excellence in the construction industry, managing more than 57 water and wastewater related projects in Southern California with gross sales exceeding $360 million, Bruce Cooksey of J.F. Shea Construction has been named as ECA 34th DIG Award recipient.

Each year since 1988, the ECA DIG Award committee has named individuals to this prestigious designation in recognizing careers of Dignity, Integrity & Generosity – DIG – in the construction industry.

Cooksey’s career spanned a multitude of water resource structures, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, pumping stations, flood control facilities, and large industrial projects.

Cooksey’s start in the industry can be traced back to 1967 when he began his study of civil engineering at Green River Community College in the Seattle area. Graduating with an Associate of Arts degree he then went on to the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Engineering.

From 1972 to 1978 Cooksey was with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Captain, Constructability Coordinator, and remote sites inspector in Anchorage, Alaska. In his capacity Cooksey was responsible for coordinating the multi discipline constructability review (preliminary and final) of all plans and specifications for military and civil works proposed construction contracts.

Prior to his work at Shea, Cooksey worked for Kiewit Pacific as a Superintendent from 1987 to 1990 after joining the company in 1980.

In 1990 Cooksey went to work as a Project Manager at J.F. Shea Construction of Walnut, California.

It was during his early days at Shea that he became involved with the Engineering Contractors’ Association where, right away, he became an integral member of the group. Not only did he join the Board of Directors but, he held positions of Secretary, Vice President and eventually President of the association in 2000.