Construction Education Friend Award
The AGC of California Construction Education Foundation Friend Award recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions to construction education efforts and the development of future construction workforce.
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Gary Rafferty is a California-registered Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and DBIA Practitioner who has over 44 years of experience in design and construction. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola University ('73) and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University ('74).
In 2017, Mr. Rafferty retired as President and Chief Operations Officer for Swinerton Builders. He remains a member of Swinerton’s Board of Directors.
He managed approximately 1500 professional staff, 1100 craft personnel, and $4.0 billion annual construction volume. Mr. Rafferty worked on a variety of project types including conventional and solar power plants, healthcare, airport terminals, performing arts theatres, universities, labs, newspaper plants, mid- and high-rise office buildings, hotels, multi-family residential, and community service projects. He has demonstrated capabilities in Public Private Partnership (P3) projects, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Design/Build projects, Program and Construction Management projects, and Construction only projects in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining Swinerton Builders 33 years ago, Mr. Rafferty spent 8 years with Bechtel Power Corporation and 2 years with the Peace Corps in East Africa. He is very active in the mentoring and development of engineering and construction management college students and recent graduates. He serves on the advisory boards for several California universities, and has been a Lecturer at Cal State University Long Beach for the past 12 years in their Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department. He also has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Cal Poly SLO, USC, and Loyola Marymount University.
Mr. Rafferty has been an active AGC California member for over 25 years, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for AGC Southern California.
He has been married 40 years, and has two sons, and two grandchildren.
Past Construction Education Friend Award Winners
- 2017 - Paul Weber, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
- 2016 - Alan Bond, California State University Chico
- 2015 - Francois Jacobs, California Baptist University
- 2014 - Holly Cindell, Lendlease
- 2013 - Robert Bourdet, W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
- 2012 - Frank Schipper, Frank Schipper Construction Co.
- 2011 - William M. Lyles, W.M. Lyles Co.
- 2010 - Jeff Wright, Lincoln High School and Jack Filanc, J.R. Filanc Construction Company
- 2009 - Jeff Merker, Sheldon High School
- 2008 - Don Gordon, Tradart Foundation