Moretrench Chairman To Receive 2009 ASCE Opal Award

Donohoe Portrait


Mr. Donohoe joined Moretrench American Corporation in 1964, immediately after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Civil Engineering. Over the course of a long and distinguished career with the company, he advanced to ultimately hold the positions of President from 1982 to 2002 and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2007. He has served as Chairman since 1995. 

During his tenure, which saw the beginning of a program of structured company growth that continues today, Moretrench accomplished many significant projects, notably design and construction of the largest ground freezing operation in the United States that allowed jacking of three massive box tunnels beneath South Street Station for Boston’s Big Dig. And his dewatering experience with Moretrench at the original World Trade Center construction in 1968 led to him being asked to join the World Trade Center Task Force Committee on September 13th, 2001, where he provided immediate valuable insight to the recovery effort as it related to the heavily damaged slurry wall “bathtub” foundations. He led the Moretrench team in the design and installation of critical emergency sump dewatering of flooded PATH tubes, and of deep well systems to lower the groundwater levels outside the bathtub to allow debris removal and slurry wall stabilization.

Throughout his career, Mr. Donohoe has been active in the civil engineering community and has served in an executive capacity on the boards of a number of professional organizations.  He has been President of the ASCE Construction Institute, President of AGC of New Jersey, National Director of AGC of America, President of The Moles, and President and Trustee of CIAP of New Jersey. He was selected as Man of the Year of AGC of New Jersey in 2001 and in 2004 he received The Moles Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction, a tribute to his lifetime accomplishments. Most recently, he was elected President of GCA of New York.

Submitted By:
Arthur B. Corwin, P.E., President and CEO, Moretrench
100 Stickle Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866
(973) 627-2100  

Primary Contact:
JoAnn Avery, Assistant to the President and CEO
(973) 627-2100 Ext. 273