CSU, Chico News

Construction Management Faculty Member Receives National Award

Date: 10-14-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico construction management department lecturer David Shirah has received the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award.

Shirah, who has taught at CSU, Chico since 2007, has been a faculty adviser to the University’s award-winning “Blitz Build” community service construction projects since 2008. He has also been adviser to student chapters of the Associated General Constructors of America (AGC), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and Construction Management Association of America.

Prior to this year, Shirah has received awards for his service to students and the community including the 2013 AGC National Education and Research Foundation Outstanding Educator award, the 2011 Miles Tracy Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award and the 2006 Appeal Democrat Spirit of Freedom Award for Shaping Youth.

Shirah accepted the award at the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo Oct. 6-8 in Dallas. Construction management professor Willem Kymmell also attended the conference along with construction management majors Brizeyda Castillo, Giorgio Cirelli, Jordan Gall, John Koch, Nathan Hill, Angel Torres and Brandon Wallace.

DBIA’s executive director, Lisa Washington, said Shirah was being honored for his dedication to best practices in the construction and design industry and expansion of university programs in construction management.

Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Based in Washington, D.C., DBIA represents the design and construction industry by providing education, training, networking and support to architects, engineers, contractors, business owners, teachers, students and others involved in the industry.

Shirah received his bachelor’s degree in construction management and master’s in education from CSU, Chico. Along with teaching, he has been involved in facilities consultation, construction management and general contracting in Yuba and Sutter counties.