Jack K. Lemley
Jack Lemley earned a bachelor's in architecture from the University of Idaho in 1960. Lemley has over 50 years of management experience in international industrial infrastructure, design and construction. This experience encompasses a broad cross section of the management of engineering and construction work, including heavy civil construction, mining, power generation, industrial and institutional building projects. His work has ranged from direct involvement at the general manager level to marketing, contract negotiations, and finance.
Lemley began his eminent career by working for the Guy F. Atkinson Company in 1960. In 1967, he became an assistant project engineer and shift superintendent where he managed the initiation of operations for construction of an 800 foot high earth and rock fill for the Mica Dam and U.G. Powerhouse. For the next twelve years he continued to work for Atkinson, or subsidiary. He was a project manager with Walsh-Canonie (joint venture), as a contracts and engineering manager with Water Tunnel Contractors (consortium), and as general manager of Walsh Construction Company (subsidiary).
From 1977 to 1978, he served as vice president of special assignments for Morrison-Knudsen North American operations, assisting the executive vice president in administration and coordination of the activities in the seven North American performance centers.
In 1979, he became general manager of the King Khalid Military City project in Saudi Arabia for Morrison Knudsen. He was in charge of the overall management of the $1.3 billion project to build a city for 70,000 people in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As prime contractor, work involved the design and construction of city infrastructure, including the world’s largest pre-cast element manufacturing facility; maintenance and operation of communications and utilities; life support and logistics services; prototype construction for the Military City; and assistance to the Corps of Engineers in management of other construction contractors.
Lemley then became group vice president of the Heavy and Marine Group of Morrison Knudsen in 1983, and was responsible for overall domestic and international operations. He was also in charge of the overall management of several major projects including the $800 million OK Tedi Gold and Copper Mine Development in Papua, New Guinea, the $300 million Trans-Panama Pipeline, and the $1.9 billion Cerrejon Coal Mine, Railroad, and Port Facility in Columbia, and the I-90 P.M. in Bellevue-Seattle, Washington.
In 1985, Lemley became senior vice president of the construction division of Morrison Knudsen. He was responsible for directing all engineering and construction activities as well as exercising general supervision over all division’s accounting functions. He reviewed project development in areas of marine, underground, heavy, civil, mining, transportation systems, military works, and utility programs to determine the progress of work and efficiency of operations. Additional responsibilities included maintaining amicable relationships with company clients and promoting satisfactory relations with government agencies and the general public.
Lemley participated as a member on the Department of Energy Advisory Board for the design and construction of the Super Conducting Collider facility.
From early 1989, until the project was completed in December, 1993, he served as chief executive of Transmanche-Link, the consortium of five British and five French companies that designed and built the Channel Tunnel (also referred to as the Chunnel), the largest privately funded construction project in history. An excess of 14,000 people were employed on the project, the worlds’ largest privately financed (with no governmental assistance or guarantees) construction project valued in an excess of $21 billion. In recognition of this effort, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1996 and was ENR’s “Man of the Year” in 1992.
From 1995 to 2001 Lemley was chairman and CEO of American Ecology Corporation, a nuclear and chemical environmental service company based in Boise, Idaho. Through its U.S. Ecology unit, the company operates a low-level nuclear waste disposal facility in Washington State for the Northwest Compact facility and received a license approval for a similar facility in California for the Southwest Compact at Ward Valley. Furthermore, American Ecology operated a nuclear waste material processing facility in Oakridge, Tenn.
More recently Lemley served as chairman of the United Kingdom Olympic Delivery Authority, which was responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He oversaw the delivery of the infrastructure and venues needed for the 2012 Olympics, including the main stadium, aquatic center, athlete housing, and related transportation systems.
Currently, he is president and chief executive officer of Lemley International headquartered in Boise, Idaho, a management-consulting firm established to serve public and private clients worldwide in the engineering/construction industry. This company offers project management and technical support services for organization/planning, cost estimating, procurement, safety and quality assurance, equipment selection/maintenance, scheduling, and underground development and tunneling. In addition, Lemley International provides services for construction and program management, labor consultation, claims support and resolution, and peer review board participation. Recently one high-profile contract included reviewing the management of the $14 billion Massachusetts Turnpike project.
Lemley is a Chartered Civil Engineer (UK), a UKFEANI Registered European Engineer (UK), and a Chartered Engineer (UK). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. He is a Fellow, American Arbitration Association, American Underground Space Association, British Tunneling Society, and International Tunneling Association. Lemley is a Life Member, U.S. National Committee on Tunneling Technology, 20 year member U.S. Committee Large Dams, member, the Moles, the Beavers, American Military Engineers, Worshipful Engineers (UK) and founding member of the Disputes Review Board Foundation.
- 2009 Trustee Emeritus College of Idaho
- 2007 Engineer of the Year, Idaho State University
- 2006 Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Albertson’s College of Idaho
- 2005 American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award
- 2004 National Academy of Construction Induction
- 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, North Idaho College
- 1999 Engineering News-Record, “125 Years…125 Top People” selection
- 1998 Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of Idaho
- 1997 Idaho’s Hall of Fame Association, Outstanding Achievement in Industry
- 1996 Honorary Commander of the Excellent Order of the British Empire
- 1994 British Construction Industry Awards, Special Award for Channel Tunnel
- 1994 ASCE – John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Engineering Management Award
- 1994 Civil Engineering Management Award
- 1993 Mich. State Dean’s Award Distinguished Contributors to Eng., Science, Design & Practice
- 1992 Golden Beaver Award for Supervision
- 1992 ACEC Fellow – Distinguished Award of Merit
- 1992 American Underground Space Association Award of Merit
- 1991 Engineering News-Record “Man of the Year”
- 1991 ASCE Construction Management Award
- 1991 University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame