Congratulations Ken Stoneman
2022 Recipient of the William A. Bowes Service Award
Ken Stoneman, who brings nearly 50 years of service to the public works industry, has received the 2022 William A. Bowes Award. The Bowes Award is the Oregon Chapter’s highest award. Since its inception in 1978 it has been awarded to a distinguished Oregon public works professional to recognize that individual’s far-reaching positive impact on public works programs, services or policies. Criteria include promoting the profession, signing up new members, participating in committee activities and gaining public recognition of the chapter.
Stoneman also has been nominated by the Oregon Chapter as a candidate for APWA National's 2023 Top 10 Public Works Leaders Award.
"In my opinion, Ken embodies the spirit of the Bowes Award. He has an unparalleled record of public works service, and he has an amazing history of distinguished service to the Oregon APWA Chapter. I wish to congratulate Ken, and thank him for his service to the Chapter." - Former Chapter President Mike Bisset
Stoneman started his career with an associates degree in civil engineering at Blue Mountain Community College and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from OIT. He is a registered professional Civil Engineer and professional Land Surveyor. His professional affiliations include APWA, ASCE, AASHTO and ACEC. He has 49 years in the industry, and he says he retired once after 30 years of public sector service, and is working on retiring again after nearly 20 years in the private sector.
Stoneman worked at ODOT for 30 years, as survey party chief and construction inspector in Pendleton, assistant District 4 maintenance manager in Corvallis, Region 2 construction project manager and construction engineer in Salem, and State Construction and Materials Engineer. He managed ODOT's Construction Section (including Pavements Unit, Contract Administration Unit, Structural Services Unit, Quality Assurance Unit, Geometronics Unit, and Central Materials Laboratory). During his tenure, Stoneman was responsible for providing expertise and oversight for approximately 150 projects annually, with annual construction costs of more than $300 million. He also led the development and implementation of a new ODOT Q/A program for construction projects, and participated in the development and implementation of the current field testing technician training and certification program used by ODOT and other western states.
Since 2003 Stoneman has been at David Evans and Associates. He served as Director of Construction Engineering Services and Senior Project Manager. Stoneman started the construction group at DEA in Oregon and helped grow it from 1 to 50 people currently. The group provides construction oversight on ODOT and local agency projects, and Stoneman was often the quality manager on large design-build projects. Notable programs during his tenure at DEA include OTIA, ARRA, JTA, and HB2017.
"What makes Ken special? One word: integrity. He cares about people, projects, and he always strives to do the right thing. He brings great wisdom and insight to our craft, and he's wonderful to work with no matter the circumstances." - Ed Chamberland, Senior Associate at David Evans and Associates
Stoneman has been a member of APWA since 1999. His service to the chapter includes many years on the Transportation Committee, including serving as the committee chair. He served as a director of the chapter's executive committee and as a director on the Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation. While an APWA board member and the ODOT Construction Section Manager, Stoneman lead the effort in 2002 to transform the ODOT standard specs into a document that could be used on local agency projects. This was a significant step forward in the industry that continues to be in use 20 years later, and Stoneman's ability to "work across the aisle" was a key to success.
"Ken is such a kind, gentle person who is looked upon as perfect example of a Bowes award recipient. Amazing character, multiple accomplishments, looked up to by his peers. He’s the type of engineer that makes our profession look good. My brief interactions with his wife, son, and grandson, also show me how much he means to his family and how much his family means to him. He’s gracious and kind to a fault." - Current chapter board member Krey Younger
See the complete list of Bowes Award recipients