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Jeffrey Beard

Jeffrey Beard, Ph.D., MgtPro

Phone: 215.571.3934


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
B.A., Rutgers University

Program Affiliation:

Construction Management

Areas of Expertise:

  • Project and Program Management
  • Entrepreneurship in Design and Construction
  • Integrated Project Delivery Systems
  • History of Engineering and Construction
  • Sustainable Design and Construction

Research Interests:

  • Project Delivery Methodologies
  • Systems Decomposition for Civil and Industrial Projects
  • Service Life Predictors for the Built Environment and its Components
  • Design and Construction Entrepreneurship
  • History of Urban Engineering and Construction

Professional Experience:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (2003-12) Vice President
  • Design-Build Institute of America (1993-2003) President & CEO
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (1998-2005) Adjunct Professor
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (1989-93) Director of Federal Relations
  • Harms Engineers/WGMA Architects (1984-89) Director of Contracts
  • Associated General Contractors of America (1981-84) Associate Manager, Heavy Industrial Division
  • H. H. Robertson Company (1978-81) District Office Engineer



  • Design-Build – Planning Through Development,McGraw-Hill 2001
  • Project Delivery Systems Owner’s Manual, ACEC Press 2006
  • “History of Design-Build Procurement,” Design-Build for the Public Sector, chapter 2, Aspen, 2004


  • “Manifold Contributions of Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs – from Aqueducts to Standardized Uniforms, to Procuring Ships and Constructing the Pension Building” in the Construction History Society of America Journal, Spring 2016 
  • “Comparison of Usability and Costs of Leading Sustainability Rating Systems:  LEED and Green Globes” funded research by the Green Building Initiative, 2014 
  • “Justifying Sustainable Buildings – Championing Green Operations” in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2006
  • “Strategic Facility Planning for Museums” in the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 20, 2005
  • “An Examination of Design Project Management” in the Project Management Annual, Chicago, Vol. 18, Summer 2004
  • “Industry Trends Survey: Annual Reports from 2003 to 2010” by the American Council of Engineering Companies, consisting of national data and findings from multi-disciplinary engineering firms in the U.S.


  • “A Tale of Three Arches: Grosvenor (Chester, UK), Union/Cabin John (Washington, DC, USA) and Adolphe (Luxembourg, LU)” paper proposal for the Historic Bridge Conference, Ironbridge, UK  July, 2017 
  • “Reliance on Design:  Roosevelt, Spearin and Brooklyn Drydock #4” and the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Conference, Nov 2016 
  • “Historic Slipways and Dry Docks from Gosport, Va to Brooklyn, NY – How Naval Procurement Influenced US Design and Construction” at the International Construction History Conference, Chicago, IL  June 2015 
  • “Structured Analysis of History of Architecture-Engineering-Construction and Related History and Heritage-related Masters Degree Programs in North America” delivered at the International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guimares, Portugal, July 2014 
  • “Rail Lines to Skylines – History of the Structural I-Beam 1820 to 1920” presentation at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK  June 2013 
  • “Integrators of Design and Construction: Stone & Webster, the Austin Company and Chicago Bridge and Iron” at the CHSA Biennial Conference at MIT, Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 2012
  • “Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems” as McCormick Engineering School guest lecturer at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., Oct. 2011
  • “Sustainability Rating Systems for Civil Infrastructure” at the Alabama Building Conference, Birmingham, Ala., May 2011
  • “Qualifications-Based Selection – Challenges and Opportunities” online seminar for the American Council of Engineering Companies, Fall 2010