CEO of Bigane Paving Co. to Receive OPAL Award
Reston, Va. — Anne Bigane Wilson, P.E., CPC, M.ASCE, president and CEO of Bigane Paving Company will be honored as one of five American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Wilson is honored for her work in Construction. She will receive the award March 16, 2017, during ASCE's annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Va.
Over the past 28 years, Wilson has elevated Bigane Paving Co. to one of the most respected contractors in Chicago. In her role as CEO, she manages private and public works projects with budgets ranging from $25,000 to $25 million. Wilson is also CEO and president of two other hot mix asphalt production facilities: Ogden Avenue Materials and Reliable Ogden, both also located in Chicago.
"Wilson's commitment to construction and her expertise in managing a broad range of projects both in the public and private sectors are the marks of a stellar leader and a successful businesswoman. In addition, her passion for advocacy and the advancement of women in the profession has helped empower countless women to emulate her success," said Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI. F. ASCE, president of ASCE.
Wilson contributes to the profession by serving on the Purdue Construction Engineering & Management Advisory Council, as past president of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and past president of the Federation of Women Contractors. She is also a passionate advocate for women in the construction industry, advocating on local, state and national legislative issues that affect women in business.
Anne is also the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, and was inducted into their 2015 McAuley Hall of Honor. She and her four sisters established the Bigane Family Scholarship for senior students, in remembrance of their mother. It's a scholarship for tuition assistance and graduation expenses and another way of supporting and fostering women's education.
Among her many awards are the American Subcontractors Association National Construction Best Practice Award, Purdue University's Civil Engineering Alumni Award, the American Institute of Constructors' Walter Nashert Sr. Constructor Award, among others.
She holds a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management as well as a master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.