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Technical Achievement

 David Zangrilli 2011 Technical Achievement

Mr. David Zangrilli has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2011 Technical Achievement Award.

Mr. Zangrilli and his wife, Susan, reside in Mechanicsburg. They have two sons: Michael who lives in Salt Lake City, and Mark, who lives in Harrisburg. Mr. Zangrilli holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member and Past President of the Harrisburg Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers, and of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. Mr. Zangrilli is an avid downhill skier and has taught at Roundtop Mountain Resort for the past ten years.

Mr. Zangrilli began his employment with Urban Engineers in 2001 as a Scheduler for the $75 million reconstruction of I-81 in Dauphin County. In 2002, he was promoted to his current position of Construction Manager. In the past nine years, Mr. Zangrilli has managed more than $145 million worth of projects for Penn DOT and the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority. He has also served as Scheduler on three Penn DOT projects valued at $42 million, performed constructability reviews on highway and airport projects, and facilitated partnering sessions in three states.

During his 37-year career in highway and heavy construction, Mr. Zangrilli’s also worked for Eichelbergers, Inc., G. A. & F. C. Wagman, Inc., Morganspan Company, and S. J. Groves & Sons Company. He has held positions as survey rodman, office engineer, estimator, marketing manager, project superintendent, project manager, and vice president of marketing, and has worked on highway, dam, and airport construction projects in four states and Canada.

Throughout his career, Mr. Zangrilli has delivered presentations to a wide variety of audiences, ranging from professional organizations such as the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), the Construction Management Association of America, the Project Management Institute, and the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors to students in elementary and middle schools as well as at the university level. While working on the I-81 Reconstruction project, Mr. Zangrilli observed three novel construction techniques: gantry cranes for a bridge reconstruction, GPS guidance for a milling machine to cut subgrade, and an express lane to maintain six lanes of traffic through the project. Mr. Zangrilli developed a presentation illustrating the three techniques and delivered the presentation on numerous occasions throughout the state. Mr. Zangrilli co-authored an article on the techniques for a construction magazine and provided the photographs for the article and the issue’s cover. Mr. Zangrilli adapted the magazine article for the 2003 Engineers’ Week Patriot News supplement. Mr. Zangrilli developed similar presentations on two other projects.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Zangrilli was a guest lecturer on construction estimating at The Pennsylvania State University main campus. Mr. Zangrilli also delivered presentations on highway construction to the student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers at Penn State and Bucknell University.

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