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Lifetime Achievement for Charles Thornton.

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announced that founding principal Charles H. Thornton, is among five individuals being honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers' Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) program for their lifetime achievements.

The award will be presented at a black-tie gala at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Va. on March 21.

The OPAL Lifetime Achievement Award is given to civil engineers who "represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed." Thornton is being honored for his numerous contributions to the field of design.

Regarded as one of the world's preeminent structural engineers and educators, Thornton has been involved in the design, construction and analysis of projects around the world, many of which have set industry standards for innovation and creativity.

His signature projects include the Northwestern Atrium Center (now the Citigroup Center), United Airlines Terminal One at O'Hare Airport and United Center/Bulls and Blackhawks Arena, all in Chicago, Ill.; the Chifley Tower in Sydney, Australia; Tampa City Center in Tampa, Florida;; American Airlines .superb ay hangars in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif.; and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thornton, currently chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company LLC, Straam inc. and AECOS, Ltd., is a founding principal and former co-chairman of Thornton Tomasetti. He currently serves as a consultant to Thornton Tomasetti.

He is the founder of the ACE Mentor Program, which he established in 1993. ACE has offered guidance to more than 40,000 inner-city high school students in 106 cities around the country and has acquainted these students with the challenges and rewards offered by careers in architecture, engineering and construction. Thus far it has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships.

In 2011, the program received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jan 23, 2013
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