March of Dimes Announces Honorees for 5th Annual Transportation, Building & Constructions Awards

Updated on April 27, 2015

The West Penn Division March of Dimes is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2015 Transportation, Building & Construction Awards.  This year marks the 5th anniversary of this annual event honoring the leaders and architecture from both public and private sectors of transportation, building and construction industries. Over the last five years, more than $500,000 has been raised for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. 

This year’s honorees are: 

  • Labor Leader of the Year – Mr. Michael Dunleavy, Business Manager – I.B.E.W Local 5
  • Transportation Project of the Year – Route 28 East Ohio Street Improvement Project, PennDOT
  • Building Project of the Year – AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion, Allegheny Health Network
  • Special Projects Award – Shale Development at Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority & CONSOL Energy

The March of Dimes Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at the Westin Convention Center with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon at 12:30 p.m.  The event is expected to draw over 500 attendees while raising important funds for the March of Dimes.    

Leading the event is Chairperson Bill Pietragallo, Director of Real Estate for Allegheny Health Network, along with the board of industry professionals.

A committee of industry leaders selected the 2015 honorees to be recognized for their achievements and for their efforts to promote economic development within Western Pennsylvania.

Today, one in every nine U.S. infants is born preterm. Due to concerted efforts by the March of Dimes and our partners, this number has gone down for the past seven consecutive years, but it is still too high. Preterm delivery can happen to any pregnant woman; in many cases, the cause of preterm birth is unknown. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death, and those babies who survive are more likely to suffer from intellectual and physical disabilities. In addition to its human, emotional, and financial impact on families, preterm birth places a tremendous economic burden on the nation.

Funds raised by the Transportation, Building and Construction Awards help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. 

Currently, the March of Dimes is investing nearly $3 million in research and programs in Pennsylvania alone.  Funds raised by the Transportation, Building and Construction Awards supports research at several of Pennsylvania’s finest hospitals and institutions including The University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Magee- Women’s Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.   

Pennsylvania is also proud to be the home of the latest Prematurity Research Center, part of the March of Dimes vision of a nationwide network bringing the best and brightest minds together to work and share information.  Launched in November 2014, the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania joined centers at Stanford University, the Ohio Collaborative and St. Louis. These remarkable researchers give an incredible boost to finding answers to the complex question of why babies are born too soon.

Sponsors of this year’s Transportation, Building & Construction Luncheon include: FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SPONSOR: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5  PLATINUM SPONSORS: Operating Engineers Local 66, Michael Baker International GOLD SPONSORS: CONSOL Energy, Hatzel & Buehler Inc., HDR, Highmark, The Pittsburgh Steelers SILVER SPONSORS: AECOM, Allegheny Health Network, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, CDR Maguire Inc., Hill International, Pennoni Associates Inc., Rhea Engineers & Consultants Inc., SAI Consulting Engineers, UPMC Health Plan.  KDKA-AM, Trib Total Media and Pittsburgh Magazine are the event’s media partners. 

Corporate tables are available at $1500 or individual tickets at $150.  Visit the March of Dimes web site at to make reservations or for more additional information or phone 412-505-2200. 

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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