David “Peter” Hughes (WDBC Executive Director) Remembered
On Friday, January 10th numerous friends and colleagues joined Peter’s wife Julie, his son Geoffrey, daughter Catherine and brother Jonathan in a remembrance service at St. Gabriel’s Church in Denver, CO. Inspired by Peter’s welsh heritage, the service included welsh music and scripture and messages from Geoffrey and Jonathan.
WDBC members learned in late December that Peter Hughes, WDBC’s Executive Director of two years, had died suddenly of heart failure on December 27. Peter’s contributions to the WDBC will always be valued and his work with its Board members remembered and held in high esteem. During his tenure, Peter supported the development of the Procurement Guide for Progressive-Design-Build Projects, the new videos, brochure and Handbook with his technical expertise on risk and liability. He led the work on a study of selected States throughout North American where regulations enabled the use of progressive design-build delivery; supported researchers on the WDBC’s recent customer satisfaction and impediment surveys; and provided a leadership role in membership recruitment.
As WDBC’s Executive Director, Peter Hughes brought to the organization more than 40 years of extensive experience in large industrial and water infrastructure projects. His role within the WDBC was to represent the organization in the marketplace, convey the overall vision and mission and support the fulfillment of its strategic goals in order to gain new members and to advance the use of collaborative delivery methods in the water industry. An attorney and mechanical engineer, Peter also served ‘Of Counsel’ to the Denver law firm Polsinelli and Shughart.
Retiring in 2008 as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc. (design-build sector), Peter’s 14 years of work helped to build and manage the company's Integrated Project Delivery business section, particularly for water, wastewater, transportation, and environmental projects. Peter was an experienced speaker and writer on the topics of project risk management and project development issues – and will always be remembered for his wit and many stories. He authored the chapter on “Design-Build for Water & Wastewater Projects” in the Aspen Publications book Design-Build for the Public Sector (Michael Loulakis, editor); and the chapter on “Project Delivery Methodologies for Megaprojects” in Megaprojects, a forthcoming book from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Jack Dignum, ed.).
Peter held a J.D., from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley and a B.S.M.E. (Energy Conversion Systems) from San Diego State. He was a member of the State Bars of California and Colorado, a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and had an “AV” ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Peter was also recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.
We all have people come and go throughout our life’s journeys, but individuals like Peter Hughes are an exception! He left a footprint of knowledge and expertise; and most of all, a legacy of wisdom and compassion. Peter will be missed in so many ways.