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Michels Tunneling's Stevens wins Golden Beaver Award

Jim Stevens started working in construction as a teenager who dreamed of being part of a million-dollar project.

Fifty years into his career, Jim has repeatedly smashed that goal. He most recently spearheaded construction of a 15-foot-diameter, 5-mile tunnel under the San Francisco Bay. The project was completed under budget and eight months ahead of schedule.

Along the way, Jim worked as a laborer, operator and dump truck driver, eventually rising to his current role, Director of Operations for Michels Tunneling.

In January, Jim was honored with the prestigious Gold Beaver Award for Supervision for his accomplishments in construction.

The Beavers, a heavy engineering construction association, honored Jim during the 2015 Gold Beaver Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 16. For 60 years, the Beavers have presented awards for outstanding performance in Management, Supervision, Engineering, and Service and Supply. The recipients are chosen from nominations by Beaver member organizations from across the country.

On Jan. 15, FMI honored him as well. FMI provides management consulting, investment banking and people development services to the engineering and construction industry.

Michels is proud to have Stevens on its team, said Pat Michels, President of Michels Corporation.

“Jim is known in the construction industry for his ability to complete the most challenging projects,” Michels said, “but in addition to building projects, Jim builds the future of our industry. He generously shares his insights and wisdom with those who work with him, and demonstrates leadership every day.”

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