Horizon Award

Gary E. Bird Horizon Award

Recognizing Excellence in Innovative Risk Management
Techniques and Processes in the Construction Industry

Given every year at IRMI's Construction Risk Conference, the award is named in honor of Gary E. Bird, a nationally known risk management expert lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Gary expanded the risk management horizon as he searched for new and innovative ways to approach the risks associated with large construction projects.

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About the Award

Who Was Gary Bird?

Gary Bird

Gary Bird was the director of risk management for Phelps Dodge Corporation for 12 years, the original author of The Wrap-Up Guide published by IRMI, and a forward-thinking and respected member of the construction risk management community. An avid horseman, he felt claustrophobic in big cities because he "needed to see the horizon."

Along with many friends and colleagues, Gary tragically died on September 11, 2001. Afterward, IRMI renamed the Construction Risk Management Best Practices Award the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award in honor of his memory.

Mission Statement

To promote the awareness of innovative risk management processes and techniques that are cost-efficient and effective in the construction industry. The identification and communication of these best practices will assist others in the risk management community to review and develop their own best practices.

Prizes and Benefits

  • Winner receives round-trip coach airfare, free hotel accommodations during the Conference, complimentary registration, and an elegant Horizon Award for office display.

  • All qualified candidates (and if applicable, the person nominating them) are recognized at a General Session attended by over 1,200 industry leaders. The winner is announced at the same General Session and at a Luncheon held to honor the winner.

  • Qualified candidates and their innovative concept are also recognized in a printed program guide, given to all attendees.

Submission Process

To learn more about the award submission process, how to prequalify a candidate, and to download a submission packet, click on the topics below:

2014 Winner

Check back in November and learn about the newest Gary E. Bird Horizon Award honoree and the risk management best practices that earned this industry recognition!

Prior Winners

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  • 1999 Winner


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