Horizon Award

Gary E. Bird Horizon Award

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

Given every year at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference, the award is named in honor of Gary E. Bird. 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 spur 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 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.

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:

2016 Winner


The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 36th IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) to the Construction Subcommittee of the Workplace Task Force; National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This award recognized the committee for their innovative suicide prevention program. Read the press release and see the committee's flyer

For more information about what you can do to prevent suicide through your workplace please visit:

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If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact:

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Prior Winners

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