Richard "Dick" Sage

Dick Sage '68 is the Person of the Year for the Construction Management Association.Nov. 5, 2014

Richard “Dick” Sage (BS Civ Egr ‘68) received the Person of the Year Award from the Construction Management Association during the annual industry recognition dinner on Oct. 21. He was honored for his significant contributions to the profession.

Sage is director of Sound Transit Construction Management, which plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility in the Central Puget Sound in Washington.

“Dick’s thoughtful, professional approach to his work helps maintain a standard of excellence at Sound Transit,” said Ahmad Fazel, executive director of the Sound Transit Design, Engineering and Construction Management Department.

Sage, in his 15th year with Sound Transit, oversees work on light rail, commuter rail and regional express bus capital construction programs. He has 47 years of experience in construction. During his time with Sound Transit, he has played roles in managing major light rail construction projects.

He previously worked for 26 years with contractors in the heavy civil/ highway construction industry on tunnels, heavy civil structures, highways and bridges. He also worked for four years in water systems and sewer design and construction surveys. Sage also served for three years as an officer in the United States Army, Engineering Branch. 

Sage is a graduate of Michigan State University in civil engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Construction Manager. He is a committee member of two Transportation Research Board committees: Tunnel and Underground Structures and Construction Management. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (life member), the Construction Management Association of America, the Underground Construction Association and the Disputes Resolution Board Foundation.

Earlier this year, the Puget Sound Engineering Council named Sage the Government Engineer of the Year. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Owner Award from the Construction Management Association of America (Pacific Northwest Chapter).