Former MDTA Leader Bolsters Construction Management at Gannett Fleming
(Baltimore, Md.) Ready to cultivate construction services in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., David Ferrara, CCM, joins Gannett Fleming as a vice president and Construction Services area manager. He recently retired from his position as the director of construction at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), where he spent more than 30 years.
“As the guiding hand on countless MDTA construction projects, Dave is known as a collaborative leader who worked hard to reach fair and reasonable outcomes,” said Brett Brenize, PE, DBIA, vice president and MidAtlantic Construction Management leader. “He shares Gannett Fleming’s passion for improving the communities we serve and, equally important, our safety-first mentality.”
In his leadership role with the MDTA, Ferrara guided the $3.1 billion, six-year capital construction program, which included new construction, system preservation, and rehabilitation of eight toll facilities. He directed a team of more than 300 employees through a significant growth period during which the program tripled in size. As the project coordinator for the $1 billion, I-95 Express Toll Lanes project, Ferrara developed and oversaw construction management and led the general engineering consultant and inspection teams.
In 2017, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recognized Ferrara for faithful and meritorious public service, and he has received the MDTA’s Award of Excellence on multiple occasions. Ferrara currently serves as the president of the Maryland Association of Engineers; is an active member of the American Society of Highway Engineers; and is an executive board member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Baltimore Chapter. He’s looking forward to co-presenting at the upcoming CMAA National Conference and Trade Show, where he was the national recipient of the Distinguished Owner Award in 2018. Ferrara earned an Associate Degree in construction management from the Community College of Baltimore County.