Gregory A. Kelly has received the 2017 Foundation Award from the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation (BWAF) for his efforts in advancing the role of women in the building industry.
Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. and Latin America region of WSP USA, was honored by BWAF for his “commitment to making a difference in this arena, through your expressed mission and values, your programs, and also as displayed through your ongoing attendance and active participation at our Industry Leaders Roundtable.”
BWAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture.” The BWAF Foundation Award is given annually to “a transformational firm for influencing and expanding opportunities for the careers of women in the building industry.”
“I am honored to receive the BWAF Foundation Award,” Kelly said. “Fostering equal opportunity for women starts at home, continues through school and flourishes in the workplace. Eliminating gender pay gaps is an important part of attracting and retaining the best talent and I am pleased to report that at WSP we have made great strides in promoting a workplace with a fair and equitable pay ratio.”
During his tenure, Kelly has emphasized a commitment to diversity and the promotion of women to key leadership positions in the firm.
Under his direction, WSP has played a significant role on several major projects throughout the U.S. and Latin America, including One World Trade Center, 432 Park Avenue, and the La Guardia Airport Central Terminal in New York City; the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the 30th Street Station master plan in Philadelphia; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Salesforce Tower, the Transbay Transit Center and 181 Fremont in San Francisco.
Active in the infrastructure services industry, Kelly frequently speaks on engineering and construction issues and participates on the executive boards of many leading industry organizations. He also chairs the Salvadori Center, a non-profit focused on innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based programs in the New York City Schools; and is the co-chair of the New York City March of Dimes Transportation and Construction Luncheon.
He was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2014. He is on the executive committee of the Design Professionals Coalition and is a member of the board of the Association for the Improvement of Americas Infrastructure.
Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and construction technology from Temple University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has served as a member of the civil engineering advisory board of the Polytechnic Institute at New York University and the civil engineering and environmental advisory committee of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.