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Walker Lee Evey

Walker Lee EveyLee Evey possesses a personal commitment to design-build project delivery coupled with an extraordinary and varied background in both the public and private sectors. He has been an outspoken advocate of the delivery method, demonstrating the effectiveness of innovative partnering and integrative teaming approaches in the field as well as serving as a national spokesman for design-build as DBIA president from 2004 until 2009.

Prior to joining DBIA, Lee was senior vice president of 3D/International, Inc., a design, management and construction company that employed 600 professionals in 18 offices nationwide. While at 3D/International, he took a leave of absence to serve as senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Housing and Construction in Baghdad, supporting their rebuilding efforts.

For five years before coming to 3D/International, Lee was the program manager for the 10-year, $4 billion Pentagon Renovation Program. In this position, he reported directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and served as the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense for all matters relating to the Pentagon Renovation. In that capacity, Lee championed the use of design-build delivery, achieving significant cost savings ($100 million under budget) and rapid project completion (14 months ahead of schedule). During
his time at the Pentagon, he unexpectedly, but successfully, led the Phoenix Project — the effort to rebuild areas damaged by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Fulfilling a promise made on national television, Lee delivered the completed project within just one year.

Lee was the top civilian Air Force contracting official at the Pentagon prior to joining the Pentagon Renovation effort and also held a variety of key positions with NASA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Vietnam in 1968-69, participating in numerous combat operations. Lee entered federal service in January 1974 as a member of the Air Force Copper Cap Training Program at Patrick Air Force Base.

Lee has been honored with the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award for "Sustained extraordinary accomplishment in management of programs of the United States Government and for leadership exemplifying the highest standards of service to the public, reflecting credit on the career civil service."

Although retired, Lee continues to support an industry and a way of doing business that he sees as a superior way of accomplishing design and construction activities. In addition to these mostly volunteer speaking engagements, he is writing two novels. In January 2012, he plan to begin a non-fiction account of the Pentagon Renovation that will highlight the use of design-build in enabling the success of the project.

Lee is a Florida native. He received a BA in Psychology and MA in Special Education from the University of South Florida, and a MS in Management Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.