BRISTOL, R.I. – TRAC Builders Inc. Founder and President Bill Tracey '00 was named ‘Distinguished Person of the Year’ by the Roger Williams University Construction Management Professional Advisory Board (CMPAB) at the Sixth Annual Construction Management Alumni and Senior Dinner on April 29.
Roger Williams University presents the award to veteran construction professionals who have helped strengthen the University’s Construction Management (CM) program. The dinner gathers students, alumni, faculty, staff and industry leaders, to celebrate the University’s renowned CM program as well as the bright future ahead for the program’s 35 graduates.
As founding chair of the CMPAB Alumni Committee and CMPAB board member, Tracey has played a pivotal role in the development of the CM program at the University.
“RWU is grateful for Bill’s extraordinary service as a founding Chair of the CMPAB Alumni Committee and his longstanding service on the CMPAB Board. His involvement with the Alumni Committee strengthened connections within the CM alumni community as well as between CM students, alumni and the profession,” says CMPAB Co-Chair James Wrisley ’01. “Bill exemplifies the qualities of civic mindedness and consummate professionalism celebrated by the Distinguished Person of the Year Award.”
Tracey also established the annual Construction Management Alumni & Senior Dinner—an event that has grown into an annual tradition bringing together students and alumni to celebrate achievements and to welcome the newest colleagues of the construction management community.
With more than 25 years of construction management and development experience, he is also a recognized leader in the industry and has led a number of award-winning projects that span new construction, renovation, historic preservation and design-build contracting. Tracey and his company, TRAC Builders have garnered regional and national recognition for construction excellence.
Rhode Island Hospital’s new hybrid operating room will provide surgeons and physicians with the most advanced surgical innovations and imaging equipment for a variety of cardiovascular and vascular procedures in one sophisticated location. The operating room is planned to increase patient safety, decrease procedure times, and eliminate patient transfers to imaging rooms before and after surgery. The new operating room is expected to facilitate quality outcomes as surgeons now have the ability to verify their procedures live during an operation, as well as have hybrid equipment that can communicate with other systems. This surgical theatre will profoundly impact patient experience, staff satisfaction, and overall delivery of care.
Project challenges included working above an active emergency room and adjacent to live operating rooms. Construction was accomplished with minimal interruption to the hospital’s operations and was on schedule. The project illustrates TRAC's ability to perform complicated and highly technical work in occupied and sensitive spaces, adding to our ongoing healthcare experience.