A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and professional engineer for bridges and structures, Thomas Leech, PE, SE, Gannett Fleming Bridge Practice advisor, recently received the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) coveted 2020 William Metcalf Award.
ESWP has been giving this highest honor since 1963, recognizing an “outstanding engineer who is a resident of the United States and whose field of engineering accomplishment relates to those fields normally associated with Western Pennsylvania, such as steel, aluminum, power, coal, electrical equipment, chemical, glass, construction, etc.” In 2012, Leech received the ESWP Engineer of the Year Award, making him the only person to receive both the Metcalf and Engineer of the Year awards.
Leech’s most notable bridge design accomplishments include:
- Joe Montana Bridges – Toll 43, Washington County – Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
- Hulton Bridge Replacement over the Allegheny River – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
- The Bloomfield Bridge – City of Pittsburgh
- North Shore Connector Viaduct – Port Authority of Allegheny County
- Toll 43 Monongahela River Crossing – Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
- Principal Forensic Investigator for the Collapse of the Kinzua Viaduct – Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Schenley Park, Panther Hollow Historic Bridge Preservation – City of Pittsburgh
- Stoney Creek Historic Bridge Restoration – Alverez Construction Company
- Foxburg Bridge Replacement over the Allegheny River – PennDOT
- Petroleum Street Bridge Replacement over the Allegheny River – PennDOT
- Multiple Rigid Frame Bridge Structures throughout Western Pennsylvania – City of Pittsburgh, PennDOT, Mercer County
Leech continues to have an impact on the engineering landscape of Western Pennsylvania as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, teaching an undergraduate course in geotechnical engineering and a graduate course in engineering materials. Leech passionately supports the International Bridge Conference and served as a committee member, awards chair, international reception chair, and co-chair of the Pittsburgh Engineer magazine. He was also the technical leader and author of text for the current 60-foot long mural art project at the Pittsburgh International Airport titled the Bridges of Pittsburgh.
Leech is also an author, editor, or contributing author of several local, national, and international books related to bridges and technology including: Bridge Stories – Every Bridge Has a Story; Bridges … Pittsburgh at the Point … A Journey Through History; Reflections … of the greatest Bridge Engineers and Architects of the 20th and 21st Centuries; and Engineering Pittsburgh: A History of Roads, Rails, Canals, Bridges, and More.