Brian D. Barr
A Proven Track Record
Inducted in 2017
Brian D. Barr has more than 30 years of construction industry experience and a proven track record of successful project deliveries. He joined Brasfield & Gorrie Birmingham in 1997and was charged with developing an industrial construction division. Since then, teams under his direction have built more than $5 billion in technically challenging projects across the country, including important, and high-profile projects in Alabama.
A native of Florence, Alabama, Barr earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from The University of Alabama in 1981. He began his career at Texaco’s Central Offshore Engineering Department managing the design and construction process on offshore oil and gas production projects in the Gulf of Mexico, California, and the Far East.
After more than four years at Texaco, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1986, with an emphasis on construction engineering and management. Barr then worked in heavy construction with Dunn Construction and then BEC Industrial and Civil Contractors (now Saiia) before joining Brasfield & Gorrie in 1997.
Since joining Brasfield & Gorrie in 1997, Barr has led the company into new markets while working his way to regional president for the company’s operating group that handles engineering construction projects such as water treatment plants, heavy civil works, infrastructure improvements, manufacturing facilities, and power plants.
Under Barr’s leadership, his region has delivered nearly $1 billion in construction volume over the past four years. In addition, his region has secured high-profile clients including Airbus, Raytheon, Alstom, CSX, BNSF, Boeing, ACIPCO, Mercedes, Honda, Aleris, and NASA as well as numerous power clients such as American Electric Power, Southern Company, Duke Energy, Cheyenne Power, and Florida Power and Light.
His region recently completed several notable projects such as the BNSF Railroad Galveston Causeway Vertical Lift Bridge; Airbus Final Assembly Line Hangar, Bryant-Denny Stadium South End Zone Expansion, and Baton Rouge South Treatment Plant Wet Weather Improvements. Notable active projects include the SunTrust Park/Atlanta Braves Stadium exterior infrastructure, NASA Space Launch System Test Stands, and a greenfield water treatment plant for Huntsville Utilities.
Barr was instrumental in the procurement and success of two emergency replacement bridge projects following tragic accidents and resulting fires at the intersection of Interstate 65 and Interstate 59/20 in downtown Birmingham in 2003 and 2005. Both projects were completed early, resulting in traffic being restored in record time and significant savings to the state.
Barr is also the executive team leader for corporate initiatives regarding Brasfield & Gorrie’s approach to risk management. He has been strategic in influencing the culture, processes, and best practices.
Beyond his work with Brasfield & Gorrie, Barr demonstrates leadership in the construction industry as a whole. He has served as an active member of several professional organizations, including Associated Builders and Contractors, American Society of Civil Engineers, past-president of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties, Economic Development Association of Alabama, and Coalition for Regional Transportation.
He is actively involved with The University of Alabama, serving on the President’s Cabinet and The University of Alabama College of Engineering as a member of the Leadership Board and Capstone Engineering Society. In 2001, he was named a UA Distinguished Engineering Fellow, and the UA College of Engineering honored him for his contributions in 2004 as Outstanding Alumni.