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Thomas E. O’Brien, chairman and CEO of contractor-fabricator BMWC Group Inc., Indianapolis, died on Jan. 18 in that city at age 59. The firm says he died after a long illness but did not disclose details.

O’Brien, who joined BMWC in 1979 as assistant project manager, was named president in 1996, CEO two years later and chairman in 1999. He was also an advisory board member of the Construction Industry Institute and on the executive committee of the Indiana Construction Roundtable. BMWC Group ranks 340th on ENR’s list of the Top 400 Contractors, with $160 million in 2009 revenue.

The firm has elected Chief Financial Officer Jim Davis as chairman and named President Brian Acton to the additional role of CEO. Mike Keller has joined the firm as CFO. He had been executive vice president and CFO at the Estridge Cos.

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Robert F. Borg, 87, founding chairman of Kreisler Borg Florman, a Scarsdale, N.Y., building construction firm, died on Dec. 17, 2010, in Manhattan of natural causes, according to family-released information. Borg, who co-founded the firm in 1955, was named a master builder by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2003 and was the founding chairman of its committee on social and environmental concerns in construction. He also authored numerous industry-related articles, including chapters of the McGraw-Hill Design and Construction Handbook, and was an adjunct professor of construction and business at New York University, Pratt Institute and Columbia University. Borg also was a past chairman of the construction dispute-resolution committee of the American Arbitration Association.


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