Jim Crutcher receives lifetime achievement award from AGC of Washington

The AGC of Washington presented James Crutcher, chairman emeritus at Lease Crutcher Lewis, and William Dickson, president of the Dickson Co., with its Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s Jan. 25 annual convention.

The awards were announced by Steve Isenhart, 2012 AGC of Washington president and Tiger Construction president. “These awards honor decades of positive contributions to the industry and AGC by Jim and Bill,” said Isenhart. “Both are respected contractors that have provided distinguished service for the industry.”

Jim Crutcher

Jim Crutcher joined his firm in 1957 and began his career working on the construction of Seattle’s Lincoln High School. In 1983, he became the third president of the then-Howard S. Lease Construction Co. Crutcher led the company’s expansion into Alaska and Oregon and gained a reputation for construction excellence and strong leadership. Among his favorite projects is Seattle’s Second & Seneca building, which in 1991 began Lease Crutcher Lewis’ high-rise construction work.

In 1981, Crutcher served as president of the Seattle Chapter AGC. Over the years he has been active in AGC at the state and national level in many ways, serving as a member of the AGC of Washington’s board and AGC of America’s executive committee, chairing the chapter’s labor committee, and playing a major role in the construction of the AGC Building. Crutcher was inducted into the University of Washington’s inaugural Construction Hall of Fame in 1995.

Perhaps his most personally rewarding involvement has been as a long-time supporter of the AGC of Washington Education Foundation, for which Crutcher is an emeritus board member and past president. “We are grateful for the generosity of Jim and Barbara Crutcher to the foundation,” said Elaine Ervin, Moss Adams partner and president of the AGC Education Foundation board. “Jim believes in education and in helping to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities that he has enjoyed in the construction industry.”

Ervin notes that Crutcher is such an advocate for giving back to the industry that it was only fitting that Barbara and their children — Dr. Jim Crutcher Jr., Carey Crutcher Smith and Page Crutcher — honored him by establishing the James P. Crutcher Endowment, which is provides scholarships to students pursuing a degree in construction.

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