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May 19, 2023

Project Manager of the Year

Bradley Morlock

Orion Marine Contractors


Bradley Morlock’s 36-year career overseeing all phases of marine construction projects spans a diverse array of complex, multi-million-dollar infrastructure and environmental construction projects for private sector and government agency clients. His experience includes managing subcontractors and large multi-discipline crews on a variety of pier, wharf, outfall, highway/bridge, and other marine construction maintenance, improvement and demolition projects.

Morlock takes mentoring the next generation of project managers seriously, perhaps most importantly through leading by example in his involvement with organizations outside of work. Morlock is on the JATC, which is the piledrivers’ apprenticeship committee, and he is the president of the board of directors for Eagles Wing Coordinated Care, a nonprofit.

On the job, Morlock demonstrates to the next generation of project managers that safety and production are not at odds with each other. Morlock has managed nearly three years of recordable-free work. This success is from empowering the people on his projects to make changes to an operation that would make the work safer or more productive without cutting corners. However, when changes like this are made, Morlock makes sure it’s planned out and well communicated. He verifies this in multiple ways, but perhaps the most important is with Orion’s JHA (job hazard analysis) observation program. In 2022 not just Morlock, but all of his staff on his current project, achieved 100% participation in the JHA observation program.

Morlock has worked with the engineer at Vigor to best reuse the existing material on-site by replacing the material underwater and keeping the material from having to be disposed of off-site. In addition, Morlock and team have determined ways to add the necessary equipment on site within a confined work area to complete additional work within the pre-approved in-water work window, lessening the environmental impact to the Puget Sound.

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