Overview

About the George A. Fox Conference

UCA of SME holds this annual conference in recognition of George A. Fox's accomplishments in tunneling and underground construction and to help today's industry professionals learn from their peers about the challenges and the strategies for tunneling in populated areas.


During his more than 50 year career, Mr. Fox played lead roles in the planning, design, and management of 70 major public works projects valued in excess of $61 billion. While millions of New York City’s residents have benefited from his projects, few have ever seen Mr. Fox’s work, which mainly consists of elaborate underground tunneling.

His crowning achievement was his engineering and construction work for New York City’s Third Water Tunnel – the largest capital construction project in the City’s history and the largest tunneling project in North America. Widely hailed as a modern engineering marvel when the first stage was opened in 1998, construction of the 60-mile water tunnel some 600 feet below New York City began in 1970. Completion is expected in 2020.

Mr. Fox also earned praise as an educator. He was a former Chairman of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he graduated in 1940. For more than a decade, he taught a course for seniors there that focused on the realities of being a civil engineer. In 1996, The Cooper Union honored him with its first “Builder of the City Award” for lifetime contributions to the construction of New York City’s infrastructure.