Louay Owaidat was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Magnus Pacific Corporation, a national environmental and infrastructure construction company with headquarters in Sacramento and offices in Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Brielle, NJ. As President of Magnus Pacific, he oversaw the planning, operations, development, marketing and finances of the company and provided input to design, planning, and execution of complex geotechnical, specialty civil and remediation projects at sites nationwide. Mr. Owaidat founded and managed Magnus Pacific Corporation (President and CEO) which grew to be a national leader in the infrastructure and environmental fields before being acquired by Great Lakes in November 2014.
Over his thirty-year career Mr. Owaidat has successfully overseen the construction of more than 400 environmental, civil and geotechnical construction projects with a combined total value of more than $1 billion. His noteworthy projects include a 44-mile levee rehabilitation project in Northern California valued at over $150 million; an 11-mile soil-cement-bentonite cutoff wall for strengthening of the American River Levee in Sacramento, which is the largest project of its kind in the United States; the largest set- back levee in California; the Rio Salado Town Lake, a 200 acre man-made lake in the middle of the Salt River in Tempe, AZ; a five-year program valued over $200 million to close a large mining legacy site in the State of Washington, and construction of water reservoirs in the State of Colorado.
Mr. Owaidat holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and an Master of Science in Construction Management from Washington University. He is a founding member and past President of the Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers, and past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has authored or co-authored 12 technical papers on levees, soil improvement and slurry wall construction. Mr. Owaidat is recipient of over 20 prestigious awards, including ASCE’s 2013 Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Private Sector in the State of California, ASCE’s 2010 Charles Pope Construction award, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division Contractor of the Year in 2005 and 2007, and the 2017 Outstanding Project in the State of California.
Mr. Owaidat actively supports his community. He is the chairman of the Board of Advisors for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University in Sacramento. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Union FC, a non-profit youth soccer club. He chairs the Alfred Golze Scholarship fundraising committee for ASCE, which awards scholarships to deserving civil and construction engineering students. He also chairs and organizes fundraising events for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
He and his wife Maya have three children.