Frank B. Turner Award

The Frank B. Turner award is presented by AIA North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Consulting Engineers Council of North Carolina, and the Professional Engineers Council of North Carolina at the annual State Construction Conference. The purpose of the award is to recognize a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, as exemplified by the professional life of Frank B. Turner.  

Nominations are due by December 31.

List of Recipients

State Construction Office Director Michael Shumsky awards Joseph Walker with the 2024 Frank B. Turner Award

2024 Recipient 
Joseph H. Walker, III, PE, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management
Western Carolina University

Cynthia Register and State Construction Director Michael Shumsky with two other men

2023 Recipient 
Cynthia Register, PE, Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services and University Engineer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

2020 Frank B Turner Award Recipient Zack Abegunrin and State Construction Director Michael Shumsky smiling

2020 Recipient
Zack Abegunrin, PE, Associate Vice Chancellor - Facilities Management, North Carolina Central University

2019 Recipient
Anna Wu, FAIA, Associate Vice Chancellor UNC-CH

2018 Recipient
Phillip M. Jones, Jr., P.E. Associate Vice Chancellor UNC-Charlotte


2017 Recipient 
Latif Kaid, P.E., State Construction Office

Background Information

Frank B. Turner was born in Oxford, NC on April 23, 1904. He earned his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from NCSU. A life-long civil servant, he also worked at the Newport News Shipyard, taught engineering at NC State College, was superintendent of the UNC Power Plant, assistant superintendent for the Moncure Power Plant, combustion engineer for CP&L’s operations, and contributed to the WWI effort by teaching aeronautical engineering to Navy pilot trainees at NC State College.

In North Carolina State Government, Mr. Turner held a position at the NC Budget Bureau and worked at a variety of positions before retiring as Director of the Property Control and Construction Division of the Department of Administration. He was the President of the Bank of Manteo, served on the Board of Directors and was Senior Vice President of Planter’s Bank. He served as the President of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina, the Raleigh Engineers’ Club and the NC State College Alumni Association. He was on the Board of Stewards and Chairman of the Building Committee for Hayes Barton Methodist Church, and was very active in numerous other civic organizations.

On March 23, 1983, during the second State Construction Conference, the Frank B. Turner Award was established. Given yearly in his honor at the State Construction Conference, it recognizes a state government career employee for his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment. Frank Brown Turner died July 8, 2000, at age 96.

Profile of an Engineer: Frank B. Turner