Congratulations to George Perdikakis, Sr. who was honored with a Meritorious Service Award (Lifetime Achievement) from the Maryland Environmental Service during the Environmental Business Leadership Conference dinner held this past summer in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Award recipients are individuals who have demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to strengthening and preserving Maryland’s environment. Perdikakis was nominated by Tom Sprehe, PE, BCEE, Director of Innovation and Technology, for his significant contributions and impacts to environmental initiatives and projects in the state.
Growing up in Greece, Perdikakis always dreamed of becoming an engineer. He immigrated to the US when he was 18, earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Rhode Island, and later a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in environmental engineering. During his nearly fifty-year career as an engineer in Maryland, he has directed several Baltimore-area state and local agencies, including the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the Maryland Environmental Service, and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management. He has served as an owner, environmental regulator, construction contractor, consulting engineer and project manager, operator, and brownfield re-developer. Perdikakis has been in charge of an incredible number of major projects throughout the state and has managed project delivery from just about every vantage point.
From construction and rehabilitation of the Baltimore harbor tunnels in the 1980s and implementation of several major solid waste and recycling facilities to management of the Chesapeake Bay dredging and port development activities in the 1990s and redevelopment of former industrial sites to urban centers of commerce, Perdikakis has been a driving force in the execution of major environmental projects with significant and ongoing beneficial economic impact throughout the state of Maryland. He has been involved with almost every kind of environmental issue in the state, from solid and hazardous waste management, to recycling, waste-to-energy, navigation channel dredging and bay restoration. In recent years, Perdikakis’s focus has been on environmental restoration in conjunction with land development projects, including a number of brownfield redevelopments. He has managed and directed major projects in virtually every county in Maryland, from Friendsville to Smith Island, many of which have been recognized with national awards.