Building on a Legacy

It’s been a 32-year road for PCL’s incoming US president and chief operating officer, Shaun Yancey, but from the looks of it, he is just hitting his stride.  

PCL's incoming US president and chief operating
officer, Shaun Yancey.

Yancey talking with employees on a PCL project

“It’s energizing to feel the thrill of new beginnings all over again,” said Yancey. “Leading such a dynamic organization humbles, honors, and inspires me all at once.”
Yancey now oversees PCL’s US operations, based out of the company’s head office in Denver, Colorado​. He collaborates with sector chief operating officers in PCL’s Buildings, Civil Infrastructure, and Heavy Industrial divisions on projects and operations across the US.


Raised and educated in Colorado, Yancey’s trail to the C-suite, also known as PCL’s “Office of the CEO,” began as a student at Colorado State University. It was there that he discovered the harmony between construction and business, and was quickly drawn into the school’s construction management program.
Starting as a PCL field engineer in 1982, he gained experience over the next three decades working in numerous roles throughout PCL’s operations and in executive management. Spending the majority of his career in Colorado, he worked on several prominent projects, including the Denver International Airport Terminal and the Ritz Carlton in Aspen. In addition to his project experience throughout Colorado, Yancey spent eight years creating the Orlando Buildings office that has become one of PCL’s most successful business units.
Throughout his career, Yancey has kept abreast of issues driving the construction industry. He was instrumental in developing PCL’s virtual construction program and champions the organization’s sustainability and diversity initiatives. A door-is-always-open sort of guy, he openly invites employees to write or call during and after his transition period.


Despite the fact that his day job runs round the clock, Yancey finds time to give back to the community and even indulge in some hobbies. He serves on the boards of the Mile High United Way and the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver. He also previously served on the boards of the Design-Build Institute of America, Associated General Contractors, and Associated Builders and Contractors.
In his free time, Yancey says he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, skiing and recreating in the Colorado Mountains, and woodworking in his home shop.
“My 32 years at PCL are a byproduct of my supportive family and colleagues,” said Yancey. “I am excited about what lies ahead and what we can all accomplish.”

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