Fred Chou, P. E.

Port of Seattle

Fred Chou, P. E., Port of Seattle, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Government Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of his exceptional career as a project engineer and program engineer for multiple public agencies, and his leadership in the delivery of numerous complex projects.

His distinguished career began with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he served as a staff engineer on the construction of the Portland VA Medical Center. As a liaison between hospital staff and construction teams, his interactions with veterans deeply influenced his commitment to a lifetime of public service.

In 1987, he moved to Municipality Metropolitan Seattle (Metro) which later merged with King County. He became a subject matter expert in transit centers, park-and-ride facilities, and industrial wastewater treatment systems. He led the design and construction of the Waterworks Garden Project in Renton. This eight-acre park received the 1996 Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.

He next moved to Sound Transit where he managed multiple high-impact projects. These included the Federal Way Transit Center and the South Hill Park-and-Ride. Each project stands as a testament to his commitment to excellence and his adept management of multifaced collaboration. In 2001, he joined the Port of Seattle as the co-manager of the Consolidated Rental Car Facility development at SEATAC. Transitioning to the Marine Division, he led project management teams for the construction of upgrades to Fishermen’s Terminal, the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Expansion, and the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. In each project, he set a high standard for project delivery and fostered a culture of excellence within his teams.