Donald E. Gray
Like many people who grew up relying on public transportation, Don is inspired to use his architectural background to help provide transportation facilities that enhance the quality of life for people and the communities they serve. Whether one is a rider by choice or by life dependency, Don and his team of 25 plus transportation professionals understand the need to make public transportation inviting, convenient, safe, sustainable and part of the community fabric. As a leader on numerous award-winning projects, Don understands that project success is a balanced combination of intense attention to detail while keeping the big picture clearly in focus.
Don is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) at a national level as well as a member of the New York Public Transportation Association (NYPTA). He was a major contributor in developing the facilities portion of the NYPTA/NYSDOT’s “Transit Security Best Practices” document. He is currently serving on APTA’s Legislative and Mobility Management Committees.
Get to know Don…
What is your proudest moment?
Actually, it is all of the moments I spend with my grandson. Even though he is only 8 years old, he is such a kind and caring person. He is always thinking of others first and concerned about their welfare and feelings. That is why I call him my “little man”.
If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring architects in the Public Transportation industry, what would that be?
Truly listen to the client and the people who will use and work at these facilities, and use your talent and experience to design for them.
Most memorable Wendel moment?
The merger of Wendel Engineers and Duchscherer Oberst Design in 2000. That event provided part of the foundation for Wendel to be a “living company” with a national presence and we have been growing ever since.