Mark CooneyDirector, Capital Projects

Mark Cooney

Mark Cooney attended North Carolina State University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

After college, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer from 1990 to 1996. He served on board the USS Arkansas CGN-41 from 1990 to 1994 as the Missiles and Fire Control Officer. Cooney was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Desert Storm War and Operation Southern Watch, and his final posting was at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. as a Naval Intelligence Officer.

Cooney worked for IBM with the Global Services Division providing networking support to external customers. He was selected for the N. C. Department of Transportation Engineering Associate Training Program in 1997, and was employed by NCDOT for six years, where he oversaw major highway and bridge construction projects.

In 2003, Cooney transferred to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, where he served as a Facility Construction Engineer. He became Design Services Section Chief in 2006, and was responsible for all engineering and technical services for the Commission.

Cooney came to Natural and Cultural Resources in January 2008. Since then, he has been responsible for the completion of more than $210 million in capital projects for the department, including the new expansion gallery for the N.C. Museum of Art, which received the 2011 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, the highest award given to American Architecture.