Industry Advisory Board
Board President, MTA Capital Construction Company
Michael Horodniceanu, Ph.D., P.E, leads over $20 billion of mega-project construction and the largest transit infrastructure program in the United States. He served as New York City’s Traffic Commissioner overseeing a $4 billion capital construction program, and is a recognized expert in the fields of transportation infrastructure and engineering. Dr. Horodniceanu’s current portfolio includes building Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway and the $10.17 billion East Side Access project that will connect Long Island Rail Road commuter trains to a new terminal station beneath Grand Central. Under his leadership, MTACC completed the Fulton Center in Manhattan’s financial district in 2014, now ranked as one of the most beautiful transit hubs in the world. Recently, Dr. Horodniceanu oversaw the extension of the No.7 subway line from Times Square to a new terminal station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, spurring economic development in Manhattan’s far west side. MTACC is currently working on the planning and design for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway and Penn Station Access.
Dr. Horodniceanu served as a full-time professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) and Manhattan College. He was also the Chairman and CEO of Urbitran Associates, a multi-disciplinary construction management, engineering, architectural and planning firm ranked by Engineering News Record as one of New York’s top 20 firms. He has been featured on the cover of Engineering News Record for his accomplishments, and he was awarded the Community Achievement Award by ORT America, and the Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (New York Chapter). Most recently he was the recipient of the New York Landmarks Conservancy 2015 Chairman’s Award for the Corbin Building. He is a member of The Moles and the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Society.
Vice President, Capital Projects and Facilities at NYU
Linda Chiarelli is a tested and respected veteran of the construction world and has been involved in various roles in the construction process over the past thirty years, including work as an engineer on both design and construction management together with fifteen years of construction contract and litigation work. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Engineering and Brooklyn Law School.
Prior to joining NYU, Linda was the Deputy Director of Construction at Forest City Ratner Companies. She was involved in all facets of the development process including negotiations with government entities, environmental impact statements, condemnation issues, architectural and construction agreements, project management, dispute avoidance and project closeouts. While at Forest City Ratner, she was instrumental in crafting the legal arrangements for some of the company’s more complex projects, including the Kings County Supreme Court and the New York Times Headquarters. She oversaw the construction of the Barclays Center, a prominent part of the Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) development. The project – which created a home for the Brooklyn Nets – was noted for its complexity of construction in a dense urban environment, as well as for the community relations challenges it posed.
Senior Managing Director (Retired), Tishman Speyer
Over a 50 plus year career, Charles DeBenedittis has become known for his involvement with innovative building technology, materials and methods. As director of Tishman Speyer’s design and construction activities worldwide since 1979 and now as Senior Advisor, Mr. DeBenedittis has been responsible for the construction of landmark buildings around the world including the Sony Center in Berlin, the Messeturm development in Frankfurt, and the construction of Tishman Speyer’s headquarters in New York.
Prior to his association with Tishman Speyer, Mr. DeBenedittis was Senior Vice President in charge of design and construction at Tishman Realty & Construction Co. Inc. during which time the firm built the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, the World Trade Center in New York, and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Mr. DeBenedittis pioneered construction management as a discrete professional service, helped develop value engineering and fast track design/construction, and was an early adopter of technological advances such as energy efficient building materials and assemblies.
Mr. DeBenedittis is a Fellow of The American Society of Civil Engineers, and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from whom in 2003 he received the Lynn Beedle Award. In 2004 Mr. DeBenedittis was awarded the National Building Museum’s Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology, was elected to the National Academy of Construction, and was honored by the New York Building Congress at its Annual Industry Recognition Dinner. In 2005 he was the recipient of Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center’s highest honor, its Partnership Award.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering magna cum laude from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Principal, Philip Habib and Associates
Philip Habib, Ph.D., P.E. has over 40 years of planning and design experience for both the private sector and government agencies. Since 1989 Dr. Habib has been a principal of Philip Habib & Associates (PHA), a 36-person consulting engineering firm specializing in civil and traffic engineering, transportation studies, environmental studies, and construction support services.
Dr. Habib has led all of PHA’s environmental and transportation planning projects, including transportation planning and analysis for the Atlantic Yards Development in Downtown Brooklyn, the EIS for the new Police Academy in College Point, Queens, and the current EIS for the East New York Rezoning. He has been providing transportation planning and design services for the ongoing Riverside South development on the Upper West Side for over twenty years and also leading these same services for the Hudson Yards development.
Dr. Habib holds a Ph.D. in Transportation from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
President & CEO, Ammann & Whitney
Nick Ivanoff joined Ammann & Whitney in 1995. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he has technical, marketing, administrative and financial responsibility for company operations worldwide. Nick graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute with a BSCE and an MS in Traffic Engineering and Transportation Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and professional planner with over 35 years experience. He serves as Principal-in-Charge or Management/Technical Adviser for some of the firm's larger, more complex projects, including the Central Artery in Boston and our on-going work at Dulles International Airport. His commitment to quality design and owner satisfaction is evidenced by his hands-on approach to major projects.
CEO, U.S., Central and South America, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Greg Kelly brings more than 30 years of experience in executive management, engineering, project management, construction and manufacturing to this leadership position. As president and chief executive officer, he directs growth and financial performance across the company’s business lines which include buildings, transportation & infrastructure, industrial & energy, and environment.
Mr. Kelly began his career with a major steel manufacturing company and subsequently joined Parsons Brinckerhoff, moving up from project manager through area manager and later as president of the firm’s transportation operating company. Most recently, Mr. Kelly served as global chief operating officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and earned a master’s from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in several states. He has received numerous honors, including the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s Eagle Award for Engineering Excellence in 2014. Greg is a member of the National Academy of Construction and The Moles.
Senior Vice President/Territory Manager, STV Construction Management Division
Gus Maimis, a senior vice president of STV’s Construction Management Division, has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry successfully executing and completing projects for higher education campuses, health care, transportation centers, multi-tenant housing, and commercial office buildings. His current experience includes providing executive oversight at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum as part of the redevelopment at the World Trade Center. Prior to joining STV, as principal of his own construction management and general contracting firm for 10 plus years, he provided direction for the business development, coordinated client relations, and provided executive direction for numerous projects throughout New York Metropolitan Area.
Mr. Maimis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Maimis is treasurer for the Greater New York Construction Users Council, a member of the National Board of Directors for the Construction Management Association of America and visiting professor at the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.
Principal Engineer, Roux Associates, Inc.
Brian Morrissey is Principal Engineer and Office Manager for Roux Associates, an environmental consulting and management firm based in Islandia NY. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 30 years of environmental engineering experience including the management of complex design and construction projects related to environmental restoration. Projects include hazardous waste sites (Superfund), Brownfields, underground storage tanks, manufactured gas plants, petroleum refineries, and landfills. Mr. Morrissey has significant experience with construction cost estimates, feasibility studies, wastewater treatability and pilot testing, decontamination and demolition, vapor intrusion, and remedial system design and operation. Mr. Morrissey often works on project to develop alternative remedial approaches such as in situ chemical oxidation and bioremediation to cost-effectively address residual soil and groundwater contamination.
Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Allen J. Ross has more than 45 years of experience practicing law in the areas of construction, litigation and real estate. In addition to traditional legal work, he has also developed a career in alternative dispute resolution in the construction industry, serving as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute review board chair.
Mr. Ross is a member of the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations, as well as the Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators and the Panel of Mediators of the American Arbitration Association. He has received numerous recognitions including: "Lawyer of the Year" in New York City Litigation — Construction Law by Best Lawyers, 2015-2016, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2016, and International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, 2005-2014. He is a 1964 graduate of New York University School of Law and a graduate of Cornell University.
Allen Weitzman, a decorated Vietnam veteran, is a partner at Studio 5 Partnership, Architects/Planners. He has over 45 years experience designing and conceptualizing buildings of all type and sizes. He has a great deal of experience with research and prototype studies for projects involving large and small retail development, multifamily residential, recreational facilities as well as community centers, school buildings and houses of worship. His hands-on experience has been an asset in successfully completing many projects. He has been cited by many agencies, developers and clients for designing original and imaginative solutions to projects throughout the metropolitan area.
He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and is a registered
architect in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut and professional planner in New Jersey.
Sr. Vice President of Transportation (Retired), Jacobs
Mr. Weisstuch’s career in civil engineering spanned 40 years, retiring as Senior Vice President,Transportation, Sverdrup Civil, Inc, and board member of its parent company, Sverdrup Corporation, an international engineering, architectural, construction and facilities operations organization in 1999.
Mr. Weisstuch received his bachelor’s (1957) and master’s (1962) degrees in civil engineering at Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers, and a member of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor fraternity.
Mr. Weisstuch served on the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic University for ten years, 1999 to 2009.