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