Anchin, Block & Anchin Hosts 2015 New York Construction Awards Honoring Industry Innovators, Leaders & Rising Stars

Jul 10, 2015, 10:04 ET from Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

NEW YORK, July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP held its annual New York Construction Awards on June 11, 2015 at Club 101 in New York City. Presented in cooperation with the New York Building Congress (NYBC) and industry partners, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA-NY), the event honored Construction, Architecture & Engineering Industry innovators, leaders and rising stars.

"At Anchin, we are committed to the New York construction industry," said Phillip Ross, Partner and Construction and Architecture & Engineering Industry Group Leader at Anchin. "We are very proud to host this important event each year."

After Phillip Ross gave the introduction, Dick Anderson, President of the New York Building Congress, took to the stage and introduced keynote speaker Carmen Bianco, President of MTA New York City Transit. 

Bianco spoke about the short and long term mission of MTA NYC Transit. He mentioned the MTA's concentration to improve troubled train lines and their overall mission to improving on-time performance, overhauling the signal system and improving system service. Finally, Bianco encouraged attendees to help in building a better city for everyone.

Twelve awards were presented by Anchin and its industry partners at this year's event, based upon applications submitted by companies and judged by a panel of industry executives:

  • Laura Imperiale, Director of Government Affairs, Tully Construction
  • Cawsie Jijina, Principal, Severud Associates
  • Michael Rennard, Vice President, The LiRo Group
  • Tomas Rossant, President, AIA New York Chapter & Design Partner, Ennead Architects
  • Michael Shamma, President, HAKS Engineers

After reviewing all entries, the judges recognized the following companies:

Industry Impact Award

  • Dattner Architects
  • Perkins Eastman
  • Syska Hennessey Group

Legacy Award

  • Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B)
  • John Gallin and Son, Inc.
  • Henegan Construction Co., Inc.

Outstanding MWBE Award

  • Melcon General Contractors

Outstanding Public Service

  • Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF)
  • Turner Construction

Rising Star Award

  • Dixon Advisory
  • ODA

The award winners were asked to record a brief video, which were presented to the audience as the winners approach the podium. These heartfelt videos contributed greatly to the awards ceremony as attendees learned how much these awards mean to the companies who were honored. You can view these videos at Anchin's YouTube channel:

Ross closed the event by congratulating the Class of 2015 award winners. He then announced that Anchin's 10th Annual State of the Construction Industry event will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Bloomberg Headquarters in New York City.

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