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PWC Launches 35th Year With 2015 Developers Forum

Professional Women in Construction honors the many achievements of a select group of industry professionals.

Tue March 10, 2015 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide


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(L-R) are Philip Pitruzzello, Manhattanville Development/Columbia University; Eleonora Paulson, Gruppo Italia; Naveem Ahbab, WASA Studio; and Claudia Cipriani, GKV Architects.
Pearl Perkins photo (L-R) are Philip Pitruzzello, Manhattanville Development/Columbia University; Eleonora Paulson, Gruppo Italia; Naveem Ahbab, WASA Studio; and Claudia Cipriani, GKV Architects.
Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Philip Pitruzzello, Manhattanville Development/Columbia University; Eleonora Paulson, Gruppo Italia; Naveem Ahbab, WASA Studio; and Claudia Cipriani, GKV Architects. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Odila Roman, Allstate Sprinkler Corp.; Malvino Dimeas, CohnReznick; and Ilkay Cam-Spanos, Langan Engineering. Pearl Perkins photo
Justine Banda (L), Rosen Johnson Architects; and Marleny Estevez, Mamais Construction. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Lisa Papandrea, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Yvette Gauff, aspiring developer; and Emmanuelle Slossberg, Cetra Ruddy Architects. Pearl Perkins photo
Emmanuelle Slossberg (L) and John Curtis, Cetra Ruddy Architects. Pearl Perkins photo
Paul Hoffmann (L) and Ebony Berry, HAKS. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Maria Wilpon, Stantec; Michael Kertzner, USI Insurance; Holly Hasbrouck, Stewart Title; Paul Hoffmann and Ebony Berry, HAKS; and Sharyn Yorio, VJ Associates. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Ebony Berry and Lisseth Reyes, HAKS; and Robert Greenberg, Perspective Media. Pearl Perkins photo
Emmanuelle Slossberg (L), Cetra Ruddy Architects and Lois Weiss, NY Post. Pearl Perkins photo
Pat Hildebrandt (L), JFK&M; and Leah Convery, Stanley Security. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Bobbi Jo Provost, Schneider Electric; and Leah Convery and Rachel Sama, both of AHC, Stanley Security. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Paul Dionisio, Urban Engineers; Lisa Papandrea, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; and Andy Frankl, IBEX Construction. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Olga Vinogradova; and Andy Frankl and Lisa Chapman, IBEX Construction. Pearl Perkins photo
Kim Lovejoy (L), Evergreene Architectural Arts and Jacinda Collins, AISC, American Institute of Steel Construction. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Justine Banda and Linda Eklund, Rosen Johnson Architects; and Eleonora Paulsen, Gruppo Italia. Pearl Perkins photo
(L-R) are Janice Stein, HNTB; Philip Pitruzzello, Manhattanville Development/Columbia University; and Susan Fine, OasesRE & Turn-Style. Pearl Perkins photo
Speakers at the PWC January Developers Forum: (L-R) are Jay Valgora, STUDIO V; Lois Weiss, New York Post; Laura Rapaport, L&L Holding Co.; Susan Fine, OasesRE & Turn-Style; Andrea Kretchmer, POKO Partners; and Nancy Czesak, PWC & Tish Pearl Perkins photo
Kim Lovejoy (L), Evergreene Architectural Arts; and Paul Hoffmann, HAKS.

On Jan. 22, 2015, Professional Women in Construction (PWC) launched its 35th year with a developers forum, the latest in an ongoing annual series of seminars moderated by New York Post columnist Lois Weiss. The event was held at The General Society in New York City.

Weiss noted “One has to be nimble to succeed in this highly competitive marketplace,” and thereupon introduced a quartet of the city’s most nimble.

Andrea Kretchmer, managing director, POKO Partners LLC, specialists in affordable housing and non-profit partnerships, and principal at The Kretchmer Companies LLC, spoke of current POKO projects.

In Stonington, Conn., an historic former mill is being converted into loft spaces; in Norwalk a mixed use development will include 100 apartment units, 12,000 sq. ft. retail space and a 200 car self-park garage; in the Bronx, POKO is completing moderate rehab of its first HUD Section 8 project on Belmont Avenue; in Brooklyn, POKO recently completed an adaptive reuse project that houses a charter school and ground floor retail within 150,000 sq. ft. The pipeline stays busy as POKO remains “tethered to New York City and works with several nonprofits.”

Susan Fine, principal, OasesRE and developer of Turn-Style, successfully redeveloped Grand Central Terminal into a retail hub for the MTA 20 years ago. Relying on the adage that “traffic is everything,” she is currently focusing on Turn-Style, which will go underground at Columbus Circle, bringing a new quality of retail to transit retail.

Fine explained, “We have secured tenants of a quality consistent with Grand Central, with excellent food options, from vegan to artisanal pizza, and a number of unique New York businesses.” OasesRE, she said, focuses on unique projects across asset class, “wherever we can find a bargain and, through creativity, add value.”

Laura Rapaport, senior vice president, L&L Holding Company LLC, is the project director of 425 Park Avenue, which will be the first full block office development on Park Avenue in almost 50 years. In 2012, Norman Foster was selected in a design competition to create the office tower, which breaks ground in May.

The lobby will have soaring 45 ft. high ceilings; making it one of the tallest office lobbies in the city. Above the lobby, double height office spaces with 14 ½ ft. finished ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls, float over Park Avenue. The penthouse will be a column-free glass cube with 360 degree views, which include the entire expanse of Central Park. The LEED Gold building will have a 100-car garage and car lobby private and exclusive to the tenants in the building.

“There’s nothing like this anywhere in midtown,” said Rapaport. “There is clearly a desire for beautiful, new, glass spaces, with an infrastructure that can support the technology requirements of today’s business and now we can offer the best of both worlds in the heart of the city.”

Jay Valgora, principal, STUDIO V Architecture, spoke of the tremendous opportunities available from the city’s waterfront focusing on the East River which he described as “the Central Park of the 21st century, the new center of New York City.” He described five mixed use and residential projects designed by STUDIO V. The projects at Hallets Point, Astoria Cove, Hellgate and West Cove will integrate waterfront parks and new residential communities that incorporate affordable and market rate housing and a new water taxi stop to be extended and funded by the city.

“These projects will create a continuous series of public spaces and sustainable communities to create the future of the East River,” said Valgora. “We have an opportunity to tie together the boroughs in one large vision that is central to the future of New York City.”

(This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)




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