Thomas Z. Scarangello, a structural engineer who has worked on some of New York City’s most iconic projects, has been elected chairman of the New York Building Congress, succeeding AECOM Chairman and CEO John Dionisio.
Scarangello was installed as chairman during the Building Congress’ Annual Membership Meeting, held on January 13.
Scarangello is chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thornton Tomasetti, one of the world’s pre-eminent engineering firms. Throughout his more than 30 year career, all at Thornton Tomasetti, he has been involved in the structural engineering of a wide variety of building types worldwide, from long-span sports and entertainment arenas and stadiums – such as the New Yankee Stadium and the Barclays Center – to high-rise commercial and mixed-use buildings. At present, he and his firm are working on such major projects as the new Hudson Yards and the Cornell NYC Tech campus.
Mr. Scarangello is also credited with leading Thornton Tomasetti into the forefront of project delivery services and engineering technologies for building analysis, design and construction. Since becoming chairman in May 2007, he has overseen the development of the firm’s strategic plan for growth and innovation in areas such as building information modeling and integrated project delivery.
“The leadership at our firm, especially Richard Tomasetti, has been active, long-time supporters of the New York Building Congress,” said Mr. Scarangello. “We have dedicated our professional and personal efforts in the belief that our industry is at its best when everyone is working together to identify and promote best practices in our cities.”
Mr. Dionisio, who completed his two-year term as Chairman of the Building Congress said, “It has been a privilege to serve the Building Congress during this period of renewed growth in the building industry and to have had the opportunity to help guide our collective response to the great challenges posed to our industry and this City by Superstorm Sandy.”
In addition to Mr. Scarangello, the Building Congress’ 2014 Executive Committee slate has been filled by Treasurer Joseph G. Mizzi of Sciame Construction; Secretary Lawrence P. Roman of WDF Inc.; General Counsel Michael Zetlin of Zetlin & De Chiara; and Vice Chairmen Richard Cavallaro of Skanska USA; Louis J. Coletti of the Building Trades Employers’ Association; Ralph J. Esposito of Lend Lease US Construction; Sharon Greenberger of New York Presbyterian Hospital; Gail Grimmett of Delta Airlines; Joseph Ienuso of Columbia University; Gary LaBarbera of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater NY; and Jeffrey E. Levine of Douglaston Development.
The Building Congress also welcomed the following to its 2014 Board of Directors: Joseph J. Aliotta of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Cosema E. Crawford of The Louis Berger Group; Michael S. Della Rocca of AECOM; Marian Klein Feldt of the Park Tower Group; Jill N. Lerner of the AIA New York Chapter; Anthony Mannarino of Extell Development; Cheryl McKissack Daniel of McKissack & McKissack; and Robert P. Sanna of Forest City Ratner.
“Tom Scarangello and John Dionisio as well as the new and returning members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors represent the strength, innovation and diversity of this industry,” said Building Congress President Richard T. Anderson. “These men and women are a clear representation of the Building Congress’ vitality and exemplify our industry’s history of dedicated and intelligent service to New York City.”