Christopher O. Ward has joined AECOM as senior vice president and CEO of design and consulting services for the metro New York region, months after leaving a top executive role he had held since 2011 at Dragados USA, a unit of the Spain-based contractor and concessions firm. He left the Dragados role as executive vice president for major projects at the end of 2014, telling Crain’s NY Business that the expected public-private-partnership construction market “was not as large as it had been.” The firm was part of a design-build team that had been short-listed for the $4-billion Tappan Zee replacement bridge but canceled its bid unexpectedly in 2012, citing unspecified project risk issues.
AECOM, bolstered by its 2014 acquisition of URS Corp., led designers in New York-New Jersey revenue, with nearly $600 million reported last year in ENR New York rankings (ENR NY 5/25-6/1 p. 15). The firm noted strong demand in water, transportation and facilities markets. AECOM is working on the National Tennis Center stadium roof upgrade in Queens, N.Y., and the firm projects more investment in asset management, cybersecurity and resilient design.
Ward also is a former executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and had led the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection and the General Contractors Association of New York.
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services has named Andrew J. Ciancia as chairman of its board of directors. Managing principal and co-leader of the firm’s New York City office, he has been a director for 10 years. He also served on two New York City Dept. of Buildings code committees and was a member of the Building Resiliency Task Force set up by the mayor’s office after Superstorm Sandy. Ciancia is the former president of the American Council of Engineering Cos. New York and is chair-elect of the ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards Committee. Ciancia succeeds George P. Kelley, managing principal, who was chairman since 2003.
Macro Consultants LLC has named Gary Anzalone director of client management. He will oversee and enhance Macro’s client relationship management program and corporate brand strategy and expand Macro’s footprint in the Boston–New York–Philadelphia–Washington, D.C., corridor, as well as nationally and globally. For the past 30 years, Anzalone has been principal at Precision Signs, a full-service architectural sign company based in Long Island. He began his career as a construction project manager with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.