During its annual members luncheon on Jan. 24, the New York Building Congress unveiled a new media plan to help New Yorkers understand the economic, social and philanthropic impact of the building industry on New York City. In addition, the group is launching Ascend 2019, an innovation and technology conference to discuss new tech that can reshape the industry. “The Building Congress will … have an eye fixed firmly on the future, formulating groundbreaking ideas and advocating for the projects of tomorrow,” said Carlo A. Scissura, the group’s president and CEO, pictured addressing the meeting.


Technology consulting firm Microdesk hosted the latest BuildingSuccess New York City event on Jan. 24—a panel on how to apply BIM for operations and facilities management at academic institutions. Speakers included Bill Bausmith, Princeton University’s associate director of design and construction (center); Ed Oldak, Columbia University’s executive director of facilities and operations (left); and George Broadbent, Microdesk vice president of asset management (right).


Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York (BOMA New York) introduced new Engineer of the Year awards at its annual Pinnacle Awards Ceremony on Feb. 28. Winners were Operating Engineer of the Year Francis Noonan of Met Life and Chief Operating Engineer of the Year Steve Nathan of Silverstein Properties. Honorees and BOMA officials pictured at left: back row l-r: Nathan; BOMA New York President Hani Salama; Noonan; Endrit Kukaj, SL Green Realty; Tom Krol, Donnelly Mechanical; Paul Palagian, SL Green; Lawrence Spahn, H&R REIT (U.S.) Management Services; Daniel Davitt, New York Life Insurance; Richard Molfese, JLL; and Adrian Sierra, Vornado Office Management. Front row l-r: Lauren Hammer, SL Green; Laura Belt Ponomarev, The 58-64 40th Street Corp.; and BOMA New York Executive Director Bobbi McGowan.