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For Immediate Release


Mr. Sciame Succeeds Dominick Servedio as the Head of the
New York Building Congress Philanthropic, Research and Education Arm

NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 –Frank J. Sciame, a New York City builder known for highly designed and technically sophisticated construction projects, has been elected Chairman of the New York Building Foundation, which was formed in 1998 to complement the New York Building Congress through a program of targeted philanthropy, research and educational activities.

Mr. Sciame replaces STV Chairman and CEO Dominick M. Servedio, PE, as Chairman of the Building Foundation. Mr. Servedio’s tenure was marked by a greater focus on the Foundation’s research activities, initiating its monthly Construction Outlook Update series that provides current data on construction spending, employment and other economic indicators, and establishing the pilot Construction for a Livable City program that encourages clean, safe worksites Citywide.

Regarded as a builder with the vision of an architect and the eye of a constructor, Mr. Sciame and his colleagues at Sciame Construction Co., have been entrusted with the construction of some of the metropolitan area’s most prestigious cultural, educational, commercial and retail facilities. A short list of his completed projects includes the restoration of the Victory Theater and Central Synagogue, creation of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Morgan Library and Museum and the Toys R Us flagship store in Times Square, as well as new educational facilities for Columbia University, Princeton University, and Cooper Union.

In addition to his award-winning work at Sciame Construction, which he founded in 1975, Mr. Sciame has been widely recognized for his decades of civic leadership, which has included serving as Chairman of the New York Building Congress and the New York Landmarks Conservancy. He also serves on different Boards for The City College of New York. In 2006, Mr. Sciame was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to lead the effort to ensure a buildable and financially-viable World Trade Center Memorial.

“Through his work, volunteer activities and civic leadership, Frank Sciame has consistently demonstrated his devotion to New York City, as well as the men and women of the design, construction and real estate industry,” said Building Congress President Richard T. Anderson. “Everyone involved with the Building Foundation looks forward to his help advancing the organization’s mission.”

Mr. Sciame said, “I am honored to be entrusted by my colleagues with this important responsibility. I look forward to working with the remarkable men and women who voluntarily serve on the Foundation’s Board of Governors as we seek to maintain the standards of excellence and service set by my predecessors as Foundation Chairmen – Dominick Servedio, Richard Tomasetti and John Hennessy.”

Among the Building Foundation’s recent accomplishments:

The Building Foundation provided financial support for “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011,” an exhibit now on display at the Museum of the City of New York.
The Foundation provided ongoing financial support for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, as well as Out2Play, an organization devoted to improving play spaces for public school children.
To foster development of the next generation of industry leaders, the Building Foundation has supported a wide range of educational initiatives and collaborations, which provide scholarships, fellowship opportunities, internships and mentoring to local students.
Working in cooperation with the Building Congress, the Foundation supported a series of research publications that focus on construction activity, employment and spending as well as the benefits of infrastructure investment.
The Building Foundation initiated the pilot Construction for a Livable City program, designed to improve construction worksite quality and help the industry become a better neighbor.

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Jun 27, 2012 by New York Building Congress