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CLIENT PANEL: Planning for Growth - Public Agencies and the Future of the Tri-State Region

Tri-State regional agencies are faced with many challenges when developing initiatives for the region's capital improvement programs. The need to reinvigorate the New York City's public amenities while accommodating the expected surge in population to 9 million by 2040, is a particular challenge that requires creative planning.
What are the challenges driving future agency projects? In what cases are agencies collaborating to improve our transportation hubs, renovate aging building stock, and fund development in neighborhoods recently identified to support future growth? Please join SMPS-NY as we explore these questions in a lively discussion with agency leaders from the region.


Rick Bell, FAIA

Executive Director of Design and Construction Excellence

City of New York Department of Design and Construction

Rick Bell is Executive Director of Design and Construction Excellence at the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the nation’s largest municipal public works agency. DDC’s annual portfolio consists of over $15B in public buildings and civic infrastructure. His current responsibilities within DDC’s Office of the Chief Architect include implementation of new design requirement contracts for architectural and engineering services and development of Guidelines for Design and Construction Excellence 2.0. Rick previously served for fourteen years as Executive Director of the AIA New York Chapter, where he was instrumental in the creation and animation of the Center for Architecture.


Eric R. Daleo

Assistant Executive Director, Capital Planning & Programs


Eric Daleo is Assistant Executive Director of Capital Planning and Programs at NJ TRANSIT where he is responsible for the development of capital projects from planning through design development, engineering, construction, and commissioning. In that role, he is responsible for an annual capital budget of over $1.7 billion, and manages over $2 billion in ongoing Federal Transit Administration funded projects. He previously led NJ TRANSIT's Resilience Program where he led the agency's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.


Robert Eisenstat, FAIA

Chief Architect

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Engineering Department

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Robert Eisenstat, Chief Architect of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Engineering Department. He is responsible for the planning and design of significant transportation and infrastructure projects for the agency’s airports, bridge and tunnel facilities, and PATH commuter rail. As chief architect, he leads the 40-person Architectural Unit as it plans and designs projects in collaboration with in-house engineering and private consulting architects and engineers.


Len Greco

Senior Vice President

Capital Division, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Len Greco is a Landscape Architect who serves as Senior Vice President of the Capital Division at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Len provides management oversight on design and construction for a wide variety of capital projects in NYC that range from parks and open space to cultural facilities, streetscapes, waterfront developments, and many others. Representative projects include the High Line, the Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, the 9/11 Memorial in Staten Island, and the Hunter’s Point South development in Long Island City.


Mark Lohbauer

New Jersey Director

Regional Plan Association

Mark Lohbauer leads RPA’s research, planning and advocacy activities in New Jersey. Mark is an economic development policy specialist who was a principal at the economic consulting firm JGSC Group for 12 years before joining RPA in 2016. He also is a lawyer who, after serving respective turns as a township and county elected official, became an assistant New Jersey state treasurer in Governor Christine Whitman’s administration. In that role, Mark helped devise policy on economic development programs throughout New Jersey, particularly in support of downtown retail. He was a member of the boards of directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority and the Urban Enterprise Zone Authority, among others. Mark currently serves as a commissioner of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Rider University, and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law, Camden. He studied for a year at the University of Madrid, and is fluent in Spanish.


Michael McCann, FSMPS, CPSM

Business Development and Marketing Manager

The Clarient Group

Michael McCann is business development and marketing manager for The Clarient Group in New York City. With more than 25-years of A/E/C marketing experience, he has held a variety of positions - from market research to marketing communications and business development - for both large and small architectural, engineering and construction management fi rms. Prior to becoming a marketer, he worked four years as an architect and four as a construction project manager. Michael holds a BS (Architecture) degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Marketing and Financial Management from Pace University.

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When & Where

  • 07/25/2017
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • 365 Fifth Avenue
  • New York, NY 10016
  • MAP

Registration & Pricing

  • $60.00   SMPS or AIA Member, Pre-Registered
  • $70.00   SMPS or AIA Member, Walk-In
  • $90.00   Non-Member, Pre-Registered
  • $100.00   Non-Member, Walk-In
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