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(e)UPDATE February 12, 2016


New York Building Congress Remembers Industry Icon John L. Tishman

The New York Building Congress Board of Directors is greatly saddened by the death of John L. Tishman, Chairman Emeritus of Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., who will be remembered as one of the fathers of modern construction management. He was responsible for the construction of some of the highest profile buildings and developments in the country, resulting in the Tishman name being associated with construction on a grand scale. A man of undisputed integrity and generosity, he never wavered in his personal support of the institutions that make New York truly great.

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Mr. Tishman's grandfather founded Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc. in 1898, and the company served as one of the founding organizations of the New York Building Congress in 1921. Mr. Tishman joined the family business in 1948 after stints in the U.S. Navy and as a math teacher. Today, Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc. is one of the nation's most prestigious builders and real estate developer/owners.

Known as a "builder's builder," Mr. Tishman was responsible for a wealth of iconic projects, including the original Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, John Hancock Center in Chicago, Century City complex in Los Angeles, Renaissance Center in Detroit, and Walt Disney Company's EPCOT Center in Florida, as well as the renovation and restoration of Carnegie Hall and the New Amsterdam Theatre.

To adapt to a more energy-conscious and efficiency-driven age, Mr. Tishman created Tishman Research Corporation, where he helped develop a number of innovative construction methods and products. He also expanded from the construction management business to become a developer and owner of major hotel projects, launching what is today Tishman Realty Partners.

In addition to his unrivaled career and industry leadership, Mr. Tishman's humanitarian and civic contributions were especially pronounced in areas such as education, equal opportunity, medicine, and the arts. He made significant contributions to The New School, lending his building and construction expertise to many of the school's development projects. He played a key part in the founding of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, which reflected his passion for design as the key to creating livable and resilient cities that are sustainable and affordable. Mr. Tishman served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts for over a decade and received an honorary degree from The New School in 2002.

Additionally, Mr. Tishman served on the Boards of Directors of such prominent institutions as Carnegie Hall, the Museum of African Art, and the Skyscraper Museum. He was also significantly involved with his alma mater, the University of Michigan, including founding the Tishman Construction Management Program, which is part of the University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Mr. Tishman was named a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 1997. He also received the New York Historic Business Achievement Award from the Museum of the City of New York. In 2007, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Constriction Management Association of America.

Mr. Tishman was the guest of honor for the inaugural Industry Recognition Dinner, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the New York Building Congress in 1996. His exceptional leadership, contributions to the industry, and devotion to philanthropic endeavors led the Building Congress to honor him with the Jack and Lewis Rudin Award for Industry Service to New York City in 2009.

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