Perspectives: A Message from Gary and Cyrus
Our industry has the power, and the responsibility, to create and transform the built environment.
In this age of booming urban development, we must focus not only on building anew, but also on revitalizing and modernizing our existing infrastructure.
This past year, we have seen natural disasters destroy buildings, cripple infrastructure and impact our communities. More than ever, the AEC industry must respond and unite to rebuild a more resilient future.
2017 has provided us with a strong backbone, and we are excited to enter 2018 with the necessary fuel and fire to achieve the strategic plan we call Vision 2025. This year, we experienced an unprecedented amount of growth and success: our leadership expanded, our work has gained international prestige and our culture continues to become stronger and more diverse.
We are committed to delivering excellent projects, strengthening our service offerings and enriching our Syska culture through key initiatives like SENSE (Syska Employee Network of Support and Education) and SHAPE (Syska Hennessy Advocating for Professional Equality). We have welcomed exceptional individuals to the Syska family who are expanding our geographic reach, developing key client relationships and elevating our technical excellence and client service. Our path to success includes a new office in Orange County, a new class of Engineer Development Training (EDT) graduates and a robust plan to recruit creative and ambitious top-tier talent.
We have also seen how innovative approaches to design and construction—P3, Lean, IPD, design-build—can lead to more efficient and cost-effective buildings that positively impact our communities. By collaborating with our partners in the field, we are changing the way the game is played.
This year, we received eight prestigious ACEC Engineering Excellence awards for projects including a major healthcare campus in Manhattan and a South Korean supertower. On historic Governors Island, we transformed a crumbling electrical infrastructure with innovative systems for a more resilient island. Our work with Mount Sinai St Luke’s encompassed 44 unique projects designed and constructed in just 18 months, and was the first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) healthcare contract in New York City.
We were deeply impressed with how the firm came together, across 17 offices, to support Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Through our Hurricane Relief & Rebuild Fund, Feeding America will provide over 200,000 meals for families in need.
As we approach our 90th year, we are thinking more about the importance of history: honoring our legacy while learning from our experiences to improve our collective future.
We are expanding our technical mastery, sharpening our creativity and leading with integrity. We are fostering a more diverse and inclusive community of leaders. We are engaging with our clients on a global scale and collaborating on award-winning projects on the international stage. We are innovating, and we invite you to join us as we continue creating exceptional environments.