Date: Jun 20, 2001
Press Release Number: 91-2001
Francis J. Lombardi, Chief Engineer of the Port Authority, will be a co-recipient of the American Heart Association’s 2001 “Construction Industry Man of The Year” Award. The award will be presented at a gala breakfast/fundraiser at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, NY.
“The award will be given to Mr. Lombardi in honor of his thirty years of valuable contributions to the construction industry,” said Lawrence H. Lehman, Chairman/C.E.O. of the consulting engineering firm of Berger/Lehman Associates and the fundraiser’s chairman.
Mr. Lombardi, a Queens native who lives in Howard Beach, is responsible for the $2 billion the Port Authority will spend on contract awards and construction this year. He oversees such high-profile construction projects as the $10.3 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport that includes the $1.9 billion AirTrain light rail project; the $3.8 billion redevelopment of Newark International Airport that includes a rail link connecting the airport’s monorail service to Amtrak and NJ Transit; a $20 million reconstruction project for the PATH-World Trade Center Station; and $1.6 billion in capital construction projects for the Port Authority's tunnels, bridges and terminals.
Mr. Lombardi played a vital role in directing the enormous job of restoring the World Trade Center after a terrorist bombing in 1993.
He came to the Port Authority in 1971 as an engineering trainee and rose through the ranks to his present position. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Institute Board of Directors. The institute provides an inclusive forum for all ASCE and non-ASCE members interested in the entire construction process, including such topics as social and environmental concerns, contracts administration, inspection and safety issues. Mr. Lombardi is also a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, the Board of Consultors to the Department of Civil Engineering at Manhattan College, the Board of Managers of the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association, and on the Board of Directors of the Salvadori Educational Center on the Built Environment (SECBE), a non-profit educational center at the City College of New York dedicated to helping inner-city youth appreciate science and mathematics through a hands-on study of bridges and other structures.
His engineering career began after a special five-year program combining liberal arts and engineering. As part of this program, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College and a Civil Engineering degree from NYU’s College of Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Structures from Columbia University. He has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Business Management from Pace University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Lombardi and his wife, Christine, have two children. He has served as the Port Authority’s Chief Engineer since August 1995.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association.