Developed by SL Green and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, One Vanderbilt is a proposed 63-story Class A office tower poised to deliver $220 million in transit infrastructure and public realm improvements in Midtown Manhattan. At the western doorstep of Grand Central Terminal, One Vanderbilt will create new direct transit connections, new public space, and new access points to improve circulation and interconnectivity. One Vanderbilt will help revolutionize East Midtown and create a new blueprint for unsubsidized commercial development in New York City.

Roosevelt Island
Campus Project

Cornell Tech

The Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island will be an innovative, sustainable academic campus comprised of a combination of state of the art academic space, an executive education center and hotel, a housing facility for faculty, students and staff and publicly accessible open space and a Corporate Co-Location Building to allow companies to locate on the campus.. The campus will be built in phases, with the first opening in 2017. Overall, over two million square feet of new space will be located in a series of architecturally dynamic buildings.


A New Global Aviation Center

The long-awaited $4 billion La Guardia Redevelopment Program is poised to transform New York City’s aviation capabilities. The program is expected to include the demolition of the existing CTB and associated infrastructure and the construction of a new 1.3 million square foot, 35 gate terminal building; a new aeronautical ramp; frontage roads that will serve the new terminal; a new central heating and refrigeration plant; and other utilities and site improvements.

New Campus,
New Community


Columbia's 6.8 million square foot Manhattanville campus will be a vibrant center of academic and civic life, ensuring that Upper Manhattan remains a world-class center of pioneering research and teaching. With its open, environmentally sustainable design, local retail amenities and publicly accessible green spaces, the campus will provide a pedestrian-friendly connection between West Harlem and scenic Harlem Piers Park, along the Hudson River.

St. George Waterfront Redevelopment Project


The St. George Waterfront Redevelopment Project will transform the currently underutilized St. George Waterfront into a dynamic, mixed-use destination with the construction of the tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere and a high-end outlet retail complex and hotel. The New York Wheel promises to become one of the City’s – and the world’s – great landmark attractions, alongside the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Located on the northeastern side of Staten Island (St. George), the 630-foot, or roughly 60-story, attraction will be the tallest observation wheel in the world and the only one in New York City.

The New JFK Takes Flight

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK, a $1.4 billion state-of-the-art international gateway, opened in May 2013 and continues to provide first-rate customer service from drop-off to take-off. Whether it’s shopping, eating or relaxing at the Delta Sky Club – a 24,000-square-foot space with the first-ever Sky Deck rooftop terrace – the terminal delivers an elevated customer experience. In January 2015, the second phase of Terminal 4’s expansion debuted an additional 11 gates.

Brooklyn to Manhattan in four minutes

East River Skyway

Designed to help alleviate the increased congestion along key subway lines, the Skyway would provide a much-needed additional transportation link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, while also connecting high growth areas along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront.

Aerial cable cars are among the most reliable and safest forms of mass transit, can operate in any weather conditions and create no emissions or noise. With a capacity of 5,000 people per hour, the Skyway would transport commuters from Brooklyn to Manhattan in less than five minutes, including wait time.

New York’s new real estate development projects are transforming the city and the way in which real estate development will be designed, planned and built.

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This unique event will focus on the Transformative Projects that are moving New York City into the 21st Century. Leading construction, real estate, design and City decision makers will gather to discuss these current projects and issues that are transforming New York City.

What You Will Learn   Who Should Attend
  • What is a transformative project? How do they impact and expand resources available to New Yorkers?
  • Where are transformative projects located? How do their locations impact the city’s growth?
  • How are new campus developments transforming neighborhoods? How will they impact global positioning for institutions of higher education?
  • How are transportation facilities tied to transformative real estate development?


  If you are an owner, developer, planner, owner’s representative, architect or engineer or construction professional, plan on attending a session designed to reshape your understanding of how transformative real estate development projects are planned, designed, built and financed.


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Vishaan Chakrabarti Partner SHoP Architects

Gail A. Grimmett Senior Vice President New York of Delta Air Lines

Dan Levy President East River Skyway and CityRealty

Thomas McKnight Executive Vice President New York City Economic Development Corporation

MITCHELL L. MOSS Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning;
Rudin Center for Transportation
NYU Wagner

Philip Pitruzzello Vice President Manhattanville Development
Columbia University

Robert Schiffer Managing Director Investments Groups, SL Green Realty Inc.

Andrew Winters Director of Capital Projects and Planning Cornell Tech

Industry Experts

Suri Kasirer Founder, President Kasirer Consulting

George LadymanInternational Director Jones Lang LaSalle

Michael SmithersManaging Director New York Metro Construction
Practice Leader
Marsh Inc.

Michael S. Zetlin Senior Partner Zetlin & De Chiara LLP


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  7:30 AM



  8:15 AM

Michael S. Zetlin, Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

  8:20 AM

Suri Kasirer, Founder, President, Kasirer Consulting
Keynote remarks
Daniel R. Garodnick, Councilmember, District 4, New York City Council

  8:35 AM


George Ladyman, International Director, Jones Lang Lasalle

Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects

Panel Discussion
Gail Grimmett, Senior Vice President, Delta Air Lines
Dan Levy, President, East River Skyway and CityRealty
Thomas McKnight, Executive Vice President, New York Economic Development Corporation
Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning; Director, Rudin Center for Transportation NYU Wagner
Philip Pitruzzello, Vice President, Manhattanville Development, Columbia University
Robert Schiffer, Managing Director, Investments Groups, SL Green Realty Inc.
Andrew Winters, Director of Capital Projects and Planning, Cornell Tech

  10:00 AM


  10:25 AM

Michael Smithers, Managing Director, New York Metro Construction Practice Leader, Marsh Inc.


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  JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate and investment management. JLL is committed to helping their clients understand and navigate the intricacies of commercial real estate—whether they are an investor or occupier of space.
  Kasirer Consulting is a results-driven Government Relations firm, which is consistently ranked as one of the leading lobbying practices in New York for the past 15 years. Its professionals bring diverse public and private sector experiences and a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement, advocacy, crisis management and legislation to its broad spectrum of clients. The result is a strong track record of success for Kasirer and its clients, including many leading Fortune 500 companies, top real estate developers, leading financial services businesses, renowned cultural institutions and not-for profits.
  Marsh's Construction Practice delivers practical, innovative, capital-efficient solutions that generate yield and margin growth for our clients. We define, design, and deliver these solutions through collaboration with our clients on their strategies for deploying capital on project and enterprise risk. For more than seventy-five years, Marsh's Construction Practice has delivered practical, innovative, capital-efficient solutions that generate yield and margin growth for our clients. We define, design, and deliver these solutions through collaboration with our clients on their strategies and goals for deploying capital on project and enterprise risk. Our objective is to reduce our clients' total cost of risk. Managing costs and processes, on the front-end, improves margins by decreasing direct and frictional costs. These savings can be bid or banked, based on the financial goals of the client, leading to growth in the value of a company's assets and positioning it to thrive. Our industry experience and expertise drives our ability to deliver construction risk services and solutions in a pro-active way. Our specialists understand construction risk. We provide our clients with comprehensive and timely advice on the risks inherent in their businesses and projects and have a global network of supporting specialists delivering expertise in risk management and insurance placement to help clients identify, quantify, prevent, mitigate, control, and transfer risk.
  Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is a leading national construction law firm committed to providing sophisticated and innovative legal and business advisory services related to real estate, design and construction for a wide spectrum of industries. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design and construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to outlining risk management strategies. Their attorneys include individuals with in-house construction counsel experience, architecture and engineering degrees, and LEED accreditation.


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Club 101 is located on Park Avenue between East 40th and 41st Streets, just south of Grand Central Terminal. The club enjoys close proximity to the Metro North Rail Road and the 4, 5, 6, 7, and Shuttle subway lines at Grand Central.

101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10178


Parking is conveniently available on the lower level through QuikPark (212-661-7493). Parking garage entrance is on 40th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue.



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