Towering Taskmaster Touted
While architects, and sometimes engineers, receive headlines for dramatic achievements in building, it is often the less heralded construction manager who is responsible for making architectural innovations possible. This year, the annual Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology recognizes such a person.
In August 2004, the National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company named Charles A. DeBenedittis, senior managing director for design and construction of Tishman Speyer, as the third recipient of the Turner Prize. DeBenedittis is being honored for a 50-year career managing the construction of landmark buildings around the world and for his innovative work in building technology, materials, and methods.
In announcing the award, National Building Museum executive director Chase Rynd said of DeBenedittis: "he is well respected throughout the building industry as someone who has helped to pioneer the practice of construction management as an independent field and as a catalyst who introduced new materials into the construction process."
During his tenure at Tishman Realty and Construction Company (1954-1979), DeBenedittis managed the design and construction department and played a leadership role in the construction of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, the World Trade Center in New York, and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. >>>
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The John Hancock Tower in Chicago is was one of many highrise projects built under the direction of award-winning Charles A. DeBenedittis.
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Charles A. DeBenedittis has received the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology.
Photo: Courtesy Tishman-Speyer Properties
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