Jeffrey Smilow, executive vice president and director of building structures at WSP USA, received the Leader of Industry Award from the Concrete Industry Board (CIB).
The award was presented at the CIB President’s Ball on May 19 in New York City.
The New York Chapter of the CIB presents its annual Leader of Industry Awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the New York area construction industry and have played a key role in furthering the mission of the organization. Smilow was grateful for the recognition, but said it would not have been possible without the collective efforts of the WSP staff.
“We have been assisting and working together with the CIB for many years,” Smilow said. “This is really an award for our staff, who have performed above and beyond the call of duty and excelled in their respective roles. It takes a team to engineer high-rise projects and no individual deserves the honor; instead the honor belongs to our staff members.”
Smilow said the CIB strives to assist engineers with state-of-the-art information and knowledge that has proven invaluable with his projects. “The CIB connects design engineers with experts in construction, which truly fosters collaboration and leads to more efficient construction,” he said. “We have interfaced with the CIB for many years. Without them, our work would be infinitely more difficult.”
He and his staff have also presented many educational lectures for the CIB, covering many of the firm’s innovative and signature projects.
Smilow is responsible for the structural designs of diverse building types, including office buildings, residential towers, hotels, educational institutions, hospitals, stadiums and transportation facilities.
Some of the high profile projects in the New York area he has designed include 55 Hudson Yards, the first fully cast-in-place concrete post-tensioned high-rise commercial tower in New York City; World Trade Center Tower 3; and Citi Field Stadium, which serves as home for the New York Mets.
Smilow also played a prominent role in the investigation and study of building performance following the 9/11 attacks. In addition, he served on a key committee responsible for rewriting the New York City building code.
He has over 40 years of experience in structural engineering, with an extensive background in the design and renovation of a variety of structures. His diverse experience includes high-rise structures in both steel and concrete framing systems, long-span steel structures, stadium structures and renovations of existing structures.
Smilow received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from City College of New York. In addition to his involvement with the CIB, he is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as a member of the American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Structural Engineering Association of New York.