2017-2018 Biennial Report

Foundation Events

The Building Foundation is able to expand its research activities, charitable giving, and educational scholarships largely due to the proceeds generated by a variety of annual events.

Wine Dinner

The Building Foundation hosts an Annual Premier Wine Dinner that features an elaborate, seven-course menu, paired with tastings of fine and rare wines donated by friends of the Foundation and its Board of Governors. Attendees, many of whom are serious wine collectors, also have an opportunity to bid on live auction items, which include select vintage wines. Special guest speakers at the event have included: Larry A. Silverstein, Silverstein Properties; Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair; Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy; and Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Since it was first held in 2008, the dinner has raised nearly $1 million.

New York Building Congress Golf Outing Auction

The Building Foundation's fundraising activities include a live auction that is part of the annual New York Building Congress Golf Outing. For the past 11 years, the auction has included vacations, sporting tickets, and foursomes at many of the New York area's premier golf clubs. Roughly $250,000 has been raised at these auctions to benefit Foundation programs.

Annual Theatre Benefit

The Building Foundation's Annual Theatre Benefit honors individuals whose public and personal accomplishments exemplify exceptional dedication to improving the quality of life of all New Yorkers. The evening includes a pre-theatre reception and dinner and prime tickets to a Broadway show. Since its inauguration in 2004, the event has raised more than $1.4 million.

Past Honorees Include:

  • Mysore Nagaraja of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and
    Frank Lombardi of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (2004)
  • Kathleen Grimm and William Goldstein of the New York City Department
    of Education and the School Construction Authority (2005)
  • John F. Hennessy III of Hennessy & Williamson (2006)
  • Peter M. Lehrer of Lehrer, LLC (2007)
  • D. Kenneth Patton, Division Dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (2008)
  • Andrea Wenner and Out2Play (2009)
  • Contributors to the Foundation's Construction for a Livable City
    initiative
    (2010), including Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc., Brooklyn
    Bridge Park, Columbia University Facilities, F. J. Sciame Construction
    Co., Inc., the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center,
    and
    Skanska USA Building
  • Hon. Diana Reyna and Hon. James Vacca of the New York City Council
    and Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner, New York City Department of
    Buildings (2011)
  • John F. Hennessy III of Hennessy Energy and founding Chairman of the
    Foundation 1998-2006; Richard L. Tomasetti of Thornton Tomasetti and
    previous Foundation Chairman 2006-2009; Dominick M. Servedio of
    STV Group, Inc. and previous Foundation Chairman 2009-2012; Frank J.
    Sciame
    of Sciame Construction LLC and previous Foundation Chairman
    2012-2015 (2012)
  • Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor of New York; Chairman,
    New York Building Congress Task Force on New York City Storm
    Preparedness (2013)
  • John M. Dionisio, Executive Chairman, AECOM (2014)
  • Walter Saukin, Associate Professor Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College and Winners of the Construction Shed Design Competition: Francis Cauffman; Gannett Fleming Architects & Engineers; Gensler; and PBDW Architects. (2016)
  • The Center for Architecture's Learning By Design:NY program (2017)