Lendlease has commissioned one of its veterans to lead construction operations in New York.
Steven Sommer, who has worked for the construction giant for more than three decades, is taking on the role of CEO and president of New York City, the company said this week. Sommer takes over for Ralph Esposito, who left earlier this month join Suffolk Construction as its president for operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
Sommer previously served as chief executive of the construction division in New York City, where he worked on various Columbia University buildings and the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center.
In his new role, he is tasked with developing Lendlease’s residential work, including va design capacity and in the affordable housing sector, according to society. The company recently purchased development in Greenpoint, where it plans to build an apartment building with 800 units. More than 200 units will be allocated as affordable.
The company for a long time dominated luxury residential market, where he worked as construction manager at Harry Macklowe and 432 Park Avenue CIM Group, World Wide Group and 252 East 57th Street by Rose Associates and 220 Central Park South (Vornado Realty Trust) the most profitable apartment in the world), among others. The company is also looking to grow in other industries, including healthcare, life sciences, office, education and hospitality.