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Build It and They Will Drive »Polimeni’s proposed tunnel is expected to relieve traffic congestion in New York. Residential | POLIMENI INTERNATIONAL POLIMENI ENVISIONS AN INNOVATIVE UNDERGROUND TUNNEL IN NEW YORK. ommercial real estate developer Polimeni International, a company headquartered in Garden City, N.Y., with offices in Warsaw and Gdansk, Poland, has a reputation for being a credible, innovative and successful company who is emerging from the recession intact. In addition, the company can add “visionary” to its list of qualities, says Michael Polimeni, son of founder Vincent Polimeni and president of the firm’s management arm, Skyline Management. These qualities came in handy when the company proposed what Polimeni considers the company’s most innovative project yet – the Cross Sound Link Tunnel – to a New York State Senate committee several years ago. The prospective $10 to $12 billion, approximately 16 mile underground tunnel from Long Island would carry traffic beneath Long Island Sound, in Syosset, Nassau County, N.Y., to Westchester County, N.Y. The tunnel, which Polimeni International would solely finance, should be repaid by charging drivers $25 to use it. The proposed project has instigated much debate. “The reality is, without such an alternative, the region’s traffic woes will only grow worse in the new century,” Polimeni says. New York State Department of Transportation officials have studied Polimeni’s initial findings and asked him to expand the scope of his study into a million-dollar report. “Some might suggest our proposal is radical, but the truth is a tunnel effectively creates a strategic solution to a strategic problem,” Polimeni says. “One needs to look at the government affairs issues, the environmental component, the demographics of where the tunnel portals would go, how it would integrate with existing transportation assets and the role of mass transportation.” Polimeni is working with his father on this particular proposal. If the company goes ahead with the project, it would likely come to fruition in 2025. Polimeni International www.polimeni.com • HQ: Garden City, N.Y. • Employees: 85 • Services: Real estate development “We have proposed a strategic solution to a strategic problem: how can the New York metro area get from here to there?” –Michael Polimeni, president of Skyline Management Moving Quickly In an industry as “volatile and time specific” as commercial real estate, Polimeni and Skyline have worked hard to remain agile. “One of our key strengths is our ability to move very, very, very quickly,” Polimeni says. “We have been offered numerous times in the past to take our current holdings public. We’ve always declined the offer, simply for the fact that public companies find it much harder to move quickly and take advantage of market conditions.” To remain flexible, Skyline and Polimeni work hard and communicate constantly, Polimeni notes. “I like to think of us as the opposite of a bureaucracy,” he says. “We always keep each other abreast of what is going on. For example, I [often have] a serious conversation with every one of our subcontractors. We get involved in everything because we need to. Entire projects can go off the rails without attention to detail.” Although the company is light on its feet, it is also a long established firm with a strong market presence. In a recently released formal statement the company reports, “[We have] DECEMBER 2009 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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