Francis J. Lombardi, retired Chief Engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and John S. Alberici, Chairman of the Board of Alberici Corp., St. Louis, Missouri, have been selected for top honors by The Moles, one of the industry’s foremost construction organizations. The awards will be presented at The Moles’ Annual Award Dinner at the New York Hilton on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Lombardi will accept The Moles Member Award and Alberici will receive the Moles Non-Member Award. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, is scheduled to be the Principal Speaker.
Frank Lombardi earned a bachelor of engineering degree combined with a liberal arts degree as part of a program between New York University and Queens College. In 1971, Lombardi joined the Port Authority (PA) in its Engineering Department and worked on numerous mega revitalization projects and in 1995 was promoted to Chief Engineer. As Chief Engineer, Lombardi oversaw the planning, development and construction of critical infrastructure projects in the region, including rail connections to John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports; the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal; NY Port channel deepening projects, and ExpressRail facilities, among other projects. Immediately following the events of September 11, Frank played a prominent role as part of the PA crisis management team assembled to tackle the difficult challenges facing the agency. Under his leadership, the critical restoration of PATH service to Exchange Place and Lower Manhattan was achieved enabling the post-9/11 recovery of lower Manhattan. Lombardi is the recipient of many awards including the Howard S. Cullman Distinguished Service Award, the Port Authority’s highest honor; inducted as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and elected to the National Academy of Construction.
The Moles Non-Member Awardee is John Alberici, Chairman of the Board of Alberici Corp., a diversified construction company headquartered in St. Louis and operating throughout the United States and Canada with annual revenues of over $2 billion. Alberici’s talent and experience has increased the long-term viability of the Alberici Corp., originally founded in 1918.
After graduation from the University of Dayton and service in the U.S. Army in Korea, Alberici joined his family business in 1968. He has overseen major projects such as Olmsted Dam, Seabrook Gates Complex and the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in addition to many tunnels, slope stabilizations and shaft projects for their mining and water resource clients. A Life Director of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Alberici is past chairman and an active member of the AGC’s Surety and Risk Management Committees. He has served on Strategic Planning Task Groups at the local and national level of the AGC and he is past president of the AGC of St. Louis. He is also a spokesman for sustainable (green) construction. The Alberici corporate headquarters in St. Louis has received numerous environmental awards. In 2005, the company’s headquarters was only the ninth building in the world to receive a Platinum certification through the USGBC’S LEED rating system.