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For Immediate Release
September 1, 2011



New Senior Position Created to Focus on Streamlining Development Process

 New Deputy Commissioner Has More than 24 years of Architectural Design and Construction Experience and Will Oversee Plan Reviews in All Five Boroughs

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the appointment of Fred S. Mosher, Jr., R.A., to the senior position of Deputy Commissioner of Building Development, a newly created role to focus on streamlining the construction project approval process at the Department of Buildings (DOB). Since 2002, Deputy Commissioner Mosher has served as a Senior Technical Architect at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, one of the leading architectural firms in New York City, and has led the design and construction of some of the largest transportation facilities in North America. With more than 24 years of architectural design and construction experience, Deputy Commissioner Mosher will oversee construction plan examination operations in all five boroughs, manage new efforts to facilitate development throughout the City and work to increase the efficiency of the construction plan review process.

“New development is critical to ensuring our City continues to grow, and Fred Mosher’s expertise will help move more projects forward so more people can go back to work,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “With the success of the Get It Done. Together. program, the Department has made strides to accelerating the development process, and Fred’s knowledge and skills will help us build upon that success. With nearly a quarter-century of experience, Fred understands the needs of the design and construction industry, and I expect his unique insight will help us refine our operations to better serve all New Yorkers and this great City.”

“In these tough economic times, the Department is working tirelessly to speed up the approval of construction projects, and Fred Mosher is a perfect addition to help us with that important mission,” said Acting First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Fariello, R.A. “His experience is exactly what this Department needs to improve our procedures and ensure development moves ahead as safely and as swiftly as possible.”

“I would like to thank Commissioner LiMandri for this great opportunity to contribute to the success of a dynamic agency that has become a worldwide leader in construction safety and advancing development,” said Deputy Commissioner Mosher. “Under Commissioner LiMandri’s leadership, this Department is more proactive than ever before in protecting New Yorkers during construction, and at the same time, making sure those construction projects get out of the ground. I am honored to join his senior staff, and I am excited to build upon their success by implementing new ways to streamline the approval process and create new jobs for New Yorkers.”

Deputy Commissioner Mosher has been a registered architect in New York State since 1992 and began his career with Slomanson, Smith & Barresi Architects as an intern architect in 1988. Since then, he has served as a project architect and project manager for several New York City architectural firms, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, William Nicholas Bodouva and Associates and Highland Associates. Throughout his career, Deputy Commissioner Mosher has supervised teams of architects and engineers in the design and construction of some of the largest and most complex, government-sponsored projects in the world, including Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, the Ali Al-Sabah Military Academy in Kuwait City, Kuwait, and the reconstruction of the Cortlandt Street subway station in Lower Manhattan.

As Deputy Commissioner of Building Development, Mr. Mosher will supervise the five Borough Commissioners, who are responsible for the examination, approval and permitting of all plans for construction in their respective boroughs (In 2010, DOB plan examiners reviewed more than 457,000 construction plans.) Deputy Commissioner Mosher also will lead the Department’s Get It Done. Together. pilot program, which was launched in May to accelerate the construction approval process by bringing together representatives from multiple City agencies and industry members to review proposed projects. He also will lead the Department’s efforts to further streamline plan review procedures with these City agencies, including the Fire Department, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Deputy Commissioner Mosher has earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Jennifer Gilbert (212) 566-3473
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