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PR- 011-04
January 13, 2004


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the appointment of David Burney as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which oversees construction projects for the City of New York.  Commissioner Burney succeeds Kenneth Holden, who left DDC after four years of service as Commissioner and more than a dozen of City service.

"David Burney will be a terrific commissioner of the DDC," said Mayor Bloomberg. "His breadth of experience in construction and design is vast, he has extensive public and private sector experience and a track record of getting things done.  New York City has an ambitious capital construction plan, and as we rebuild New York's bridges, streets, parks and water system, David Burney will get the job done quickly, efficiently and effectively."

"I am honored and proud to join the Bloomberg administration," said Commissioner Burney. "I'm excited to join the DDC team and look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues to help build the roads, libraries, police stations, fire houses and infrastructure that makes our City great."

DDC's manages more than $4 billon in capital construction projects and clients includes the Police Department, Fire Department, Human Resources Administration, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation and the three public library systems.  The Department of Design and Construction uses in-house resources and private consultants and contractors to perform design and construction services related to streets and highways, sewers, water mains, correctional and court facilities, cultural institutions, libraries, schools, and other public buildings, facilities and structures.

David Burney is a licensed Architect with over 30 years of experience in construction and design.   Since 1990, Commissioner Burney has directed the Design and Capital Improvement Division of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).  At NYCHA he oversaw a staff of 300 and an annual construction budget of $500 million.  During his tenure at NYCHA, Commissioner Burney oversaw the design of over 100 youth and senior centers and developed 270 units of new housing.  Before working at NYCHA, Commissioner Burney worked in private practice and served as the project manager for such projects as the Lincoln Center Rose Building, and Zeckendorf Towers.  He is a graduate of Heriot -Watt University in Edinburgh, Kingston University in London and holds an M.Sc in Advanced Architectural Studies from the University of London.  Commissioner Burney lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with his wife Jennifer Nobis, an architect, and his daughter Frankie, age nine, and son DC, age seven.


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