Steven Sommer, as Executive General Manager and President, heads the New York construction business. He is responsible for continuing to drive the strategic growth and diversification, building upon the current $3 billion construction backlog pipeline.
As a highly respected industry veteran with more than three decades of building experience with Lendlease alone, Mr. Sommer is focused on expanding the firm’s dominant share of market in the residential sector by further bolstering its positions in design/build, affordable housing, healthcare, life sciences, commercial office, education and hospitality sectors.
Mr. Sommer has been an instrumental part of the Lendlease business, where he previously served as Principal in Charge, New York Construction, overseeing the multi-use, public and higher education sectors in Lendlease’s New York Construction business. Prior to this role, Mr. Sommer worked internationally for over seven years in London and opened Lendlease’s office in Munich, Germany.
He has led several of Lendlease’s most iconic New York City projects, including the restoration and revitalization of Grand Central Station, the Time Warner Center and a multi-year program with Columbia University, which included the construction of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Over the last three years, Mr. Sommer has led Lendlease’s largest design-build project in the Americas, with its joint venture partner at the Jacob K. Javits Center.
Mr. Sommer earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the Manhattan School of Engineering. He serves as the Co-chair of Nontraditional Employment for Women (N.E.W.) and a board member of the New York Building Congress. Mr. Summer also is a member of the Building Trades Employment Association a mentor to a number of MWBE Contractors and is an active supporter of the cure for Pediatric Cancers.