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Howard N. Blitman ’50
Owner and President
Blitman Building Corporation
Howard N. Blitman is a consulting engineer and the president of The Blitman Building Corporation (construction managers, builders, and developers).
He received a bachelor of civil engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1950, and a master of arts in political science and government from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research, New York, in 1976.
An officer in the Chemical Corps, United States Army, during World War II, he also studied at the Virginia Military Institute. During the Korean War, Blitman was recalled to active duty and took charge of the construction of a chemical plant. He received Special Commendation from the Chief of the Chemical Corps.
Blitman resumed his career as the engineer in charge of field installations erection and detail design of buildings for a steel fabricating firm. He then joined Blitman Construction Corporation and its associated engineering firm, working in structural design, and as field superintendent, estimator, expeditor, project manager, and then corporate officer, a position to which the board of directors elected him in 1962. In 1970, he was elected president and served eleven years ending in 1981 when he formed The Blitman Building Corporation.
Licensed to practice engineering as a professional engineer in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and South Carolina, Blitman has led his firms and directed their progress in such diverse fields as institutional, academic, residential, and commercial construction. Some of his leading projects are: the Customs House of the World Trade Center, New York City; the Transportation Center of Journal Square, New Jersey; numerous high-rise luxury condominium apartments and suburban housing developments throughout the East Coast; and many high quality industrial projects.
Always concerned with competence, first-class finish, and completion of all projects he and his associates have undertaken, Blitman frequently initiates new methods to bring out the best qualities of each particular project. He brings engineering professionalism into his construction activities and under his guidance, his companies' innovative ideas have saved clients time and money without sacrificing quality.
Blitman has been involved with and directed the construction for high-rise luxury apartments, mid-rise apartments, and town house and low-rise flats, both luxury and affordable type, in excess of 35,000 units.
Howard N. Blitman has long been a leader in the Professional Engineering Society of the State of New York as well as being very active in the National Society of Professional Engineers.
He was president of the New York Chapter/NYSSPE in 1974-1975 and chairman of the Metropolitan Chapters Presidents Council. He was elected president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers in 1978-1979, and thereafter was elected as the 2002-2003 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was also elected by his fellow peers to Fellow Grade of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2001. Blitman has been very active in many committees for the National Society of Professional Engineers, particularly the Education and Scholarship committees, as well as Construction. He was appointed a Fellow Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in September 2005.
Blitman acts as a neutral and works on many panels and cases of the American Arbitration Association. He has lectured at the New School and the Practicing Law Institute, and has written articles in trade and professional journals. He serves as N.S.P.E.'s representative to the AAA Construction ADR Task Force and has helped to write and develop the new rules for the construction industry for A.A.A. He is also a member of the A.A.A. Advisory Board to the Punch List Newsletter. He acts as a panel arbitrator for the A.A.A.
An appointee to the Housing Advisory Committee of the New York State Constitutional Convention on Housing, he was named by the mayor of the City of New York to be on the Blue Ribbon Committee to investigate water main breaks.
Blitman has recently been named an adjunct member of the board of trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has also served for the Institute as chairman of the advisory board to the Department of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2000 to 2002. Blitman has remained active at Rensselaer, serving recently as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Services.
He has served on the Board of Architectural Review for the Village of Scarsdale for five years, and was chairman for three years. He was elected as trustee for the Village of Scarsdale for a period of four years, and was appointed deputy mayor of Scarsdale during his last year of tenure as trustee. On completion of service as trustee, he was appointed by the mayor to the Planning Board of the Village of Scarsdale, of which he served as chairman and completed five years of service on the Board.
Blitman has served for over forty (40) years with the Jewish Child Care Agency of New York acting as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Agency. He also is involved with many sub-committees of the Agency and Chairman of the Board of Trustees which he still serves on.
He is a trustee of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City, and has served as one of the vice chairmen of the board of trustees. He is currently actively involved as a Trustee on the board of overseers of Beth Israel and also a trustee on the Continuum Health Partners Inc.
His activity with the UJA-Federation of New York for over 25 years enabled him to serve on many sub-committees and he currently serves on the Capital Project Review Committee and the Jewish Communal Network Commission.
Blitman is also active with his synagogue, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, New York. He serves as co-chairman of the Building Committee. He is also active with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors and also a member of their Endowment/Investment Committee.