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T.Y. Lin International Acquires Structural Engineering Firm Silman

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T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces the acquisition of Silman, a leading privately held structural engineering firm.

Based in New York, Robert Silman founded the firm in 1966, which has additional offices in Washington, DC, Boston, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company excels at collaborating with owners, architects, and consultants and provides an array of services for buildings and facilities projects, including new construction, adaptive reuse and renovation, historic preservation, sustainability and resiliency, and structural investigations. In 2020, Silman was a recipient of the AIA Collaborative Achievement Award. The firm employs a staff of 160.

“Silman is one of the industry’s most respected firms and a leader in the use of emerging technologies,” said Matthew G. Cummings, P.E., TYLI Group President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their innovative spirit, skills, and capabilities in structural engineering will serve as the platform to strengthen our Buildings Market Sector and support our pursuit of meaningful projects that improve the quality of life in communities throughout the Americas.”

Concurrent with the announcement that Silman will be joining TYLI, the firm also announced that Joe Tortorella, who has been with Silman for 42 years and served as President for the last seven years, is stepping aside as part of a long-planned transition. He will remain active with the firm as a key advisor and consultant in the coming years. Nat Oppenheimer, who has been with Silman for 33 years, will assume Tortorella’s leadership responsibilities within TYLI with the support of Silman Senior Principal Kirk Mettam.

“This is an exciting chapter in Silman’s storied history and I’m confident that under Nat’s and Kirk’s leadership, the firm will continue to succeed and grow as a part of T.Y. Lin International,” Tortorella said. “The combination of Silman and T.Y. Lin International will present new professional development opportunities for our staff and a powerful combination of nearly 3,200 people, proven methods and tools, and a broad range of capabilities and solutions for our clients.”

AEC Advisors (www.aecadvisors.com) initiated and served as TYLI’s advisor on this transaction.

About T.Y. Lin International:

Founded in 1954, T.Y. Lin International is a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, constructible designs for the global infrastructure market. With 3,200 employees working in 65 offices throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the firm provides support on projects of varying size and complexity. T.Y. Lin International is a member of Dar Group, a global, privately-owned professional services group, and its industry-leading family of Global Infrastructure companies. For more information about the company, please visit www.tylin.com.

About Silman:

Creating, Renewing, Preserving, Sustaining. This has been the vision of Silman since its inception in 1966. Since then, the firm has served as a structural engineering consultant on more than 23,000 projects. It is noted for its collaborative spirit in the design of new architectural works and some of the largest and most noteworthy renovations and additions in the U.S.

Silman fosters an approach centered on constant collaboration between owners, architects, and consultants to provide the highest quality structural engineering services possible. The firm’s engineers are trained to be effective listeners, creative problem solvers, and knowledgeable about all facets of the construction process.

With offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Boston, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Silman has 160 staff members, with more than 50 professionally registered personnel and more than 20 LEED-accredited professionals. For more information, please visit www.silman.com.

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Whitney Museum of American Art: © Nic Lehoux
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The Yards Pedestrian Bridge: © MPFP
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