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Building Tall: My Life and the Invention of Construction Management

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Publisher Comments:

"John Tishman is a true pioneer in the Construction Management industry. Through his CM leadership, some of America's most well-known buildings have been brought to successful completion."

---Bruce D'Agostino, president and chief executive, Construction Management Association of America

"Building Tall will provide readers with insights into John Tishman's career as a visionary engineer, landmark builder, and great businessman. Responsible for some of the construction world's most magnificent projects, John is one of the preeminent alumni in the history of Michigan Engineering. His perspectives have helped me throughout my time as dean, and his impact will influence generations of Construction Management professionals and students."

---David C. Munson, Jr., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, University of Michigan

 

In this memoir, University of Michigan graduate John L. Tishman recounts the experiences and rationale that led him to create the entirely new profession now recognized and practiced as Construction Management. It evolved from his work as the construction lead of the "owner/builder" firm Tishman Realty and Construction, and his personal role as hands-on Construction Manager in the building of an astonishing array of what were at the time the world's tallest and most complex projects.  These include

  • The world's first three 100-story towers---the original "twin towers" of the   World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Hancock Tower in Chicago.              
  • The Epcot Center at Disney World.
  • The Renaissance Center in Detroit.
  • New York's Madison Square Garden.

Tishman interweaves the stories behind the construction of these and many other important buildings and projects with personal reminiscences of his dealings with Henry Ford, Jr., Disney's Michael Eisner, casino magnate Steve Wynn, and many others into a practical history of the field of Construction Management, which he pioneered.

This book will be of interest not only to a general public interested in the stories and personalities behind many of the most iconic construction projects of the post-World War II period in the United States but to students of engineering and architecture and members of the new field of Construction Management.

Synopsis:

The memoir of the Construction Manager for some of the world's most famous high-rises

About the Author

John L. Tishman serves as Chairman Emeritus of Tishman Realty and Construction. His strategic management plan was based on broad diversification within the real estate and construction markets, joint-venture partnerships, and use and development of advanced technology. Mr. Tishman was personally in charge of such landmark projects as the World Trade Center in New York, the renovation of Carnegie Hall, the John Hancock Center in Chicago, the Century Club Theme Center in Los Angeles, and the Walt Disney Company's Epcot Center in Orlando. He is a Trustee of Carnegie Hall. He has been a Trustee of New School University since 1981 and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall and the Central Park Conservancy. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Tom Shachtman has written more than thirty books and many television documentaries. His 1999 book, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold, was the basis for a two-hour documentary special for BBC and PBS, broadcast in 2008. It and Tom's script won an American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award for 2009. Shachtman, a long-term member of the Writers Guild of America, has written scripts for documentaries broadcast by ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, syndicators, and local stations. A former executive at the National Geographic Society, he has been a consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and to the New York Zoological Society.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472118304
Author:
Tishman, John L.
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Author:
Shachtman, Tom
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Biography/Business
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 BandW illustrations
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Project Management
Biography » Business
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Business » Human Resource Management
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History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies

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