Joe Tortorella, PE, President

Senior Principal
Senior PrincipalNew York

Professional Highlights

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Manhattan College, NY
  • Silman, 1979 – present
  • Lapeka Construction Company, 1978-1979
  • AIA Learning By Design Program, Former Instructor
  • Excavation and Underpinning at Historic Structures, Masters in Preservation program, Manhattan College
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) NY, Past Board Member, ACEC NY Service Award, 2011
  • American Institute of Architects, Honorary Member, Committee Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Member
  • Center for Architecture, Board Member and past President
  • New York New Visions, Executive Board, Past Member
  • IABSE, Vice President
  • IABSE, Chair of Scientific Committee, Chicago Symosium & former Chair of Working Commission 4
  • IABSE, Chair of United States National Group
  • IABSE, Chair of Organizing Committee, 2019 Symposium
  • SEAoNY, Honorary Member, past President
  • Town of Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Committee, Member,  former Chairman
  • Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, Advisory Board Member
  • Manhattan College, Advisory Board Member

Professional Engineer: AL, CT, GA, FL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, RI, UT, VA, WI


Since joining the firm in 1979, Joe Tortorella has supervised projects of new construction, alteration, renovation, adaptive reuse, sustainable design and historic preservation. His hands on approach to project management on all phases of design and production as well as through construction and his attention to detail has led to his expertise in project quality assurance. In addition, he is the managing principal of the firm, responsible for day-to-day operations.

Joe is active in industry organizations. As a member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), he currently serves as the Organizing Committee Chair for the 2019 Symposium. He also helped plan their annual symposium in Shanghai in 2004 and served as Chair of the Scientific Committee, planning the 2008 Symposium in Chicago. He is currently a Vice President of the organization and Past Chair of the US National Group.

Closer to home, Joe is an honorary member and a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), and he served on the Executive Board of New York New Visions in the evaluation of the designs for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center Site. He currently serves on the board of the Center for Architecture Foundation (now “the Center for Architecture”), is an Honorary Member of the AIA, and is a former board member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York Chapter. Joe’s passion for industry-related not-for-profit organizations is exemplified in his current work with Geo Hazards International, a group that works to protect people from natural disasters in developing countries. Lastly, he serves on the advisory boards of Manhattan College and the Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction.