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April 8, 2021

Silman joins global infrastructure firm T.Y. Lin International (TYLI)

We want to share some exciting news.

Effective March 31, 2021, Silman has joined the global infrastructure firm T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) and will become the company’s platform for the structural design of buildings in the Americas.

Since Robert Silman founded the firm in 1966, our success has derived from three pillars: our talented and valued people, our wide portfolio of projects and skill sets, and the value we deliver to clients every day. Our association with TYLI will strengthen these qualities.

Silman will now have access to an even wider range of capabilities and resources, which will enhance our ability to meet the demands of the unique projects we are fortunate enough to work on. We will continue to operate under the Silman name and project staff will remain in place. The dedication, collaboration, and passion you have come to expect from us will remain an integral part of our culture.

As part of TYLI, we will now be able to offer a powerful combination of 3,200 people in a broad range of engineering disciplines.

TYLI is a global multi-disciplinary engineering services firm recognized for solving some of the most significant infrastructure challenges of our age. Founded in 1954, the company has 65 offices (37 in the Americas) and provides architecture, construction engineering and inspection, construction and program management, planning, design, and mechanical and electrical engineering services, among others. Please visit the company’s web site www.tylin.com for more information.

We are also announcing that our president Joe Tortorella is stepping down after a successful 42-year career at Silman. Joe, who has been enthusiastic about joining TYLI, had been discussing a change in his day-to-day responsibilities with the firm’s principals for some time. The confluence of events – the opportunity to join TYLI and his desire to slow down – led Joe to believe that Silman’s exciting new direction was set, allowing him to step aside. He will remain active with the firm as a key advisor and consultant for the coming years.

With Joe’s role changing, we are excited to announce that Nat Oppenheimer, who has been with Silman for 33 years, will assume the leadership responsibilities of Silman within TYLI with the support of Silman Senior Principal Kirk Mettam.

If you have any questions about this exciting new chapter in Silman’s history, please reach out directly to your Silman contact.


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