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Silberstein tapped to lead USC capital construction

Lloyd Silberstein has been appointed vice president and executive director for capital construction and facilities management services, effective Jan. 1, announced USC President C. L. Max Nikias in a letter to the university community.

“This is a new position at the university, one that reflects USC’s tremendous physical growth and rejuvenation in recent years, as well as our extremely ambitious plans for infrastructure development,” Nikias wrote. “Over the next two decades, USC seeks to add 5.5 million square feet of space to our University Park and Health Sciences campuses, and this position will spearhead this magnificent growth, while laying the foundation for the university’s lasting physical appearance.”

Silberstein will report to Robert Abeles, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer, and will oversee a staff of approximately 450 people. His responsibilities include the construction of new teaching, research, living and health care space, as well as major renovation projects for existing structures. Silberstein’s portfolio also includes managing all of USC’s building and infrastructure assets on both campuses, as well as all capital construction project managers.

Silberstein comes to USC with nearly three decades of experience leading several of the nation’s largest construction programs. He has been responsible for constructing a variety of facilities in more than 25 cities and 12 states, as well as in South America, Asia and the Middle East. Those projects included historic restorations of city halls for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills; studios and performing arts venues for Warner Bros., Capital Cities/ABC and the Hollywood Bowl; and banking, office and hotel developments in Singapore, Mexico City, Hong Kong and Taipei, Taiwan.

For much of the last 15 years, Silberstein has focused on educational facilities for university, college and K-12 institutions throughout California. Most recently, he served as senior vice president for URS Corp. and director of BuildLACCD, leading the team of companies responsible for a $6 billion project that involved 300 new and renovated facilities at nine separately accredited college campuses.

Prior to this, Silberstein served as senior vice president of Parsons, where he headed operations in the western United States. In this capacity, he managed the company’s work on the $27 billion Los Angeles Unified School District building program, as well as seven other K-12 districts and 70 other college districts.

Earlier in his career, Silberstein oversaw new facilities and infrastructure work — totaling several hundred million dollars — that initiated the 20-year master plan for the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as senior vice president for real estate development at Tamkin Development Corp. and Public Facilities Investment Corp.

A native of New York, Silberstein came to Los Angeles in 1990 and joined Lehrer McGovern Bovis, where he went on to become senior vice president of operations for the West Coast. Silberstein received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Architecture’s School of Building Construction. He subsequently studied for a Master in Business Administration at the University of Houston. He is a licensed general contractor and sits on the boards of several organizations.

Silberstein tapped to lead USC capital construction

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