Special Friend to the University: Steven Plate

Steven PlateSteve is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Capital Planning/Director of World Trade Center Construction. Steve has served as the Director since 2006.  Prior to his selection as Director, he served as Deputy Director from 2004.  He grew up and has deep roots in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and has been a resident of Glen Ridge, New Jersey since 1981.  He developed a keen interest in construction and engineering through family members.  Combine Steve’s real-world construction experience working as a summer laborer, with his formal education from Manhattan College, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, and the foundation for a successful career was laid and has ultimately lead to him to direct this multi-billion dollar “Mega Project” Capital Program.  Steve and his team are writing the book on the management of this “Miracle in the Making”. 

As Deputy Chief and Director, Steve is responsible for overall World Trade Center (WTC) Site Redevelopment, including management of a $15-$20 billion, five-year capital program.  The program includes construction of a Federal Transit Administration funded Transportation Hub, which will become  the “Grand Central Station of Lower Manhattan”; the One World Trade Center Tower—the tallest building in the western hemisphere at 1,776 feet; the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, which incorporates one of the largest man-made water features in the world and which will become one of the most visited sites in New York City; a state-of-the-art Vehicular Security Center, which will screen all vehicles entering the subsurface area within the site; a 12,500-ton Central Chiller Plant providing a “green” source of chilled water for all of the project’s public space; and a new 500,000 ft. 2 WTC Mall and Pedestrian Concourse, providing high-end retail for Lower Manhattan.  Steve is responsible for all aspects of these projects including, planning, financial strategies, processes, operations and the management of Agency internal personnel and consultant supplemental staff, as well as coordination with outside governmental entities, major real estate developers and construction firms operating as Joint Ventures, General Contractors and Subcontractors.  

In addition to his leadership positions within the Port Authority, Steve has made significant contributions to his Glen Ridge, New Jersey, community, where he served as Mayor from 1999 to 2003. In addition to his tenure as Mayor, Steven also served as President of the Town Council for a number of years.  He has been very active in the Planning Board, Board of Education as well as numerous other committees and forums.  Steven also serves as the Chair of the Pastoral Council of the Sacred Heart Church in Glen Ridge, and directed the approximately $2M capital program for renovation of their Church, School, Rectory, and Convent.  Steve has also coached youth basketball, baseball, and soccer. Immediately prior to assuming responsibility for the WTC Site Redevelopment, he was instrumental in the construction management and delivery of the Port Authority’s approximately $2 billion AirTrain JFK transit system.  Steve delivered this critical mega-project on time and under budget. 

Prior to his service at the World Trade Center site and the AirTrain project, Steve has held a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility in both the private and public sector with national and international firms.  Specific project areas that Steve has been involved with included infrastructure, transportation, petrochemical, and power generation.  Since joining the Port Authority, Steve’s program management responsibilities have included Airport Facilities Redevelopment at the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region's three major airports, Airport Access Programs for New York and New Jersey, Rail Transportation Facility Development and Construction, and Bridge Redevelopment. Prior to arriving at the Port Authority, Steve served at numerous locations both in the United States and overseas with firms such as Exxon.  Steve and his wife Nancy have two children, Gregory and Thomas.  Steve grew up in the Bronx.  He and his family now reside in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.