The Real Deal New York

Suffolk Construction lures industry vet away from Related

William Whitesell to serve as COO
By Kathryn Brenzel | June 14, 2018 11:00AM

William Whitesell and 532 Neptune Avenue (Credit: Suffolk)

A relative newcomer to New York City construction has lured a 20-year industry veteran — most recently at Related Companies — to join its ranks as chief operating officer.

Midtown-based Suffolk Construction hired William Whitesell to help oversee its expansion into the New York region, the company announced Wednesday. Whitesell most recently served as vice president of design and construction at Related, where he worked on the developer’s $800 million retail center at Hudson Yards. Before Related, he worked at Turner Construction for more than a decade.

In 2015, Suffolk opened its first Manhattan office, which is headed by another Turner alumnus, Charlie Avolio. The company is building Cammeby’s International Group’s 532 Neptune Avenue, a 430-foot-tall rental tower in Coney Island and two apartment towers at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 for RAL Companies and Oliver’s Realty Group.