The AHRC New York City Foundation

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AHRC NYC Foundation
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Alex Getelman is the founder of Milestone Building Ventures, a New York-based project management and consulting firm. Alongside his work in the construction industry, Alex Getelman supports a wide array of local charities, including the AHRC New York City Foundation.

This foundation provides financial support to programs that serve people with developmental disabilities. The foundation is the primary source of funding for AHRC New York City (AHRC NYC), which operates a wide variety of programs for children and adults.

Work-readiness campaigns are an integral part of the effort of AHRC NYC. The organization operates multiple employment training programs as well as a school-to-work program for graduating students.

The school-to-work program, offered in partnership with the Department of Education, helps graduating high school students in special education classes make the transition into the workforce. Participating students can choose from job training, internship programs, or direct job placements and receive support from the AHRC NYC staff.

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World Trade Center Transportation Hub Project Completed

 

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World Trade Center Transportation Hub
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As head of Milestone Building Ventures, Alex Getelman guides complex New York construction projects that involve working closely with contractors, engineers, architects, and investment partners. Alex Getelman keeps a close watch on the real estate and construction markets, as well as high-profile projects in his industry.

One of the most prominent recent New York building projects involved the creation of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub at the site of the 9/11 attacks. A centerpiece of the 16-acre redevelopment zone, the transportation hub services approximately a quarter of a million commuters daily and includes retail space spanning 400,000 square feet. In addition, it offers internal pathways that link to the site’s office tower.

The large-scale project centers on the Oculus, a transit hall that has a design configuration evocative of a dove taking flight. Large quantities of glass and steel were used in constructing a wing-shaped shell that provides abundant interior light. A pair of large-capacity tower cranes were employed in hoisting steel pieces, which weighed up to 80 tons, as high as 185 feet.

The award-winning project was completed without serious incident through coordination with the New York City Fire Department, which undertook inspections on a weekly basis.

Thurman Munson Awards Benefit AHRC New York City Foundation

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AHRC New York City Foundation
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Alex Getelman is a respected presence in the New York construction and real estate industry and has overseen numerous successful projects. Maintaining a strong community presence, Alex Getelman serves on the board of the AHRC New York City Foundation. The non-profit organization serves the needs of 15,000 people with disabilities citywide by providing a broad spectrum of social services.

One of the annual fundraisers for the organization is the Thurman Munson Awards, which have been ongoing since 1980. The awards ceremony is held in memory of the former New York Yankees captain, whose life tragically ended in an airplane crash. The fundraising dinner’s affiliation with Munson reflects his community efforts on behalf of the Foundation while he was still alive. While Munson’s widow Diane felt that the organization was a worthy vehicle to continue his name, she believed initially that it would only last a few years.

Instead, the event has become an annual institution that has raised in excess of $13 million toward Foundation programs such as job training and summer camps for those with developmental disabilities. It also honors exceptional athletes in a variety of spheres, from Olympic champions to Yankees legends such as Bernie Williams, who recently received the Legend Award on top of his previous Munson Award.