DDC appoints new assistant infrastructure design commissioner

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Thu-Loan Dinh
Thu-Loan Dinh

New York Construction Report staff writer

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has named Thu-Loan Dinh as assistant commissioner of infrastructure design, overseeing an annual capital program with capital projects valued at more than $4 billion.

Dinh was previously director of design for DDC’s coastal resiliency program, where she was responsible for a $2 billion portfolio of coastal protection projects including East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) and the Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resiliency (BMCR) – two projects that create a 3.2-mile-long flexible flood barrier on the east side of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge up to East 25th Street.

“Thu-Loan Dinh has extensive experience in our massive coastal protection programs, one of the fastest growing parts of our infrastructure portfolio, where she has shown remarkable technical and management ability while also empathizing with the needs of local residents as we expand recreational access in their communities,” said DDC Commissioner Thomas Foley. “We welcome her expertise as she tackles new challenges related to stormwater management and DDC’s more traditional role building streets, sewers, water mains and public plazas.”

Dinh will also continue work in vital new programs in DDC’s infrastructure division related to coastal resiliency and green infrastructure intended to reduce the effect of cloudbursts on City neighborhoods.

“In this new role I intend to use advanced engineering to build resilient and sustainable infrastructure that will serve New Yorkers well for decades, anticipating future events and addressing them proactively,” she said. “Our plazas, roadways, green infrastructure and more should be simple yet complex enough to allow for modifications to be made over time as we continue to understand the impacts of climate change in our communities.”

A licensed professional engineer in the State of New York, Dinh has been at DDC since January 2017, and was a project manager for The RBA Group in New York, where she managed projects including DDC’s work to improve drainage and street conditions in Broad Channel, Queens.

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