After nearly 40 years and a recent demotion, AECOM Tishman’s Jay Badame abruptly left the construction giant Friday.
Badame’s departure followed an announcement in May that he was being replaced as the company’s president of construction management, in which he oversaw 3,000 employees across the U.S. At the time, the firm said he would serve as an executive adviser to the new president, Bob Hart.
”Jay Badame has left AECOM. We thank him for his past service and contributions to the company,” a company spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.
Badame’s exit also got a curiously brief mention in a company-wide message that was viewed by The Real Deal.
“Today I want to let you know that Jay Badame is no longer with AECOM. On behalf of the company, I thank Jay for his contributions throughout nearly four decades for service and wish him the best,” the message read. The sentences were casually tucked into a longer memo.
Additional information on the reasons for his departure was not immediately available, but all signs are that it was not voluntary.
Badame joined Tishman Construction in 1985, and stayed with the company after it was acquired by infrastructure juggernaut AECOM in 2010.
For the last five years, he has headed the Tishman and Hunt construction brands at AECOM. City & State just named him one of the top 100 most powerful construction leaders in the city, which earned him a congratulatory tweet from his company.
Five years ago, trade publication Construction Dive named him executive of the year, citing his oversight of megaprojects including the World Trade Center, One Vanderbilt, Hudson Yards, the Atlanta Falcons stadium and the Los Angeles Rams stadium.
The publication wrote, “Jay Badame has spent the majority of his career with Tishman Construction … and he hopes to stay with the company until he retires.”
AECOM Tishman is one of the most active construction management firms in New York City, and ranked first this year on TRD’s ranking of the top construction managers hired for new buildings in the city. While at the company, Badame worked on One Vanderbilt, One World Trade Center, 30 Hudson Yards and the start of construction on the $10 billion redevelopment of terminal one at John F. Kennedy International Airport.