Thomas G. Jordan was born and spent his youth in Greater New York City. He attended and graduated from Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1971. Mr. Jordan began his long career as a United States Customs Inspector, before he joined the United States Corps of Engineers. He worked on many government projects in the Southern New York District during his time with the Corps of Engineers, this included early work at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, New York, various top-
secret projects, and in the Azores.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Thomas G. Jordan went through a large professional transition in which he joined, New York City’s famed engineering firm Syska & Hennessey and at the same time pursued his Master of Electrical Engineering degree also at Manhattan College.
While at Syska & Hennessy, Mr. Jordan was responsible for the design of the New York Convention Center and Goldman Sachs worldwide headquarters at 85 Broad Street in Manhattan. He completed his master degree in 1980. Thomas G. Jordan also received his Professional Engineer certification in 1981. Shortly thereafter he joined the firm, Picirilo & Brown, also located in New York City.
Mr. Jordan married Victoria and settled in New Hyde Park, New York with his four children, Michael, James, Corinn, and Shaina. Mr. Jordan has been an active member of his Long Island community, where ha has served on the Board of Trustees of the Shelter Rock Library for over 12 years. Mr. Jordan has served as president of the Shelter Rock Library for the last 5 years. Mr. Jordan enjoys running, and though never a participant in the New York City marathon, though one of his goals, he has run in the Long Island Marathon.
He has joined many societies in relation to his commitment to the advancement of electrical engineering. These groups have been far reaching, and among them have been the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers: New York; Association of Consulting Engineers; American Society of Military Engineers; American Society for Hospital Engineering; and the Building Owners and Managers Association, New York Chapter
Over the last decade Mr. Jordan has established has shaped his career in many ways. He has remained focused in his pursuit of the most state-of-the-art and cutting-edge innovation in electrical engineering. This case, his main genres have been massive television projects, university communications systems, and complex integrated medical systems designed for leading-front medical treatment.
Although, he has always been fascinated by high-tech electrical distribution, Mr. Jordan claims that this phase of his career really began when he left Picirilo & Brown, and joined Kallen & Lemelson, where he met Harshad Lakhani incidentally. At Kallen & Lemelson, Mr. Jordan served as a partner and moreover as chief engineer. There he began his initial work in television, with a new concept company called Lifetime. He also completed much tenant work there.
This led to his next career move to Lehr Associates where he very vigorously pursued hospitals, laboratory, and academic projects, all three of these client sectors would later form a large part of his client base when he founded a new firm. At Lehr Associates he was made the director of electrical engineering. He worked on many domestic and international projects. Among his major clients at Lehr were hotel corporations, and was actively involved with the Conrad-Hilton hotel split. He was responsible for the work at the Conrad Hotel, the international division of the dissolved Conrad-Hilton partnership, in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 1992, he formed Lakhani & Jordan Engineers, P.C. with Harshad Lakhani, P.E., where he serves as Vice-President of the organization, and a founding partner. He has served as an expert witness, most notably in Port Jervis, New York on a case that involved the Mercy Hospital. However, most of his client base had
been formed during his long course of work prior to the formation of his own company. He has capitalized on his expertise in academic, laboratory, university and television projects to create a sizeable and will-maintained client
He wrote an article in 1990, called UPS Keeps CNBC/TV Station on the Air, for Electrical Systems Design in May 1990. This article established him as an expert in the field, and he subsequently worked on several new television projects through his own firm, Lakhani & Jordan Engineers, P.C. Most notably was his work at the USA Network Operations center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The 40,000s.f. $5.5 million project included a transmission center, post-production studio that was operational 24-hours day, and an 8,000 s.f. media-library. Mr. Jordan was
also responsible for 40,000 s.f. of integrated studio which included a newsroom at WPIX. Thomas G. Jordan also was actively involved at the NBC Genesis project in New York City.
Amongst his largest integrated communication and academic projects was the City University of New York Graduate Center. Lakhani & Jordan Engineers helped transform this landmark B. Altman building into the 580,000
s.f.-campus for The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. The award-winning facility unites the institution’s graduate programs, once spread throughout the city, on 12 levels of midtown Manhattan building. The
Graduate Center won Building Magazine’s Modernization 2000 award.
He has explained that what has continued to fascinate him has been the new use of over-water construction/architecture that has seemed to be the solution to much of Manhattan’s crowded developed city. Platform construction utilizes a base of the building constructed as a boat, with the same buoyancy, the platform is then grounded to the water-floor and suspended partially submerged in water, however, the rest of the building is constructed in traditional manner. He sees the Battery Park Ferry Terminal as a composite example of a type of structure he seems to believe will appear more frequently in New York City, an above water tower. Thomas G. Jordan has remained at the edge of his field in the design of electrical distribution for this new type of above water solution to New York City’s congested construction development. This will be one of the first building to mark a distinct third-millennial architectural form, and also the first of its kind to be incorporated as a civil structure by a New York City government office.