Benjamin Downing joined DeSimone in 1994 and is currently the Managing Principal in the New Haven office. Since joining DeSimone, Mr. Downing has developed a wide ranging repertoire of project experience, which includes the design of steel and concrete structures for commercial, residential, and retail developments, as well as museums, hotels, casinos, parking structures, and renovation projects.
Mr. Downing has significant experience working on large-scale gaming and casino projects such as Mohegan Sun Project Sunburst in Uncasville, Connecticut (a $1 billion, 4 million sf, 34-story casino and hotel expansion), the Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi (an $80 million expansion which includes a new 14-story, 400-room hotel tower, 1,000-space parking garage), and the expansion and renovation of the historic Saratoga Gaming & Raceway (a 310,000 sf racing and casino project in Saratoga Springs, New York).
Mr. Downing recently completed the 400,000 sf Resorts World Casino New York at the Aqueduct Race Track, the first of its kind in the New York City. He is currently working on the design of Harborside Plaza VI & VII, a 1.2 million sf development consisting of multiple high-rise towers in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Mr. Downing received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.