Robert Borg, an award-winning builder and the co-founder and co-chairman of Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction Company (KBF), died on December 17, 2010. He was 87.
The son of Eastern European immigrants that settled in the Bronx, Mr. Borg earned a bachelors degree in civil engineering from NYU. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he attended NYU Law School and became a member of the New York Bar in 1949. Mr. Borg co-founded KBF in 1955 and went on to construct buildings in nearly every neighborhood of Manhattan as well as in the outer boroughs of New York City. Among the company’s very notable accomplishments is the 76-story, Frank Gehry-designed Beekman Tower, the tallest residential tower in the city.
Mr. Borg was the founding chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers National Committee on Social and Environmental concerns in construction, which was formed in 1975. In 1991 he founded the Garth Woods Conservancy. In 2003, Mr. Borg received the title of Master Builder from the American Society of Civil Engineers. In November 2010, Mr. Borg and his two partners, Samuel Florman and Joseph Zelazny, received the Century of Greatness Award from the Associated Builders and Owners of New York.
A long-time resident of Scarsdale, NY, Mr. Borg had five children. He married the former E. Winifred Pensh, and divorced in 1987. He is survived by four children and his long-time companion, Nancy Pline.
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