Alan N. Sirkin MSCE, PE, GC

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Alan Sirkin

President, Sirkin Building Corp., Sirkin Engineers and Sirkin Enterprises
Sirkin Building Corp., Sirkin Engineers and Sirkin Enterprises


Alan Sirkin (BSCE from the University of Miami and MSCE from Georgia Institute of Technology) grew up in a family of builder/developers. After graduation, he began his civil engineering career in New York City while completing coursework at New York University’s Real Estate Institute and working at EBASCO Services, Inc. (an engineering and construction firm for electric utilities), developing computer programs related to electric power plant design. He later joined Walter Kiddie Constructors as manager of the planning and scheduling department for office buildings, corporate headquarters, warehouses, manufacturing plants and hospitals.

Upon returning to Miami in 1972, Sirkin gained his state-certified general contractor’s license and was appointed construction vice president for project management at Kendale Lakes, a 1,300-acre planned community developed by Janis Properties in West Miami-Dade County.

In 1975, he became registered as a professional engineer in Florida and later, Colorado. In 1973 he formed Sirkin Building Corporation. As president, he developed and built single-family and multifamily dwellings in South Florida. In 1985, he also joined his family’s real estate business, Sirkin Enterprises. This company was originally started by Harry Sirkin in the 1920s on Long Island, New York. From the 1940s to 1970s, the company built and operated art deco hotels on Miami Beach, office buildings and held nearly 250,000 square feet of retail and office space in South Florida.

A member of the Florida Engineering Society, Sirkin also is a licensed real estate salesman. For over 30 years he has served with the American Arbitration Association as a commercial/construction arbitrator and, more recently, as a Supreme Court of Florida certified mediator. In 2014, he was designated a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In the 1970s, Sirkin accepted an appointment from the Miami-Dade Commission to the Environmental Quality Control Board, where he served as a member for 12 years, and then chair for two years. Also in the 1970s, Sirkin was elected chair of the Sierra Club’s Miami Group, was a member of the club’s Florida Executive Committee and head of the League of Conservation Voters in Miami. As a result of his background, he has served as a member of Florida Power & Light’s Environmental Council, Lake Okeechobee Master Plan Study, Miami-Dade County’s Water & Sewer Master Plan, its Comprehensive Use Land Development Plan, and Septic Tank Review. He is a charter member at the Structural Engineering Institute, an ABET evaluator, a Society of Fellows member at the Aspen Institute, and member of the ASCE 2010 Design Load Review Board. His juried articles have been published in the journals of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Sirkin has been board-certified by the Structural Engineering Board of the National Council of Structural Engineers (NCSEA) and a member of the ASCE’s Construction Institute. He is an FCC-licensed radio operator of W4ANS. He also served as director of the Builders Association of South Florida and committee chairs.

At UM, he was recently inducted into the UM Citizens Board. For six years he was the chair of the Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board and is currently participating in a UM research study on sustainable reinforced concrete.

Sirkin is also a member of the Ibis Society, named for the University of Miami’s mascot, the ibis (an ancient symbol of enlightenment). The Ibis Society honors those whose total commitment to the University has reached at least $250,000. The College of Engineering has recognized the Sirkins’ generosity by naming the main hallway of the civil engineering floor, as well as the conference room, in their honor.


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