Emily L. Bittenbender
Past Chairman of the Board
Bittenbender Construction, LP
Emily’s career focus has been the design, construction and renovations of public buildings and spaces. Early in her career she was hired by the Rendell Administration to jumpstart the paralyzed system of completing over 300 backlogged capital construction projects within city government. As Philadelphia’s first Capital Program Director for the CPO, Emily was charged with the responsibility of bringing private sector business practices to the city and completed $454 million of capital projects in 3 ½ years time.
In January 2000, Emily was hired as the Vice President of Design & Construction for the National Constitution Center to lead a team once again in the design and construction of a $137M museum in Independence Mall.
After the completion of the National Constitution Center in 2003, Emily started BittenbenderConstruction, LP, a commercial general contractor and construction management firm specializing in the new construction and renovations of museums and historic sites, retail, higher education and corporate fit out projects (the only woman owned, union affiliated general contractor in the local area).
In 2009 Emily launched Philadelphia Carpentry Systems, LP, a woman owned carpentry and exhibit Installation Company, providing quality carpentry services to general contractors and building owners in the Philadelphia region.
In 2011, Emily was awarded The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award for Small Business Person of the Year.
Emily currently sits on the following boards: Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, The Committee of 70, General Building Contractors Association – Chairman & Executive Committee, Philadelphia Carpenters Company – Board & Management Committee, Philadelphia Academies Inc., The Philadelphia Municipal Authority, City of Philadelphia Mayors Commission of Construction Diversity, L&I Review Commission, Community College of Philadelphia Construction Review Board.