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Construction Management Faculty
CMgt 4022 – Construction Estimating
CMgt 4041W – Specifications & Technical Writing for Construction Professionals
CMgt 4196 – Construction Management Internship
CMgt 4422 – Advanced Construction Cost Estimating
CMgt 4550 – Topics in Construction Management
CMgt 4861 – Construction Management Capstone
Mr. Hilger manages the development and delivery of the Construction Management curriculum. An architect by training, a builder by passion, and a teacher at heart, Peter Hilger has served the Construction Management program since its inception in 1997. He received the CCE Distinguished Educator Award in 2009, and in 2015 was one of eight recipients of the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the University of Minnesota's most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In the classroom, Peter brings his construction and business experience to bear with an approach that challenges students to think beyond the facts and figures, communicate thoughtfully, and support decisions with sound reasoning and rationale. An example of this is a research paper on Best Value Procurement that came out of his fall 2008 topics class (Best Value Procurement: Lessons Learned). He counsels faculty and administration on strategic planning and program development, serves on the College of Continuing Education Academic Advisory Council, and informally advises students on career matters. He also teaches in the Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Systems Engineering program, and has taught classes and professional seminars at the College of Architecture and industry trade associations. A practicing architect and construction manager since 1983, and a business owner since 1991, Peter uses “constructive creativity” for the Design/Build delivery of public/private educational, commercial and industrial projects, as well as consulting on development planning, zoning approvals and expert testimony in his current firm, Rylaur, LLC. He received a B.S. in architecture from Georgia Tech in 1978, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
CMgt 4022 – Construction Estimating
CMgt 4422 – Advanced Construction Cost Estimating
Mark Adamson has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He got his start as a laborer for Witcher Construction (now JE Dunn Construction) during high school and college. He began his estimating career in the national headquarters of PCL Construction Services in Denver, where he was part of a national bid team following pursuits from Texas to the West Coast. In 1984 he was transferred to PCL’s Minneapolis office as a senior estimator and worked on the pursuit team for the $500M Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome. In 1988 Mr. Adamson was hired by Knutson Construction as their director of estimating. He then worked for McGough Companies for 22 years as a project manager, director of estimating, and senior project manager. Currently, he is with Adolfson & Peterson Construction as a vice president for preconstruction services and a PIC for the higher education market sector. Mr. Adamson is a member of the Construction Industry Cooperative Committee of Minnesota. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska and had additional construction studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Dunwoody Industrial Institute.
CMgt 3001W – Introduction to Construction
Mr. Bartolic began his career in the construction field in 1975. He established his own general contracting business in 2007, after working extensively in both general contracting and owner representation. In 2014 he shifted his focus back to owner representation in a consulting capacity. He has been involved with a wide variety of construction projects, ranging from small tenant remodels to new retail centers and office towers, new childcare centers to major school renovations, and apartment renovations to new multifamily housing developments. A few of these projects include St. Paul Town Square, Minneapolis City Center, The Conservatory on Nicollet, and the renovation of the St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse. His work has always been very satisfying, but the relationships developed over the years have been the most fulfilling and rewarding parts of the business for him. This is why Mr. Bartolic continues to consult, and why he wishes to mentor and share the rewards of the construction business with students. He grew up in the White Bear Lake area and attended St. John’s University, Lakewood State Junior College (now Century College), and the University of Wisconsin−Stout, from which he received a BS.
CMgt 4471 - Sustainability for Construction Managers
Debra Becker is the Americas Construction Industry Leader for Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS), where she leads the strategic direction, business development, and sales for large construction projects. Previously for HBS, she was the Americas Director of Global Business Operations, where she led productivity and growth initiatives focused on lean process and sustainability solutions. Prior to HBS, Debra was vice president for special projects at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, where she led national initiatives, transitioning customers from construction to operations and maintenance. Ms. Becker serves on the board of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and is vice chair of the Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Council. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and board member of WomenVenture in Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
CMGT 4000 – The Construction Industry through Time and Tomorrow
Mr. Bowen has been a practitioner in the construction industry for many years and has published and presented widely. He currently serves as chairman emeritus of the management committee for the Construction History Society of America. He also teaches a construction history course in the classroom as a Professor of Practice in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and has held academic positions at the University of Calgary and McGill University in Montreal. He was educated in the UK as a quantity surveyor.
CMgt 4562 – Building Envelope Design and Construction
David Campbell has been employed as a licensed architect, a Waterproofing Department supervisor, and an associate with Inspec since 1994. He is one of only 25 Registered Waterproofing Consultants in the United States, and one of only four who is also a licensed architect. He is also an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP). He has been involved in the design of many building types, including earth-integrated, commercial, and residential. Since 1986 he has studied, investigated, and designed below-ground waterproofing and subdrainage systems. While at Inspec he has received awards for his work in forensic investigation and design. He gives continuing education presentations, writes technical articles, and provides expert testimony. Mr. Campbell recently received the Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award for his article “Waterproofing is NOT Below-Grade Roofing” from RCI, Incorporated, an international association for roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall systems professionals. Mr. Campbell holds B.A. degrees in both architecture and environmental design from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4081 – Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites
John Chapman has been the director of the Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program at the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering since 2004. The program is a joint venture with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to provide continuing stormwater education and certification for engineers and contractors. The certification program offers classes on construction sites, industrial sites, municipal stormwater controls and management, and other topics. Prior to working for the University of Minnesota, John worked as an engineering consultant in the central and western United States on geotechnical engineering projects and hazard evaluation of slopes, debris flows, and other water resources. Much of his experience has been in erosion, landslides, natural hazard mitigation, and infrastructure development. He was elected a board member of the Minnesota Erosion Control Association in 2005 and has served as its treasurer and vice president. He has also served on the Minnesota Stormwater Steering Committee since 2005 and chairs its education work group. John is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Colorado. He holds a B.S. in geology and geological engineering and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
CMgt 4011 – Construction Documents and Contracts
Brad Creager is a career construction manager. After graduating from college, he worked for 12 years for J.E. Dunn Construction Company, a national general contractor based in Kansas City, where he was involved in managing projects ranging from a county detention facility to a corporate world headquarters office building, as well as health care, residential and educational projects. He then made the switch to the owner side of the industry to work for Target Corporation in the Property Development group. He was a project manager responsible for schedule, budget, and execution of construction in the eastern U.S. regions. Mr. Creager's GC background has given him sensitivity to the importance of planning, budgeting, scheduling, and risk management, which was crucial in his role in executing a capital growth program for this major national retailer. Most recently, Mr. Creager has shifted into a pre-construction role at Target, focused on bringing the greatest value to the corporation through budget, schedule, and scope evaluations for capital projects. Mr. Creager has a B.S. in construction science and management from Kansas State University, and an M.B.A. from Baker University. He is a LEED accredited professional.
CMgt 4201 – Construction Accounting
CMgt 4422 – Advanced Construction Cost Estimating
Dwight Elthon started his construction career in high school working part-time with his father on small residential and light commercial construction projects. Now, over 30 years later, his construction resume includes laborer, carpenter, estimator, senior estimator, project manager, senior project manager, project director, and his current position as healthcare executive with Adolfson & Peterson Construction. He has also worked with construction industry leaders M.A. Mortenson Company, Mayo Clinic Facilities Project Services, McGough Companies, and Kraus Anderson. His market segment experience has focused primarily on health care, pharmaceutical, high tech, biotech, and med tech construction. Mr. Elthon is an expert in infection control procedures, interim life safety measures, and cGMP construction protocols. His teaching style stresses leadership and real-world connections. He is proud of his commitment to student success, and he has a desire to learn as much from students as they learn from him. Mr. Elthon received construction documents and estimating certificates from Dunwoody Industrial Institute. He holds a B.S. in business administration with a construction management concentration from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
CMgt 4213 − Facility Operations and Maintenance Intensive
David Franke has worked in management (projects, construction, real estate, and facilities) for his entire career. Since 2005, he has overseen space planning, move coordination, and project management for Xcel Energy as director of project tenant services. He spent 21 years at 3M/Imation generating construction drawings, managing construction projects, and overseeing project teams. He later helped at Imation, a 3M spinoff, to organize its facilities and real estate groups. Mr. Franke also served seven years as director of the United Health Group U.S. workplace design program. He is a LEED AP and holds a BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4021 – Construction Planning and Scheduling
David Galetka is a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 20 years of experience in major Midwest commercial construction firms as a project manager, senior project manager, and director of field operations. He has captured the best planning and management practices of these top firms and combined them with his education to build his new consulting business, Galetka Construction Services, LLC, which focuses on construction management consulting, owner’s representation, and customized training programs. He is currently the construction manager on site for Hennepin County’s Interchange Project in downtown Minneapolis. David was an assistant professor in the Department of Construction at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught scheduling and cost control, management of construction, advanced estimating, and light building construction for 3½ years. He was also an instructor for the Minnesota AGC in their Supervisory Training Program (STP) in the Twin Cities, where he earned a reputation as an outstanding trainer. David received a B.S. in building construction from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and with a scholarship from the Associated General Contractors (AGC), attended the University of Florida, where he earned an M.S. in building construction. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business with an emphasis in project management.
CMGT 4545 – Materials and Structures II
Mr. Hale is assistant city engineer for the City of Maple Grove. Since 1992 he has been employed in public works in planning, engineering design, construction document preparation, bidding, and construction contract management for trunk highways, bridges, arterial intersections, roundabouts, water systems, sanitary sewer systems, stormwater management, and residential and commercial development. He has represented many municipalities as the primary coordinator of public infrastructure with urban development or redevelopment projects. Mr. Hale holds a BS from the University of Arizona in applied mathematics (civil engineering), and an MS in civil engineering (environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology) from Stanford University.
CMgt 3001W – Introduction to Construction
CMgt 4011 – Construction Documents and Contracts
Mr. Hauser has worked in the construction field since the early 80s, encompassing work in 16 states plus the District of Columbia. He is presently a project manager for a big-box retailer, and worked previously for four different general contractors, a specialty subcontractor and a full-discipline architect/engineering firm. Responsibilities have included both “hard dollar” and conceptual estimating, marketing, project engineering, and both project and general management. Notable projects on which he has served include Concourse B at the Denver International Airport, the Minneapolis Convention Center, several Minnesota and Florida public schools, a wide variety of projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and a large retail facility in Maryland built directly above a Washington Metro subway line. He received his B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State University and his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4073 – Building Codes for Construction Managers
Scott Holm has over 27 years of experience in the construction industry, including 20 years as a building inspector, previously for the cities of Hugo and Minnetonka, and currently as University Inspector in the U of MN Building Code Division. He gained practical experience working as a carpenter and concrete worker. He is also an adjunct instructor at North Hennepin and Inver Hills Community Colleges, teaching construction management and building inspection technology online courses. He serves on a number of local and national education committees. Mr. Holm has a two-year Certificate in Carpentry; an A.A.S. in building inspection technology from North Hennepin Community College; and a B.A.Sc. in Construction Management as well as an M.Ed. in business and industry education from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4542 – Building Energy Systems
Mr. Jain is principal engineer for energy management with the University of Minnesota Facilities Management department and is the engineering design coordinator for TCF Stadium. He is the author of and coordinator for the University's new updated mechanical standards. Mr. Jain received his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, and he is a professional registered engineer.
CMgt 2019 - AutoCAD for Construction Managers
CEGE 3202 – Surveying and Mapping
CEGE 4201 - Highway Design
Ms. Johnson is a Professional Engineer (PE) registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also served as a teaching specialist in the Civil Engineering Department for the last 13 years, teaching CADD, highway design, AutoCAD, and surveying. Before teaching at the University, Ms. Johnson taught full time at Dunwoody Technical College in Minneapolis and St. Paul Technical College. In addition, she teaches courses in highway design and construction materials for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Aggregate Ready Mix Association. She began her career as an engineer in the Airports Department at HNTB Corporation, and supervised the reconstruction of the Benson Municipal Airport and projects at the St. Paul Downtown Airport. As resident engineer, she was responsible for the management and monitoring of all construction projects. She then worked at Braun Intertec as a senior engineer in the Pavements Division. She has served as the specific pavement section coordinator for the FHWA Long Term Pavement Performance Project in the North Central Region. Ms. Johnson has written over 20 publications and presentations on road design and maintenance. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and an M.S. in civil engineering with a pavement emphasis from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 3011 – Construction Plan Reading
CMgt 4003 – Managing in the BIM Environment
Heather Kossila began her professional career in 1996 in controls engineering: designing and programming controls and touch panels. She also did consulting work for local architecture firms and was employed by Horty-Elving Architects. In 2007, Ms. Kossila put her technical skills to use in the construction industry, specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is currently a senior BIM specialist with Kraus-Anderson Construction, where she explores and implements the use of cutting-edge technology in virtual design and construction in areas such as constructability analysis, trade coordination, estimating, and construction sequencing. Ms. Kossila also writes for various trade publications and children's magazines. She holds an AAS in drafting from the Minneapolis Drafting School and a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control
Mr. Laubach has 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He started as a union welder in a steel factory at age 18, became a union sheet metal worker, and has been a member of different unions ever since. He is currently employed as the safety director for Custom Drywall at the Vikings Stadium. He has also been a residential remodeling contractor. He has taught construction skills since 1997 in the St. Paul and Minneapolis public schools, with Goodwill Easter Seals, and in the Ohio prison system. Mr. Laubach is the founder and director of UnderConstruction, an internship program for youth where he oversees the safety program for its residential construction sites. He has developed safety programs and curriculum for the public schools and private industry. Mr. Laubach is passionate about helping young women and young people of color find a career in the construction industry. He received a B.A. from Knox College. He holds OSHA 10, 30, 500, and 510 certifications.
CMgt 4215 – Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning
Robert Linder has over 20 years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the HVAC industry throughout the continental US and Alaska. He has directed and participated in over five hundred commissioning, recommissioning, and retro-commissioning projects in the education, commercial, government, and health care sectors. He was the commissioning authority for the TCF Bank Stadium. He also specializes in engineering controls retrofits. For the past 12 years he has been performance group director for the Midwest offices of Karges-Faulconbridge of St. Paul. He is past president of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and past chairman of NEBB’s Building Commissioning Committee. He has developed and taught commissioning and retro-commissioning classes for NEBB and is NEBB-certified for test and balance, building systems commissioning, retro-commissioning, and building envelope testing. Mr. Linder is also actively involved with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He has participated in its Test and Balance and Building Commissioning Technical Committees and has coauthored the ASHRAE Chiller Heat Recovery Application Guide and Indoor Air Quality Standards of Performance Application Guide. Mr. Linder earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ABus 4013W - Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
Ms. Mackay practiced construction law for 14 years at the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson, where she handled a broad range of construction industry disputes and transactions. She has represented large commercial contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, material suppliers, and project owners. Ms. Mackay taught Construction Law and Ethics in the Infrastructure Systems Engineering program at the University of Minnesota and has presented numerous construction law continuing education seminars. She is a past chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and a past president of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Twin Cities chapter. Ms. Mackay received a JD cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in 1995. She also has B.A. and M.A. degrees in French and German from Cambridge University, England.
CMgt 4544 – Materials and Structures I
Mr. O’Neill is a structural engineer at Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), a full-service structural engineering firm based in downtown Minneapolis, where he has worked as a lead engineer and project manager on a large variety of projects, mostly in the sectors of aviation, higher education, and health care. His primary focus is the analysis and design of steel and concrete gravity and lateral systems, along with the retrofitting and renovation of existing structures. He also has expertise in concrete anchorage and support of specialty structures such as solar panel arrays, elevator shafts, mechanical equipment, and more. Mr. O’Neill holds a BA in physics and mathematics from St. Olaf College and an MS in structural engineering from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 3024 – Facility Programming and Design
CMgt 4861- Construction Management Capstone
Ms. Pliska is a commercial interior designer with 20 years of experience in building design for education, health care, and government. She has special interests in sustainable design and the ways design can influence positive change in education. Her European travels, including one year of interior architecture study in Germany, have cultivated a passion for the human factors of design and the influence of international culture on interior environments. Her design solutions favor simple, clean, and appropriate styles. She is currently a senior interior designer with TSP, an architecture, engineering, and design firm with eight Midwest offices. Justine has been LEED-accredited since 2004 and is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of MN. She has chaired the education committee of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of IFMA, the International Facility Management Association, for many years, served on the board in 2009 and 2010, and worked on behalf of IFMA to bring the facility management degree area to the University of Minnesota. She understands the skills needed by effective facility managers and the important role they play in organizations. Justine has a B.S. in art with a concentration in interior design from University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.
CMgt 4021 – Construction Planning and Scheduling
Kenneth Styrlund, PE, LEED AP, manages the North Central office for JE Dunn Construction, a national general contractor headquartered in Kansas City that has annual revenues in excess of $2 billion. His responsibilities have grown from project management to executive management with total operational and bottom line performance responsibilities for an office. He has worked as a structural engineer for local engineering firms Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates; Bakke Kopp Ballou & McFarlin; and Mattson Macdonald. His work as a structural engineer involved historic renovation projects, industrial facilities, retail malls, office buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, and parking structures. After several years on the design side of the industry, Mr. Styrlund moved to the construction side. As a construction project manager, he managed the construction of retail, office, and cultural facilities; historic renovations and restorations; and religious and industrial projects. Many of the projects were of the fast track, design-build kind, for which Mr. Styrlund used his experience and knowledge of the design side to effectively plan and manage them to their successful completion. Mr. Styrlund received a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota; both degrees had an emphasis in structural engineering and soil mechanics.
ABus 4217 – Real Estate Development: Process and Tools
Ms. Tableporter has experience spanning development, finance, and city design, which enables her to provide students with a 360-degree view of real estate and its inherent challenges and rewards. She has a longstanding commitment to providing the type of mentoring and help that was vital to shaping her own career. In addition to her U.S.-based experience (Cargill proprietary real estate investments, development, and finance), Jody brings an international perspective gained from 12 years in senior leadership positions in UK urban “regeneration,” part of that time heading South London’s redevelopment under Mayor Ken Livingstone. Jody has led seminars and lectured on real estate and city development topics (University of Minnesota, Harvard, Lincoln Land Institute, UK urban regeneration). She was a Harvard Loeb Fellow (awarded annually to ten “mid-career leaders in the built environment”) and earned a BA in economics and sociology from the University of California and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
CMGT 4550 – Topics in Construction Management (Walking Tour of Codes)
Mr. Talbot was introduced in childhood to the arts of salvaging and carpentry and learned many mechanical skills, leading to an enduring interest in the construction industry. He has worked in governmental regulation for over 18 years as a county and city building inspector, building official, and currently as a plans examiner for the University of Minnesota Building Codes Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and criminal justice from St. Cloud State University, a certificate in building inspection technology, and a master’s degree in work and human resources education, as well as a certificate in career and technical education from the University of Minnesota.
CMgt 4211 – Facility Cost Accounting and Finance
Mr. Taylor has expertise in facility management, resource optimization, and public administration obtained from work since 1986 for a variety of public agencies and suppliers. He is currently employed by Carver County, MN, and is responsible for 25% of the County’s operating budget, including information technology and facilities services, and he recently managed four multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects. In all, he has managed over $100 million in new and remodeled facility construction efforts over the past several years, utilizing multiple delivery methods. He has also served as director of finance and administration for the Denver Public Library, senior budget and management analyst for the City and County of Denver, program controls manager for the Department of the Navy, where he worked on a nuclear attack submarine program, and project manager at Lockheed-Martin. Mr. Taylor has former or current membership in many professional organizations, including the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and has earned the status of Credentialed Manager Candidate in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He holds a B.A. in psychology and economics and a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, District of Columbia.