Faculty

The M.S. in Construction Management draws upon faculty expertise and specialized, graduate courses at Philadelphia University in the School of Business, School of Engineering and Textiles and the M.S. in Sustainable Design Program. Also, local professionals from the construction industry offer their expertise, serving as advisors to students in the capstone Master's project.

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Greg Lucado, M.S.
Program Director and Associate Professor, M.S in Construction Management
Office Phone: 215.951.2914

MBA - Temple University
MS, Engineering Management - University of Missouri
BS, Civil Engineering - Virginia Military Institute  

Greg Lucado came to Philadelphia University following a successful career in the construction industry which included management positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Virginia Department of Transportation, and private sector positions in institutional facilities management, design and engineering, and several general contracting firms in the Philadelphia area. His career culminated as Senior Vice President and ownership partner with Clemens Construction, one of Philadelphia's premier mid-size construction management firms.

Lucado's specialized experience is in the construction of facilities for health care, securities trading, and internet/telecom switching. His academic interests include construction finance, cost control and the economic environment of the construction industry.

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John C. Barnes
Adjunct Professor
BS, Architectural Engineering with Minor in Engineering Management, Tufts University 1984

John has 25 years of experience in the construction and Real Estate Development Industry. He started his career working in New York City in 1984 working for one of the largest Construction Management Companies in the country (Turner) on hi-rise construction base building and tenant fit-out work for five years with a concentration in mechanical systems oversight.  He returned to Philadelphia in Turner’s office here in 1990 and worked on large pharmaceutical and aerospace facilities. For six years John worked for a local real estate, development and Owner’s representative company (Aegis Property Group) on many large and diverse projects including aerospace production clean rooms. For the last nine years he has worked for one of Philadelphia’s local General Contracting Firm’s (Daniel J. Keating) as a Project Director overseeing all operational delivery of some of their largest commercial projects such as the doubling of the parking garages at the airport from 2.5 million square feet to 5.0 million square feet, and the SEPTA Suburban Station Renovation.

John has special expertise in the design, construction, and commissioning of hi-tech facilities; design and managing of complex schedules and site logistics, and resolution of cost claims.

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Bennett D. Colesberry, Jr. RA
Adjunct Professor 
BS in Architecture, Drexel University

Bennett Colesberry has a successful career in the construction and real estate industry which includes management positions with several construction management and general contracting firms in the Philadelphia area. His career in real estate includes managing the development of large scale commercial projects.  Bennett is also a licensed architect, registered in the State of Pennsylvania (RA) and holds a Real Estate Sales license. Prior to his career in Construction Management and Real Estate Development, he worked for notable award winning Philadelphia Architectural firms such as Mitchell/Giurgola and Ballinger.

Bennett’s specialized experience is in the construction of facilities for health care, commercial real estate and retail projects. His academic interests include legal and contractual issues, cost control /scheduling and Design- Build delivery systems.

 

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Mrs. Saramari Leon
Adjunct Professor
BS Environmental Design, University of Puerto Rico 
MArch Washington University in St. Louis

Ms. León has over 15 years experience in the construction industry performing different aspects of project management. She began her career in architecture in St. Louis, MO working in the retail planning and design department for May Company's store facilities located across the Midwest. She also collaborated in the design and construction administration of residential and historic reuse projects including the historic $50 million rehabilitation of Cupples Station in St. Louis, MO with Trivers Associates. Subsequently she moved to the Philadelphia area where she worked at BLTa in the design documentation and construction administration of a variety of commercial, educational and historic-mixed use residential projects throughout PA, NJ, and DC; most notably Penn State's Smeal College of Business, The Union League of Philadelphia, The Phoenix condos in Center City and DC USA retail development in Washington DC.

Sara's specialized experience includes developing planning studies, computer aided drafting of construction documents, compiling bid and construction documentation for a large variety of building project types. 

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Jeff Linneman
BArch - Temple University

Jeff Linneman comes to Philadelphia University with a varied background in architecture, construction and facilities management. A registered architect, he worked for 20 years in several architecture firms in Philadelphia on project types including high end residential, pharmaceutical, zoological and institutional. Transitioning into general construction, he managed many healthcare projects for Wolfe Scott, a high quality small-sized general construction firm in Philadelphia. Leaving Wolfe Scott, he now oversees a portfolio of nearly 500 dialysis centers for DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. a Fortune 500® company that is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States and abroad.

His specialized interest in in the application of software technology such as Revit and Navisworks to improve the design and construction process. He is a proponent of Integrated Project Delivery - a method of working collaboratively to deliver projects that improves on the traditionally antagonistic processes of the past.

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Mark Purcell, AIA, CCM, LEED AP
Adjunct Professor
Bachelor Architecture, University of Notre Dame

Mark Purcell is a 20 year veteran in the design and construction industry with a unique blend of experience, having worked for design firms, a real estate developer, government agencies and construction companies.  He is a NCARB board-certified architect registered in several states and is a certified construction manager recognized by the Construction Management Association of America.

He specializes in multi-million dollar construction projects for commercial, institutional, government, justice, and higher-education clients with a focus on integrating sustainable design concepts into building programs. He is also co-founder and Past President of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

In addition to teaching contract law for the graduate program in construction management at Philadelphia University, he has guest lectured to architecture students at Drexel University’s Westphal College and teaches adult education courses for the Associated Builders & Contractors trade association.

He is active in various organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Society of College and University Planners, National Peace Corps Association, and is past Chair for the Westtown Township Planning Commission in Chester County, PA.

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Ann M. Tomalavage, P.E., PMP, LEED AP
Adjunct Faculty
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware
Office Phone: 610-326-0205

Ann Tomalavage has over 30 years of professional experience, and has been a practicing project manager since 1984.  Ann’s engineering expertise is primarily in the design, start-up, and operator training for industrial wastewater treatment and hazardous waste management facilities.  Good design is the foundation for constructability and operability.  Ann was Principal Project Manager at Roy F. Weston, Inc. (now Weston Solutions), an international environmental management firm.  She was responsible for leading proposal efforts for small to large projects and programs and then managing them to the proposed profit margins and schedule.  Ann was also responsible for training and mentoring project managers, assisting them in making the transition from strictly technical responsibilities to business and communications responsibilities as well.  Ann has also worked for DuPont, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Koch Membranes (Abcor), and Pennwalt (now Arkema).

Ann has been a key provider of project management training for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) nationally since 1999 and has been consistently been rated among the top four of all ASCE trainers (i.e., including those who instruct in technical areas).  Ann has trained over 3000 project managers since 1992.  In addition to her private clients, Ann has also taught project management at nine regional universities.

 

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Jeffery B. Trivelli
Adjunct Professor

BS, Marketing, Ryder University

Jeffery B. Trivelli is employed by Skanska USA Building in the role of Regional Director of Project Accounting. In this role, Jeffery manages the accounting and financial reporting functions for 6 Skanska offices on the East Coast as well as 2 ancillary business units headquartered in Philadelphia. Jeffery has been with Skanska for over 12 years, serving in various management roles in the accounting and financial reporting disciplines. Prior to Skanska, Jeffery spent the first 10 years of his career in the construction industry with 2 nationally recognized firms.

Jeffery currently resides with his wife, Lori, and two teen-aged children, Chasity and Adam, in Flourtown, PA. After 10 years living in Atlanta, GA, Jeffery moved back to the Philadelphia area in 2006, accepting the Regional Director role with Skanska. He is an avid sports fan and roots hard for all his Philadelphia teams and is overjoyed to be back to his Philadelphia roots.

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Mark D. Steele
Adjunct Professor

Mark D. Steele is an experienced engineer and consultant with over 24 years of experience in engineering, construction, and management across a range of industries including power and utilities, water/ wastewater, public sector, infrastructure, healthcare, life sciences, commercial and industrial.  He has evaluated project status and risk, assessed contract and process compliance, developed recovery plans, negotiated contracts, and created effective project management processes and organizations.  Mark also has extensive litigation experience related to the analysis and preparation of and defense against construction claims related to schedule delays, cost overruns, productivity losses, and design errors and omissions for both public and private sector projects.

Mark is a licensed professional engineer (Pennsylvania) and a certified cost engineer (AACEI).  He has a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MS in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.  Mark is the author of a number of papers on topics related to project management and has considerable university teaching experience.  He is a combat veteran of the United States Army.  

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Carter M. Young
Adjunct Professor

Carter Young has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. Professional affiliations include Life Member Status in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon, Honorary Civil Engineering Society, Associate Member of American Institute of Architects, General Building Contractors Association of Philadelphia and the Associated Builders’ Contract Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Carter has managed, coordinated and supervised construction projects with a total value of over $550,000,000 for many of the Philadelphia area’s leading corporations, financial institutions, utility companies, private schools and universities, and non-profit institutions. In addition to his teaching at Philadelphia University, Mr. Young continues working as an independent construction consultant/owner’s representative throughout the USA.