Advisory Board

Overview

The Construction Management Program Advisory Board was highlighted during the 2012 ACCE accreditation visit as a “strength of the program.” Comprising broad representation of local industry, it is engaged and committed to the success of the program.

Formed in the late 1990s to promote the development of the Construction Management program, the Board was restructured in 2010 into a chartered, self-governing body of industry and construction/facility association professionals. Its mission is to advise the program on the direction of the industry as a whole and provide advice directly to the program on the following seven strategic areas:

  1. Periodic review of the Construction Management curriculum and accreditation
  2. Review of any new Construction Management curricular or programmatic initiatives proposed by CCAPS
  3. Identification of ways to integrate the larger industry community into the program by coordinating with student groups, faculty, and staff on such matters as fundraising, scholarship/endowment development, academic outreach, public relations, and enrollment growth
  4. Setting standards and policies for membership on the Board
  5. Serving as a resource on issues brought to the Board by CCAPS or other collegiate or private and public stakeholders
  6. Identification of potential faculty, particularly adjunct faculty
  7. Facilitation of industry activities in support of students and learning

Seats on the Advisory Board are held by an organization, rather than by an individual, on a three-year renewable basis. There are presently 50 seats chartered, with additional ex officio members consisting of University staff and representatives of departments and colleges. The student and alumni groups are represented on the Board, with the group presidents serving a one-year term. 

Four standing committees designated in the charter meet on an as-needed basis: an Executive Committee, an Academic Committee, a Development Committee, and a Student Activities and Outreach Committee. Ad hoc committees may be formed at any time to explore specific issues or initiatives.

Annual Board Meetings

Two meetings of the full Advisory Board are held each year.

Fall Board Meeting: October 31, 2019

Student and alumni updates were shared with the Board, including the quiz bowl results, the NAHB competition, the student and alumni groups, the Costa Rica study abroad, and the built environment career fair. Details of the ABET accreditation site visit on November 17−19 were shared. Two new faculty appointments were announced. An update on the amount of scholarship funding was given, as well as information about the 2019 Give to the Max day. Industry discussion focused on an analysis of construction management job posting data from Burning Glass, presented by CCAPS marketing manager Sheila Flatz. Student enrollment data were given and a request was made for Board members to host the fall internship presentations in December. There were 25 attendees. Meeting minutes available on request.

Spring Board Meeting: April 9, 2020

This meeting was held via Zoom only. Arrangements for teaching during the COVID-19 shutdown were shared with the Board. Updates were given on the NAHB competition, the Study Abroad program, and the ABET accreditation site visit. The program is already accredited by ABET for the FM track, and accreditation for construction management is pending ABET’s summer meeting. Discussion topic: COVID Impact and industry response. Board members shared their pandemic readiness plans and procedures, including site work. The impacts varied between projects, with some rescheduled or delayed, others able to move forward due to the shutdown, such as low-occupancy facilities. The impact on internship opportunities was also discussed, with some companies maintaining intern programs in part. There were 43 attendees. Meeting minutes available on request.

Special Board Meetings

None required.

Advisory Board Membership

Board membership in fall 2020 stood at 43 voting members. 

Member Organization

First Represented

Current Representative (Primary/Alternate)

Adolfson & Peterson

2002

John Huyett

AGC MN − Associated General Contractors Minnesota Chapter

2005

Merry Beckmann

American Engineering Testing, Inc.

2010

Rob Flickinger, Mike McCarthy

Ames Construction

2011

Jerry Volz

APi Construction Company

2010

Casey Campbell, Bob Miller

AWC − Association of Women Contractors

2007

Laura Karow

BATC − Builders Association of the Twin Cities

2013

David Siegel

Braun Intertec

2002

Dan Martin

C. S. McCrossan

2015

Kenny Beck, Katy Maus

Colliers International

2019

Mark Parten

CPMI

2002

Paul Oberhaus

Doran Companies

2011

Paul Kolias*

Egan Company

2002

Reid Romer

Empirehouse, Inc.

2002

Mike Gilbert

Greiner Construction

2019

Hans Siefker

Habitat for Humanity

2013

Chad Bouley

Hennepin County

2008

Gilbert Odonkor*

HGA Architects and Engineers

2013

Joe Tarlizzo, Dale Wenkus

IFMA − International Facilities Management Association

2010

Laura Magnuson

International Visiting Scholar

2019

Youjun Jin

JE Dunn Construction

2003

Ken Styrlund, Brent Marlow

Knutson Construction Co.

2003

Ryan Rydberg, Katya Pilling

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

2002

Patrick Mulcahey*

Loeffler Construction & Consulting

2019

Sara Hudoba

MCA − Minnesota Construction Association

2010

Gregg Johnson, Corinna Hastings

McGough Companies

2004

Dan McKay, Tim McGough

Meyer Borgman Johnson

2013

Cullen O'Neill, Murphy Curran

MN Department of Transportation

2010

Tom Ravn

Mortenson Construction

2002

Joe Pritzkow, Barry Morgan

MSA − Minnesota Subcontractors Association

2010

Nick McNeely, Tony Grazzini

North Hennepin Community College

2002

Richard Krohn, Renae Fry

Opus Design Build

2005

Huldah Gronvall

PCL Construction Services, Inc.

2005

Sean Scott

Pulte Homes

2013

Mike Barden

RJM Construction

2013

Brian Recker*

Ryan Companies US, Inc.

2002

Ben Terry*, Mike Cairl

SullivanDay Construction

2019

Steve Day

Target Corporation

2002

Gen McJilton*

Terracon Consultants, Inc.

2019

Allen Witt

UMN College of Continuing and Professional Studies

2002

A. Peter Hilger**

Watson-Forsberg

2010

Dale Forsberg

Weis Builders, Inc.

2002

Brian Filiatrault*, Chris Krieg

Xcel Energy

2015

Jesse Seering

* Alumni

** Faculty member