The construction management advisory board is engaged and committed to the success of the program. The members represent a broad section of the construction industry. 

This important University group of industry leaders and educators provides valuable advice and support on trends and issues in constuction management, keeping the program abreast of industry needs and on the leading edge of professional practice. Board members contribute to the quality of students’ educational experiences, enhancing their future roles as leaders in the field.

The advisory board meets twice a year—fall and spring—to learn about program updates, outline new ideas and initiatives, and seek input and direction from board members.

The Construction Management Program advisory board was highlighted during the 2012 ACCE accreditation visit as a “strength of the program.” 

Mission

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 in 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. Seats are held 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, Academic Committee, Development Committee, and 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: November 5, 2020
This meeting was held via Zoom only. The main discussion topic at the fall meeting was Inclusivity in the Construction Industry: how to align the program with how industry manages DEI initiatives, and how to recognize and address bias. Discussion included consideration of what students need as they enter the workplace, as well as how industry leverages and develops employee skill sets. The impact of COVID on classes and internships was discussed. Internship presentation dates were announced, and a webinar focused on how to handle emergency situations. Alumni relations and the details of the 2020 Give to the Max Day were also discussed. There were 38 attendees. Meeting minutes available on request.

Spring Board Meeting: April 1, 2021
This meeting was held via Zoom only. The discussion topic was Post-COVID Impacts on the Construction Industry. The Board reported a generally healthy outlook, with some companies experiencing a backlog of projects. Supply chain issues were noted. A report was made of the program demographics, including gender balance and diversity. The program also announced that it was seeking to improve diversity on the Board and will be reaching out to companies who have not attended recently. A presentation was given on the Environmental Health and Safety program. A fundraising appeal was made to support a scholarship in fall 2021. Board reappointments for fall 2020 were approved. There were 32 attendees. Meeting minutes available on request.

Special Board Meetings
None required

Board Members

Board membership in summer 2021 stood at 45 voting members.

Member Organization First Represented Current Representative (Primary/Alternate)
Adolfson & Peterson 2002 John Huyett
AGC MN − Associated General Contractors Minnesota Chapter 2005 Matt Semerad
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 Scott Holm, Dan Martin
C. S. McCrossan 2015 Kenny Beck, Katy Maus
CFMA 2012 John Markert
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
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 Jeremiah Cunningham
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 Capital Planning and Project Management 2012 Scott Everson
UMN College of Continuing and Professional Studies 2002 A. Peter Hilger**
UMN College of Science and Engineering 2012 Ann Johnson
Watson-Forsberg 2010 Dale Forsberg
Weis Builders, Inc. 2002 Brian Filiatrault*, Chris Krieg
Xcel Energy 2015 Jesse Seering

* Alumni

** Faculty member

Companies Represented

Our advisory board is made up leaders who are experts in their field, represented by these eminent organizations: 

Adolphson & Peterson
Advanced Design Contracting
AGC MN - Associated General Contractors Minnesota Chapter
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Ames Construction
APi Construction Company
AWC - Association of Women Contractors
BATC - Builders Association of the Twin Cities
Braun Intertec
CFMA - Construction Financial Management Association

Colliers International

Empirehouse, Inc.
Greiner ConstructionHabitat for Humanity
Hennepin County
HGA Architects and Engineers
IFMA - International Facilities Management Association
JE Dunn Construction
KMS Construction
Knutson Construction
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Loeffler Construction & Consulting
MCA - MN Construction Association
McGough Companies
Meyer Borgman Johnson
MMCA - MN Mechanical Contractors Association
MN Department of Transportation
Mortenson Construction