Faculty, Staff, and Advisory Board

The Construction Management program is supported and directed by talented, engaged professionals at every level. Their experience and knowledge will help you navigate an educational and career path that works for you.

Faculty Director

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Peter Hilger

MA, Architecture, University of Oregon; BS, Architecture, Georgia Tech

Peter Hilger manages the development of the Construction Management curriculum. An architect by training, a builder by passion, and a teacher at heart, Peter has served the program since 1997. He is a recipient of the CCAPS Distinguished Educator Award and the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. A practicing architect and construction manager since 1983, and a business owner since 1991, Peter believes in “constructive creativity.” He also does consulting on development planning, zoning approvals, and expert testimony in his firm, Rylaur, LLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

  • 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

Faculty

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Mark Adamson

BS, University of Nebraska; additional construction studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Dunwoody Industrial Institute

Mark Adamson has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in estimating. He got his start as a laborer for Witcher Construction and began his estimating career at PCL Construction Services, Inc. From there, Mark advanced to Knutson Construction as its director of estimating, then he moved on to McGough Companies to hold roles of project manager, director of estimating, and senior project manager. Mark is now vice president for preconstruction services at Adolfson & Peterson Construction and a PIC for the higher education market sector. He is a member of the Construction Industry Cooperative Committee of Minnesota.

CMgt 4022 - Construction Estimating
CMgt 4422 - Advanced Construction Cost Estimating

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William J. Bartolic III

BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Lakewood State Junior College (now Century College)

William Bartolic has been working in construction for over 40 years. After working extensively in both general contracting and owner representation, he established a general contracting business. In 2014 Bill shifted his focus back to owner representation in a consulting capacity. He has been involved with a variety of construction projects, ranging from small tenant remodels to retail centers and office towers, childcare centers to school renovations, and apartment renovations to multi-family housing developments. He continues to consult and enjoys mentoring students.

CMgt 3001W - Introduction to Construction

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Debra Becker

MA, architecture, University of Minnesota; B.Envd. (Bachelor of Environmental Design), University of Minnesota

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. Prior to HBS, Debra was vice president for special projects at Adolfson & Peterson Construction. She 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.

CMgt 4471 - Sustainability for Construction Managers

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David Campbell

BA, architecture and environmental design, University of Minnesota

David Campbell has worked as a licensed architect, a waterproofing department supervisor, and an associate with Inspec, Inc. since 1994. He is one of only 25 registered waterproofing consultants in the U.S. and is also an accredited Green Roof Professional. David 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. He received the Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award for his article “Waterproofing is NOT Below-Grade Roofing.”

CMgt - Building Envelope Design and Construction

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John Chapman

MS, civil engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison; BS, geology and geological engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

John Chapman is the director of the Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program at the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. Prior to working for the U of M, John worked as an engineering consultant in central and western U.S. 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.

CMgt 4081 - Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites

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Brad Creager

MBA, Barker University; BS, construction science and management, Kansas State University

Brad Creager is a career construction manager. His work for J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc. involved 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 Corp. in the property development group. At Target, he is a senior project manager, responsible for the schedule, budget, and execution of construction in the eastern U.S. regions. 

CMgt 4011 - Construction Documents and Contracts

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Dwight Elthon

MBA, University of St. Thomas; BS, business administration with a construction management concentration, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dwight Elthon’s construction resume includes laborer, carpenter, estimator, senior estimator, project manager, senior project manager, project director, and his current position as senior construction operations manager for Allina Health. He has also worked with construction industry leaders M.A. Mortenson Company, Mayo Clinic Facilities Project Services, McGough Companies, and Kraus Anderson. Dwight is an expert in infection control procedures, interim life safety measures, and CGMP construction protocols. His teaching style stresses leadership and real-world connections.

CMgt 4201 - Construction Accounting
CMgt 4422 - Advanced Construction Cost Estimating

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David Franke

BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), University of Minnesota

David Franke has worked in various management roles (projects, construction, real estate, and facilities) throughout his career. Since 2005, he has overseen space planning, move coordination, and project management for Xcel Energy as its 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. David also served seven years as director of the UnitedHealth Group U.S. workplace design program.

CMgt 4213 - Facility Operations and Maintenance Intensive

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David Galetka

MS, building construction, University of Florida; BS, building construction, University of Wisconsin-Stout

David Galetka has over 20 years of experience in major Midwest commercial construction firms as a project manager, senior project manager, and director of field operations. He spearheaded Galetka Construction Services, LLC, which focuses on construction management consulting, owner’s representation, and customized training programs. He is a former construction manager for Hennepin County’s Interchange Project in downtown Minneapolis, and is currently senior project manager for Faithful+Gould. David is pursuing a PhD in business with an emphasis in project management.

CMgt 4021 - Construction Planning and Scheduling

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Jupe Hale

MS, civil engineering, Stanford University; BS, applied mathematics (civil engineering), University of Arizona 

Jupe Hale is an assistant city engineer for the city of Maple Grove, and before that he was senior project manager for WSB & Associates, Inc. Jupe has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of public works projects, including planning, engineering design, construction document preparation, bidding, and construction contract management. His background encompasses various roles on a multitude of project types, including trunk highways, bridges, arterial intersections, water systems, and stormwater management. He has also represented many municipalities as the primary coordinator of public infrastructure with urban development or redevelopment projects.

CMgt 4545 - Materials and Structures II

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Stephen Hauser

MBA, Carlson School of Management; BS, construction engineering, Iowa State University

Stephen Hauser’s professional experience in the construction industry encompasses projects 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 an architect/engineering firm. Stephen’s responsibilities have included conceptual estimating, marketing, project engineering, and both project and general management. Notable projects on which he has served include the Minneapolis Convention Center and a variety of projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

CMgt 4011 - Construction Documents and Contracts
CMgt 3001W - Introduction to Construction

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Scott Holm

MEd., business and industry education, University of Minnesota; BASc., construction management, University of Minnesota; AAS., building inspection technology, North Hennepin Community College

Scott Holm has over 27 years of experience in the construction industry, including 20 years as a building inspector for the cities of Hugo and Minnetonka. He now serves as inspector in the U of M Building Code Division. Scott gained practical experience in the industry 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 and has a two-year Certificate in Carpentry.

CMgt 4073 – Building Codes for Construction Managers

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Nirmal Jain

BSc., physics, University of Delhi; BS, mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota

Nirmal Jain is a 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.

CMgt 4542 - Building Energy Systems

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Ann Johnson

MS, civil engineering with a pavement emphasis, University of Minnesota; BS, civil engineering, University of Wisconsin at Platteville

Ann Johnson is a professional engineer (PE), registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to teaching at the U of M, she teaches courses in highway design and construction materials for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Aggregate Ready Mix Association. Ann began her career as an engineer in the Airports Department at HNTB Corporation. She then worked at Braun Intertec as a senior engineer in the Pavements Division. She served as the specific pavement section coordinator for the FHWA Long Term Pavement Performance Project in the North Central Region.

CMgt 2019 - AutoCAD for Construction Managers
CEGE 3202 - Surveying and Mapping
CEGE 4201 - Highway Design

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Heather Kossila

BA, architecture, University of Minnesota; AAS., drafting, Minneapolis Drafting School

Heather Kossila began her professional career 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, Heather 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 Company, 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.

CMgt 3011 – Construction Plan Reading
CMgt 4003 – Managing in the BIM Environment

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Ethan Laubach

BA, Knox College

Ethan Laubach has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, having held positions ranging from sheet metal worker to residential remodeling contractor. Currently, Ethan works as a safety coordinator with Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. He has taught construction skills since 1997 in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, with Goodwill Easter Seals, and in the Ohio prison system. He is the founder and director of UnderConstruction, an internship program for youth. He has developed safety programs and curriculum for the public schools and private industry and holds OSHA 10, 30, 500, and 510 certifications.

CMgt 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control

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Robert Linder

BS, mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert Linder has over 20 years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the HVAC industry. He has directed and participated in over 500 commissioning, recommissioning, and retro commissioning projects in the education, commercial, government, and health care sectors. He also specializes in engineering controls retrofits. Currently, he is senior project manager for the Midwest offices of Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc. 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.

CMgt 4215 – Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning

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Deborah Mackay

JD, Hamline University; MA, French and German, Cambridge University; BA, French and German, Cambridge University

Deborah 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. Deborah 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.

  • ABus 4013W - Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
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Cullen O'Neill

MS, structural engineering, University of Minnesota; BA, physics and mathematics, St. Olaf College

Cullen O’Neill is a structural engineer at Meyer Borgman Johnson, a full-service structural engineering firm, where he works as a lead engineer and project manager on a variety of projects, mostly in the sectors of aviation, higher education, and health care. Cullen’s primary focus is the analysis and design of steel and concrete gravity and lateral systems, along with the retrofitting and renovation of existing structures. Cullen also has expertise in concrete anchorage and support of specialty structures such as solar panel arrays, elevator shafts, mechanical equipment, and more.

CMgt 4544 – Materials and Structures I

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Justine Pliska

BS, art with a concentration on interior design, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Justine Pliska is a commercial interior designer with 20 years of experience in building design for education, health care, and government. Her design solutions favor sustainability and simplicity. She is senior interior designer with TSP, Inc., an architecture, engineering, and design firm and has chaired the education committee of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the International Facility Management Association, served on the board, and worked to bring the facility management degree area to the University of Minnesota. 

CMgt 3024 – Facility Programming and Design
CMgt 4861- Construction Management Capstone

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Kenneth Styrlund

MS, civil engineering with an emphasis on structural engineering and soil mechanics, University of Minnesota; B., civil engineering, University of Minnesota

Kenneth Styrlund manages the North Central office for JE Dunn Construction. His work history extends to structural engineering for the a number of firms as well, where the projects he worked on included 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, Ken 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.

CMgt 4021 – Construction Planning and Scheduling

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Jody Tableporter

MBA, Yale School of Management; BA, economics and sociology, University of California

Jody 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. 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 and was a Harvard Loeb Fellow.

  • ABus 4217 – Real Estate Development: Process and Tools
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Steven Taylor

MPA, George Washington University; BA, psychology and economics, George Washington University

Steven Taylor has expertise in facility management, resource optimization, and public administration. He is currently employed by Carver County, MN, and is responsible for 25 percent of the county’s operating budget. 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, and project manager at Lockheed-Martin.

CMgt 4211 – Facility Cost Accounting and Finance

Staff

Megan Seltz

Megan Seltz

Academic Adviser

Megan has been advising our Construction Management students since 2005. She is a 2017 recipient of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising which recognizes high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. Megan's mantra for students is "start where you are". She is involved in curriculum development, college academic policy, and student engagement opportunities. Megan serves as adviser to the Construction & Facility Management Student Association and the Construction Management Alumni Association. To help students achieve success in their college journey and professional life, she co-teaches CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose, and Community.

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Liz Hruska

Career Counselor

Liz Hruska has been providing career counseling and coaching services for degree-seeking students since she joined the team of Career and Internship Services in 2008. She is a 2013 recipient of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, which recognizes high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. Liz helps students with tactical pieces of the job search, including resume help, interview coaching, and internship search support. She also coaches students around larger self-exploration issues, including clarifying values and strengths and finding a work culture that fits. She has a special interest in providing support for student veterans, students from diverse backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

If you are an admitted degree-seeking student and would like to make an appointment with Liz, please visit: lizhruska.appointments.umn.edu. 

Advisory Board Companies

Adolphson & Peterson
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Ames Construction
APi Construction Company
Associated General Contractors − Minnesota Chapter
Braun Intertec
Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC)
Construction and Facility Management Association
Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
Construction Management Alumni Club
CPMI Inc.
C.S. McCrossan
Doran Companies

Egan Company
Empirehouse, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity
HGA Architects and Engineers
Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services
JE Dunn Construction
Knutson Construction
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
McGough Companies
Meyer Borgman Johnson
MN Subcontractors Association
MN Construction Association

MN Department of Transportation
Mortenson Construction
North Hennepin Community College
PCL Construction Services
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Rycal Group
Target Corporation
UM Capital Planning and Project Management
UM College of Science and Engineering
Watson-Forsberg
Weis Builders, Inc.
Xcel Energy