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.
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
Construction Management Faculty
MA, architecture, University of Minnesota; B.Envd. (Bachelor of Environmental Design), University of Minnesota
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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
Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London
Mr. Bowen retired as president of Hanscomb, Inc. after 40 years with the firm overseeing quantity surveying, cost consulting, and project and construction management. He has worked with Georgia Tech in developing business and program management courses for design and contracting companies. There, he teaches courses in construction practice and history. Mr. Bowen collaborated in the formation of the Construction History Society of America and is its chairman emeritus. His current interests are improved methods for early-stage cost estimating and control, construction industry productivity, evolution of general contracting in the 19th century, and support to the AGC of America 2018 centennial celebrations.
- CMGT 4000 − The Construction Industry Through Time and Tomorrow
Benjamin (Ben) Bowman
MBA, University of Nebraska−Lincoln; BASc., construction management, University of Minnesota; BFA, painting, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Ben Bowman has a passion for making things, with career aspirations that took him from fine arts to the built environment. Ben is currently a project manager for Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), where he has led a variety of projects, including remodeling of occupied laboratory spaces, building parking ramps, and a multiphase expansion of the state’s preeminent mental health facility. His duties at AP involve overseeing all aspects of the construction process, including conceptual estimating, bidding, and project management. He is excited by the impact that buildings have on our community and the potential to change lives through construction.
- CMGT 4022 − Construction Estimating
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 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.
- CMgt 4081 – Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites
MS, industrial safety, University of Minnesota Duluth; BS, environmental and public health, University of Wisconsin−Eau Claire
Jean is employed as a safety professional in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. She has over 20 years of experience in industrial hygiene, environmental health, and safety. Jean is certified as a safety professional with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist with the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
- CMGT 4301 – Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
- CMGT 4302 – Environmental Health Principles
MBA, Barker University; BS, construction science and management, Kansas State University
LEED AP BD+C
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
MBA, University of St. Thomas; BS, business administration with a construction management concentration, Minnesota State University, Mankato
LEED AP, ASHE
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
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
MS, structural engineering and BS, mathematical physics, University of Wisconsin
Huldah Gronvall, PE, is a project executive at Life Time Property Development in Chanhassen. Her role entails collaboration between Real Estate & Development, Design, and Construction, where she oversees a project from early conception until grand opening. Huldah started her career in Washington, DC, doing project management for a design-build firm, Opus. She then went on to do business development and design consulting for a light-gauge steel subcontractor, Infinity Structures. From 2013 to 2018, she managed the construction of large multi-family projects for CBG Building Company, managing project schedules, design-build processes, 3D BIM coordination, subcontracts, financials, and documents.
- CMGT 3001W – Introduction to Construction
- CMGT 4022 − Construction Estimating
- CMGT 4422 – Advanced Construction Cost Estimating
- CMGT 4545 – Materials & Structures II
BS, civil engineering with a structural emphasis, University of Minnesota
Jason Hanlon is a structural engineer and associate principal at Braun Intertec in their Department of Building and Structure Sciences, specializing in assessment, investigation, and testing of structures. Jason is licensed in 12 states and is a designated Model Law Structural Engineer (MLSE) through NCEES. His 20 years of experience range through the design of single-family structures, full-structural design and detailing of multistory steel-framed office buildings, site investigation of storm-damaged structures, and review and assessments of historic buildings. His experience includes design and investigation of wood, steel, masonry, concrete, aluminum, light-gauge steel stud, and multi-wythe brick structures.
- CMGT 4545 − Materials & Structures II
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 3001W - Introduction to Construction
- CMgt 4011 - Construction Documents and Contracts
BS and MS, civil engineering, University of Minnesota
Mr. Hietpas is a manager at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), where he implements new technologies to improve roadway safety and operation. Before that at MnDOT, he was director of innovative contracting and was responsible for implementing the alternative contracting methods of Design-Build and Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC or CM-at-Risk). His management experience includes MnDOT’s design-build program and the design and construction of large transportation projects.
- CMGT 4001 – Innovative Contracting
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 many years of experience in the construction industry, including 20 years as a building inspector for the cities of Hugo and Minnetonka. He is now an inspector in the U of M Building Code Division. Scott gained practical experience working as a carpenter and concrete worker and has a two-year Certificate in Carpentry. He is also an adjunct instructor at North Hennepin and Inver Hills Community Colleges for construction management and building inspection technology. He was appointed by the Governor to the board of Minnesota AELSLAGID and is a member of the International Code Council Education Committee.
- CMgt 4073 – Building Codes for Construction Managers
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
BA, Knox College
Ethan Laubach, CHST, CIT, ASP, 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 manager with McGough Construction. 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
MBA, Marquette University; BSCE, structural design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Klaus is managing principal of LeanProject Consulting, Inc., where he and his partners have helped countless teams adopt the new behaviors and thinking required to dramatically shorten schedules, reduce cost, increase safety, and improve the experience of project work. He has also been a structural engineer and EPC project manager in the petroleum industry, where he first learned about Deming’s Total Quality Management, partnering, and continuous improvement. Mr. Lemke’s book, Better Building: Lean Practice for the Project-Driven Organization, provides a model for applying lean thinking to the disconnected, temporary, and highly variable world of design and construction.
- CMGT 4002 – Lean Construction
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
- CMgt 4542 - Building Energy Systems
BA, law enforcement, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Pedro López, CHST, is a regional safety manager with Opus Design Build, LLC. He has 17 years of construction safety experience, including MNOSHA Compliance Division as a senior safety investigator and M. A Mortenson Construction as a safety engineer. He has taught OSHA construction safety since 2007 and has developed and translated writing safety programs. Pedro is the founder and former president of the HCAMN, a nonprofit organization for Hispanic contractors and construction workers. He holds an OSHA 502 certification and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the Latino Workforce (SPALW).
- CMgt 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control
MGIS (Master of Geographic Information Science), University of Minnesota; BES (Bachelor of Elective Studies), geography, St. Cloud State University
Chris Mavis is a licensed land surveyor (LS) registered in Minnesota. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry. Chris began his land surveying career at Widseth, Smith, & Nolting and has worked in a variety of land surveying and GIS positions. He currently serves as the Hennepin County surveyor and president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors and the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council.
- CEGE 3202 – Surveying and Mapping
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
BS, art with a concentration in interior design, University of Wisconsin-Stout
LEED AP, CID
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 program manager for design and construction for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Ms. Pliska has been a 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 and served on its board. She has been instrumental in bringing the Facility Management track to the CMGT program.
- CMGT 3024W – Facility Programming and Design
- CMGT 4861 − Construction Management Capstone
MA, architecture, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; BS, architecture, University of Minnesota
Jack Rasmussen, NCARB, AIA, FMPC, is the director of the Building and Structure Sciences group at Braun Intertec, where he provides building envelope consulting on hundreds of buildings in the Twin Cities and beyond, and oversees Braun’s AAMA window testing accreditation. He works on a wide range of projects, from multistory wood frame construction to cast-in-place high-rise buildings. He began his career in 2000 as a traditional architect and is currently a registered architect in many states. Mr. Rasmussen holds a Fenestration Master Professional Certification.
- CMGT 4562 − Building Envelope Design and Construction
BS, health science with chemistry minor, South Dakota State University; BS, microbiology and MBA, University of Minnesota
Vickie Schleuning is the executive director of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, where she manages regional environmental and safety initiatives. She has over 30 years of experience in administration, construction and development, housing, environmental health and safety, code administration, and communications. She was an adjunct instructor at North Hennepin and Inver Hills Community Colleges for six years and has served on various committees. She has presented locally and nationally on various regulatory and industry topics. She completed the Baldrige Examiner Training Experience in 2014 and is a Minnesota RS/REHS (Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian).
- CMGT 4302 − Environmental Health Principles
- CMGT 4305 − Health & Safety Planning and Management (under development)
MS, structural engineering and BS, civil engineering, University of Minnesota; BA, physics, Gustavus Adolphus College
Marah is a structural engineer at Meyer Borgman Johnson, a full-service structural engineering firm in Minneapolis. Marah has worked as project manager and engineer on a wide variety of projects, such as multifamily residential housing, support structures for industrial machinery, and existing building analysis and rehabilitation. Marah’s design work has included gravity and lateral systems for concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures, but her main area of interest and expertise is in the analysis and strengthening of existing concrete structures.
CMGT 4544 – Materials and Structures I
MS, civil engineering with an emphasis on structural engineering and soil mechanics, University of Minnesota; B., civil engineering, University of Minnesota
PE, LEED AP
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
Applied Business Faculty
JD, Hamline University; BA, business administration, Cardinal Stritch University
Charles “Chuck” Bethel is an attorney who has worked for the last 20 years assisting businesses and government entities with contract and litigation issues. He has practiced transactional law (contract drafting) and litigation, as well as dispute resolution for a range of business, government, and individual clients. He has owned or managed a variety of businesses, including commercial laundries, restaurants, and nightclubs. Chuck has taught legal research and writing at Hamline University and courses at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and Oshkosh, WI.
- ABUS 4013W − Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
JD, William Mitchell College of Law; BS, chemical engineering, University of Oklahoma
Mr. Essien is the principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, whose practice areas are intellectual property, business and corporate law, and international law. He is about to complete a PhD in organizational leadership and is interested in how leadership styles affect performance and creativity. He has taught online courses in business
law, legal environment of business, and business ethics at Strayer and Concordia universities and currently teaches legal environment of business at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL).
- ABUS 4013W − Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), University of Minnesota
David Franke has worked in various project, construction, real estate, and facilities management roles throughout his career. Since April of 2017, he has been working in the Hennepin County Facilities Services group overseeing capital projects. He spent 11 years as project tenant services director at Xcel Energy, 7 years as director of design at UnitedHealth Group, and 21 years at various positions in the facilities group at 3M/Imation.
- ABus 4213 - Fundamentals of Facility Management
MA, industrial relations, University of Minnesota; BA, psychology, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Maggie Kilpatrick is an HR consultant and coach with over 25 years of experience. She spent 12 years in HR leadership positions at General Mills prior to starting her own consulting practice in 2002. She consults with small companies, both for-profit and nonprofit, on a variety of HR practices, including employee relations, performance management, succession planning, role expectations, and creating effective HR policies. She has also spent years coaching leaders to become more effective managers of people.
- ABUS 4104 − Management and Human Resource Practices
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
MBA, Augsburg College; BS in Accounting, Golden Gate University
Stacy O’Fallon is a Certified Managerial Accountant, specializing in start-up and growth-oriented organizations. She has over 20 years of experience in service-based industries, focusing on the areas of accounting, finance, and technology. She has held senior accounting and finance positions with Oceanaire Seafood Room, HMS Host, Nath Companies/Bonfire Restaurants, and Kaskaid Hospitality. She started her own hospitality accounting consulting service in 2014, Front Burner. In 2012 she was selected as one of the Top Women in Finance by Minnesota Finance & Commerce. Stacy is an adjunct instructor in business and accounting for St. Paul College and the University of Phoenix.
- ABUS 3051 − Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors
- ABUS 4101 − Accounting and Finance for Managers
MBA, marketing focus, University of St. Thomas; BA, business administration and French, special emphasis on international business, Concordia College
Kay Rindels is an independent marketing consultant with more than 25 years of experience equipping high-growth companies with the strategies to engage customers and stakeholders with compelling marketing and digital communications. She works with emerging and established technology firms across the United States to drive measurable change across their B2B sales channels. In 2004, she launched Rindels Technology Marketing Inc. to offer strategic marketing, analyst and public relations, public speaking coaching, and customer advocacy programs to a wider set of organizations. She brings these marketing best practices and examples to her courses to ready students for today’s business environment.
- ABUS 4701 − Introduction to Marketing
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
- ABus 4218 – Real Estate Finance
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.
- ABus 4211 – Facility Asset Management, Finance, and Budgeting
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 advisor 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.
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 (you will need to log in).
- HSM 3051 − Career and Internship Skills in Health Services Management
Advisory Board Companies
Adolphson & Peterson
Advanced Design Contracting
AGC MN - Associated General Contractors Minnesota Chapter
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
APi Construction Company
AWC - Association of Women Contractors
BATC - Builders Association of the Twin Cities
CFMA - Construction Financial Management Association
Dakota County Technical College
Greiner ConstructionHabitat for Humanity
HGA Architects and Engineers
IFMA - International Facilities Management Association
JE Dunn Construction
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Loeffler Construction & Consulting
MCA - MN Construction Association
Meyer Borgman Johnson
MMCA - MN Mechanical Contractors Association
MN Department of Transportation
MSA - MN Subcontractors Association
North Hennepin Community College
Opus Design Build
PCL Construction Services
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
UM Capital Planning and Project Management
UM College of Science and Engineering
UM Construction Management Alumni Club
Weis Builders, Inc.