Project Leadership

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Construction Management

JE Dunn Construction has been selected as the construction manager; JE Dunn previously completed renovations of Northrop and the Minnesota State Capitol. Architecture Advantage (formerly Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects) is the architect of record for the project, and their Boston-based partner, Goody Clancy, will provide historic preservation-related experience on buildings similar to Pillsbury Hall.

Project Executive Committee

The Project Executive Committee (PEC) will be responsible for project oversight, major policy decisions, and for reviewing and approving significant changes in program scope, schedule, and budget at key project milestones:

  • Project assumptions at initiation of schematic design
  • Completion of schematic design
  • Any significant change in scope, significant increases to project budget, discretionary changes in contingency spending

Members of the Project Executive Committee are:

  • Michael Berthelsen, Vice President of University Services
  • Michael Volna, Associate Vice President, Finance / Assistant CFO
  • Karen Hanson, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • John Coleman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
  • Bruce Gritters, Assistant Vice President for Capital Project Management
  • Marc Partridge, Interim University Architect

Project Advisory Committee

The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will be responsible for assisting CPM and the Design and Construction team. The CPM Project Manager is the lead for the Project Advisory Committee. Representatives on the Project Advisory Committee will serve as the primary contact between CPM and their respective department or similar (hereafter referred to as unit), and will be responsible for:

  • Refining programmatic needs, program priorities, and applicable standards
  • Making decisions on behalf of their unit
  • Informing their unit of decisions made by the Project Advisory Committee

Members of the Project Advisory Committee are:

  • Jane Blocker,  Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities
  • Andrew Elfenbein, Professor and Chair, Department of English
  • Kim Todd, Director of Creative Writing, Department of English
  • Anika Carlsted,  Assistant Director for Facilities and Capital Planning, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jeremy Todd, Director, Office of Classroom Management
  • Paul Krueger, East Bank District, Facilities Management
  • Andrew Caddock, Planner; Planning, Space and Real Estate
  • CPM Project Team

Pillsbury Hall Steering Committee

The CLA Pillsbury Hall Steering Committee (PHSC) is charged with serving as the liaison between the Pillsbury Capital Project Advisory Committee (CPAC) and the CLA community of alumni, donors, faculty, students, and staff. We intend that any and all questions, interest, and activities surrounding the renovation of Pillsbury Hall from entities both inside and outside CLA will be coordinated through CPAC and PHSC.

The primary roles of PHSC will be to:

  • Provide a formal channel and process for updating the Dean on Pillsbury Hall progress.
  • Ensure that a regular schedule of relevant information on all phases of the Pillsbury Hall renovation is being communicated to the CLA community.
  • Receive regular updates from CPAC on Pillsbury Hall progress and provide feedback from the CLA community.
  • Receive regular updates from the CLA development team on fundraising progress for Pillsbury Hall.
  • Understand the process for the liberal arts engagement hub and provide feedback and counsel to the project team.
  • Understand the process for Pillsbury Hall public art and provide feedback and counsel to the public art curator.
  • Identify opportunities for Pillsbury Hall special events that engage the CLA community (i.e., groundbreaking and grand opening), and promote the ongoing progress of Pillsbury Hall.

Members of the Pillsbury Hall Steering Committee are:

  • Jane Blocker, Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities
  • Anika Carlsted, Assistant Director for Facilities and Capital Planning, College of Liberal Arts
  • Steven Corkery, Associate Vice President, University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Andrew Elfenbein, Professor and Chair, Department of English
  • Brent Gustafson, Chief Financial Officer, CLA
  • Kaylee Highstrom, Senior Advancement Officer, CLA
  • John Meyers, Development Officer, CLA

Capital Project Management

Capital Project Management (CPM) has system-wide responsibility for the planning, designing and constructing of all capital assets including new and existing buildings, furnishings and equipment, and utility infrastructure. The CPM Project Manager is the primary point of contact for all project activities. CPM’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Completing the project within the agreed upon scope, schedule and budget and all elements pertaining thereto.
  • Selection of the design and construction professionals. The CPM project manager(s) recommend award of contracts for the design and construction of the project to the AVP of CPM for approval, per the Regents Delegation of Authority.
  • Directing consultants and internal partners. Note: All communication between the consultants and the University’s internal partners and user groups must be coordinated with the CPM Project Manager before any action or response may be taken.

Members of CPM Project Team are:

  • Michael Kisch, Design Project Manager
  • Pete Nickel, Construction Project Manager
  • Marc Partridge, Interim University Architect
  • Scott Everson, Interim Director, Project Delivery
  • Jennifer Brundell, Project Coordinator

Internal Partners

The following additional University units will be involved in the planning, design, and construction process:

  • Planning, Space, and Real Estate
  • Disability Services

  • Facilities Management, including:

    • East Bank District

    • Energy Management

    • Hazardous Materials Program

    • Key Shop

    • Landcare

    • Sign Shop

  • Office of Classroom Management, including:

    • Classroom Technical Services

    • Office of Information Technology

  • Parking & Transportation Services

  • Public Art Curator

  • University Health & Safety, including:

    • Building Code Division

    • Environmental Health & Safety