The College is currently considering three candidates for the position of vice-president for Facilities Management, Construction and Campus Safety. Once hired, the chosen will be heavily involved with all construction, currently occurring and planned, on campus.
Mark Kerman has worked at Columbia University, where he received his Master of Business Administration degree, since 1983. Most recently he was Vice President of the Office of Real Estate for the university.
His recent projects include an award-winning mixed-use complex, containing both senior apartments and a kindergarten through eighth grade school, as well as other services.
He puts great effort into staying in touch with all people involved with buildings he plans. “It is critical to work closely with the occupants of the building,” Kerman said.
Before even hiring an architect, Kerman seeks to meet with all personnel from the new building, from the dean of its specific school to the janitors who will be cleaning it.
He sees his first challenge at the College as speaking to those involved with each department and discovering what projects need to be completed first, which buildings need to be improved and what new technology will need to be brought in.
Another challenge for Kerman will be the layout of the College. He is used to sprawling, urban Columbia University and notes that it will take extra work in order to protect the landscaping of the College when planning for new buildings.
His master plan for campus construction will not only discuss current space, but also where it may be available in the future.
Kurt Heuring has been a licensed architect for over 25 years, having received his Master of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982. He has worked mainly on college campuses, most recently at the University of Chicago as university architect and director of planning since 1999.
He has come to the College “to be engaged in the life of an institution.” Having worked mainly at doctoral-level colleges, he seeks to become involved with faculty and students at an undergraduate level.
While Heuring will speak with the various occupants of his buildings, he believes that experts are important in designing a master plan. By seeking advice from experts, an accurate construction schedule can be created.
Heuring finds that the biggest challenge at the College is to understand the College’s culture and mission. Having worked mainly at post-graduate institutions, he seeks to learn about undergraduate colleges, which are run differently.
He also notes that the pace at which technology and the College itself are changing. He seeks to plan buildings that will last for as long as possible, which calls for extra room to accommodate future changes.
In order to make sure that all goes as planned, Heuring said he will attend every contractor meeting and make sure that the College receives the quality of construction that it seeks.
Christopher Moran served as Chief Facilities Officer and Vice Provost at Miami Dade College since 1998 and was involved in Miami Dade public school from 1985 to 1998. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Florida. He has worked with over $1 billion in projects.
According to Moran, “The lowest level worker in my organization can call the president.” He finds the most important aspect of supervising construction projects to be communication between all involved.
The ideal master plan takes into account the voices of everyone who is working on the building, from the faculty to the architects, in order to get the complete vision of what is desired and what is possible, he says.
Unlike the other candidates, Moran said he does not like to use master plans. He believes that changes in grant money or available resources make following them impossible. Moran prefers to allow the plans to evolve over time, right up until construction starts for a particular project.
When allocating funds for a specific set of plans, Moran sets aside the contingency funds first, so that if any problems should occur he is assured to have enough money in reserve to deal with it.
The biggest challenge at the College will be getting people to communicate, as well as finishing projects on time. Moran seeks to involve all parties involved with any new facilities together and encourages constant communication between all.