Welcome to Forum on Diversity in Construction
This event was designed to provide women and minority owned (M/WBE)* construction contractors, suppliers and vendors with information regarding Harvard's construction contracting process and access to its preferred construction managers and general contracting firms. Additionally, information and resources related to performing construction at Harvard will be exhibited.
Contracting at Harvard
Historically, Harvard has championed the principle of Equal Opportunity. The University continues to make efforts to promote diversity throughout the student and employee populations as well as to increase the level of participation by minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/
WBEs), small (SBE), Veteran and LGBTQ owned businesses in the University’s construction process. Harvard seeks
to create a climate that encourages these underutilized companies to compete for University contracts, and it strives to eliminate potential obstacles to traditionally underrepresented business participation in the University’s construction activities.
Harvard University is large, diverse and highly decentralized. It is comprised of Harvard College, twelve graduate
schools, several research institutes and museums, along with many supporting administrative departments, each managed individually. This forum brings together many of these entities, prevailing construction management firms and underutilized construction contractors, vendors and suppliers to promote diversity in contracting on Harvard’s future construction projects.
Featured Construction Firms
Ken Johnson, Vice President - Education
Dave Cullinane, Diversity/ Community Outreach Manager
Ken Wexler, Chairman
Jennifer Stelmok, HR Manager
Robert O’Leary, Sr. Vice President, Academics/Institutional
Shawmut Design & Construction
Ben Justice, Purchasing Manager
Brian Chase, Construction Executive
Jason Hartford, Director of Pre-Construction
Harvard Schools and Departments
• Faculty Arts and Sciences–Petrina Garbarini
• Harvard Business School–Paul Dietel
• Strategic Procurement–Gladymar Parziale
• Harvard Real Estate Campus Services–Chuck O’Brien
• Harvard University Housing–Justin Stratman
• Capital Planning and Project Services–Garry Cuneo
• Campus Services/ Capital Projects–Joe O’Farrell
• Harvard Divinity School–Ralph DiFlorio
• Radcliffe Institute of Advance Study–Kate Loosian
• School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
• School of Public Health
• Financial Services–Garry Cuneo
• River Houses
Nadine Boone, U.S. Small Business Administration
Harvard Green Building Services
Project Labor Agreement/Union/Open Shop
Zachary See, Labor and Employee Relations
Becoming a Signatory Contractor
Brian Doherty-Boston Building Trades
Victor Greene, Harvard Campus Services
David Tibbetts-Vice President
Certification – DBE/MBE/WBE
William McAvoy, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office
Charlie Perry/Kelly McQueeney, Harvard Environmental Health & Safety
Michael Laffan, Mentor
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Common Area 2d Fl.
Registration – Sign-in/Questionnaire/Badges
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204.
Joe O’Farrell–Mgr. Construction Capital Projects
1:35 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tom Glynn–Enterprise Research Campus
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204
General Air–Leroy Alexander, Pres.
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204
Overview of Construction Contracting Process
Garry Cuneo, Capital Planning & Project Services
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Remarks on Construction Contracting Process
Harvard School and Department Representatives
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Conf. Rm. 204
Audience Q & A w/ Panel of Construction Management firms
Moderator-Beverly Johnson, President-Mass. Minority Contractors Assoc.
i. Bond Brothers–Ken Johnson
ii. Consigli Construction Co.–David Cullinane
iii. Elaine Construction–Ken Wexler
iv. Lee Kennedy Co.–Robert O’Leary
v. Shawmut Construction & Design–Ben Justice
vi. Turner Construction–Brian Chase
vii. Wise Construction–Jason Hartman
Resource booths/tables on:
ii. Bonding/Business Assistance–Nadine Boone, U.S. Small Business Administration
iii. LEED-Reporting Requirements–Harvard Green
iv. Project Labor Agreement/Union/Open Shop– Zachary See, Labor and Employee Relations
v. Becoming a Signatory Contractor–Brian Doherty– Boston BuildingTrades
vi. Insurance/C-SAP–Victor Greene, Harvard
vii. ConstructSecure–David Tibbetts-V.P.
viii. Certification-DBE/MBE/WBE–William McAvoy, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office
ix. Safety-Charlie Perry/Kelly McQueeney, Harvard Environmental Health & Safety
x. SCORE–Michael Laffan, Mentor
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Hives 201, 204, 205,
i. Construction Manager Meeting Rms.
ii. Consortium discussions
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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