How complex is making a master plan for colleges and universities? VERY. Executing it is even more challenging. We’re bringing together some of Northeast Ohio’s colleges and universities to dive into the whole process and what it takes to make their master plan a reality, hitting all the major strategic initiatives including: academics, social, financial, environmental, and physical spaces. Join us for this diverse conversation and be “in the know” about what colleges universities are planning for the future.
Brenden Shea, Vice President (Signet) - Moderator
Brenden Shea serves as Vice President for Signet Development and leads the Signet Project Management business. He is responsible for the strategic and operational functions of Signet Project Management that provides expertise to all our real estate development and third party capital construction projects. In this role, Brenden fosters collaboration with clients in order to exceed their expectations with schedule, fiscal savings and client-specific objectives on projects.
Bruce Ferguson, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, Director of Planning, Design & Construction (Cleveland State University)
As the Director of Planning Design and Construction and University Architect for the Office of the University Architect, Bruce oversees a talented staff of architects, engineers, planners and interior designers who manage the planning, design and construction of all new buildings and renovations at the university.
In addition, OUA oversees the selection of furniture for faculty and staff, makes recommendations on offices, labs and classroom relocations, manages the CSU Master Plan and Facilities Guidelines and Standards, and is integrally involved with campus committees related to public art and general use spaces.
Mark Green, Director of Construction, Design, and Planning (Cuyahoga Community College)
Mark Green has been Director of Construction, Design and Planning at Cuyahoga Community College for the last 9 years. Prior to that, he also worked as a Regional Office Manager for an ENR 500 Engineering Company and as a Senior Staff Architect for Cleveland State University.
Mr. Green has expertise in higher education programming, master planning development & execution, design and construction of capital projects, contracting, and delivery method selection and implementation. In addition to his higher education experience, he has over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare & historic preservation markets. His career has acquired both public and private sector experience for major building development as well as interior redevelopment projects. Personally, Mark enjoys outdoor activities, golf and spending time with his family.
Michael Bruder, Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Design (Kent State University)
Michael Bruder has been with Kent State University in the Office of the University Architect since 1999. In his current role as University Architect and Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Design, Michael is responsible for all design and construction projects on the Kent Campus as well as Kent State University’s seven regional campuses.
With a staff of 25 full time employees, the office manages over 200 projects per year with an annual design and construction budget of $100 million. In the fall of 2017, the university will complete the Foundations of Excellence construction initiative that involves significant renovations and modernizations to multiple scientific facilities and several high-profile new buildings. He strives to provide well-designed, sustainable buildings in a cohesive campus plan that fosters a positive environment for learning, researching, living and working for students, faculty and staff.
Steven Varelmann, AIA, College Architect, Facilities Planning & Construction (Oberlin College)
Steve Varelmann joined Oberlin College as College Architect in 2008, leading the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction. During this time his office facilitated master plans for Athletics and Physical Education, the Green Arts District, and the Conservatory of Music. Oberlin College is currently performing a Space Utilization Study which will result in a comprehensive master plan for the entire campus, in support of the College’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. Capital projects completed 2008-2016 total nearly $300 million.
Mr. Varelmann began his career as a construction manager in commercial design/build real estate development before becoming an architect, practicing in the higher education, aviation, and health care markets.
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