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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

They’re here in and full swing! Alternative delivery models are popping up more than ever on projects in Northeast Ohio. Project teams are the essence of successful projects, and marketers play a key role in team development during the proposal stage. Cogence Alliance – the area’s premier organization for improving project outcomes through collaboration – will share successful strategies to winning work in alternative delivery models. The program will focus on team development and selection and will provide tips on how to be competitive in demonstrating ways your firm has worked collaboratively on past projects. In the collaborative spirit of Cogence, the Q&A portion of the program will go both ways so come prepared for an interactive dialogue. For more information on Cogence, visit their website at  


Jack Bialosky, Senior and Managing Principal  |  Bialosky Cleveland

Jack Alan Bialosky, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP leads one of the Midwest’s most successful and collaborative architecture firms, Bialosky Cleveland, evidenced by distinguished awards for design, practice, and culture. After graduating Yale University and working and teaching in Boston, Jack returned to Cleveland in 1986 to begin stewardship of the firm, which in 2009, was recognized as an AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm. 

He has led the planning and design of corporate campuses for Progressive Insurance which established a national architectural brand and helped propel the company’s explosive growth. At Crocker Park, in Westlake, Jack has led the efforts to build a downtown heart for a city that challenged the notion of “urban living” being exclusive to metropolises, and serves as a national model of vertically integrated mixed-use. 

Throughout his career, Jack has earned widespread respect as a trusted community leader and facilitator, advancing non-profits, such as The Gathering Place, and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, through strategic planning and design. Jack has served under four successive mayors as a leading architectural voice on behalf of the city, shaping major development for commercial, institutional and civic projects. 

Presently, Jack is the Chair of the Downtown Cleveland Design Review. He was elevated to the College of Fellows within the American Institute of Architects in 2017. 

Jim Cicero, President  |  Karpinski Engineering

Jim Cicero, PE, LEED AP, is President of Karpinski Engineering. He has been in the industry more than 25 years and is a specialist in healthcare engineering. As KE’s president, Jim provides strategic vision and leadership, and he connects with clients and design partners. Jim is a proponent of project teaming, having participated in a number of projects that used alternative delivery methods. He is a founding partner and board member of Cogence Alliance, whose goal is to bring together owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to advocate and be a resource for improved project delivery. He also serves on the Board of Directors for ACEC Ohio and is a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society. 

Armando Francisco, Vice President of Operations  |  Lake Erie Electric

Armando Francisco is the Vice President of Operations for Lake Erie Electric responsible for all projects in Cuyahoga County. Armando is involved on the managing, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of all projects across the Greater Cleveland Area. Lake Erie Electric is a $120 million/year company and averages approximately 600 union electricians. 

Armando joined the Lake Erie Electric company?in 1992 as an intern.? Since then his duties have moved from electrical engineer, project engineer, estimator, chief estimator and operation manager. Armando has been the Vice President of Operations since 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in all facets of electrical estimating, design, construction, operations and maintenance. 

Armando graduated from the Cleveland State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical Engineering and received a MBA graduate degree from Case Western Reserve in 2004. 

Walter B. Jones, Jr., Senior Vice President, Campus Transformation  |  MetroHealth

Walter B. Jones, Jr., joined The MetroHealth System as Senior Vice President of Campus Transformation in October 2014. In this role, Jones will lead revitalization efforts of MetroHealth’s three million-square-foot main campus and surrounding community.

Jones brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in hospital campus redesign and construction, most recently from Dallas County Hospital District's Parkland Health and Hospital System in Texas where he was senior vice president of facilities development. In this role he managed the planning, design, development and programming of Parkland's $1.3 billion 865-bed hospital and medical campus project. While at Parkland, Walter oversaw the operation and management of over 500 employees in Engineering, Planning, Design and Construction, Clinical Engineering, Real Estate, and Energy and Sustainability.

Prior to joining Parkland, Walter was an associate with Howell, Rusk, Dodson Architects in Atlanta, GA. While there, he oversaw projects including the major renovation and expansion of Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital and Northside Hospital Women’s Center. Walter has been practicing architecture since 1979. He started focusing specifically on health care in 1990.

Walter is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. He is LEED certified in sustainability design by the U.S. Green Building Council, and EDAC certified by the Center for Health Design in the principles of evidence-based design. He received his undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University and his master's degree in architecture from Clemson University.

Phil Kerber  |  Whiting Turner

Philip Kerber, CHC is a?Vice President at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, nationwide Construction Management/General Contractor, consistently ranked among the largest Contractors in the Country. 

Kerber graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures.?He has worked for Whiting-Turner since graduation, managing complex healthcare projects?which typically?include complicated?logistics and?systems/process.?Kerber has managed over $1 billion worth of healthcare construction over the last?nineteen years including The Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Pavilion, a one million square foot heart hospital, and The Riverside Methodist Neuroscience Tower, a design-build Neuro focused patient tower utilizing Lean Project Principles.?? 

Kerber?has earned the Certified Healthcare Constructor designation?as certified by the AHA, is serving as a founding board member of The Cogence Alliance, an alliance of owners, architects, engineers, and contractors advocating for more collaborative project approaches, and has served on the Board of NOSHE, Northern Ohio Society for Healthcare Engineering.? 

Paula Selvaggio, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader, Architecture and Engineering  |  Oswald Companies

Paula M. Selvaggio is Senior Vice President and Practice Leader of the Oswald Companies with responsibility for overall management of the Design Professional market segment in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Prior to joining Oswald Companies, Paula co-owned Selvaggio, Teske & Associates and in ten years doubled the size of the agency.  

For 30 years Paula has focused her career on professional liability insurance for Architects, Engineers and Contractors.  She recommends insurance programs, provides in-house education programs, contract review services and loss prevention consultation to clients, universities and professional associations. She has been a licensed property and casualty insurance agent in Ohio since 1984 and received her Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation in 2004. 

Risk and Insurance Magazine named Paula a 2013 Power Broker® Winner in the Construction category.  

In 2014, Paula developed the Professional Liability insurance program for the first true IPD project in Ohio, Akron Children’s Hospital. 

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