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Joseph Alfieri, Mark Hance to Take on Leadership Roles in Campus Planning, Design and Construction
With more than 120 projects on the summer construction schedule and with the next phase of the Campus Framework planning process well underway, Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, today announced Joseph Alfieri and Mark Hance—both longtime members of the Syracuse University community—will take on new leadership roles in the Division of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC). Alfieri has been promoted to director of CPDC; Hance will serve as associate director for construction.
“Aligning the University’s physical presence with the goals and vision articulated in the new Academic Strategic Plan is critical to ensuring the long-term growth and success of the University,” says Sala. “Joe and Mark are not only essential members of the CPDC team, they are key leaders who work tirelessly to provide the Syracuse University community with an optimal environment for living, learning and working.”
In his new role, Alfieri will, among other important functions, oversee the day to day operations of CPDC; develop and foster a culture of continuous improvement, transparency and fiduciary responsibility in the stewardship of the University’s physical assets; support the alignment of capital investments, functional improvements and utility system master planning; manage the Capital Project planning process and prioritization of projects; conduct an assessment of University assets; and collaborate with project planning and development to ensure alignment of capital and functional improvement resources in conjunction with division heads.
Alfieri joined the University more than eight years ago after completing his services as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Most recently, he served as associate director for CPDC and prior to that, he was lead project manager for the steam station, utility projects, large site improvements and mechanically intensive renovation projects. Alfieri earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School and a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy.
“This is an exciting time to be a member of the CPDC team,” says Alfieri. “With so many critical projects currently underway and with such a bold vision outlined in the draft Campus Framework, I am proud to be taking on a more central leadership role in CPDC. I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to enhance the Syracuse University experience.”
Hance, a member of the CPDC staff since 2008, will take on a number of new roles and responsibilities in his new position. In addition to supervising all project management staff, he will shepherd projects through the development and implementation phases in an efficient and effective method. He will also maintain all project schedules and provide budgetary oversight through proactive communication with project managers and CPDC leadership, while ensuring that decisions are made in a timely manner to maintain project progress. Hance will also develop and implement a process for identifying, vetting and selecting consultants, construction managers and contractors.
“During the last eight years, there has been tremendous growth and progress at Syracuse University,” says Hance. “It’s been a rewarding experience to assist in transforming the campus, and I’m grateful for this new leadership opportunity during this crucial period in implementing the many facets of the Campus Framework.”
An alumnus of Clarkson University, Hance earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. The lead project manager for the Dineen Hall construction project, Hance has served as senior project manager for the last eight years. Prior to joining the University, Hance served as pre-construction engineer at Widewaters Group, a Syracuse-based real estate development and management company. Before that, he worked for the City of Charlotte (North Carolina) in a number of key roles, including project design engineer, project manager and program manager. Hance also held positions with Mecklenburg County and Clough, Harbor and Associates.