Planning & Design and Construction

The Planning & Design and Construction groups are resourced to provide services to the university for updating and renovating the campus. These resources are assigned based on university priorities as authorized by the administration and as workload permits. The design and project management professionals are responsible for project requests.

Project Process

Request Project

If your college or division has a Director of Operations, he/she/they will help you initiate a Project Request. Otherwise, visit the Request A Service webpage to submit an online request. You will be notified via email once your request has been assigned a project number and Project Manager (PM).


The PM will meet with you to review the project objective and establish priorities. A member of the Planning and Design (P&D) team will attend this meeting if the project requires a design or finish selections. Using information gathered from the request and meeting, Planning, Design, and Construction (PD&C) will develop an official program and scope, budget estimate, and support graphic, if necessary. Collectively, this information creates the Request for Concept Approval (RFCA), which the PM will submit to obtain approval from the Associate VP of Facilities Management or the Senior VP of Finance & Administration. The PM will contact you once reviewed: if the RFCA is approved, unless your project is being centrally funded, you will need to provide FMS an account number to which all project costs will be billed; no work can continue until this funding source is received. Note that most projects are dependent upon the budget hearing process: reference the Office of Budget website.


For projects requiring design services, one or more of the following will occur:

  • Engaging an external consultant, such as architect, engineer, or acoustician. The PM will submit a Request for Funding (RFF) to the Associate VP of Facilities Management or the Senior VP of Finance and Administration to cover the costs of a design / engineering firm or submit an RFF to cover all design and construction costs. The cost for any external consultant must be paid for by the college, department, or be centrally funded. In lieu of an external architect, the PM may engage RIT’s P&D department, which can produce stamped architectural construction documents if needed. P&D rates are below market ranges and the team has considerably more knowledge of RIT than an external firm.
  • Consultation, review, and/or work by other RIT Departments, such as Engineering, Public Safety, or ITS
  • Approval by the Town of Henrietta or other reviewing authority

The design phase includes selecting the appropriate design team, verifying the scope / program, and designing the project through Schematic Design (SD), Design Development (DD), and Construction Document (CD) phases. Requestors and other college/department representatives will sign-off on the design during the SD phase. The design team will work though details and final layouts during the DD phase, typically capturing most or all issues that might affect the signed-off design. Once the design moves to the CD phase, any design changes could result in added design fees.

Some projects may require the approval of the Campus Aesthetics Committee (CAC). Approval is needed for any projects impacting common areas such as corridors, lobbies or a building's exterior; the PM will advise you if this is necessary. This step typically occurs after SD and before DD. For more information, visit the CAC webpage.


The construction phase involves the bidding and negotiating (BN) of construction documents and the physical demolition and construction of a space. The PM will solicit bids from multiple contractors to perform the work. A bid walkthrough may occur, where contractors will visit the project area to record preliminary field conditions. Once bids are received from contractors, the PM and Procurement Services (PSO) will select a contractor to perform the work.


The PM will coordinate with other departments to ensure all conditions of the project scope will be met, including ITS, Lock Shop, Public Safety, Postal Services, and Sign Shop. Throughout construction, the PM will notify you of anything that might affect the project cost or schedule. Typically, unforeseen conditions can be covered with the contingency funds that the PM included with the RFF. These funds are intended only for unbudgeted work required to complete the original intent of the project; these dollars cannot be used to fund new or additional work. In the event the cost of dealing with an unforeseen condition exceeds these contingency funds, either the college/department will be asked or the university central funds will be used to fund the difference.


At the completion of the construction phase and, if needed, once a Certificate of Occupancy is obtained, the college/department may occupy the space. Any outstanding details or discrepancies can be addressed at this time. You are only billed the actual cost of the project (i.e. unused contingency funds are returned). The PM can update you on project costs at any time; however, the final billing generally takes 2+ months after completion of the actual work.


Once the project is closed out, any defects not covered by a warranty will need to be submitted via a Work Order.

Office Standards

Planning & Design Team

Matt Buckman
Architect II
Tori Budgeon-Baker
Associate Director / Senior Architect, Space Planning Manager
Andrea Duffy
Interior Design Coordinator
Megan Hellaby
Architect III
James Yarrington
University Architect and Director Planning and Design

Construction Team

Charles Bruno
Project and Facility Manager
Michael Dellefave
Associate Director, Construction/Project Management and Grounds
Paul Drozdziel
Director Project Management and Grounds
Andrew Fedor
Project Coordinator
Chris Furnare
Senior Project Manager
Mark Lindenmuth
Junior Project Manager
Michael Place
Senior Project Manager
Marielle Santoriello
Senior Project Manager
Trever Talavera
Senior Project Manager
Ted Weymouth
Senior Project Manager
Mark Williams
Principal Project Manager
Jennifer Wozniak
Senior Project Manager