Christman Expands Detroit-Area Capacity With Multiple Staff Appointments

The Christman Company has announced the expansion of its southeast Michigan construction and real estate development operations with multiple recent staff appointments. “Inspired by the synergies we see in the current reshaping of the Detroit area, we are also reinvesting significantly in the region with the necessary strong leadership, talent and services that will enable us to contribute effectively,” said Christman CEO Steven F. Roznowski, LEED AP. "We're eager to add Christman's energies to the mix with our experience in creating successful business outcomes for clients through facilities planning, preservation and adaptive reuse, innovative construction and real estate development services and productive, long-term relationships."

The four staff appointments include:

Ronald D. Staley, FAPT, Senior Vice President and Principal in Charge of Southeast Michigan Operations, has over 30 years of construction experience with Christman, recently returning to the area after establishing the company's Washington, D.C. operations in 2003. Staley founded the company's historic preservation group in 1992, leading it to national prominence with award-winning projects such as the U.S. Capitol Dome, Virginia Capitol, Michigan Capitol, and the University of Notre Dame Golden Dome.  An acknowledged expert in tax credits for preservation and adaptive reuse projects, Staley is a Fellow with the Association of Preservation Technology International (APT) and is also a governor appointee to the State Historic Preservation Review Board in Michigan. Staley holds degrees in Business and Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and is a Brighton, Mich. resident.

Mary K. LeFevre, Regional Director of Business Development, brings over 20 years of business development experience in a variety of construction markets, including healthcare, higher education and commercial. LeFevre recently joined Christman after 15 years in similar roles with Turner Construction in Detroit.  Her professional affiliations include Corporate Real Estate for Women (CREW) - Detroit Chapter, Associated General Contractors (AGC), Washtenaw Contractors Association (WCA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). LeFevre holds a BS in Business Education from northern Michigan University, and is a Livonia, Mich.  resident.

Anthony M.  Bango, AVS, LEED AP, Director and Principal in Charge of Project Planning, is a 30-year veteran of the construction industry, including 18 years as vice president of pre-construction for Skanska USA Building. A nationally recognized leader in value analysis, his specialties include integrated project planning, budget development, project benchmarking, and value management. Bango brings to Christman his strong knowledge of the southeast Michigan market, including many long-term industry relationships there. His affiliate organizations include SAVE International (the society for value methodology), through which he is accredited as an Associate Value Specialist and for whom he served on the board of directors of the Greater Michigan chapter. Bango has a BSLA (Landscape Architecture) degree from Michigan State University, took post-graduate classes in construction management at the University of Hartford, has an MBA from University of Michigan, and resides in Ann Arbor, MI.

James E. Like, Senior Project Manager for Christman Constructors, Inc. brings over 30 years experience in commercial/industrial construction to his current role in project and business development for Christman's self-perform construction group which specializes in concrete work, carpentry, selective demolition, and general contracting. Like recently joined Christman after 29 years with Aristeo Construction, bringing expertise in labor relations, safety and risk management, and Lean production processes. His professional affiliations include AGC of Michigan (past president and board member), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and ESD. Like holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, where he is on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and is a resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

Christman, with its full-service southeast Michigan office now located in Livonia, opened its first Detroit office in 1911. The company's long history of constructing local landmarks includes the 1912 ATT building, 1928 Fisher Building, 1926 Detroit Masonic Temple, 1927 Maccabees Building (Wayne Tower), and 1941 Sojourner Truth House. Recent area projects have included those at The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, Cranbrook Educational Community, Marygrove College theater, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan headquarters, multiple projects at Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, and Detroit Public Schools, and many large healthcare, parking, office, and public projects throughout the region.

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