Dave Dunn

Senior Project Manager in Design and Construction
Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services

Dave Dunn

How long have you worked at Penn?
“I started at Penn in September 1997, so it will be 18 years in September. I first worked in facilities as a facilities manager, for about two years. Then a job opened in design and construction, which is more what my background was, so I applied for it and got hired and have been there ever since.”

One of your projects is the New College House at Hill Field. What makes working on such a huge project like that exciting for you?
“To get to work with architects, engineers, and construction managers from the first shovel going into the ground to the building opening, and learning all the complexities of building the building, is very exciting. I’ve done a lot of work over the years in different venues and sizes of buildings, but I never actually undertook a project of this size, this complexity, from start to finish. We have a great team.”

What’s the best part of your job?
“I think the best part of my job is the flexibility and the freedom of being able to plan my day as I see the need to accomplish the required tasks. I have certain scheduled meetings and spend time at my desk processing paperwork, but also have the opportunity to get up and head out to check on the job site. I’m a hands-on kind of guy and I like to be out in the field.”

—L.H.