Columbus Construction is an established company built on decades of experience.  James J. Campenella founded Columbus Construction in 2009 and represents three generations in the construction industry. Both James' grandfather and father were professionals in the construction and project management fields. The two have set James up for great success with Columbus Construction.  Through the leadership of Mr. Campenella and the incredible experience, knowledge, and support of the Columbus team, Columbus Construction is quickly becoming an industry leader. 



As a general contractor and construction management company, Columbus Construction has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional projects. James' grandfather was a master tradesman who personally worked every project, establishing a solid foundation and reputation in the industry.  In 1977, James' father took over the reins and expanded into larger commercial, industrial, and institutional construction while continuing to service the specialized residential market.  He worked at his father’s company as a construction laborer, foreman, and project manager while attending Saint Joseph's University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009.

James draws on over 40 years of construction expertise that the former team of Campenella Construction has to offer, and also gathers more experience from individuals recruited from various professional and governmental organizations. He established a strong foundation for Columbus Construction, LLC  by hiring these knowledgeable key individuals. Mr. Campenella and his team bring wisdom and experience that will allow Columbus Construction to help their clients with designing, building, and managing all aspects of a project.


james campenella

Managing Member

James represents the third generation of the Campenella family to enter the construction field. Not only has he acquired a solid foundation of knowledge from his father and grandfather, he has worked as a laborer, carpenter and tradesman while attending Saint Joseph’s University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Additionally, he has acted as a Superintendent and Project Manager on various projects serving such clients as SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia Health Action and Western Union Locust Partners. As managing member of Columbus Construction, James works with the entire Columbus Team to deliver every project on time and within budget.

david stein

Director of Operations

With over 18 years of experience in construction, Dave is a key member of our managing team. He comes with hands on experience in planning, design, and construction of diverse project renovations (major or minor) in healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities. As a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Dave is well versed in contract negotiations, project estimating, impending design problems, and much more. His long list of accomplishments prove he can carry out all management functions, which is why Dave has joined the Columbus managing team. As Director of Operations, he will continue developing and managing contractual and strategic relationships with key large suppliers.

frank brady

Director of Preconstruction

Frank has more than 35 years of living and learning the field of construction and architecture. His experience includes extended work in general contracting, architectural planning and project management and in the United States Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). His education includes architectural and building construction studies at the University of Florida and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the most valuable lessons found by hands-on application in the field. Frank has been on the on the cutting edge of technology utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in planning, estimating, scheduling and construction management. He collaborated in the publication of “BIG BIM little bim – Integrated Practice Done the Right Way”. Columbus Construction’s Preconstruction Team led by Frank will estimate projects early in the planning stages to establish budgets that meet the needs of our clients without surprises. Frank’s experience in both general contracting and architectural project management provides our clients with a unique perspective and knowledge in the planning, design, bidding and construction management process. 

john p.

Chief Financial Officer

John is a 1978 Temple University graduate with a concentration in finance and accounting. He has worked with contractors since the beginning of his public accounting career. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a valued member of our financial and management team since starting with Columbus in June of 2017.

Cynthia thompson

Office Administrator

Cindy brings 25 years of professional administrative experience to Columbus Construction. Her organizational abilities, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills are an immense asset to our team. As Office Administrator at Columbus Construction, Cindy monitors planning, scheduling and project performance maintaining high standards of quality, professionalism, and service for the company.

Charles Shalet

Project Manager

Charles will be involved in the day-to-day operations on Columbus Construction projects. He will be responsible for all coordination between the Owners and Architects, as well as overseeing all sub and prime contractor performance on a daily basis. His performance in scheduling, maintaining critical events, and closeout procedures, ensures the project is completed per the project specifications and contract documentation. He managed various projects including new student housing apartment complexes, valued $38,000,000 and two 4-story buildings housing 488 rooms in a suite style setting, valued at $33,000,000.

michael ruddy

Project Manager

After attending Pa. College of Art and Design for two years, Michael started his career in the construction industry. Over the past 28 years he's worked in various fields - from timber frame barn/home conversions and historic building restoration, museum exhibition fabrication/install, rough and finish carpentry before transitioning into residential and commercial construction management. Those experiences have provided Michael with a well rounded understanding of building systems, the trades who install them, how they work together and how to manage the resources required to exceed the clients expectations.

frank cardone

General Superintendent

Having owned his own concrete business for 35 years, Frank brings leadership skills and comprehensive knowledge of building experience to Columbus Construction.

Frank is responsible for the on-site operations of all jobs that Columbus performs including the scheduling of multiple crews, compliance of all OSHA regulations and is responsible for the overall timely delivery of every project.

Paul oliver

Project Manager/


With over 40 years of experience in the construction, Paul has managed a wide scope of jobs from institutional to commercial fit-outs to high-rise buildings. He specializes in exteriors, curtain walls, and structural steel. Having a degree in engineering, Paul brings a wealth of experience and vast range of knowledge to each project. 


Mrunalini Phadnis (M.P.)

Assistant Project Manager

MP (as we call her) has a degree in Civil Engineering and more than twenty years experience with a Real Estate/ Construction firm in Mumbai City, the Metropolitan Hub of India. She moved to the United States in 2016 and before joining Columbus Construction, she worked as Quality Control Inspector on 30th Street Station exterior façade restoration project. Her role at Columbus consists of project planning, coordination, cost control, resolving issues on the site, as well as administrating contracts, change orders, requests for information and submittals.

zachary fuentes

Assistant Estimator

Zach is a graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and minor in construction management. His job duties are to work with both, the estimator and project managers, on jobs we are working to procure through public bids. He helps facilitate bidding and contacts all the necessary subcontractors to cover each trade on a job. Zach is gathering skills to spearhead/manage projects by assisting the project managers on any paper work they need done for jobs they are running.

Alyssa martin

Marketing Director

Alyssa's role at Columbus Construction is to manage the website and branding of the company. She controls all social media aspects and keeps the public up to date with the company's new and current projects. It is her administrative duty to increase the company’s visibility through the development and distribution of content and information. She utilizes her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Temple University as she organizes and delivers information on projects through the website and social media.