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

With over 20 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.


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 30 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.

Michelle Ramsaroop


Michelle brings 20 years of accounting and finance experience  to Columbus Construction LLC. She has worked in various areas of Accounting & Finance and this knowledge enables her to provide relevant and timely advice. Michelle is an integral piece of the Accounting Department and will work together with the construction unit concentrating on all financial aspects.


Senior Project Manager

Robert brings with him over 35 years of construction experience across multiple sectors of construction. Robert’s career began in the field as a laborer, and progressed to carpenter, superintendent, business owner, project manager and VP of Construction. Robert has managed all types of projects from NYC to Washington DC, with values up to $265,000,000, and has a proven track record of successful projects. 

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.

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. 


Project Manager / Assistant Estimator

Joe is a key contributor to Columbus Construction.  He has an acquired skill for the construction business, as it shows beyond his education at Drexel University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. His job is to manage construction projects and subcontractors in main office through on-site superintendent, provide daily reports, RFI’s, submittals, weekly OAC meetings, cost projections, field coordination between subcontractors, and scheduling. He maintains efficient labor production while staying ahead of schedule and achieving a high valued product at the most economical price possible.


Mrunalini Phadnis (M.P.)

Assistant Project Manager
Team Leader

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.

Frank Cardone


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.

nathan schaffer


Bio under construction

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.