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Profile of Joanne Foulke

Joanne Foulke

Joanne Foulke teaches Contract Administration, required for our Certificate in Construction Management, and Communications and Team Management, required for Certificates in Construction Management and Facilities Management.

LEED-accredited, she brings to the classroom a personal as well as professional commitment to sustainability, and 30 years of experience in facilities management, construction, and procurement that spans federal, state, and city government; the nonprofit sector; and a global, publicly traded corporation.

Formerly Senior Director of Corporate Facilities Planning, Construction and Services for Ralph Lauren, she was responsible for building out and maintaining approximately 10 million square feet worldwide.

Her experience includes negotiating contracts with vendor partners and managing multidisciplinary project teams. She recently completed a project in New York City that is pending LEED silver certification.

Among many career highlights: While at MTA, Ms. Foulke managed the restoration of the historic-landmark Constellation Ceiling in Grand Central Terminal, using green techniques. For the NYC Dept. of Transportation, she maintained 192 buildings, standardizing and streamlining operations. She served as NYC General Services’ first Assistant Commissioner for Materials Management, and as Continuum Health Partners’ Vice President of Materials Management. She has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on how to purchase environmentally benign products. Her work has been featured in many trade journals.

Ms. Foulke holds a BA from St. Joseph’s College, a MA from New York University, and professional certifications in Purchasing and Labor Relations, from Cornell University. A life-long New Yorker, she has served on a Community Planning Board in Brooklyn for over a decade. She belongs to the NY Chapter of CoreNet.

To register for courses Ms. Foulke teaches, described below, click the Heading.

7 SESSIONS (22.5 HOURS) $495

Approved by NY State for continuing education credits

Drawing from extensive corporate and field experience, the instructor will guide students through the management of complex construction contracts from inception to closeout.

Students will learn how to pre-qualify vendors, write RFPs, award and manage contracts, and organize and supervise day-to-day site activities, from setting up a site office and procuring materials for it through closeout. Guest speakers will include a LEED-AP architect, a LEED-AP professional engineer, and an attorney-owner of a construction company.

The two main types of construction contracts — generic corporate and AIA — will be reviewed. The concept of vendor partners will be introduced. Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of primary members of the construction team and how to schedule vendors’ work to optimize logistics and avoid conflicts. Project management tools will be introduced. How to integrate sustainable practices into construction projects will be explained.

Managing risk — both physical and legal — will be covered, including reviewing invoices and change-order requests, avoiding and resolving contract disputes, and arbitration. Also reviewed will be punch lists, lien waivers, and electronic and manual documentation of project closeout, including documentation of field conditions and field transmittals of photos required for LEED certification.


3 SESSIONS (22.5 HOURS) $495

Good communication skills are essential to smooth project functioning and successful outcomes, for both project managers and vendor partners. Drawing from extensive corporate and field experience, the instructor will help students strengthen their speaking, writing, and presentation skills. They will also learn how to conduct Internet research to learn about prospective clients and competitors and identify green materials.

They will strengthen their ability to listen attentively and elicit information needed to interpret concerns from the boardroom down to the site laborer. They will practice their negotiating skills and learn techniques for conducting effective meetings.