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“Know the business needs of your client and work with them to clearly define the parameters and desired outcomes for their building program. I get great satisfaction knowing our resources make a difference during plan development by encouraging creative design and executing quality construction safely, on schedule and within the budget.”
Pat Podges
Senior Vice President, LEED AP

Pat is an experienced capital projects leader for Plante Moran Cresa. For over 37 years, he has managed work for higher education, commercial, healthcare, automotive, government, and retail clients, providing value-based executive leadership and program management services in both the Chicago market and Michigan.

Pat’s approach to program management hinges on team-based collaboration, early and consistent reinforcement of program objectives, and a clear understanding of the client’s business case and key program drivers. His focus on team alignment from preconstruction planning through closeout helps construction teams avoid disconnects and deliver successful project outcomes.

For the past 20 years, Pat has focused his career in the higher education marketplace with multiple projects on campuses throughout Michigan including Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, and Northwestern Michigan College. During this time, he oversaw a wide variety of building types and helped his clients advance the academic purpose of their institutions.

His successful project list also includes K-12 bond programs, healthcare projects, sports facilities, parking structures, and large commercial projects. This notably includes nearly $100 million of high-rise commercial construction in downtown Chicago and extensive work on William Beaumont Hospital and North Oakland Medical Center in Michigan.

Pat has a Master of Science in business administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in construction management from National-Lewis University, and an Associate of Science in architectural construction from Henry Ford College. Pat is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), and Association of Higher Education Facility Officers (APPA).