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Led by a seasoned team with over 8 million square feet of successful projects under our belt, PROTECS’ LEED accredited and engineering-trained construction professionals continue to validate the time, cost, and risk savings of our evolved model of project delivery.

We combine a robust track record in real estate, construction, architecture, engineering and project management with a deep understanding of the specialized requirements of innovative industries to deliver projects and spaces guaranteed to perform and conform to even the most complex demands.


Christopher R. DiPaolo

Christopher R. DiPaolo
President and Founder

Special Expertise – Conceptual Design/Master Planning and Preconstruction to a “Targeted Cost”

Chris has over 25 years of engineering experience, managing over $1 Billion in project value, construction management, commissioning and validation of technically complex projects within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semiconductor, specialty chemical, food, healthcare and science and technology business sectors. He has completed projects successfully for a diverse portfolio of clients, across the country from Fortune 500 to venture capitalized start-up companies.

In addition to his design-build expertise, Chris has in-depth knowledge in assessing high-tech real estate assets for adaptive re-use to accommodate R&D, pilot, clinical and full scale manufacturing and packaging operations across multiple regulated market sectors for both owner operators, tenants, landlords and developers.

As President, Chris leads the PROTECS team in meeting their client’s strategic objectives. As the patent holder of the “Method of Designing and Building to a Targeted Cost for High Tech Facilities”, his expertise is focusing the design effort to meet a “targeted cost” from the onset of the project regardless of size, complexity or market sector involved. By doing so, PROTECS assists clients to meet or exceed their performance, conformance, compliance, time-to-market, and capital budget goals.

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John (Jay) McKenna PE

John (Jay) McKenna, P.E., LEED® AP BD+C
Vice President of Operations

Jay has over 20 years of engineering experience in construction management, engineering, and design of advanced technology, industrial, institutional, and commercial facilities. He has overseen, managed, and worked on numerous projects for a diverse array of clients including start-up operations, major international corporations and large public agencies.

Jay’s expertise includes design and construction of laboratories, pharmaceutical, bio-tech, and semiconductor facilities, offices, warehouse areas, and historic/landmark buildings. His cleanroom experience includes facilities from Class 1 to 100,000 including low humidity rooms, high bay facilities, HVAC and MEP systems, architectural systems, and equipment hook-up.

At PROTECS, Jay leads the delivery group through all project phases including design, scheduling, estimating, procurement, cost control, construction, safety, quality, and commissioning to ensure compliance with clients’ strategic performance, budget, and schedule objectives.

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Sam Champi Jr.

Samuel F. Champi, Jr.
Director of Operations

Sam has over 25 years of construction experience, managing more than 5 million square feet of corporate interiors and ground-up construction in the commercial and retail sectors. His experience gives him the unique ability to manage projects to maintain schedules, budgets and maximize quality. Through collaborative problem solving techniques, Sam ensures that project schedules are kept without impacts to the budgets.

As Director of Operations, Sam leads the PROTECS team through lump sum bidding from plan and spec documents; creates the project team; negotiates contracts with clients and subcontractors; develops schedules and milestone dates; head project meetings; manages the construction from start to finish including close out of the project including certificates of occupancy, lien waivers, O&M Manuals, punch lists, move coordination, etc. In addition, he develops business models in corporate interiors, ground-up construction, retail construction, hospitality and industrial/flex construction.

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From pharmaceutical and biotech laboratories to manufacturing facilities, offices, and high-end retail space, PROTECS’ portfolio spans a gamut of industries and project types—all delivered through an evolved approach that saves time, mitigates risk, and maximizes capital.

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In our evolved model of project delivery, early collaboration is the key to success. By bringing us in as early as possible, at project inception, PROTECS has the greatest ability to impact your return on capital investment through our Leveraged Design-Build™ approach and Target Costing® system.

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