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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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William D. Hunter

William (Bill) D. Hunter
Senior Vice President, Development

Bill has over 20 years of experience in acquisitions, leasing, sales, marketing and management within life sciences real estate and related high technology industries. A national expert in R&D real estate, Bill joined PROTECS following its acquisition of Novita Equities LLC, a privately held real estate investment and consulting company focused on modernizing and renovating Higher Education R&D facilities and Innovation Centers, where Bill was Founder and President.

Throughout his career, Bill has completed more than $3.75 billion in acquisitions including 7.5 million square feet of leasing management and well over 3 million square feet of strategic campus re-positioning projects for major life science and University campus developments in every major U.S. scientific cluster covering the East and West Coast from New York to Miami and San Francisco to San Diego. Representative projects include The Pacific Research Center – San Francisco East Bay, The Landmark at Eastview – Westchester County, New York and The University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park – Miami FL.

As Senior Vice President, Development, Bill focuses on national business development as well as managing and growing PROTECS’ Innovation Centers, which currently consist of three facilities located in Montgomery County, PA comprised of over 65,000 rentable square feet housing more than twenty companies ranging from start-up life science companies through mature multi-national firms.

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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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