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John Sebastian

  • McKamish Director of Construction Management
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
  • MCSI Faculty Fellow, 2018

John T. Sebastian is the McKamish Director of Construction Management and Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. As Director, he oversees the Undergraduate and Graduate Construction Management Program. His duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Construction Management, coordinating the Adjunct Professors within the program and networking with industry to support and enhance the program. 

In addition, he is President of his own management consulting firm, Sebastian Consulting Solutions, LLC, which was founded based on his more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry from his work with Dick Corporation, as national general contractor, and at dck Worldwide Group, an international contractor and successor company to Dick Corporation where he served as a member of the firm's Executive Management Team and its Board of Directors. Both companies had annual revenue in excess of $1 billion and were consistently ranked in the top 50 General Contractors in the United States by Engineering News Record. 

His experience in the construction industry ranges across a wide array of market segments from hotels and resorts to education, retail, aviation, multi-family, courthouses, correctional facilities, energy, highways, bridges, industrial and healthcare. The projects have included design-build, design assist, general construction, and construction management delivery methods for both public and private clients. He has overseen construction of over 3 million square feet of LEED certified projects totaling over $500 million. 

Mr. Sebastian has played a key role in the development and construction of numerous landmark construction projects including: the Historic Renovation of Union Station in Washington, DC (for which he won the Build America Award as the on-site project manager), PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and many monumental government, military and commercial projects among others. 

Mr. Sebastian is a LEED accredited professional and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, holding a BS in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA. He is a Construction Excellence Peer for both General Services Administration and the Veterans Administration. He is a Chairman of the board and executive committee member of the Sarah Heinz House of Pittsburgh, a board member of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh and the ACE Mentor Program and is a member of numerous industry groups.