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What makes Columbus Construction
uniquely qualified?


We are built on the fabric of helping each other to achieve the goal of delivering a successful project, on time and within budget, to you the client.

When working with Columbus Construction you receive the undivided attention of not only the Director of Operations and Project Manager assigned to the project but also the attention of everyone in the office including James Campenella the Managing Member.

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Our History

Founded in 2009, Columbus Construction is an established company built on decades of experience.  Columbus Construction represents three generations in the construction industry. Both James' grandfather and father were professionals in the construction and project management fields.

As a general contractor and construction management company, Columbus Construction has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional projects. James' grandfather was a master tradesman who personally worked on every project, establishing a solid foundation and reputation in the industry.  

In 1977, James' father took over the reins and expanded into larger commercial, industrial, and institutional construction while continuing to service the specialized residential market.  He worked at his father’s company as a construction laborer, foreman, and project manager while attending Saint Joseph's University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009.

James draws on over 40 years of construction expertise that the former team of Campenella Construction has to offer and also gathers more experience from individuals recruited from various professional and governmental organizations. He established a strong foundation for Columbus Construction, LLC  by hiring these knowledgeable key individuals.

Mr. Campenella and his team bring wisdom and experience that will allow Columbus Construction to help their clients with designing, building, and managing all aspects of a project.


Our Team

james campenella

Managing Member

James represents the third generation of the Campenella family to enter the construction field. Not only has he acquired a solid foundation of knowledge from his father and grandfather, he has worked as a laborer, carpenter and tradesman while attending Saint Joseph’s University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Additionally, he has acted as a Superintendent and Project Manager on various projects serving such clients as SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia Health Action and Western Union Locust Partners. As managing member of Columbus Construction, James works with the entire Columbus Team to deliver every project on time and within budget.


Chief Financial Officer

John is a 1978 Temple University graduate with a concentration in finance and accounting. He has worked with contractors since the beginning of his public accounting career. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a valued member of our financial and management team since starting with Columbus in June of 2017.

Cynthia thompson

Office Administrator

Cindy brings 30 years of professional administrative experience to Columbus Construction. Her organizational abilities, problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills are an immense asset to our team. As Office Administrator at Columbus Construction, Cindy monitors planning, scheduling, and project performance maintaining high standards of quality, professionalism, and service for the company.

Paul oliver

Project Manager/ Superintendent

With over 40 years of experience in the construction, Paul has managed a wide scope of jobs from institutional to commercial fit-outs to high-rise buildings. He specializes in exteriors, curtain walls, and structural steel. Having a degree in engineering, Paul brings a wealth of experience and vast range of knowledge to each project.

Mrunalini Phadnis (M.P.)

Assistant Project Manager Team Leader

MP (as we call her) has a degree in Civil Engineering and more than twenty years experience with a Real Estate/ Construction firm in Mumbai City, the Metropolitan Hub of India. She moved to the United States in 2016 and before joining Columbus Construction, she worked as Quality Control Inspector on 30th Street Station exterior façade restoration project. Her role at Columbus consists of project planning, coordination, cost control, resolving issues on the site, as well as administrating contracts, change orders, requests for information and submittals.