Campus Planning: A division of Facilities & Campus Services

Staff Bios
Staff Bios
Mohammed Abdelaal, Campus/Facilities Planner 

staff member headshotMohammed joined Facilities and Campus Services in 2003. His responsibilities include work on campus planning, facilities programming, and project management for campus physical development projects. Mohammed's professional career at UMass began as a CAD Specialist with the Design and Construction division, and then as a Facilities Planning Specialist with the Campus Planning division.

Before coming to UMass, he worked as a project designer and job captain at Jung|Brannen & Associates, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Sasaki Associates. Mohammed brings to the department strong planning and design capabilities to synthesize information from diverse disciplines. He has advanced professional experience utilizing supporting software, including AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office, for planning, programming, and design.

Mohammed holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from UMass, Amherst, with a focus on planning university campuses for urban revitalization in collaboration with local government, business, nonprofits, and community. He also holds a first-professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College. Mohammed is a LEED Green Associate. Contact by email.


Jeff Dalzell, Project Planner/ Manager

staff member headshotJeff Dalzell is a registered architect and Project Manager on the Campus Planning team, focusing on programming and feasibility for new capital projects. 

Prior to joining Campus Planning, Jeff enjoyed a 20 year architecture practice that took him from Illinois to the Carolinas and eventually back to New England. He has designed and managed collegiate building projects serving diverse functions. With conviction that a successful project is one that sets off on a good—and integrative—foot, Jeff values the collaborative discussions that lay solid groundwork.

Jeff has a BA from Williams College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Buildings that he designed prior to coming to UMass have won peer and professional association recognition. Looking forward, Jeff is earnestly invested in the importance of building sustainably, for the long term. Contact by email.


Tom Huf, Senior Program Manager

staff member headshotTom Huf brought to the Campus Planning Division at UMass Amherst a 25 year background as a registered architect and planner responsible for a wide range of building design, programming, and planning from small labs to campus plans.  Since 2006, Tom has served as the Senior Academic Facilities Planner working with all Colleges and academic departments on campus on facility master plans and assessing needs and defining programs and budgets for large capital projects.

In private practice with firms in Boston and Cambridge Tom was a Senior Associate and Partner overseeing projects and managing teams on multi-building redevelopment and new buildings in cities from Cleveland and Miami Beach to Cambridge and Boston.  Tom was partner in charge of university master plans and university facility programs for more than ten universities in the northeast including MIT, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Penn, Westfield, Worcester and several universities in the Middle East.

At UMass, Tom has served as manager for the Comprehensive Science and Engineering Plan, The SPHHS Master Plan, the Instructional Space Plan, and for the programming of many large capital projects for sciences and humanities including the Life Science Building, Physical Sciences Building,  Integrative learning Center, South College, and the new Isenberg School of Management Addition.

Tom has a BSci in Architecture and BSci in Building Sciences from Rensselaer and a Master of City Planning in Urban Design from Harvard University. Contact by email.


Niels la Cour, Senior Physical Planner

staff member headshotNiels la Cour is a Senior Physical Planner on the Campus Planning team, focusing on the natural and built systems of the campus physical environment. Niels has served on the Town Gown Steering Committee and maintains a close working relationship with the Town of Amherst. He is responsible for the integration of the Geographical Information System (GIS) into the operations of the campus’ physical plant and it’s new Computer Aided Facilities Management System. 

Prior to joining our team, Niels was a Senior Planner in the Town of Amherst, MA Planning Department, where he was instrumental in making the town’s GIS accessible to the general public, which earned Amherst a Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI in 2008. Niels also managed the town’s extensive Master Planning process and provided staff support for the Planning Board and their permit review processes.

Niels brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Campus Planning, having also served on the Massachusetts Geographic Information Advisory Committee and the Board of NEARC, the region’s Arc Info user group. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental History from Northland College, a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Niels previously completed a successful career in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Engineering and Environmental Analysis firms, as well as Historic Preservation. Contact by email.


Douglas Marshall, Project Planner/Manager and Interim Director

staff member headshotDoug Marshall is a registered architect who has been an integral staff member since 2010. Prior to joining Campus Planning, he was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was engaged in a wide variety of college and university building projects. His passion for higher education brought him to UMass, where Doug is involved in all phases of planning and design on campus. His responsibilities include: management of consultant contracts for facility planning, programming, and feasibility studies; facility planning and programming of projects when performed in-house; and procurement, management, and tracking of off-campus leased space. In addition, Doug puts his analytic strengths to work in support of the Space and Asset Management group, to identify opportunities and evaluate options for potential space assignments. 

Doug completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, earning a degree in Engineering Science and Visual Art, and obtained his Master of Architecture from Yale University.  He is currently serving as Interim Director of Campus Planning. Contact by email.


Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham, Senior Campus Planner

staff member headshotLudmilla Pavlova-Gillham is Senior Campus Planner and is responsible for facilities and urban planning to support the comprehensive planning and design activities of the campus.  Ludmilla was on the Campus Master Plan team and has managed the planning of major capital projects including Harold Alfond Hall/ISOM Addition, the Integrated Science Building, the Berkshire Dining Commons Renovation, the Southwest Residential Area Concourse, the Comprehensive Academic and Classroom Facilities Plan, and the Library Master Plan. 

Passionate about campus sustainability, Ludmilla often lectures on the topic and helped author the first UMass Amherst Sustainability Plan and the Master Plan Sustainability chapter. Prior to coming to UMass she worked for design firms in New York City, most notably for John M.Y. Lee/Michael Timchula Associates, managing the design and construction of the Curtis/Balkan Factory in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as a member of the team that designed the Shenzhen City Center Urban Design and City Hall in Shenzhen, China 

Ludmilla has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and European Cultural Studies from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. She sits on the North Atlantic Regional Council of the Society of College and University Planners,  Board of Directors of AIA Massachusetts and Western MA AIA, http://works.bepress.com/ludmilla_pavlova-gillham/    Contact by email.


Simon Raine, Campus Designer/Planner

staff member headshotSimon Raine joined Campus Planning in January 2011 as the Campus Designer/Planner and is responsible for urban design and planning for the 1400-acre Flagship University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Prior to joining Campus Planning, Simon practiced for over 10 years with Sasaki Associates, Inc., working on a wide variety of planning, landscape and urban design projects across the country, such as Pennsylvania State University and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Simon is a registered landscape architect and was educated in the United Kingdom, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Metropolitan University. He also practiced with the Derek Lovejoy Partnership in London. Contact by email.


Pamela Rooney, Assistant Director, Space & Asset Management

staff member headshotAt UMass since 2007, Pam Rooney is responsible for up-to-date occupancy and use information for 300+ campus structures. She is the point of information for requesting space and assessing opportunities to meet changing needs, functions, and staffing.

Prior to joining the team here at UMass, Pam was interim Chief Regional Engineer at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Office, in Hadley, MA. She oversaw and managed capital construction projects from Maine to West Virginia. Before the move to the Pioneer Valley in 1992, she was a Senior Associate at the landscape architecture & planning firm, Sasaki Associates, of Watertown, MA. Contact by email.


Andrew Soles, Senior Facilities Planner

staff member headshotAndy Soles is a registered architect who was hired as a Senior Facilities Planner in 2003. He has been involved in master planning and early conceptual planning work with Residential Life and the campus as a whole. Drawing on his past experience in private practice, he undertook project management responsibilities for the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community and the North Apartments residential projects, seeing both projects through to occupancy. His other responsibilities include development of feasibility studies, project planning and budget development and the development of scopes of work for campus projects.

Prior to joining Campus Planning, Andy was a Senior Associate for over ten years with Beacon Architectural Associates working with a variety of higher educational, commercial and public clients across the country. Contact by email.


Roxanne Verdi, Space Information Manager

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Roxanne joined UMass and the Space Management team in 1998.  As manager of the campus Integrated Work Management System (IWMS) – TRIRIGA – for Space and Asset Management, Roxanne directs the collection and dissemination of space utilization and occupancy information for all UMass Amherst campus facilities, totaling over 12.5 million GSF.  She is responsible for the development and maintenance of electronic floor plans for publication in TRIRIGA and SharePoint, and for integration with the campus GIS system.  She works closely with other campus divisions in producing data to support strategic planning and analysis as well as for State and Federal mandated reporting.  Roxanne also directs and coordinates the annual campus-wide Space Survey project, a vital effort which updates departmental space information through the TRIRIGA Web Survey application, including essential research-related activity data required for the campus F&A Indirect Cost Recovery rate. 

Prior to arriving at UMass, Roxanne was employed in the private sector.  Working in the insurance industry, she managed corporate services functions including space planning and relocation activities.    Her experience also includes work in various human resources roles, including Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Administrator. Contact by email.


Nan Wang, Engineering Draftsman
 
Nan Wang joined the UMass Space Management team in 2016. She holds a Bachelor's degree of Architecture from China, and Master's degree of Urban Planning from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Campus Planning, Nan worked in the field of sustainable building and planning study. 

Nan develops and maintains electronic floor plans and space data for Space and Asset Management in the campus Integrated Work Management System (IWMS). She tracks, surveys and updates floor plans and space data for campus buildings to reflect the latest renovations and new construction. In addition, Nan maintains Sharepoint, providing support for reporting space information to all UMass campus facilities.