Suffolk Hires Karri Novak as VP of Project Development to Strengthen Positioning in Higher-Ed Sector

January 27, 2021 9:00 AM EST

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Innovative real estate enterprise and builder hires seasoned executive with experience managing sophisticated higher-education projects on the West Coast

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders and real estate enterprises in the country, has announced the hiring of Karri Novak as Vice President of Project Development in the West Region to help strengthen the firm’s positioning in the rapidly growing higher-education sector. In her new role, Ms. Novak will be responsible for leading growth strategies, business acquisition, project design development, project oversight and client relationship management.

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Karri Novak joins Suffolk as VP of Project Development to Strengthen Positioning in Higher-Ed Sector (Photo: Business Wire)

Karri Novak joins Suffolk as VP of Project Development to Strengthen Positioning in Higher-Ed Sector (Photo: Business Wire)

Ms. Novak will contribute to the growing portfolio of Suffolk projects in the West Region, which includes developments like 1500 Granville, a mixed-use residential complex in West Los Angeles; Flight at Tustin Legacy, a creative mixed-use office campus in Orange County; and the Palisade Residential Tower, a 23-story luxury residential building in the University Towne Center of San Diego.

“We’re thrilled Karri has joined the Suffolk team as we continue to expand our brand and diversify our portfolio across California,” said Tony Rango, President of the West Region for Suffolk. “The higher-education sector in the West Region is showing significant signs of growth. Karri’s breadth of experience and strong relationships in higher-ed will allow us to expand our market share and grow our brand presence in this vitally important market.”

Prior to joining Suffolk, Ms. Novak served as Vice President for Clark Construction, where she led teams delivering projects at higher-education campuses throughout the Western United States. With over 25 years of industry experience, Ms. Novak is knowledgeable about current trends related to academic and student life services and has frequently led design-build teams through the planning, design, development and delivery of new campus projects. She also has demonstrated a passion for improving the productivity and safety of projects through modern methods of construction, such as modular, prefabrication and design for industrialized methods.

Her extensive academic project portfolio includes the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Genentech Hall; the UC Hastings Law School building; Engineering VI Phase Two building at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California San Diego (USCD) North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood; San Diego State University (SDSU) Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Training Facility. Ms. Novak’s student housing experience includes Bowles Hall Restoration and Modernization at University of California, Berkeley, The Village at Torrey Pines East at University of California, San Diego, Glenmore II at University of California, Riverside (UCR), University Gateway Housing at University of Southern California (USC) and the recently completed new residence hall, Huaxyacac at San Diego State.

The hiring of Ms. Novak continues a recent spate of Suffolk leadership hires from competing contractors on the West Coast, including Suffolk West Region president Tony Rango from Webcor, Suffolk Los Angeles General Manager Ken Summers from Webcor and Suffolk director of client development for San Diego Jennifer McCarthy from Swinerton, among others.

About Suffolk

Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment and innovation research/development.

Suffolk is a national company with $4.0 billion in annual revenue, 2,500 employees and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk serves clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #23 on the Engineering News Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Dan Antonellis, 617-517-4232

Source: Suffolk

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