Leadership

John E. Downes, III
President  

As the third generation president of Downes Construction Company, John oversees the strategic direction of the company making sure resources are sufficient and appropriately directed to deliver our mission. John is intimately involved during both the pre-construction as well as the construction phase of each project while always stressing the importance of teamwork.

John's career path has included positions as Field Superintendent and Project Manager/Estimator. Some of his past projects include both municipal and private repeat clients such as the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Saint Francis Hospital, the State of Connecticut DPW, New Britain Museum of American Art, Boys’ and Girls' Club of New Britain, the Berlin / New Britain YMCA and The Hospital for Special Care.

Joseph N. Desautel, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer 

As Chief Executive Officer of Downes Construction Company, Joe is responsible for Construction Management organization and is involved in direct marketing for new client base, sales presentations, profit/loss on awarded projects, long-range strategic planning, review of budgets and client liaison.

Joe joined Downes as a Project Manager with special project responsibilities. His career experience over the last 37 years includes corporate world headquarters facilities, high tech micro-electronic facilities including clean rooms, heavy process and formulation facilities, hospitals, higher education buildings, sensitive historic renovations, regional shopping retail centers and multi-level, multi-family residential projects. As Officer-in-Charge of Operations for a large regional construction manager, Joe has had extensive experience in pre-construction planning, budgeting, value engineering and wide variety of construction projects throughout New England.

Mark Tarpill
Chief Financial Officer 

Mark has been the Controller of Downes since 1983. He is responsible for all financial duties relating to Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, Payroll, General Ledger, Monthly Closings, Financial Statements, Cash Management, Outside Audit Coordination, Implementation and Control of Computerized Accounting Systems, and Supervision of the accounting department.

Jeffrey Anderson
Assistant Director of Operations 

Jeff has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. His experience includes major Yale University renovation projects as well as educational facilities, health care facilities, public safety facilities, bio-technical facilities, office fit-outs and parking structures.

As Assistant Director of Operations, Jeff is responsible for all construction-related operations. His responsibilities include direct supervision and support of planners, estimators, project managers and superintendents as well as technical support with respect to construction methods, materials selections, quality control, project scheduling and safety coordination. During pre-construction and construction Jeff participates significantly with emphasis on planning, scheduling and coordination of construction activities.

Thomas Romagnoli
Assistant Director of Operations 

Tom brings over 18 years of experience to the Downes team. Tom’s experience consists of major renovations at Education, Healthcare and Municipal Facilities, as well as expertise in Design Build projects.

As Assistant Director of Operations, Tom is responsible for all construction-related operations. His responsibilities include direct supervision and support of planners, estimators, project managers and superintendents as well as technical support with respect to construction methods, materials selections, quality control, project scheduling and safety coordination. During pre-construction and construction Tom participates significantly with emphasis on planning, scheduling and coordination of construction activities.

Diana Colcord
Executive Director of Business Development 

Diana leads the business development effort for Downes. Her primary goal is to create long-term value for Downes’ clients by aligning their needs with our services.  She is focused on translating client expectations to operational management so that their needs are properly met.  While she works closely with marketing and senior management, she is passionate about engaging the entire organization in client relations and team building resulting in added value.

Diana has worked in business development and marketing for Architectural, Construction and Engineering firms for the past 30 years.  Her experience includes healthcare, academic, corporate, and municipal markets.  

Nicole M. DeMaio
Marketing Director 

Nicole joined Downes in 2013 and is responsible for developing and leading comprehensive marketing strategies in support of business goals and objectives. She works closely with the President and Chief Executive Officer to define the company’s direction as well as develops responses to client’s needs in the form of proposals, presentations and public relations activities.

David Heer, LEED AP
Project Executive 

David has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.  He has an extensive background in estimating, including cost analysis, subcontractor scopes, conceptual estimates and detailed takeoffs. David’s previous experience working as a construction manager and for subcontractors provides invaluable tools for managing today’s fast track schedules and dynamic budgets. David has diverse experience in education, healthcare, institutional, laboratory and public sector markets.

As a Project Executive, David has total responsibility for his assigned projects from the pre-construction conceptual and budget estimating to the eventual construction and closeout of the job. David’s duties begin at a project’s inception working with the Owner and Project Architect. David works to inform the Owner of the need to blend ongoing activities with the coordination of construction activities so there are minimal interruptions to the Owner occupied areas of the project. He emphasizes the phasing by incorporating the information into the bid documents to clarify the scope of work to the subcontractors and brings into play the site development drawings to coordinate project concerns.

Paul T. Wojtowicz
Project Executive 

Paul has more than 39 years of experience within the construction industry for the public and private sectors. His public experience is an asset in providing competitive budgets to the owners in the private sector. After an owner’s budget is established, Paul is responsible for bid day, negotiating and providing value engineering as required to preserve the established budget.

Projects that Paul has been involved with include: educational facilities, dormitories and athletic facilities, hospitals, medical buildings, assisted living facilities, parking garages and manufacturing facilities. 

As a Project Executive, Paul is responsible for ensuring the project’s success from preconstruction conceptual and budget estimating to the eventual construction and closeout of the job. He will also responsible for the coordination/constructability review of contract drawings and specifications during preconstruction.

John Fraioli
General Superintendent / Quality & Safety Officer 

John started his construction career with the Downes organization, as a carpenter apprentice, in 1980. John has served as General Superintendent and Quality & Safety Officer on a multitude of projects in education, healthcare, commercial buildings, and parking garages and is well versed with field standards and practices, as well as Downes Construction’s safety and quality control procedures. 

John aids in the development of the Construction Strategy Plan for the project, conducts constructability reviews of the Architect’s proposed designs, develops the logistics plan for the potential construction of the project, and provides valuable insight regarding the exploratory work within the building.