Podolsky|Circle CORFAC International forms construction group, appoints Michael Lebar to lead division

Podolsky|Circle CORFAC International has announced the formation of Podolsky|Circle Construction, in response the needs of and opportunities in the marketplace. Simultaneously, the firm announced the appointment of Michael Lebar, director of construction, to lead the division.

Podolsky|Circle Construction is being established to offer a wide range of client-centric and third-party services including general contracting for tenant build-out and ground-up construction (and build-to-suits), construction management and advisory services. In addition, Podolsky|Circle Construction will advise and oversee building engineering for Podolsky|Circle managed properties.

“We continue to see great opportunity in the Chicago marketplace making this a natural extension to our management and brokerage services,” Alissa Adler, managing principal, Podolsky|Circle CORFAC International, said. “We’ve formed this new division and added Michael Lebar to give greater depth to our service capabilities and to be truly full-service to our clients.”

As director of construction, Lebar is leading all construction related activities including pre-construction services, estimating, architect and engineer selections, design-build services, project scheduling, project management, construction management services and review of due diligence physical inspections. He also manages the municipal approval and entitlement process.

Lebar brings more than 20 years of construction management and more than 10 years of development experience to Podolsky|Circle. He has developed and constructed more than 7 million square feet of industrial, office, retail, and municipal projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, and California. Throughout his career, Lebar has completed projects for Maytag, Rustoleum, Medline Industries, Penske Logistics, Chrysler, Conde Nast Publications, Holy Hunt Furniture, Land of Nod and Journelle Chicago.

Most recently, Lebar was Principal of Lebar Construction. Throughout his career he has held development and construction positions with First Industrial Realty Trust, NORESCO, and A. Epstein and Sons. Lebar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Bradley University.

In addition to Michael Lebar, Podolsky|Circle Construction will include Todd Jacobek who will serve as a senior vice president, Engineering and Technology. Jacobek joined Podolsky Circle in 1987 and has been an integral part of the firm’s property management team.

In his new role, Jacobek will provide engineering and operation input for construction services as well as offer third-party evaluations for building owners to assess building system functionality. He will also oversee the integration of energy management technology for third parties and existing clients.