DeSalvo among first in USA to earn Certified Healthcare Constructor

Joseph K. DeSalvo, executive vice president of DeSalvo Construction Company (DCC) Inc., of Hubbard Ohio, is one of the first construction professionals in the country to earn Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) credentials.

DeSalvo recently trained for and then passed the inaugural CHC certification examination that was offered at the Planning Design & Construction Healthcare Summit in San Diego, California, in March, 2010. The CHC credential is recognized by the American Hospital Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

“It was an intensive training program followed by an equally challenging exam,” DeSalvo said. “But having this credential to bring back to the Youngstown region makes the effort well worth it.”

DeSalvo Construction Company is a general contractor for the healthcare industry in both new or renovation projects, and is currently completing a project at Humility of Mary Health Partners, Saint Elizabeth Boardman Health Center’s emergency department expansion at the Boardman campus. The firm is an accomplished leader in the regional building industry, offering a complete range of construction services from concept to management to successful project completion. DCC is a well-established general contractor; however, the company also self-performs significant portions of a project’s work.

DCC also is a member of The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania (The Builders). Joseph K. DeSalvo is second vice president of The Builders’ executive committee and is chairman of the Construction Advancement Program. He also is on the apprenticeship committee for the area’s bricklayers union, and is a trustee for Local 43’s pension fund. Mr. DeSalvo also serves on several Builder Association negotiating committees.

The Builders represents employers in Trumbull, Columbiana and Mahoning counties in eastern Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence counties in western Pennsylvania. The Builders services 15 different skilled trades in the region, and is an ongoing resource for union construction contractors for education and training, unlimited manpower from apprenticeship and union labor halls, contract negotiation support, and a pool of technical, administrative and support resources.

For more information about the DeSalvo Construction Company Inc., call 330.759.8145, or email Joseph K. DeSalvo directly at