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Our Nashville office offers clients the full range of construction consulting services, including owner representation and project management, cost management and estimating, scheduling and dispute resolution, energy and sustainability solutions, and project monitoring. Our local experts provide these services across a broad variety of sectors, including hospitality, corporate, residential, healthcare, retail, aviation, education, mission critical, and more.

Cumming’s Nashville operations include the former CapEX Project Management team, which was founded in Nashville in 2014 by Joe Saatkamp and merged with Cumming in 2019. Our business has consistently grown throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas as a result of our strong commitment to quality and client service. Today, as a result of that dedication, our portfolio of work in the region includes high-profile projects with a combined value exceeding $1.5 billion.

Meet Our Team

Joe Saatkamp
Joe SaatkampExecutive Vice President
Joe founded CapEX Project Management in 2014, which flourished under his leadership and eventually merged with Cumming in 2019. Throughout his 21-year career in the construction industry, Joe has managed numerous multi-million-dollar projects across Tennessee, Texas and other parts of the Central U.S., including new-builds, expansions, acquisitions, and PIP developments. He has worked on behalf of contractors, architects, and owners, giving him a nuanced understanding of all sides of a project, including both creative design and real-life construction. This allows him to identify and solve problems before they become issues in the field.
Joe is skilled at minimizing risks, cultivating team dynamics, and getting the right resources involved to develop solutions. His vast knowledge, attention to detail, and ability to be two-steps ahead of project decisions are just a few of the reasons he is known as an exceptional leader that owners can rely on to deliver their project successfully.
Steve Rutland
Steve RutlandVice President
A Nashville native, Steve has witnessed the region’s exploding growth and vitality firsthand. He has successfully completed well over 100 projects collectively valued at more than $2 billion. From complex additions and renovations to ground-up developments, he provides the leadership and technical knowledge necessary to achieve consistent and efficient planning, budgeting, and execution of capital projects. He approaches each project with an emphasis on adding value for his clients, which he achieves through strong leadership focused on team collaboration and continuous improvement.
Steve’s strengths include strategic thinking and problem-solving, which enable him to visualize complex spatial relationships, map out intricate construction sequencing, and ultimately deliver an end product that meets the client’s vision. Steve understands the community impact of the buildings and spaces that he helps develop, and works with owners, developers, and the project team to maximize the return on investment and improve the community.
Erwin Watt
Erwin WattVice President
Erwin has 35 years of construction industry experience, during which time he has provided a wide range of consulting services on a variety of project types. Erwin has managed projects through every phase of design and construction, from conception through occupancy, and keenly understands the many challenges that projects face. In addition to his project management experience, Erwin has provided scheduling and dispute resolution and avoidance (DRA) services for hundreds of projects across every sector in Cumming’s portfolio.
Given his expertise and success in providing DRA and scheduling services for Cumming, Erwin now leads those service lines on behalf of the company. As Vice President, he not only performs these services for clients directly, but also leads our internal DRA and scheduling teams, providing them with training and mentoring and managing the development and implementation of new processes and procedures pertaining to these services.
Sean McDermott, CPE
Sean McDermott, CPERegional Director
Sean is a highly qualified cost management professional who has worked in the construction industry since 2001. As a Certified Professional Estimator, he has a deep understanding of the various aspects of cost estimating, including in the civil, structural, and architectural disciplines. His experience includes hundreds of new-build, renovation, and tenant improvement projects across a wide variety of sectors and project types.
As Regional Director in our Nashville office, Sean’s responsibilities include managing and delivering our cost management and quantity surveying, value engineering, milestone and change order estimating, and peer review services for projects throughout the Nashville area and broader region. He has been involved with projects from the conceptual stage through to construction-level documents and throughout the construction process. Additionally, Sean is experienced with the preparation and management of construction schedules, negotiation of contracts, preparation of monthly project reports, and oversight of subcontractors.
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