Carol Horne Penn Joins Gilbane Building Company as Senior Business Development Manager

Ms. Penn brings extensive experience, knowledge and relationships that will further Gilbane’s strategic growth plans in the Greater Philadelphia area.

PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) February 23, 2022

Gilbane Building Company is pleased to announce that Carol Horne Penn has joined the company as senior business development manager in the Philadelphia office, focused on Gilbane’s strategic growth in the life sciences, healthcare and institutional markets in the Greater Philadelphia area. Ms. Penn brings more than 25 years as a leader in the Philadelphia market where she has been successful in developing organizational awareness and projects. In this position, Ms. Penn will cultivate new relationships and opportunities, while helping existing clients achieve their goals.

Before joining the Gilbane family, Ms. Penn led business development, corporate relations and marketing for a Philadelphia-based construction company. An attorney, Ms. Penn has held many leadership positions within Philadelphia. She has worked in real estate development leading an $8.5 million, LEED Gold office building from conception through construction and a $135 million mixed-use LEED Gold project in Center City. Ms. Penn will leverage her legal background as well as her experience in employee relations, real estate development and construction to grow Gilbane’s presence in the Greater Philadelphia area.

“We’re excited to welcome Carol to the Gilbane team here in Philadelphia,” said Shawn Carlin, vice president and Philadelphia business unit leader for Gilbane Building Company. “She is a proven leader in both our local community, as well as our industry. This leadership, as well as her impressive range of experience, will make her a valuable resource for our clients and serve to further elevate our brand.”

Ms. Penn is deeply connected to the local community and commercial real estate industry, serving as president and board member for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Greater Philadelphia Chapter in 2021; vice president and board member of the Fairmount Park Conservancy; advisory committee member and past treasurer of the Community Design Collaborative; housing committee member of the Urban Land Institute, Philadelphia Chapter; and board member of SCEC Ventures. She is also an active member of the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) serving on the government relations and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committees. Ms. Penn received the Philadelphia Tribune Woman of Distinction Award in 2021 and the Barristers Associates of Philadelphia Woman of Distinction Award in 2014.

Ms. Penn earned a Juris Doctor from Boston College School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services—from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, and facility management services—for clients across various markets. Founded in 1870 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit

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