Kim (Marcellus) Zamora was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and raised in Aston, Pennsylvania. She went to Sun Valley High School and after being accepted to several area colleges, she pursued an undergrad degree in civil engineering from Drexel University.
After graduation, in 1998, Kimberlee was recruited by Bovis Lend Lease and worked in the estimating department. After two years, she left and worked as a project manager for The Norwood Company in Malvern PA. At that time, Kimberlee began her career as a construction project manager professional in the Philadelphia Region. She has been a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C since 2007. During that time, she pursued a masters in civil engineering from Drexel University part time and graduated in 2007.
She completed her PhD studies in 2015, where she specialized in commercial private sector construction projects. Throughout her academic and professional career, she placed great importance on education and efficient construction management practice. Kimberlee worked with Dr. Sabrina Spatari and Dr. Patricia M. Gallagher focusing on materials management in the built environment using the tools of Industrial Ecology. While she was a PhD candidate at Drexel University, she presented her research at many conferences (Boston, Cambridge University, and Vienna) and conducted research at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan; as a research fellow for the National Science Foundation, East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute where she conducted a material stock analysis for a North American case study utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Throughout her time at Drexel, Kimberlee was a department teaching assistant, research assistant, and a teaching fellow in the College of Engineering, Freshman Engineering Design Experience. She also volunteers for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council chapter and held the position of Co-Chair of the Host Volunteer Committee and is part of the Education committee.
Kimberlee is a former senior project manager for WS Cumby and Torcon, Philadelphia office. She performed project management duties to complete a senior living facility upgrade in Center City Philadelphia, converted a factory to luxury apartments in Trenton, NJ, and was a member of the Villanova Housing and Tenant Fit-outs and Restaurant in Villanova, PA.
Kimberlee is a wife and mother and also enjoys going to the beach as a hobby. She has a love for recycling and making the world a better place and has made contributions to her research field in one peer reviewed journal publication, with the hopes of adding many more:
Marcellus-Zamora, K. A., P. M. Gallagher, S. Spatari, and H. Tanikawa. 2015. Estimating Materials Stocked by Land-Use Type in Historic Urban Buildings Using Spatio-Temporal Analytical Tools. Journal of Industrial Ecology.
Marcellus-Zamora, K. A. S. Spatari, and P.M. Gallagher. 2020. Can Public Construction and Demolition Data Describe Trends in Building Material Recycling? Observations From Philadelphia. Frontiers in the Built Environment