The CMAA Professional Development Committee has created a program that will bring you intriguing, timely, useful information from the most engaging, knowledgeable and inspirational speakers in the industry.
- Session recommended for CMITs and early career professionals.
- Session recommended for CCMs.
Sunday, October 14
|12:30 - 2:30 pm||
In Search of Best Practices: An Inside Look at Sustainability
A best practice is highly successful with proven strategic relevance and effectiveness in achieving a specific objective. It has been successfully adopted, tested, validated, and proven to work well to produce excellent results, and is therefore recommended as a model. What are sustainability best practices? Should they be different or separate from project development best practices, or should the intent and perspective be shifted to achieve effective and highly successful sustainable results? CMs will benefit from this first-hand experience in developing and sharing sustainability best practices through this workshop.
Deeta Bernstein - Group Manager, Sustainable Services, Cotter Consulting, Inc.
Randy Britt - Chief Sustainability Officer, Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Joyce Dawson, CCM - , Anne Arundel Community College
Lourdes Gonzalez - Senior Vice President, Primera Engineering
Jim Ogden - Prinicpal, 3QC
Susan Stewart - Senior Project Manager, ECMS Program, Parsons
Determining Competitive Pricing: An Interactive Look at Bid Day
This workshop will demonstrate to owners, CM agencies, architects, engineers, and construction industry managers what really happens behind closed doors of the contractor’s office on bid day. Participants will be divided into general contracting teams, competing against one another to develop the lowest bid. Teams are given plans, subcontractor bids, estimate worksheets, and a surprise addendum. Presenters will assist the teams with quantity take-off, reviewing subcontract bids, determining a project schedule, and establishing an overhead cost and fee. Attendees will have fun and learn about competitive bidding at the same time.
Jeff Hossfeld - Project Manager, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Brian Ott, CCM - Senior Vice President, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
CMIT Roundtable Event
This session brings CMITs and seasoned professionals together to discuss varios construction career topics. Each attendee will have the opportunity to visit up to 3 "special interest" tables and participate in a discussion facilitated by an industry mentor.
|2:45 - 3:45 pm||
Tackling Change Implementation with a Collaborative Approach
Changes are an inevitable part of our industry's continuous business improvement, and yet, people from all levels in organizations are more fearful of and resistant to change than they are open-minded and receptive to them. A collaborative approach to implementing process and organizational changes is far more effective in generating greater ownership of the changes. Attendees will learn how a collaborative approach to managing changes can ensure the change implementation, whether it is a process change, technology change, project delivery approach change, etc., is smooth and the results are successful. In addition to discussing industry best practices and the classic change management models, speakers will focus more on sharing our insights and lessons learned from years of tried-and-true practical experience assisting large organizations in implementing enterprise-wide changes.
Lamis El Didi - Manager, Exponent, Inc.
Winnie Hung, PE - Principal, Exponent, Inc.
Lily Otieno - Capital Programs PMO Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Flexible Training Programs and Process Improvement
The construction technology arena is ever changing and evolving as companies work to provide new services to help streamline process for teams. But as a company, how do we both implement new tools and keep our employees trained on the various software supported? Participants will hear from a company who implemented a Flexible Training Program designed to engage users and keep apprised of the newest tools adopted by the firm. Learn how to be nimble and flexible and implement similar practices in your own companies.
Wendell Barnes, PE - Manager of Business Consulting, Gilbane Building Company
Leah Fiore - Director of Business Consulting, Gilbane Building Company
Mastering the Merger: Bringing Information Together
With the merger of two Las Vegas engineering groups, the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority need to align and reconcile over 50 mostly custom-built and often duplicative applications for two large Las Vegas capital programs. Attendees will learn about a collaborative PMIS Master Planning approach which consolidated and modernized the technologies with the vision of enabling more consistent, transparent, and efficient program and project delivery.
Robert McCarthy - Vice President, Parsons
Gina Neilson - Program Controls Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
CCM-Only Session: Diversity and Innovation
Susan Rozakis leads the design and construction of Google work spaces in Silicon Valley. A veteran construction manager, Susan will share her insights on trends and the delivery of innovative and forward-looking work spaces from San Bruno to San Jose that embody Google's incredibly unique culture and diversity.
Susan Rozakis - Bay Area Regional Project Executive Lead, Google
CMIT Session: Because I Said I Would
A lot of people don’t keep their promises these days. That might just seem like social commentary, but think about how many people promise to quit smoking, graduate, recycle or volunteer… but then don’t. The consequences of broken promises plague the world. Nothing about that is going to change… unless there is something to change it. That is what we are. Because I said I would is a social movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. We created the Promise Card to inspire others to keep their promises, but the movement has grown into something far greater than its origin.
Alex Sheen - Founder, Because I Said I Would - the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept
|4:00 - 5:30 pm||
Opening Plenary Session
If three people washed up on a deserted island, the first thing they would do is collaboratively build a shelter, unless, of course, the three people were an architect, owner’s rep, and contractor. Then, they would have to wait for two lawyers to wash up on the beach so that they could proceed with the project.
Join plenary speaker Brent Darnell as he explains how to set up a project from the beginning to ensure trust and collaboration amongst all parties. A second-generation builder, Brent Darnell grew up in awe of his father and watched him build projects that shaped lives and the world in which we live. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Brent worked as a MEP Coordinator and Senior Project Manager on complicated projects like the Brook Army Medical Center and housing for the 1996 Summer Olympic Village. Because of these first-hand experiences, Brent speaks with a deep understanding of his audiences and the problems they commonly face. His passion is to transform the industry into one that is more collaborative, more relationship driven, and more fun.
Brent Darnell - President, Brent Darnell International
Monday, October 15
|7:00 - 9:00 am||
A happy workplace is imperative to success, but how do you remain positive and professional? Laugh and learn key characteristics to create levity in the worker, workforce and workplace, with tools that will attract new clients and team members through the power of fun. Engagement empowers employees to collaborate through challenges, create innovative sales solutions, and communicate confidently. Genuine and funny, motivational speaker Tami Evans specializes in crucial content with heaps of humor! Her eloquent and engaging keynote programs will take you on a fast paced, interactive adventure, filled with plenty of learning and laughter.
Tami Evans - Employee Engagement and Levity Leadership Expert
|9:30 - 10:30 am||
Mega-Projects in the Midst: Will Your City Survive?
Large infrastructure projects have a way of impacting the smaller cities they pass through. When a county is spending $1 billion running a freeway or subway through the middle of town, how do you protect your residents, businesses, and stakeholders from forever changing the character of your city? What can you do as a construction manager to mitigate project impacts to your clients? Presenters will discuss lessons and strategies in dealing with the $3 billion Purple Line Subway Extension being built under Wilshire Boulevard, and the $1B I-405 Improvement Project (SR-73 to I-605 through the middle of Fountain Valley.
Brett Barnett, PE, CCM - Vice President, Construction Management, PSOMAS
Mark Lewis, PE - Director of Public Works, City of Fountain Valley
Scott McConnell, PE - Director, Construction Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Jeff Mills, PE - Program Manager, Orange County Transportation Authority
Robert Welch, PE - Project Manager, City of Beverly Hills
An Approach to an Injury Free Safety Culture
Many firms promote an injury free safety culture, but how many live it on a daily basis? Learn about a firm’s “Beyond Zero” approach to safety which has led to a high level culture of safety that every employee has adopted. Attendees will learn an approach to safety along with metrics in current practice which give staff the tools and information needed to share with their peers, colleagues, clients, and families.
Robert Cocherell, CCM - Construction Services Manager, Jacobs
Matthew Jahns, CCM - Project Manager, Jacobs
A Case Study for Successful Recovery and Partnering: George Washington Memorial Hwy (Rt. 17) Improvements Project
This presentation will discuss a project case study where collaborative partnering and team recovery efforts contributed to successfully completing the project earlier than planned. Attendees will hear about a challenging yet sensitive, multi-mile, highly visible, road and bridge expansion project for the Virginia Department of Transportation. The project underwent several recovery efforts, key personnel turnover, and unforeseen conditions during the course of the construction and through successful collaboration, was able to recover over 100+ days.
Christopher (Chris) Carson, CCM - Director of Program & Project Controls, ARCADIS
Aaron Fletcher, CMIT - Senior Project Controls Specialist, ARCADIS
Jeffrey Hall - Operations Manager, ARCADIS
Eric Kevitz - Project Controls Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation
Lean, BIM, and Design-Build: How They Work Together
Lean Construction tools and principles are changing the way how we plan, design, build, and operate buildings. Alternative project delivery methods in conjunction with Lean Construction principles have led to increased team collaboration, design optimization, faster project delivery time, and increased client satisfaction. This session will demonstrate how the specific tools utilized by a design-build team have achieved goals of delivering a successful project on time, within budget and set parameters for future buildings by achieving Net Zero energy. Participants will hear examples and a case study for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Project.
Justin Maletic, CMIT - Director of Business Acquisition, Balfour Beatty Construction
Dusan Selezan, CMIT - Assistant BIM Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction
People: The CM Industry’s Greatest Asset and Greatest Challenge
Recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified construction management and inspection staff is our industry’s greatest challenge. The reality is that there are more jobs available then there are people. The answer may still lie in the fact that the construction industry still carries an image of being labor intensive, having adverse working conditions that are unpredictable and unprofessional. This image makes it difficult to lure talent into our growing and profitable Industry. Participants will learn a proactive approach and how to develop successful strategies for recruiting, training, and retaining CM professionals in our industry. This session will focus on CM and Inspection challenges and the successful deployment of new strategies in North Carolina where the transportation market is booming.
George Escojido, CCM - Senior Manager, RK&K
A Look at the Spearin Doctrine and Who Warrants the Design
Exactly 100 years ago, the landmark Spearin case instructed owners, designers, CMs, and contractors as to the owner’s warranty and responsibility for the accuracy of the design. Since that time, the Spearin Doctrine has guided the resolution of disputes caused by potential design errors and omissions. With the advent of new project delivery models including design-build, the responsibility for design has shifted. Does Spearin still apply? This session discusses trends and cases that address the changing roles and obligations. Every CM must know who is ultimately responsible for the final design.
Joseph Seibold, PE, FCMAA - Executive Vice President, ARCADIS
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm||
I'm Leading a Project. Now What?
This panel will discuss and provide real world examples and possible solutions to the issues of today's teams to include the changing role of men and women on a project, leading younger professionals, overcoming bias, and the advantages of diversity. Also discussed will be how to recruit and retain personnel in the dynamic work environment.
Rebecca Jones (Moderator) - President & CEO, Safework, Inc.
Gregory Janey, CCM - President & CEO, JaneyCo, Inc.
Dennis Milsten, CCM - Associate Executive Director Office of operations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Amanda Phillips - Senior Resident Engineer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Heather Shinn, CCM - Vice President, Parsons
Agnes Weber, PE - Chief Strategy Officer, Vali Cooper & Associates, Inc.
Drew White, PE, CCM - Chief, Construction Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
A Paradigm Shift: An Interactive Discussion on Construction Productivity
Despite the introduction of new technologies, new delivery systems, and lean construction methodologies, construction productivity has remained relatively flat. Construction continues to be labor intensive, inefficient, and risky. Construction is second to commercial fishing in injuries and fatalities. Recent studies indicate nearly 90% of mega projects finish significantly late and over budget and 30% of projects under $500,000 experience similar fates. Brought to you by CMAA Fellows, this session will outline the path forward to break this untenable paradigm.
Bob Fraga, AIA, FCMAA - Fellow/VP, MBP
George Lea, Jr., PE, CCM, FCMAA - Fellow/Chief Military Programs Branch, Engineering & Construction, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kathleen Olden Barnes, JD - Senior Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Blake Peck, PE, CCM, FCMAA - President and CEO, MBP
Milo Riverso,PhD., PE, CCM, FCMAA - Fellow/President, CEO, STV
Integrated Project Delivery: The Boeing Chinook H-47 Focus Factory Conversion
Spurred by increasing demand for the Chinook heavy lift military helicopter, The Boeing Company developed a vision for a converted H-47 Focus Factory, a straightforward concept to increase efficiency in the production of helicopters. Boeing’s five-year program transformed its historic 88-year-old industrial complex into a state-of-the-art facility. The initiative included modernization and new construction improvement projects involving more than 1,500 construction workers without disruption to vital 24-hour continuous assembly operations as production rates were increasing. Attendees will hear about unique and unconventional construction management concepts for existing industrial structures and the program’s innovative approach to meet critical milestones.
Josh Abbell, AIA - Sr. Architect/PM, Ballinger
Chris Calhoun, PE - PE/Sr. Facilities Maintenance Manager, Boeing
Andrew Munter, CCM - Sr. Associate // CCM-PM, STV
Tracking Emerging Technologies: What’s to Come
Construction management is evolving commensurately with technological advances in construction, design, and manufacturing to incorporate new processes. This session explores new opportunities to apply innovation and creativity for greater productivity and economies across multiple market segments. A panel of speakers will discuss cloud computing and digital jobsites, emerging technologies, and big data, autonomous equipment, and exoskelotons.
Kurt Maldovan - Director of VDC, Jacobs
Vincent Testa, CCM - Program Manager, Jacobs
Marty Turner - Project Controls Manager, Jacobs
Adding Method to the Madness of CM Performance Evaluations
Several standard industry metrics have historically been embraced for standardizing and processing evaluations for various industries including manufacturing, project management, construction testing, etc. This presentation focuses on the importance of construction management quality metrics. The key is to keep the metrics simple, practical and relevant to the organization. This presentation touches on the key requirements and challenges in implementing the construction management metrics. This information is useful to anyone who is implementing or evaluating construction management metrics in their organization or for other client organizations.
Iris Giboyeaux, CCM - Associate, Michael Baker International
Teresa Irby-Butler, PE, CCM - Water Construction Services Practice Lead, Michael Baker International
CMAR and the Construction Manager: The North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
Tri-Cities Wastewater Authority (TCA) was facing a new Escherichia coli (E. coli) permit limit for the North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. This new permit limit required a rapid response to develop a plan for design and construction of facilities to meet the new effluent limits. Hazen and Sawyer provided an evaluation of the existing chlorine gas disinfection system and the design of facility improvements that would meet the new permit and improve safety. The CMAR approached allowed TCA the ability to select their project partner based on qualifications, allow collaboration by all parties throughout completion of design and construction, ensuring a quality product while meeting the schedule. This session will explain the CMAR process along with an alternative method of project delivery, not just the usual design-bid-build.
Ed Brown, PE - Associate, Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.
David Heckler - General Manager, Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority
|1:30 - 2:30 pm||
Technology on Construction Projects: Are We Still Loading?
Technology is all around us and is causing fundamental changings in how we design, plan, and construct our projects. However, it is not always easily implemented on construction projects. During this session you will hear from three practicing certified construction managers who utilize different technology including products/platforms that have been used on projects and their various outcomes. Presenters will highlight lessons learned about the selection of the technology and what considerations are necessary for success including hardware, cloud storage, and connectivity from the field. These real-life experiences can make your next cutting edge project successful.
Ryan Akins, PE, CCM - Construction Manager, RK&K
Michelle Roberts, PE, CCM - Manager - Construction, RK&K
Jeff Thatcher, PE, CCM - Senior Construction Manager, Gannett Fleming PDC
A CM’s Role in Delivering Safe Schools
Construction managers must be cognizant of the unique dimensions of the security threats and opportunities available to minimize and address the vulnerabilities in our schools. An experienced panel will share first-hand accounts of threat situations to provide perspective to some of the issues and lessons learned from past events. Additionally, current strategies and trends will be shared from districts across the nation. Presenters will explore a range of options to consider for implementing physical and technological measures to augment school security protocols to mitigate active shooter vulnerabilities.
Terry Davis - Director of Operations Maintenance & Construction, Littleton Public Schools
Kristabel Lopez, AIA - National K-12 Market Leader, Jacobs
Moving People of Nashville: Transit Limitations in a Growing City
Nashville's growth over the last 10 years is unprecedented. With this kind of transformation, it’s hard to say where the city will be in another 10 years. The substantial growth has brought a steady stream of jobs, money, and investment into Nashville, however, this is not without challenges. Nashvillians were provided an opportunity to vote on a transit plan referendum that would have provided $5.64 billion in funding toward transit relief efforts, and it failed. The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is working to continue fulfilling their planned obligations to safety and to efficiently move people around the busy city. Participants will hear about the coordination efforts which have a significant impact on the customer. The project will require full operation of the facility and require close communication with the construction team.
Kelly Roach, PE - Associate, CDM Smith
Trey Walker, PE - Director of Engineering, Nashville MTA
Effective Collaboration - The Key to Project Success
Effective collaboration among all levels of the project team can greatly enhance the success of your next project. Attendees will learn how to develop, promote, and maintain an effective collaboration process among the different levels of stakeholders on the project including executives, design team, project managers, and contractors/subcontractors. Advantages, challenges, and risks associated with collaborative environments and technology will be discussed. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what effective collaboration means, how it can be used to enhance the construction management process, and the risk and challenges that collaborative environments can present to the CM.
Cynthia Moore, CCM - Managing Consultant, HKA
Rocco Vespe, PE, FCMAA - Principal, HKA
The Benefits of On-Call JOC CM Contracts
Having a job order contracting (JOC) construction manager on board to assist on tasks prior to contract bid is crucial. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has implemented a JOC CM contract to manage more than 502 individual assignments valued at $264 million. NYCDEP’s Bureau of Wastewater Treatment relies on consultant construction managers on an on-call basis to be involved in both job order contracting and capital construction processes. This session will utilize examples identified through the oversight of various construction contracts to demonstrate how having a construction manager involved early in the process can show marked improvements.
August Arrigo, PE - Associate Vice President, ARCADIS
Justin Finnigan - Resident Engineer, ARCADIS
Mindful Leadership and the Impact to the Bottom Line
The emotional intelligence of an organization’s leader can positively or negatively affect the company’s entire culture. While self-awareness has been shown to be one of the most important qualities a leader can possess, it is rarely taught in business school. Fortunately, the muscle of mindfulness, which strengthens emotional intelligence, can be learned, practiced, and developed by incorporating simple exercises into our everyday lives. Informative as well as entertaining, this interactive presentation engages audience members with transformational mindfulness practices, teaching them valuable tools that they can easily incorporate into their everyday lives.
Stacy Kesten - Consultant, Integrated Leadership Systems
|3:00 - 4:00 pm||
An Airport First, A Construction Site Second
The coordination complexities associated with different scopes of work being performed in and around a project will vary. It can become challenging when an active program requires construction of multiple projects, with separate design-build contracts, all with a need to work in the same space. Adding to those challenges are the logistics of the traveling public, tenants in and around the project site, firm airline schedules, limited work hours, and managing the schedule to construct $1 billion of work in a 2-year period. This session provides valuable insight into the scenarios that developed and the methods utilized by the team overseeing the Tampa International Airport Master Plan (Phase 1) projects.
Brady Babbitt - Project Controls Manager, Jacobs
Robert Erickson, CCM - Construction Project Manager, Jacobs
Peter Gyenis, PE - Construction Manager, Jacobs
Brian Morris, CCM - Construction Project Manager, Jacobs
Rick Sanz - Sr. Project Manager, Tampa International Airport
Wonder Women: Achieving Excellence in the Construction Industry
Women represent an average of 45% of those in the services, finance, public administration, and transportation industries according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Current Population Study. The construction industry serves these industries on a daily basis, yet the attendees in our conference rooms don’t yet reflect our clients. There is opportunity to advance change. Attendees will hear how panelists found success in the construction industry and their stories of their paths to management. Learn perspectives on the roles of women on the jobsite, how careers are managed alongside families, and how the role we play impacts the next generation.
Leslie Hirai - Estimating Manager, Port of Seattle, Engineering Department
Kabri Lehrman-Schmid - Project Superintendent, Hensel Phelps
Susan McCants - Project Executive, Osborne Construction
Anne Timmermans, CCM - Senior Consultant/Construction Manager, Parametrix
Kasey Wyatt - Principal, Project and Construction Management, CCM, OAC Services, Inc.
ADR Remedies for Disputes That Ail You
The prompt resolution of claims is more essential than ever for today’s construction project. The speed, frequency, and complexity of changes as well as the conditional availability of project financing have linked project success and efficient claim resolution more closely than they have ever been in the past. By effectively integrating subject matter experts into the alternative dispute resolution process, parties may be able to resolve issues on complex construction projects more quickly and efficiently. This session will explore how the various expert-based approaches to ADR can be tailored to facilitate claims resolution on even the most troubled projects.
Chris Brasco, JD - Senior Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
John Livengood - Managing Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Kathleen Olden Barnes, - Senior Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Blake Peck, PE, CCM, FCMAA - President and CEO, MBP
Collaboration Amongst Stakeholders: Building Large Scale Infrastructure
Constructing a large-scale water infrastructure project is difficult due to size, scope, and cost. The La Mesa-Sweetwater Reservoir Relining project required collaboration and innovation between the owner, CM, and public outreach team to ensure the project was finished on time and on budget. The project traveled through and required coordination with three cities, three owner member agencies, the county, and three utility partners. Challenges included site access, constrained timeframes for construction due to water demand and gas utility coordination, site access constraints, unique concerns of business owners versus homeowners in diverse communities, and political sensitivities among local entities and affected agencies. These challenges presented opportunities for innovative solutions between the owner and CM. This presentation will provide solutions for owner entities as construction in heavily populated areas increase.
Rachel Kulis - Public Affairs and Community Relations Specialist, NV5
Neena Kuzmich - Project Engineer, San Diego County Water Authority
Aaron Trimm, CCM - Senior Engineer, San Diego County Water Authority
The Successes and Challenges of Delivering a P3: The Purple Line
The Standards of Practice employed by CM professionals on The Purple Line light rail project have aided the owner in successfully managing risk and moving the project forward from Pre-Design through Design, and from Procurement and now the Construction Phase. The Purple Line is a new 16.2 mile light rail project in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and is Maryland’s first major Public-Private Partnership (P3), and one of the largest P3 projects in North America. This session will provide a look at the tumultuous journey from planning to construction, and include an update on the current status of the design-build phase, environmental challenges, right-of-way strategies, working in highly congested neighborhoods, and various legal challenges that had to be overcome.
Jeffrey Ensor - Director of Project Delivery & Finance and the Chief of Staff, Maryland Department of Transportation
James Mitchell, CCM - Program Director, AECOM
Kevin Oberheim, PE, CCM - Project Manager, RK&K
Connecting Workflows With Drones and BIM
Drones have quickly become a must-have tool on construction projects, helping do everything from taking photos and videos to creating high-resolution maps and 3D models. Capturing data with a drone is easy, and CMs can integrate it into their projects, give their team access, and incorporate their data with BIM workflows to improve collaboration and efficiency. Attendees will hear how construction management firms and general contractors are already putting it to use to improve quality control, solve issues quickly in the field, streamline data sharing across teams and with owners.
Hugh McFall - Product Marketing Manager, 3DR
Tuesday, October 16
|9:30 - 10:30 am||
Redefining CM: Leadership for Rent
Explore the anatomy of a successful project team and the construction manager’s evolving role from inspector to team leader. This panel will share perspectives on successful project delivery and how the responsibilities of a CM shift as a project goes from concept to completion in both a bid-build or design-build environment. Participants will learn how good collaboration can make a difference in a project’s outcome.
Eric Jackson, CCM - Sr. Construction manager, Harris & Associates
Daniel Kay, PE - Principle engineer, Civic San Diego
Joe Lowe, AIA - Architect at Taylor design, Taylor Design
It’s a Zoo Out There: Delivering Milwaukee's $1.7 Billion Interchange Project
Attendees will learn how the Wisconsin Department of Transportation broke traditional processes to successfully deliver a $1.7 billion design-bid-build infrastructure project on time and under budget. This ground-breaking project implemented a fully integrated 3D (BIM for Infrastructure) model, integrated a dedicated design liaison into the construction management team, and created a cloud-based collaborative plan review process which has been nationally recognized and adopted as a current AASHTO Innovation Initiative. This collaborative team of owners, a designer, and a construction manager will engage the audience on the challenges and benefits of utilizing nontraditional delivery processes.
Aaron Bubb, PE - Design Project Manager, Kapur & Associates
Bill Koutnik, PE - Construction Manager, HNTB Corporation
Ryan Luck, PE - Southeast Freeways Construction Chief, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Jason Roselle, PE - Southeast Freeways Construction Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
P3 and PM/CM: A Skilled Match
A public-private partnership (P3) has just achieved financial close - now what? This session will explain the process, techniques, tools, and lessons learned during the implementation and delivery of P3 projects, including mega and multidisciplinary programs. Participants will learn how key PM/CM talents and skills enhance outcomes, monitor progress, improve performance, and deliver quality to complex P3 programs. Project implementation for large P3 programs such as LaGuardia Airport and the PennDOT Rapid Bridge Replacement Program will be shared and examined, as well as techniques to communicate with stakeholders and the public.
George Tapas, PE - Vice President - Managing Director, P3 Advisory Services, AECOM
Matt Watts - Director of Partner Sales at e-Builder, e-Builder
Going Digital: Driving Results and Transforming Projects
Much has been made of the future digital revolution in construction, but what about the daily wins available to all of us that don't require massive investment? Attendees will see some of the quick wins around data, reporting, and forecasting that help to drive the time for administrative tasks downwards and free up your time to do what matters – managing construction projects.
Sam Little - Senior Consultant, Turner & Townsend
Thomas Magee - Consultant, Turner & Townsend
Saving the Day: Navigating Challenges Before They Become a Disaster
The Sidney Yates building was constructed in 1879. Over the years inadequate maintenance and repair resulted in widespread deterioration of the historic façade. The building evaluation report and design were completed four years prior to initiation of the $16 million façade restoration/preservation project. As a result, deterioration of the façade accelerated, yielding numerous unforeseen conditions. The project was structured in such a way that the CMs, owner, conservators, general contractor, and subcontractors could all collaborate in open forums. This format facilitated a creative exchange of ideas which led to greater efficiencies, maintained high quality work, and ensured achievement of historical standards. This session explores how to successfully utilize proactive schedule analysis, collaboration, communication, and innovation to identify and prevent potential threats to schedule and budget. The two-year project finished under budget with only 10 change orders.
Thomas Johnson - Senior Project Manager, AFG Group, Inc.
Doug Selby - Senior Project Manager, U.S. General Services Administration
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm||
Staffing Construction: Simplified Planning in the Construction Phase
Effectively planning staffing for a capital improvement program is key to success. With project schedules frequently changing, a tool that can be easily developed, maintained, and updated will benefit both owners and consultants. This solution allowed the owner to forecast staffing needs, strategically assign staffing and determine when peak staffing needs would require support of consultants so that consultant procurements could proceed well in advance of the need. Attendees will learn about a staffing planning problem faced by one owner and their path towards developing a tool to make timely and effective staffing decisions.
Francisco Aragon, PE, CCM - Senior Civil Engineer, Port of Long Beach
Amir Arefnia, PMP - Project Scheduler, Port of Long Beach
Darrin Lambrigger, PE, CCM - Director of Construction Management, Port of Long Beach
Cesar Larios, PE - Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer, Port of Long Beach
Integrated Project Delivery in a Low Bid World
The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach harnesses all the participants of a project team in a collaborative way to optimize results, maximize efficiencies, and increase value to the owner through all phases of design, construction, operation, and maintenance. In the design-bid-build (DBB) procurement model that many public agencies employ, the general contractor joins the team only after submitting a low bid, well after all design decisions have been made. Participants will learn techniques and approaches that can be implemented during a DBB procurement to capture some of the benefits of the IPD approach.
Thomas Dzagan, CCM - Civil Engineer, Michael Baker International
John Finik, PE - Project Manager, APTIM
Michael Mendick, PE, CCM - Asst. District Engineer, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Carrie Rocha, PE - Vice President, HNTB Corporation
MegaProjects and Disputes: To Be Expected or the Norm?
Construction project delivery has changed with globalization and growth in both project size and complexity. In the past three decades we have seen the rise of the megaproject. Megaprojects are not just magnified versions of smaller projects but a completely different breed of project. As a result, these projects tax the ability of contractors to deliver these behemoths with a high standard of quality and safety, as well as on time and within budget. They equally challenge the owners’ level of sophistication in contract management, which exposes the project to increased risk for massive delays and cost overruns as well as numerous contractor claims. As a result, megaprojects have become a cauldron for disputes. The root causes of these disputes are the focus of this panel. The panel addresses the significant challenges of megaprojects considering their unique characteristics.
Bruce Hallock - President, Integrity Consulting International, Inc
Anamaria Popescu, PhD, PE - Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
James Zack, Jr., CCM - Senior Advisor, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Successful PMIS Implementation: CATS Blue Line Extension Program
The $1.6 billion Charlotte Area Transit System Blue Line Extension Program opened in March on time and under budget, overcoming numerous challenges throughout construction. Attendees will learn the advantages of the PMIS system that was utilized by all stakeholders for communication, real-time information, and streamlining of processes. Presenters will explain the construction management processes that were utilized to achieve success and will include discussion about the advantages of an intense quality program, safety program, and streamlined cost accounting.
Jill Brim, PE - Project Director, Charlotte Area Transit System
Brian Stover, PE, CCM - Vice President, HNTB Corporation
What, Where, and When: Laser Scanning Studies from the Forensic Consultants World
By utilizing an integrated suite of sophisticated technology and 3D scanners, one can provide owners, architects, engineers, contractors and insurance carriers with an accurate and detailed record of construction-related information that far exceeds the data collected by conventional methods. Attendees will learn how 3D Laser Scanning and its accompanying data/technology can be a valuable asset to not only the design and construction phase but for claims, risk, safety, litigation defense, and future asset-management. Multiple case examples will be presented which will showcase different value add services of 3D laser scanning shown from a forensic construction consulting point of view. This presentation is highly visual and engaging and its meant to facilitate questions and discussion regarding the specific use of 3D scanning to the attendees business and its future application within virtual/augmented reality platforms.
Paul McCullough, PE - Civil/Structural Engineer Manager, S-E-A, Ltd.
Ryan Siekmann - Imaging Sciences Manager, S-E-A, Ltd.
Activating Trust: The Critical Factor in Construction Management
Trust builds organizational culture and builds collaborative teams, enhances quality, and improves reputations. Absent reciprocal trust, productivity is dampened due to infighting, misaligned motives, and at times, even sabotage. Conversely, those who trust feel loyalty towards their organizations, see themselves as part of a shared legacy, and are more prone to successful working relationships. Construction managers must bridge the great divide produced by the silos found throughout the built environment. Not only do they have to hone their CM expertise, they must understand, have empathy for, and earn the trust of all those involved in project teams, as well as within their own organizations. Attendees will learn evidenced-based strategies to activate trust within their firm.
Ellyn Lester - Associate Professor: Construction Management, Stevens Institute of Technology
|12:00 - 1:30 pm||
Awards Lunch & Keynote
Often called the “Stand-up Economist,” acclaimed economic expert and former senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders, Dr. Elliot Eisenberg uniquely specializes in making the arcana and minutiae of economics entertaining and relevant. With expertise and consultation sought-out by federal, state, and local governments and legislators, hedge funds and investment advisory groups, Dr. Eisenberg is an established authority on the national and global economy and its impact on various industries. Currently as the president, chief economist, and founder of Graphs and Laughs, LLC, he conducts studies and provides economic forecasts that are featured in daily summaries on his blog. The author of more than 85 articles, his sought-after research and opinions have been featured in leading publications including Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes and Fortune.
Elliot Eisenberg, PhD - Chief Economist/Founder, Graphs and Laughs, LLC
|1:45 - 2:45 pm||
The Bright Line between Design and Construction Management
Prior to the advent of the professional construction manager, design professionals traditionally lead the administration of construction contracts. This role is reflected in many of the current industry standard contract documents. More owners are now engaging independent professional construction managers to provide the services formerly provided by design professionals. A clear definition of which services can be provided by a construction manager and which services must continue to be provided by the design professional is necessary to avoid liability and practicing outside the lines established by licensing agencies. This presentation will discuss how these definitions are to be incorporated in contract documents for independent construction management services and strategies for delivering projects without crossing the lines.
Coy Veach, PE, CCM - Program Construction Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Continuous Constructibility: Bridging the Gaps for Project Success
A dynamic tool and technique for project stakeholders to utilize is the continuous constructibility process. CMs are best positioned to add value practicing constructibility because their skills, experience, and role on projects encompass the entire life cycle from planning to start up and operations. Bridging the gaps between the players dramatically contributes to the successful delivery of projects. This session will outline the process, advantages, disadvantages, and pitfalls to provide a roadmap to follow in managing projects.
Christopher Reseigh, PE, FCMAA - Adjunct Professor, Retired President of PBCS, George Mason University
Want a Productive Jobsite? Break Some Rules
If you have been in construction for the past 20 years you can probably recite the McKinsey insights by now. We all know productivity is an issue, but the root of its stagnation is grounded in a simple fact; command and control models still govern how we behave during production. What have all these rules actually gotten us? Has further surrounding the problem with more documents, more forms, and more files led to better overall outcomes? The facts would say no. Maybe it's time we broke the rules? If you appreciate interactive debate, and have broken a few rules yourself, then this session is for you.
Garrett Harley - VP Business Development, Fieldwire
Bringing High-Performing Construction Teams Together: A Lesson in Leadership
Leading people and organizations is a challenging endeavor and is complicated by time and distance. In this session, attendees will learn about the role of context in helping leaders and employees, separated by time and distance, and how to take effective action on their projects to create value as a virtual team. Understanding the context – the patterns, structure, and perspectives - that defines an organization can give the leader a deeper sense of the operating environment they work in, helping both leaders and employees to take more effective action.
Scott Jancy - Director, Markon Solutions
|3:00 - 4:00 pm||
Collaboration Amongst Stakeholders: A Recipe for Success
The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park project was recently developed from the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge that was built in 1889. The Park became a reality through the efforts of a non-profit community organization called Walkway Over the Hudson, a public-private partnership involving the State of New York, federal government, neighboring municipalities, private corporations, and other not-for-profit groups. This session will utilize examples of high visibility, partnership, communication, and collaboration amongst stakeholders to assure a successful project.
August Arrigo, PE - Associate Vice President, ARCADIS
Patrick Kozakiewicz, RA - Senior Architect, NY State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation
Edward Martin - Principal Construction Manager Buildings, ARCADIS
Maximizing Organizational Performance: A One Team Approach
How important are the dynamics and performance of your teams when delivering value to your customers? How can you create the best teams possible when your talent pool is limited and hard to grow? Highly effective teams are those where individuals can maximize doing what they do best, but also those where the team can find healthy dynamics between the members. This session will explore how creating and designing the culture of your interdisciplinary teams can maximize the performance of your entire company.
Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate - Chief Innovation Officer, Lineup
How to Implement 360-Degree Leadership Strategies
People who can lead in every direction - up, down, and across teams - can successfully implement leadership principles to manage projects and create future leaders at every level of the enterprise. This presentation will focus on 360-degree leadership principles and how these leaders can provide insight to any construction management team. Attendees will learn how influential leaders can make an impact to the success of a project regardless of where they are in an organization.
Shawn Brennan, PE, CCM - Senior Associate, Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.
James Soroush - Project Controls, Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.
Manning Your Project with an Unmanned Aircraft
Technology development is progressing at a blistering pace. This provides the opportunity to integrate technology into construction projects thereby saving time, decreasing costs, improving the quality of the final product, and providing more accurate information to all project stakeholders. Successful integration of remote sensing and unmanned aircraft systems into some construction projects provides an opportunity to collect and analyze data which adds value for project owners and other interested parties. Attendees will hear about how the freeway project at the intersection of State Route 4 and Balfour Road located in California integrated light detection and ranging and photogrammetry technology onto a drone platform to collect and analyze data for the 18-month project.
Ed Greutert - Regional Manager/Principal, Alta Vista Solutions
Ivan Ramirez - Construction Manager, Contra Costa Transit Authority
Please note: schedule is subject to change.