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Florida Chapter Leaders

President - Bill Smith, University of Florida
Past President - Jose Rodriguez, Florida International University
Vice President - Charlie Jackson, Alachua County

Treasurer - Vacant

Secretary - Vacant


Seeking news, networking opportunities, and workshops with the latest industry issues? Contact the COAA-Florida Chapter with your fresh ideas, to update your contact information, to join the leadership committee, or just stay connected for all the latest chapter happenings.  We appreciate your support and participation!

Most Recent Workshop

COAA-FL Chapter 2016 Spring Workshop
March 18, 2016

On March 18th, 2016, COAA-Florida Chapter hosted a Spring Workshop at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  The Workshop was represented by nearly 40 organizations / 70+ attendees that enjoyed a full day of educational discussions on topics of interest in today’s busy construction market.  There were three very interesting educational sessions offered throughout the day followed by the showcase tour of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, $60M Renovation & Expansion Project at the University of Florida.

The educational sessions were both diverse and interesting to attending Owner & Associate members.  The early session tackled the industry concerns of the nationwide shortage of skilled craft professionals and how severe this issue will grow in the coming years.  Don Whyte of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) spoke to the group offering current workforce challenges while also providing a perspective on how Owners can be proactive to possibly help with this market condition.  This fascinating presentation gave perspective on the gravity of the labor market issues, plus provided ideas for helping attract more young workers into the construction industry.   Howie Ferguson, University of Florida, gave a detailed perspective on how  COAA and the COAA-FL Chapter were discovered and how they both support facility Owners in the planning, design and construction process through education and information exchange to encourage continuous improvement and evolution of the construction industry.  The last session was presented by Miles Albertson & William Smith, University of Florida, who delved into the specifics of the Project Selection process for delivering Small, Minor, Continuing, Annual or Job-Order-Contracting projects at the University of Florida.  All in attendance were impressed with the detail and quality of the topics provided by all of our presenters.

COAA-FL Chapter is currently organizing the next workshop which will occur in Fall 2016.  More information will be provided as we finalize the planning details.

For more information on how to become involved with the COAA Florida Chapter, please contact chapter President Bill Smith at