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In addition to COAA's highly valuable local chapter events and in-person national conferences, COAA also offers multiple opportunities for distance learning.  Visit the COAA Owner Training Institute page to learn about training courses, live and on-demand webinars, and Lorman Education Offerings. 

COAA Texas
Call for Presentations


Texas Chapter Leaders

President - David Bammerlin, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Vice President - Guillermo Ramos, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Treasurer - Allison Muth, Texas Children's Hospital

Secretary - Suzanne Dorantes, MD Anderson Cancer Center


2015 COAA-TX Winter Workshop

2/12/2015 5:30 PM - 2/13/2015 2:45 PM
Location : Courtyard by Marriott
Austin, Texas

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown
300 E. 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
To make your reservation,
call 1-800-321-2211 or 512-236-8008
Rate $199
Room rate expires Jan 22, 2015
The COAA-TX 2015 Winter Workshop will be held in Austin on February 12-13, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Austin Downtown.  Registration fee includes the popular networking reception the night before. 

Registration Fees

Early Bird


(after Jan. 22, 2015)

OWNER MEMBER $100.00 $125.00
OWNER NON-MEMBER $200.00 $225.00
ASSOCIATE MEMBER $200.00 $225.00
ASSOCIATE NON-MEMBER $250.00 $275.00



5:30 - 6:30 pm      REGISTRATION


Join the COAA TX Chapter for a networking reception to kick-off the Chapter's Winter Workshop. Reconnect with old COAA colleagues and meet new ones.


7:30 – 9:30 am     REGISTRATION

7:30 – 8:30 am     CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:15 – 8:30 am     WELCOME

8:30 – 9:30 am     SESSION # 1
Assessing How the Affordable Care Act and Health Facility Market Impacts Design, Construction and Use
Speakers:  Amy Baker, Manager, Healthcare Center of Excellence, Skanska; Juddson Orlando, Director, Childrens Health

Three years into the new era of healthcare, general concerns still linger over diverging needs of projects, shifts in facility design and a market in flux. Some projects have paved the way to become incredibly innovative, leading to a more efficient delivery of healthcare. This session will focus on challenges in the industry, the greater emphasis on return on investment for our clients, design and construction trends as they relate to building faster and more efficiently, the role technology will play in the future and a comparison of patient care today versus where it is headed, based on the industry changes. The discussion will conclude with an in-depth look into potential outcomes if owners, designers and contractors can partner better together on projects.

9:30 – 9:45 am       BREAK
9:45 – 10:45 am     SESSION #2        
Pre-Fabrication and Panelization – Are They the Right Fit for Your Project?
Speakers:  Jaime Ramirez, CEO, McCamey County Hospital District; Michael Vickery, CMO, Baker Triangle; Kirby Baird, Project Executive and Mike Sanford, BIM Specialist, SpawGlass

How do you get the most building for your buck while ensuring a quality product and dealing with a shrinking labor market? Given the scope of the project, pre-fabrication and panelization may be options to consider. This session will use the McCamey Replacement Hospital, Nursing Home and Rural Clinic as a case study to demonstrate how pre-fabrication and panelization can be implemented to expedite a project’s schedule, heighten quality control, cut down on waste, reduce the amount of labor needed onsite and, ultimately, produce cost savings. This session also will cover the critical role Building Information Modeling (BIM) plays in the pre-fabrication and panelization process.

10:45 – 11:45 am   SESSION #3
The Results/Part 2:  Request for Collaboration – How an Owner Found and Supported the ‘Right’ Team
Speakers:  Denton Wilson, Methodist Health System, VP Design & Construction; James Johnson, VP, RTKL; and Jeff Ratcliff, Senior PM, The Beck Group

Denton Wilson from Methodist Health System and his team will update their popular presentation from the Fall Workshop, focusing on the results from Methodist Health System’s recent project completions and the process that was used to achieve extraordinary success.

11:45 – 12:30 pm     LUNCH                                
Owner Project Showcase
Speaker:  Guillermo Ramos, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Guillermo Ramos of the UT Southwestern Medical Center will showcase the  William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital - a 1.3 million square-foot, 12-floor, 460-bed hospital which opened in December 2014 - and future projects that are planned on campus.  He will also share lessons learned from the project and strategies going forward on new projects.

12:30 – 1:45 pm    SESSION #4 A
Start / Stop / Continue / 2.0 (4 different sessions)
Coordinator: David Bammerlin, MD Anderson Cancer Center

This program will continue the conversation and format from the 2014 Fall Workshop.  In the first phase, several topics will be selected and explored, taking a deeper dive into formulating best practices or action plans to improve our chances of success.  Once the discussion has finished, a representative from each group will talk about their group’s discussion, focusing on their top 1-5 responses for general discussion.  The representatives will go over what they believe other teams can do to be more successful.

Specific topics and facilitators include:
Contractors to Owners – Facilitator: Hyde Griffith
Coordination of Review Time Among Stakeholders
Best Practice – Page Turn Sessions
Owners to Contractors – Facilitator:  Daina Pitzenberger
Fostering Team Collaboration in Problem Solving
Team oriented problem solving / increase transparency / improve timely communication

A/Es to Owners – Facilitator: Darren Smith
Improving the Owner Selection Process
Identify interview / selection team
Communicate the selection process

A/Es to Contractors -  Facilitator: Dennis Lerdahl
What is the process for updating the BIM model?
Who owns the model?
When does the model get handed off?
How are changes communicated?

1:45 – 2:00 pm     BREAK
2:00 – 2:45 pm     SESSION # 4 B   
Start / Stop / Continue / 2.0
In the concluding part of this session, each group will report their findings.


COAA-TX Scholarships Available

Do you know an Owner who can benefit from information shared at the COAA-TX Workshop? Scholarships provide an opportunity for Owners who are new to COAA to attend the COAA-TX Workshop for FREE.

Scholarships will cover registration for the COAA Texas Chapter Winter Workshop in Austin, as well as travel and hotel. Eligible owners will be given an invitation on behalf of the committee in order to participate, and are encouraged to participate in all sessions.

For more information on the COAA-TX Scholarship Program, please contact COAA at dheavener@coaa.org.