2018 COAA Fall Owners Leadership Conference | Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines | La Jolla, CA | November 14-16, 2018

2018 Fall Owners Leadership Conference

Hundreds of planning, design, and construction industry professionals will gather at COAA’s Fall Owners Leadership Conference in beautiful La Jolla, CA. 

The 3-day conference features high-quality, Owner-focused educational sessions, g
reat networking opportunities, a lively exhibit hall, and an optional Wednesday morning golf outing on Torrey Pines' South Course (green fees separate from conference registration). 


Learning Credits:

COAA will apply for AIA learning credits - including some that qualify for Health Safety and Welfare (HSW). Certificates are also available upon request.

Who Attends:
Owners involved in the planning, design, and construction process, architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors.

Take a look at photos from the 2018 COAA Spring Owners Leadership Conference.




Carol Cool

Michigan State University

Carol is a Project Manager within Planning, Design and Construction (PDC); a division of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) at MSU.

Michael Carrancho

Smithsonian Institution

Mike Carrancho is a Deputy Director in the Office of Planning Design and Construction at the Smithsonian Institution.

Allison Muth

Texas Children's Hospital

Allison Muth is the Facilities Project Manager with Facilities Planning & Development at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Bryan Hubbard

Purdue University

Bryan Hubbard is an Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management at Purdue University.

Jeff Bonk

Michigan State University

Jeff Bonk is a Project Delivery Team Supervisor with Michigan State University.

John Bechtel

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design and Construction Division at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant (OPP).

Miles Albertson

University of Florida

Miles is Director of Major Projects and Special Programs for the University of Florida's Division of Planning, Design, & Construction.

Stephen Greulich

University of Pennsylvania Health System

Stephen Greulich is Senior Project Manager for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Jody Urquhart

Jody Urquhart is an author, motivational speaker, and humorist.

Cy Rangel

Purdue University

Cy Rangel is a Senior Project Manager in Purdue’s Capital Program Management group.

Bill Martin

University of Central Florida

Bill Martin is the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at UCF.

Jim Yuengert

The Smithsonian Institution

Jim Yuengert is a program manager in the Smithsonian Institution’s Facilities office in Washington DC.

Tony McGraw

Loudoun County Public Schools

Robert (Tony) McGraw is the Project Executive for Loudoun County Public Schools on the Academies of Loudoun, a state-of-the-art STEM school in the making for over 10 years.

Chris Shay

Santa Clara University

Chris serves as the AVP for Operations with oversight of the Santa Clara University 2020 Capital Plan.

Laura McCarty

University of California, San Diego

Laura is a Capital Program Manager at University of California, San Diego.



Managing Uncertainty: New Tools for Owners and Project Teams

14-Nov-2018 , 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Report on two new initiatives from Dodge Data and Analytics.


Workshop - Small Project Execution: Best Practices

14-Nov-2018 , 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Small projects don't get the attention that large, high profile projects do but they require nearly as much time to manage and close out.


Workshop - Information Hand-off: Transition to Operations Excellence

14-Nov-2018 , 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This session, facilitated by Mike Kenig of Holder Construction, focuses on how to improve the transition from construction to operations, streamline the close out process, and identify the resources for a successful handoff.


Workshop - Project Management: Soft Skills that Make a Difference

14-Nov-2018 , 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Technical skills are more tangible, easier to learn, and simpler to test, but soft skills are equally important in the workplace.


Follow Me I’m Right Behind You! How to Lead & Influence Others

15-Nov-2018 , 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.


Have You Learned Your Lesson? The Smithsonian's Lessons Learned Program

15-Nov-2018 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Since 2014 the Smithsonian has utilized a formal lessons learned system utilizing Microsoft Word based templates and an existing enterprise document management system.


Women in Skilled Trades

15-Nov-2018 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) is a newly created non-profit apprenticeship readiness program to help women get into skilled trades.


Keep Your Eye on Costs: Target Value Delivery Takes You to the Next Level

15-Nov-2018 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Target Value Design (TVD) is a systematic approach to estimating cost and value during the design and delivery of a project.


Delivering the Win-Win - The COAA Way of CM/AE Selection, Before, During, and After

15-Nov-2018 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This session discusses the RFP, RFQ, and Interview processes of CM and AE selection with a focus on tips from the Owner’s perspective coupled with how we as Owner's can provide valuable feedback that participants can utilize to improve future endeavors.


Making Technology Function Day 1

15-Nov-2018 , 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an early adopter when it comes to technology. As the world’s leading research and treatment facility for childhood cancers and other catastrophic childhood diseases, the organization is keenly aware of rapid advancements in the medical field, and how these changes can dramatically affect construction budgets.


Effective Project Leadership: You Are Not the Project

15-Nov-2018 , 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

You are not the project and nine other project management tips for effective project management.


From Kickoff to Closeout: How Technology is Changing the Data Turnover Conversation

15-Nov-2018 , 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

According to industry research, turnover represents a make or break moment for the relationship between contractors and owners.


Fluor's "One Ten Times" Metric: Driving Innovation Forward

15-Nov-2018 , 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Fluor has developed the crystal-clear "One 10 Times" metric, which serves as the foundation for its innovation efforts.


Getting Decisions That Stick: What Owners Can Uniquely Do

15-Nov-2018 , 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are your projects sometimes troubled by indecision and/or changing decisions? Do the so-called “decision-makers” delay needed decisions or make last minute changes--costing everyone time and money?


Data Driven Continuous Improvement: Design and Construction at Prologis

16-Nov-2018 , 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The emergence of digital business is disrupting the way that our industry works.


CM At-Risk: A Tale of Two Owners - Loudoun County Public Schools and University of California at San Diego

16-Nov-2018 , 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Owners often select delivery method for similar reasons but arrive at their conclusion in different ways.


So You Want a BIM Model But What Does That Really Mean?

16-Nov-2018 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

BIM, in and of itself, is not the end but rather the means to a number of valuable project delivery outcomes for an Owner.


The Benefits and Risks of Design-Assist Contracting

16-Nov-2018 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Contracting methods that foster early collaboration in the design process such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design-Build (DB), and Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) are evolving and becoming increasingly common in construction.


Three Owners — Three Approaches: Aligning Delivery Methodology and Process to Maximize Institutional Value

16-Nov-2018 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stanford University School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Santa Clara University, each recently built similar and comparable sized facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area using different delivery models ranging from public-private partnerships to CM at Risk and Design-Build.


Owner's Roundtable

16-Nov-2018 , 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

This purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.


Tour: Architectural tour of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

16-Nov-2018 , 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Salk Institute continues to be acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures.
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