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.

Michael Kenig

Holder Construction

Mike is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company.

Brian Perlberg


Brian serves as Executive Director and Senior Counsel for ConsensusDocs, a diverse coalition of leading construction associations producing best practice construction contracts.



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.


Navigating the Future

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

Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t things just go the way I want for a change?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?”


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.


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

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

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


Effective Project Management: You Are Not the Project

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

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


From Kickoff to Closeout: Connecting the Building Lifecycle

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.


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.


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.


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.


Three Owners, Three Approaches: A Focus on Project Delivery

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

The design and delivery of three recent facilities of comparable size at academic institutions all in the San Francisco Bay Area, highlight different delivery models and the benefits and limitations of each.


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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