2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference | Omni William Penn | Pittsburgh, PA | May 9-11, 2018


Be Kind, Be Truthful, Be Brave: Secrets to a Century-Plus Owner Constructor Partnership (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

Session Number: 18A23A

Location: Monongahela

Date: 5/11/2018 9:45:00 AM-5/11/2018 10:45:00 AM

Session Speakers:

Jack Mumma , Michigan State University

Jay Smith , The Christman Company


There aren’t many owner-constructor relationships that last more than a century, but Michigan State University and the Christman Company have been working together since 1908.  During that time, Christman has constructed dozens of buildings on MSU’s campus, and renovated many more.  The key to maintaining this relationship is healthy and respectful communication, and choosing to deal with problems rather than writing each other off.  In this session, representatives of Christman and MSU will discuss some of the watershed moments, and how the partners have built on past success and learned from failures.