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2024 COAA-IL Spring Workshop

2024 COAA-IL Spring Workshop

Thursday, April 25, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

Event Details

Maximizing Infrastructure through P3 Collaboration: A Guide for Construction Project Owners


Session Description:

Attention construction project owners interested in leveraging Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a delivery method for your new projects! This session is tailored specifically for you, offering invaluable insights and practical strategies to maximize the impact of your construction projects through innovative collaboration.


Our panelists, experts in P3 collaborations and healthcare infrastructure development, will delve into the following key objectives:


  • Enhancing Equity Across Industries: Explore how P3 partnerships can aid in the creation of public facilities that serve diverse populations, fostering greater equity within underserved communities. .


  • Optimizing Design Processes: Explore how P3 collaborations facilitate distinctive, functional, and innovative design processes, delivering facilities that meet the evolving needs of communities while optimizing operational efficiency.


  • Unlocking Real Estate and Capital Solutions: Learn about the real estate and capital solutions available through P3 partnerships, enabling construction project owners to maximize operational and financial performance while supporting the health needs of their regions.


  • Ensuring Quality Construction and Innovation: Gain insights into the importance of quality construction, innovation, and building integrity in healthcare infrastructure projects delivered through P3 collaborations, ensuring the long-term success and sustainability of your investments.


  • Engaging Communities Inclusively: Understand the critical role of inclusive community engagement in P3 infrastructure projects, fostering stakeholder buy-in and ensuring that projects align with the unique needs and priorities of local communities.


Following the panel discussion, attendees will be allowed to participate in an exterior tour of the UI Health Specialty Care Building. While we regret that we cannot offer an interior tour due to ongoing patient services, this external exploration will still allow you to witness the architectural and transformative impact of P3 collaborations in healthcare infrastructure delivery. You'll gain insight into how these partnerships optimize patient care, operational efficiency, and community impact.


This event offers a comprehensive guide for construction project owners looking to harness the benefits of P3 collaborations in healthcare infrastructure development. Whether you're seeking to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize project outcomes, or foster community engagement, this panel discussion promises practical strategies and real-world examples to guide your journey.


Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of your construction projects through innovative P3 collaborations. Join us for an enlightening session that will empower you to drive positive change and deliver impactful infrastructure for generations to come.

Approved for 2 AIA Learning Unit

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Mary Basel Christopher
Mary Basel Christopher ShawContract (IL)
Quinne Chessman
Quinne Chessman Associate Principal Thornton Tomasetti (IL)
Patrick Condron
Patrick Condron Director of Operations The Concord Group (IL)
Matthew Edmonson
Matthew Edmonson Assistant Director Capital Program Administration University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
Robert Eicken
Robert Eicken Sr. Vice President CannonDesign (IL)
ELIZABETH GRANATO Bureau Chief Cook County Government
Michael Hanley
Michael Hanley Associate Principal The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Ryan Holden
Ryan Holden Director of Business Development The Concord Group (IL)
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Ann Kalayil
Ann Kalayil AVP Facilities Planning and Management Columbia College Chicago
Lawrence Kearns
Lawrence Kearns Principal Wheeler Kearns Architects
Donna LaJeunesse
Donna LaJeunesse President Custom Contracting
Fred Lebed
Fred Lebed Senior Project Manager The Concord Group
Tom Longhi
Tom Longhi Principal, Health Sector Stantec (IL)
Julia Louie
Julia Louie Director, Space Management & Planning University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Mariah McGunigle
Mariah McGunigle Regional Chief Architect, GSA Great Lakes Region General Services Administration - Central Office (WDC)
Mike OKeefe
Mike OKeefe Ankura
John Peters
John Peters Principal FGM Architects (IL)
Elise Riehle
Elise Riehle Assistant Director, Real Estate Services University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
Chris Rogan
Chris Rogan Director - Capital Programs Administration University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
John Ross
John Ross Vice President of Business Development Pepper Construction Company (Chicago, IL)
Nihar D Shah
Nihar D Shah Senior Engineer Rubinos & Mesia Engineers
Ezgi Talarico
Ezgi Talarico Senior Manager Gilbane Building Company (IL)
Shannon Tucker
Shannon Tucker University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
Eric Vandenbroucke
Eric Vandenbroucke Vice President of Healthcare IMEG (IL)
Calli Verkamp
Calli Verkamp Principal Wheeler Kearns Architects
Ebone White
Ebone White Asst. Dir. / Project Manager University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson Asst. Vice President Office of Capital Programs University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
Amanda Wood
Amanda Wood Commercial Sales Manager Daltile
Sandy Yoo
Sandy Yoo Assistant Director Capital Program Administration University of Illinois Capital Programs & Real Estate Services
5 Other Registered Attendees


Mariah McGunigle, Regional Chief Architect, GSA Great Lakes Region 

Mariah McGunigle is the Regional Chief Architect for GSA’s Great Lakes Region.  She focuses on leading holistic design strategies aimed to maximize environmental, social, and economic outcomes.  She is also working to collaborate with industry partners and local communities to find bespoke solutions for GSA’s remarkable public buildings.  Previously she spent 14 years working for GSA’s Center for Historic Buildings and the Great Lakes Region as a preservation architect providing technical and strategic expertise to capital construction and repair and alteration project teams. As an active member of the ACE Mentor program (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mariah is lead mentor for the Max Hayes Highschool team in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to GSA, Mariah worked for architectural firms in the Baltimore metropolitan area and the City of Annapolis.  Mariah holds a Masters in Architecture from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.


Julia Louie, Director, Space Management & Planning, UI Health

Julia Louie is the Director of Space Management and Planning at UI Health in Chicago, IL.  With over 22 years practicing architecture focused on healthcare, she has worked on projects of all shapes and sizes within the healthcare space, including campus master plans, hospital expansions, a replacement hospital in Indiana and a category 4 hurricane-resistant hospital tower in Texas.  With the transition to the owner's side in 2018 as a project manager, her focus was on the continuity of brand standard and delivery of projects for meeting the expectations of the internal clients.

Joining UI Health in 2022 as Director of Space Management and Planning, Julia now leads a team to respond to everyday requests within the facilities including implementation of a new space management policy and procedure to support our everyday requests of the growing institution. She is also focused on collaborating with hospital leadership, the UIC physicians group, and the College of Medicine to prepare and implement a new facility master plan to align with the strategic plan of the institution which will allow UI Health patients more access to healthcare services for years to come.

Thomas C. Longhi, Principal, Stantec (previously with Shive Hattery)

 As a principal with decades of experience focusing on healthcare and higher education, Tom is driven to bring a client’s vision to life. Through clear communication and an understanding that the client’s goals come first, he’s seen as a trusted advisor by his clients and his team members.

After completing his first healthcare project in 2001—revitalizing an old hospital system over the course of three years—Tom realized his passion lies within the healthcare practice area where he could focus his efforts on helping others. Some of his notable projects include the University of Illinois (UI) Health Specialty Care Building and the conceptual plan and federal grant application for the replacement of UI Health, Mile Square.

Dan Myers, Project Director Vice President, Pepper Construction

Dan is a Vice President at Pepper Construction, specializing in healthcare projects in Chicagoland as well as downstate Illinois. As a Project Director, Dan leads the budgeting, scheduling, and procurement responsibilities and monitors implementation of quality and safety programs, all while keeping an eye on sound fiscal management of the project funds. With more than $700 million in construction experience, he emphasizes respectful, long-term, mutually beneficial client relationships. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to his 23 years at Pepper Construction, Dan worked for 4 years with Roy F. Weston, Inc., managing environmental remediation projects across the Midwest.


COAA’s primary mission is education – helping Owners be better Owners – so your support leads ultimately to a more informed client base that believes in The COAA Way of conducting business. 

Sponsors of the Illinois chapter can sponsor a single event - for example, spring or fall workshop or a summer social gathering. Packages include a variety of benefits on both the local and national level, including a tie-in to COAA Connect 2024 in Atlanta.