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COAA Connect Fall 2022

COAA Connect Fall 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM (MST) to Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM (MST)

Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center

1420 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80202-3201
United States

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Aaron Korostyshevsky
Aaron Korostyshevsky e-Builder, a Trimble Company (Denver)
Adam Hutchinson
Adam Hutchinson Denver Water
Alex Murray
Alex Murray Construction Manager Ada County Operations
Allison B Muth
Allison B Muth Regional Manager Construction - Texas Medxcel (TX)
Amanda Mendler
Amanda Mendler Project Architect Kirksey Architecture
Amber Duplantis
Amber Duplantis Banner Health - North Colorado
Ammon Taylor
Ammon Taylor Deputy Prosecutor Attorney Ada County
Amy Luchun
Amy Luchun Principal Lamar Johnson Collaborative (St. Louis)
Andrew Reilly
Andrew Reilly Sr. Director of Engineering and Construction Carnegie Mellon University
Angela Fante
Angela Fante Principal Ballinger Architects and Engineers
Anna Sutter
Anna Sutter Upwork
Anu Taneja
Anu Taneja Contract Administrator Michigan State University
Bill Baine
Bill Baine Attorney The Baine Firm
Bill Bofysil
Bill Bofysil Granger Construction Company
Bill Hercules
Bill Hercules CEO WJH Health
Bill Wade
Bill Wade Director of Project Management Services Southern Methodist University, Office of Facilities Planning and Management
Blythe Ferguson
Blythe Ferguson Team Dentist Construction Owners Association of America
Bob Calvin
Bob Calvin Doxel
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown Director, Channel Partners and Strategic Sales PMWeb Inc.
Brady McGee
Brady McGee Senior Project Manager Brasfield & Gorrie
Brandon Shah
Brandon Shah Electric Vehicle Charging Solution Consultant Floor & Decor
Bret Elam
Bret Elam OnIndus
Brian Campa
Brian Campa Principal Cooper Carry
Brian Faulkner
Brian Faulkner Adolfson & Peterson Construction (CO)
Byron Valle
Byron Valle Sr. Strategic Account Manager e-Builder, a Trimble Company
Carina Kraatz
Carina Kraatz Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, P.C.
Carla Brown
Carla Brown Project Manager at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Project Manager at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Carli Cole
Carli Cole Project Manager HGA Architects and Engineers (WI)
Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. (MD)
Catie McClurg
Catie McClurg Design Project Specialist University of Iowa
Chad Stirrett
Chad Stirrett Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Ferris State University
Chris Deely
Chris Deely Project Associate Carnegie Mellon University
Christina Camp
Christina Camp Project Manager Aurora Public Schools
Christopher Olivares
Christopher Olivares Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer Gravely Attorneys & Counselors
Christopher Woods
Christopher Woods Ada County
Cody Christian
Cody Christian Sr. Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Collette Small
Collette Small Industry Coordinator The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MD)
Conrad Talley
Conrad Talley Architect EwingCole (PA)
Corey Ragole
Corey Ragole Vice President of Project Management Cresa
Courtney Brooks
Courtney Brooks Industry Manager The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (Denver)
Craig Peeples
Craig Peeples Kahua, Inc.
Cristopher Farrar
Cristopher Farrar Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Dale Harvey Jr.
Dale Harvey Jr. Associate, Practice Lead IBI Group
Dan Bailinger
Dan Bailinger President Chameleon Consulting Corp
Danielle Hancock
Danielle Hancock FARO Technologies Inc.
Dareen Salama
Dareen Salama CEO Gryps
Darrell Boazman
Darrell Boazman Chief Officer - ESPLOST/ Capital Projects Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Darren Cunningham
Darren Cunningham Project Engineering CM/BWL Owner Representative Lansing Board of Water and Light
Dave Peck
Dave Peck Facilities Project Manager Penn State University
David Dike
David Dike Senior Project Manager, NFS Capital Projects Kaiser Permanente (CO)
David Johnson
David Johnson Construction Management Auburn University Facilities Management
David Mellan
David Mellan CIP Project Manager City of Peoria
Derek Meyer
Derek Meyer Director of Construction Management LifeSpire of Virginia
Derek Wilson CHFM PE
Derek Wilson CHFM PE Director, HSPP University of Virginia Facilities Management
Dozie Ibeh
Dozie Ibeh AVP, Project Delivery Group Princeton University
Drew Furry
Drew Furry Project Executive Purdue University
Dustin Sommer
Dustin Sommer Founder and President Ambit + Limen Development Studio
Ed Striffler
Ed Striffler Architectural Services Manager City of Peoria
Eric Burdine
Eric Burdine Deputy Director of Public Works Carroll County Department of Public Works
Erik Osborn
Erik Osborn CIPO Cloud
Erin Luke
Erin Luke Partner Thompson Hine LLP
Fatima Ahmed
Fatima Ahmed Project Manager University of Florida Planning, Design and Construction
Gifton Passley
Gifton Passley Deputy Executive Director Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission
Ginger Smith
Ginger Smith Senior Facilities Construction Project Manager UT Health Science Center - Houston
Grant Rainwater
Grant Rainwater Croft & Associates (GA)
Gus Maimis
Gus Maimis Vice President STV Construction
Hal Broadhurst
Hal Broadhurst Senior Project Manager Loudoun County Public Schools
Harpreet Suji
Harpreet Suji OnIndus
Hayes Todd
Hayes Todd Director Holder (Atlanta, GA)
Heather Fink
Heather Fink Penn State University
Heather Heiland
Heather Heiland The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (Denver)
Hemant Bhave
Hemant Bhave COO Projectmates by Systemates
Henry Ehrgott
Henry Ehrgott The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (Denver)
Howie S. Ferguson
Howie S. Ferguson Executive Director Construction Owners Association of America
Ian Law
Ian Law The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MD)
Ileana Holguin
Ileana Holguin Vice President - Institutional Business Unit - California Clayco (St. Louis)
Ilene Goldberg
Ilene Goldberg Manager, Membership Lean Construction Institute
James Braam
James Braam Design Principal HDR Architecture
Jamie Fortin
Jamie Fortin Manager, Industry Relations American Institute of Architects
Jared Zurbuchen
Jared Zurbuchen Project Manager, Real Estate and Construction Exact Sciences Corporation
Jason Hanson
Jason Hanson Construction Coordinator Supervisor State of Wisconsin - Division of Facilities Development
Jason Romero
Jason Romero KEYNOTE SPEAKING | COACHING | SUCCESS SEMINARS
Jason Sutton
Jason Sutton Principal Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jay Labare
Jay Labare Principal APEX Consulting LLC
Jeanne Bindewald
Jeanne Bindewald Business Development Manager Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. (FL)
Jeff Bonk
Jeff Bonk Project Delivery Team Supervisor MSU
Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson Integrated Design Solutions (Troy, MI)
Jeff Malloy
Jeff Malloy Director of Operations Oak Hall School
Jenell Calloway
Jenell Calloway Manager, Meetings & Events Construction Owners Association of America
Jeremy Hulsey
Jeremy Hulsey Director, Project Portfolio Management - REFS Exact Sciences
Jessica Messick
Jessica Messick Quality Project Manager University of Iowa
Jill McKenzie
Jill McKenzie Manager, Membership & Sponsorship Construction Owners Association of America
Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll Associate Vice Chancellor & University Architect University of California, Davis
Jim Heckemeyer
Jim Heckemeyer Associate Director-Construction University of Missouri
Jody Beasley
Jody Beasley Regional Business Development Lead-Rocky Mountain Region Page
Joe Hedges
Joe Hedges Associate Vice President of Capital and Facilities California State University, Bakersfield
Joe Keal
Joe Keal Principal | Architect Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Kansas City, MO)
Joe Sprys
Joe Sprys Owner - Retired National Heritage Academies - Retired
Joe Yimin
Joe Yimin Senior Project Manager Carnegie Mellon University
John Bechtel
John Bechtel Assistant Dir., Design & Construction Penn State University
John Bowers, Jr.
John Bowers, Jr. Bureau Chief Carroll County Department of Public Works
John Giovannone
John Giovannone Senior Vice President The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MD)
John Holbert
John Holbert National Director of Education | Senior Principal IMEG
John Holbert
John Holbert National Director of Education | Senior Principal IMEG (IL)
John Mamuscia
John Mamuscia Account Executive Autodesk Construction Cloud (CA)
John V. Zahor
John V. Zahor Director of Operations and Maintenance University of Maryland, Baltimore County
John Zachara
John Zachara Vice President Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.
Jon Keller
Jon Keller Associate Editor Engineering News Record
Jose Barunda
Jose Barunda Avicado Construction Technology Services (Denver, CO)
Joseph Alfieri
Joseph Alfieri Director, CPDC Syracuse University Campus Planning Design and Construction
Josh Brown
Josh Brown Ada County
Jozef Guziewicz
Jozef Guziewicz Senior VP of Construction Bedrock Real Estate Services
Justin Zeh
Justin Zeh Senior Superintendent The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MO)
Kate Taft
Kate Taft Denver Water
Kelsee Campbell
Kelsee Campbell Customer Advocacy Program Manager Autodesk Construction Cloud (Denver)
Ken Urbanek
Ken Urbanek IMEG (CO)
Keven Kehlenbach
Keven Kehlenbach Project Director, Project Development LEGENDS
Kirk Engel
Kirk Engel Project Manager I Carroll County Department of Public Works
Krista Trofka
Krista Trofka Strategic Engagement Leader for Higher Education DLR Group (Denver)
Krystal McDoom
Krystal McDoom Project Manager University of Chicago
Kurt Neubek FAIA
Kurt Neubek FAIA Principal / Firmwide Healthcare Practice Leader Page
Kurt Young
Kurt Young Principal Walter P Moore & Associates (Houston, TX)
Kyle Majchrowski
Kyle Majchrowski Senior Project Executive Banner Health - North Colorado
Laura Wards
Laura Wards Marketing Director Projectmates by Systemates
Lester Felder
Lester Felder Team Lead - Architect Research and Sciences The University of Texas at Austin
Lindsay Brown
Lindsay Brown Swinerton (Denver)
Lisa Brachna
Lisa Brachna Sr. Project Manager University of Tampa
Liz Harner
Liz Harner Strategic Solutions Manager OnIndus
Lucie Castro
Lucie Castro Manager, Operations and Administration Construction Owners Association of America
Marc Gravely
Marc Gravely Partner Gravely Attorneys & Counselors
Maria Dion
Maria Dion Group Manager for PDC Project Managers University of New Mexico
Marty Smith
Marty Smith State Property Officer Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission
Meg Hohnholt
Meg Hohnholt Project Manager - Development & Construction Banner Health - North Colorado
Melanie Ford
Melanie Ford Director of Construction OUA University of Georgia
Melanie Heflin
Melanie Heflin University of Florida Planning, Design and Construction
Melissa Chabot
Melissa Chabot Melissa Chabot - Vermeulens VERMEULENS (CA)
Melody Vandivere
Melody Vandivere President & CEO Maia Consulting LLC
Michael Roush
Michael Roush Program Manager University of California, San Diego
Mickey Parker
Mickey Parker Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. (FL)
Mike Emerson
Mike Emerson Principal Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Chicago, IL)
Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley Associate Director of Construction Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Stauss
Mike Stauss Project Director Clayco (St. Louis)
Monica Reed
Monica Reed Project Manager Penn State University
Neal Angrisano
Neal Angrisano Principal TreanorHL
Nick Caravella
Nick Caravella Thought Leadership Avicado Construction Technology Services (Denver, CO)
Nick Jaeger
Nick Jaeger Microsoft Professional Services
Olivia Barrett
Olivia Barrett Avicado Construction Technology Services (Denver, CO)
Patrick Rebholz
Patrick Rebholz Design & Construction Project Delivery Director University Of Wisconsin System Administration
Paul Rowley
Paul Rowley Project Manager Banner Health - North Colorado
Paul Wember
Paul Wember President Wember Inc
Paulina Zawistowska
Paulina Zawistowska Avicado Construction Technology Services (Denver, CO)
Peter Worstell
Peter Worstell National Business Development SageGlass
Phillip Addington
Phillip Addington Senior Project Manager Clemson University - Facilities
Renee Cheng
Renee Cheng Dean, College of Built Environments University of Washington - Academia
Richard Vermeulen
Richard Vermeulen Senior Principal VERMEULENS (CA)
Rick Moeckel
Rick Moeckel EVP, Business institutional Unit Clayco (St. Louis)
Rick Stuckey
Rick Stuckey Associate CannonDesign (IL)
RJ Reed
RJ Reed Vice President The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (Tampa, FL)
Roger Wiggins
Roger Wiggins Clemson University - Facilities
Ryan Spies
Ryan Spies Clayco (IL)
Sadie Gallagher
Sadie Gallagher The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MD)
Sally Shumaker
Sally Shumaker Project Manager/Civil Engineer State of Wisconsin - Division of Facilities Development
Sam Werschky
Sam Werschky Director of Construction & Facilities Planning CookChildren's Health Care System
Sandra Hamby
Sandra Hamby President and CEO MOCA Systems, Inc.
Sandy Shaposky
Sandy Shaposky PMCM Client Account Manager Jacobs Project Management (PA)
Sarah Kathryn Delphin
Sarah Kathryn Delphin Project Director, Capital Projects MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sarah Kathryn Delphin
Sarah Kathryn Delphin Project Director, Capital Projects UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sarah T. Smith
Sarah T. Smith Exec Dir, Design Management Auburn University Facilities Management
Scott Klose
Scott Klose Senior Project Manager Loudoun County Public Schools
Sean Williams
Sean Williams Director Okland Construction
Sid Shah
Sid Shah President OnIndus
Stacey Root
Stacey Root Health Practice Lead CannonDesign (Denver)
Stephanie Scibilia
Stephanie Scibilia Director of Channel Partnerships SafeTraces, Inc
Steve Street
Steve Street Vice President Clayco (St. Louis)
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen Sr. Project Manager University of Florida Planning, Design and Construction
Susan Medeiros
Susan Medeiros EG America
Tamela Simpson
Tamela Simpson Division Chief Construction Support US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations
Tanya Lanthier
Tanya Lanthier OnIndus
Terry Cook
Terry Cook Sr. AVP of Administrative Services University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Tim Buresh
Tim Buresh Chief of Construction Services The California State University System
Tina Montone CSI
Tina Montone CSI Industry Liaison Conspectus, Inc.
Todd Procaccini
Todd Procaccini Kahua, Inc.
Todd Webber
Todd Webber Contracting Officer Penn State University
Tom Koulouris
Tom Koulouris University of Miami
Tony Rangel
Tony Rangel Project Manager Retail - Special Projects LK Architecture
Tyler Corah
Tyler Corah Account Executive Procore Technologies, Inc. (CA)
Vikas Handa
Vikas Handa OnIndus
Vincent Mazzei
Vincent Mazzei Croft & Associates (CO)
Wade Kennedy
Wade Kennedy Project Expeditor Auburn University Facilities Management
Walker Davis
Walker Davis Assistant Director, Project Support Auburn University Facilities Management
Wendy Brache
Wendy Brache Strategic Marketing Mortenson (Minneapolis)
Wendy Peacock
Wendy Peacock Director, Construction Management Auburn University Facilities Management
8 Other Registered Attendees

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Monday, November 14, 2022

Whether this is your first COAA event or not, you might have questions about the organization and its purpose. Maybe you know the basics but would like a deeper dive or wonder how you can plug in and participate ... or would just like to know how COAA can help you do your job better. If any of those apply, this session is for you. Grab some caffeine and join us for an informal introduction to THE home for Owners who are serious about improving their project leadership game.

Allison B. Muth, Medxcel; Howie Ferguson, COAA

LEAN COFFEE
This session is not about Lean…and it’s not about Coffee! Come experience an organized, interactive meeting format where the participants set the agenda, have fun, and learn what is important to them. Attendees will learn why it is called Lean Coffee, then we will experience the process first-hand and also learn how to use this format for our own meetings. People who have used it say things like, “It completely changed our staff meetings—for the better. It’s amazing.”
Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to measure how to reduce waste via consideration of expenditures
  • Attendees will identify how empowering the team creates value for the end customer.
  • Attendees will be able to distinguish challenging boundaries.
  • Attendees will be able to measure how delivering maximum value as efficiently as possible affects the end customer.

RJ Reed, Whiting-Turner


Optional Tour | Denver Water Operations Complex

Get an insider’s look at the high-performance 35-acre Denver Water Operations Complex, which features multiple LEED-certified buildings, including the anchor LEED Platinum and net-zero administration building.  Radiant heating and cooling, connected to a unique geothermal system, were used throughout the site while the administration building features a plant-based wastewater recycling system.   Don’t miss this chance to see this unique high-performance campus. 

Adam Hutchinson and Kate Taft,  Denver Water

Enjoy downtown Denver and a bevy of lunch options within walking distance of the Embassy Suites. 

Join COAA leaders as they welcome you to Denver, provide an overview of the conference, and speak briefly on organizational news & issues. 

COAA CARES: Bike Build Challenge

Kick-start (kickstand?) your COAA Connect experience by helping assemble bicycles for Denver-area kids through Wish For Wheels.  Blindfolds, races, and dogs paired with cats may be involved, so don’t miss this ... even if you prefer to just watch or heckle.

Help brighten the day of Denver-area seniors by creating hand-written cards that will be delivered by Meals On Wheels.  Pop into the COAA Cares room throughout the conference as time allows and create one, 10, or as many as you’d like.

Sponsored by Adolfson & Peterson, Avicado, Okland Construction, and Swinerton

Stretch your legs! 

What is the Value of Architecture?
An AIA-led discussion of the "value of architecture" 

An intriguing question, but even more interesting when you learn who’s asking it ... the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  AIA’s Strategic Council has undertaken a study centered on “the value of architecture” and is seeking input from the sort of serial builder Owners that belong to COAA.

This won’t be a presentation, but a facilitated discussion that aims to maximize audience participation and gather constructive feedback ... with the ultimate goal of helping improve the quality of professional design services.  Attendees will help:

    • identify common perceptions about architects and the architecture profession
    • quantify the most valuable traits & characteristics of successful designers
    • itemize gaps and opportunities in the process, service offerings, or delivery

Don’t miss your chance to provide constructive feedback on a topic of critical importance to both the industry and your projects.

Bill Hercules, WJH Health; Neal Angrisano, Treanorhl; Tony Rangel, LK Architecture


Are We All Playing by the Same Rules?

Ever feel each member of your project is interacting by different rules?  Is the annoyance of small things causing heightened drama within your team?  Do you long for more buy-in, better communication, and real collaboration within your project teams?

Learn how to elevate your project’s performance with a key tool used by Banner Health project managers to create collaborative and resilient project teams.  After an explanation of the “why” and “how,” attendees will work in small groups to create Rules of Engagement in a kickoff meeting for a fictional project.  A template of Banner Health’s Rules of Engagement will be available at the end of the session.

Presenters/Facilitators: Meg Hohnholt and Paul Rowley Banner Health; Stacey Root, CannonDesign 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the Rules of the Engagement process is applicable to any size project.
  2. Develop Rules of Engagement tailored to your organization and each project team.
  3. Educate your project team on ‘The Why’ behind the Rules of Engagement
  4. Implement the Rules of Engagement throughout the life of your project.

Join us for a quick & fun recap of the day’s key takeaways from the perspective of attendees, facilitators, and presenters. If you were unable to attend a particular session or workshop, this is your chance to discover what you missed!

Meet, network, and socialize with your fellow attendees.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served, along with a variety of beverages at the bar, to ease those pre-dinner hunger pangs.

sponsored by:

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Let’s get busy learning!  Grab your seat for a preview of today’s content by the Chair of COAA’s Conference Committee.

Keynote Jason Romero, Success & Resilience

Running Into the Dark: A Challenge to Change

Jason Romero is an expert on success and resilience; an author; the subject of a full-length documentary film; a former CEO and attorney; and recently founded a non-profit for at-risk youth.  Romero is best known for being the only blind person to run across the United States ... a run that still ranks as one of the top 10 fastest foot crossings in history at 51.5 miles per day.  He is a marathon champion, a Paralympian, an IronMan triathlete, and an extreme endurance runner who’s completed some of the toughest Ultramarathons in the world.

Hear Jason's inspirational story of overcoming adversity, and re-think your perception of success, failure, and resilience.  Jason will stick around to facilitate a breakout session immediately after his keynote to allow for more intimate discussion and Q&A.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for resilience
  • Choose to change a circumstance/situation with which you are dissatisfied
  • Learn strategies to overcome adversity
  • Become motivated to proactively challenge yourself

Sponsored by: 

During the break please be sure to visit our exhibitors and sponsors.

Owner Culture and Decision-Making: The PDM Correlation

Most practitioners in our industry intuitively know that an Owner’s culture significantly impacts the success of its projects, but there’s little or no data to support that.  We lack research that correlates an Owner organization’s characteristics – particularly its decision-making process – with project success or failure.  That’s about to change thanks to a University of Washington study that seeks to confirm at least two things about Owners:

  • They each have distinct organizational structures and cultures in terms of decision-making
  • Those distinctions can predict the successful or unsuccessful use of specific project delivery methods

Hear all about this interesting research and, if interested, participate after the conference in this ongoing effort.

Renee Cheng, University of Washington


Running Into the Dark: The Discussion Continues

On the heels of Jason Romero’s keynote, here’s your chance in a smaller group setting to dive deeper with Jason into his talking points.  For example, what does resilience mean to you in the context of project leadership?  How can you better handle workplace adversity, even if it differs from what ultramarathoners face?

Jason Romero, Success & Resilience 

Demystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA)

This presentation will demystify the IFOA and explain how those unfamiliar terms & conditions actually reduce the Owner’s risk.  Attendees will also receive:

  • An explanation of common terms and definitions using examples from real IFOAs
  • A comparison of the different versions of the IFOA (ConsensusDocs, AIA, etc.)
  • A breakdown of the risk/reward structure using a step-by-step example to illustrate how each organization is incentivized
  • Feedback on the applicability of IPD IFOAs for small or minor projects
  • Advice on how to get started with an IFOA and where to go for help if needed

Learning Objectives:

  • Detail the different types of IPD projects and if your project is the right fit for an IFOA
  • Compare and contrast contracting methods from Lump Sum all the way to IFOA
  • Dispel the myth that the IFOA is riskier than other contracting methods
  • Explain, in detail, the risk/reward model, how it is structured and how money is paid out
  • Teach how an IFOA team is assembled and how procurement is modified in order to facilitate this contract method

John Zachara, Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc


Disrupt the Traditional Selection Process

This session will take Owners through alternative methods of selection processes of design and construction teams. Leaders will learn to work with procurement departments to follow policy but gain the advantage of finding qualified teams that also meet the cultural fit of the project and ownership team.

 Paul Wember, Wember

During the break please be sure to visit our exhibitors and sponsors.

Project Leadership & EPAFE 

Enjoy a delicious lunch while personal and organizational excellence is recognized:
- The Emerging Professional Award for Excellence recognizes a COAA member, 35 or younger, who demonstrates outstanding service and leadership while exemplifying The COAA Way

- The Project Leadership Awards acknowledge Owners’ excellence in project delivery through exemplary communication, fairness, collaboration, and other traits of a "good Owner."

The Escalation Rollercoaster:  Navigate with Confidence!

10, 20, 30 % over budget, HELP!  This session will create a conversation around various planning, design, management, and procurement approaches that provide the Owner with better cost control and risk management.  Vermeulen brings a wealth of experience in construction economics and business.  They understand today’s market and can advise Owners and their project teams on future construction costs and procurement strategies.

Presenters/Facilitators Richard Vermeulen, Blair Tennant and Melissa Chabot, Vermeulen


Master Planning: Crafting the Process and Leveraging the Final Product

Campus Owners – higher ed, healthcare, or corporate with 3-4 facilities or 300-400 – are often too busy reactively “fighting fires” to spend time proactively thinking ahead.  Making matters worse, such organizations are comprised of separate departments that naturally devolve into fiefdoms with misaligned priorities.  Internal and external pressures, competing interests, inconsistent decision-making processes, and unclear messaging exacerbate the problem.

The master planning process itself – irrespective of the outcome – can help remedy these sorts of issues by forcing leaders and key stakeholders to take a break from “firefighting” to work collaboratively on horizon-and-beyond visioning.  An honest and inclusive effort with deliberate consensus-building will naturally flip rocks over and expose what lies beneath.  If the Owner organization is brave enough to not just flip those rocks back over, the master planning effort can already be declared a success.

Hear more about these and other secondary benefits of the planning process from the perspective of a (higher ed) Owner-turned-planner.

Presenters/Facilitators: Mike Emerson, The Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Learning Objectives:

  • The actual act of planning is a beneficial exercise that often eclipses the end result of the process or the product
  • The utilization of maps, simple floor plans, photos from the web, everyday objects, and simple technologies to de-professionalize the environment and encourage tangible input
  • The need for and development of specific tools and approaches that can provide a positive forum and level the playing field in order to encourage uninhibited response and participation.
  • The do’s and don’ts of promoting positive communication, sensitive scheduling, and inclusive workshop organization in the context of a master planning exercise.

Brownie Break!

Get in the Game: Technology Implementation Best Practices

The construction management domain has undergone several technological revolutions in the past few decades. Now with the pressures of improving capital project performance, increasing project volumes, and reducing project management hassles, owners are also facing the challenge of keeping up with the latest technology standards.

In the last decade alone, there has been the introduction of PMIS software, interactive dashboards, business information modeling, integrated asset management, design collaboration tools, newer enterprise accounting systems, artificial intelligence … and the list goes on. And owners are looking to adopt many of these technology changes without affecting their project deliveries and bottom lines negatively.

Panelists: Michael Roush,  University of California, San Diego;  John Bechtel, Penn State University; Brandon Shah, Floor & Decor


Rapid Fire 640: The COAA Way

Heard about “The COAA Way” but wonder what it is?  Here’s a chance to learn about it from several perspectives, as five presenters share their thoughts in rapid-fire mode.  Each presenter has only six minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides at 20 seconds/slide = 6:40), which eliminates any chance you’ll be bored and forces them to cut to the chase (or “The Way”).  Chances are that your organization already practices The COAA Way but doesn’t know it.  Come find out and then share your own examples!

Melanie Ford, University of Georgia; Joseph Alfieri, Syracuse University; Dale Harvey, IBI Group; RJ Reed, Whiting-Turner; Brian Campa, Cooper Carry

During the break please be sure to visit our exhibitors and sponsors.

Lessons Learned ... AND IMPLEMENTED!

Many talk about capturing and implementing “lessons learned,” but there’s often a breakdown between collection and implementation.  Hear from one Owner organization that may have cracked the code.

Every two months, Banner Health’s Development and Construction team gathers all their architects, engineers, and contractors together to discuss project processes, culture, and what’s working / not working ... then shares it with the entire group.  This interaction has proven to ‘cross-pollenate’ lessons learned to project teams that normally would be siloed.  The synergy of this group also provides feedback to Banner Health on their own processes, which they use to continuously improve those processes on current and future projects.

Beyond hearing about the Banner approach, attendees will develop a list of topics they can use to begin their own lessons learned discussion with their project teams.

Kyle Majchrowski, Banner Health; Brian Faulkner, Adolfson & Peterson Construction; David Dike, Kaiser Permanente 

Join us for a quick & fun recap of the day’s key takeaways from the perspective of attendees, facilitators, and presenters. If you were unable to attend a particular session or workshop, this is your chance to discover what you missed!

Bowling & Billiards 

We’re stretching our legs Tuesday night and breaking the norm for an evening of bowling, billiards, ping pong, darts, food & drink, and more.  This event is included with COAA Connect registration, so make the six-minute walk with us to the Denver Athletic Club for a chance to unwind and connect with fellow attendees.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Forget Keto, Atkins, and South Beach ... A Two-Pronged Carbon Diet

Owners are increasingly establishing carbon reduction goals with a much shorter timeframe than the life of any new building.  It’s critical, then, to approach the design of such buildings with a plan to reduce both the operational and embodied carbon footprint.  Learn about the differences between operational and embodied carbon and, importantly, how each can be measured and reduced. Key technologies discussed will be the embodied carbon construction calculator (EC3), low-carbon steel, concrete, and mass timber, and various ways to electrify traditional HVAC assets. If you’re serious about putting your new facilities on a low-carbon diet, this session is for you!

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the causes and define the opportunities of the two largest trends in sustainable design, electrification, and embodied carbon reduction.
  • Review technologies and challenges of implementing electrification for higher-performing buildings
  • Understand the success and challenges of implementing a low embodied carbon design strategy through case studies

Presenter: Ryan Spies, Clayco


Onboarding New PMs:  Best Practices for Owners

The construction industry is undergoing a massive shift.  Project managers are in high demand thanks to a rebounding economy, an aging workforce, and a dwindling supply of new talent.  Attracting, onboarding, and retaining skilled PMs is crucial for project success ... and the onboarding piece can be especially troublesome or weak since everyone is “too busy” to help orient the new folks.  Absent or unclear policies and procedures can make it difficult for the new hire to get up to speed.

Have you considered leveraging technology?  A well-integrated project management system can help accelerate the new PM’s understanding of workflows and their assigned projects while learning how to use an important IT platform at the same time. 

Panelists: Susan Medeiros, EG America; Jim Carroll, University of California, Davis; Tom Koulouris, TWK Advisory; Brett Elam, OnIndus

High-Performance Sustainability: The Denver Water Operations Complex

Learn about the high-performance features and concepts incorporated into the new Denver Water Operations Complex.  This 35-acre campus near downtown Denver features a net-zero energy building and multiple LEED-certified buildings to leverage a “One Water” strategy.  This system correlates the source of water to the appropriate use reducing the demand for potable water.  A plant-based wastewater recycling system treats water for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation, and rainwater is collected to irrigate the native and drought-tolerant landscaping while also using a distribution water conduit as a form of geothermal.

Many of the sustainability strategies are applicable even for Owners who aren’t building this sort of complex, so “drink in” the best practices employed by this Owner and their project team to achieve or even surpass their high-performance goals.

Ken Urbanek, IMEG; Adam Hutchinson and Kate Taft, Denver Water

Always one of the highest-rated sessions at each COAA conference, this unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of challenges, best practices, and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight from others regarding project delivery lessons learned.
  • Discuss specific current project management challenges and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Learn and be able to apply best practices from peers on a variety of project leadership issues.
  • With an emphasis on the people and relationships involved with project delivery, discuss means & methods for improving collaboration and team culture.

Wrap up your COAA Connect experience with a great lunch, fellowship, and a brief summary of and presentation for the COAA Cares outreach efforts.