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COAA-TX 2022 Fall Workshop

COAA-TX 2022 Fall Workshop

Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM (CDT) to Friday, September 16, 2022 at 3:15 PM (CDT)

Event Details

Join the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and its Texas chapter for a return to in-person learning and networking!  This 1.5-day workshop in the beautiful city of Round Rock, and will feature a networking reception, a full day of learning sessions. Breakfast and lunch are included on day two. 

Registration Type Registration Rate

Owner Member
(Construction/Facility Project Owner)

Non-Member Owner
(Construction/Facility Project Owner)

Associate Member
(Service Providers)

Associate Non-Member
(Service Providers)

Fall Workshop & Reception

BIG thanks to those who attended and/or sponsored a great evening and day of learning and networking in Round Rock!
Download slide decks from the workshop:

Scaling Up is Not Just for Fish; What Savvy   Owners do Differently to Deliver Projects at Scale

Best Practices for Owners to Mitigate Risks & Liability

The Transformation of a Blighted Mall into the ACC’s   Flagship Campus

Fireside Chat: Capitol Complex Transformation

Ranbir Ahdan
Ranbir Ahdan Associate General Counsel Memorial Hermann Health System
David Alderete
David Alderete Business Development Manager Austin Commercial - Houston
Joelynn Barclay
Joelynn Barclay Project Manager Texas General Land Office
Kristy Baumer
Kristy Baumer Project Manager Turner Construction Company (TX)
Raul Benitez
Raul Benitez Principal PBS Engineers
JP Betts
JP Betts Director of Professional Services MCA Communications Inc.
Courtney Bodine
Courtney Bodine Administrative Associate City of Round Rock
Pam Borsos
Pam Borsos Busienss Development Specialist Smith Seckman Reid (Nashville)
Arlis Brodie
Arlis Brodie Director of Business Development Telios
Justin Brodnax
Justin Brodnax Director of Strategic Partnerships Hoar Construction, LLC (TX)
Jeff Brooks
Jeff Brooks VP Healthcare Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
David Cantrill
David Cantrill Regional Manager CxGBS
Paul Cardone
Paul Cardone Mastt
Cody Christian
Cody Christian Sr. Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Gina Cordeiro
Gina Cordeiro Project Manager City of Round Rock
Jon Brett Cumpton
Jon Brett Cumpton Director at FP&C Texas A&M University System, Office of Facilities Planning & Construction
Eric Dady
Eric Dady Project Manager City of Round Rock
Wendy Danzoy
Wendy Danzoy Senior Administrator Williamson County (TX)
Peter de la Mora
Peter de la Mora Director of Business Development HDR (Houston, TX)
Scott Evans
Scott Evans Director of Business Development Hoar Construction, LLC (TX)
Erica Fisher
Erica Fisher The Arkitex Studio, Inc.
Kelly Foreman
Kelly Foreman EVP/Manager - Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Amegy Bank
Cynthia Foteh
Cynthia Foteh Business Development Powers Brown Architecture
Alex Fuentes
Alex Fuentes Regional Construction Manager Amazon
Gary Gallagher
Gary Gallagher Principal Project Manager University of Houston
Yong Gan
Yong Gan Director of Design PhiloWilke Partnership
Angel Gomez
Angel Gomez Sr. Project Manager Williamson County (TX)
Dwayne Gossett
Dwayne Gossett Williamson County (TX)
Mark Green
Mark Green Austin Director/Senior Electrical Engineer Cleary Zimmermann
Andrew Gutierrez
Andrew Gutierrez Project Director McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Houston)
Brian Hancock
Brian Hancock Director of Technology Telios
Steve Harper
Steve Harper Owner Insite
Dustin Harrison
Dustin Harrison Building Construction Superintendent City of Round Rock
Cynthia Harvey-Brown
Cynthia Harvey-Brown Director of Marketing & Business Development Stantec (Houston)
Fred Heaton
Fred Heaton Education/Science Principal HDR
Ryan Hendrix
Ryan Hendrix Texas Regional Manager, Healthcare Archer Western | The Walsh Group
Preston Hodges
Preston Hodges McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Houston)
Aziz Hussaini
Aziz Hussaini Interim VC of Facilities and Construction Austin Community College District
Ahmed Hussein
Ahmed Hussein Business Development Manager Turner Construction Company (TX)
Trent Jacobs
Trent Jacobs County Architect Williamson County (TX)
Erwing Jimenez
Erwing Jimenez Facilities Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Janelle Johnson
Janelle Johnson Business Development Manager Skanska USA Building Inc. (Houston)
Wade Johnson
Wade Johnson Project Executive O'Donnell/Snider Construction
Wesley Johnston
Wesley Johnston Sr Director of Construction Management HE Butt Foundation
Todd Kaiser
Todd Kaiser Prinicpal Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
Valerie Kelly
Valerie Kelly Director of Business Development Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
Joey Khaled
Joey Khaled Preconstruction Manager McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Houston)
Matthew Lusardi
Matthew Lusardi Mechanical Engineer WSP
Peter Maass
Peter Maass Director of Capital Projects Administration Texas State University System
Madison McCorquodale
Madison McCorquodale MCA Communications
Joshua Mermis
Joshua Mermis Lawyer West Mermis, PLLC
Amy Moen
Amy Moen Sr. Principal, Marketing Principal HOK (TX)
LaKeta Morris
LaKeta Morris Vice President, Marketing and Client Relations O'Donnell/Snider Construction
Jonathan Mouton
Jonathan Mouton Project Executive DPR Austin
Chris Moyes
Chris Moyes Flintco, LLC (Austin)
Dianne Murata
Dianne Murata Founding Principal Kimiko Designs
Allison B Muth
Allison B Muth .... Medxcel (TX)
Yvonne Nagy
Yvonne Nagy Managing Principal HDR (Houston, TX)
Adriana Nelson
Adriana Nelson Public Sector Account Executive Procore Technologies, Inc. (TX)
Joe P Nilles
Joe P Nilles Senior Project Manager Rees (The Woodlands)
Angel Nunez
Angel Nunez Project Manager Williamson County (TX)
Angie O'Flaherty
Angie O'Flaherty Business Development Manager Walter P Moore & Associates (Houston, TX)
Caryn Ogier
Caryn Ogier Senior Project Manager Kimiko Designs
Erika Passailaigue
Erika Passailaigue Datum Engineers
Karen Perucki
Karen Perucki Account Executive Tarkett
Lynn Petermann
Lynn Petermann Senior Architect Shepley Bulfinch (TX)
Antonio Puerto
Antonio Puerto Houston Education Market Sector Leader Huitt-Zollars (Houston, TX)
Kyle Rhodes
Kyle Rhodes Vice President of Operations McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Houston)
Calvin Silva
Calvin Silva Project Director McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Houston)
Rodney K Smalligan
Rodney K Smalligan Sr. Project Manager UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ginger Smith
Ginger Smith UT Health Science Center - Houston
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith Superintendent Building Construction Division City of Round Rock
Katie Stewart
Katie Stewart DPR (Houston)
Andy Tandon
Andy Tandon GM & VP Turner Construction Company (TX)
Tarek Thomas
Tarek Thomas Associate Vice President University of Texas Medical Branch
Joanna Friesen Toler
Joanna Friesen Toler Vice President, Construction and Design Manager Amegy Bank
John Tomlin
John Tomlin Business Development Manager PMSI
Jose Villareal
Jose Villareal Director of Client Solutions Vaughn Construction
Whitney Warlick
Whitney Warlick Marketing & Business Development Manager Shepley Bulfinch (TX)
Angela Whitaker-Williams
Angela Whitaker-Williams Principal Perkins+Will (Houston, TX)
Barbara White Bryson
Barbara White Bryson Bryson Breakthrough Strategies
Terry Whitman
Terry Whitman ECM International
Richard Will
Richard Will Building Project Manager City of Round Rock
Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright Business Development Leader CannonDesign (Houston TX)
Kurt Young
Kurt Young Principal Walter P Moore & Associates (Houston, TX)
Karim Zulfiqar
Karim Zulfiqar Walter P Moore & Associates (Houston, TX)
3 Other Registered Attendees

Workshop Agenda

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Don't miss this opportunity to kick off the conference by reconnecting with old and new COAA friends. 

Warm up your vocal cords and get ready to sing your cares away! If you've never tried karaoke before you will not regret it!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and networking prior to the professional development workshop.  

Ginger Smith, COAA-TX Chapter President

Creating a Culture of Predictable Outcomes: Making the Hard Changes

This presentation and workshop will introduce a framework for creating a culture of predictable outcomes for design and construction projects. This framework will be used to diagnose barriers to success and start a critical conversation about making cultural changes within the team. Case studies will be examined to develop problem-solving skills within this framework.

objectives for this meeting

  1. Familiarize participants with key tools for leadership, collaboration, and decision-making
  2. Demonstrate how a culture of predictable outcomes can impact project outcomes
  3. Provide opportunities for discussion related to creating predictable cultures
  4. Provide opportunities for problem-solving related to realistic case studies

desired outcomes from this meeting

  • Develop a deep understanding by participants of key tools for leadership, collaboration, and decision-making
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of values and risk on predictable cultures
  • Provide preparation and problem-solving alternatives for participants
  • Develop an objective approach and framework to creating predictive cultures

Barbara White Bryson, Bryson Breakthrough Strategies

Scaling Up is Not Just for Fish; What Savvy Owners do Differently to Deliver Projects at Scale

Zions Bancorporation's New Technology Campus - A case study highlighting lessons learned and best practices for delivering large-scale projects that are applicable to projects of any size.

Learning Objectives

1) Capitalize on the opportunity of disruption. Disruption isn't always a dirty word. It can be the catalyst to fast forward a company's natural evolution toward innovation.

2) Don't just team-build, build a team. Know when to engage outside expertise and resources to boost your team's capacity, create high-performing teams and deliver stellar outcomes.

3) Communication is the bridge between diverse stakeholders. Document and share decisions and high-impact information to ensure engagement throughout the organization.

4) Lessons learned and best practices earned. How these lessons learned have changed our team and going forward, what we are doing differently through best practices.

Kelly Foreman, EVP/Manager, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, and Joanna Friesen Toler, Vice President, Construction and Design Manager of Amegy Bank; Diana Murata, Founding Principal, and Caryn Ogier, Senior Project Manager of Kimiko Designs 

Best Practices for Owners to Mitigate Risks and Liability 

A hospital in-house counsel, the hospital's outside construction counsel, and an expert in construction software management will identify pitfalls and risks associated with a construction project from the hospital's perspective, and discuss steps the hospital can take prior to, during, and after the construction project to mitigate that risk.

Learning Objectives

1) Help the audience understand the tools they have at their disposal to reduce risk on a construction project.

2) Identify the importance of collaboration, contract terms, retention of the project file, proper closeout, and other tips that should help any type of owner reduce the chances that the construction project will go over budget, be delayed, or end up in court.

Ranbir Ahdan, Associate General Counsel - Real Estate, Memorial Hermann; Joshua Mermis, Owner/Partner, West Mermis, PLLC; Steve Harper, CEO, Owner Insite LLC

The Transformation of a Blighted Mall into ACC's Flagship Campus

Austin Community College District (ACC) Highland Phase II is a success story that demonstrates the potential for blighted malls and buildings across the county. In a brave and visionary move, ACC purchased Austin's first indoor mall and phased its transformation into a district-wide hub for specialty programs and community amenities, putting an educational campus at the heart of a mixed-use district. The transformation of 420,000-SF of a former mall into ACC's flagship campus required collaboration to address the complexities and unknowns approaches to mitigate risk on an active site with congruent projects, addressing market trends and escalation triggered by COVID, and sustainable approaches to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

1) Identify/evaluate potential candidates for adaptive reuse projects and explore the benefits of building new vs. adaptive reuse;

2) Explore strategies to mitigate construction risks in adaptive reuse projects and projects involving multiple concurrent projects on the same site.

3) Improve project delivery through enhanced collaboration and non-traditional teaming approaches.

4) Explore opportunities to address cost escalations and market conditions.

Aziz Hussaini, Interim Vice Chancellor, Facilities and Construction, Austin Community College District; Todd Kaiser, Principal, Barnes, Gromatsky Kosarek Architects, Inc.; Angela Whitaker-Williams, Principal, Perkins & Will; Chris Moyes, Project Director, Flintco

Fireside Chat: Capitol Complex Transformation

In 2010, the Texas Facilities Commission began work on the transformation of the Capitol Complex. In this fireside chat, Keith Hall and Rob Roy Parnell will discuss the challenges, lessons learned, surprises, and successes of these important projects for the State of Texas.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn practical ideas for resolving conflicts when contract requirements don’t cover all scope of work needs
  2. Learn how to ensure continuity of design between the multiple projects
  3. Learn strategies for effective negotiation and consensus-building among disparate groups of stakeholders during the design
  4. Learn how to evaluate the pros/cons of multiple firms vs single firm approach for large capital construction programs
  5. Learn strategies for defining success metrics with key stakeholders

Keith Hall, Senior Project Manager, Texas Facilities Commission; Rob Roy Parnell, Parnell Inc.  

Wrap-up and closing remarks