COAA-TX 2022 Fall Workshop
Kalahari Resorts3001 Kalahari Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
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.
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(Construction/Facility Project Owner)
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:
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
- Familiarize participants with key tools for leadership, collaboration, and decision-making
- Demonstrate how a culture of predictable outcomes can impact project outcomes
- Provide opportunities for discussion related to creating predictable cultures
- 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.
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.
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.
- Learn practical ideas for resolving conflicts when contract requirements don’t cover all scope of work needs
- Learn how to ensure continuity of design between the multiple projects
- Learn strategies for effective negotiation and consensus-building among disparate groups of stakeholders during the design
- Learn how to evaluate the pros/cons of multiple firms vs single firm approach for large capital construction programs
- 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