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COAA-TX 2024 Spring Symposium

COAA-TX 2024 Spring Symposium

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 9:30 AM (CDT) to Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

* Registration open until 5/10/24 at 11:59 PM (CST)

Event Details

Symposium Program

Symposium Presentations

The COAA-TX chapter is excited to host its Spring Symposium at the UTHealth Cooley Center, which promises to be a must-attend for all Owners and Associates.   

This year's theme is "What's Next? Exploring industry trends developing now and in the next decade, and how to prepare for them" 

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting in the industry, this event is the perfect chance to gain insights, share best practices, and make meaningful connections. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to take your career to the next level. Register today!

Approved for 8 Learning Units. 

Hotel Information:

The Blossom Hotel

7118 Bertner Ave

Houston, TX

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)

Isabella Alban
Isabella Alban Marketing & Business Development Manager West Mermis, PLLC
Joan Albert
Joan Albert Regional Director Page Southerland Page
Brittany Anderson
Brittany Anderson LJA Engineering (Houston)
Lauren Arnold
Lauren Arnold Sr Facilities Planner/Designer MD Anderson Cancer Center
Henry Ascencio
Henry Ascencio Senior Project Manager PBS Engineers
Edgar Banda
Edgar Banda Facilities Planner UTHealth Houston
John Barnes
John Barnes President Tellepsen
Mary Bartlett
Mary Bartlett Partner Marmon Mok Architecture
Raul Benitez
Raul Benitez Principal TLC Engineering Solutions (Houston)
Laura Berbel
Laura Berbel Senior Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Janelle Blackwell
Janelle Blackwell Preconstruction Director Vaughn Construction (TX)
Arlis Brodie
Arlis Brodie Director of Business Development Telios
Justin Brodnax
Justin Brodnax Director of Strategic Partnerships Hoar Construction, LLC (TX)
Michael Browning
Michael Browning Project Manager The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (MD)
Kimberly Burke
Kimberly Burke Vice President Business Development Skanska USA Building Inc. (Houston)
Carlos Cabrera
Carlos Cabrera Senior Facilities Construction Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Tamika Cain - Proctor
Tamika Cain - Proctor Senior Facilities Construction Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Cody Christian
Cody Christian Sr. Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Joel Colwell AIA
Joel Colwell AIA Practice Leader, Vice President Huitt-Zollars (Houston, TX)
John Compton
John Compton Business Development Manager W.S. Bellows Construction
Paul Connolly
Paul Connolly Vice President Hammes Healthcare
Mark Cover
Mark Cover Co-CEO, Southwest Hines (Houston)
Jaco Cronje
Jaco Cronje WSP (Houston)
Pierce Daigle
Pierce Daigle Director Siteaware
Patricia DeHaro
Patricia DeHaro MOCA Systems Inc.(Austin, TX)
Martin Dehlinger
Martin Dehlinger Environmental Senior Project Manager ECS Southwest, LLP
Sarah Kathryn Delphin
Sarah Kathryn Delphin Project Director, Capital Projects MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cheryl Diamond
Cheryl Diamond Business Development Director Corgan (TX)
Hai Dinh
Hai Dinh UTHealth Houston
Scott Evans
Scott Evans Director of Business Development Hoar Construction, LLC (TX)
Rich Fitzgerald
Rich Fitzgerald Director, Architecture MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sonny Fletcher
Sonny Fletcher Director, Facility Planning & Construction Galena Park Independent School District
Kelly Yanta Fox
Kelly Yanta Fox Business Development DPR (Houston)
Yong Gan
Yong Gan Director of Design PhiloWilke Partnership
PJ Glasco
PJ Glasco CannonDesign (Houston TX)
Craig Glenn
Craig Glenn Project Executive Hoar Construction, LLC (TX)
Jennifer Gonzales
Jennifer Gonzales Director Rogers-OBrien Construction
Todd Harper
Todd Harper Director of Construction Technology Austin Commercial (Dallas)
Liz Harvey
Liz Harvey Director of Client Development Project Control (San Antonio, TX)
Cynthia Harvey-Brown
Cynthia Harvey-Brown Director of Marketing & Business Development Energy Architecture
Kiel Hawkins
Kiel Hawkins Senior Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Rick Herrera
Rick Herrera Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Campus Expansion Officer Texas State Technical College
Merrilee Hertlein
Merrilee Hertlein Principal Mackey Mitchell Architects (MO)
Chiti Ho
Chiti Ho Vice President - Technology MOCA Systems Inc. (Houston, TX)
Amy Holzle
Amy Holzle Principal, Higher Education Stantec (Houston)
Khristian House
Khristian House SVP, Texas Southwest District Business Line Leader - Property & Buildings WSP (Houston)
Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson Partner, Project Lead Planner PhiloWilke Partnership
Mary Le Johnson AIA
Mary Le Johnson AIA Manager, Facilities Planning Services MD Anderson Cancer Center
Kristin Kautz
Kristin Kautz Director of Marketing JAM Idea Agency
Lucas Kibbon
Lucas Kibbon Project Executive Archer Western | The Walsh Group
Jennifer Kinard
Jennifer Kinard Senior Associate Walter P Moore (Houston, TX)
Leonard LaComb
Leonard LaComb Principal Facilities Project Manager University of Texas Medical Branch
Melanie Laird
Melanie Laird Chief Strategy Officer Field Control Analytics (TX)
Rebecca Laskowski
Rebecca Laskowski Interiors Manager University of Texas Medical Branch
Andre Lehr
Andre Lehr Principal Smith Seckman Reid (Houston)
Orisa Leiker
Orisa Leiker Lead Planner/ Designer MD Anderson Cancer Center
Veronica Leonce
Veronica Leonce Senior Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Julie Lucas
Julie Lucas Associate Vice President, Facilities Planning, Design & Construction UTHealth Houston
Ruben Lucio
Ruben Lucio Construction Inspector UTHealth Houston
Don Marshall
Don Marshall Vice President and Area Manager Broaddus & Associates (TX)
Tyler McManaman
Tyler McManaman Siteaware
Renee McNiel
Renee McNiel Business Owner Corporate Move Consulting Inc.
Amy Moen
Amy Moen Sr. Principal, Marketing Principal HOK (TX)
Michael Monreal
Michael Monreal Vice President Broaddus & Associates (TX)
Kayla Morgan
Kayla Morgan Healthcare + Life Science New Business Development Executive McCoy Rockford Commercial Interiors
Robin Murtishaw
Robin Murtishaw Senior Construction Inspector UTHealth Houston
Allison B Muth
Allison B Muth .... Jones Lang LaSalle (TX)
Adriana Nelson
Adriana Nelson Public Sector Account Executive Procore Technologies, Inc. (TX)
Greg Norris
Greg Norris Director, Energy & Utility Programs MD Anderson Cancer Center
Angie O'Flaherty
Angie O'Flaherty Business Development Manager Walter P Moore (Houston, TX)
Ozkan Ozcelik
Ozkan Ozcelik Facilities Project Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center
Gavin Parr
Gavin Parr Business Development Cumming Group
Erika Passailaigue
Erika Passailaigue Datum Engineers
Jill Pearsall
Jill Pearsall Senior Vice President Texas Children's Hospital
Karen Perucki
Karen Perucki Account Executive Tarkett
Keith Piassoli
Keith Piassoli Sr. Project Manager Vaughn Construction (TX)
Franco Puentes
Franco Puentes MEPCE
Bob Ritter
Bob Ritter CTO Broaddus & Associates (TX)
Angela Robbins-Taylor
Angela Robbins-Taylor Executive Director Construction Career Collaborative
Kelly Robichau
Kelly Robichau Mgr, Facilities BIM MD Anderson Cancer Center
Richard Rucksdashel
Richard Rucksdashel Principal | Studio Practice Leader, Health HKS Architects (Houston, TX)
Randi Schieber
Randi Schieber Turner Construction Company (TX)
Malea Schmitt
Malea Schmitt Risk and Insurance Analyst University of Texas System
Scott Sevigny
Scott Sevigny Shah Smith & Associates (Houston, TX)
Thomas Shewan
Thomas Shewan Director of Engineering Services MD Anderson Cancer Center
Destiny Silva
Destiny Silva Mackey Mitchell Architects (TX)
Sally J Smith
Sally J Smith Marmon Mok Architecture
Brady Smyth
Brady Smyth Senior Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Merrill L Stanley
Merrill L Stanley Project Control (San Antonio, TX)
Elizabeth Stemac
Elizabeth Stemac Senior Director, Business Development Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
ZhouZhou Su
ZhouZhou Su Senior Facilities Planner/Designer MD Anderson Cancer Center
Brian Sweat
Brian Sweat Support Services Director Texas Department of Transportation
Nicolas Tamayo
Nicolas Tamayo Senior Facilities Construction Project Manager UTHealth Houston
Kyle Thiel
Kyle Thiel Managing Partner Thiel Design Group
Tarek Thomas
Tarek Thomas Associate Vice President University of Texas Medical Branch
Jose Villarreal
Jose Villarreal Director of Client Solutions Vaughn Construction (TX)
Christopher Wailes
Christopher Wailes Texas Higher Education Business Development Leader Stantec (Houston)
Bryan Warne
Bryan Warne Principal Hitchcock Design Group
Jay Wesson
Jay Wesson Senior Vice President Texas State Technical College
Dean Whaley
Dean Whaley CMS Solution Engineer Projectmates by Systemates
Phil Williams
Phil Williams Google
Justin Winchester
Justin Winchester Principal Page Southerland Page
Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright Business Development Leader CannonDesign (Houston TX)
Aline Yoldi
Aline Yoldi Central Texas Higher Education Market Leader, Senior Associate Stantec (San Antonio)
2 Other Registered Attendees
Tuesday, May 14
9:30 - 10:00 AM Registration and Networking
10:00 - 10:05 AM

Welcome and Introductions

10:05 - 10:15 AM

COAA Cares Introduction of ACE Mentoring

Activity to follow concurrent with lunch 

10:15 - 11:45 AM

The Future is Happening Today: AI in AEC - What's Next is Now! 

Kristin Kautz, Principal, JAM Idea Agency

Brittany Anderson, Director of Real Estate, LJA Engineering

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Q&A, Break and Lunch

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

COAA Cares: Speed Connections with ACE Students

Participate in an opportunity to meet with AEC industry students and contribute to their future!  

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Digital Quality Assurance: Enabling a New Paradigm in Construction

Phil Williams, Director of Design Build Construction, Google

Mark Cover, Co-CEO, Southwest, Hines

Todd Harper, Director of Construction Technology, Austin Commercial

Tyler McManaman, Product Owner, Siteaware

1:30 - 1:45 PM


1:45 - 3:45 PM

Project Tours

Attendees will have the option to tour TMC Helix Park or Levit Green! Both tours will showcase new and exciting space! Sign up sheets will be available at the Symposium registration desk. Tours will have a limit on the number of people who can attend. 

3:45 - 4:15 PM


4:15 - 6:45 PM

Fireside Chat and Networking Reception

Participants will relocate to the beautiful Blossom Hotel for an opportunity to continue to learn and network with each other. Food and drinks will be provided. We will have one hour of networking, followed by a one house fireside chat, finishing up with 30 minutes for further networking. 

Khristian House, Senior Vice President, Southwest District Business Line Leader, Property & Buildings, WSP

Jaco Cronje, Vice President and Technology Solutions Architect, WSP

Allison Muth, Vice President, Projects, JLL

Randi Schieber, Virtual Design and Construction Project Manager, Turner Construction 

Wednesday, May 15


7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Renovation, Resiliency & Revitalization: Integrating Current Trends to an Active Level 1 Trauma Emergency Department For a Modern Brand Update

Leonard LaComb, Principal Facilities Project Manager, UTMB Health

Rebecca Laskowski, RID, Principal Interiors Project Manager, UTMB Health

Chad Connally, MSN, RN, CEN, Director, Patient Care Services, Galveston Emergency Department, UTMB Health

Craig Glenn, Project Executive, Hoar Construction

Greg Johnson, AIA, Partner, PhiloWilke Partnership

9:30 - 9:45 AM


9:45 - 10:45 AM

Measuring Workforce Impact on Project Success

Jill Pearsall, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Management, Texas Children's Hospital

John Barnes, Senior Project Executive, Tellepsen

Angela Taylor, Executive Director, Construction Career Collaborative

10:45 - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Strategic Facilities Assessment and Capital Planning with Software Innovation

Sonny Fletcher, Director of Facility Planning & Construction, Galena Park ISD

Chiti Ho, Vice President of Technology, MOCA Systems, Inc.

Patricia DeHaro, Principal of Public Vertical Construction, MOCA Systems, Inc. 

12:00 - 12:15 PM

Break and Lunch Provided

12:15 - 1:15 PM 

Reshaping TXDot - A Case Study For a New Vision For Their Austin Campus

Brian Sweat, RA, Support Services Director, Texas Department of Transportation 

Mary Bartlett, AIA, RIS, LEED & WELL AP, Partner, Marmon Mok Architecture

1:15 - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks 

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Symposium Presentations