Georgia Chapter

LEADERSHIP TEAM

PRESIDENT - Melanie Ford, University of Georgia
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Jere Smith, Atlanta Public Schools
MEMBERSHIP - Kirsten Neff, GSA Region 4; Dana Williams, Nova Engineering
NEWSLETTER & KNOWLEDGE - Wes Berry, Wes Berry Construction Consulting 
SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS - Stacey Chapman, Croft & Associates & Yuanivel Otero, Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission
SPONSORSHIP - Crystal Carter, Whiting-Turner


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Got ideas for content, venue, or project tour?  We'd love to hear from you!




VOLUNTEER-AUTHORED CONTENT

COAA members and/or sponsors of the COAA-GA chapter have some things on their mind and offer those thoughts here as an aid to Owners and other project stakeholders.  Enjoy!

The Good Owner ... Beter Budgeting
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


What'll Ya Have ... Cost, Quality, Schedule
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


The Good Owner ... Management vs. Leadership
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


Attracting and Retaining Employees in Today's Job Market
by: Wes Berry |  Executive Project Manager
GSCIC


Close Me Out ... I'm Done
by: Melanie J. Ford |  Director of Construction
University of Georgia


THE GOOD OWNER ... Be Prepared for Changes
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


COAA-GA Summer Workshop Recap & Review
by: Wes Berry | Executive Project Manager
GSCIC

Small Projects via Delivery Order Contracts
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


The Complexities of Small Projects
by: Wes Berry | Senior Project Manager
GSFIC (Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission)


Lessons Learned ... and Learned Again
by: Melanie Jattuso Ford | Director of Construction
University of Georgia


VRF HVAC System in Schools
by: Jason Peck | Field Sales Executive and Business Developer
Daikin Applied Georgia


Howard Middle School Building Stands Ready for Its Second Century
by: Jere Smith |  Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools


Leading Project Teams in Unprecedented Times
by: Wes Berry, PMP, LEED AP | Senior Project Manager
GSFIC (Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission)


PAST EVENTS

2023 FALL WORKSHOP

2023 SPRING WORKSHOP

The 2023 COAA-GA Spring Workshop took place Friday March 24 at SCAD’s Pei Ling Chan Gallery in Savannah, GA. 

Session presentations included “The Evolution of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden and Historic Bamboo Farm,” “Healing a Centenarian: Revitalizing the Historic Macon City Auditorium,” “Communication Matters: Risk Management in a Tough Market,” and “Windows, Storefronts, and Curtain Walls: Learning from Common Mistakes to Achieve High Performance Fenestration Systems.”  

Event Sponsor(s): Walker Architects – Platinum, GMC – Happy Hour Venue Host

2022 FALL WORKSHOP

COAA-GA hosted its annual fall workshop on the campus of Georgia Tech. Tech provided the beautiful Dalney Building for the meeting space  and helped with programming, including a walking tour of several newly completed projects on campus. As always, we appreciate our sponsors, both annual and event. Our sponsors allow us to deliver high-quality workshops while maintaining lower registration prices. Thank you, we appreciate your participation and support!

Event Sponsor(s): Newcomb & Boyd – Platinum, RMF Engineering – SilverTurner Construction – Silver   

Click here to read a recap of the event. 

2022 SUMMER WORKSHOP

Thanks to those who joined us for our summer 2022 workshop at Brasfield & Gorrie which featured the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Arthur M. Blank Hospital.

Click here to read a summary of the event. 

A COAA Cares initiative also resulted in a donation of over 300 books and $2,500 to the libraries of  CHOA.