Roughly 90 Owners and product/service providers gathered on February 24 in Gainesville for the COAA-FL chapter spring workshop. Kudos to Stuart Cullen and the rest of the COAA-FL leadership for a meaningful and well-organized program.
The workshop program centered on the in-progress delivery of the massive new Honors Village residence hall at the University of Florida. In the first session, Chad Doering and Tamara Baughman from UF reviewed the vision of the project; the alternate approach to Design-Build delivery; and the many challenges and curveballs for a $154M project that’s nonetheless tracking, incredibly, to be finished a year ahead of schedule.
Design-Build team leaders Joe Walker (Walker Architects), Yanah Fischer (Weitz), and Ryan Hullihan (Weitz) then explained some of the ways the D-B team has handled those challenges and curveballs ... starting with a uniform approach to communication.
Lunch followed, with special guests from the local Project YouthBuild organization, who received Home Depot gift cards from COAA and an incredible $450 worth of food/restaurant gift cards from workshop attendees.
After the presentations, attendees were chauffeured around campus to visit two recently completed projects – the Heavener Football Training Center and the Florida Museum of Natural History Special Collections Building.
Coming next for the FL chapter ... several late summer social gatherings and/or hardhat tours and COAA's fall national conference, November 13-15 in Orlando!