Educational Program

The CMAA Professional Development Committee has created a program that will bring you intriguing, timely, useful information from the most engaging, knowledgeable and inspirational speakers in the industry.

2016 Conference educational program.  

Subject to change.

Sunday, October 9

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Bridging the Construction Industry Employment Gap

Local agencies and entities, including members of San Diego’s Regional Construction and Procurement Committee, have come together to discuss the next generation of engineering and construction professionals. This panel will discuss the perception that there is a growing need to place graduating engineers and CMs in the workforce, many of whom have been working in other industries during the recent market downturn. Accommodating these individuals with experience in other fields will be key to the next generation of workforce replenishment.

Dirk Epperson - Manager, Engineering-Construction - Port of San Diego


Building History on the National Mall

The Smithsonian African American History & Culture Museum in Washington, DC, is a 400,000 square foot facility with an innovative design and a total cost of $550 million. The Smithsonian looked outside its usual business practices and hired a professional program manager to embrace all the typical PM roles, from programming to selection of CMAR as the delivery method, through construction…plus a critical focus on raising funds to complete this iconic new structure.

Derek Ross - Director of Construction Smithsonian Institute - Smithsonian Institute
Charles Yetter - Sr. Project Manager - McKissack & McKissack
Kathleen Langan - Vice President, National Practice Leader PM/CM - McKissack & McKissack


SEPTA’s Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project

SEPTA is the nation’s sixth largest regional, multimodal transportation authority. The Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement, executed as a design-build project in an operating environment, is a microcosm of the challenges facing agencies like SEPTA. Using a hybrid of in-house and consultant CM staff, SEPTA oversaw multiple concurrent construction projects while driving this particular project to completion. This hybrid approach is gaining momentum as the transit industry is faced with reductions of in-house professional resources and growing operational demands on its infrastructure.

Robert L. Lund, Jr., PE - Assistant General Manger – Engineering, Maintenance, & Construction - SEPTA
Joseph B. Palantino, PE - Senior Director of Capital Construction - SEPTA
Emad Krayyem, PE - Program Manager - SEPTA
Chris Klem, CCM - PA Rail Lead - Jacobs
Perlita Schorfheide, PE, CCM - Project Manager - Jacobs


Special CCM Only Session: 7 Steps to Success

For current CCM's only.

Mark Aesch, the former CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA), has nearly two decades of strategic leadership experience. Under his leadership at the RGRTA, deficits were eradicated and replaced with surpluses, reliance on taxpayer subsidies was reduced, demand for service increased, and in an unprecedented move, the fare was actually lowered after remaining stable for over a decade.

Mark Aesch, former CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

2:45 – 3:45 pm
Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II

Phase II of this vital projects will demonstrate that large, bilateral, cross-border infrastructure projects can be implemented in harmony with the environment and without leaving communities in the project area worse off after construction. The project will provide a reliable water supply to a key South Africa industrial hub, while Lesotho benefits from royalties on the water, electricity generated, and new infrastructure and employment opportunities. Professional program management is helping to assure these positive outcomes.

Mark Matchett, PE - Executive Manager - Program Management Unit, Lesotho Highlands Water Project - Phase II
Tente Tente, PE - Divisional Manager - Phase II - Lesotho Highlands Development Authority


Managing Big Projects Globally: The Lessons of Experience

It has been estimated that large infrastructure, mining, and oil/gas projects on average cost 80 percent more than budgeted and run 20 months late. Even for familiar projects that owners and constructors have experience building (like roads), delays and cost overruns are common.

Tim McManus - Vice President - McKinsey & Company


Managing CM/GC Contracts for Mid-Coast Corridor Projects

Learn how the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego area’s regional planning authority, managed a portfolio of rail projects using the CM/GC procurement method with multiple guaranteed maximum prices. Managing this and other alternative delivery methods requires a detailed assessment of the CM responsibilities shared among the owner, contractor and CM consultant.

Ramon Ruelas, PE - Deputy Project Director - Construction - SANDAG
Greg Gastelum, PE - Deputy Project Director, Capital Management - SANDAG
Jim Starling - Construction Program Manager - Jacobs


Simplifying Los Angeles’ Complex Change Order Process in the Cloud

The City of Los Angeles is working with CH2M and Honeywell International to manage construction of its $100 million Wastewater Information Network System with cloud-based technology. Hear from the city and the design-build contractor how they are simplifying the change order process to save time, control costs and improve outcomes. Speakers will describe how cloud-based tools improve financial management, risk management, document management and collaboration.

Sam Alavi, PE - Environmental Engineer - Wastewater Engineering Services Division, Bureau of Sanitation - City of Los Angeles
Mike Tovar, PE - Sr. Project Manager - CH2M
Stephen Dunbar - Program Manager - Honeywell International
Fernando Peraza - Project Manager - HTP segment of LAWINS - Honeywell International
Eric Law - Senior Director, Product Management - Bentley Systems

4:00 - 5:30 pm
Opening Plenary Session
Unleashing Virtual Design and Construction - Mixed Reality Across the Project Lifecycle

Mixed reality technology has the potential to transform all stages of the project lifecycle. This session will demonstrate how mixed reality can improve collaboration and increase return on the investments in digital capital made in design and construction. It will also explore how traditional approaches to project delivery roles and responsibilities need to evolve to realize an increased return on investment.

David Neitz, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, CDMSmith
Matthew Harraka, Construction Specialist, CDMSmith

Monday, October 10

7:00 - 9:00 am
Plenary Session and Breakfast Keynote
Driving Growth through Innovation

In his latest book, Driving Growth Through Innovation, noted futurist Robert B. Tucker identified the emergent best practices of companies who are pioneering radically more effective approaches to innovation. In this keynote session, you’ll discover cutting edge methods for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage. You’ll learn unconventional approaches for turning innovation into a systematic, imbedded process, and be motivated to take action in your firm..

9:30 - 10:30 am
Becoming a Preferred Provider: How Kaiser Permanente is Driving Value and Innovation

In the past year, Kaiser Permanente has reduced its preferred network of AEC providers from 500 firms to 150. The goal was a smaller group that could more consistently share best practices, drive innovation and increase quality while controlling costs. This session will reveal what innovative owners expect of their service providers, coupled with top strategies to lead change within Kaiser Permanente’s preferred provider network. Lessons from this transition are relevant to other owners who are relying on their CMs to be ambassadors for change.

Don Ordnoff - Senior Vice President, National Facilities Services - Kaiser Permanente
Jonathan Antevy - Co-Founder – e-Builder


Developing Trends in Construction Claims and Disputes

This panel discussion will identify and explore a number of new claims-related issues with the potential to impact CMs. CMs are typically tasked with receiving all claims submitted to owners and recommending courses of action. At-risk CMs may either file claims against owners themselves or defend claims filed against them by the trade contractors. In any case, the CM must be aware of these new claims-related trends in order to deal with claims appropriately.

David McPherson - Managing Partner - Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald
Steven Collins - Director - Navigant Consulting
James Zack, CCM - Executive Director - Navigant Consulting


Parking Preconceived Perceptions: A Different P3

Explore how Fairfax County, Virginia, teamed with private developers to create new mixed-use developments connected with a new Metro rail line. The County employed P3 delivery on multiple parking projects, and County project management staff adapted from the traditional owner’s rep role to become participants in the different world and divergent priorities of a commercial developer and to facilitate positive outcomes for all participants on these innovative projects.

Christopher Payne, PE, CCM - Executive Vice President - MBP
Carey Needham - Director of Building Design and Construction - Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services


Quickfire Session: Three Quick Looks at Vital Current topics for the CM

The Construction Manager as Environmental Steward: The adroit CM is the one who understands environmental stewardship to avoid missteps that can result in unnecessary delays and increased costs.
Dave Sluga, Vali Cooper & Associates

Throw Out the Paper and Go Digital: Lives Depend On It. Technology can transform a workplace and make safety sustainable for all workers. It’s time to throw out paper-based systems and start using digital tools.
Luke Anear, SafetyCulture

$600 Million Water Capital Improvement Program:A look at Columbus, Ohio and an overview of applied CMAA principles and lessons learned on this program.
Rob Rivers - AECOM



Strategic Facilities Capital Planning

Today, facility managers are loaded with many activities and responsibilities, frequently lapsing into reactive mode to respond to all of the demands on them. Developing a strategic facilities capital plan can lead to better, more proactive delivery of services. This session will outline the key principles of strategic facility planning and detail the keys steps of understanding, analyzing and planning facilities operations.

Chiti Ho - Vice President - MOCA Systems, Inc.
David Hart FAIA - Executive Vice President - MOCA Systems, Inc.
Sandy Hamby, AIA, CCM - President - MOCA Systems, Inc.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Does the Owner’s Estimate Form, Function and Style Meet the Needs of Today’s CM?

Owners have moved away from quick, inaccurate high-level cost estimates and toward detailed cost analysis derived from benchmarked and historical costs. Today’s CMs have to embrace, refute, or defuse these owner estimates as part of their project planning process. This presentation will explore and test the relevance of using owner estimates in the CM’s cost planning, including what happens when the CM disregards the owner cost estimate and when the owner estimate is broken or without merit.

Suzanne Rogers - Capital Procurement Manager-North America - GlaxoSmithKline
Ralph Buckles, Jr. - Senior Projects Controls Specialist - ARCADIS


Establishing a Large Project Mentality on Smaller Construction Projects

Often small projects do not have the advantages of web-based project information systems, dedicated project controls teams, or a partnering mentality. So, how can you take advantage of communications protocols, project controls and the overall mindset of larger, more sophisticated projects on a job budgeted at $5-$150 million? This session focuses on CMs can successfully implement CII/CMAA tools, practices and protocols to achieve success on smaller projects, creating a culture of project control and communication throughout the project.

Marty Schmitt, CCM - Vice President- East Region - AG|CM, Inc.
Randy Wipke, CCM - Area Manager - Texas A&M Facilities Planning and Construction
Ryan Rosborough, CCM - Vice President- Central Region - AG|CM, Inc.
Christopher Majors - Project Manager - AG|CM, Inc.


Legalities of Emails and Electronic Communications on a Project

Email, text messages, and social media are now the norm for project communications, while mailed letters and faxes are the exception. But are these changes outpacing the provisions of our project contracts and relevant statutes? This session provides CMs with relevant legal knowledge and recent developments concerning electronic communications and digital signatures as they impact construction projects.

Richard Panos, AIA, CCM - Program Manager - Totum
Christian Carrillo, Esq. - Attorney - The Law Offices of Christian A. Carrillo
Derek Simpson, Esq. - Attorney - The Law Offices of Derek A. Simpson


Quickfire Session: Three Quick Looks at Interesting Current Projects

Padre Dam Municipal Water District Maintenance and Operations Yard Improvements: An exploration of challenges, solutions and lessons learned from this complex $8.3 million project.
Eric Jackson, CCM - Harris & Associates

High Performing Teams: A look at success stories from a “super subcontractor” on major projects at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.
Michael Uldrich - McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

San Diego County Water Authority’s $1.5 Billion Emergency and Carryover Storage Project: A look at a mega program that has included dams, reservoirs, pipelines, pump stations and other resources.
Wade Griffis - San Diego County Water Authority



Ready to Ride the Rails? An Update on California's HSR Construction

This session will provide an overview of the first HSR in the United States, addressing the challenges, issues and successes of this dynamic undertaking. Speakers will discuss why and how these rail segments are being built, and the critical role of the construction manager in the process.

Scott Jarvis - Chief Engineer - California High Speed Rail
Jon Tapping - Director of Risk Management - California High Speed Rail
Rebecca Jones - President and CEO - Safework, Inc.


1:30 – 2:30 pm
BIM Built, Actually Using Models to Build: A Lego Experience (part 1)

Come, play with Lego blocks and learn valuable lessons about how Lean and BIM are incorporated into traditional practices, how they can improve performance, why it is often difficult for teams to adopt new practices, and what can be done to improve. Lego will be used to simulate a CM experience and to demonstrate the benefits of an active BIM process over “traditional” 2D processes. You’ll have to maintain quality, schedule and scope while integrating new tools into your management toolbox. While a computer is not required you will learn more if you are digging into the models with your team while building your Lego set.

Ralph Kreider, PhD - Director of Digital Facilities - MBP
Benjamin Crosby, CCM - Director of BIM/VDC - W.G. Yates


Delay Analysis: Valuable Tool or Black Magic?

Keeping the project on schedule is always a responsibility of the CM, and the schedule is a key tool to manage this task. Two experienced delay experts will discuss the use of delay analysis techniques to resolve delays, with a focus on understanding and evaluating the base line schedule. All too often the details and logic of the baseline schedule do not become apparent until delay claims are submitted to justify time extensions and additional costs.

Rocco Vespe, PE, FCMAA - Vice President - Hill International
Phil Urwin - Senior Consultant - Hill International


Net Zero Energy: The “Buzz Words” and the Future

This session will describe what a Net Zero Energy Building is and how the design and construction process is evolving to achieve this goal. Success in this area requires the concentrated efforts of all stakeholders from early planning through facility operations. Speakers will describe the role of the CM through the different stages of a Net Zero project and highlight how professional CM not only contributes to project success but also creates additional opportunities. Both in-progress and completed projects will be presented.

Susan Cline, LEED AP BD+C - Asst. Director of Public Works - City of Santa Monica
Amber L G Richane, LEED AP BD+C & ND - Sr. Vice President, Performance-Driven Design TM - CallisonRTKL
James Matson, AIA - Vice President, Principal - HGA Architects and Engineers
Timothy Spaeth - Project Manager/West Region TKI Leader - ARCADIS


The Owner Said On-Time and On-Budget, But What Does That Really Mean?

Most owners demand, and most contractors promise, on-time and on-budget completion, but few projects finish in either condition. These two metrics fall under the “project controls” umbrella and are the source of many disputes, misunderstandings and project failures. This session will address what on-time and on-budget really mean and how to achieve a successful project under the appropriate definition – helping to clarify owner expectations and improve your ability to manage expectations successfully.

Thomas Long - Chief, Schedule Controls - NY Department of Environmental Protection
Christopher Carson, CCM - Director of Program & Project Controls - ARCADIS U.S., Inc.


VHA SimLEARN: An Amazing Way to Teach and Learn

Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, the Veterans’ Health Administration’s (VHA) SimLEARN provides curricula and best practices to improve diagnostic, procedural and communications skills and enhance health care for our nation’s veterans. This unique project is a true collaboration between the general contractor, architect, three clients, and the rest of the construction team, balancing “people, profit and planet” and meeting LEED Silver requirements.

Seth Miller - Project Manager - The Walsh Group
Ben Coe - Resident Engineer - The Department of Veterans Affairs
Harry Robinson - VHA SimLEARN National Program Manager - The Department of Veterans Affairs
Jessica Cato - Project Manager - Parsons


3:00 – 4:00 pm
BIM Built, Actually Using Models to Build: A Lego Experience (part 2)

Come, play with Lego blocks and learn valuable lessons about how Lean and BIM are incorporated into traditional practices, how they can improve performance, why it is often difficult for teams to adopt new practices, and what can be done to improve. Lego will be used to simulate a CM experience and to demonstrate the benefits of an active BIM process over “traditional” 2D processes. You’ll have to maintain quality, schedule and scope while integrating new tools into your management toolbox. While a computer is not required you will learn more if you are digging into the models with your team while building your Lego set.

Ralph Kreider, PhD - Director of Digital Facilities - MBP
Benjamin Crosby, CCM - Director of BIM/VDC - W.G. Yates


Business Intelligence: One Giant Leap for CM Kind

Do you wonder if there’s a way to organize your mountains of data into useful and actionable categories? Are you looking for a tool to identify, track and respond to key performance indicators and collaborate with team members in real time to address issues long before they become problems? Welcome to the incredibly powerful world of business intelligence. This session explores the cutting edge tools that help savvy leaders use data to drive good decisions.

Snigdha Mittal-Pullara - Project Manager - BIM Coordinator - Sciame Construction, LLC
Sergio Aranda - Partner Executive - E-Builder
Marty Turner, CCM - Sr. Project Controls Manager - CH2M


CM and the War for Talent: Are We in Denial?

Hear from owners and industry partners on how they are dealing with the loss of resources caused by the recession, preparing for the pending exodus of the Baby Boomers, and addressing the dearth of talented construction professionals. Speakers will relate the shortage of talent in the CM and construction industry to large pending funding allocations in specific markets, and share tactics they are using to address this challenge.

Allyson Gipson, Esq.
Charlie Ng - MiraCosta College
Lee Dulgeroff - San Diego Unified School District


Culture First: Creating and Sustaining a Safe Workplace

A successful construction project must have a culture of safety. This presentation will highlight a comprehensive safety program supported by the full engagement of trade workers and recognition of workers who participate proactively in safety. In the Turner Building LIFE® (Living Injury Free Every Day) program, safety engagement starts with the earliest pre-planning activities, and includes policies, inspections, extensive training programs, and a goal of continuous improvement.

Cindy DePrater - Vice President, Employee Health and Safety - Turner Construction Company
Jennifer Downey - National Director, Virtual Design & Construction - Turner Construction Company


Lessons Learned from Troubled Projects: How to Triage a Troubled Project

The key to turning around a troubled project is the initial assessment of the project’s issues. A panel of seasoned professionals will walk attendees through the “triage” stage of a project turnaround. Hear from an attorney, a forensic construction specialist, and a CM experienced in turnarounds for private clients, who will describe what they have learned about how to prevent projects from becoming troubled and rescue them if they do.

Mark McGivern - CEO - The CCA Group
Claramargaret H. Groover, Esq. - Of Counsel - Becker & Poliakoff
John Manning, PE, CCM - Principal - KMI International


Tuesday, October 11

9:00 – 10:00 am
Embedding a Risk Mitigation Strategy Early in the Project Delivery Process

As steward of the federal government’s real estate investments, GSA is committed to streamlining its processes and adopting practices that embed robust risk mitigation as an integral part of a project’s formulation. The overarching success factor in selecting the right team and the most appropriate project delivery methods during planning allows for the right budget and schedule to be requested. GSA has introduced a structured procedure to enable this. The new project delivery selection tool is simple to use, collaborative in approach, and customizable for all types of projects.

Renée Cheng, AIA - Associate Dean for Research, College of Design - University of Minnesota
Linda Phillips, CCM - Zone A Director - GSA, Public Buildings Service
Laura Stagner, AIA - Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery - GSA, Public Buildings Service


Emerging Technologies in the AEC Industry

Some organizations in the AEC industry are adapting quickly to new technologies, embracing new modes of information sharing and collaboration – while others are finding the jump difficult. That means right now is a critical time for construction professionals to look into emerging trends and discover which can move the industry forward. This session will assess the industry’s present state and focus on trends that will have important impacts, including BIM, prefab, mobile tools, 3D scanning, augmented reality and others.

Chitwan Saluja - Practice Technology - Jacobs
Dareen Salama - BIM and Project Controls - STV Construction Inc.


Middle Harbor: Changing CM Staffing Considerations Based on Changing Program Factors

Much can change over a program duration of roughly eight years. Project sequencing, tenant relations, unforeseen conditions, design changes, new technology and other factors all led to significant changes in the CM staffing model used by the Port of Long Beach between Phases One and Two of its Middle Harbor Development Program. This panel of POLB staff and CM consultants will review these changes and discuss key considerations for staffing from both the owner’s and consultant’s points of view.

Cesar Larios, PE - Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer - Port of Long Beach
Frank Davidson, PE - Program Construction Manager - Jacobs
Joseph Seibold, PE, FCMAA - Executive Vice President - Arcadis
Darrin Lambrigger, PE, CCM - Assistant Director, Construction Management Division - Port of Long Beach


Owners Panel: What Will 2026 Look Like?

How will CM change over the next 10 years from the owner’s perspective? Our panel will discuss: How will their organizations change over the next 10 years and how can the CM industry help prepare for this transition? What do owners need CMs to provide concerning Leadership and Technology? What industry trends do they see shaping their organizations the most and how do they impact project delivery? How will projects be delivered in 2026 including meeting the triple bottom line?

Mark Simon, PE, CCM - Sr. Program Manager - Dallas Water Utilities
Kevin Donnelly, PE, CCM - Deputy Commissioner, Program Management Division - NYC Department of Design & Construction
JD Harrison, CCM - Regional Construction Manager - CH2M


Using Leading Indicators and Big Data to Predict and Prevent Jobsite Injuries and Reinforce a Positive Safety Culture

Research by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and others has shown there are leading indicators that correlate with good safety outcomes. As leaders in establishing a safety culture, CMs need to apply this research in practical and powerful ways. Learn how advances in mobile technology have amplified our ability to document these indicators in the field, and how to use “big data” and predictive modeling to predict and prevent workforce injuries and reinforce a positive safety culture.

Griffin Schultz - General Manager - Predictive Solutions
Gregory Parana - Principal Health and Safety Manager - CDM Smith


10:30 am – 11:30 am
Correcting Critical Cost and Schedule Impacts Through Early Project Definition and Alignment

This case study focuses on a major public project whose scope and cost grew beyond the state’s funding ability. Early Project Definition and Alignment was used to realign the project even though it had already gone through an extensive programming and planning exercise. This enabled the owner and project team to determine what mattered most and to bring the project back into alignment. Attendees will learn how to use EPDA to correct serious cost and schedule impacts and bring a project to successful completion.

David Hart - Executive Vice President - MOCA Systems, Inc.
Paul Brown, AIA - Early Project Definition Director - MOCA Systems, Inc.


DOT Programs and the Next Generation's Challenge

As the industry’s senior CMs retire in larger numbers, so do the most experienced owners, creating an age and experience gap just when major funding for infrastructure programs is beginning to surge. This session explores how two Millennial-generation owners, and their Millennial CMs, are delivering high profile, high pressure programs.

Kevin Oberheim, PE, CCM - Construction Manager - RK&K
Victor Grafton - Assistant District Engineer - Construction - Maryland State Highway Administration
Cadmus Capehart, PE - Resident Engineer - North Carolina DOT
Jeff Thatcher, PE, CCM - Project Manager - RK&K


Owner Expectations of the CM’s Role in Achieving Design Intent

More and more public owners understand the value of involving the CM in pre-construction activities. As the CM’s role expands, owners expect the CM to understand and help assure the achievement of project objectives, which often include sustainability, resiliency, healthy living and social equity.

Kevin Donnelly, PE, CCM - Deputy Commissioner - NYC Design & Construction
Margaret Castillo, AIA - Chief Architect - NYC Design & Construction
Christine Flaherty, CCM - Associate Commissioner - NYC Design & Construction


The Professional CM and Safety: A Conversation on Potential Liability Concerns

CMAA’s Policy Statement on Safety urges owners and CMs to take an active role in developing a comprehensive culture of safety. This interactive discussion will explore contractual, legal, and insurance issues around safety-related professional services. It will offer strategies for owners and CMs to manage potential exposures, and identify possible misalignments between intent and practice in allocating safety responsibility and liability in construction.

Christopher Brasco, Esq. - Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Kathleen Barnes, Esq. - Partner - Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
John Manning, PE, CCM - Principal - KMI International
Brian McCarthy, PE - Associate Program Manager - CDM Smith


When Your School Facilities Needs Far Outweigh Available Funding

Faced with facilities needs that greatly exceeded its financial resources, the Los Angeles Unified School District prioritized its capital funding to begin modernizing its aging and deteriorated schools. Understand the strategy the district used to identify schools with the greatest need for capital improvements, and develop core principles to develop and manage project scopes. This initiative helped ensure that the scopes developed would address the most critical needs while limiting work on less pressing items, enabling more schools to be improved.

Mark Hovatter - Chief Facilities Executive - Los Angeles Unified School District
Krisztina Tokes - Director of Facilities Planning and Development - Los Angeles Unified School District
Amanda Vaughn - Program and Policy Development Advisor - Los Angeles Unified School District


11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday Plenary Session and Luncheon
The CMAA Fellows Present: Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom

Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), and Liz Levin, consultant and former board member of MassDOT, are co-authors of Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories. Now they’ll lead a panel of pioneering women in transportation. They’re frank. They’re candid, and their anecdotes and experiences will bring lots of insights about leadership and an inclusive workforce.

Moderator: Blake Peck, CCM, FCMAA, Chancellor, CMAA College of Fellows

Speakers:
Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART)
Rina Cutler, Senior Director Major Stations Planning and Development, Amtrak
Elizabeth Levin, President, Liz Levin & Company and former MassDOT/MBTA Board Member
Mary Jane O’Meara, Former Director of the Tobin Bridge; Associate Vice President, HNTB
Dr. Beverly Scott, CEO,  Beverly Scott Associates, National Infrastructure Advisory Council (DHS) Vice-Chair, past APTA Chair, former GM/CEO at four transit agencies

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Alternative Project Delivery at the Local Government Level

This session will provide a unique perspective from the owner’s point of view, on the challenges they face in moving from traditional design-bid-build contracts to APD. Speakers will discuss when to use – and not use – APD, and review several popular APD methods. Case studies will illustrate the CM’s role in facilitating the APD process, and in supporting the owner in cost control, schedule management, change management and quality assurance for both the contractor’s and the designer’s services.

William Hixon - Senior Construction Manager - ARCADIS
Samer Beidas, PE, CCM - Director of Engineering & Planning - Prince William County Service Authority
Chris Remme, CCM - Senior Project Manager - ARCADIS


Navigating the Technological Terrain

New technology creates the potential for innovation and improved efficiency, but the sheer volume and variety of options may leave many owners and others not knowing where to begin. They may also face political opposition and be wary of risks to budgets and schedules from committing to new systems. This training session will help owners learn how to identify the best project management software systems, establish buy-in within their organizations, and deploy these new systems efficiently and effectively.

Mike Kenny - Operations Manager - On-Site Technical Services
Brent Fountain, PE - Senior Engineer - San Diego County Water Authority
Eric Bakker - Regional Manager - Field Automated Communication Systems
Greg Varni - President - Field Automated Communication Systems
Misha Troyan, PE - Area Manager - EPC Consultants


Safety First, Even During an Emergency Response

When the New York City Department of Environmental Protection identified a leak in a main sewage pump discharge pipe, it declared an emergency and launched a highly accelerated “scramble” to get complex repairs underway. The agency realized, however, that such a high pressure project created heightened risk of injuries, and without implementation of detailed safety protocols initiated by senior management, the potential for accidents was great. This session details how the agency achieved an emergency response without sacrificing safety or environmental considerations.

Matthew Osit, PE - Portfolio Manager - NYCDEP Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction
Heather Belovin, Esq. - Director EHS - NYCDEP Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction
Eric Klee - Plant Chief - NYCDEP Bureau of Wastewater Treatment
Eamon Kelly, CCM - Vice President - Hazen and Sawyer
Jon Pepe, PE, CCM - Associate - Hazen and Sawyer


Transition to Operations: Prepare for Successful Project Handover

It is the CM’s responsibility to consider the end users of a project, but all too often projects contribute to long-term problems by failing to consider the downstream needs of the owner. This session provides a proven framework for dramatically improving the handover process. This framework may also leverage BIM products and improve operational understanding of complex building systems. With this key understanding, CMs can distinguish themselves from their peers and create additional value for the clients.

Matt Moore - BIM Manager - Broaddus & Associates
Jeff Angeley - Sr. Construction & T2O Program Manager, Major Capital Projects - University of Washington, Capital Planning & Development
Steven Niskanen - Senior Project Manager - Broaddus & Associates


3:00 – 4:00 pm
A Fresh Look at Productively Managing Lost Production

Among the CM’s most critical skills is the ability to identify factors that reduce workforce productivity and initiate corrective action. The CM must also be able to quantify the actual and potential costs of any project change so that clients can make informed decisions. Leadership in the change order process requires an understanding of the most recent trends and methods for managing the change order/dispute process. This leadership impacts the triple bottom line and fosters on-time, on-budget project delivery.

Chris Payne, PE, CCM - Executive Vice President - McDonough, Bolyard & Peck
Kathleen Olden Barnes, Esq. - Senior Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Christopher Brasco, Esq. - Senior Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP


Best Practice and Future Applications of 4D and 5D

This session provides an overview of current applications of BIM/VDC, including the use of 4D (3D model plus schedule) from early design to visualize phasing, site logistics, equipment staging, construction sequencing and other elements. BIM/VDC and a 4D model provide a platform for all stakeholders to visualize, communicate and collaborate; later on, the fully developed 4D model can support accurate mobile progress reporting and monitoring, increased productivity and fewer conflicts.

Jacqueline Chen - VDC Specialist - Synchro Software Ltd.
Claire Mao, CMIT - Senior VDC Specialist - Balfour Beatty Construction


Technology and Project Delivery Methods: Facts and Myths from an Owner’s Perspective

Massport’s capital program development has worked in recent years to assess the effectiveness of technologies, systems and creative delivery methods in improving project delivery. This presentation will present many of Massport’s findings, including facts and myths about Revit, Navisworks, pull planning, CPM scheduling, continuous estimating, Target Value Design, PMIS, dashboards, laser scanning, GMP timing and other widely used tools you may be considering for your programs.

John Audi, PHD - Assistant Director - Capital Programs - Massport
Luciana Burdi, PhD - Deputy Director - Capital Programs - Massport


The CM as Owner’s Rep in San Antonio’s Convention Center Expansion

San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center’s $325 million expansion project shows how public entities are protecting themselves during D-B and CMAR projects by using an owner’s project/program management representative. Many municipalities have been moving to CMAR and D-B with an eye to shifting risk to the contractor, but this may come at the cost of higher risks over the facility’s lifetime due to operational and maintenance issues. Adding a CM as owner’s representative can help re-balance these life-cycle risks.

Jeffry Knippel - Capital Program Manager - City of San Antonio, TX
Jeff Haberstroh - Vice President/Project Director - Project Control of Texas