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.

2017 Conference educational program.  

Subject to change.

Sunday, October 8

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Driving Innovation with Risk Mitigation: The Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel (CBBT) District’s $756 million Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel project was procured through a proactive, enhanced process designed to ensure risk was appropriately mitigated throughout the lifecycle of the project. This was achieved through early engagement of industry professionals and capitalizing on innovative solutions from the conceptual phase through selection of a design-build team. The insight, experience, and lessons learned from this procurement are a testament to good construction management principles for owners throughout the early stages of construction.

Ryan Banas, PE, CCM - Quality Control Resident Engineer - HNTB Corporation
Michael Crist, PE - District Deputy Director, Infrastructure - Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District
Jeff Holland - Executive Director - Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District


BIM Deployment: Necessity or Extravagance?

BIM’s usefulness is undeniable, however, BIM is not an industry standard because it isn’t appropriate for every project. This session will highlight the financial, logistical, and legal factors one must consider when deciding whether to deploy BIM. The session will use real-life examples to illustrate how BIM is transforming project delivery for the Massachusetts Port Authority, and others across the country.

Joseph Barra, Esq. - Construction Attorney - Robinson & Cole LLP
Luciana Burdi, PhD., Intl. Assoc. AIA - Deputy Director Capital Programs - Massachusetts Port Authority


Transparency and Relationship-Driven Leadership

The professional landscape is changing. The workforce is becoming more diverse, technology is advancing at a rapid pace, global economic stability is uncertain, and collaborative managment is replacing autocracy. The desire for a sense of community and connection amongst professionals is stronger now than ever before. CMs must recognize these changes and adapt their leadership styles accordingly. By adopting a relationship-focused leadership style, CMs stengthen the bonds between team members, and encourage a team-first mentality not present in traditional leadership structures.

Marc Gravallese, CCM - Program Manager - Jacobs


A Comprehensive Catalogue of the University of Florida's Wastewater Collection System

While working with the University of Florida, DRMP implemented a geographic information system (GIS) to assess the conditions of the Department’s entire 200-acre campus. Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) inventories of sewer pipe runs were processed into GIS for observation and NAASCO compliant assessment. Individual observations, images, and videos of the system were made available to University staff via desktop and mobile interface. This afforded UF more control over the planning and budgeting of the project. Using the UF project as an example, participants will learn about the benefits of processing CCTV data for GIS. University staff will also discuss how they plan to use the detailed data for their organizational needs.

John Gilreath - GIS Manager - DRMP, Inc.
Jason Haeseler, PE - Senior Project Manager - University of Florida


Is Technology Killing the Design Profession: A CMAA Fellows Panel

We are in the midst of change, and the old way of performing and managing projects has to and will change. We have an hourly billing system currently in place that is antiquated and unsustainable, so what can we do to make it better? This panel, comprised of design and construction professionals, will explore new ways of conducting business in an ever-changing world.

Blake Peck, PE, CCM, FCMAA - President/CEO - MBP
Jared Krieger, AIA - Studio Director - Gensler
Milo Riverso, PE, CCM, FCMAA - President & CEO - STV, Inc. 
Carrie Rocha, PE - Vice President - HNTB Corp.
2:45 – 3:45 pm
The Harry W. Nice Bridge Story

The Harry W. Nice Bridge is a 2.2 mile bridge, carrying Route 301 across the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. Due to increased congestion, rising maintenance costs, outdated toll collection facilities, and safety concerns, the nearly 80-year-old bridge is in need of either rehabilitation or replacement. After conducting assessment studies and cost estimates for a rehabilitation project, and discussions over a dozen new bridge concepts and project delivery options, the MDTA decided to replace the bridge. This presentation discusses the key decision points and practical design changes used to make an informed decision.

Michael Blair - Project Manager, Harry W. Nice bridge Project - Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Will Pines - Deputy Director of Engineering - Maryland Transportation Authority
Jim Ruddell, PE, CCM, FCMAA - Vice President and Director/Principal Project Mgr. - WSP


Leading with the End in Mind: Managing Long-Term Programs for Stakeholder Success

As multi-project, long term programs become more common and funding for public projects become even more complex, the list of expectations from an expanding pool of stakeholders continue to grow in tandem. In this session, we will explore the lessons learned from the successful delivery of the first of three time bands in the Transportation Investment Act program, a $1.8 million, 871-project, sales-tax funded initiative in Georgia. In this session, we’ll provide insight on how risk was managed, financial controls were optimized, innovative solutions were created, and proactive public relations were used to mitigate public crisis and bolster client/consultant reputation.

Shrujal Amin - Program Manager - AECOM
Karen Judd - Communications Specialist - AECOM
Kelvin Mullins - State TIA Administrator - Georgia Department of Transportation


Lessons Learned from Submarine Cable Construction in the San Francisco Bay

This session will focus on identifying risks associated with using an internationally sourced design and materials to improve utility infrastructure. It will include a discussion on the benefits and risks of applying an EPC delivery model to a traditionally bid-build program. Project team members will discuss how they restructured and applied best construction management practices to successfully drive a project to completion.

Susan Bomba, PE - Senior Manager - Exponent, Inc.
Raymond Hsu, PE - Manager - Exponent, Inc.


The Art of Jobsite Photography

Documenting and visually communicating progress, challenges, and events on a construction site to key stakeholders is an art form. In the right hands, a simple jobsite photo can be transformed into art, using state-of-the-art photography tools. This session will discuss the role photography and image manipulation played in the NMMC construction and expansion projects.

Steven Rose, CCM - Sr. Construction Manager - Jacobs
Lisa Kelly - Executive Director, Business Development - EarthCam


Special CCM Only Session: The Mind of the 21st Century Leader

For Current CCMs Only
It’s not easy being a leader in today’s fast-paced, complex, dynamic work environments. Leaders need to maintain calm in the midst of daily storms. They need to remain focused in the face of a million distractions. They need to have clarity of mind to ensure they are helping themselves and their people concentrate on the right things as opposed to just doing lots of things. In this session, Potential Project Director Marissa Afton, will share case examples and experiences of how and why companies are incorporating mind training as a foundational tool to support safety leadership, performance and effectiveness. This session will include guided instructions on how to mentally prepare for better leadership effectiveness and include case studies from leading companies in heavy industries such as construction, oil and gas, mining and others. Participants will get practical, tactical information, tools and techniques on how they can help themselves and their people enhance their safety and effectiveness through training the mind.

Marissa Afton - Director and Senior Consultant - Potential Project

4:00 - 5:30 pm
Opening Plenary Session & Association Membership Business Meeting
Reinventing Construction: A Route to Higher Productivity

U.S. construction productivity is far behind other industries, and dramatic improvement will require owners and contractors to move together to new ways of working. This session will bring construction industry leaders together to examine the root causes of poor productivity growth in the industry and explore practical ways to improve the situation. Drawing on McKinsey’s recent report, “Reinventing Construction: A route to higher productivity” that found action in seven key areas could boost productivity by up to 60 percent, the industry panel will debate the findings and recommendations put forward by McKinsey and share best practices and innovations on how to best improve the productivity and performance of capital projects. The panel will be chaired by Tim McManus, Vice President in McKinsey’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice and will include representatives from a leading United States public sector agency, a leading contractor and one of the co-authors of “Reinventing Construction”

Tim McManus, Vice President, Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice - McKinsey & Co
Bob Gilbert - Chief Development Officer - Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
James (“Jimmy”) Nowicke - Associate Partner - McKinsey & Co.
Mike Lewis - Global Civil Market Sector Lead - Bechtel

Monday, October 9

7:00 - 9:00 am
Breakfast Plenary Session

CMAA's National Conference & Trade Show will feature a performance by The Capitol Steps, a popular Washington, DC-based comedy troupe. The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, DC institution for over 30 years. They provide a unique blend of musical and political comedy to audiences everywhere. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. Their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs about the election madness, as well as other headlines in the news.

9:30 - 10:30 am
What the Owner Wants: Claims Avoidance by the CM

Lengthy disputes are the last thing an owner wants to deal with at the end of a project. They expect the CM to perform all activities necessary to avoid claims. Industry studies show that the failure to properly administer a contract is one of the biggest causes for claims arising. However, it is not the only cause. This session will discuss the actions every CM must take during design, procurement, and construction to settle claims quickly and painlessly, and to avoid them altogether.

Roy J. Cooper, PE - Senior Vice President - ARCADIS
John Markovs - Deputy County Attorney - Montgomery County, Maryland
Joseph Seibold, PE, FCMAA - Executive Vice President - ARCADIS


Trends in Construction Technology and its Impact on Projects and Claims

Technology has transformed the world radically over the past few decades. Although the construction industry is slow to change, technological advances have been introduced into the industry and even more are on the way. The purpose of this session is to identify some of these advances and offer some perspective on how these advances are likely to change construction projects and construction management. The session will also assess the potential impact of these technology advances on construction claims and disputes.

Harold Dorbin, JD - Managing Director - Navigant Consulting, Inc.
James Zack, CCM - Senior Advisor - Navigant Consulting, Inc.


Promoting a Lean Company Culture by Embracing New Technology

How do you ensure business viability and continuously provide owners and project teams with technology solutions that will meet their needs? There exists a multitude of widely available and relatively inexpensive technologies and apps, but companies can no longer cite technology as a differentiator. The best companies determine what technology is right for their organization, and deploy complex systems successfully while remaining nimble enough to check and adjust continuously. Learn what has and hasn’t worked over the years, leading up to and culminating with a company wide Lean program that is empowering a company of change agents and fueling innovation daily.

Wendell Barnes, PE - Manager of Business Consulting - Gilbane Building Company
Leah Fiore - Director of Business Consulting - Gilbane Building Company


Processes and Pitfalls: The Legal Impact of Electronic Communications

In this session, presenters will expand on the use of emails and the use of text messaging while managing construction projects. Learn the pros and cons of electronic communications and hear examples of situations that have created challenges in the legality of the various types of communication channels. Electronic communications challenges between the different generational groups within organizations will be discussed.

Christian Carrillo, Esq. - Of Counsel - Shaw, Koepke & Satter
Richard Panos, AIA, CCM - Director of Construction Management - Simplus Management Corp.
Litsa Georgantopoulos, Esq. Attorney - Shaw, Koepke & Satter


From Planning to Implementation: Building an Enterprise Program Management Information System

New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will share current implementation results and lessons learned which will benefit your own PMIS system implementation. They will also discuss how the organization is bringing more consistency, transparency and accountability to their $15 billion capital program.

Shanna Davis - Chief of Enterprise Program Management Information System - NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Thomas Long  - Program Management Office Director - NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Robert McCarthy - Vice President - Parsons


What Owners Don’t Know: How Cloud Technology Directly Impacts Project Delivery

When business pressures lead to compressed project timelines, workflow efficiencies are of great importance. Inefficient project management results in missing deadlines, excessive change orders, and frustrated project teams, all of which can translate into delays. Participants will understand the significance of cloud-based technology to simplify construction management processes, create a cohesive project team, improve transparency and accountability, and serve as a secure repository for all design and construction documentation. Real-world examples will be shared including the impact cloud-based CM technology has had with financial workflow approval, team collaboration through mobile technology, and faster facility opening times.

Kaely Culbertson - Director of Client Services,Projectmates - Systemates, Inc.
Glen Stirrat - Senior Construction Manager - Lidl US  
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
BIM is for Architects; VDC is for CMs

BIM’s ability to significantly improve a project is well documented, however, this commodity is featured on far fewer projects than it should be. Perhaps it’s because the party responsible for managing a project’s virtual design and construction (VDC) is oftentimes unclear. CMs should know how to properly plan, procure, execute, and deliver VDC in a way that meet the owner's needs for cost savings, schedule, scope, quality, and facilities management.

Benjamin Crosby, CM-BIM, CCM - Director of BIM/VDC -W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.


Building Through Technology and Contract Tools, Not Lawsuits

The collection of project management tools available to today’s CMs allow them to accomplish more than ever before. In the wrong hands, these tools can be used as weapons to wage war against other project team members with differing interests. CMs must set the tone on their projects by avoiding this temptation. Starting with ethics, good faith, and fair dealings, this session will explore project improvement strategies such as risk, dispute, and schedule management practices that emphasize collaboration and shared success.

Christopher Anzidei, Esq. - Attorney - Archdiocese of Washington
Kathleen Barnes, Esq. - Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Chris Brasco, Esq. - Senior Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Robert Goodfellow, PE - Senior Vice President - Aldea Services, Inc.
Brian McCarthy, PE, CCM - Associate Program Manager - CDM Smith


Agile CM – Controlling Disruptive Technology

KPMG’s 2015 Global Construction Survey found that 53% of construction projects are underperforming, and fewer than one-third of construction projects come within 10% of the planned budget. CMAA Foundation Research reports projects with professional construction managers, known as Agency Construction Management (ACM), were completed with only slightly better schedule and budget outcomes as compared to non-ACM projects.

Agile CM seeks to improve project performance by augmenting traditional CM practices with a product team consisting of cross functional members from the owner, design, construction, and O&M teams with specialized skills and areas of focus, working together. The session will discuss obstacles impeding technology implementation and how the Agile CM product team resolves these complications.

Though modern materials, tools, technology, and techniques have transformed the built environment, the process – plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain – remain largely independent tasks. This session will describe how the CM can use Agile CM methodologies to decompartmentalize these tasks.

Joel Timmins, CCM - Senior Associate - Markon Solutions


Leadership, Ethics, and the Theory of Project Delivery

Representatives from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will present their Rapid Alignment Initiated Delivery Theory (RAID), and explain how this new theory, when integrated with CMAA’s Body of Knowledge, drastically increases the chance of delivering a successful project, regardless of delivery method.

Andrew Bates, PhD - Adjunct Professor - Blanchard and Blanchard Construction
Frank DarConte, RA, PhD - Senior Vice President - DeMatteis Construction Organization
F.H. (Bud) Griffis, PE, PhD, NAC - Professor of Civil Engineering (Construction) - NYU Tandon School of Engineering


The Benefits of Technology on a $1.3 Billion Program

Investigate the use of technology on a $1.3 billion program with the FAA and Parsons. Learn about the advantages of deploying virtual desktops and virtual servers for data recovery and security.

Steve Grant - Senior Engineering Manager - Parsons
Greg Maust - FAA PMO Support - SIGMA USA
Heather Shinn, CCM - Vice President - Parsons


P3 Projects: The New Challenge for Construction Quality Assurance

Public-Private Partnerships (P3) will soon become the preferred choice for large complex program execution. The inherent complexity of P3 projects results in substantial challenges to the development of construction quality assurance plans and the requirements placed on quality assurance managers. This session will provide valuable lessons learned from the Denver Eagle P3 Project which will aid those who are considering or currently managing P3 projects.

Philip Adams, Sr. - President - P H Adams & Associates
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Determining Competitive Pricing: A Behind the Scenes Look at Bid Day
(part 1)

Why do so many general contractors have gray hair at a young age? Why is it that the word “addendum” strikes fear into the eyes of even the bravest contractor? It’s BID DAY! This workshop will demonstrate to owners, CM agencies, architects, engineers, and construction industry managers what really happens behind the closed doors of the contractor’s office on bid day. Learn the basics of bidding in a 30-minute instructional period, then participants will be divided into general contracting teams, competing against each other to develop the lowest bid. The teams are given plans, subcontractor bids, estimate worksheets, and a surprise addendum. Presenters will assist the teams with quantity take-off, reviewing subcontract bids, determining a project schedule, and establishing an overhead cost and fee. Attendees will have fun, and learn about competitive bidding at the same time.

Jeff Hossfeld - Project Manager - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Brian Ott, CCM - Division Vice President - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Lisa Decker - Sr. Project Manager - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Jeff Downs - Project Manager - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Redefining Quality Management to Create a Recipe for Success

The Florida Department of Transportation requires a comprehensive quality assurance plan from active construction management firms. As a result of efficiencies gained by having a full-time approach to quality, there has been marked improvements statewide and changes not only to service quality, but the means to achieve it as well. Participants will hear how QA can be redefined to serve both the client and the firm.

Karen Akers, PE - Consultant, CEI Manager - Florida Turnpike Enterprise
Herbert Potter, CCM - Quality Assurance Manager - RK&K


Virtual Reality for Planning, Design and Construction

The construction industry is implementing virtual reality in planning, managing, and building construction projects. Once construction is over, VR is being used to market projects and to maintain facilities. Drawings or renderings can never capture the three-dimensional, spatial nature of buildings. Creating physical models to help simulate the physical aspects of an actual environment or building is time-consuming and often costly to build. This presentation will showcase how VR is helping owners and end users to better visualize what they will get when a project is done. Examples will show how VR can make a difference in the industry, and how it works in planning high security buildings, jails, airports, and complex medical centers. Allowing end users to give feedback on the design and construction of their facilities is an important innovation. By using VR, clients are offered the ability to make changes virtually for free well before actual construction has begun. Learn how embracing VR in construction planning is improving design, leads to faster project approvals, decreases the number of change orders, and is helping in delivering better projects. Recognizing efficiencies of space and movement of people and equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Additionally, this presentation will show how to use VR for safety and planning on specific projects.

Jacqueline Chen - VDC Specialist - Synchro Software Ltd.
Zhuting (Claire) Mao, CMIT - Senior BIM Spesicalist - Balfour Beatty Construction
Dusan Selezan, CMIT - Senior BIM Spesicalist - Balfour Beatty Construction


Emerging Technologies for Business Intelligence and Data Mining

One of CMAA’s Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC) prime objectives is to share information on the latest technology systems and techniques that are changing our industry. In this session, the ETC will explore the topic of data mining and share some insights into how business intelligence tools are being used and adapted by CMs to address the challenges associated with data governance and information overload. The presentation will delve into the obstacles of disparate systems, architecture limitations and fast-developing applications, and grapple with the challenge of identifying and understanding what data sets are most important in an age of information overload. The session will feature research and from McKinsey & Co., and will include a case study from the U.S. General Services Administration.

Sergio Aranda - Account Executive - e-Builder
Dennis Ryan - U.S. General Services Administration
Laura Stagner, AIA - Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery - U.S. General Services Administration
Marty Turner, CCM - Sr. Project Controls Manager - CH2M


Becoming a Streetwise CM: Laying Pipe is the Easy Part

The Metropolitan District of Hartford, CT recently completed an intensive period of sewer separation and pipeline rehabilitation projects as part of its $2 billion Clean Water Project. The volume of pipeline work completed was more than five times the baseline volume normally executed by the District. The projects’ excess work and high public visibility presented many challenges for the project delivery team. This session will discuss lessons learned at the individual and organizational levels during the execution of these intensive urban infrastructure projects.

Christopher Coyle, PE - Construction Manager -CDM Smith
Brian McCarthy, PE, CCM - Program Manager - CDM Smith
Thomas Robbins, PE - Construction Manager - Metropolitan District Commission


Trust Me: The Key to Delivering Successful Integrated Projects

This session introduces different types of trust and trust-building attributes and how trust is established and promoted among stakeholders in construction projects. It also presents a side-by-side comparison of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) principles and concludes by presenting the symbiotic relationships between the two.

Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi, PhD - Assistant Professor - Georgia Institute of Technology
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Determining Competitive Pricing: A Behind the Scenes Look at Bid Day
(part 2)

Why do so many general contractors have gray hair at a young age? Why is it that the word “addendum” strikes fear into the eyes of even the bravest contractor? It’s BID DAY! This workshop will demonstrate to owners, CM agencies, architects, engineers, and construction industry managers what really happens behind the closed doors of the contractor’s office on bid day. Learn the basics of bidding in a 30-minute instructional period, then participants will be divided into general contracting teams, competing against each other to develop the lowest bid. The teams are given plans, subcontractor bids, estimate worksheets, and a surprise addendum. Presenters will assist the teams with quantity take-off, reviewing subcontract bids, determining a project schedule, and establishing an overhead cost and fee. Attendees will have fun, and learn about competitive bidding at the same time.

Jeff Hossfeld - Project Manager - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Brian Ott, CCM - Division Vice President - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


The Benefits of 4D Scheduling in Project Phasing

The $265 million Landside Modernization Project is one of the first in a series of construction projects in a $6 billion capital program that will transform ATL by constructing two massive steel canopies over an area greater than 3 football fields at the entrance to the domestic terminals to protect passengers from the elements and improve traffic flow. Maintaining operations and mitigating passenger impact during construction involves significant logistical challenges. This presentation will discuss the benefits that 4D Scheduling has provided in the logistical phasing of this capital renovation project.

Ambika Burda, PE - Senior Project Manager - WSP
Emily Shirley - Project Scheduler, New South - McCarthy JV


Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the AEC Industry

Many owners and AEC firms are eager to incorporate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, into their projects. However, you’ll need more than just the proper equipment to fly a drone on a job site. The FAA’s latest set of regulations include provisions that affect commercial drone use – provisions carrying costly penalties if not adhered to. Understanding and obeying the laws of flying commercial drones can be difficult. For many, it can even be tougher than piloting the drone itself. A UAS can capture project data from a unique prospective quickly, safely and inexpensively; but doing so requires strict adherence to a process. This session will explain how the FAA’s latest regulations affect commercial UAS operation. It will also discuss the benefits of using a UAS for capital construction projects.

Paul Beckwith, PE, CCM - President - Navigator CS, LLC
David Keffer, PE, CCM - Senior Vice President - Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson


How to Lead Design for Reliability (DfR) with Stage Gate Triggers

Asset Management has introduced a few key concepts which require a shift from focusing on initial investment to optimizing the lifecycle cost. The basis for such decisions are rooted in a risk-based and science-based approach to understanding the requirements of the asset throughout its useful life. Both must be applied in the concept and design phases to be effective. Shifting the Project Management Office (PMO) and the Capital Engineering Process from a mindset of initial cost, scope and schedule to a focus on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Lifecycle Cost (LCC) requires a catalyst for change. Design for Reliability (DfR) answers this requirement with a methodology that blends aspects of statistics, probability and reliability theory, and engineering analysis throughout a product lifecycle to evaluate, predict, and verify the application of robust design.

Marie Getsug - Program Manager, Asset Management Group - Jacobs
George Williams - Director, Asset Management - B. Braun Medical


The Key to Implementing Total Cost of Ownership

Owners are requesting that projects be designed, constructed, and operated in ways that achieve the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Lifecycle costing (LCC) is the method used to ascertain and demonstrate the lifecycle performance of a facility by assessing all significant costs of acquiring, owning, and using facility over its projected effective useful life.

The session will demonstrate how to develop an overall TCO model to serve as a benchmark for the facility. This model will reflect reasonable expectations for initial cost, replacements, maintenance, and operations and will be used to quantify eventual choices and actions over the life of the facility. Current projects will be used as examples.

Michael Dell'Isola, PE - Senior Vice President - Faithful+Gould
William Hunt - Chief Estimator - U.S. General Services Administration


A New Approach to Complex Project Delivery

Despite owners and building professionals adopting new technologies and new contract vehicles, the AEC industry continues to be plagued by a high rate of project failure. This session examine the affects of increased project complexity as a significant factor in project failure. The inherent uncertainty of complex projects requires a new approach that looks at complexity as an independent risk to the project and considers how to mitigate the adverse effects of complexity from project planning through completion. This session will make the case that traditional project controls alone are not sufficient for successful delivery of these projects.

Robert Fraga, AIA, FCMAA - Vice President, Regional Manager - MBP
Willard Powell, PE - Facilities Purchasing Lead - Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, October 10

9:30 – 10:30 am
Building with Legos: BIM Execution Simulation for the Modern World
(part 1)

Learn 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 blocks will be used to simulate a CM experience and to demonstrate the benefits of an active BIM process over traditional 2D processes. Participants will maintain quality, schedule, and scope while integrating new tools into a management toolbox. *Optional – bring your laptop to discover the full BIM experience.

Benjamin Crosby, CCM - Director of BIM/VDC - W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.
Ralph Kreider, PhD - Director of Digital Facilities - MBP
Dwain Wood, CCM - BIM/VDC Corporate Executive - W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.


Termination Risks and Rewards

Owners, contractors, and construction managers are often faced with the important decision of whether or not to terminate a contractor, subcontractor, an architect, or even a CM. This session will explore and identify the benefits and potential dangers of taking that drastic step. We will discuss defaults, curing defaults, notice, damages, and the assumed risks in the event of a wrongful termination.

Philip Urwin - Senior Consultant - Hill International, Inc.
Rocco Vespe, PE, FCMAA - Vice President - Hill International, Inc.


Collaboration in a Digital World

Capital projects generate a lot of data. So much so, that it can sometimes be tough for project team members to remain “on the same page”. How can project teams absorb all this data without inhibiting their abilit to communicate efficiently? By using PDFs. PDFs are capable of much more than most even realize. They can contain metadata, hyperlinks, bookmarks, file attachments, images, videos, and more… During this session, attendees will learn how to leverage the full power of the PDF file.Real-world examples will illustrate how PDFs are curently being used to better connect project team members.

Jeanette Popiel - Sr. Industry Specialist - Bluebeam Software, Inc.


Best Practices for Program Management (PM/CM) in an Alternative Program Delivery Environment

Regardless of the delivery method utilized, the Program Manager/Construction Manager (PM/CM) will play a pivotal role throughout all phases, serving as the owner’s agent to advise on or manage the process over the life of the project, or specific phases of the project. Once the appropriate program delivery method is adopted for implementation, the expectation is for the PM/CM to manage the program successfully. The ultimate goal is for the PM/CM to create an organization that develops and educates key personnel on the importance of setting expectations and fostering a collaborative relationship among all members of the project team. In this session, you’ll learn best practices which contribute to successful projects regardless of the project delivery method used.

Iraj Ghaemi, PE - Director, Facilities Development - San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Praful Kulkarni - President + CEO - gkkworks


BIM & the Digital Transformation of the Built Environment

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies, which allow for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle. This session will demonstrate the BSI development of Standards which support the implementation of Level 2 BIM, particularly PAS 1192-2 and PAS 1192-3 covering design, construction and asset management. BSI’s role as the UK National Standards Body and its role with international engagement for the development of ISO standards supports the global construction markets with BIM implementation. BSI’s certification schemes are being developed collaboratively with industry and utilize existing industry standards and internationally recognised standards as the core foundation to support organisations with successful implementation of BIM.

Andrew Butterfield - Director of Built Environment - BSI Global Product Certification
Anthony Burd - Head of Built Environment - BSI Standards
Mark Drozdov - SVP, Technical Director - BSI Standards


Rescuing Troubled Projects: From Failure to Recovery

All construction projects face challenges and some encounter large problems that can quickly turn into a crisis if not managed and controlled properly. To prevent projects from failing or terminating, participants will be guided through the stages of a troubled project recovery framework, which consists of Recognize, Analyze, Plan and Implement, Monitor and Control, and Sustain and Transform. Participants will benefit from lessons learned on how to effectively manage and turn around a troubled project based on industry best practices and proven experience.

Winnie Hung, PE - Principal, Construction Consulting Practice - Exponent, Inc.
Gayathri Shetty, CCM - Manager, Construction Consulting Practice - Exponent, Inc.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Building with Legos: BIM Execution Simulation for the Modern World
(part 2)

Learn 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 blocks will be used to simulate a CM experience and to demonstrate the benefits of an active BIM process over traditional 2D processes. Participants will maintain quality, schedule, and scope while integrating new tools into a management toolbox. *Optional – bring your laptop to discover the full BIM experience.

Benjamin Crosby, CCM - Director of BIM/VDC - W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.
Ralph Kreider, PhD - Director of Digital Facilities - MBP
Dwain Wood, CCM - BIM/VDC Corporate Executive - W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.


Public-Private Partnerships - What, Why, and How Risk is Allocated

P3 projects are growing in popularity in the U.S. but are often misunderstood. This session presents research surrounding P3 projects, the characteristics and misconceptions of P3s; how they are structured; and project risk typically allocated on these projects.

Peter Badala - Managing Director - Navigant Consulting, Inc.
James Zack, CCM - Senior Advisor -  Navigant Consulting, Inc.


Lean and Mean: Understanding Efficiencies in Construction

The term “LEAN” was used to describe the Toyota Production System during an MIT study in the 1980s. Today, many of us in the construction industry are unclear on how it can benefit the design and construction process. Participants will see three separate projects where the outcomes were dramatically improved through the use of Lean methodologies. The Toyota Production Systems foundation is based on the standardization of work through operational stability, leveled production and a visual workplace. It is improved through the concepts of continuous improvement and cross-functional training. The concept of time that is fundamental to construction management is taken to a new level to remove waste through the right product, amount, time, planning, and project layout. The concept of quality to improve the process is discussed with explanation of error proofing, problem identification, 5S method, and root cause analysis.

Chris Heger - Construction Director - OAC Services, Inc.


VDC/BIM for Risk Management on Mega-Projects

Due to their complexity, programs are highly susceptible to delays caused by scheduling oversight. Programs also have the greatest number of stakeholders, due to the impact they have on surrounding communities. The two most common challenges program management teams face are scheduling delays and disagreements with community stakeholders. When introduced into a program’s risk analysis and logistics constructibility process, virtual design and construction can help minimize both. This session will use examples from the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center and Port Authority Bus Terminal to demonstrate how BIM increased a program’s scheduling and stakeholder outreach efficiency.

Andrew Chattaway - Managing Director - PMA Consultants, LLC
Francisco Cruz, PE - Director - PMA Consultants, LLC
Robert Harvey, PE - Senior Vice President - ARCADIS
Eric Riley, Assoc. AIA - Sr. Management Consultant - ARCADIS


Promoting a Safe and Healthy Workplace: Video Orientations on the Jobsite

Many different entities discuss how safety requirements should be implemented, but these measures are very difficult to quantify or verify when incidents occur on site. Many construction programs will pass the responsibility of site safety on to the general contractor or subcontractors, without thinking about the risks associated with this action. Safety training videos ensure that all pertinent information about the site, working environment, rules, regulations, and expectations of the client, are covered in infinite detail.

Mija Coppola - Vice President, DHIEF Health & Safety Officer - STV
Joseph Miller, PhD - Producer/Owner - Custom Video Productions
Peggy Underwood - Attorney - Law Horn Williamson, LLC
Andrew Munter, CCM - Sr.Associate/CCM-PM - STV
Eric Pearson, CCM - VP Real Estate/New Construction - Pinnacle Enterprises LLC


Construction Technology With the Best ROI

The cost effectiveness of implementing new technology is often uncertain. For that reason, the AEC industry has a long history of aversion to new technologies. However, in recent years, top agencies have gained a better understanding of how information systems help them stay competitive by mitigating risk, reducing delays, and improving overall project delivery and execution. During this session, owner agencies will discuss unique challenges they have faced and how they used technology to overcome those challenges. They will also discuss their expectations of service providers, as it relates to project efficiency.

Sergio Aranda - Executive Partner - e-Builder
Dennis Clausen - Director Support Services - Inova Facilities Management Department (IFMD)
Mario Garza, CCM - Senior Construction Manager - CH2M
Cassia Sanchez, PE - Project Manager, Water Facilities Project Management - Dallas Water Utilities, City Of Dallas
Shelly Sipes - IT Project Management Professional - CH2M


12:00 - 1:30 pm
Keynote and Chapter Awards Lunch

Join Dan Clifton, for a look at the changing economic climate and the impact of the Presidential administration. Dan is a Partner and the Head of Policy Research at Strategas Research Partners, LLC where he evaluates government policy initiatives and its impact on U.S. and global economies, equity and bond markets for institutional investors. He served as a Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform and as a senior staff member for two gubernatorial administrations working on economic and fiscal policy issues. Dan and his team have been recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for the past seven years. His research and political analysis on the interaction between legislation, policy, and equity markets is often cited in the media, and he is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News.



1:45 – 2:45 pm
2017 AIA A-201 and ConsensusDocs Standard Contracts: What CMs Must Know

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ConsensusDocs recently released Document A201™ - 2017 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. Document A201 “sets forth the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of the owner, contractor and architect.” This session will cover the changes made in the new AIA A201 and ConsensusDocs editions, and the implications of those changes.

Ronald Ciotti - Partner - Hinckley Allen
Brian Perlberg - Executive Director and Sr. Counsel - AGC of America


Harnessing Technology to Overcome Workforce Pressures

This session introduces how technology can resolve some of the threats that agencies face in implementing state and federal regulations in construction. Staff attrition and the loss of institutional knowledge are the most critical issues that agencies face today implementing their construction programs. Technology changes faster than traditional evaluation methods can keep pace to harness the benefits, leaving agencies vulnerable to consultant inspectors, price inflation, and a growing information gap between the contractor and the resident engineer.

Ryan Forrestel, PE - President - Cold Spring Construction
Stacy Kubit, PE - Construction Services Area Manager - WSP
Francesca Maier, PE - Advisory Services Consultant -WSP


Controlling Project Risk: Who Owns It?

Owner risk tolerance is a necessary discussion as an integral part of planning a project or program. Understanding the level of tolerance is vital to numerous tasks in the planning effort. Risk can be addressed in the scope definition, in the contract type, in the contractual language, in the choice of project delivery method, in the quality and experience of the management staff, in the procurement process, in the integrated risk/schedule, and in the implementation of the plan. Types of risk run the gamut from cost and schedule, to political and performance risk, and each can be dealt with differently in the planning effort to ensure the appropriate risk assignment and acceptance for each owner.

Chris Carson, CCM - Director of Program & Project Controls - ARCADIS
Tom Long Program Management Office Director - NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection

How Should W/MBE Firms Collaborate with Major Prime Firms to Win a Federal or State Contract?

The National Capital Chapter of CMAA will present an expert panel comprising of owners of large and small companies that will share their expertise in securing Federal & State contracts.

Mark Banks - Project Manager - U.S. General Services Administration
Dave Ferrara, CCM - Director of Construction - Maryland Transportation Authority
Mark Ilich - Owner - Procon Consulting
Avi Schwartz - Principal - Deloitte Advisory


Building with Technology: A Look Inside the Comcast Technology Center

Comcast, in an effort to be a leader in the virtual and technology world, is completing a $1.5 billion technology center. Instead of a Silicon Valley low campus, a vertical downtown city campus has been proposed. A mixed use building with office and public spaces topped with a Four Seasons Hotel. Needing to attract the highest talent, the trophy building is committed to the latest technology in its construction and in its space. This tower will be one of the tallest towers in the country.

James Fratoni, CCM - Senior Project Manager - Talson Solutions
Katherine O'Neil, CCM - Senior Project Manager - Talson Solutions


Lean on Me: The Power of Teamwork

So often, employees spend so much time serving customers and solving vital problems, that they don’t take the time to do the necessary work to maintain and develop the bonds of their team. In this presentation, participants will learn the critical areas which research shows to be necessary in the development of building effective teams, along with real world examples of the effects of teamwork.

Steven Anderson, AIA - President - Integrated Leadership Systems
Paul Crow - Presedent / CEO - Tuttle Construction


3:00 – 4:00 pm
CTDOT's Alternative Delivery Adventure: CM At-Risk

In 2012, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) adopted legislation that allowed them to use alternative project delivery methods, such as design-build and CM At-Risk. To better understand these delivery methods, CDOT commissioned several pilot projects. These projects helped CDOT develop the policies, processes, and management documents necessary for successful implementation, and a method for determining when to select an alternative delivery method.

The Maintenance of Way Facility for the Metro-North operated New Haven Line was the pilot project CDOT used to assess CM At-Risk. This session will review the pilot project from selection through closeout, and discuss what worked and what didn’t. Additionally, this session will explore the role technology (BIM modeling, document control, and web-based photo documentation) played in the project’s success.

Michael Mendick, PE, CCM - Assistant District Engineer - CTDOT


Are You Really Protected? The Impact of Anti-Indemnity Statutes and Common Law Fair Notice Requirements on Indemnity Rights in Construction Contracts

Indemnity clauses often parrot the language of standard form construction agreements. But for construction industry participants who work or litigate projects in multiple states, indemnity provisions left in standard form could leave a participant exposed to catastrophic liability. This presentation will focus on whether a client's standard form contract needs modifications depending on the presence and extent of an anti-indemnity statute, and whether there are also any statutory or common law fair notice requirements.

Jennifer Guy - Counsel - McGuireWoods, LLP
John Wilburn - Partner - McGuireWoods, LLP


Developing Your Leadership Pipeline

Rapid changes in technology, globalization, and workforce demographics are significantly affecting the way we do business at every level. These factors are also profoundly affecting our ability to recruit and retain quality people, especially as we attempt to develop them into future leaders. By making certain your organization understands how to attract and retain star talent, you will ensure your leadership pipeline stays full and your organization continues to succeed.

Ed Rowell - Senior Consultant, FMI Corporation


Historic Restoration of the United States Capitol Dome

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and Jacobs teamed up to tackle the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration project. Their Integrated Delivery Model combined building knowledge and industry best practices to complete the project on-time and under budget. Representatives from the project team will discuss the history of this project and the challenges faced. The team will explain why the project’s historical restoration requirements prompted them to use the contract delivery method utilized. The team will also discuss the use of technology to provide innovative solutions and real-time updating, experience with executive leadership and oversight, and the challenges faced with media communication in a highly visible setting.

Joseph Abriatis, CCM - Construction Manager - Architect of the Capitol
Christine Merdon, PE - Chief Operating Officer - Architect of the Capitol
Vincent Testa, CCM - Construction Manager - Jacobs


Making Lemonade Out of a Lemon at BWI Marshall Airport

The D/E Connector Program improvements at BWI are working towards increasing the operational performance of the facility and enhancing the passenger experience. The $150 million program consists of the D/E Connector and modifications to Concourses D and E at BWI Marshall and included the construction of approximately 135,000 SF of new building on three levels and the renovation of approximately 90,000 SF within the existing terminal. The panel discussion/presentation will address turning a struggling project into a successful one by using partnering, phasing/scheduling, innovative program deliver methods, and BIM modeling.

Chris Donahue, AIA - Architect - AECOM
Peter Florian, PE - VP, Principal Project Manager - WSP
Steve Locchesi, PE - Program Manager -ADCI
Dan Ramsey - Vice President - Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Paul Shank, PE - CM Chief Engineer -Maryland Aviation Administration