Facility Owners will be able to "Roundup" some "Big IDEAS" in Dallas, Texas at the COAA Spring Owners Leadership Conference - May 4 - 6!

2016 Spring Owners Leadership Conference

When it comes to being "Big," Dallas, Texas has it covered.   Texas hails as the second largest state in the nation (behind Alaska) and Dallas is the third largest city in the state (behind Houston and San Antonio).  So it seems appropriate that facility Owners from around the country can plan to Roundup some Big IDEAS in Dallas, TX - May 4 - 6, 2016 - at the Westin Galleria Dallas!

Always focused on the facility Owner, the AIA-approved educational content provided will cover a variety of topics at a variety of levels, ensuring that there "truly is something for everyone."  COAA will offer limited exhibit space for suppliers that are interested (first come, first served), and everyone is welcome to enjoy the delicious meals and networking opportunities that are included in the registration price. 

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Dustin Sommer

National Heritage Academies

Dustin Sommer is the Manager of Design and Engineering for National Heritage Academies.

Brad Pollitt

University of Florida Health

Brad Pollitt is Vice President of Facilities at UF Health Shands Hospital.

Joe Longo

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Joe Longo is the Vice President of Information Technologies for the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Marcel Blanchard

UT Medical Branch at Galveston

Marcel Blanchard is the Assistant Vice President of Business Operations and Facilities for UT Medical Branch at Galveston.

Chuck Hardy

General Services Administration

Charles Hardy is the Chief Workplace Officer for the General Services Administration.

Renee Cheng

University of Minnesota

Renee Cheng is the Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Minnesota.

Charlie Bacon


Charlie Bacon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Limbach Facility Services LLC.

Stuart Adler

Emory University

Stuart Adler is the Director of Program Management in Planning, Design & Construction at Emory University.

Brent Darnell

Brent Darnell International

Brent Darnell is an international best-selling author.

Bryan Bagley

Affiliated Engineers

Bryan Bagley is a Project Engineer for Affiliated Enginers, Inc.

Shaun Klann

Intelligent Buildings

Shaun Klann is the Executive Vice President of Intelligent Buildings, LLC.

Juan Guerra

University of Texas Southwestern

Juan M. Guerra, Jr. is the Vice President of Facilities Management at the University of Texas Southwestern.

Palmina Whelan

American Airlines

Palmina is the Managing Director of Real Estate & Facilities for American Airlines, Corporate Real Estate division.


PreConference Meeting

Information Exchange / Transition to Operations (HSW)

04-May-2016 , 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Open to everyone – but especially geared to Owners who are using BIM platforms to capture and hand off relevant building, systems, and equipment data (or would like to do so) – this moderated discussion focuses on improving the transition from construction to operations, a central concern of most Owners.


The New Parkland Hospital: Planning For Technology That Doesn’t Exist

05-May-2016 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Dallas County’s $1.2B Parkland Hospital is one of the first “digital hospitals” in the United States, and is filled with technology that wasn’t even on the market when planning began.

Session 12A

Team First, Then Project

05-May-2016 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Creating a team takes effort and a personal understanding of each other.


Houston, We Have A Problem: Hurricane Ike Causes Utility Catastrophe for a Medical Campus

05-May-2016 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused massive flooding at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston.


American Airlines Operations Center: An IPD-Inspired Approach

05-May-2016 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Along with other changes resulting from the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, there is now a brand new Integrated Operations Center (IOC) designed to help bridge the gap that remained between the two legacy carriers.


Collaboration That Actually Worked – Why Relationships & Culture Matter

05-May-2016 , 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

The Health and Human Development Building at Penn State University won a 2015 COAA Gold Leadership award and was described by participating contractors as a "collaboration that actually worked."


Building the Perfect Team: GSA’s Collaborative Practice Case Studies

05-May-2016 , 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA) received the extraordinary charge to stimulate the U.S. economy, put America back to work, and raise the level of building performance for Federal buildings.


Creating a High Performing Team: Techniques, Tools, and Processes to Enhance Project Outcomes (Part I)

06-May-2016 , 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for a facilitated, two-part workshop designed to provide you with the tools to create a high-performing, collaborative project culture by applying a Team Development process.

Optional - $50

Tour - George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

06-May-2016 , 1:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a state-of-the-art facility on a 23-acre site.
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