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2015 Fall Owners Leadership Conference

COAA is going back to the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa (GVR) in Henderson, NV for the 2015 COAA Fall Owners Leadership Conference - Nov. 4-6!   The GVR is a four diamond hotel just minutes from the Las Vegas strip.  It features a state of the art fitness center, shuttle service, salon, spa, movie theater, swimming pool and a variety of dining options.   The City of Henderson is the second largest city in Nevada, located just 9 miles from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

The 3-day conference will feature 18 high-quality, Owner-focused educational sessions, delicious meals, exhibits, a variety of networking opportunities, and an optional tour.  COAA's conference sessions are approved for AIA credit - including some that qualify for Health Safety and Welfare (HSW).  Certificates are also available upon request. 

Attendees LOVE COAA’s high-quality Owners Leadership Conferences because COAA combines cutting edge educational programming, delicious meals, and productive networking opportunities with 4-star locations making for a fantastic learning and networking environment!  

Please join us in Henderson (Las Vegas) to Raise Your Owner IQ!


Carl Bergmann

University of Georgia

Carl Bergmann is the Associate Vice President for Research Associate Director, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center Executive Director, and Animal Health Research Center Senior Research Scientist

John Lattimer

Marion County, Oregon

John Lattimer is the Chief Administrative Officer and Budget Officer for Marion County, Oregon.

Allan Pollock

Salem Area Mass Transit District

Allan Pollock is the General Manager for Salem-Keizer Transit.

Kenn Sullivan

Arizona State University PBSRG

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University.

Steve Tatge

University of Washington

Steve Tatge LEED AP is an architect and Director of Major Projects in the University of Washington’s Capital Projects Office.

Kyle Majchrowski

Oregon Health & Science University

Kyle Majchrowski is the Director of Design and Construction for Oregon Health and Science University.

Dwight Raby

Emory University

Dwight Raby is the Associate Director of Facilities and Space Planning for the Emory University College of Arts and Sciences.

Rudy Emami

City of Anaheim

Rudy Emami is the Anaheim City Engineer.

Gwen Glattes

University of Pennsylvania

Gwen Glattes is the Director, Construction Audit, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Naomi Mathaba

Oregon Health and Science University

Naomi Mathaba is the OHSU Design and Construction Healthcare Program Manager.

Nancy Bayly

Emory University

Nancy Bayly is a Project Manager at Emory University.

Bob Oglesby

State of Tennessee

Bob Oglesby is the Commissioner of General Services for the State of Tennessee.

Joe Stagner

Stanford University

Joe Stagner is the Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University.

M. Scott Gardner, P.E.

Michigan State University

Scott Gardner is a Civil Engineer/Project Manager at Engineering and Architectural Services, Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF).

Rachel Prinkey

Penn State University

Rachel Prinkey is a Project Manager at Penn State University.

Marina Roelofs

University of Michigan

Marina Roelofs is the Executive Director for Architecture, Engineering and Construction at the University of Michigan.

Jerry Schulte

University of Michigan

Jerry Schulte is the Associate Director of Design and Construction at the University of Michigan.

Nicholas S. Ross

Walt Disney Imagineering

Nick Ross is a part of the Project Management Team at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Thomas Shaffer

California Institute of Technology

Tom Shaffer is the Energy & LEED–EBOM Program Manager at the California Institute of Technology.

John Moebes

Crate & Barrel

John Moebes is the Director of Construction for Crate & Barrel.

Jay Smith

Christman Company

Jay Smith is the Executive Vice President of Construction Operations for Christman Company.


Mission / Vision, Best Practices, Future Plans

Chapter Best Practices Forum

11/04/2015 01:00 PM - 11/04/2015 02:30 PM

Local chapters are critical to the mission of COAA, but the effort required to keep them fresh, relevant, and successful can be overwhelming. This unstructured discussion is open to chapter leadership, chapter members, owners & associates considering a chapter start-up, and anyone interested in improving the chapter experience. Bring your thoughts, your ideas, and lessons learned.

Session 01A

Next Practices in Project Management & Procurement

11/04/2015 08:30 AM - 11/04/2015 11:30 AM

The Best-Value Model has been tested and refined over the past 20 years with public and private organizations around the globe.


Information Exchange / Transition to Operations

11/04/2015 08:30 AM - 11/04/2015 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.


Lean Parade of Trades® Simulation

11/04/2015 03:00 PM - 11/04/2015 04:15 PM

In this Parade of Trades® simulation, sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), the way work moves in a “parade” through a construction project will be examined.

Session 12B

SESI - Stanford University's Energy System for the 21st Century

11/05/2015 09:45 AM - 11/05/2015 10:45 AM

An innovative new energy system at Stanford University, launched in April 2015, dramatically reduces “green measurables” (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel consumption, water usage) and is predicted to save the University $420 million over the next 35 years.


Collaboration Stories ... Powered by Pecha Kucha

11/05/2015 04:00 PM - 11/05/2015 05:15 PM

COAA has devoted a considerable amount of time in recent conferences to the importance of collaboration, both internally and within project teams. This session continues that thread, with a decidedly different twist.
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