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2016 Fall Owners Leadership Conference

Atlanta may have birthed "Gone with the Wind," yet today's big, bustling city is more New South than old.   The sprawling capital of Georgia that once played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement now plays host to nationally acclaimed touring shows, world-class exhibitions, beautiful parks, museums, attractions, chef-run restaurants, and a host of professional sports teams.  

Atlanta is also on the cusp of another development boom.   This year, the city will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games, which served as a catalyst for growth in Atlanta.   As this trend continues over the next three years, Atlanta will open another $2.5 billion in new hospitality development including several hotels, attraction expansions and two new stadiums.

Atlanta is certainly a 2.0 version of its earlier self - and so is the content offered at the COAA Fall Owners conference coming up in Atlanta.  The 3-day conference will feature 22 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.  Join us at the InterContinental Buckhead for a 4 diamond stay, along with highly rated content and networking opportunities for facility Owners.  


Stuart Adler

Emory University

Stuart is the Director of Design & Construction at Emory University.

Brent Darnell

Brent Darnell International

Brent Darnell is an international best-selling author and leading authority on Emotional Intelligence.

Dwight Raby

Emory University

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

Joanne Cole, CFM, SFP, LEED AP ID&C

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Joanne began her corporate career with Unisys Corporation and worked for 15 years in various departments ranging from HR to Contracts Administration and served her last twelve years as Facility Site Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Headquarters after earning her CFM (Certified Facility Manager) in 1994.

Liz York

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Liz York, FAIA, LEED-AP serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

John DuConge

Georgia Institute of Technology

John DuConge’ is a senior project manager with Georgia Tech’s Design and Construction department.

Derek Muldowney

International Speedway Corporation

Derek Muldowney is Executive Vice President at ISC Design & Development, International Speedway Corporation’s design, construction and development subsidiary based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Michael Carrancho

Smithsonian Institution

Mr. Carrancho has over 25 years of design and construction experience in the U.S. and abroad.

John Bechtel

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design and Construction Division at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant (OPP) and is responsible for contract administration, construction services, renovation services, and various organizational initiatives.

Rob Engblom

Baylor University

Rob Engblom is serving in his fifth year as the Associate Director for Resident Learning at Baylor University, where he participated in multiple new construction and renovation projects with the residence halls on campus.

Keven Kehlenbach

Baylor University

Keven Kehlenbach has been the Assistant Vice President of Baylor Construction Services since 2014, and a Baylor University employee since August of 2007.

Bill Stauduhar

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Bill’s entire professional career has been in commercial construction, real estate development, and project management.

Richard Piacentini

Phipps Conservatory

Richard V. Piacentini is the executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, one of America’s oldest and largest conservatories.



Emotional Intelligence and Relationships: Keys to Success

11/09/2016 08:30 AM - 11/09/2016 11:30 AM

Technical chops are a must in our business, but at the end of the day, successful projects often come down to positive relationships, trust, and great communication.


Biophilic Design: Improving Occupant Happiness and Productivity

11/09/2016 02:45 PM - 11/09/2016 03:45 PM

Biophilic design is a proven, yet often overlooked method for enhancing occupant well-being and productivity.


Rethinking the A/E Selection Process for the Living Building at Georgia Tech

11/09/2016 04:00 PM - 11/09/2016 05:00 PM

When the Georgia Institute of Technology decided that a new education and research facility would pursue Living Building ChallengeTM 3.0 certification, they knew traditional A/E selection methods wouldn’t suffice.


PLAY BALL! The Atlanta Braves Leverage Virtual Reality

11/10/2016 09:30 AM - 11/10/2016 10:45 AM

This session will share how the SunTrust Park project team used virtual reality (VR) to support design reviews, design confirmation, and community engagement.


When The Best Design Solution Is Also The Most Difficult: Emory University’s Transformation Case St

11/10/2016 11:00 PM - 11/10/2016 12:00 PM

Lacking available greenfield building sites and surge capacity to relocate operations, Emory University was faced with the challenge of maintaining teaching and research operations throughout a massive transformation of its mid-century Atwood Chemistry Building.


Maintaining Safety and Security in an Insecure World

11/10/2016 11:00 PM - 11/10/2016 12:00 PM

Safety and security are priorities for every Owner. The tools available today are unprecedented.

Session 15A

Cost Increases or Cost Escalations? Which Is It and Why Does It Matter to an Owner’s Bottom Line?

11/10/2016 02:45 PM - 11/10/2016 03:45 PM

Two Atlanta-based construction pros – an experienced consultant and a project executive for commercial and hospitality development – discuss ways the Owner's budget can be "busted" by rising construction costs.


FITWEL: Designing For Health

11/10/2016 02:45 PM - 11/10/2016 03:45 PM

A growing body of research shows that the design of our surroundings strongly influences our health behaviors.


Children's Hospital Makes Child's Play Out Of Integrated Design

11/10/2016 04:00 PM - 11/10/2016 05:00 PM

What do paper airplanes, yarn, and cardboard have in common with the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) Specialty Center?


The Smithsonian Asks … What Are You Doing To Satisfy Your Clients?

11/11/2016 09:15 AM - 11/11/2016 10:15 AM

Great builders and designers strive to understand what drives their clients’ success and what the client really needs and wants from a given project.

Sponsored by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Tour - Porsche Experience Center and Headquarters

11/11/2016 02:00 PM - 11/11/2016 06:00 PM

COAA is offering a special behind-the-scenes tour of this innovative facility that will include a presentation from the Owner, facility tour, and "hot laps" with a professional instructor.
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