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2018 COAA Fall Owners Leadership Conference | Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines | La Jolla, CA | November 14-16, 2018

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Carol Cool, LEED, EFP, MBA, CM Lean

Michigan State University

Carol is a Project Manager within Planning, Design and Construction (PDC); a division of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) at MSU.

Michael Carrancho, PE

Smithsonian Institution

Mike Carrancho is a Deputy Director in the Office of Planning Design and Construction at the Smithsonian Institution.

Allison B. Muth, AIA

Texas Children's Hospital

Allison Muth is the Facilities Project Manager with Facilities Planning & Development at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Bryan Hubbard, PhD

Purdue University

Bryan Hubbard is an Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management at Purdue University.


Michigan State University

Jeff Bonk is a Project Delivery Team Supervisor with Michigan State University.

John Bechtel, PE

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design and Construction Division at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant (OPP).

Miles Albertson

University of Florida

Miles is Director of Major Projects and Special Programs for the University of Florida's Division of Planning, Design, & Construction.

Stephen Greulich

University of Pennsylvania Health System

Stephen Greulich is Senior Project Manager for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Jody Urquhart

Jody Urquhart is an author, motivational speaker, and humorist.

Cy Rangel

Purdue University

Cy Rangel is a Senior Project Manager in Purdue’s Capital Program Management group.

Bill Martin, AIA, LEED AP

University of Central Florida

Bill Martin is the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at UCF.

Jim Yuengert

The Smithsonian Institution

Jim Yuengert is a program manager in the Smithsonian Institution’s Facilities office in Washington DC.

Robert ("Tony") McGraw

Loudoun County Public Schools

Robert (Tony) McGraw is the Project Executive for Loudoun County Public Schools on the Academies of Loudoun, a state-of-the-art STEM school in the making for over 10 years.

Chris Shay

Santa Clara University

Chris serves as the AVP for Operations with oversight of the Santa Clara University 2020 Capital Plan.

Laura McCarty

University of California, San Diego

Laura is a Capital Program Manager at University of California, San Diego.

Grant Stevens


Grant Stevens is Managing Director, Global Construction Management and Development, for Prologis.

Bruce Lanyon, LEED AP

University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Lanyon serves as the Interim Asst. Vice Chancellor, UCSF Real Estate.

Ken Powelson

University of California, San Diego

He is currently Project Manager for the University of California, San Diego Design & Innovation Building.



Managing Uncertainty: New Tools for Owners and Project Teams

11/14/2018 02:45 PM - 11/14/2018 03:15 PM

Report on two new initiatives from Dodge Data and Analytics.


Workshop - Small Project Execution: Best Practices

11/14/2018 03:30 PM - 11/14/2018 05:00 PM

Small projects don't get the attention that large, high profile projects do but they require nearly as much time to manage and close out.


Workshop - Information Hand-off: Transition to Operations Excellence

11/14/2018 03:30 PM - 11/14/2018 05:00 PM

This session, facilitated by Mike Kenig of Holder Construction, focuses on how to improve the transition from construction to operations, streamline the close out process, and identify the resources for a successful handoff.


Workshop - Project Management: Soft Skills that Make a Difference

11/14/2018 03:30 PM - 11/14/2018 05:00 PM

Technical skills are more tangible, easier to learn, and simpler to test, but soft skills are equally important in the workplace.


Follow Me I’m Right Behind You! How to Lead & Influence Others

11/15/2018 08:30 AM - 11/15/2018 09:30 AM

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.


Have You Learned Your Lesson? The Smithsonian's Lessons Learned Program

11/15/2018 09:45 AM - 11/15/2018 10:45 AM

Since 2014 the Smithsonian has utilized a formal lessons learned system utilizing Microsoft Word based templates and an existing enterprise document management system.


Women in Skilled Trades

11/15/2018 09:45 AM - 11/15/2018 10:45 AM

Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) is a newly created non-profit apprenticeship readiness program to help women get into skilled trades.


Keep Your Eye on Costs: Target Value Delivery Takes You to the Next Level

11/15/2018 11:00 AM - 11/15/2018 12:00 PM

Target Value Design (TVD) is a systematic approach to estimating cost and value during the design and delivery of a project.


Delivering the Win-Win - The COAA Way of CM/AE Selection, Before, During, and After

11/15/2018 11:00 AM - 11/15/2018 12:00 PM

This session discusses the RFP, RFQ, and Interview processes of CM and AE selection with a focus on tips from the Owner’s perspective coupled with how we as Owner's can provide valuable feedback that participants can utilize to improve future endeavors.


Effective Project Management: You Are Not the Project

11/15/2018 01:15 PM - 11/15/2018 02:15 PM

You are not the project and nine other project management tips for effective project management.


Making Technology Function Day 1

11/15/2018 01:15 PM - 11/15/2018 02:15 PM

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an early adopter when it comes to technology. As the world’s leading research and treatment facility for childhood cancers and other catastrophic childhood diseases, the organization is keenly aware of rapid advancements in the medical field, and how these changes can dramatically affect construction budgets.


Fluor's "One Ten Times" Metric: Driving Innovation Forward

11/15/2018 02:45 PM - 11/15/2018 03:45 PM

Fluor has developed the crystal-clear "One 10 Times" metric, which serves as the foundation for its innovation efforts.


From Kickoff to Closeout: How Technology is Changing the Data Turnover Conversation

11/15/2018 02:45 PM - 11/15/2018 03:45 PM

According to industry research, turnover represents a make or break moment for the relationship between contractors and owners.


Getting Decisions That Stick: What Owners Can Uniquely Do

11/15/2018 04:00 PM - 11/15/2018 05:00 PM

Are your projects sometimes troubled by indecision and/or changing decisions? Do the so-called “decision-makers” delay needed decisions or make last minute changes--costing everyone time and money?


CM At-Risk: A Tale of Two Owners - Loudoun County Public Schools and University of California at San

11/16/2018 08:30 AM - 11/16/2018 09:30 AM

Owners often select delivery method for similar reasons but arrive at their conclusion in different ways.


Data Driven Continuous Improvement: Design and Construction at Prologis

11/16/2018 08:30 AM - 11/16/2018 09:30 AM

The emergence of digital business is disrupting the way that our industry works.


The Benefits and Risks of Design-Assist Contracting

11/16/2018 09:45 AM - 11/16/2018 10:45 AM

Contracting methods that foster early collaboration in the design process such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design-Build (DB), and Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) are evolving and becoming increasingly common in construction.


So You Want a BIM Model But What Does That Really Mean?

11/16/2018 09:45 AM - 11/16/2018 10:45 AM

BIM, in and of itself, is not the end but rather the means to a number of valuable project delivery outcomes for an Owner.


Three Owners -Three Approaches: Aligning Delivery Methodology and Process to Maximize Institutional

11/16/2018 11:00 AM - 11/16/2018 12:00 PM

Stanford University School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Santa Clara University, each recently built similar and comparable sized facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area using different delivery models ranging from public-private partnerships to CM at Risk and Design-Build.


Owners' Roundtable

11/16/2018 12:45 PM - 11/16/2018 01:45 PM

This purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.


Tour: Architectural tour of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

11/16/2018 02:30 PM - 11/16/2018 05:00 PM

The Salk Institute continues to be acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures.