2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference | Omni William Penn | Pittsburgh, PA | May 9-11, 2018

2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference

Make plans to join hundreds of planning, design, and construction industry professionals at COAA's Spring Owners Leadership Conference taking place May 9-11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.


Who should attend: Owners involved in the planning, design, and construction process; architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors.

Official Conference Hashtag:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:15 am - 6:45 pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 7:15 am - 1:45 pm
(optional tour 2:00 - 6:00 pm)
Topics Under Development:

  • Actionable Assessment of Project Team Collaboration
  • COAA 101
  • Construction Market / Economics
  • Improving the Relationship Between PD&C and O&M
  • Information Exchange / Transition to Operations
  • IPD: A Comprehensive Strategy to Optimize Project Value
  • Provo Temple Rises From the Ashes
  • Who's Paying for That?
  • Local Interest Tour - TBD
  • Pirates vs. Giants Baseball Game

Please continue to check back for updated information.

The full conference agenda will be available in early March.

COAA will apply for AIA CEUs for all educational sessions.

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Take a look at the below video to hear why you should take part in the 2018 COAA Spring Owners Leadership Conference experience.



Joe Powell

Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Joe M. Powell is the Executive Director of the Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research, a program of the University Research Institute in Washington, DC.

Mike Kenig

Holder Construction Company

Mike is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company.

Gifton Passley

Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission

Gifton Passley is the Assistant Director of Construction Services for the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.

Kate Edwards

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Kate Edwards is the Director of Quality Assurance and National Lean Coordinator at The Whiting Turner Contracting Company.



Information Exchange / Transition to Operations

09-May-2018 , 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: 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.


Who’s Paying For That?

09-May-2018 , 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Throughout the life cycle of a project, there will be countless surprises … most of which will cost someone money. How much time and energy do you waste on a project arguing over which “bucket” should fund the solution?


COAA 101: How COAA Can Make You Smarter, More Attractive, and Possibly Cure the Common Cold

09-May-2018 , 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Whether this is your first national COAA conference or not, you might have questions about the organization and its purpose.


IPD: A Comprehensive Strategy to Optimize Project Value

10-May-2018 , 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Optimizing project value requires tight integration of building systems, processes, organizations and information.
Full Agenda