Please make plans to join us in Atlanta, where it all began, as we celebrate COAA's 25th Anniversary! Hundreds of planning, design, and construction industry professionals will gather at COAA’s Fall Owners Leadership Conference for three days of high-quality, Owner-focused educational sessions, great networking opportunities, a lively exhibit hall, and an optional Friday afternoon tour.
COAA will apply for AIA learning credits - including some that qualify for Health Safety and Welfare (HSW). Certificates are also available upon request.
Owners involved in the planning, design, and construction process, architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors.
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.
Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH)
Allison Muth is a Facilities Project Manager with Facilities Planning & Development at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), responsible for budgeting, planning and project delivery in the Austin market.
Walt Disney Imagineering
Justin Newton is the executive in charge of project management, planning, and controls at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Walt Disney Imagineering
Craig Russell is a project integration executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, applying his unique expertise in project integration across all scopes of work for the company.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Bob Minutoli Jr is a Vice President for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
Walter P. Moore
Ryan Seckinger joined Walter P. Moore in 2004 and serves as Managing Director of the firm's Washington, D.C. structural operations, with responsibility for all activities throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
John V. Zahor is the Director of Operations and Maintenance within the Facilities Management Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Holder Construction Company
Mike is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company. Founded in 1960, Holder is a national commercial construction services firm.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Jake Smithwick is the go-to resource for any construction professional who wants to elevate their team’s capabilities through team optimization and organizational change.
Ohio State University
Derick Stadge is a Senior Project Manager in the office of Facilities Design & Construction at The Ohio State University.
M.A. Mortenson Company
Brian Nahas is a Senior Digital Design Manager for the M.A. Mortenson Company.
Kerri Murray is President of ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief charity that delivers shelter and essential supplies to people affected by natural disaster or conflict.
Michigan State University
Jack Mumma is Construction Contract Administrator at Michigan State University, responsible for procurement, accounting, and budget monitoring for almost all major capital construction projects at MSU.
Wayne State University
Fran Ahern is an architect with 20+ years of experience in higher education construction industry in the areas of planning, design, project management, and administration.
Carnegie Mellon University
Salonika Garapaty is a Project Manager in the office of Campus Design and Facility Development at Carnegie Mellon University ( CMU) and manages capital construction projects, renovations and infrastructure projects at CMU.
UC San Diego
Bryan Macias is a licensed architect and project manager with Capital Program Management for UC San Diego.
Project Executive with BNBuilders.
EHDD Architects SF
Scott is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings.
The Founder of Merlin Works, Shana Merlin is one of the most experienced and effective improv teachers in Texas.
John Sier is the head of the Commercial and Construction Practice Group at the Kitch firm, headquartered in Detroit (MI), where he has been practicing for more than 30 years.
Ross Caldwell, a project executive with GREYHAWK, has over 30 years of construction management experience with new construction, renovation, and historical restoration projects.
David Stutzman, AIA, CSI, CCS is an independent construction specifier and architect.
National Heritage Academies
Joe Sprys serves as the Director of Facilities and Construction for National Heritage Academies, with responsibilities for facilities management, construction management, engineering services procurement, and facility operations.
Construction Owners Association of America
Howie Ferguson began serving as Executive Director of COAA in August of 2018 after 28+ years as an Owner.
05/14/2020 11:00 AM - 05/14/2020 11:15 AM
COAA’s President and Executive Director will welcome attendees, preview the 2-day agenda, and outline ground rules & etiquette for the virtual event.
05/14/2020 11:15 AM - 05/14/2020 12:00 PM
Not all delivery methods are created equal and projects are like snowflakes or Forest Gump’s box of chocolates. As a result, Owners shouldn’t implement a one-size-fits-all approach to design and construction projects.
05/14/2020 12:00 AM - 05/14/2020 12:30 PM
Immediately following the Disney-led presentation, two experienced COAA leaders will facilitate an open discussion that both follows up on the presentation and explores other aspects of project delivery method selection.
05/14/2020 01:30 PM - 05/14/2020 02:15 PM
Big data and human science are progressing at a rapid pace. Tools now exist that can help leaders (a) better identify future high performers early in their careers and (b) customize talent development based upon each person’s specific traits, personality, and aptitudes.
05/14/2020 02:15 PM - 05/14/2020 03:00 PM
What does “innovation” mean in the context of a project?
05/14/2020 03:30 PM - 05/14/2020 04:00 PM
COAA Cares (Connecting Attendees with Rewarding Experience & Service) was created this year on the heels of a wildly successful volunteer effort during COAA’s fall (2019) conference in Atlanta, where conference attendees constructed wooden rocking chairs for children in support of CHRIS 180, an Atlanta charitable organization.
05/14/2020 04:00 PM - 05/14/2020 04:30 PM
OK, enough learning … time to unwind. Music, breakout rooms, games – we’re not entirely sure what will happen, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be fun.
05/15/2020 11:00 AM - 05/15/2020 11:15 AM
COAA’s Past President and chair of the Scholarship Committee will welcome attendees and present this year’s winner(s) of the Albert E. Phillips Scholarship for one or more college students pursuing a career in the design and construction industry.
05/15/2020 11:15 AM - 05/15/2020 12:00 PM
Modeled after two highly successful virtual “town hall meetings,” this open forum will provide Owners and other stakeholders the chance to weigh in … not so much on impacts, but on the road ahead.
05/15/2020 12:00 PM - 05/15/2020 12:45 PM
When the initial concept for the new $67M Design & Innovation building at the University of California, San Diego was over budget and a poor design fit, a new team was brought in using "Integrated CMGC" to re-align the project.
05/15/2020 01:15 PM - 05/15/2020 01:45 PM
Put on your pants and enjoy this fun, interactive session using the tools from the world of improv comedy to help us connect, recharge and swiftly and joyfully deal with the chaos of life.
05/15/2020 01:45 PM - 05/15/2020 02:30 PM
Boilerplate specifications that aren’t edited to suit and address the specifics of a project inevitably lead to problems when it comes to resolving issues and managing risk.
05/15/2020 03:00 PM - 05/15/2020 03:45 PM
Always one of the most highly rated sessions at COAA’s in-person conferences, this purposely unstructured discussion allows for peer-to-peer sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.
05/15/2020 03:45 PM - 05/15/2020 04:45 PM
OK, enough learning … time to unwind, this time for a full hour and with a live virtual bartender!