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Please make plans to join us in Austin as we celebrate COAA's 25th Anniversary! Hundreds of planning, design, and construction industry professionals will gather at COAA’s Spring 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.  

Learning Credits:
COAA will apply for AIA learning credits - including some that qualify for Health Safety and Welfare (HSW). Certificates are also available upon request.
Who Attends:
Owners involved in the planning, design, and construction process, architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors


Jack Mumma, JD, CM-Lean

Michigan State University

Jack Mumma is Construction Contract Administrator at Michigan State University.

Christine Maguire, AICP, EDFP

City of Austin

Christine is Redevelopment Division Manager for the City of Austin Economic Development Dept.

Mike Kenig


Mike is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company.

Howard Wertheimer

Georiga Tech

Howard S. Wertheimer is the Institute Architect at the Georgia Tech.

Allison Muth, AIA

Texas Children's Hospital

Allison Muth is the Facilities Project Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Don Guckert, PE, APPA Fellow

University of Iowa/APPA

Don Guckert serves as the associate vice president for Facilities Management at the University of Iowa.

Mayor Craig Morgan

City of Round Rock

Craig Morgan was elected to serve as Mayor of Round Rock in May 2017.

Dirk Elsperman


Dirk Elsperman, Tarlton executive vice president and chief operating officer, is the current president of Associated General Contractors of America.

Eddie Clayton

Southern Company

Eddie is contracting and workforce development strategies manager at Southern Company.

Shana Merlin

Merlin Works

Shana Merlin is the founder of Merlin Works. She is one of the most experienced and effective improv teachers in Texas.

Dean Hamrick


Dean Hamrick is Fluor's Global Director of Craft Training.

Daniel Groves


Daniel Groves is the director and workforce consultant for the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT).

Kyle Wagner

Mackey Mitchell Architects

Kyle Wagner has been a principal of Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA) since 2012 and leads the firm’s Asheville, North Carolina office.

Greg Frankenfeld

Mackey Mitchell Architects

Greg Frankenfeld is a senior associate in his 12th year at Mackey Mitchell Architects.

C. Edwin Bailey


Edwin Bailey works in Skanska's Houston office in the role of innovator.

Peter MacKeith

University of Arkansas

Peter MacKeith is Dean & Professor of Architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design, University of Arkansas.

Lisa Feeley, CSSMBB, SPHR


Lisa is Transwestern's vice president of healthcare advisory project management & construction services.

Daina Pitzenberger


Daina Pitzenberger is senior vice president of project management and construction services for Transwestern.

Stan Scott

Hill International, Inc.

Stan Scott is a project executive with Hill International, Inc. and a retired associate director UT System OFPC.

Mike Duwel

Holder Construction

Mike is a vice president for Holder Construction.

Luke Hutchins

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Luke is a a Director of Project Management for Findorff’s corporate office in Madison, WI.

Sam Rajamanickam

Design Collective

Sam Rajamanickam is a principal at Design Collective.

Chip Lambertson

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Chip Lambertson is the vice president of project costs and estimating with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Dan Wacker


Dan Wacker is a design phase executive with Mortenson.

Indiana Green, PE

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Indiana Green is the Instrumentation Engineering Resource Leader for the Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Houston office.

Christopher Honkomp, PE

Texas Christian University

Mr. Honkomp currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities at Texas Christian University.

Matt Moore, CM-BIM, PMP

The Broaddus Companies

Matt Moore is Senior BIM Manager for The Broaddus Companies.

Chuck Konkolics

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Chuck KonKolics is a Vice President with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Terry Cook

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Terry Cook currently serves as the Senior Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

John Zahor

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).

Kurt Neubek


Kurt Neubek is a Principal and firm-wide Healthcare Practice Leader with Page.

Ronald D. Ciotti, Esq.

Hinckley Allen

Ronald D. Ciotti is a partner at Hinckley Allen.

Jessica Bonin

Holder Construction

Jessica is a Senior Coordinator of Business Development for Holder Construction.

Vincent M. LeMond, PMP, CJP, LEED Green Associate

City of Austin

Vincent LeMond is currently the procurement supervisor within for the Professional Services Division for the City of Austin.

Scott R. Wordelman, FACHE

Hennepin Healthcare System (retired)

Scott recently retired as senior vice president of Hennepin County Medical Center.

Mike Pedersen


Mike serves as the healthcare market director for Mortenson.

Steve Wittry


Steven Wittry, AIA, is an associate principal and senior project manager at Ballinger.

Jimmy Mitchell


Jimmy serves as a MEP Coordinator for Skanska.

Dan Lester


Dan Lester Sr., MCA, is the director of field diversity, inclusion, and culture for Clayco Design/Build.

Michael J. Welwood, II, LEED® AP BD+C

Broaddus Technologies

Michael J. Welwood serves as Area Manager of Broaddus Technologies.

Jill S.M. Pearsall, RA, NCARB

Texas Children’s Hospital

Jill Pearsall is Vice President of Facilities Planning & Development & Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Howie Ferguson, PE

Construction Owners Association of America

Howie serves as the Executive Director of COAA.

Roslyn Croft

Tarlton Corporation

Roslyn Croft serves as Diversity Manager for Tarlton Corporation.

Lee Worley

Iron Workers International

Lee Worley is Executive Director, Apprenticeship and Training, for Ironworkers International.

John Bechtel, PE

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design & Construction Division at Penn State.

Steve Emer

Mackey Mitchell Architects

Steve Emer is an architect at Mackey Mitchell.

John Barnes, LEED® AP

Roger-O’Brien Construction

John Barnes, LEED® AP, is the president of the Houston Division of Roger-O’Brien Construction.

Jay Miranti

MD Anderson

Jay is the Director of Major Capital Projects within MD Anderson’s department of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction.



Welcome to Texas!

05/08/2019 08:00 AM - 05/08/2019 09:00 AM

Enjoy a welcome address from Round Rock (TX) Mayor Craig Morgan along with coffee and "world famous" Round Rock DONUTS!



05/08/2019 09:00 AM - 05/08/2019 09:30 AM

Beverage Break


New to COAA? COAA 101!

05/08/2019 09:30 AM - 05/08/2019 11:00 AM

Opportunity for individuals who are new to COAA to learn more about the history of and vision for COAA's future.


Lean Coffee

05/08/2019 09:30 AM - 05/08/2019 11:00 AM

This session is not about Lean…and it’s not about Coffee! Come experience an organized, interactive meeting format where the participants set the agenda, have fun, and learn what’s important to them.


Lunch On Your Own

05/08/2019 11:15 AM - 05/08/2019 01:15 PM

Your opportunity to explore Austin and its culinary scene.


COAA Welcome

05/08/2019 01:30 PM - 05/08/2019 02:00 PM

Join us the kickoff of the 2019 Spring Owners Leadership Conference including the National Anthem, remarks from COAA-TX Chapter President and COAA Board President Allison Muth, Executive Director Howie Ferguson, and Conference Committee Chair John Bechtel.


City of Austin: Building Intentionally While Keeping Austin Weird

05/08/2019 02:00 PM - 05/08/2019 03:00 PM

The City of Austin Redevelopment Division Manager will shares highlights of the city's economic development initiatives.



05/08/2019 03:00 PM - 05/08/2019 03:30 PM



Workshop - Workforce Challenge (Approved for 1.5 AIA LU/HSWs)

05/08/2019 03:30 PM - 05/08/2019 05:00 PM

As discussed at previous COAA conferences, the workforce challenge continues to demand solutions.


Workshop - Information Hand-off: Transition to Operations Excellence (Approved for 1.5 AIA LU/HSWs)

05/08/2019 03:30 PM - 05/08/2019 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 closeout process, and identify the resources for a successful handoff.


Workshop - QA/QC Best Practices (Approved for 1.5 AIA LUs)

05/08/2019 03:30 PM - 05/08/2019 05:00 PM

In this session, we will explore the premise that quality is the main catalyst for a project's success, starts with the Owner, and must become an integral part of every process.


Opening Night Reception

05/08/2019 05:00 PM - 05/08/2019 06:30 PM

Come to the opening night cocktail reception and learn why Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World." This event will also feature hot hors d’oeuvres.



05/09/2019 07:15 AM - 05/09/2019 08:15 AM

Enjoy a full, hot breakfast.



05/09/2019 08:15 AM - 05/09/2019 08:30 AM

Join us for an overview of what you can expect over the next day and half and a surprise or two!


Fast and Flexible: Improv Skills for Work and Life sponsored by PlanGrid

05/09/2019 08:30 AM - 05/09/2019 09:30 AM

A fun, interactive experience that helps you do your best when you are on the spot and under pressure.



05/09/2019 09:30 AM - 05/09/2019 09:45 AM



Improv Deeper Dive: Presence and Persuasion

05/09/2019 09:45 AM - 05/09/2019 10:45 AM

Learn to navigate difficult situations and improve negotiations in this invigorating and interactive session.


Advanced Timber Technology: A Structural System on the Rise (Approved for 1 AIA LU/HSW)

05/09/2019 09:45 AM - 05/09/2019 10:45 AM

This presentation will provide a broad overview of Advanced Timber Technology as well as specific case studies including the new 700 bed residence hall at the University of Arkansas, currently under construction.



05/09/2019 10:45 AM - 05/09/2019 11:00 AM



Implementing Rapid Process Optimization in Planning, Construction, and Design to Positively Impact Y

05/09/2019 11:00 AM - 05/09/2019 12:00 PM

Join us for an interactive discussion with two healthcare owners, one General Contractor, and one Owner's Rep to learn process improvement strategies for maximizing project delivery from capital planning and procurement through project go live.


Trending in Texas: Design Assist Emerging at Last (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

05/09/2019 11:00 AM - 05/09/2019 12:00 PM

The University of North Texas System’s approach to achieving the early commitments and collaboration they needed to effectively respond to both project and market challenges while maintaining a competitive approach to pricing.


Lunch & Al Phillips Scholarship Presentation sponsored by Autodesk

05/09/2019 12:00 PM - 05/09/2019 01:00 PM

Lunch & Scholarship Presentations



05/09/2019 01:00 PM - 05/09/2019 01:15 PM



National Preconstruction Experts: Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Projects…and More! (Approved for 1

05/09/2019 01:15 PM - 05/09/2019 02:15 PM

Please join us as preconstruction experts from leading national construction management firms reflect on the how current market conditions impact your long-term capital project planning.


Job Ordering Contracting: The Do's and Don'ts (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

05/09/2019 01:15 PM - 05/09/2019 02:15 PM

Job Order Contracting (JOC) has become a common contracting method in the public sector, as well as private sector facilities organizations.



05/09/2019 02:15 PM - 05/09/2019 02:45 PM

Enjoy this 30-minute break with snacks and refreshments.


Tariffs, Taxes, and Trade Wars: Strategies to Mitigate the Risk of Material Price Escalation Affecti

05/09/2019 02:45 PM - 05/09/2019 03:45 PM

This presentation will provide a series of risk mitigation strategies available at different stages of the project, including the critical use of various forms of material price escalation clauses.


The Living Building: The Future of Design and Construction

05/09/2019 02:45 PM - 05/09/2019 03:45 PM

The Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech is expected to perform with net positive energy, water and waste as well as meet all other imperatives for Living Building Challenge 3.1 Certification as mandated project goals.



05/09/2019 03:45 PM - 05/09/2019 04:00 PM



A Message to Owners from Contractors (1 AIA LU)

05/09/2019 04:00 PM - 05/09/2019 05:00 PM

Dirk Elsperman was just sworn in as president of Associated General Contractors of America.


Evening Reception

05/09/2019 05:00 PM - 05/09/2019 06:30 PM

Enjoy cocktails and hot hors d'oeuvres while networking with colleagues and exhibitors.



05/10/2019 07:30 AM - 05/10/2019 08:30 AM

Enjoy a full, hot breakfast with your colleagues before the last day of the conference begins.


Chapter Forum

05/10/2019 07:45 AM - 05/10/2019 08:30 AM

Local chapters are critical to the mission of COAA, but the effort required to keep them fresh, relevant, and successful can be overwhelming.


Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding: Lessons Learned from a Natural Disaster (Approved for 1.0 AIA LU

05/10/2019 08:30 AM - 05/10/2019 09:30 AM

In 2008, the University of Iowa was severely impacted by record flooding on the Iowa River; part of an eastern Iowa event that was, at the time, the 5th largest natural disaster in FEMA history.


A Running Start: How Comprehensive Pre-planning Helped One Campus (1 AIA LU)

05/10/2019 08:30 AM - 05/10/2019 09:30 AM

Project planning must be decisive and fearless.



05/10/2019 09:30 AM - 05/10/2019 09:45 AM



Rethinking the Future of Healthcare Delivery & Facilities

05/10/2019 09:45 AM - 05/09/2019 10:45 AM

The magnitude and speed of change in healthcare is staggering.


Transition to Operations: A Programmatic Approach

05/10/2019 09:45 AM - 05/10/2019 10:45 AM

In the past, Broaddus has presented the benefits of improved asset information management or what we call Transition to Operations (T2O).



05/10/2019 10:45 AM - 05/10/2019 11:00 AM



CII Research: Workforce Solutions (1 AIA LU)

05/10/2019 11:00 AM - 05/10/2019 12:00 PM

Workforce-related topics have been common in CII research and continue to challenge the capital projects industry. Rather than reacting to workforce issues faced today, this program aims to address workforce issues in terms of the needs, demand, and supply envisioned for 2030.


Lunch and The COAA Way

05/10/2019 12:00 PM - 05/10/2019 12:45 PM



Owner's Roundtable (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

05/10/2019 12:45 PM - 05/10/2019 01:45 PM

Always one of the most highly rated sessions at each conference, this purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.


Friday Afternoon Tour (optional activity)

05/10/2019 02:30 PM - 05/10/2019 05:00 PM

Tour of the new Texas Athletics Hall of Fame and take a mini tour of the University of Texas Campus.