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COAA was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. COAA is comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America.


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

Session Number: 22A


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

Session Speakers

Laura McCarty , University of California, San Diego

Robert ("Tony") McGraw , Loudoun County Public Schools


Owners often select  a delivery method  for similar reasons but arrive at their conclusion in  different ways. Every project starts out with three goals:  to complete 1) on time 2) within the budget and 3) with the right scope/quality. How and why Owners select these delivery methods can help to understand the use of alternative delivery methods. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has successfully built 50 schools in the last 20 years solely utilizing Design-Bid-Build delivery method.  For the  Academies of Loudoun, a $120M+ STEM school, the CMAR delivery method was selected.  Did it facilitate the team approach LCPS aspired to during planning, design and construction? The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) – experienced with CMAR delivery - put a twist on it when they "integrated" the contractor-architect-owner team at the outset of design. This enabled engagement of construction expertise early in the design process and ensured owner control over project details and budget parameters.  Did it work?   This presentation is a moderated discussion centered on common themes comparing and contrasting LCPS’ first CMAR project – and largest project ever - and the integrated CMAR approach by employed by UCSD.  You will hear the successes, challenges, lessons learned, the “ah-ha” moments, and gain real, unfiltered, tangible takeaways.