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COAA Announces 2019 Project Leadership Award Winner

Posted 12/04/2019, by COAA

The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) conferred the annual Project Leadership Award at its 25th-anniversary fall leadership conference in Atlanta, GA.  For its commitment to leading projects in The COAA Way, Penn State University was the worthy recipient for its East Halls Phase I project.
One of the largest residence hall construction projects ever undertaken by the university, East Halls encompassed outdoor spaces, new construction of two halls, and renovation of six halls built in the 1960s. The university chose to use Design-Build (D/B) delivery to ensure a collaborative and innovative approach to the multi-phased scope. Penn State tasked the D/B team of Clayco, Mackey Mitchell Architects, and DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design to conduct an acceleration study to explore options for faster completion. Through that study and embracing the D/B approach, the overall project will be completed three years ahead of schedule and the scope increased to fund an additional residence hall, which will generate income for the university.

The projects incorporated many high-efficiency strategies, including Pull Planning, BIM360, and Oracle Prime. Still, project goals were ultimately achieved through the buy-in and commitment of the team to embrace the term community throughout the project.  This philosophy extended to efforts to ensure the best and most capable local partners were involved.

The overwhelming success of this $230M project stemmed directly from PSU's leadership by example and the entire team's commitment to collaboration, communication, and respect.

Phase Two of the project is now underway as the renovation of the remaining nine buildings is completed.  In keeping with PSU's commitment to sustainability, the phased East Halls projects have already achieved one Silver and two Gold LEED certifications.

About the Award

The program recognizes Owners' excellence in project delivery and promotes leadership, professionalism, and management excellence of Owners involved in the design and construction process.  The winner is an Owner who achieves excellence by demonstrating exceptional leadership and project management skills which includes: vision, integrity, team building, communication, fairness, problem resolution, decision-making, plan implementation, and more.

The Project Leadership Award is open to both public and private Owners, members and non-members. The program is open to all types of construction projects, from any market, renovation and ground-up projects, large or small. Project size and cost will not be contributing or deciding factors.