2020 Design-Build Conference & Expo

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

Even if you missed the 2020 Design-Build Conference and Expo you can see the full conference by purchasing the full session for $625. Go to the Content Tab to scroll through the 53 individual sessions and purchase as many you're interested in for $35 each.

  • Virtual Design and Construction During a Pandemic

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 The workplace of today is rapidly evolving, and it is not enough for firms to have a grasp of the latest BIM/VDC technologies. We must embrace the transition to cloud platforms that allow work to be done from anywhere – remote sites, homes and traditional offices. This requires close collaboration between IT infrastructure teams and BIM/VDC teams, something that has traditionally been difficult for most organizations. This trend has been illuminated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and we will show what a completely virtual and remote workforce looks like and how this helped Southland transition to the new virtual workplace.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    The workplace of today is rapidly evolving, and it is not enough for firms to have a grasp of the latest BIM/VDC technologies. We must embrace the transition to cloud platforms that allow work to be done from anywhere – remote sites, homes and traditional offices. This requires close collaboration between IT infrastructure teams and BIM/VDC teams, something that has traditionally been difficult for most organizations. This trend has been illuminated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and we will show what a completely virtual and remote workforce looks like and how this helped Southland transition to the new virtual workplace.

    1) Define VDI, SAAS and be able to differentiate between these types of technologies. 

    2) Recognize the potential value/benefits that these platforms bring to the industry and organizations. 

    3) Analyze, compare, and assess what approaches may be right for their organizations. 

    4) Identify potential challenges with implementation of these technologies.

    Joshua Getz

    Corporate BIM Manager, Southland Industries

    Mr. Getz has extensive experience with data integration and BIM management processes that fully support Southland’s concept as a design, build, and maintain company. His responsibilities include leading the corporate AEC Technologies team in the research, development, and implementation of company standards and technologies across the BIM, engineering, fabrication, and field functions.  As a key member of Southland Industries IT Leadership team, He helps to ensure that the Corporate IT organization achieves strategic alignment across the business and delivers results aligned to needs.

    Israel Sumano

    Sr. Director, Infrastructure Services, Southland Industries

    Mr. Sumano is a strategic and influential senior IT professional in the mechanical engineering industry, applying over 20 years of experience to optimal operations direction, system performance, and team engagement. 

    He drives initiatives focused on the design, establishment, maintenance, and improvement of technical systems. Specializing in the attainment of optimal performance in solutions, he facilitates and leads the security, network, systems, and support organizations for Southland Industries. 

    As a member of the Information Technology leadership team, he has worked and collaborated in supporting world-class operations, maintaining awareness of emerging technology for wide-ranging initiatives, focusing on excellence, to ensure a secure, collaborative environment that allows work from anywhere.

    Julio Saenz

    Associate Director, Construction Technologies, Southland Industries

    Mr. Saenz has extensive experience with BIM management processes that fully support Southland’s concept as a design, build, and maintain company. He is responsible for leading the Construction technologies, Fabrication technologies, and AEC applications teams which are focused on new trends and industry advancements as well as developing, maintaining, and supporting Southland’s AEC technology platforms and systems.

  • Design-Build Programmatic Improvement with a Community of Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 This session will describe the Virginia Department of Transportation's Community of Practice for Design-Build. Utilizing this Community of Practice VDOT's Construction practitioners on Design-Build projects have brought about significant changes and improvements to our program conceived and implemented at the grassroots level. This has resulted in solutions from the field for the field, quickly and organically implemented to solve significant concerns regarding Quality, Financial Management, Environmental Compliance, and more.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    This session will describe the Virginia Department of Transportation's Community of Practice for Design-Build. Utilizing this Community of Practice VDOT's Construction practitioners on Design-Build projects have brought about significant changes and improvements to our program conceived and implemented at the grassroots level. This has resulted in solutions from the field for the field, quickly and organically implemented to solve significant concerns regarding Quality, Financial Management, Environmental Compliance, and more. 

    1) Assemble Peers into a Cohesive Community of Practice.

    2) Collaboratively Identify Critical Project and Programmatic Issues.

    3) Constructively involve industry partners from across the project lifecycle in the process.

    4) Measure, poll, and assess the impact of these initiatives across a program

    Robert Ridgell, PE, DBIA, CCM

    Assistant District Construction Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation

    Robert Ridgell, PE, DBIA is the Assistant District Construction Engineer for the Fredericksburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation and a graduate of Virginia Tech. Mr. Ridgell also has served the last three years as the chairman of the VDOT Statewide Design Build Community of Practice. In his role at VDOT, Mr. Ridgell has overseen the execution of the Design-Build program in his District and has led the charge for continuous process improvement for Design-Build delivery within the agency. Currently Mr. Ridgell is the Project Manger for the I-95 CD Lanes and Rappahannock River Crossing projects in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a combined project budget of approximately 250 million.

    Ian Millikan, PE, PMP, DBIA

    Assistant State Construction Engineer, Wallace Montgomery

    Ian Millikan, PE, PMP, DBIA is the VDOT Assistant State Construction Engineer, providing leadership and oversight for the Construction Division’s Construction Management, Design/Build, Consultant Procurement, Project Controls and eConstruction Programs. In April 2016, he was named one of the top 25 Rising Stars under 40 years of age in the field of Civil Engineering by Civil + Structural Engineering magazine. Ian re-joined VDOT in 2015, charged with enhancing the Construction Division’s capabilities in the construction phase administration of Design/Build Projects. Ian has worked on several DBIA award winning projects, including I-64/Zions Crossroads, the Richmond Airport Connector, and the I-295/ Meadowville Road interchange. Ian is a civil engineering graduate of Virginia Tech and has a Master’s Degree in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics from George Mason University. Ian also has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Designated Design-Build Professional

  • Journey Worth Taking – Valuable Advice for Owners Transitioning to Integrated D-B

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 Mountain climbers don’t start their first climbing journey without ropes and a spotter. However, some have been known to do so. Transitioning from Construction Management at Risk to Integrated Design-Build can feel like that at times. Before you let go of the ropes of the traditional delivery systems, build your awareness of the necessary mind-set changes to be successful. Our journey together will explore how giving up “control” can build trust, unity and true collaboration.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    Mountain climbers don’t start their first climbing journey without ropes and a spotter. However, some have been known to do so. Transitioning from Construction Management at Risk to Integrated Design-Build can feel like that at times. Before you let go of the ropes of the traditional delivery systems, build your awareness of the necessary mind-set changes to be successful. Our journey together will explore how giving up “control” can build trust, unity and true collaboration.

    1. Attendees will be able to apply Best Practices in terms of looking differently at project controls and contractual terms need to support Trust
    2. Attendees will learn that World-Class Urban Design can be achieved through Integrated Design-Build
    3. Attendees will be presented with a step-by-step process of establishing a co-location team and calendar that promotes collaboration
    4. Attendees will be able to identify all stakeholder and how they implement a mind-set change for a cohesive project team through partnering and coaching

    Drew Wenzel

    Real Estate Development Executive, Google LLC

    Drew has supported Google's ground-up development project in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight of the ten years he has been with the company - first as a member of the in-house sustainability team, then as driver of Google's design and performance standards (particularly around health and user experience), and presently as a Development Executive leading design and entitlements for ground-up projects. During that time, he has been a part of the organization's efforts to prepare for a transition to design-build and supported large, complex projects that were delivered under both CMAR and design-build methodologies. Drew holds degrees in environmental engineering, civil engineering, and engineering management from Dartmouth College and Stanford University.

    Dana Pomeroy, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP

    National Director of Design-Build/VP, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

    Dana Pomeroy, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP is the National Director of Design-Build for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (WT) and current DBIA National board member.  Dana has more than 39 years’ experience working on complex projects, implementing advanced delivery methods for public and private owners, worldwide.  His focus is building and working with multiple Integrated Design-Build project teams nationwide to employ WT’s Design-Build best practices, along with DBIA’s resources, to achieve innovative facilities for clients.

    Craig Unger, FDBIA

    Principal, Unger Security Solutions LLC

    Craig is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, providing consulting services for acquisition management; project delivery; and advisory services within the security, intelligence and detention environment.  Mr Unger founded the business upon his retirement from the Federal Government.

    Mr Unger was appointed by the United States Attorney General, to serve as the Justice Department's Federal Detention Trustee.  As a career civil servant with over 26 years of service, Mr Unger achieved the highest leadership role (Senior Executive Service – Agency Head) before retiring as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer

    Eliot Postma

    Partner, Heatherwick Studio Partner

    Hilleary "Hills" Hoskinson

    Managing Partner, MVP Performance Institute LLC

    Hills co-founded MVP Performance Institute in 2005 to coach high-performing business teams, developing a specialty with complex development and construction projects.
    In 2014, he co-authored Winning Spirit Business: Sharpen Your Performance Edge with Tom Mitchell PHD. 

    During 20 years of his early career, he was CMO eHealth; VP Excite@Home SVP U.S. News; and GM Fast Company magazine.   A cum laude graduate from Dartmouth College, he was also an All-American athlete.

    Elise Burkardt, AIA, NCARB

    Associate, Gensler

    Elise Burkardt – Associate + Project Architect Since joining Gensler in 2018, Elise has quickly become an instrumental addition to the firm. Throughout her architectural career, Elise has led teams across a variety of different project types throughout the country, including commercial office, multi-family/mixed use, student housing, and entertainment. Her emphasis on the importance of collaboration, attention to detail, and belief in early coordination between both the technical needs and design needs of a project is evidence of her commitment and passion for design excellence on each project she leads. As a new member to the DBIA, Elise is excited to become an active member in the community and continue discussions surrounding the integrated/collaborative approach to design and construction. Elise is a Registered Architect in the State of Maryland, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Incorporating Lean and IPD Practices into Design-Build

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 This presentation discusses how Lean and IPD practices can be incorporated successfully into Design-Build projects. The presenters were leaders of a task team at Barton Malow that developed a framework for defining Lean and IPD practices and promoting their adoption. The presentation will describe the framework, the underlying principles, the menu of practices, how adoption was encouraged, and the positive impact on project outcomes.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    This presentation discusses how Lean and IPD practices can be incorporated successfully into Design-Build projects. The presenters were leaders of a task team at Barton Malow that developed a framework for defining Lean and IPD practices and promoting their adoption. The presentation will describe the framework, the underlying principles, the menu of practices, how adoption was encouraged, and the positive impact on project outcomes. 

    1) Describe and apply the underlying principles of Lean and IPD.

    2) Identify 6 Lean and 6 IPD practices that can enhance design-build project success.

    3) Explain why design-build is an ideal platform for Lean IPD.

    4) Develop a program to promote and achieve Lean and IPD adoption within an organization

    Tom Porter, JD, FDBIA

    Vice President, Barton Malow Company

    Tom Porter, Vice President of Barton Malow, is former National Chairman of DBIA. He has also served in numerous other DBIA roles at the national, regional and chapter levels. He earned his FDBIA credential in 2019. He has extensive experience in varied executive leadership roles with Barton Malow Company and LeChase Construction. He is the author of Profit, Risk & Leadership: the Business of Construction & Design-Build. Tom has frequently presented at industry events for DBIA and other organizations.

    Jeff Creighton, MBA

    Director of Continuous Improvement, Barton Malow Holdings

    Jeff Creighton, Director of Continuous Improvement, is a member of Barton Malow's Lean IPD task force and leader of one of its work teams. He is currently Chair of the Lean Construction Institute's Annual Congress for 2020. Jeff has extensive experience teaching Lean principles and practices, working full-time for four years as a Lean resource for construction progress success, and coaching others on their Lean journey. He was a dedicated Lean resource for more than $1 billion of design-build work delivered for General Motors around North America during the last several years.

  • How VDC Planning and Execution Can Drive Successful Design-Build Outcomes

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 How VDC Planning and Execution Can Drive Successful Design-Build Outcomes

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    Beginning with the owner’s objectives in mind, virtual design & construction (VDC) planning elevates everyone’s thinking to a more integrated, strategic level while driving value throughout the project. This session offers a straight-forward project delivery map for integrating BIM as the tool, LOD as the language and VDC as the process. A playbook, exercise and examples demonstrate steps toward success (and missteps to avoid) – from RFP through contract, execution, and delivery and turnover. 

    1) Map an integrated VDC process that aligns with a Design-Build project delivery model to drive value for the owner to achieve their goals. 

    2) Articulate how the owner’s BIM-enabled expectations should be integrated into the performance-based requirements of their RFP/RFQ language, as well as becoming part of the qualification and value-based selection process. 

    3) Identify and bring the right individuals to the table early in the VDC process (including the new role of a VDC Leader) to spark innovation while driving value and mitigating project risks as an integrated project team. 

    4) Define the most common points of misalignment and how to avoid waste and redundancy across the design-build team.

    Alex Belkofer, CM-BIM

    Director of Virtual Design & Construction, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

    As a regional leader and national collaborator at McCarthy, Alex is responsible for the overall strategy, implementation, and execution of the virtual design & construction (VDC) process between all project stakeholders. From corporate office to construction site, he promotes, trains and guides McCarthy teams through the VDC process over the course of a project’s life cycle. Alex is a key contributor, serving on McCarthy’s National VDC Leadership Group to enhance the consistency and delivery of BIM-enabled strategies and best practices companywide. 

    Alex’s passion and drive for construction technology is to push the industry to leverage best-in-class solutions focused on effective project delivery and lean principles for value-added outcomes. He is active with various national organizations focused on construction technology, such as AGC BIMForum, Campus FM Technology Association (CFTA) and DBIA. Alex holds a Dual Degree (BS) in Architecture and Construction Systems Management from The Ohio State University.

    Brian Skirpac, CM-BIM, Assoc. DBIA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Brian, CannonDesign’s Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), continually drives innovation by focusing on the process orientation of the Building Information Modeling (BIM)-enabled VDC delivery process. He has 25 years of industry experience, with the last 15 focusing on the integration of BIM and VDC to transform project delivery. Brian has successfully developed and managed BIM-enabled delivery systems for many CannonDesign Builders’ efforts. In addition, he focuses on the use of building information models to capture and structure relevant facility data to achieve the value a BIM-enabled VDC delivery process brings to facility owners from an interoperable life cycle management strategy. A thought leader in this field, he is an advisory group member and past chair of the AIA National Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community and serves on the BIMForum committee responsible for authoring the LOD Specification.

  • How Smaller/Mid-sized Firms can still Compete and Succeed in the DB Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 This presentation hopes to help industry partners and owners recognize there are many areas to finding a niche and being successful in the Design-Build industry. Whether working with creative construction ideas, sharing innovative design skills with other designers, or providing pivotal guidance and oversight to owners, small/mid-sized companies can learn about progressive steps they can take and recognize they have opportunities to be influential and successful in continuing the success of Design-Build projects.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    This presentation hopes to help industry partners and owners recognize there are many areas to finding a niche and being successful in the Design-Build industry. Whether working with creative construction ideas, sharing innovative design skills with other designers, or providing pivotal guidance and oversight to owners, small/mid-sized companies can learn about progressive steps they can take and recognize they have opportunities to be influential and successful in continuing the success of Design-Build projects. 

    1) Define Our Strategies to Deliver Innovative Ideas in the RFP stages. 

    2) Demonstrate Efficient delivery of products in the Post Award stages.

    3) Identify Areas to Effectively Control Costs.

    4) Emphasize the importance of Creating/Sustaining/Continuing Relationships from project to project with owners, Designers  and contractors

    Darren O'Neil, PE,DBIA

    Associate, Wallace Montgomery

    Darren O’Neill is a Professional Engineer with 28 years of experience in transportation roadway projects. He worked 26 years for the Delaware Department of Transportation, focusing on large interstate highway design and Interchange Projects. In 2018, he joined Wallace Montgomery and is helping develop and expand their Delaware operations; building on prior successes and relationship for the company here in Delaware.    Darren was a DBIA Certification in 2016.

    Darren has presented at various technical and national DBIA events. Many of his presentations focused on Owner needs and responsibilities in the Design-Build process. He has been an advocate of Owners taking initiative and responsibility in recognizing the value and differences of the Design Build process. He recently presented at the DBIA Conference in Philadelphia event in 2018; focusing on topics and the different interpretations they have between an Owner and a Practitioner.

    Darren also worked with DBIA And FHWA in 2016 to meet with the Northeast Regional states to discuss lessons learned and future for Design-Build in that region.  

    William Fiorillo, PE, DBIA

    Project Design Manager, Wallace Montgomery

    William Fiorillo is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in transportation roadway projects. He has spent the last 9 years in the DB world and currently delivering the MD and VA Civil Packages on the Harry Nice Bridge Replacement project.

    Eric Sender, PE, DBIA

    Senior Associate, Wallace Montgomery


    Eric Sender is a PE with 30 years of experience in transportation roadway projects. In 1994, he joined Wallace Montgomery as a Design Engineer, and advanced to become Senior Vice President of the Highways Department. He provided concept design and general engineering consultant support services to the Maryland State Highway Administration for their delivery of design-build projects along the US Route 113 corridor from 1999 to 2003. He has spent the last 17 years as a Design Manager for six design-build transportation roadway projects in Maryland and Virginia. Eric is DBIA-certified.


    Eric presented the MD 404 Design-Build Project as part of a panel at the 2019 DBIA Transportation/Aviation Conference. Eric serve as the MD 404 Design-Build Project’s Design Manager for the tri-joint venture design team and the supporting 11 subconsultants. This project for Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration was honored with an America’s Transportation Award. The award acknowledged the project’s safety enhancements, improved operations, and overall congestion relief for residents and seasonal motorists.

  • How a Fixed-Priced, Variable Scope Procurement Can Achieve Project Goals

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 This session will educate the audience on the use of a fixed price, variable scope procurement while also showing that rewarding innovation and Owner perceived benefits through a “quality score” in a weighted criteria formula drives successful integrated delivery. The session will provide a behind the scenes look at how the successful design-builder developed a strategy to evaluate the variable scope items, provide innovation and benefits to the Owner and respond to the weighted criteria.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    This session will educate the audience on the use of a fixed price, variable scope procurement while also showing that rewarding innovation and Owner perceived benefits through a “quality score” in a weighted criteria formula drives successful integrated delivery. The session will provide a behind the scenes look at how the successful design-builder developed a strategy to evaluate the variable scope items, provide innovation and benefits to the Owner and respond to the weighted criteria. 

    1) Recognize alternative DB procurement options to deliver projects that are challenged by budget, schedule, scope, and political interests.

    2) Differentiate the approach and challenges from a traditional DB procurement to a fixed price variable scope procurement.

    3) Demonstrate how a variable scope fixed price procurement can be successful.

    4) Understand the challenges of responding to a fixed price variable scope RFP.

    Christopher Gaskins, PE, PG, DBIA

    Preconstruction Design-Build Engineer, South Carolina Department of Transportation

    Chris Gaskins, PE, PG, DBIA – Chris Gaskins is the Preconstruction Design-Build Engineer for the South Carolina Department of Transportation where he leads an innovative, 13-engineer group that oversees the delivery of statewide design-build projects. 

    A recent accomplishment of the Group is the development and implementation of the Design-Build Procurement Manual, of which Mr. Gaskins facilitated the process. Chris is a recipient of DBIA’s 2018 Transportation Leadership Award. 

    He is a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional along with every member of the SCDOT Preconstruction Design-Build Group. Additionally, Mr. Gaskins co-chairs a transportation design-build subcommittee that is a partnership between SCDOT, ACEC-SC, and CAGC and chairs the steering committee for an “SCDOT Design-Build Effectiveness and Efficiency” research project.

    Brad Reynolds, DBIA, PE

    Design Build Program Manager, South Carolina Department of Transportation

    Brad Reynolds is a Program Manager in the Design-Build Group with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Brad is one of two Program Managers in the innovative 13-engineer group that oversees the delivery of statewide design-build projects. 

    Brad’s involvement with design-build projects spans over the last eight years where he led the development of two of the state’s largest design-build projects, including the I-26 Project. 

    Brad graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. His time at SCDOT has been spent in the Preconstruction Division beginning in Roadway Structures, with the majority of that time spent in Program Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina and is a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional.

    Dave Pupkiewicz, FDBIA

    Manager Alternative Pursuits, Archer Western Construction (a Walsh Group Company)

    David Pupkiewicz, FDBIA - is the Manager of Alternative Pursuits for Archer Western’s Southern and Mid-Atlantic Regions. His role encompasses team formation, agreement negotiation, owner interaction, design coordination, and pursuit management for design-build and P3 transportation projects. 

    Mr. Pupkiewicz has 30 years of construction industry and design-build experience. His primary focus for the last 20 years has been in alternative project delivery, from procurement, through project closeout. His experience spans numerous transportation market sectors including highways, bridges, airport facilities, and transit/rail. 

    Mr. Pupkiewicz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He has been recognized with Fellow status as a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional and has served in leadership roles for several associations including the DBIA National Transportation/Aviation Markets Committee, and the Carolinas AGC/ACEC Joint Design-Build Subcommittee on which he is currently the AGC Chairman in South Carolina.

  • GENERAL SESSION: Lessons Learned on a GSA Project

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 How many times have you come to an end of a project and thought, “if I could do this all over again, I’d change a few things?” GSA did not just think it, they acted and conducted a post-mortem on a 1970s era, 16-story Federal Building modernization that took place form 2009 – 2014 using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding. Hear critical lessons learned on this project and what the Owner and team would do differently if they could do it all over again.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    How many times have you come to an end of a project and thought, “if I could do this all over again, I’d change a few things?” GSA did not just think it, they acted and conducted a post-mortem on a 1970s era, 16-story Federal Building modernization that took place form 2009 – 2014 using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding. Hear critical lessons learned on this project and what the Owner and team would do differently if they could do it all over again.

    Renee Cheng, FAIA

    Dean of College of Built Environments, University of Washington

    Renée Cheng joined the College of Built Environments as dean on January 1, 2019. Dean Cheng comes from the University of Minnesota where she was a professor, associate dean of research, head of the school of architecture, and directed an innovative graduate program linking research with practice and licensure. Prior to UMN, she taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Harvard College.

    A licensed architect, her professional experience includes work for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design. Dean Cheng has been honored twice as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence. She has received numerous honors and awards including the 2017 Lean Construction Institute Faculty Award and was named to the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows in 2017.
    Cheng is a leader in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, Cheng led the research effort for the AIA guides for equitable practice in the workplace. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and Lean.

    Larry Boreali, PMP

    Regional Coordinator, GSA

    Larry Boreali is a Regional Coordinator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Design and Construction, Project Delivery Division, where he advises, supports and collaborates with project teams through the planning, design and construction phases of capital projects being delivered in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

    Larry started his career with GSA in 1991 as an electrical engineer in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office and acted in the capacity of project manager on minor program projects and as a project engineer on numerous capital projects before moving to the capital program in 2004. As a capital level project manager, Larry managed over $300M in projects through all project life cycle phases.   In 2009, he joined the Program Management Office (PMO) overseeing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program as the Zone A Manager, providing direct oversight, program support and guidance, risk analysis, strategic planning and implementation, and tracking and reporting of 80 plus Recovery Act projects with cumulative value of $2.2B.  In 2011, he joined the National Office of Project Delivery in his current role.  During that tenure, Larry was assigned as Project Executive and Project Manager on two complex capital projects in an interim capacity.

    Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

    Laura Stagner, AIA, PMP, DBIA

    GSA Public Buildings Service, Office of Project Delivery (Retired)

    Laura Stagner led the successful consolidation of project management functions into the Office of Project Delivery (OPD), evolving an organization that was responsible for capital projects into an organization that is now responsible for all projects, including capital, small and reimbursable. Under her leadership, the Office of Project Delivery has developed processes designed to better manage project risk: a national project resource board to leverage the best available talent is matched to the risk profile of the project, and a project delivery method selection tool. Laura has been an advocate for design-build within GSA, serving as an active participant in DBIA’s Federal Forums in 2016–2018 and providing guidance, as needed, to DBIA’s Federal Markets Committee.

  • GENERAL SESSION: Brock Long (Former FEMA Administrator)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 On stage, video footage from John’s flights accompany thrilling stories about flying inches apart at 500 mph, while he offers valuable lessons about the importance of preparation and communication to lasting success. With a message that emphasizes commitment, discipline and trust, John provides concrete tools for identifying and closing performance gaps. He captivates audiences with his contagious enthusiasm and ability to translate complex challenges into simple terms, motivating audiences to push beyond what they think is possible.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    From hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Marie to the California wildfires in 2017, Brock Long has helped communities navigate through a string of devastating natural disasters. As a former Director of FEMA, Long says that one thing that remains true, regardless of the situation on the ground, is that having a plan engaging both the public and private sector goes a long way in helping the community recover more quickly.

    Brock Long

    Former FEMA Administrator

    Brock Long is a former Administrator of FEMA and a 20-year veteran of emergency management within the public and private sector. He offers a unique perspective as organizations, businesses and citizens come to grips with the realities of crisis management and preparedness following the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Essentials for a Lean Architecture

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022 Design professionals face continued pressure to do more with the same or often fewer, resources. This presentation considers where “less is more” and shares building blocks for rethinking and improving design and delivery processes. Building on strategies drawn from Lean principles, this program highlights the tenets underlying excellence in project delivery. It focuses on five essentials: accelerated decision-making, effective communication, strategic modeling, targeted reviews and streamlined documents. Examine strategies, techniques and methodologies that have proven effective, and consider how to restructure your firm's design and delivery processes around what contributes actual value and reduces wasteful efforts.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

    Design professionals face continued pressure to do more with the same or often fewer, resources. This presentation considers where “less is more” and shares building blocks for rethinking and improving design and delivery processes. 

    Building on strategies drawn from Lean principles, this program highlights the tenets underlying excellence in project delivery. It focuses on five essentials: accelerated decision-making, effective communication, strategic modeling, targeted reviews and streamlined documents. Examine strategies, techniques and methodologies that have proven effective, and consider how to restructure your firm's design and delivery processes around what contributes actual value and reduces wasteful efforts. 

    1) Identify process management methodologies including Lean Thinking, 6 Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints and how they impact design management practices. 

    2) Implement approaches to simplify model and drawing development while also increasing the usefulness of project deliverables. 

    3) Incorporate a structured approach for improving building systems integration. 

    4) Integrate technology driven workflows with time honored practices that enhance document preparation and comprehension.

    Michael Czap, AIA

    Project Executive, The Beck Group

    Michael has over thirty-eight years of broad experience in architectural planning, design, project management, production, and contract administration.  He is skilled at project and team organization, the process of putting a building together and coordinating a thorough team effort.  He is a regular speaker on Lean Architecture and advanced project delivery processes as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has presented at over 50 National and Regional venues across the United States since 2004 including five AIA National conferences.

    Michael co-authored the Construction Documents chapter for the AIA’s 15th Edition of the Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice.  He has contributed articles to the AIA Best Practices, Chapter 13, and the AIA Practice Management Digest."

    Greg Buchanan, AIA, NCARB, CSI, LEED AP BD+C

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