VDC Improves Collaboration: Nashville International Airport Progressive DB

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

The Nashville International Airport is undertaking a major expansion utilizing Progressive Design-Build. PDB results in an evolving scope and associated budget, schedule, and subcontracting partners as the project develops. The evolving design solutions can lead to challenges in communicating and coordinating scope changes, especially on a complex program. The team effectively used VDC technologies to manage the process to enhance team collaboration, coordination of specialty contractors, and cost and schedule control. This panel will discuss why Owners should consider including VDC expertise as a high-value criteria in team selection and have mandatory VDC technology capabilities specified in their RFP's, especially for complex projects.

Session Learning Objectives:  1. Utilizing VDC improves collaboration, design development decisions, and executive buy-in on the Nashville International Airport Progressive DB Project 

2. VDC improves communication between owner, designers, builders, and specialty trade partners 

3. Improved communication leads to faster construction with less rework and public inconvenience 

4. Owners of large, complex capital projects should consider mandatory VDC specifications in their RFP

Kelly Strong, PhD, DBIA

Director and Professor, School of Concrete and Construction Management

Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Kelly Strong received his Baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from University of St. Thomas, and a Ph.D. from University of Colorado.  He has been teaching project management related courses for over 25 years and is currently Professor and Director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at Middle Tennessee State University.   He has been active in DBIA for over 20 years at regional, chapter and national levels.

Traci Holton

Assistant Vice President Development & Engineering

Nashville International Airport

Mrs. Holton is the Vice President of Engineering, Chief Engineer and Deputy COO for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). As Chief Engineer, she is responsible for the design and construction of Nashville International Airports $1.4 billion expansion and renovation program, known as BNA Vision, and the $50 million annual capital program for both Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports.

Patrick Neligh

Lead VDC Engineer

Hensel Phelps

Mr. Neligh has 6 years of experience working in the technology side of the AEC industry. His clever use and management of technology has allowed teams across the country to run a more efficient design and construction process. His passion for construction technology, and diligent performance has given him the privilege of furthering his profession by teaching at Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Neligh is also a Veteran of the United Stated Marine Corps.

Neal Terrell, LEED AP

Project Development Director

Hensel Phelps

Neal is a 17-year tenured Project Development Director for Hensel Phelps with 21 years of industry experience. Neal receive his Masters in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and served as an Executive Development Board Member for the School of Architecture at the Catholic University. He has worked on over $4 billion of work including the Pentagon Renovation after the 9/11 tragedy. Neal has been a critical component to the success of 13 design-build projects.

Corey Ochsner, AIA, NCARB

Associate Principal

Fentress Architects

With over 17 years of airport experience, various project delivery methods including Design-Build, Corey has worked on more than six million square feet of terminal buildings at medium/large hub airports across the United States including: RDU, SJC, LAX, DEN, PDX and BNA. He is adept at addressing key programmatic requirements, coordinating large teams of supporting consultants and stakeholders, guiding the regulatory and approval processes, and the full range of project production and building construction processes.


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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available