Construction Track

Construction Track

All sessions are in Central Standard Time (CST)

Sunday, August 25


Constructing Success: Building Partnerships Between Construction and Procurement

  •   Sunday
  • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Level - Beginner
  • Track - Construction
  • Speaker - Andrea Philyaw, CPPB, PMP

With at least one new school opening annually and another simultaneously undergoing renovations, Loudoun County Public Schools' Procurement Services and Construction Offices have learned that working together is the key to success. Our two departments know the importance of building on one another’s strengths, ensuring that projects are finished on time, within budget, and are able to open as a turn-key building. Join us and learn how you can build strong, lasting partnerships to ensure that your end users and stakeholders have all the tools necessary to succeed in this case-study driven session.


Monday, August 26


The State of Construction Procurement: A Look from All Angles

  •   Monday
  • 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Level - Intermediate
  • Track - Construction
  • Speakers - Scott Smith, MBA and Tammy Rimes, MPA

Just as public procurement is evolving daily, so too are the basics of procurement. Of all the procurement functions, however, construction is one of the few that seems to take the most time, involve the most resources, and have the greatest exposure—positive and negative—for an entity. Discover the latest from an expert panel regarding changes and opportunities in construction procurement regulations, tips and best practices to streamline projects, how to leverage the power of group buying, and so much more in this case-study driven session that explores more efficient, alternative purchasing solutions for the construction-minded public procurement professional.

CMAR: Construction Management at Risk

  •   Monday
  • 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Level - Beginner
  • Track - Construction
  • Speaker - Andrea Philyaw, CPPB, PMP

CMAR (construction management at risk) is a new and exciting methodology that allows for users to pro-actively anticipate changes while helping provide cost certainty throughout the project. As with most construction delivery methods, however, the consequences of failing to understand CMAR can lead to serious problems down the line. Learn how one school district has used the CMAR method to complete construction of a state-of-the-art facility and existing school classroom expansions in this case-study driven session.


Tuesday, August 27


Adapting to Change: Skills Analysis and Training at Sound Transit

  •   Tuesday
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Construction
  • Speaker - Steven Johnson, CPPO, Assoc. DBIA 

Are your procurements becoming more technically complex and expensive? Are you experiencing increased public scrutiny and pressure to reduce the procurement schedule to meet the demands of your customers? Explore how Sound Transit’s Design and Construction Contracts team is incorporating new skills to better meet the demands of the procurement function through strategic planning, skills analysis, training opportunities, and transforming hiring practices to ensure our team has the skills necessary to excel in this fast paced and changing environment.

So Many Choices: Determining the Right Construction Project Delivery Method for You

  •   Tuesday
  • 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Level - Intermediate
  • Track - Construction
  • Speakers - Joe Tommie, CPPO and John Adler, CPPO

In the recent past, the traditional design-bid-build method was the default—and predominantly only—project delivery method for procuring public construction contracts. Today, choosing the right construction project delivery method can be very challenging, especially when you consider not only the abundance of delivery methods that have become common over the last few years but also the legal requirements, complexities of the project, project scheduling, price, responsibility, and expertise of potential contractors. Join us as we provide an overview of each of the new-age major construction project delivery methods, discussing necessary factors for each methodology and how you can make them work for you and your entity in this interactive, lecture-style session.


Wednesday, August 28


Fiscally Steady: Financial Stability with Construction Contractors

  •   Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
  • Level - Beginner
  • Track - Construction
  • Speaker - Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO

Contractor financial stability is critical in nearly every procurement, but the ability for construction contractors to be fiscally responsible while taking on new contracts is paramount to the public procurement professional. Explore models that you can use to evaluate the financial condition of construction contractors before awarding a contract, highlighting some ideas and time-tested methodologies that you can use to determine if the contractor is financially responsible of undertaking your entity's construction project in this lecture-styled session.