2021 Program

The ABC Users Summit's program format allows contractors and owners to come together for general sessions and networking functions as well as attend segment-specific breakout sessions where issues unique to the health care and industrial industries are addressed.

View the 2013, 20142015201620172018 and 2019 ABC Users Summit programs for information on past events. Join Us!

 


Times and content for the 2021 program are tentative and subject to change.

Note the ABC Users Summit will be conducted following best practice safety protocols. View ABC's safety protocols here.
 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021


5 - 6 p.m.


Meet and Greet


6 p.m.


Dinner on Own


Thursday, May 13, 2021


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


General Session

Project Summit: Project Success Through Trust and Collaboration
This panel discusses a project completed using the principals highlighted in the past seven ABC Users Summits, proving a collaborative model to drive risk out and create an opportunity to employ a fully pre-planned, leading-indicator construction methodology. Every action is thoughtfully prepared and challenged prior to execution to ensure necessity, correctness and readiness. Actions are founded in the value to the project rather than the benefit of a single participant. 

Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

Panelists: Coming soon...


12 - 12:30 p.m.


Lunch


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.


Industrial Breakout

New Approaches to Industrial Design
Learn new, innovative design practices in the light and heavy industrial space, including flexible facilities, standardized/customized (i.e., modular) design and process intensification/miniaturization. The focus of this conversation will be on new research, case studies and how users can obtain the best outcome by maximizing the benefits of these types of innovative methods.

Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

Panelists: Coming soon...

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Health Care Breakout

Construction Professionals and the Health Care C-Suite
How to Influence Upper Management Thinking

A functional relationship between building professionals and health care system upper management has never been more essential. The problem is that each speaks a different language and often sees the built environment from divergent views. This panel will discuss how we can more effectively influence C-suite thinking.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Panelists: Coming soon...


1:45 - 2 p.m.


Break


2 - 3:15 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

Industrial Lean/Integrated Project Delivery
In an industry segment full of acronyms, buzzwords and cyclical catch phrases, how can a user determine the right path? A panel will define and illustrate the lean and IPD best practices that have proven successful, while tying in the expectations of capital efficiency, safety, quality, speed, operational excellence and implementation of the process with a crew-centered focus.  This discussion will include best practices such as front-end planning, the project definition rating index and advanced work packaging.

Moderator: Pete Dumont, PrairieDog Venture Partners

Panelists: Coming soon...

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Health Care Breakout

Pre-fabrication Strategies in Health Care Construction 
Impacts on Design, Construction, and Occupancy
The relationship between manufacturing and construction is growing more robust and each has a great deal to learn from the other. This panel will discuss the latest advancements, what’s working and what’s not.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Panelists: Coming soon...


3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


Break


3:30 - 4:45 p.m.


General Session

The Return of the Economist
Get detailed information regarding global, national and regional economic performance using the most current data available from ABC’s chief economist. Get an in-depth briefing on the performance of financial, labor, real estate and construction markets.

Speaker: Anirban Basu, ABC National


6:15 - 7 p.m.


General Reception

 
7:15 - 9 p.m.


Dinner, Sponsored by MetroPower


Friday, May 14, 2021


7 - 7:45 a.m.


Breakfast Program

Workforce: Enough Talk. What Are We Doing?
Efforts underway over the last 12-24 months have started to break the status-quo mentality that has existed over the last three decades in how we educate our current and future craft professionals. Learn about positive results from programs that focus on workforce assessment tools, the “holdover phenomenon” and successful recruiting efforts with veterans, high school students and correctional facilities.

Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

Panelists: Coming soon...


7:45 - 8 a.m.


Break


8 - 9:15 a.m.


General Session

Customer of Choice
Are you a customer of choice? Are your contractors and designers sending you their best teams? Are you receiving high-quality construction and engineering services? Are you seeing different firms pursuing your projects, or is it usually the same group over and over? This session will review research findings on the key attributes of a customer of choice and how being a good client drives down costs and increases performance.  

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University
 

 

 

 


1:45 - 2 p.m.


Break

 


1:45 - 2 p.m.


Break