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.

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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


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Registration Open

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

General Session

Project Summit: Project Success Through Trust and Collaboration
Using the principals highlighted at recent ABC Users Summits, a panel will discuss a collaborative model designed to drive risk out and 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: Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, associate professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

12 - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

General Session

Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data
ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu presents economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre- and post-pandemic world, as well as a forecast for the post-pandemic era. Areas of focus include: labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances. 

Speaker: Anirban Basu, chief economist, ABC National

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

New Approaches to Industrial Design
Learn new, innovative design practices in the light and heavy industrial space, including flexible facilities, standard and customized modular design, and process intensification/miniaturization. Engage in conversations about new research, case studies and how to maximize outcomes by utilizing innovative approaches.

Moderator: Brian Stamper, managing partner, Advantic LLC

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Health Care Breakout

Construction Professionals and the Health Care C-Suite: Strategies to Influence Management’s Thinking
A collaborative, productive relationship between building professionals and health care system leaders has never been more essential, especially with the looming pandemic. Each speaks a different language and often sees the built environment from divergent views. This panel will discuss how to effectively influence C-suite thinking to create a common language and shared goals. 

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, chairman, University Research Institute

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 5 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

Industrial Lean/Integrated Project Delivery (IPD): What it Means and How it Benefits Users
In an industry segment full of acronyms, buzzwords and cyclical catch phrases, things can become even more complicated when terminology isn’t standardized across construction segments. This session breaks down the definitions and illustrates lean and IPD proven best practices, while setting expectations for capital efficiency, safety, quality, speed and operational excellence, as well as implementing crew-centered processes. Best practices on front-end planning, the project definition rating index and advanced work packaging will also be covered.

Moderator: Pete Dumont, chief executive officer, PrairieDog

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Health Care Breakout

Health Care Construction Pre-fabrication Strategies and Their Impact on Design, Construction, and Occupancy
With the pandemic accelerating project timelines, 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: David Pugh, partner, Bradley

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

Leveraging Relationships and Trust to Tackle Pandemic Challenges
In recent months, new strategies have been implemented to continue to educate, engage and deploy a productive workforce while keeping employees healthy in a challenging pandemic environment. User and contractor trust has played a huge role in successful outcomes. Panelists will discuss the use of workforce assessment tools, explain “The Holdover Phenomenon” and share information about the latest recruitment and retention efforts.

Moderator: Greg Sizemore, vice president, HSE and workforce development, ABC National

7:45 - 8 a.m.


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. 

Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, associate professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University




1:45 - 2 p.m.



1:45 - 2 p.m.