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, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 ABC Users Summit programs for information on past events. Join Us!


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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

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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

Panelists: Dan McKechnie, Air Products and Chemicals; Ryan Odendahl, Kwest Group; Kevin Sell, United Group Services; Todd Stevens, MetroPower

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

Panelist: Jaime Johnston, Bryden Wood; Patrick Mays, Dassault Systemes; Kimon Onuma, FAIA, Onuma, Inc.

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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

Panelist: Basil Alexander, Children's Health; Scott Nelson, AIA, ACHA, Advocate Healthcare

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 5 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

The Future of Integrated Project Delivery: Taking IPD to the Next Level
Capital projects are a significant part of the U.S. economy, resulting in approximately $1.3 trillion worth of construction each year, and performance issues in the industry are still common. Projects are exceedingly inefficient, riddled with high transaction costs attributed to friction in data exchanges and contractual relationships, with approximately 40% of spending attributed to non-value-added transactional costs. Furthermore, each participant in the many layers of project hierarchies contributes to increasing administrative drag that escalates the cost of capital. Integrated Project Delivery attempts to solve some of these problems, but we can do more. Learn how the Operating System 2.0 (OS2) initiative is expanding core IPD principles in two additional dimensions, leading to a true shared success business model for all parties involved in capital projects.

Moderator: Kelcey Henderson, President, Continuum Advisory Group

Panelists: Randy Abdallah, Wallbridge; Pete Dumont, PrairieDog; Charlie Dunn, DPR; Jim Ellis, Microsoft; Bill Van Sweringen, ExxonMobil

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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

Panelists: Sara Curry, JE Dunn; Katie Wells, Brasfield & Gorrie

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.

General Session -- Breakfast Program

Leveraging Relationships and Trust to Tackle Pandemic Challenges
During the past year, construction users and contractors have adopted and implemented new strategies to continue to educate, engage and deploy a productive workforce while keeping employees healthy in a challenging pandemic environment. Unlike ever before, users and contractors relied on collaboration to achieve successful outcomes. Panelists will discuss the use of innovative workforce strategies and tools as well as share information about the latest recruitment and retention efforts.

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

Panelists: Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals; Ryan Odendahl, Kwest Group; Kevin Sell, United Group Services

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

Panelist: Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals




1:45 - 2 p.m.



1:45 - 2 p.m.