2022 Schedule

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The place contractors and project owners collaborate to improve the planning and delivery of high-value construction projects.

 

A mix of market-specific breakouts, general sessions and networking events, the in-and-out program format allows contractors and owners to come together to address issues unique to the health care, industrial and multisite segments, as well as the construction industry as a whole.

Times and content for the 2022 program are tentative and subject to change.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022


5 - 6 p.m.


Meet and Greet 


6 p.m.


Dinner on Own


Thursday, May 19, 2022


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Registration Open


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


General Session

Industry Trajectory Changes
Kenn Sullivan returns to the 2022 Users Summit with a summary of his research team’s work in measuring the impacts of the economy and workforce shortages on project execution. Sullivan will illustrate key considerations that may be missed by today’s users, and why following the urge to go low bid can be dangerous in the current environment.

Presenter: Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D., Arizona State University


12 - 12:30 p.m.


Lunch


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.


General Session

Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Blockchain has permeated almost every aspect of society, business and government. Blockchain-enabled smart contracts help capture project events digitally, process transactions and payments automatically, provide an immutable single source of truth for all parties and recapture lost value resulting from transactional friction. Get insights into the power of this technology and highlight specific areas where it is improving capital efficiency on projects today.

Presenter: Pete Dumont, PrairieDog and AG&P


1:45 - 2:15 p.m.


Break


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.


Breakout Sessions

Industrial Track: Impacts of Design-Assist
Over the last decade and beyond, there have been many collaborative efforts between the user and contractor to flesh out constructability issues ahead of mobilization. Regardless of the approach, design-assist has proven to save money, improve schedule and avoid costs. Panelists will share their experiences and their successes, and how they achieved them.

Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

Panelists: Bob Dresser, Strategic Executive Consulting LLC; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals; David Pugh, Bradley; Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D., Arizona State University; Robert Wagner, Proctor & Gamble

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Health Care Track: Constructing a Moving Target
Most hospital and health care construction projects represent large capital expenditures that from conception to occupancy can take years to execute. During that time, numerous economic, owner, resource, environmental, technology and regulatory changes make completing a project on time and on budget excessively challenging. This panel will discuss the most unpredictable factors, anticipated trends and best practices to address and moderate the volatility.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, University Research Institute

Panelists: Dr. Michael D. Brennan, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Walter B. Jones, Jr., MetroHealth; Steph Hixson, Sibley Memorial Hospital / John Hopkins Medicine; Clayton Mitchell, Jefferson Health; Spencer Moore, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Multisite Track: The Changing Nature of the Construction Industry—What We Have Learned in the Last Two Years
The past 24 months have forced businesses to “pivot or die” more than ever before. Each new crisis has moved us further away from pre-2020 normalcy. We’ve faced a global pandemic; the “Great Resignation”; remote workplaces; worldwide supply chain breakdowns; near-historic highs in inflation, oil and lumber; unparalleled domestic political polarization; and the threat of world conflict. Still, some companies are thriving. Learn why.

Moderator: Michael Konieczka, Allen Industries

Panelists: John C. Lehmann, Poole Anderson Construction; Tony Rader, National Roofing Partners


3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


Break


3:45 - 5 p.m.


Breakout Sessions

Industrial Track: Best Practices and Strategies in Handling Volatile Costs and Delays
With the limited availability of construction materials, supply chain and shipping disruptions, current market conditions and global impacts, the cost of construction materials is extremely volatile right now. Panelists will discuss front-end efforts to address the potential escalation of material costs and delays in procurement; best practices and strategies to resolve issues of increased costs and delays; and panelists’ experiences where collaboration was not possible.

Moderator: Lowell T. Woods Jr., Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Panelists: Mark Clarke, Hensel Phelps; Jim Dimas, LG&E and KU; Tim Elmore, Alkermes; Jason Wroblewski, Haley-Greer

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Health Care Track: Meeting Heightened Expectations
Today’s health care providers are demanding more from the built environment to aid in their community missions, improve operational efficiencies, contribute to quality of care and lower costs. Buildings must be safer, healthier, more efficient and meet ever-increasing demands for sustainability, environmental protections and “net zero” targets. This panel will discuss how to establish realistic goals, set achievable metrics and define true costs, without adversely impacting the project’s schedule and financial viability.

Moderator: Michelle Mader, Ankura

Panelists: Jackie Mustakas, Robins & Morton; Jill Pearsall, Texas Children's Hospital; David Prusha, HKS Inc.; Aaron Rice, TDIndustries

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Multisite Track: The Multisite Retailers’ Perspective
Understanding retailers’ greatest needs from the construction community allows you to become a contractor of choice. Hear directly from retailers on their most pressing concerns and how contractors can alleviate them.

Moderator: Byron Edgmon, Sevan Multi-Site Solutions

Panelists: Jim Arca, T-Mobile; Joe Collins, McDonald’s USA; Andrew Dettmann, At Home


6:15 p.m.


General Reception


7:15 - 9 p.m.


Dinner, Sponsored by MetroPower


Friday, May 20, 2022


7 - 7:45 a.m.


General Session / Breakfast Program

Why Mental Health Matters
Suicide in the construction industry is more than three times the national average and five times greater than construction worker fatalities. It’s time to expand our safety focus to include mental health. Project and company owners must lead the effort as we raise awareness, create a culture of empathy and implement suicide prevention and awareness programs on every jobsite.

Presenter: Greg Sizemore, ABC National


7:45 - 8 a.m.


Break


8 - 9:15 a.m.


General Session

Navigating Global Supply Chain Challenges
With factors such as the global pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, the construction industry is experiencing volatile pricing, limited availability and delays in procuring critical materials, equipment and infrastructure. And with congestion and delays at major ports coupled with increasing inflation, the movement of these materials is causing additional strain. This panel will discuss factors affecting the global supply chain, how industry leaders are adapting and what lies ahead.

Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley

Panelists: Joe Clements, PPL Services Company; Brandon Mabile, Performance Contractors; Tony Rader, National Roofing Partners.



 

 

 


1:45 - 2 p.m.


Break

 


1:45 - 2 p.m.


Break