2024 Users Summit Banner

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

5-6 p.m.

Meet and Greet 

6 p.m.

Dinner on Own

Thursday, May 11, 2023

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration Open

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome and ABC Update

Speaker: Mike Bellaman, ABC National 

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

Show Me the Money [Supply]
Soft landing? Something harder? Whither inflation? Get in-depth analysis of the major factors shaping economic outcomes, including central bank policymaking, worker attitudes, business confidence and geopolitics, plus a forecast for the year to come highlighting the major risks that economic stakeholders will likely encounter.

Speaker: Anirban Basu, Ph.D., ABC Chief Economist

12-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:45 p.m.

Riding the Rollercoaster of Inflation and Resource Constraints
Project budgets and schedules have become difficult to maintain, and the economic environment post-COVID continues to challenge facility owners, project owners and contractors. A panel of experts will engage the audience in a discussion on the evolving business landscape, from lingering supply chain concerns and labor shortages to cost increases, inflationary forces and the impact of higher interest rates. Learn tried-and-true methods your peers are using to maintain financial sustainability and mitigate the impact of the current economic environment.

Moderator: Pete Dumont, PrairieDog 
Panelists: Eric T. Burk, Covalus; Bill Egger, FMI Consulting; Stacy Ritchey, PPL Corporation; Jorge Vanegas, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

1:45 2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:30 p.m.

Taking “Ownership” of Health and Safety
While users have arguably moved the needle to improve health and safety results across all disciplines of the construction industry, there are many opportunities for improvements to reduce safety-related accidents, save lives and achieve success. Newer program models show a remarkable margin of success when users set the tone for each job, mandate collaboration for a true 360-degree approach and ensure their contractor partners can effectively prevent and manage injury and illness. Learn how to get more successful project and contractor results, reduce your project risk and increase productivity.

Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services
Panelists: Tim Elmore, Alkermes; Paul Labriola, Nucor; Ed Luckenbach, Universal Industrial Gases; Dr. Rick McShane, Occucare; Jeff Mullins, Taft Law

3:30-3:45 p.m.


3:45-5 p.m.

Project Delivery Methods: Why It Matters
Learn the importance of project delivery method selection and how it can lead your capital project to success—or significant disruption. Explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of the various methods and learn how to select the one best suited for your project and organizational goals. Delivery methods addressed include: 

  • Traditional design-bid-build
  • Construction management agency
  • Construction management at risk
  • Design-build
  • Integrated project delivery
  • Design assist

Moderator: Mark Kinnare, Sevan Multi-Site Solutions
 Jason Cantey, Walmart; Jim Gabriel, MODLOGIQ; Michael Herman, Starbucks; Ed Luckenbach, Universal Industrial Gases; Walt Massey, Covalus

6:15 p.m.

General Reception

7:15-9 p.m.

Sponsored Dinner

9-10 p.m.

Post-Event Reception

Friday, May 12, 2023

7-8:15 a.m.

Facility Condition Data Gathering for Effective Capital Budget Planning
Attend this session to better understand the need for more thorough facility condition data and how to obtain that information. This panel will explore the importance of gathering and managing accurate facility conditions and as-built data for budgeting and planning capital improvement projects and programs. Learn how technology trends such as point cloud cameras, drones and artificial intelligence can aid in this effort.

Moderator: Byron Edgmon, Sevan Multi-Site Solutions
Panelists: Alex Bunda, Southwire; Ronald K. Bye, Capital Planning Associates; Andrew Dettmann, At Home; Jason Gray, Sevan Multi-Site Solutions; Cameron Wahl, Balfour Beatty

8:15-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:45 a.m.

Got Design Issues?

In the past, design parameters could safely be expected to remain relatively stable both during construction and throughout the operational life of a structure. That is no longer the case.

With supply chain challenges, unprecedented price volatility and severe workforce shortages wreaking havoc on the ability to predict project costs and schedules accurately, collaboration throughout the design process has never been more important to maintaining budgets and achieving project goals. Learn which tools and processes owners, designers and contractors are implementing to optimize project design, with an added emphasis on enhanced security—but in an inclusive environment—sustainability and increased building service life.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, University Research Institute
Panelists: Rachel Knox, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LSSGB, LEED AP, HKS Inc.; Roark R. Redwood, AIA, NCARB, PMP, National Institute of Building Sciences; Jae Shim, Southwire; Clayton Smith, Children's Health System of Texas




1:45 - 2 p.m.



1:45 - 2 p.m.