Breakout Sessions

7:00 – 8:30 am – Registration with Full Breakfast Buffet and CMAA Guest Speakers:
  • Andrea S. Rutledge, President & CEO CMAA, National

  • Tim Murchison, Chair Elect, CMAA, National

8:30 – 10:30 am – Session 1

Session 1: Sound Transit/WSDOT/Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Project Updates


  • Matt Preedy, Director of Construction, Sound Transit

  • Amir Rasaie, Assistant Regional Administrator, Construction, WSDOT

  • Wayne Grotheer, Director of Aviation Project Management, Port of Seattle

  • Port of Tacoma

Summary of Presentation:

Project Updates from Sound Transit, WSDOT, Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma.

10:30 – 10:50 AM – Morning Break with Snacks and Refreshments
10:50 – 11:50 AM – Breakout Session 2

Session 2A: Lean and Mean – Understanding Efficiencies in Construction


  • Professor Yon-Woo Kim, Professor of Construction Management, P.D. Koon Endowed Professor, Director, Lean Construction Research Lab, College of Built Environment, University of Washington.

  • Jeff Angeley, Capital Projects Management Team, University of Washington

Summary of Presentation:

Does Reliable Production Planning give profits to your Project?

Dr. Kim will elaborately cover:

  • What is Lean Construction?

  • What is the Last Planner System?

  • Process of Reliable Production Planning

Session 2B: Construction Law Updates


  • Andrew Greene, Partner, Perkins Coie – Owner’s Attorney

  • John Ahlers, Partner, Ahlers and Cressman – Contractor’s Attorney

  • Dan Chandler, Principal, OAC Services, Moderator

Summary of Presentation:

What are the important new statutes, legal precedent and disputes that contractors, owners and CM’s should be aware of?

  • Mr. Greene will present from the owner’s and CM’s perspective including:

    • Public works statute changes, Design-Build, GC/CM, Heavy Civil GC/CM

    • Significant cases and disputes and their impact on future work

  • Mr. Ahlers will present from the contractor and subcontractor perspective including:

    • What contractors like and don’t like in contracts.

    • Recent court cases and disputes and how they may impact your future work.


Session 2C: CCM Education/Training/Certification

Speaker: Joshua Cheatham, PE, CCM, Senior Construction Manager

Summary of Presentation:

  • Provide an overview of the benefits of membership including education, conferences, etc

  • Outline the CMIT process including requirements for certification and application process.

  • Outline the CCM certification process including application and requirements

  • Outline the re-certification process


Session 2D: Role of CM in Design/Build During Design and Construction


  • Port of Seattle


  • Sound Transit

Summary of Presentation:

Three prominent agencies in our area are using Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build on their projects.  Representatives from these agencies will share the role and value of the Construction Manager (CM) on their projects during the project definition, design and construction phases.  In their presentations they will share lessons learned and how their organizations have benefited from the use of design build to deliver their projects and how the CM was instrumental in that endeavor.

11:50 – 1:30 PM - Lunch and Guest Keynote Speaker
1:40 – 2:40 PM – Breakout Session 3

Session 3A:  Bid-ability and Constructability Review Best Practices


  • Contracting Administration:  Jessie Giordano or Senior CPO Manager

  • Heavy Civil Horizontal Constructability:  William P. Ott, Ott-Sakai & Associates

  • General Building Constructability:  Rolan Lavoie, RediCheck Northwest


Summary of Presentation:

  1. Bid-ability and Constructability Best Practices from a seasoned Contract Administrator’s perspective: Capture key points in assembling documents and issuing bids for major public works projects. What are major failure points of concern or potential risks in successfully bidding?

  2. Bid-ability and Constructability Best Practices from seasoned reviewer’s point of view: Discuss systems and approaches to in construction document reviews that have been proven to reduce construction costs and avoid unnecessary delays. Provide analysis and discussion of systematic method of quality control specifically addresses the points of interface between building systems in order to identify discrepancies. Best methods for time efficient reviews and identifying inconsistencies, errors, and omissions between and within design disciplines.

Session 3B: Drone Use and New Technology in Construction


  • Mathew Kumpula, PLS, Head of UAS Flight Operations & Mobile Mapping for David Evans and Associates

  • Zach Goepel, Product Manager with Procore

Summary of Presentation:

Improving productivity is not just an issue of adopting new technologies or digitizing current work process. It's about changing the industry's approach to work and effectiveness.
In today's construction world, data and process are key. And having information at your disposal definitely has its advantages. But it can also result in information overload if not integrated and assimilated in a way that drives better and more efficient projects.

Technologies like Procore's Construction OS offer a new way to rethink business process by leveraging technology to augment human intelligence.

This session will:
- identify other industries where implementing a platform infrastructure has drastically improved efficiency, communication, and ultimately output
- identify the productivity gap in construction and how a cohesive platform can close this gap
- define what a construction platform must contain, and how implementing such a platform addresses specific pain points for our industry at large
- illustrate how implementing a platform improves the method(s) for which a project communication happens -- both internally and externally, as well as up / down / laterally across all project team members (owners, CMs, Contractors, Sub Contractors, Engineers, Architects).
- ultimately will question whether our productivity challenges are fundamentally caused by the lens that we use to view the "problem" and if so, what technology tools we can apply once we approach the problem from a different perspective


Session 3C: Regional Municipality Updates


  • Allan Griffen, Planning Director, City of Everett

  • Bradley Calvert, Community Development Program Manager, City of Bellevue

  • Mike Paul, Deputy Public Works Director,  City of Redmond

Summary of Presentation:

Public projects in each municipality, in progress and planned.  Presentations from each panel member along with a questions and answer session afterwards.


Session 3D: Women in Construction Management


  • Kabri Lehrman-Schmid, Site Superintendent for Hensel Phelps

  • Leslie Hirai, Senior Construction Estimator for the Port of Seattle

  • Angela Templin, Senior Commissioning Agent for Glumac

  • Susan McCants, Project Executive, Osborn Construction

  • Kasey Wyatt, CCM from OAC

Summary of Presentation: The experiences women have had in major roles in the construction industry:

  • The opportunities and challenges of having a career in construction,

  • Anecdotes from the panel about how they ventured into construction,

  • Some amusing stories of working with difficult and/or challenging projects, stakeholders, or project conditions,

  • Working through challenging encounters (such as stereotypes and prejudices) within internal and external teams,

  • How things are different in present day versus when they first started out.

2:40 – 3:00 PM – Afternoon Break with Snacks and Refreshments
3:00 – 4:00 PM – Breakout Session 4

Session 4A: CPARB-P3/Legislative Review of WSDOT Design Build Practices


  • James Lynch, CPARB Task Force

  • TBD

Summary of Presentation:  Design-build is a method of project delivery in which WSDOT executes a single contract with one entity (the Design-Builder) for design and construction services to provide a finished product.  This panel will discuss the evolution of WSDOT’s Design/Build program, the templates they use and how the change in delivery methods has affected the organization.  In addition, a discussion will be held on how WSDOT has leveraged private industry to meet their delivery challenges, lessons learned and a look forward to what is coming in the future.


Session 4B: Quality Assurance/Quality Control Best Practices on the Job


  1. Greg Meadows, CM Project Manager, Parametrix

  2. Dave Becher, SR 520 Program, Director of Construction

Summary of Presentation: Recently, the SR 520 Floating Bridge Project was completed using WSDOT’s updated Quality Assurance/Quality Control Procedures.  During this presentation, the leaders of the Project’s QA/QC Program will describe what was done by their teams to make the Quality Assurance/Quality Control process so successful, and share some of the lessons learned as well as what could be done differently in the future to improve on this already successful program.


Session 4C: BIM and Its Use in Today’s Projects

Speaker(s): Amrita Bajwa, Virtual Design and Construction Director, Western Region, Jacobs

Summary of Presentation: The BIM industry is moving very fast, and it has impacted us dramatically over the past 10 years.  BIM is a term used very often and very loosely, in this session we will break BIM back down to its basics. This session will review what BIM can offer to you as a Construction Manager, Construction Engineer, or as an Owner. You will learn the definitions of BIM, the various uses and its value to the project, software and tools that contribute to the process, and the value BIM deliverables can provide for Owners on projects today. The outcome of this BIM crash course is to empower you to use BIM lingo correctly and confidently, and develop a deliverable that adds value to all those impacted within the project lifecycle.


Session 4D: CPM Schedules: Getting from Submittal to Acceptance


  • John Frantzen, Senior Scheduling Specialist, KBA

  • Mark Fugland, Senior Project Manager, KBA

Summary of Presentation:  The objective of this session is to help owners facilitate a mutually beneficial schedule management process by gaining insights into the schedule development process from the contractor’s perspective (for both the initial baseline and updates) –and what specifics need to be reviewed prior to approval.  In essence: getting from submittal to acceptance by understanding and focusing on the things that matter (and not worrying too much about the things that don’t). 

  • Specifications & Project Requirements

    1. Pre-construction limited NTP; contract time

    2. Cost loading; resource loading, EV, etc.

  • Baseline Schedule

    1. Fundamental requirements vs. spec.

    2. Software considerations

    3. Schedule development from a contractor’s perspective

    4. Common areas of concern during schedule review

    5. Administrative aspects; file naming, etc.

  • Schedule Updates

    1. The updating process from a contractor’s perspective

    2. Common areas of concern during schedule review (for updates)

    3. Craftsmanship -- where the rubber hits the road


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