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San Diego Chapter and SMPS Joint Luncheon Program - In the Driver's Seat: Owners and Design-Build Success

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST

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San Diego Chapter and SMPS Joint Luncheon Program – In the Driver’s Seat: Owners and Design-Build Success

October 17, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Successful Design-Build delivery starts with the Owner…an Owner is the single biggest influence on the success of any project. Simply selecting a Design-Build delivery method is not a guarantee of a successful outcome. The success of any project starts with a collaborative team environment that is fostered by the Owner. Join us for a discussion on how local Owners instill a culture that encourages teamwork, and how that sets up Design-Build projects for success.

Wendy Cohen of Kitchell CEM will moderate a panel discussion between multiple Owners and markets. Together they will discuss why Design-Build is a solution for their program, and the impact of early planning and their role in project success. The discussion will also cover:

  • What motivates an Owner to utilize Design-Build instead of other delivery methods;
  • What steps they take before the selection process to foster a collaborative team environment;
  • How they see their role in developing a collaborative team environment, and how they balance this with the Design-Builder;
  • Lastly, how they define success throughout the project.

We are proud to announce our confirmed speakers:

Steve Schmidt, the Deputy Director for Capital Programs and newly minted face of Design-Build for the County of San Diego

Tom Macias, Director of Facilities for the MiraCosta Community College District, leading the charge for a $455M bond program passed by voters in 2016

Eric Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Capital Programs at UCSD

About our moderator:

Wendy Cohen, CCM: As a Vice President for Kitchell, Wendy brings over 20 years of experience in planning, development and construction to the company’s growing Southern California practice providing an array of program and construction management services to owners and project teams. She has worked in all aspects of the construction industry including general contractor, construction manager, consultant and an owner. Wendy is a San Diego native with a strong background in healthcare, senior living and K-12 education.



October 17, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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