Educational Program

The Capital Projects Symposium is pleased to present an education schedule by speaker who will share their expertise and real-world experiences that are sure to increase the professional levels of all attendees.  

subject to change

Sunday, April 2

2:00 - 3:00 pm

A Unique Approach to Managing Logistics with an Unfamiliar Delivery Model

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is undertaking demand management initiatives as part of the Water for the Future Program, to reduce water demand in New York City during shutdown of the Rondout-West Branch Tunnel for repairs currently scheduled for 2021-22. The construction scope is not technically complex, however the logistical challenges of managing concurrent small projects spread out across a large urban geographic area require the CM to implement a systematic quality assurance/quality control program while remaining flexible to prioritize resources on short notice. The core competencies of construction management key to the success of the project.

This project is being delivered through job order contracting, a unit priced procurement model employed primarily for small distinct scopes of work. While the scope for each of the small projects lends itself well to this procurement and delivery model, issuing numerous Job Orders requires the CM to be a focused leader. This session will explore how the DEP improved the efficiency of delivery and cost effectiveness of these projects..

Joseph Stromwall, PE, Program and Construction Management Group Manager, Black & Veatch
Kevin Ellenwood, Accountable Manager, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Deep Dive on Diversity and Inclusion

This is a highly interactive, experiential session filled with hands on activities, videos, discussions, and the creation of concrete action items. We explore our individual biases both conscious and unconscious, then we discover ways to overcome our biases. Next, we explore how our workplaces may create (although perhaps unintentional), an exclusive environment that doesn't embrace diversity. We will help each other come up with ways to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment. Lastly, we explore concrete steps to take to further us as individuals, as companies, and as an industry to promote diversity and inclusion.

Brent Darnell, President, Brent Darnell International

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Capital Renovations: Managing the Passenger Experience with BIM and 4D Scheduling

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) just began their $6 billion capital program. The Landside Modernization project is one of the first in a series of construction projects that will transform the passenger experience at ATL by constructing two massive steel canopies 870' long including 3,500 tons of steel over an area greater than 3 football fields at the entrance to the domestic terminals to protect passengers from the elements and improve traffic flow. Maintaining operations and mitigating passenger impact during construction comes with significant logistical challenges. Learn the benefits and efficiencies gained by using BIM and 4D scheduling in the preconstruction planning stages.

Ambika Burda, PE, Senior Project Manager, WSP

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Innovative and Effective Tools for Project Success

The award winning project team employed several innovative tools and methods on the $175 million Los Angeles County San Fernando Valley Family Support Center. The design-build project includes a five-story, 216,000-square-foot office building and a five-level, 1,325-stall parking structure on a seven-acre site. It is a first-of-its-kind facility and the final design could become a national model for such government service delivery. Presenters will discuss specifics from both the procurement and execution phases that contributed to the project's success.

Massood Eftekhari, PE, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Ted Shepard, PE,
Project Manager, Jacobs
Rick Darling, CCM, Construction Manager, Arcadis

3:30 - 5:00 pm

AdlerOpening Plenary Session

Moving Beyond Yesterday to Advance Tomorrow

Imagine for a minute that the world of construction is only beginning to formalize its processes. How would it look different from what we are accustomed to today? Over the past decade, technology has advanced at an exponential rate, yet in reality, we have only seen a fraction of what's been predicted. Despite the advances, we are still building facilities using antiquated practices. Join Ralph Kreider, director of digital facilities for MBP to answer the following questions... Why are we slow to see technological advances in the construction industry? While other industries are getting more productive and seeing a decline in product costs, construction productivity continues to decline and costs continue to soar. What is holding us back? How can we progress in seeing the efficiencies promised by new technologies? Each of us can make a difference, not by doing more, but by doing it differently. Change may be uncomfortable. What discomfort are we willing to bear today, so that we can advance tomorrow?

 Monday, April 3

7:30 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Plenary Session

The CMAA Fellows Present: Show Me the Money - Funding America's Infrastructure Improvements

For years, ASCE's annual report card of the condition of American Infrastructure has given dreadful marks to the state of highways, bridges, power transmission, ports, airports, etc. Both Congress and the new Administration recognize the need for a massive infrastructure improvement program (over $3.6 trillion), however, making such an investment won't be easy with growing Federal debt and competing budget priorities, and most states and municipalities are already over extended. What are we to do as a nation? Blake Peck, PE, CCM, FCMAA leads a panel of CMAA Fellows in this timely discussion. 

9:30 - 10:30 am

Managing Your Risk in Our Cyber Society

According to QBE Insurance Group, in 2015 only 44% of construction companies have a cyber plan and only 26% have purchased cyber insurance. While many in the construction industry do not feel that they are a prime target, CMs and Owners should be vigilant and learn from those who have already experienced an attack. Major projects that network with multiple parties have increased vulnerability as anyone connected to the site's system is a potential point of entry for a cyber attack. This session will instruct CMs and Owners as to how to identify risk, implement risk management practices, and navigate and understand cyber insurance needs. Attorneys experienced in defending CMs and Owners in construction litigation will share tools and procedures that will help safeguard and limit liability in an electronic world.

Michael Edwards, Esq., Attorney/Partner, Messner Reeves
Tony Richardson, CEO & President, SecureMyne Inc
John Lovell, Cybersecurity Insurance Broker, Cobbs Allen

9:30 - 10:30 am

Increased OSHA Citations: A Much Needed Lesson on Safety

Safety is everyone's responsibility. You may think OSHA recordkeeping is boring, but your OSHA 300 log will become public record for all to see. This session will explore updates in OSHA regulations and help you become more aware of ways in which you can make your company a safer place to work.

Steven McGill, CCM, Corporate Health and Safety Manager, Volkert, Inc.
Lynn Melton
, President/CEO, Safety Guidence Specialists,Inc.

9:30 - 10:30 am

How to Deliver Results Through Innovative Delivery Requirements and Real-Time Communication

In an effort to change the construction execution culture, Dallas Water Utilities embarked on a challenging journey - to measure results by increasing the level of quality assurance, safety oversight, environmental protection, project controls, and communications on their $250 million annual capital facilities program. The results were successful and are key to improved project delivery. These changes and how they were implemented will be discussed in detail by the Owner, Contractor, Designer, and Construction Manager using a case study approach.

JD Harrison CCM, Program Construction Manager, CH2M
Mark Simon, PE, CCM, Sr. Program Manager, Dallas Water Utilities
Ben Kuhnel, PE, Project Manager, Arcadis
Lisa Jowell, PE, Project Manager, Dallas Water Utilities
Jeff Rogney, Project Manager, Quest

9:30 - 10:30 am

Leveraging Data and Technology to Change the Project Delivery Landscape

The Boston Public Works Department is in the middle of a multi-year program which will utilize technology and data to assess and improve internal procedures and project delivery. The outcome-driven changes include developing network prioritization models that merge engineering assessments with equity considerations, rewriting the standard construction contract to improve contractor performance and competition, and implementing an enterprise project management system for all City capital projects. Learn the challenges of implementing change in a traditional organization, the impact of appropriate key performance indicators on adopting new ways of doing business, and how to overcome barriers to institutional change.

Katie Choe, CCM, Chief Engineer/Director of Construction Management, Boston Public Works
Kay Barned-Smith AIA, CCM, Construction Project Manager, Connect Historic Boston, Boston Public Works
Ramandeep Josen, Asset Management Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services
Elijah de la Campa, Innovation Fellow, Government Performance Lab, Harvard University

9:30 - 10:30 am

Generational Leadership: We’re All in This Together

With four generations in today's workplace, project teams are more diverse than ever. And while the benefits of a blended workforce are tremendous, we have much to do to ensure a positive, productive working environment for all. Learn what makes one generation different from another and how to lead (and work in) an intergenerational environment. Few skills are more important to the CM than collaboration; it is key to delivering a quality finished product and a positive experience for both our clients and employees. This session will differentiate between generations and work styles and show you how to reduce employee turnover, improve productivity, and increase morale.

Cyndi Gundy, President, CG Consulting

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Team Building to Minimize the Impact of Construction Disputes

Developing a team approach based on open communication and common goals can be a valuable tool for early identification, mitigation, and management of construction disputes thereby minimizing the impacts to the success of the project. Disputes are a common but potentially disruptive reality on a construction project. Since the goals and objectives of the project participants often differ, it is important to understand the differences and how to apply this understanding toward developing teamwork amongst the team through agreement to common goals and objectives. Participants will find out how to develop effective communications, analysis, and negotiation techniques during the project and to utilize discussion of issues rather than letter wars and notices. The value of agreements in real time will be stressed as an important tool to prevent costly financial and schedule impacts later.

Rocco Vespe, PE, FCMAA, Vice President, Hill International
Philip Urwin,
Associate Director, Hill International

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lessons Learned From Projects for Both Small and Large Organizations

Learn key findings of FMI's 2017 Industry Prefabrication Study which will include an overview of prefabrication best practices, from construction firms both large and small. Explore recommendations on how to start thinking about innovation and prefabrication to prepare for the future. Information gleaned from industry case studies as well as an industry survey will help to address key challenges, CM-specific insights, and opportunities relevant to attendees.

Ethan Cowles, Principal, FMI Corporation 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Challenges of Public Housing: Exploring NYCHA's Physical Needs Assessment Program

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in North America and owns, operates, and maintains 177,666 apartments in 318 developments on over 2,500 acres of land throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York, in 2,413 residential buildings containing 3,314 elevators. As one can imagine, maintaining a comprehensive database of building condition information is essential to effective operation. Required building condition surveys must include a comprehensive inspection of various building components and sub-components, which range from roofs to corridors to heating/cooling systems. This session will examine the lessons learned in developing and managing this $23 million effort.

Craig Collins, Vice President/Senior Project Manager, STV Incorporated
Richard Domas, Senior Project Manager, STV Incorporated
Robert Burton, Senior Project Manager, The Warshaw Group
Stirling Moore, Senior Project Manager, AECOM Inc. 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Performance Contracting for CM

More and more Owners want CM accountability and performance contracts, not just time and material type contracts for professional CM services. This session will provide a discussion of CM professional service contracting where the Owner defines the results its seeking rather than the process by which those results are attained. Learn the definition, applicable contract types, advantages and disadvantages, key elements, and results of select case studies.

Gary Brasser, FMCAA, Construction Manager, AECOM 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Radical Approach to Design-Bid-Build Procurement and Scheduling

The current design-bid-build procurement approach tends to favor price-based selection. While financial gains can be achieved at the onset for the owner, what is often overlooked is the true full picture of the activities needed for successful project execution. Therefore, we are advocating a radical change in the bidding and selection approach by calling for the inclusion of a detailed 4D/5D schedule with each bid submission. Construction managers are responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the triple bottom line for clients and our industry. Accordingly, the industry faces several critical issues along with greater demands with fewer resources. By incorporating a 4D/5D schedule into the bid, all parties' risk is greatly reduced before award. The plan ensures success for all parties.

William J. Scully, PE, CCM, Associate - Management Specialist, CDM Smith Inc.
Abraham Nejad, Senior Project Controls Specialist, CDM Smith Inc. 

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Plenary Session & Keynote

DongEconomic Trends in the Industry and Future Impacts on Policy

Contractors are both optimistic and apprehensive as the Trump administration gets to work. The industry has started the year with plentiful orders. There is the possibility of large increases in infrastructure projects, a rebound in manufacturing construction, and a lessening of burdensome regulations. But there are also worries about materials and labor availability and cost, along with the impacts of possible fiscal and monetary policy shifts on demand for construction and cost of funds. Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, will assess the crosscutting trends in the industry and the impact that possible policy developments may have.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Delivering Dispute Free Projects - Does Partnering Help?

Project partnering is one of the most effective tools in the construction management process employed to deliver successful projects . CMs are frequently the leaders in convincing owners to adopt project partnering and must be involved in the entire process for it to be successful. This session will provide the results of a study concerning the cost and the success of project partnering with respect to minimizing construction disputes. The session will also identify the characteristics, the drivers, the phases, and the elements of successful partnering.

Harold Dorbin, JD, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Exploring Challenges of Concrete Production, Testing, and Evaluation for the New NY Bridge

Concrete is a key material component of the New NY Bridge and its required 100-year service life. Learn how concrete is produced onsite over the Hudson River and how a rigorous testing and analysis program verifies the concrete is meeting the specification requirements. Topics include onsite concrete production, development of a joint project testing program, the NY State Thruway Authority's verification program, and statistical analyses of the results for reporting to the Federal Highway Administration.

Brian Cresenzi, PE, Materials Engineer, HNTB Corp.
Amr Hafez, PE, Resident Engineer - Concrete and Grout Quality Assurance Manager, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Eugene Takhtovich, PhD, PE, Site Inspection Manager, Tectonic

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Re-Thinking Turnover

Project turnover is often the last thing on our minds when we design and build a facility. Utilizing web and mobile technology, we have changed that mentality; putting a concentrated effort on turnover early and continually. The result is disruptive to the turnover process and project team, but ultimately creates an amazing result. This session highlights why turnover should be considered early, software products which can enhance the process, and potential roadblocks which can occur along the way.

William Jacobs, Assistant Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Whiting-Turner

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Achieving Milestones to Create the Perfect Storm

During the final phase of a $1.2 billion widening of a major highway and extension of a light rail line, the eBART extension in California encountered major storm events while meeting critical milestones. Every two to seven years, El Nino passes through the Bay Area. In January 2016, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority had significant earthwork operations to complete before the land could be transferred to the eBART extension. Missing this critical deadline was not an option. In addition, water quality requirements were needed to conduct earthwork during a major storm season. Learn how several agencies and contractors came together to keep the project on track.

Ivan Ramirez, Construction Manager, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Ric Rattray, Group Manager of eBART, Bay Area Rapid Transit
Chris Cole, Project Manager, Cole Management & Engineering
Don Greb, Soil Stabilization Expert, Griffin Engineering

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Transparency, Inclusion, and Teamwork:  Successful Implementation at Omaha Public Schools

Transparency, integrity, and credibility aligned with vision, leadership, and inclusion earn invaluable trust, create transformational relationships and produce unequalled results. Presenters will illustrate the approach used to successfully implement program management services within an urban and changing K-12 environment that resulted in building transformational relationships beyond business transactions and earned trust through transparency and credibility. More than implementation of best practices and processes is needed to achieve impactful results. Learn how the upgrades on the $421 million bond program for the Omaha Public Schools district aligned communities efforts to ensure a skilled, diverse workforce that will meet the future needs of new and growing businesses in the region.

Mark Sommer, Program Director, Jacobs
Antoinette Turnquist, Chief Operations Officer, Omaha Public Schools
Gabriele Mack, Vice President, Business Diversity, Jacobs 

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Leader Under Construction

Learn about leadership development at the starting point - in yourself. Viewing self-leadership as the key to being a good leader in any other role, this session will explore a variety of key characteristics, skills, or attributes a good leader must have or develop, relating those to the development of a construction project. Just like a building, a roadway, or a pipeline, you can't stand the test of time if you aren't built right. And just like a construction project, once a leader is built, attributes and skills must be maintained to be successful. Learn how to develop better leaders to achieve stronger, more productive, and more profitable outcomes.

Jeffrey Kramer, PE, CCM, Founder and CEO, Ascension Leadership Group, LLC

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Utilizing BIM 360 to Track Unit Price Contract Quantities

Throughout the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, DC, the Construction Management team utilized BIM 360 through the general contractor to track contract quantities and repairs. Throughout this process, the team had to define how BIM was to be structured and administrated, how each repair was broken down into its individual steps for tracking, how BIM related to the unit price contract quantities, and how to translate the work that was performed and tracked in BIM 360 into associated contract costs.

Joe Abriatis, Construction Manager, Architect of the Capitol
Shane Gallagher, Construction Manager, Architect of the Capitol
Thomas Nowell, Lead Construction Inspector, Architect of the Capitol
Vincent Testa, Project Manager, Jacobs Project Management Co.

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Implementing Constructibility and Risk Studies – Did they Pass the Test?

The Integrated Pipeline (IPL) project in Texas implemented a unique constructibility review process coupled with traditional risk management to implement risk management strategies for a $620 million, 350 MGD water delivery system. This program discusses the development process and procurement strategies, the results, and recommendations for future projects.

Coy Veach, PE, CCM, Program Construction Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc
Ed Weaver, IPL Deputy Director, Tarrant Regional Water District
Robbie Thompson, PE, CCM, Vice President Civil Operations Leader, Foster CM Group, Inc 

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Implementing Claims Management Guidelines: An Introduction

Most major capital programs now experience some degree of disputes and the Owner expects that the CM will support its goal to avoid, mitigate, and resolve disputes and claims. The CM plays a vital role and has specific responsibilities regarding the resolution of construction disputes and claims. Learn how to recognize and execute best management practices through all phases of the project. This session explores CM activities and tasks which can impact the likelihood of the occurence of claims and will introduce Claims Management Guidelines which can be referenced through all phases of the construction project.

Joseph Seibold, PE, FCMAA, Arcadis
Kevin Donnelly, PE, CCM, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Dennis Milsten, CCM, Associate Executive Director, Office of Construction and Facilities Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Delegated Design:  When it is Right to Do, and How to do it Right

Designers are delegating the design of project elements more frequently than ever before. Contractors are ill equipped to price or provide complex system design services. Contractors feel that delegated design is being used both excessively and inappropriately. This is a contentious issue that puts the CM in the position of resolving complex issues. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of when the delegation of design responsibility is appropriate, how to fairly assign design responsibility, and what to reasonably expect from a contractor.

Moderator William Lacher, CCM, President, BMP Consulting
Larry Gibbs, PE, CEO, Gibbs Construction
Andre Villere, Director, Building , Archdiocese of New Orleans
Adam Fishbein, AIA
, Architect, Grace Hebert Associates
Daniel Lund, III, Partner, Coats Rose, P.C.

 Tuesday, April 4

7:30 - 8:45 am

Breakfast Plenary Session & Keynote

FernandesValues-Based Leadership and the Future of Work

Expectations from leaders are rapidly changing as work shifts to the human side. Unfortunately, most companies are not evolving with these changes and are still using antiquated leadership mind-sets and practices. Chief Executive Officer of Capitalism 2.0, and Chairman of the Board for George Mason
University's Center for the Advancement of Well Being, Mark Fernandes will share his unique perspective on leadership as a choice, not a title or position.  Participants will learn the impact that leaders can have when they live, work, and lead in alignment with their values, purpose, strengths and passions to, in turn, inspire those around them to do the same.

9:00 - 10:00 am

Public Private Relationships -Things that Public Owners Need to Know

This presentation will highlight challenges that plague public projects that involve a private developer or private party. Learn how to successfully team with private developers or private parties to complete public building projects by using the newly completed 2,500-seat Eccles Performing Arts Center as the highlighted project. This $113 million theater, located in the heart of Salt Lake City, had great struggles and great successes . Lessons learned will include the advantage of hiring a developer, how to raise funds for your project, communication strategies, and what to look out for when negotiating with developers.

Paul Ernst, Vice President, MOCA
David Hart, Executive Vice President, MOCA
Justin Belliveau, Chief Operating Officer, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City

9:00 - 10:00 am

The EchoWater Project - Leveraging Technology to Enhance Project Value

The EchoWater Project is a $1.7 billion program to deliver enhanced wastewater treatment at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove, CA. The project requires a phased implementation approach involving multiple designers and contractors working within the confines of an operating facility. To facilitate design, construction, and eventual operations and maintenance, the Owner has implemented a BIM policy and standards for the design teams. In addition to the planning and design benefits of the BIM models, the Owner is integrating schedule and cost information as additional capabilities to improve manage and meet construction time, cost, and quality goals. The use of 4D/5D tools combines key project features and provides a visual understanding of the overlaps. Learn how project changes are enhanced by visualization of impacts within a project, and to other linked projects.

Ron Perkins, PE, Vice President, HDR
Vick Kyotani, PE, Program Manager, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
Jeff Campbell, Program Scheduler, Project Controls Cubed, LLC

9:00 - 10:00 am

Solving P3 Project Controls for Ohio DOT

HDR will discuss its use of project management technology as the Independent Quality Firm for the $425 million, P3 Portsmouth Bypass project. You will hear how HDR is collaborating with a large, dispersed project team, and creating a complete electronic record of all documents, communications, and the actions of all project participants.

Jim Breitinger, PE, Sr. Project Manager, HDR
Eric Law, Senior Director, Product Management , Bentley Systems

9:00 - 10:00 am

Improving the Effectiveness of Project Schedules Through an Integrated Project Management Approach

Based on an empirical case study, this session will demonstrate how an effective use of an integrated project management approach based on a systematic method of developing project schedules can significantly improve the effectiveness of project planning. Learn strategies for ensuring the full potentials of work breakdown structures realized throughout the entire planning and scheduling process. By demonstrating the achievements made in a real world project, mechanisms will be identified which will improve the effectiveness of project planning and scheduling.

Amin Terouhid, PhD, Senior Project Manager/Consultant, The Vertex Companies
Andrew Sargent, Project Manager, The Vertex Companies

10:15 - 11:15 am

CM and Owner Use of Technology: Driving Collaboration in Pennsylvania

This session will demonstrate both Owner and CM use of mobile devices on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) construction projects. It will highlight applications for internal data resources and how they interface with the centralized database application, ECMS. Future applications under development, which will allow for more collaboration and cost savings, will also be covered.

Douglas Buchek, Vice President, Urban Engineers, Inc.
Thomas Davis, Vice President, Urban Engineers, Inc.

10:15 - 11:15 am

Increasing Efficiencies by Defining the Project End Game

The End Game process is the detailed planning, communication and coordination of all tasks to facilitate and streamline occupancy and functional use of a facility. For large-scale programs and highly complex buildings, the gap between substantial completion of construction and efficient, functional occupancy requires this process avoid last-minute surprises and delays and effort smooth transition. The End Game at Columbia University's expansion of its Manhattanville campus was developed to smooth the transition from substantial completion to occupancy and immediate functionality. This session enhances the role of the CM through a robust, rigorous approach to turnover and successful occupancy that begins during construction with close collaboration between stakeholders.

Mehul Gandhi, Project Controls Manager, Jacobs
Marcelo Velez, Vice President, Manhattanville Development, Columbia University

10:15 - 11:15 am

Building a Technology Advantage

This session will cover the highlights of KPMG's 2016 Global Construction focused on harnessing the potential of technology to improve the performance of major engineering and construction projects. Technology plays an integral part in helping the construction industry deliver the next generation of facilities and infrastructure by enabling enhanced design, planning and construction. However, technology inevitably brings disruption in its wake, at a speed that is likely to increase exponentially in the coming years. This session will review the results of how the industry is harnessing technology such as drones, mobile technology, robotic or automated technology, advanced data analytics, radiofrequency identification, BIM, etc. and the impact this is having on project performance.

Clay Gilge, Principal, KPMG LLP

10:15 - 11:15 am

East Side Access: Implementing BIM with Asset Management

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access Program, the largest infrastructure program in the U.S, is an incredibly complex rail transportation project which will include a new terminal concourse for Long Island commuters under Grand Central Station. Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been used as a powerful communications tool which will now support future Asset Management efforts. The team will share lessons learned from a CM perspective to include direct input from the owner.

Judith Kunoff, CCM, Senior Vice President/Program Executive, MTA Capital Construction
Lennart Andersson, BIM Director, LiRo

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Closing Plenary Session

ClancyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Update on the Mississippi River Ship Channel & Other Regional Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), a federal agency under the United States Department of Defense and a major Army command, is made up of more than 37,000 civilian and military personnel. This makes it one of the world’s largest public engineering, design, and construction management agencies. The New Orleans District encompasses 2,800 miles of navigable waterways – including 5 of the top 15 ports in the nation, 1,300 miles of levees and floodwalls, 11 navigation locks, 6 major flood control structures, and other projects designed to create and protect coastal wetlands. Colonel Michael Clancy, New Orleans District 63rd Commander and District Engineer will share details of the District’s continuing work on navigation, flood control, and environmental projects in the southeast region of the country and the District’s effort to reduce risk for South Louisiana by executing comprehensive and integrated flood control, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane and storm damage risk reduction projects..