Conference Day Two

7:00 am Morning Networking & Refreshments

7:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Driving Collaboration to Achieve Preconstruction Excellence

8:00 am Panel: Discussing the Greatest Challenges Clients Face During Preconstruction to Determine How to Win Work & Build to Their Expectations

  • John Gardner Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Construction Services Manager, Pfizer
  • John Alley Principal Consultant, Alley Project Management
  • Molly Egan Regional New Construction Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Michael Mathews CEO & Founder, Assemblage works


  • Uncovering client aspirations to bridge the communication gap between preconstruction and the client
  • Discussing how a streamlined deliverable package for the clients builds trust and instills confidence
  • Understanding client limitations and their attitude towards risk to build an approach that meets their needs, whilst minimizing reactionary tactics to unforeseen project changes

8:40 am Case Study: Increasing Collaboration Among All Project Stakeholders to Streamline Preconstruction From Start to Finish


  • Highlighting how early involvement from contractors and trades influenced constructability of critical design details, prevented scheduling delays and reduced costs
  • Addressing the technologies that supported project team collaboration through greater transparency, minimizing silos, and sharing data
  • Harnessing lessons learned from problems that should have been taken into account in the planning stages to prevent recurring mistakes

9:20 am Don’t Automate a Broken Workflow, Eliminate it.

  • Nick Zeeben Group Product Manager, Autodesk Inc.
  • Mark Nolta VP Estimating & Preconstruction, The Boldt Co.


$1.3M a year is wasted on inefficient processes. Instead of improving broken workflows by automating them, we need to eliminate these siloed and inefficient processes altogether by creating an entirely new way of working. Connected Construction is that promise of better and the way we can shake up the entire digital construction system to optimize for project success from the start. In this session, Autodesk will share its preconstruction vision to connect the project lifecycle and a customer will share its hacks on how to roundtrip data across the project lifecycle to keep project stakeholders connected to deliver projects on schedule and budget.

9:50 am Second App Game Raffle Draw

10:00 am Morning Refreshments

Track 1: Design Phase Coordination

Design Phase Coordination

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Improving Collaboration with Data & Technology

10.30 Powering Preconstruction Workflows With BIM for Improved Collaboration

Alex Belkofer, Virtual Design & Construction Director, McCarthy Building Companies

11.15 Harnessing Data Visualization & Dashboards from Design Through Construction for Client Visibility

Amr Raafat, Chief Innovation Officer, Windover Construction
Kevin Hansen, Vice President of Preconstruction, Windover Construction

Track 2: Estimating
Track 3: Preconstruction Departmental Management
Track 4: Client Leadership
Track 5: Specialty Trades
Track 6: Supply Chains

11:55 am Lunch Break

Looking Towards the Future

1:00 pm A Paradigm Shift for Preconstruction Services: Uncovering How Preconstruction is Changing for All Parties & What Expectations, Deliverables, & Processes Look Like Today

  • John Alley Principal Consultant, Alley Project Management


  • Explaining the power of leadership and trust through vulnerability in developing a solution-based approach to problem-solving
  • Illustrating processes and deliverables for each phase of preconstruction to improve efficiency and cost management across all projects
  • Harnessing real-time, data-driven, standard operating procedures to control and overcome cost escalation
  • Using Design Management and Variance Reporting to avoid project delays and additional costs resulting from redesign and outdated value engineering practices

1:40 pm Panel: Evaluating the Evolving Preconstruction Trends & What That Means For Your Firm


  • Discussing the evolution of procuring materials and equipment: Will online marketplaces cause bidding redundancies?
  • Addressing the latest data analytics tools and technologies companies are adopting to improve productivity and efficiency, increase the accuracy of estimates, and win work consistently
  • Evaluating the momentum of alternative project delivery methods: Moving from design-build to design-bid-build to IPD

2:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

2:30 pm End of Conference