Originally posted Monday, 19 May 2014

Written by COAA Georgia Chapter

The COAA-Georgia Chapter is thriving and completed many “firsts” for the Chapter focusing on education, collaboration, and networking.

In 2013, the Chapter was honored to host the COAA Spring Owners Leadership Conference in Atlanta as well as two Chapter workshops. The topic for the Spring Chapter Workshop was “How to Develop Good End Users.” The fall workshop included three topics: “Owner Driven Strategies for Energy Reduction,” “LEAN: How Should Owners be Involved” and “Twitter as a Project Communication Tool.”

The Chapter also hosted its first evening social event in 2013, where members had a chance to network in a casual atmosphere. In addition, they hosted two joint social events with the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)—another first for the Chapter—that were very successful at building new relationships.

The Chapter is excited and invigorated for 2014 and proud to have recently hosted its first COAA Owner Training Institute (OTI) course “Managing the Design Process.” The sold-out course was a huge success, as participants were highly involved in conversations under the leadership of Howie Ferguson (University of Florida), Cathy Roche (Schenkel Shultz Architecture) and Michael Kenig (Holder Construction).

The following day, the Chapter held its 2014 Spring Workshop, where the OTI participants shared highlights from the class. Workshop attendees enjoyed the unique opportunity to get real-time reflective thoughts from participants the day after the OTI course.

Two other topics were also presented at this workshop. The first, “Contracting Directly with Engineers: Pros & Cons” led to interesting conversations between Owners and engineers. The second topic, “Deeper Dive into LEAN: An Owners Journey,” discussed how the LEAN Process is being used on a Northeast Georgia Healthcare System project.

Elections were also held at the Spring Workshop, and the new Georgia Chapter Leaders include:

  • President: Marvin Woodward, Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
  • Vice President: Nancy Bayly, Emory University
  • Treasurer: Jay Jenkins, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Secretary: Barry Bloom, University of Georgia

The COAA-GA Chapter continues its work to increase membership and looks forward to continued growth in numbers and knowledge in 2014. To contact the COAA-GA Chapter, send correspondence to GAChapter@coaa.org