Over 250 Owners, contractors, service-providers, and construction stakeholders joined COAA in Atlanta, Georgia this November for its 2016 Fall Owners Leadership Conference.

Dubbed “Hot Trends, Cool Ideas 2.0,” the event took over the capital city’s InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta for three days of networking, expert-led presentations, interactive sessions, trade exhibitions, and awards presentations.

“Returning to Atlanta was an inspired choice, especially during a period of tremendous growth and exciting developments which fit perfectly with our theme,” says Dean McCormick, COAA President.


There was no shortage of sessions to take home from this year’s conference. Among them were The Smithsonian Asks…What are you Doing to Satisfy Your Clients, led by the Smithsonian Institution’s Michael Carrancho and Client Savvy’s Ryan Suydam; a behind the scenes look at the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s (CHM) Specialty Center; numerous project case studies; relationship building presentations; and the always popular Owners’ Roundtable, to name just a few.

Attendees were also invited to browse the COAA Exhibit Hall,  connect with colleagues over numerous networking breaks, and conclude the event with an offsite tour of Atlanta’s Porsche Experience Center and Headquarters.


As is custom, this year’s conference included nods to COAA 2016 Project Leadership Award winners. They included:

Gold Award
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton: New Satellite Hospital

Silver Awards
The City of Antonio: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Ohio State University: Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building

Special Award
The Port Authoriy of New York & New Jersey: One World Trade Center

[Read the full COAA 2016 Project Leadership Awards press release]

Further recognition was paid to Larry Blouin, executive director of Capital Project Delivery at the University of Chicago, and Kyle Majchrowksi, senior project executive of Banner Health in Greeley, Colorado, who were both elected to COAA’s Board of Directors. Congratulations also went out to Lisa Berkey and Stuart Adler, who were re-elected.

Look for a full review of the 2016 Fall Owners Leadership Conference and its award winners in the upcoming edition of COAA’s Owners Perspective Magazine.