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The CIDCI FORUM is a gathering of innovative thinkers to address topics rich with new thinking; we invite leaders from related and non-related industries to share their ideas and future plans.

In 2014, the FORUM is exploring how innovations in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) are making a significant impact on the design and construction industry.


Cost Optimality in Building Solutions

FORUM 1 – April 18, 2014

Value to Owners: Making the Business Case for Integration.

What does it mean to owners? How is it defined? Can it be measured? Should project compensation be tied to achieving Value? This first Forum for 2014 explores the fundamental reason for undertaking projects, the assumption that the completed project adds Value to the organization and its stakeholders. Two panels will reflect owners currently undertaking significant projects and academics focused on measurement to better manage and assess project outcomes. The invited audience is, in effect, the third panel, probing the issue of Value through questions to the panel members and each other and through sharing of their experiences and thoughts.

Panel 1

Panel 1 Speakers

Moderator – J. Stuart Eckblad, AIA – Director of Design and Construction Director of Project Delivery for the Mission Bay Hospitals Project Stuart is Director of Design and Construction for the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and Project Delivery for the $1.5 Billion Mission Bay Hospitals project and a recognized leader in the area of Integrated Project Delivery. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Stuart has held numerous executive positions responsible for the planning, design and construction of major hospitals and outpatient facilities. In his career, he has had the opportunity to develop, test and demonstrate the effectiveness of alternative methods for designing and construction of major capital projects and programs. He has a history of developing and implementing innovative project delivery models, which promote the integration of owner, designers and builders and collaborative processes and systems to improve efficiency, reduce costs and optimize project results for private and public entities. Stuart continues to pioneer the collaborative philosophy. Stuart is a licensed Architect in California. He is the former Chair of the AIACC IPD Definitions Committee and the IPD Steering Committee. He currently serves on the California Board of Directors for the AIACC. He is a founder and President of The Center for Innovation (CIDCI)-an organization created to identify and accelerate adoption of innovation into the Design & Construction Industry.

Jeffrey A. Birdwell – Sares Regis
Mr. Birdwell joined Sares Regis in 1987. He manages the Northern California Commercial Development Division, overseeing office, civic, educational, R&D, industrial and retail developments and commercial acquisitions. During his 27-year tenure at Sares Regis, Mr. Birdwell has managed over $3 billion of projects to successful completion (over 8 million square feet), currently is overseeing over 5 million square feet of projects, and the Division has also acquired over 1 million square feet of office and industrial properties since 2007. While at Sares Regis, he has secured approvals for 40 projects, 38 of which have been built. He began his 35-year career in real estate by working in the construction industry on large commercial projects with C.L. Peck Contractor in Los Angeles. Mr. Birdwell received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master Degree in the Construction Engineering and Management Program from Stanford University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Claremont Men’s College. Mr. Birdwell is a Consulting Faculty member at Stanford University’s Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, where he co-teaches a graduate-level course in Real Estate Development.

Dr. Patricia Tillmann – UC Berkeley Patricia
Tillmann is currently a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture and Urbanism, and Masters and PhD degrees in Construction Management. For the past 14 years Patricia has worked in different teams conducting action research in Brazil, in the UK and in the US for clients including construction companies, healthcare infrastructure providers and governmental institutions. Patricia has over 10 years of experience working on the topic of Value Generation in Construction, and five of those years focused on Complex Construction Projects. Over the past few years, her work has been dedicated to understand how value generation can be improved by using more integrated approaches to Project Delivery. Such work has provided a deeper understanding of how integrated projects deliver greater value to the different stakeholders involved. Patricia is now continuing this work focusing on how managerial approaches can support the development of high-performance teams capable of effectively working together to deliver value in complex construction projects.

Adrian P. Toovey – MRICS
Adrian is the Construction Controller in Intel’s Corporate Services Finance group, responsible for the cost engineering, estimating and accounting functions of Intel’s global construction projects portfolio. A native of the UK currently based in Portland, Oregon, during his 16 year tenure with Intel, Adrian has managed projects throughout Intel’s semi-conductor fabrication, assembly test, data center and general purpose building network. Prior positions include the EMEA Project Controls Manager, and the Chief Cost Engineer. Adrian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, with 30+ years of experience in the commercial management of major capital construction projects spanning Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and Central America.

David Van Wyk, FAIA – Project Management and Integration Studio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
As the Project Management and Integration Studio Executive leading Project Management, integration, and technology application for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), David Van Wyk, FAIA, is changing the way architects, engineers, design professionals, and contractors collaborate on large, complex, one-of-a-kind projects. An advocate of BIM + Integration + IPD, David is working to equip Imagineering Teams domestically and internationally as they shift to this collaborative process for projects around the world. David has been an Imagineer for more than 30 years and has worked on projects at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s California Adventure. He oversees project development at the Anaheim Resort recently completing a major five-year expansion of Disney California Adventure Park. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, is a registered architect and a Fellows of the AIA. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at San Luis Obispo’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design and speaks frequently about technology application, a need for a higher level of design integration and how these concepts are fundamentally shifting the process of our profession and industry.

Panel 2: Measuring and Creating Value

Moderator – Howard W. Ashcraft – Partner / Construction Group at Hanson Howard
is a senior partner and heads the Construction Group at Hanson Bridgett. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California School of Law, he represents designers, owners, and contractors in project formation, professional practice and construction disputes with a focus on public infrastructure and complex private projects. Howard is actively involved in developing new approaches to construction project delivery that will avoid many of the issues he has seen over the course of his career. Specifically, he is at the leading edge of project delivery innovation and use of digital technologies. He has structured collaborative projects across the United States and Canada and is currently working on Integrated Project Delivery projects ranging from a million to over a billion dollars. Additionally, among many other publications, he was a contributing author to the AIACC’s Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition and the joint AIA/AIACC Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide, reflecting the most current thinking regarding use and implementation of collaborative project delivery methods. Howard recently received the president’s award from the AIACC for this work. Howard has been recognized as an outstanding construction lawyer by Chambers & Partners, USA, the International Bar Association and has been listed a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2004 through 2012, and was selected as the Northern California Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the United States in Construction.

Michael Bade – Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect, UCSF
Mr. Bade is a California registered architect with an M. Arch and a B. Sci. from UC Berkeley and is Associate Vice Chancellor – Capital Programs at the University of California San Francisco, with oversight responsibility for over 200 capital projects and a program commitment of over $1.4 billion over 10 years, including over $400 million for seismic remediation projects. Mr. Bade is a key participant in UCSF’s physical planning process. He is Chairman of the Board of the Lean Construction Institute, and is past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a past member of both the San Francisco Chapter and of the California Council of the AIA Boards. He has also worked in the University of California Office of the President, providing coordination and oversight services for projects system-wide. Prior to joining UC, Mr. Bade spent nearly 12 years in Tokyo, Japan engaged in architectural design, project management, and program delivery for a wide range of international companies in the high-technology, banking, software, pharmaceuticals, and photographic imaging industries. In Japan, he was exposed to cutting-edge practices in building technology, design-build project delivery, and construction quality. These made a lasting impression, and motivated him to explore lean design and construction methods upon my return to California. Click here to view Michael’s presentation on ” Defining Value in the Design & Construction Industry”.

Martin Fischer, Ph.D. – Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering
Martin Fischer is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by Courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Coordinator of the Building Energy Efficiency Research at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center. His research focuses on modeling, predicting, measuring, and improving the life-cycle performance of the built environment. He is known globally for his work and leadership in developing virtual 4D modeling methods to improve project planning, enhance facility performance, increase the productivity of project teams, and further the sustainability of the built environment. His award winning research results have been used by many small and large industrial and government organizations around the world. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and given over 50 keynote lectures on his research. He holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, a MS in Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering from Stanford. He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 1996, was named a top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News Record in 1996, won the best paper award from the ASCE Journal on Computing in Civil Engineering in 2002, and was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2012. Click here to view Martin’s presentation on “How to Measure Value in the Construction Industry”.

Rob Reaugh, MDR – International Partnering Institute (IPI)
Rob Reaugh has been the Executive Director for International Partnering Institute (IPI) since 2011. IPI is a non-profit charitable organization focused on changing the culture of the construction industry so it becomes more collaborative. In his role, he oversees five Committees focused on Partnering and has lead IPI’s effort to develop the “Collaborative Partnering Owner’s Toolbox”, which includes Partnering Specifications, the IPI Matrix, and Guidance and training on those tools. Mr. Reaugh also frequently lectures on structured Collaborative Partnering and recently delivered a series of workshops on Collaborative Partnering to the Institute for Lean Construction Excellence in Delhi, Chennai, Goa, and Mumbai, India. Prior to his work with IPI, Mr. Reaugh served as a Professional Mediator in private practice and as a Project Facilitator for RAND Corporation. As a Mediator, he settled more than 80 litigated cases before they went to trial. As a Facilitator for RAND, he worked with at-risk populations, using Motivational Interviewing techniques to improve client behaviors. He has also served as a professional lecturer, trainer, and coach for myriad teams. Click here to view Rob’s presentation on “Collaborative Partnering”.

FORUM 2 – October 3, 2014

Organizing and Managing Collaboration in Design and Construction to Enable Innovation

Over the past decade or so collaboration has been increasingly recognized as an activity that generates innovation and brings significant value to building projects. But what is it and how does it work? Is it simply a matter of breaking down the silo walls and allowing people to work together, or can we actively foster, enhance, and accelerate it? Is it all art or is there some science available? In the worlds of negotiation, business management, and psychology a great deal of this science is going on, and it has produced techniques and approaches that can be actively brought to bear at the individual, team, and organizational level to radically increase the frequency, reliability, and value of collaboration. In this session we will discuss these topics with several experts and investigate how this science can be immediately applied to design and construction teams.

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Panel 1 Speakers

John M Chachere – NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. John Chachere, P.M.P., uses management science to solve complex social and technical problems. As an SGT Inc. contractor with NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division, John has overseen teams of up to fifty experts in research, development, and consulting. Recently, for example, John has won multiple awards for directly managing the development and delivery of a safety-critical AI to plan International Space Station solar array avoidance of multiple, catastrophic hazards. Professionally, before NASA, John invested a decade in the development and management of analytic software with Oracle and smaller Silicon Valley firms. Academically, John invested a decade with Stanford Engineering, completing four graduate degrees and serving as Consulting Professor. John’s distinctive practice synthesizes industry experience that spans air, sea, land, and space transportation, as well as military, healthcare, education, synthetic biology, enterprise software, gaming, consumer goods, and sustainable building design.

Brendon F Buckley – Johnson Controls
Brendon F. Buckley is a systems integration subject matter expert focused on leveraging technology to differentiate Johnson Controls building products and offerings. His involvement spans throughout the project, starting from the very early stages of planning, design and bidding through to commissioning and testing of the systems. Buckley is also a key contributor to the Johnson Controls patented Technology Navigator process, and has successfully utilized the tool on numerous building projects to provide a structured, interactive process for quickly assessing and prioritizing technology needs and investments.
Buckley’s experience in technology integration and related IT systems is extensive. He is proficient in HL7, DICOM, SQL Databases, .NET, Webservices and has worked with numerous EMR, PACS systems including GE, Siemens, Cerner, Epic and Meditech. He also has experience working with integration platforms including Intelligent Insites, Connexall, Cloverleaf, Openlink, and Mirth. Buckley also specializes in internal IT infrastructure, wireless network technology and open network environments.

Molly McElligott – Johnson Controls
Molly McElligott is a Program Manager in the Solutions strategic sales and marketing organization at Johnson Controls, and has nearly 10 years of experience in a broad range of energy, green building and sustainability-related topics. In this role, she leads strategic initiative development for the Solutions North America business and manages Innovation Services, where she oversees the development of strategies and solutions around topics such as sustainability, green building, technology & smart buildings, and facility operations & maintenance for customer organizations.

Renate Fruchter – Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE)
Dr. Renate Fruchter is the founding director of the Project Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab – http://pbl.stanford.edu) established in 1993, at Stanford University. Her R&D focuses on collaboration technologies in support of cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork, and e-Learning, such as team building, knowledge capture, sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, mobile solutions, interactive workspaces, sensor-based interaction, and mixed media and mixed reality environments for remote collaboration. In addition, her research team studies the impact of technology on learning, engagement, knowledge work productivity, team dynamics, and assessment. She is the leader and developer of the innovative “Computer Integrated Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) Global Teamwork” course launched in 1993 at Stanford that engages university and industry partners from US, Europe, and Asia. One of the latest R&D projects sponsored by NSF focuses on uncovering cognitive demands on global learners and knowledge workers, engagement, well-being and knowledge work productivity.

Panel 2

Jamie Hammond – Adept Management
Jamie is an Owner of Adept Management, a specialist design management consultancy company based in the United Kingdom, and is Senior Vice President of its US subsidiary, AML Technologies. He has over 18 years’ experience in the Construction Industry, working on a wide variety of projects around the world. More recently Jamie has managed a large complex Theme Parks and Resort design project in Dubai, where he was Samsung C&T’s Director of Facility Design Management. He is currently working in Sweden, supporting a diverse group of designers as they develop the facilities for a Spallation Source, which is currently Europe’s largest Science and Engineering project. Click here to view Jamie’s presentation on “Building Consensus Through a Shared Understanding of Value”.

Genevieve Taylor – Global Genesis
Genevieve Taylor is Vice President at Global Genesis (www.ggenesis.com), an organizational development consulting firm based in Sonoma County, CA where she is a trainer and facilitator. She is also a partner at CircadiaOne, a change management firm dedicated to guiding enterprises towards sustainability (www.circadiaone.com). As a facilitator, she has enjoyed working with inter-organizational, inter-disciplinary collaborations – and has seen the spectrum of both great possibilities as well as when collaborations have become tangled up. She also takes great delight in helping her clients in creating shared vision, conducting strategic planning, mission development, teambuilding, and developing leadership. Follow her blog about change, leadership, and sustainability at www.genevievetaylor.com. Click here to view Genevieve’s presentation on “Thrive or Thrash? Principles for Collaboration”.

Bill Witherspoon – The Sky Factory
Bill Witherspoon if founder of the Sky Factory which provides the highest quality Illusions of Nature™ and affordable. The Sky Factory includes more than 50 other ‘partners’ in various countries around the world. The Sky Factory is committed to providing practical, affordable ceiling and wall installations that accomplish this through art and technology.

FORUM 3 – November 14, 2014

Innovative Tools for Optimizing Delivery

Over the last few years the use of BIM has grown exponentially in the AEC industry. There are many reports of use of BIM leading to a more productive project and much more predictable outcomes for complex projects. As the use of BIM becomes mainstream in our industry the next frontier is upon us. With the access to rich data in BIM and the cost of cloud computing coming down exponentially the areas of automation in design and construction are being actively explored by many of the leading players in the industry. This Forum will focus on the early innovators and how they are utilizing these advanced tools to improve the project delivery process and bring real benefit to the owners.

Gabriel Dobbs – SkyCatch
Gabriel Dobbs leads Skycatch’s business development and policy teams, helping customers use the Skycatch platform to collect and analyze data all over the world. At Skycatch, Gabriel works with the FAA and other countries’ civil aviation agencies to craft policy for the next generation of UAVs. Bringing technologies that change the way people live to the public has been a lifelong interest of the Bay Area native. Before Skycatch, Gabriel has worked with Google, 23andMe, and SpaceX in various roles. He has a JD/MBA from Stanford University and a degree in mathematics from Cornell.

Wayne Benedict – Hilti
Wayne is a Senior Director at Hilti, Inc. and heads up their Business Development efforts on the West Coast based out of their Los Angeles office. In this role Waybe is responsible for their national accounts for major customers. Wayne has been instrumental in collaborative efforts with major clients to push advancements from Hilti in terms of their Smarttools and BIM initiatives.

Debra Gondeck-Becker, AIA – Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS)
Debra Gondeck-Becker, AIA, is the Americas Construction Industry Leader for Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS). Debra’s primary responsibility is to lead the strategic direction, business development, and sales for large construction projects. Debra is faculty at the University of Minnesota, teaching “Sustainability for Construction Managers”. She serves on the board of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and is Vice-Chair of the Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Council. Prior to Honeywell, Debra was Vice President, Special Projects at Adolfson & Peterson Construction where she led national initiatives, transitioning customers from construction to operations and maintenance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Debra is a LEED Accredited Professional, Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and Board Member of WomenVenture in Minnesota.

Peter Wu – BIManywhere
Peter Wu is the President of BIManywhere where he leads the development of the platform. He is a Professional Engineer and General Contractor in California with over 15 years of experience in construction and IT. He’s worked on projects ranging from bridges and dams to commercial and residential buildings as well as IT projects for various construction companies. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Civil Engineering.

Andrew Arnold – DPR Construction

Andrew Arnold offers a unique blend of business and technology expertise to the AEC industry. As director of DPR Consulting, Andrew applies more than 27 years of experience in product design and management, product, and process modeling for AEC software applications and consulting to help DPR customers and teams establish appropriate lean construction, building information modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) strategies and practices for their projects and facility operations, after project turnover. Most recently, Andrew assisted in a BIM for facilities management implementation on a large-scale healthcare project in San Francisco, CA.