Powering the Transformation of Project Delivery

Join your colleagues in the design and construction community to learn best practices that will transform outcomes, creating successful projects for all. Learn more about innovation and technology currently used to improve project delivery.

The 2022 Town Hall is a two-day event on September 27th and 28th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH.

The 2022 Town Hall will feature dynamic speakers focusing on integrating technology to improve project delivery; networking reception and tour of Field; Cogence Drive Awards and more!

More details coming soon!

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Cogence Drive Award for Improving Project Delivery Call for Entries

Cogence Alliance would like to honor the best in project collaboration, while showing our community how their contributions are improving project outcomes in the A/E/C industry. The Cogence Award for Improving Project Delivery highlights the critical role and immense value that collaboration and innovation bring to building projects. The award winners will be honored at the Cogence Town Hall on Thursday, September 28, 2022, and will be featured on the Cogence website.

How to Enter

  1. Register your Intent to Submit online by 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2022
  2. Select which category (ies) you would like to enter.
  3. Review the scoring criteria.
  4. Prepare your entry following the directions below.
  5. Email entry (ies) in PDF format to by 11:59 pm on August 15, 2022. Please use “Cogence Alliance Awards Submission” in the subject line. You will receive a receipt of confirmation within 3 business days of the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Kulczycki at (216) 544-5579 or
  6. We are accepting submissions for projects that have been completed or have a substantial completion date between July 16, 2018 – July 15, 2022.


Entry Requirements

  1. All materials must be submitted in one 8 ½ x 11 portrait PDF.
  2. Contents of the submission:
    1. Cover Page – Project or Individual Name, Category, and Contact Person (name, email address and phone number of the person nominating the project or individual).
    2. Entry – All questions shall be answered in order. Entries must be submitted in an organized, concise manner. The Entry must be well written and provide specific details and examples.
  3. Note: By submitting a project or individual for an award, you are granting Cogence, its representatives and employees the right to use photographs and submission response provided in connection with the above-identified subject in print and/or digital media platforms. Cogence may use photographs provided with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.


Award Categories

  1. Project Award – Project must be completed between July 16, 2018 and July 15, 2022.
    1. There will be 4 project categories – Extreme (over $350 million) – Large ($50 million – $350 million) – Mid-size ($15 million – $50 million) and Small (Under $15 million). NOTE: the dollar amounts are for the construction costs.
    2. Projects can be nominated by any team member (owner, architect, engineer, construction manager, trades contractors, etc.). One submission per project.
  2. Individual and Emerging Leader/Rising Star Awards
    1. Individual must be nominated by someone other than his or herself. Person nominating the individual may work with the nominee to obtain information for the submission.

Download complete entry details here: Cogence Call for Entries Awards 2022 or view details online.

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To reserve your sponsorship email Tuwhanna Williams at

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Cogence hosts its first Southwest Ohio Chapter Roundtable on April 5

How do you navigate projects in a time of unusual demand? TOGETHER!

Engage in an active dialogue with fellow Owners, Architects, Engineers, Construction Managers and Trade Contractors to develop solutions to inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain disruption.
The Mission of the Cogence Alliance is to drive our Industry together, holistically improving project delivery.

Current partners with an office in Southwest Ohio are encouraged to share this invitation with your colleagues.

When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
Time: Program 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Reception 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: Taft Center, 425 Walnut St, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Central Ohio March Roundtable: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Please join us for the Central Ohio Cogence Alliance Program: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace – Owners share project team building challenges, and COGENCE offers solutions

When: March 17, 2022 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm

If in person, reception to follow.


M+A Architects (or possibly virtual depending on COVID status)

775 Yard Street, Suite 325

Columbus, OH 43212

Join COGENCE as we proudly present a panel of distinguished owner representatives to explore the keys to building a successful design/construction team, including:

  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Lessons learned
  • Recent developments and trends


  • Dwayne Furukawa – Steiner + Associates, Chief Development Officer
  • Jamie McNally – Pizzuti, Development Director
  • Tyler Steele – Hines, General Property Manager

To register, contact Amber Stilson at

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Northeast Ohio March Roundtable: Supply Chain Disruption: Time, Money, and Workforce Issues

We are excited to gather in-person for the March NEO Roundtable event at the Marous Brothers Construction offices. There will NOT be a Zoom component for this meeting, as we have found that it is very difficult for the Zoom participants to truly engage in the conversation. We encourage you to invite a Guest that would benefit from this topic.

The presentation will include research data on the current state of supply chain and a panel discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm (Reception to follow)

To register for this meeting, send an email to


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Cogence Emerging Leaders Program – Application Period Open for Class of 2025

The Central and Northeast Ohio Chapters of Cogence Alliance are now accepting applications for their Emerging Leader’s Programs.

The Cogence Alliance Emerging Leaders program provides rising leaders in the design and construction industry with the knowledge and skills to lead with appreciation for the contribution of others. The industry’s next chapter of leaders will grow together to drive positive and effective outcomes, thus shaping and sustaining the future of design and construction. Focus areas of the program include: leadership development; cross-market association; and, mentorship.

The objective of this program is to provide emerging leaders in the design and construction industry the knowledge to understand the value of transforming our industry while empowering them to promote change that will lead to this transformation. Cogence also provides these emerging leaders with a voice to contribute and lead these changes by developing their core skills, expand networking options, and associating with cross market industry leadership.

The Program will be accepting Emerging Leaders for this year for the Class of 2025. Emerging Leaders do not require the sponsorship of a current program participant or Cogence partner to apply to be a part of the program.

• Application Period: January 1st – February 15th
• Notification of Acceptance: March 1st, declined applications will also be notified by March 1st, if applicable.
• Program Start: Selected Emerging Leaders for that Class will be welcomed by the chapter in March. Participants are expected to pay annual dues of $650.00 by March 31st of that year.
• Please send completed applications and the signed commitment pledge to no later than the due date.

As an Emerging Leader, it is expected that a participant commitment to a three-year time-period of engagement and attend at least six (6) Cogence events per year, coming to each event fully engaged and informed. Similar to the expectations of partners, leaders are to avoid promotion of any special interest of their company and to work cooperatively with other members to move the Emerging Leaders program forward.

All Emerging Leaders are invited to Cogence roundtable discussions and other events as a part of their membership dues. Additionally, the Emerging Leaders program hosts leadership development events throughout the year, along with community service projects and other volunteer opportunities. Also, each Emerging Leader is assigned a mentor who has volunteered for the program. Each mentor may be in a similar partner group or functional area, and mentors are asked to meet (virtually or in-person) with their assigned Emerging Leader at least once per quarter throughout the calendar year.

The Emerging Leaders program is a three-year program for mid-career professionals. At the end of the third year, the graduating leader will be recognized in the fall chapter events and receive a certificate of completion. At the conclusion of the program, Emerging Leaders may apply for full Partnership in Cogence.

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Cogence Team to Speak at HCD Conference on 10/24

Are you attending the Healthcare Design Conference this month in Cleveland? Come join us discuss the topic of “Managing Risk and Improving Health Outcomes in Cleveland” on Sunday 10/24 at 2:30PM.

Come Together: Managing Risk and Improving Health Outcomes in Cleveland
Walter Jones, AIA, LEED, EDAC, Senior Vice President, Campus Transformation, The MetroHealth System
Penrose Wolf, Director of Construction, Cleveland Clinic

Join leaders from the Cleveland Clinic and The MetroHealth System in this interactive roundtable to discuss how team-based project delivery will be the necessary method to navigate the risks and challenges of healthcare design. Learn how owners, architects, engineers, construction trades, and other affiliates have already come together in Greater Cleveland to improve project delivery and outcomes. Hear about shared best practices and improved project outcomes that have resulted from collaborative project teams, regardless of contract structure. Experience for yourself how an open and collaborative discussion on risk can tangibly and collectively transform the design construction industry.

  • Identify primary risks within healthcare project delivery and how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Understand how risk can quickly escalate from one party to another within healthcare project delivery.
  • Increase your understanding on the importance of collaborative and ongoing discussions with owners, architects, engineers and contractors.
  • Better identify your role in risk mitigation and learn best practices in the de­escalation of risk across all project parties.


Northeast Ohio presents the final program of the Inflection Point Series. If you  have ever asked the following questions then please join us for the roundtable discussion.

  • Why does is seem like the last bits of close-out take as much effort as the whole rest of the project?
  • What do you call that empty feeling when people start to trickle off the job, and you’re saying, “But we’re not done yet!”?
  • What’s the difference between record drawings and as-builts? What even ARE as-builts? Where do they come from? Where do they go?
  • Do we have a punch-list? Sure, we’ve got dozens! How many do you want?
  • Inspections are like rainstorms: you know you need them, they are disruptive, and you can’t control when they come. All you can do is be ready.

RSVP required.
Email: for more information.

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Cogence Alliance Staff Expansion

Cogence Alliance Staff Expansion

Cleveland, OH: Cogence Alliance is pleased to announce the expansion of our staff to better serve our Partners and the architecture, engineering and construction management community.

Tuwhanna Williams is the new National Administrator of Cogence Alliance. Tuwhanna has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience with 15 years of association management. She will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Cogence and will work closely with the National Board to manage the execution of its strategic mission. She brings a solid skillset to Cogence including general management, operations, program development, event planning, board relations, financial management and community outreach.

Lisa Pim Peterson, LEED AP, CPSM is the Marketing Liaison for Cogence Alliance. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction management, Lisa is responsible for promoting and guiding the branding of Cogence. Lisa has a depth of experience with marketing strategy to help Cogence meet its vision to Inspire, Educate, Unite all of our construction industry partners.

Bonnie Kulczycki has supported Cogence Alliance since their formation in 2015 and has provided support to Cogence throughout their growth. She will continue in the role of Northeast Ohio Chapter Administrator. Bonnie’s 25 years of experience in the construction industry has proven invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our chapters.

Amber Stilson is Central Ohio Chapter Administrator based in Columbus, Ohio. Amber excels in providing support for the growing Central Chapter as we look to expand our state and national footprint. Starting as a committee volunteer for the Central Chapter, Amber brings over 10 years of experience serving the construction industry.  Amber is an excellent example of the collaborative spirit that Cogence represents and is an excellent resource to the Partners involved in the Central Ohio Chapter.

Cogence Alliance has a singular focus: Improve project outcomes through collaborative delivery methods. We bring together owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, construction trades, and affiliated parties, giving each an equal voice. Our singular focus is to improve project outcomes through collaborative delivery methods. Our Partners have committed their time and expertise to develop solutions that help every project stakeholder to win.

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