Central Ohio Chapter: Project Delivery Methods – Construction Manager at Risk (CMR), part 1 of 4 part series

At our September 21 Central Ohio Chapter Roundtable, Michelle Malone (Senior Director of Projects) and Loren Brockway (Senior Director/Chief of Staff – Facilities Design & Construction), The Ohio State University, shared insights about why CMR is a delivery method of choice for certain projects. Breakout groups discussed and developed comprehensive lists of challenges associated with …

SWO: Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Focus on Quality

The September 2023 Southwest Ohio Chapter Roundtable topic was:  Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Focus on Quality The audience was surveyed using the Mentimeter audience polling software to gain perspectives related to quality goal-setting including reliability, maintainability, sustainability and aesthetics. Better practices to define and communicate quality expectations, design efforts to ensure quality, selection …

Central Ohio Chapter: Selecting the Right Project Delivery System – Evaluation Criteria and the Project Delivery Workshop

At our July 20 Central Ohio Chapter Roundtable, Jeff Appelbaum, Thompson-Hine, LLP provided an overview of the four predominant Project Delivery Methods.  Different owners may have their own reasons for favoring a particular project delivery method – but, between the four predominant methods (Construction Manager at Risk, Design Build, Design-Bid-Build, and Integrated Project Delivery), is …

NEO: Mental Health in the Construction Industry

At our July 2023 NEO Roundtable we discussed “Mental Health in the Construction Industry”. Over the past few years, we have lived and worked through a pandemic, generational and staffing changes, project schedule compression, alternative and remote work arrangements, as well as varying levels of stress within our nation and the Construction Industry.  This roundtable …

SWO: Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Defining & Clarifying Scope

The July 2023 Southwest Ohio Chapter Roundtable topic was:  Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Defining & Clarifying the Scope After hearing their perspectives regarding scope from an Owner, Engineer, and Construction Manager, participants broke into small groups to discuss: Developing / Communicating Scope Scope Control Dealing with Unknown Scope This was the second in …

NEO: Project Schedule and the shift to Early Bid | Multiple Bid Packages

At our May 2023 NEO Roundtable we discussed the shift to early and multiple bid packages and the affect it has on projects. The key speakers represented each segment of our industry and a robust discussion was had. Following the first portion of the discussion our Partners broke into small groups to identify how to …

SWO: Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Project Schedule

The May 2023 Southwest Ohio Chapter Roundtable topic was:  Overcoming Headwinds in Uncertain Times Together: Project Schedule Roundtable participants broke into small groups and used a collaborative SWOT approach to share current strengths and weaknesses, forecast future opportunities and threats, and develop recommendations related to project schedule.  This was the first in a 4-part series …

SWO: Making Lean Principles and Tools Work for Your Entire Team

Our March 2023 Southwest Roundtable topic was Making Lean Principles and Tools Work for Your Entire Team.  This session explored better ways to apply lean principles and tools to make your project and organization more effective, with a special focus on collaboration in applying efforts. Please see the attached Cogence SWO Chapter March 2023 Presentation (PDF) …

NEO: Diversity: Perspective and Partnership

Our March 2023 NEO Roundtable focused on Diversity: Perspective and Partnership. We heard from diverse business owners and learned firsthand about some of the challenges/obstacles they are faced with. Following the discussion our Partners broke into small groups and worked on finding opportunities to help further our partnerships with diverse firms. Prior to the Roundtable …