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2018 Construction Conference Southern California 2018-02-16T10:13:25+00:00

About

Is navigating California’s ever-changing development climate keeping you off balance and unsure about how to proceed? Join us for a series of informative sessions that will help you find solid footing, chart your course, and proceed with confidence.

This year’s conference will help you:

  • Prepare for the legislative changes affecting your next project

  • Understand new trends and technologies related to design and construction

  • Identify and neutralize development risk

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Featured Topics

Construction in Southern California is enduring the choppy waters of economic uncertainty.  Builders are looking to ensure future growth and profit by utilizing new technologies, applying different project delivery methods, and embracing change.

RECEIVE IN-DEPTH EDUCATION FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS ON THE FOLLOWING:
  • Charting the course with alternative delivery methods, including cost + time bidding

  • The lineup of legislative updates, including the Buy Clean California Act

  • Staying afloat after a wipe out – owner’s risk management tools

  • Challenges and opportunities for retaining and attracting talent

  • The new wave of AIA contract forms

  • California’s Construction Industry:  What’s Next? by noted economist Dr. Chris Thornberg

Continuing Education Credits Available

Featured Speaker

Dr. Chris Thornberg, Beacon Economic

“California Construction Industry: What’s next?”

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics. Widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists, he is an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, economic policy, and real estate analysis. Known for delivering independent and rigorous analysis, Dr. Thornberg provides economic trend and data analysis that strengthens strategic decision making about investment, revenue, and policy.

Schedule

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7:30 AM

SEMINAR CHECK-IN, MCLE, AIA, AND RICS REGISTRATION
Pacific Ballroom Foyer

MCLE Continuing Education:
Gibbs Giden is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar is approved for 3 hours of general MCLE credit.

AIA Continuing Education:
Cumming is an AIA CES approved provider and certifies that this seminar is approved for credit hours.

RICS Continuing Education:
Cumming is a RICS continuing education provider and certifies that this seminar is approved for 6 credit hours.

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast
California Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM

Opening Remarks
Pacific Salon 1

Master of Ceremonies – Christopher Ng, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden

8:05 AM

The New Wave of AIA Contract Forms
Pacific Salons 1 + 2

Speakers: Barbara Gadbois, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden; Sara Kornblatt, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden

8:45 AM

ENDLESS SUMMER – CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR RETAINING & ATTRACTING TALENT
Pacific Salons 1 + 2

Speakers: Paul Drecksel, General Counsel, Layton Construction; Barbara Bouza, FAIA, IIDA, LEED, Managing Dir., Principal, Gensler, Los Angeles; and Scott Ritto, V.P. Risk Management, Kilroy Realty Company Co-Moderators: Richard Wittbrodt, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden; David Bader, Managing Principal, Cumming

9:30 AM

CHOPPY WATERS – LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ISSUES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Pacific Salons 1 + 2

Speakers: David Prager, Esq., Associate, Gibbs Giden; Gary Scalabrini, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden

10:00 AM

Networking + Coffee Break
California Grand Ballroom Foyer

Legal Review PACIFIC SALONS 2 + 1 Design + Construction Trends PACIFIC SALON 3
10:15 AM Staying Afloat After a Wipe Out – Owner Risk Management Tools
Moderator: Ted Senet, Esq., Partner, Gibbs Giden
Speakers: Ben Beauvais, Executive Vice President, Ironshore Specialty Casualty & Construction; Jim Reilly, Senior V.P., Alliant Insurance Services; Stacy L. Stevens, Senior V.P., ARA Capital
Charting the Course with Alternative Delivery Methods – Including Cost + Time Bidding
Speakers: Anthony Sanchez, Vice President, Cumming; Alan Reising, Exec. Dir. Fac., Dev. & Plan., Long Beach USD; Rene Guerrero, City Engineer, City of Pomona; Shane Silsby, Executive Manager, County of Orange
11:00 AM The Line Up of Legislative and Case Law Updates, Including Buy Clean California Act
Speakers: Barbara Gadbois, Esq., & Victor Luke, Esq., both Partners at Gibbs Giden
Riding Giants – Designing the Future of Retail
Speakers: Marc Fergus, Managing Director, Cumming; Trevor Pollard, AIA, V. P. Design, Westfield Corporation; Trevor Shulters, CPE., Associate Director, Cumming

12:00 PM

LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – WHAT’S NEXT?
Pacific Salons 1 + 2

Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., Founding Partner, Beacon Economics

1:00 PM

Q&A + Closing Remarks
Pacific Salons 1 + 2