Regional Infrastructure Conference Wrap-Up

Did you attend the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter’s 3rd Annual Regional Infrastructure Conference last Friday? The Sheraton New Orleans was a perfect venue for this outstanding event, with a stellar line-up of speakers, awards presentation and plenty of networking opportunities!

Attendees from a dozen owner organizations and nearly 50 A/E /CM firms, and construction contractor/service companies came together to focus on the latest news on the project delivery industry in the Gulf Coast region. Representatives from the region’s states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama enjoyed a day of learning and planning, as several of the featured speakers provided details on upcoming capital projects in their organizations. Keynote speaker Congressman Bill Cassidy enthusiastically provided updates on the latest infrastructure funding news from our nation’s capital.

The Gulf Coast Chapter proudly awarded four scholarships to area college students, with the top award going to Darby Elizabeth Hartenstein, a Civil and Environmental Engineering student at UNO. Scholarships were also awarded to Dallas Rolnick (Civil Engineering, UNO), Richard Tremaine (Construction Management, ULM) and Austin Damiens (Industrial Engineering, LSU). We congratulate these future project managers on their accomplishments so far and wish them luck in their careers ahead of them!

In addition to scholarships, the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter bestowed its Project Achievement Awards on three outstanding projects and program phases, recognizing where professional construction and program management has made a significant contribution to success. The winners were chosen from the many submissions and included the following:

Buildings, New Construction Project with Constructed Value Less Than $25 Million
Saraland Elementary School Program, Saraland, Alabama
CM: Volkert, Inc.
Owner: Saraland City Schools

Program Management/Program Phase – Infrastructure
Submerged Roads/Paths to Progress Program, Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, Louisiana
Owner: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Infrastructure Project with Constructed Value Less than $25 Million
Al Jab’a Nuba Main Transmission Pipeline Project, West Bank, Palestine
CM: Trigon Associates LLC
Owner: United States Agency for International Development

The Saraland Elementary School Program was submitted by the Chapter for consideration of the National CMAA Project Achievement Awards this fall. This project will also be presented at our upcoming Professional Development Session in July. Congratulations to the winners on these outstanding achievements in project delivery!

We want thank everyone that came out for the conference and thank all the support we receive to continue to host events like these throughout the year. Your input is greatly valued and we would like you to take a few minutes to give us feedback by completed our survey. CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter uses every answer and comment submitted to better improve all of our future events. Thanks again for your support!


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