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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This Year's Regional Infrastructure Conference Next Week!

Looking forward to this year's Regional Infrastructure Conference next week (on June 13), we are excited about the agenda planned for this event. The Gulf Coast Chapter has built on the success of the first two years of the conference, expanded the presentation offerings, and has also added to the event the awards luncheon for the Chapter, during which scholarships and project achievement awards will be announced. Speakers for the conference include top representatives from public and private industry across the Gulf Coast region, as well as the CMAA National President and CEO, whose perspectives on the project delivery industry are always current and insightful. Congressman Cassidy's keynote address at the awards luncheon will also be a highlight of the event not to be missed.

We thank you for your support to the Gulf Coast Chapter over the last four years as we have continued to grow and look forward to your continued input with respect to the Regional Infrastructure Conference. It is with your input and feedback that we are able to grow the conference each year.

To find out more information, schedule, or to register for the conference please visit the Events Page on the CMAA Gulf Coast Website or click here.

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June 2014 CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Spotlight - Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

This month's spotlight is on the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. The Sewerage and Water Board, through General Superintendent Joseph R. Becker, PE, and his technical staff, have provided consistent support to the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter. This support has been through attending the Chapter's monthly Professional Development sessions, hosting several of these sessions, and participation in the Chapter's Annual Infrastructure Conference. Recently, the Sewerage and Water Board has become the Chapter's first local owner member, a significant milestone for the Gulf Coast Chapter. We applaud the Sewerage and Water Board in this decision and in recognizing the significant value that construction management, program management and project management add to the construction delivery process, from conception to ongoing operation. This is especially exciting for the Sewerage and Water Board as it embarks on its first alternative delivery project (design-build), continue several ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery programs, and moves toward the execution and delivery of a significant number of capital projects over the next few years.

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February PD Session Wrap-Up

Our 2014 Professional Development series continued last Friday (Feb 14) with a session on the General Conditions of construction contract documents.  Bill Lacher, CCM, LEED AP, Southeast Regional Manager for Vanir CM, provided a very helpful overview of common clauses found in the General Conditions, perspectives on how the General Conditions are enforced and/or disputed, and practical application of the provisions. Bill shared best practices and key factors through sample situations that a Construction Manager will be confronted with as part of the delivery of construction projects—and serving as a mechanism for Construction Momentum in helping the project to continue forward progress.

Be sure to check out the presentation and the specifics of this informative talk on the Gulf Coast Chapter website (under our “Events” page) or through this link here.

Please help us out by taking take a quick survey (2 minutes) on last week’s session.  It will give us the feedback we need to improve our events programming efforts. You can access the survey here. Survey ends March 7th and is completely anonymous. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Be sure to register today for the next Professional Development Session on March 28 at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. The topic will be the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) Drainage Program and will include a tour of the facilities under construction along Claiborne Avenue.  You won’t want to miss it!


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Calling for Nominations! - 2014 Construction Management Project Achievement Awards

Project Categories
Awards are bestowed in these categories:


(includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.) with:

• Constructed value less than $25 M
• Constructed value greater than $25 M


(includes education, health care, research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city, etc.) with:

New Construction
• Constructed value less than $25 M
• Constructed value greater than $25 M

• Constructed value greater than $15 M


(these categories allow for distinct phases of a multi-projector multi-phase program to be submitted forconsideration):

Infrastructure (includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.)

Buildings (includes education, health care, research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city, etc.)


Deadline for entries is May 1, 2014

Submittals to Include:
• Project Nomination Form
• $150.00 Submission Fee – CMAA Member or
• $200.00 Submission Fee – Non-Member
• 3 Bound Copies of Nominations


Awards Ceremony

• Location: TBD
• June 20, 2014

2014 Construction Management Project Achievement Awards

Construction Management Association of America Gulf Coast Chapter is pleased to announce its 3nd Annual Awards Program to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management. Award winners will serve as examples for CMAA to promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process.

The Program is designed to recognize and promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process. Awards will be given to the projects that best reflect this mission.

The competition is open to all CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter members and non-members.

To be eligible projects, programs or program phases must have achieved substantial completion during the period starting June 3, 2013 and ending June 2, 2014.

Projects within the Gulf Coast Chapter region area as well as International Projects from a firm within the Gulf Coast Chapter region will be accepted.

Each nominated project will be evaluated using the listed criteria and entry information should be provided using the Nomination Form format only.

This is a competitive process. Only the best project in each category will be selected. Honorable Mention awards may be presented.

The Awards Selection Committee will be composed of owners and professional construction managers.

See Submission Packet for instructions and Project Nomination Form.

For questions regarding submittals please email:
[email protected]

Ship nominations to:
Jeff Bedey
CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Awards Committee
601 Poydras St, Suite 2780
New Orleans, LA 70130


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