“The Ever-Changing World of Construction: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” a regional conference, will be held at the Greenville (South Carolina) Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Conference Center on Thursday, October 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. GroundBreak Carolinas is pleased to be the media sponsor for this 2nd Annual Construction Industry Symposium offered by Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management (CSM). Conference organizers are projecting an audience of about 250 construction and design professionals — primarily from the Carolinas and Georgia.
Like last fall’s inaugural event in Charlotte, Clemson’s 2017 Symposium is bringing together a cross-section of attendees — facility owners, construction companies, specialty contractors, designers, vendors and other construction industry service providers.
“I’ve not seen or heard of anything remotely similar to the format of this event. So much information packed into a single day. And the speakers and panelists are world-class. Clemson’s Construction Symposium is truly unique and I’m very proud to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Mike Jackson, Ph.D., P.E., chair and professor, Clemson’s Department of Construction Science and Management. ” We want this to become an annual venue where academics and practitioners will come together year-after-year to interactively help solve the challenges that face the ever-changing world of construction in our region. Our intent is to keep the Symposium centrally located, rotating it among various cities and venues in the Carolinas and Georgia from year to year.”
There is still time to register. Register online at Clemson MarketPlace.
Overview of Program-Agenda
Morning and Afternoon Keynote addresses will be followed by a variety of panel discussions led by industry experts who will delve into the issues impacting the construction industry today with special focus on the future.
Morning Preview: Kermit Baker, Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects(AIA) will kick off the day talking about the impact of the economy on our industry in a session titled, with “Construction Outlook: Challenges & Opportunities.” This will be followed by a discussion themed “Successful Tactics to Grow Tomorrow’s Workforce,” led by Steve Greene, Vice President of NCCER — originally known as the National Center for Construction Education and Research. The morning will be rounded out by a panel openly discussing the diversity challenges facing the AEC industry. Diversity panelists include Nancy Juneau, Chief Executive Officer of Juneau Construction Company, and Garland Burton, Construction Industry Consultant.
Afternoon Preview: The afternoon will begin with an overview of the WELL Building Standard, a relatively new building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness that is catching on around the country. This highly anticipated session will be led by one of the nation’s select few experts in this field Carolyn Rickard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP (Provisional), Little’s Global Practice Leader for Workplace. This will be followed by a case study of the design and construction challenges associated with a recently completed WELL certified office building project in Atlanta. Facilitating the case study will be Amanda Atkinson, WELL AP and LEED AP BD+C, Senior Manager, Sustainable Services, for Holder Construction Company, and JT Odom, Senior Mechanical Engineer with Barrett Woodyard & Associates.
The day will wrap up with “Owners’ Expectations of Their Selected Design and Construction Teams,” an interactive discussion with panelists Clay Addison, CCCA, CCP, LEED AP, President of C.T. Addison Consulting, and Jon Papps, PMP, Director of Facilities Development at Greenville Health System.
The event’s title sponsor is BB&T/BB&T Insurance Services.
Registration is $275 per person for Clemson University CSM Corporate Partner companies and $300 per person for non-Corporate Partners. The registration cost includes lunch, break refreshments, workshop materials and hotel parking for only the day of the event.
Questions? Contact Mike Jackson at 864.656.3878 or Deborah Anthony at 864.656.0181. Follow the Symposium on Facebook.com/ClemsonCSMConstructionSymposium/#
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Register online at by visiting Clemson MarketPlace.