Webinar: Escalating Construction Costs: How Higher Education Can Protect Future Construction Plans

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Escalating Construction Costs: How Higher Education Can Protect Future Construction Plans
When: Wednesday August 19, 2015 11:30 am-12:30 pm EDT

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Stalled and downsized campus construction projects are being reported across the nation. In the past year, the cost of non-residential construction has risen by as much as 6 percent rendering many cost estimates irrelevant. Our panel of experts brings perspectives from all sides of this issue to the table.

  • They will reveal the economic data behind this trend and their projections for the coming months.
  • As an attendee, you will discover which geographic areas have been hit the hardest.
  • From the presented case studies, you can consider actions that other institutions are taking to make sure their plans aren’t impacted.
  • This will be a live webinar so prepare to ask your questions directly to the experts and your peers.

Register now to attend the round-table discussion webinar or to download it and watch it later.

Meet our distinguished panel:

Richard Vermeulen, PQS
Vermeulens Cost Estimating
Richard Vermeulen is Co-CEO and Principal of Vermeulens Cost Estimating and a recognized speaker at national conferences. In his role as Chief Estimator and Lead Economist, Richard manages the firm’s database, and provides research to maximize the value of projects. Richard is the author of Green at No Cost, and the Quarterly Market Outlook.

Christopher Morris
RS Means
Chris Morris is a senior electrical engineer and editor with construction cost data publisher RS Means. Chris has more than 24 years of field experience in electrical design and engineering and now oversees RS Means’ electrical database and leads educational seminars for the organization in the areas of electrical and facilities management and repair-cost estimating.

Alexandria Roe, AIA NCARB 
University of Wisconsin System
Alex Roe is the Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Budget at the University of Wisconsin System and oversees the development of the UW System’s capital budget, master planning, and capital projects for the 26 institutions of the University of Wisconsin. She serves as Immediate President for the Society of College and University Planners and is on the board of the Association of University Architects.

Jay Kubiak 
Beck Group 
As a senior superintendent for the Beck Group, a collaborative architecture and construction company, Jay Kubiak treats every contractor / architect relationship as if the project was design-build. Jay is based in Tampa, Florida, and has worked on projects as far north as the Canadian border and a far west as the lone star state.

Dan Savoia
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions 
As Project Executive with Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, Dan Savoia is responsible for implementation of the Company’s development and construction processes, including internal and external coordination and problem solving.

Bill Hopkins, AIA (Moderator)
Bill Hopkins is an architect and principal with Hanbury, an architecture firm focused exclusively on higher education. As Director of Operations, Bill is responsible for coordinating and monitoring project operations to include effective resource management, team composition and staffing plans, scheduling, risk management, and quality management.

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