SMPS Chicago and CMAA February Program - Project Delivery Methods: Tips to Make the Best Proposal

February 08, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:15 PM
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150 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

SMPS Chicago and the Construction Management Association of America-Chicago Chapter present a panel discussion on the pros and cons of different delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design-Build, and the more traditional Design-Bid-Build. You will learn how these delivery methods impact the procurement process from the RFP stage to teaming, and what the client looks for in the proposal.


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About Our Panel

Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM, Manager of Planning and Design, Advocate Health Care

Navarro manages forward focused projects for 12 hospitals and 250 additional care sites with over $2 billion in capital construction for Advocate Health Care, the largest integrated-delivery healthcare system in Illinois. Navarro spent the majority of her professional career in the planning, design and construction of health care facilities. During these 20 years, Navarro has served as senior associate and healthcare planner for national architectural firms providing the highest level planning expertise to healthcare clients and served as a design and construction manager for two large healthcare organizations. She has earned the trust of hospital leadership with her knowledge of clinical operations, industry best practices, evolving technology, innovative project delivery methods and integrated lean construction principles. She has a master’s of business administration in healthcare management from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor of architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mahesh Mohnalkar, PE, PMP, Director, Construction Management, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Mahesh is an accomplished professional with over 20 years’ experience in program management, construction management, and operations. He is presently the Director for Construction at Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. He has been with the Authority for more than eight years and prior to that has been in consulting holding leadership positions such as Vice President and Senior Associate. Mahesh has managed projects north of $2B over his career and is well-versed in all aspects of project delivery; planning, design and construction in both public and private sector. He brings leadership, partnership, collaboration, and innovation to the table, procuring teams that provide increased value and a win-win environment for all stakeholders.

Marc Klein, PE, LEED AP, Project Executive, J.A. Watts, Inc.

Marc has more than 12 years of experience in the A/E/C industry, with more than a decade related to Aviation projects. His engineering and construction management background has led to the successful management of hundreds of millions of dollars in projects. His professional portfolio includes a wide range of civil engineering and transportation projects for major airlines such as Southwest, American and United as well as the opportunity to run the Capital Improvement and Maintenance Program for Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Acting as an Owner’s Representative at MDW, Marc gained extensive experience with the City of Chicago’s procurement process, reviewing RFP’s and overseeing the delivery of projects using traditional and non-traditional delivery methods. Marc is a Purdue University graduate with a degree in Construction Engineering and Management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Indiana and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Kenneth J. Bauwens, Co-President, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors

Ken has been at Jamerson & Bauwens Electric for 35 years and presently leads the firm’s strategy, operations and development. With offices in Northbrook and Urbana, J&B serves a wide range of Midwest clients in the areas of Healthcare, Higher Education, Mission Critical, Specialty Residential and Industrial. Jamerson & Bauwens Electric have incorporated various contracting methods within our projects including traditional Design-Bid-Build, Design Assist, ILPD and True IPD using Multiparty Agreements. Ken also is a member of Chicago's Core Community of Practice for the national Lean Construction Institute. The Institute operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices.

Patricia Walsh, PE, PSP, Vice President, Chicago Infrastructure Leader, Parsons

Tricia Walsh is a Vice President and Chicago Infrastructure Leader for Parsons. She is a native of Chicago and is based in Parsons’ Chicago, IL, office. Tricia has worked in the transportation sector for more than 21 years and has engineering and construction experience in all transportation modes. She has experience working with CMGC contracts, design-build delivery, public private partnerships (P3), as well as, traditional delivery methods. Tricia has experience assembling and managing project teams and overseeing qualification and technical submittals for large design-build and public-private partnership (P3) pursuits in the United States and Canada. Some of Ms. Walsh’s successful project wins include the $763M Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing P3 for the Indiana Finance Authority, the $861M Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing Design Build for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the $88M Rainbow Hydro Electric Station Redevelopment in Montana, the $300M Innerbelt CCG1 design-build in Ohio, the $110M Daniel Boone Bridge design-build in Missouri, and the CTA Ravenswood Loop Connector Signal Upgrade design-build project in Chicago.  


Rich Schuster, Senior Vice President, Pepper Construction 

As one of the Midwest’s foremost experts in construction and delivery methods, Rich leverages his years of insight and expertise to understand the drivers of each project and then lead his team to exceed those expectations from highly effective preconstruction through the most expedient turnover possible. While his expertise extends to other markets, over the past 37 years Rich has overseen more than $1 billion in healthcare construction spanning everything from renovations to new construction, stand-alone educational facilities to massive campuses. Across all markets, his teams have successfully delivered the work through a variety of strategies and methodologies including Lean, IPD, design-build, design-assist, virtual and augmented reality and high performance construction. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, holds an ASHE certificate in Healthcare Construction and The Next Generation of Infection Control and is a LEED AP BD+C. 

Parking Information

Parking is available at the garage located across the street from Petterino’s at 181 N. Dearborn. When checking in for the program, please make sure you receive a parking voucher. Please insert the parking voucher into the automated machine at the garage in order to receive the discount of $13 for a max of 3 hours. 

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$50.00 SMPS Members
$75.00 after 05:00 pm February 6

$50.00 CMAA Members
$75.00 after 05:00 pm February 6

$95.00 Non-members
$120.00 after 5:00 pm February 6

$0.00 Annual Sponsor - Member

$0.00 Annual Sponsor - Guest

$0.00 Event Sponsor

$50.00 Out of State SMPS Members
$75.00 after 05:00 pm February 6

$25.00 Student*
$50.00 after 05:00 pm February 6