Conference Day Two

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Day Two

Wednesday March 31, 2021

11:30 am Coffee & Networking

12:00 pm Chair’s Opening Remarks


12:10 pm Harnessing Lean Tools Such as Pull Planning to Optimize Production Schedules & Process Alignment

  • Henry Nutt Preconstruction Executive, Southland Industries


• Understanding the benefits of lean tools in facilitating prefabrication and how pull planning can simplify complex team dynamics
• Working backwards from a pull plan to visualize the project workflow with all trades and to ensure all parties are held accountable for their role in achieving just-in-time (JIT) delivery
• Harnessing lessons learned from previous projects to identify potential risks and allocate sufficient contingency in schedules

12:50 pm Utilizing BIM to Produce a Single Source of Truth From Design Through Facility Management

  • Koji Kubota Senior Director of Global Engineering , Vertex Pharmaceuticals


• Harnessing BIM to achieve complex coordination and ensure all data is documented in real time to improve transparency over project development
• Structuring the BIM model to provide a digital thread across the project from conceptual design through to the operation of a facility: How can this combine the data needed for all functions through end user?
• Utilizing laser scanning technology for construction verification to provide real time updates on project progress and ensure model accuracy for facility turnover

1:30 pm Break & Speed Networking

2:00 pm Implementing a Defined Documentation Process From Day One to Accelerate Commissioning & Qualification Timelines


• Reviewing client priorities and expectations for project turnover from day one to align the understanding and accountability surrounding quality of documentation across every project partner
• Mapping out a clear, concise, organized documentation process required to streamline validation and reduce schedule delays
• Incorporating a data log and system of material traceability into the documentation process to improve transparency across all products

2:40 pm Case Study: Embracing Integrated Project Delivery to Break Down Silos & Improve Communication Across Teams

  • Sean Cuddahy Director of Architecture, Civil, Structural for Life Sciences, Jacobs
  • Curt Biehn Director of Technology, Jacobs
  • Daniel Flood Manager of Construction, Jacobs


• Understanding how Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) practices incentivized collaborative behavior across project teams and ensured the team remained focused on delivering best value for the client: How can this environment be established outside of contractual conditions?
• Maximizing use of models and digital tools to improve coordination and maintain synergy across the project team
• Assessing the key benefits and challenges with the IPD model and how these can be overcome to further improve delivery timelines

3:20 pm Panel: Harnessing Lessons Learned Through Covid-19 to Maintain Team Collaboration & Supply Chain Agility

  • Henry Nutt Preconstruction Executive, Southland Industries
  • David Bendet Life Science & Technology Leader, Gensler
  • John Gardner Construction Services Site Lead, Pfizer
  • Robert Martin Project Manager, JC Cannistraro
  • Andrew Raufi Vice President – Commercial Development, McCarthy Building Companies


• Assessing how the ‘big room concept’ can be brought online: What are the most innovative techniques available to enhance virtual collaboration?
• Maintaining an agile and resilient supply chain during volatility to mitigate supply chain disruption and improve JIT delivery
• Evaluating strategic priorities for construction in the pharmaceutical industry and reassessing how client’s expectations have changed in recent months

4:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

4:10 pm End of Conference Day Two