LAS VEGAS – Entering the third month of the COVID-19 crisis, organizers at Construction Super Conference (CSC) are still aiming to convene Dec. 7-9, 2020. Unlike last year’s conference at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Calif, CSC will return to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel.
“It’s been such a crazy year,” says Kevin Gaffney, show director, CSC. “While we can’t predict how the COVID-19 situation will play out, we are casting an optimistic eye on Las Vegas. The conference demands considerable preparation, and we are moving forward with planning. We are hopeful, because we believe CSC has real value within the field of construction law.”
Members of the CSC educational advisory board (EAB) agree, banking on the additional motivator of pent-up demand. “I pray that there is a prompt return to what I’ll call healthy social interaction,” muses Thomas V. Giordano, general counsel, Construction, Lendlease Americas, New York, N.Y., and a CSC EAB member. “At some point, I predict that the American spirit will be willing to continue to walk into the unknown to make sure we can return to an environment that allows for live healthy social interaction.”
Brian Perlberg, senior counsel, Construction Law, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, believes that in-person conferences are simply better on a variety of levels. “There will never be an adequate substitute for face-to-face interactions with networking and knowledge sharing,” says Perlberg, who also serves executive director and senior counsel for ConsensusDocs, Arlington, Va., and is a CSC EAB member. “Come December, people will be itching to get out of the house and interact…People may prioritize the number of events that they do attend, and I believe CSC is a marquee event that people should keep at the top of their list.”