HOLLYWOOD, FL – Construction Super Conference wrapped up earlier this month from the warm shores of Hollywood, Fla. The Diplomat Beach Resort featured a convenient layout and a spectacular shoreline location. Third Thursday asked attendees to share their favorite aspects of the Conference. Here’s what they had to say.
“My favorite part of CSC 2024 was the Closing Keynote – Implications of AI. This was a terrific selection of speakers and topic for the closing. As someone who is always seeking ways to do more faster and better, some of the other sessions left me discouraged that our industry faces nearly impossible challenges in staffing, regulation, and other aspects. The concrete examples provided in the closing keynote were easy to understand and left us with hope and excitement for the future.” — Catherine Swan, senior in-house counsel, In Transition
“My favorite part is seeing lawyers I know who I may not have seen in awhile. Luckily, I am friendly with most. So it’s nice to catch up and trade stories.” — Edward Seglias, partner, Cohen Seglias, Philadelphia
“My favorite ‘part’ of CSC 2023 really falls into two categories. The first was the exciting opportunity to present on the topic of delegated design with Ed Seglias and Hakim Bouadi, each seasoned professionals in their respective fields and subject matter experts. The second was sharing the camaraderie of my friends and construction law colleagues from other firms, companies, associations, and consultants in attendance.” — Anthony L. Byler, partner, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, Philadelphia
“It was incredibly rewarding to contribute, alongside our friends from DeAngelis Diamond, Stiles, and China Construction America, in a panel presentation on strategies for evaluating and pricing risk. CSC also serves as great platform to foster meaningful connections and build a strong network within the construction community. The value of spending time with our colleagues and clients who share the same enthusiasm for the construction industry simply cannot be overstated.” — Levi Barrett, partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
“Getting the latest on design-build risk allocation was my favorite part of CSC. There is lots of tension between design and build teams and nobody seems happy with the overall risk allocation with owners. Some said progressive design-build was an answer, but others say it is not a magic bullet.” — Brian Perlberg, executive director & senior counsel, ConsensusDocs, AGC senior counsel for Construction Law and Contracts, Arlington, Virginia
“While I enjoyed seeing old friends at the Construction Super Conference, and experiencing the great venue, I have to say that the most enjoyable part of the conference for me this year was the time I spent with my fellow panel members Caryn Fuller from HKA, Matthew Meaker from Sundt Construction, and Benjamin Pollock from Shell USA putting together and preparing for our presentation. Sometimes putting together a conference presentation can feel like a chore, but in this instance it was thoroughly enjoyable. We had great contributions and enthusiasm from everyone on the panel. That enthusiasm really carried through in the presentation itself. We had great audience participation which really made for an interesting discussion on the ethics of making claims.” — Brian R. Gaudet, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Houston, Texas
“While there are so many positive things to say about this year’s program, including the depth and breadth of the high quality speakers and presentations, I particularly enjoyed the Women’s Leadership Workshop and meeting all of the women who are leading the way in our industry. The Workshop provided a unique opportunity to have dialogue and exchange ideas about ‘executive presence’ with other top level executive women who have developed strategies for choosing the right language and speaking with confidence, in what is still considered to be a ‘male-dominated’ industry.” — Heather F. Shore, shareholder, Shaffer Lombardo Shurin, PC, Kansas City, Missouri
“My favorite part was the presentation I gave on delegated design and the opportunity to share lessons learned, and to learn from others through the ensuing discussion and Q and A session.” — Hakim Bouadi, Ph.D, P.E. / principal, Diagnostics Group, Walter P Moore, Houston, Texas
“My favorite part of CSC was the interaction with peers and thought leaders in the construction and engineering industries.” — David A. Hecker, group general counsel, Kiewit Corp., Omaha, Nebraska
“My favorite part of CSC was the networking opportunities and getting together with fellow construction practice professionals to discuss cutting edge issues affecting the construction industry. I always learn or meet someone new at the conference which I find helpful in my legal practice.” — Ralf R. Rodriguez, member, Cozen O’Connor, Miami