8:00 am Breakfast & Networking

Improving Constructability of MEP Design

8:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:40 am Ensuring Early Trade Involvement to Improve Design Efficiency, Cost Management & Speed of Installation

  • Juan Bazan Vice President, MEP Systems, Clayco Construction


  • Working with MEPs on the calculation of an accurate GMP and conceptual estimates to manage risk and provide realistic cost expectations
  • Addressing potential design challenges or bottlenecks with MEPs to forecast schedule delays and build in contingency
  • Encouraging MEPs to review design documents and share knowledge on installation during schematic design so that technical errors are not missed

9:20 am Audience Discussion: Obtaining Client Buy-In to Design-Build to Minimize Change Orders & Schedule Delays


  • Building the business case of design-build to our client to get their buy-in to the process
  • Understanding what data and case studies of design-build projects should be collated to demonstrate the positive impact of design-build on change orders and costs
  • Illustrating to clients how a more collaborative project delivery approach promotes a shared vision of the project goal and ensures their expectations are met

10:00 am Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

Overcoming Supply Chain Disruption

10:40 am Case Study: Sharing How We Used Historical Data on Lead Times & Material Costs From Previous Projects to Better Manage Our Client’s Expectations


  • Analyzing data available from previous projects to inform our client of the current market conditions for equipment
  • Dissecting how we discussed the challenges posed by hyperinflation to create awareness of teh factors that could impact project costs
  • Examining how we reverified costs with vendors throughout the project, and how we communicated any changes to the client to build a greater sense of trust

11:20 am Fireside Chat: Investigating Alternative Procurement Approaches of Equipment & Materials to Guarantee the Completion of Projects On Time & On Budget


  • Addressing the latest flexible and creative solutions to maintain project progress despite specialized equipment delays and limited vendor options
  • Strategically planning the project schedule and temporarily omitting affected areas to reduce the impact of delays on the overall project timeline
  • Working closely with EMPs to encourage collective problem-solving and mitigate the impact of extended lead times

12:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm Examining the Risks & Benefits Associated With Early Release Packages to Better Inform Your Procurement Decisions

  • John Silvia Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Manager, Lee Kennedy Company


  • Analyzing the benefits of early release packages to ensure timely delivery and installation of critical components
  • Using early procurement to realize schedule savings and open up time for more rigorous testing of equipment in the field
  • Addressing the question of who is responsible for the replacement of faulty equipment in early release packages and warranty start dates to increase both yours and your client's confidence in this method of procurement

Maximizing MEP Coordination in the Field

1:40 pm Creating a Robust Plan for MEP Coordination to Prevent Clashes & Scope Creep


  • Rethinking the sequencing of MEPs to detect and prevent interference occurring in the field
  • Running a clash detection process to produce a clash report that shows potential collisions ahead of disruption
  • Sticking to the MEP sequencing plan to ensure safety and quality expectations are met, while improving productivity of fieldwork

2:20 pm Improving the Coordination of BIM Between Designers & MEPs to Consistently Achieve Zero-Clash Models


  • Explaining the potential impact that insufficient detail in the BIM model can have on the construction of a project to incentivize designers and MEPs to improve their design documentation
  • Assessing the earliest point that MEPs can provide input into the BIM model to reduce design errors
  • Fostering a closer relationship between designers and trades during the creation of the BIM model to increase early clash detection and save time on coordination

3:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:30 pm Driving Coordination Between MEP Managers & Project Managers to Optimize QA/QC Processes in the Field

  • John Bates Sr. MEP Quality Manager, Pepper Construction


  • Highlighting the common disagreements between MEPs, project managers, clients, and designers to ensure adherence to project specifications and effective potential resolutions
  • Documenting and communicating necessary corrections from Quality inspections to enable prompt action by trade partners and to minimize rework
  • Verifying issue resolutions to prevent oversight or burying, minimizing rework and accelerating project progression

Enhancing the Efficiency of Prefabrication

4:10 pm Benchmarking Best Practices to Optimize the Coordination, Assembly & Installation of Multi-Trade Prefabrication

  • Amr Raafat Chief Innovation Officer, Windover Construction


  • Assessing how to coordinate trades for prefabrication: How does this differ from traditional construction?
  • Mapping out the installation requirements of each assembly-type to effectively coordinate MEPs in the field
  • Addressing lessons learned during the installation of prefabricated products to prevent reinventing the wheel and optimize project delivery

4:50 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:00 pm End of Day One