Pre Conference Workshop Day

Tuesday November 28, 2023

1:00 pm Workshop A

Establishing a Vetting Process to Ensure Contracts Consistently Meet Budgeting, Scheduling & Scope Requirements

  • Mark McGlathery MEP Preconstruction Director, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Corey McCutchan MEP Preconstruction Director, McCarthy Building Companies Inc


With building systems becoming increasingly complex, and disruption in pricing and supply chains on-going, it's more important than ever to ensure the trades and MEPs you hire are reliable, efficient and meet the budget requirements of your projects. However, the simple task of effective prequalification is becoming a huge challenge.

  • Assess best practices for selecting trades based on their safety protocols, financial requirements, and risk of bankruptcy to ensure your team are are delivering to client expectations
  • Uncover how trades are managing workflow, manpower, and supplies to determine whether they are the best fit for your project
  • Analyze historical data and use client recommendations to verify the most

3:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:30 pm Workshop B

Navigating Trade Availability in a Competitive Labor Market

  • Cole Qualheim Director of MEP Building, Holder Construction
  • Joshua Miller MEP Executive Sports and Entertainment, Mortenson Construction


As the labor market for skilled trade contractors reduces, more contractors are using alternative methods for sourcing and hiring trades to meet project demands. But which methods suit your organization and projects requirements, and how reliable are these methods?

Join this workshop to:

  • Discuss how trade contractors and general contractors can support each other with an ever-reducing skilled labor market
  • Explore alternative approaches of hiring trades, such as breaking trade contractor packages down into smaller packages or diversifying your supply chain, to mitigate risks
  • Determine how to obtain assurance from trade contractors during the prequalification process that their workforce meets the sufficient labor requirements to prevent schedule delays

5:30 pm End of Workshop Day