DFDM Collaborative Conference Agenda

Session descriptions, speakers and more

Please use this page to learn more about the sessions at the DFDM Collaborative Conference. Each session has a title, description and speaker. Click here to download a full conference agenda. Full attendance is eligible for 4 PDHs.

Designing for Hard Bid (9:05 - 10:05 a.m.)

Speakers: DFDM Team

Nearly all DFDM projects are delivered using the design-bid-build “Hard Bid” delivery process.  In this session, DFDM staff will speak to expectations of bidding documents with respect to the level of detail, verification of existing conditions, and other specifics necessary on state projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand DFDM expectations for bidding documents on State of Wisconsin capital projects
  • Learn about challenges DFDM faces when bidding projects
  • Discover examples of situations where bidding documents lacked detail, causing cost overruns and project delays
  • Determine which steps to take when faced with a challenging situation and learn how to overcome it easily

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A. Watch Your Ethics!
Speaker: Richard Kyte, Viterbo University

One of the significant keys to employee engagement in the workplace is creating an ethical culture with meaningful participation by everyone. This presentation will illustrate ways to enhance ethical culture through an emphasis on safety, with the added benefit of increased employee engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate a method for ethical decision-making
  • Identify the link between ethics and employee engagement
  • Discover how to promote safe practices that make work more productive
  • Learn how to make a conscious decision in an ethical manner

B. Best Practices for Bidding in a Strong Economy
Speaker: Jake Ehmke, DFDM; John Langhans, MSA Professional Services

In this session, MSA Professional Services will team up with DFDM to discuss feedback from Wisconsin contractors on the current bidding market.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a high-level understanding of current challenges that contractors face which affect owner project bidding
  • Understand how you can tailor your project to maximize the amount of work completed with set project budgets
  • Learn from case studies about how project adjustments were made to benefit both contractor and owner
  • Discover how the Wisconsin bidding market affects project decisions and budgets

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Project Showcase & Lessons Learned (11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.)

Speakers: Stephen Kromkowski & Debby Stone, DLZ; Fred Groth, GRAEF; Jesse Schreiner, KL Engineering; Stacey Keller & Rich Lundeen, Mead & Hunt

Join us for an exciting look at the wide variety of innovative solutions that designers are using on non-DFDM projects. The rapid-fire nature of the different presentations is designed to pack in something for everyone. These projects overcame challenges with unique solutions and the speakers will highlight how you can apply these innovations to your next project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how unique challenges can lead to innovative solutions
  • Review a wide range of non-DFDM projects to determine how you can use their ideas on your next state building project
  • Understand when to incorporate out of the box ideas in design and construction
  • Learn from project managers with similar experience on how collaboration in design leads to new solutions
Roundtable Discussions (1:30 - 2:45 p.m.)

Speakers: DFDM Team

Attendees have the opportunity to discuss discipline-specific information with DFDM project managers. Five breakout groups are available:
Architectural/Structural, Civil/Site, Mechanical/Plumbing/Fire Protection, Construction Administration, Electrical.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about DFDM PM's performance expectations
  • Discuss best practices and lessons learned in each focus area
  • Discover the challenges that DFDM PMs face on projects
  • Have an open discussion about issues facing designers and project managers
SERF Reconstruction Case Study (3:00 - 4:15 p.m.)

Speaker: Wendy Von Below, DFDM; Loei Badreddine & Fred Groth, GRAEF; James Braahm, HOK Architects; Shawn Montsma, Paul Opalewski & Jason Recob, Miron; Alex Pierce, UW Rec Sports; Jan Van den Kieboom, Workshop Architects

This session will give an overview of the nearly complete Nicholas Recreation Center project on the UW Madison campus (Southeast Recreational Facility replacement).  The DFDM project manager, along with members from the design consultant and contractor teams will be facilitating the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the scope and challenges of the SERF Reconstruction project
  • Discover innvoative solutions utilized to meet owner needs
  • Realize primary takeaways from the project team as the project nears completion
  • Learn about the importance of coordination and cooperation between a large group of stakeholders

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