Doing Business with the New York City Department of Design and Construction
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/14/2019
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019
8:00 AM Registration | 8:30 AM Welcome | 12:00 PM Adjournment
Where: Union League Club
38 E 37th Street
New York, New York  10016
United States
Contact: Erica Lavigne

Online registration is available until: 11/7/2019
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As part of the ongoing "Doing Business with..." program series, ACEC New York is partnering with the New York City Department of Design and Construction for a half-day program on best practices for working with the agency.

Thank You Sponsors

Please note: agenda below is preliminary—schedule subject to change. Detailed descriptions of breakout sessions are below:

8:00 – 8:30 AM    Registration and Networking/Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:50 AM   Welcome:
Jay Simson, ACEC New York President & CEO
Lorraine Grillo, NYCDDC CEO
8:50 – 9:10 AM   Morning Keynote: DDC program and opportunities for firms
DDC (Speaker TBD)
9:10 – 9:25 AM   Update / Overview of Event & Key Industry Issues
Denise Carter, PE, ACEC New York DDC Committee Chair
9:25 – 9:50 AM  

Update on DDC process & procedures for design firms

  • DDC staff
  • Procurement
  • Compliance
  • Payment & Close Out
9:50 – 10:15 AM   BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 AM

Breakout Sessions***

  • Innovation
    • Mohsen Zaragrelahi, P.E., Associate Commissioner, Design
    • Sofia Zuberbuhler-Yafar, R.L.A., Sr. Project Executive, Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Richard Jones, P.E., Executive Director of Specifications
    • Jorge Tua, Executive Director of Design
    • Lindsey Berkhahn, Director of Pedestrian Ramp Design

  • Alternate Delivery Strategies
    • John Delucia,  P.E., Assistant Commissioner, Manhattan Construction
    • Ali Mallick, P.E., Assistant Commissioner, Bronx/N. Queens Construction
    • Lambert Monah, P.E., Director, Bronx/N. Queens Construction
    • Walkman Wong, P.E., Director, Manhattan Construction
    • Christopher Esposito-Bernard, Program Coordinator, Infrastructure/Construction Management

  • Optimizing Project Delivery
    • Luis Sanchez, P.E., Associate Commissioner, Program Management
    • Angela Sabet , CHMM, LEED, Program Coordinator
    • Shefalee Patel, Director of Front End Planning
    • Eric Ilijevich, Environmental Assessment Coordinator
11:15 AM
  Session Reviews/Next Steps
12:00 PM   Adjournment

**NOTE – Each session will include at least 1 and possibly two representatives from DDC and ACEC New York. In order to ensure participation at all levels, ACEC New York and DDC reserve the right to assign attendees to various breakouts. Limited space may also dictate numbers in each session. See below for full descriptions of each breakout session.

Presenters from the New York City Department of Design and Construction:
Eric Macfarlane, P.E./ Deputy Commissioner, Infrastructure Division
Luis Sanchez, P.E./ Associate Commissioner, Program Management
Mohsen Zaragrelahi, P.E./ Associate Commissioner, Design
Sharam Jaromi, P.E./ Associate Commissioner, Construction
John Delucia,  P.E./ Assistant Commissioner, Manhattan Construction
Sofia Zuberbuhler-Yafar, R.L.A./ Sr. Project Executive, Sustainable Infrastructure

Registration Fees Per Attendee: Member Rate $150 | Non-Member Rate $175
(Note: membership in ACEC New York is by firm—all employees of member firms receive the member rate. In order to receive the member rate, members MUST sign in.)

Sponsorship: Member Rate $1,500 | Non-Member Rate $3,000

(includes acknowledgement from podium, name on signage and registration for two [2] individuals)

Register above, or download the registration form.

Breakout Sessions
Innovation – This discussion will include uses of existing technology and how to plan for other emerging technologies in the delivery of projects to DDC. How to private sector companies interact with public agencies to transfer information securely? What are the costs-time and money- of mandating certain technologies including software? Are there ways to ensure that both the public sector and private sector are protected from negative consequences associated with sudden changes, disruptive technologies and other related issues in this area.

Alternative Delivery Methods – With newer or lesser tried methods like P3, Design-Build, CM at risk and others, how do public owners manage their projects better and how to private sector deliverers make sure the public gets what they expect? This will also examine facts and myths of delivery times, cost savings, owner control, and others along with identify how these methods can best serve both the public owner and private design firm.

Optimizing Project Delivery – How can we all be more efficient? From developing procurements and their standards to closing out projects, and everything in between, how can agencies be better owners and how can design firms be better service providers? It is often easier to see things from the other side, and this dialogue will allow everyone to discuss all opportunities to make our partnership more effective.