Upcoming Events Spotlight

February 20, 2019 - 12:00pm - AIA/ GBCA Joint Committee

Join the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee, co-chaired by John DeFazio of LF Driscoll and Josh Levy, AIA of Ballinger, for a regularly scheduled committee meeting. Along with committee business, this meeting will include a presentation and discussion on Target Value Delivery, presented by Tom Richert, Principal, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

Target Value Delivery is a set of lean design and construction practices developed from an understanding of lean principles that integrates the work of people planning, design, and constructing a building project. The intent is to develop a facility that aligns with the operational needs and values of the users, is delivered within an allowable budget, and promotes innovation throughout the development process.


Committee Mission Statement:

The purpose of the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee is to promote cooperative efforts between designers and constructors to enhance the value of the design and construction process for the owner and to provide a more satisfying and successful experience for designers and contractors.


February 28, 2019 - 8:00am - Last Planner System Workshop

The Last Planner® System is one of the hallmark collaborative planning tools supporting lean design and construction.  It has been shown to facilitate collaborative schedule development for greater team ownership, improve work flow reliability and increase productivity throughout multiple disciplines. Understanding of the Last Planner® System is invaluable to firms and individuals progressing on their lean journey. 

This workshop will cover introductory level information, hands-on practical training and simulations to give you the knowledge to successfully start implementing the Last Planner® System at any phase of the building project with your project team, within your firm or even just for your scope of work on your projects.  This program is intended for individuals who have some basic understanding of lean design and construction principles and who would like to learn more specifically about the Last Planner® System and the pull planning process.


Specific Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of each element of Last Planner® System:  Milestone Planning, Phase Pull Planning, Look Ahead/Make-Ready Planning, Weekly Work Planning and Learning/Improvement Cycles.
  • Practice the application of each element through a simulated project experience.
  • Understand measurable feedback metrics within Last Planner® System and how to leverage these for continuous project improvement.
  • Learn leadership and implementation tips for getting started with Last Planner® System with your project teams.
  • Implementation strategies for key elements of Last Planner® System to improve workflow reliability and productivity even on an individual trade level.


Presenter Bio:

Christian Pikel, Managing Principal, Senior Coach, The ReAlignment Group







Christian Pikel, managing principal and senior coach with The ReAlignment Group, brings a unique insight and novel approach to lean/IPD coaching for teams and organizations, defined by a diverse career spanning two decades in the design and construction industry as design/build trade manager, preconstruction and project developer and serial builder owner.  This is coupled with Christian’s ten years of experience as practitioner and student of lean construction and engagement with over 25 IPD projects in roles of collaborator, leader and coach.

Most recently, Assistant Director in Design & Construction for a major national healthcare network, Christian has been integrating project teams from initial team member selection through all phases of project delivery, while supporting internal development of process improvement practices and improving organizational learning behaviors.  Christian is base in the Washington, DC area and travels nationally and internationally to support project team, companies and organizations on their lean/IPD journeys.

His expertise includes:

  • Facilitation, training and coaching for lean capital project development
  • Lean design and construction implementation
  • Integrated Project Delivery training, strategy, team formation & integration
  • Visual management, cost benchmarking and organizational dashboard implementation
  • LCI Improved Instructor:
    • Introduction to Lean Design & Construction
    • Last Planner® System (Construction and Design)
    • Effective Big Room Management
    • Target Value Delivery
  • CoreClarity™ Certified Facilitator and Strengths Coach
  • Scrum Alliance® Certified Scrum Master



Additional information:

  • This class is capped at 30 participants on a first come, first served basis.
  • 4 LU Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members.
  • 7 hours of CE credits are available for CM-Lean holders through AGC of America.

March 1, 2019 - 7:30am - Eggs with OSHA

Eggs with OSHA 2018 focused on the culture of safety, we looked at the way safety professionals and businesses approached safety patterns and methodologies and asked …"is this the right fit for todays construction market, and what about the future?"

We look into the future and see the future of safety is now. 2019's first edition of Eggs with OSHA will focus on the latest in safety technology available. From drones to wearables and hardware to software, todays safety leaders have a plethora of gadgets for their safety tool belts. Join us as we explore some of the latest safety technology from Smartvid.IO whose product line combines hazard recognition software with 360 degree video streaming. Also featured will be Triax company's Spot-R product line which provides real-time visibility into workers, safety, and resources across project sites …come see the future today.

Presenter Bios: 

Bob Dolan, National Sales Director, Triax Technologies
Bob oversees Triax’s national direct sales force and works to build relationships with key construction contractors and owners/developers to grow sales and help the company meet strategic business objectives.  Prior to joining Triax in 2013, Bob worked for two separate medical technology start-ups that transformed the pharmaceutical services process throughout the U.S. Bob holds a B.S. degree in Business and Marketing from Bentley University.

Josh Kanner, Founder & CEO,
Josh Kanner is Founder & CEO of Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM360 Field. Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company. Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He enjoys hiking, skiing, travel and being a dad to his two boys.

March 14, 2019 - 5:00pm - Spring Membership Dinner

Cocktails and Dinner for GBCA Members. Dinner is for members and guests of members only. 

The Membership Committee invites all members to the GBCA Spring Membership Dinner featuring a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, full course dinner, and open bar.

Come hear remarks from prominent developer, Gerard H. Sweeney, President & CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust. 


Featured Speaker
Gerard H. Sweeney
President & CEO
Brandywine Realty Trust






Mr. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine since the Company’s founding in 1994. He has overseen Brandywine’s growth from 200,000  square feet with a total market capitalization of less than $5 million, to nearly 25 million  square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5.0 billion. Under his  leadership, Brandywine has grown into one of the largest, publicly-traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States, with a core focus on urban, town center, and transit–oriented development in the Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., and  Austin, TX markets. Mr. Sweeney has overseen more than $2.5 billion and approximately 12 million square feet of successful development to-date, with many more projects currently in the pipeline. 

Mr. Sweeney believes that buildings are bridges to the communities they serve. He is  passionate about placemaking and creating thoughtful, dynamic spaces that have a positive impact on surrounding communities.

Prior to 1994, Mr. Sweeney served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated, a real estate development firm, and Financial Vice President and General Partner of the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR). Mr. Sweeney holds a BS degree in Economics from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Sweeney is Chair of the Schuylkill River Development Corporate (SRDC), the Center City District Foundation (CCDF), and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He also serves on  the boards of several other Philadelphia-based organizations. Additionally, Mr. Sweeny is co-founder and co-CEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC. Mr. Sweeney is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). 


Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancellation and refund policy. 



March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm - WEBINAR: "From Kickoff to Closeout: How Technology is Changing the Data Turnover Conversation"

Starting something is always easier than finishing it. Which is why there are so few change order closures, resolved punch lists items and completed final document packages during the closeout phase. Despite the proliferation of construction software, these challenges remain. According to industry research, turnover  also represents a make or break moment for the relationship between contractors and owners. Learn how contractors and owners are rethinking the entire building life cycle as a single stream of data in order to hand over projects with ease, accuracy and far less manual data entry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance and business case for complete closeout and issues with current processes and tools in hand off.
  • How to rethink and leverage life cycle data.
  • How to standardize accurate and complete handoffs for closeout success and efficient facility operation.



Steven Martinez, Sr. Project Manager from Related Companies




Joshua Progar, E.I.T. - Global Director of Customer Advocacy, PlanGrid

Josh Progar is the global director for customer advocacy at PlanGrid, a construction productivity software company focused on end-user productivity on job sites globally.  Josh leads a global group of former construction professionals passionate about maximizing efficiencies using PlanGrid, working with top global customers on customized workflows, and working with company leadership to ensure PlanGrid is always building the next generation of field focused construction technology.  Before joining PlanGrid in 2015, Josh spent eight years in the AEC industry as an architect and construction manager.

During his time in construction, Josh served as the virtual design and construction leader for a top ENR 400 general contractor in Allentown, PA focused on higher education and healthcare construction.  His responsibilities included the evaluation, implementation, and standardization of construction technologies in the building information modeling (BIM), field productivity, and emerging technology categories.

Josh holds a masters degree in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University and is currently an engineer-in-training.  He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Emma.

This is the first webinar in a four part series hosted by GBCA this year.


Save the Dates:

June 4 - Target Value Delivery with Tom Richert, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

September 11 - BIM for Facilities Management with Kelly Vigneault, CHOP

November 12 – TBD

March 28, 2019 - 1:00pm - CLC Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park

GBCA's Construction Leadership Council is hosting a day at the ballpark, on Opening Day! 

We have reserved a block of 50 tickets for the CLC to sit together, network, mingle, and enjoy the first day at Citizens Bank Park for the 2019 Philadelphia Phillies season! 

The group will meet at Xfinity LIVE at 1:00 pm for a brief networking opportunity at the Broad Street Bullies Restaurant before we head over to the ballpark for the 3:05 pm game vs. the Florida Marlins. 

Tickets include networking at the Broad Street Bullies section at Xfinity LIVE, a free commemorative rally towel at the ballpark, and of course a ticket to the game! 



Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancellation and refund policy. 


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June 4, 2019 - 12:00pm - WEBINAR: "Target Value Delivery: Leveraging Builder Expertise to Deliver a Better Building"

Target Value Delivery is a set of lean design and construction practices developed from an understanding of lean principles that integrates the work of people planning, design, and constructing a building project. The intent is to develop a facility that aligns with the operational needs and values of the users, is delivered within an allowable budget, and promotes innovation throughout the development process. 

This webinar will focus on Target Value Delivery from a builder’s perspective. It will include a brief introduction to lean design and construction, including background on the development of the Target Value Delivery. It will continue with a description of the builder’s role in each of the core practices, and conclude with a case study of how the practices were used on a recent project.

Who Should Attend?
Senior level management focused on client relationships, project managers, and cost estimators from construction managers, general contractors, and trade contractors.








Tom Richert, Principal, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis. His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop sustained enthusiasm for lean practices.

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 while working at the Linbeck Group, a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute. He was responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England projects in 2001 and co-designed and delivered companywide lean training workshops. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University.

Tom has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), and has presented work at past LCI annual conferences. He has facilitated workshops at conferences for Lean Frontiers, the Lean Enterprise Institute, and the Lean Construction Institute; and is a contributor to the Lean Enterprise Institute Lean Post. He is author of Lean Conversations, reporting insights from his work that John Shook, Executive Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute, calls the beginning of a landmark initiative.


This is the second webinar in a four part series hosted by GBCA this year.

Save the Date:

September 11 - BIM for Facilities Management with Kelly Vigneault, CHOP

November 12 – TBD

October 29, 2019 - 8:00am - Construction Technology Expo

Join the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) as we host our second annual Construction Technology Expo presented by PlanGrid.

Technology and innovation have revolutionized, and will continue to change, the way we build. The second annual GBCA Construction Technology Expo will offer insight on new technologies that are transforming all stages of the engineering and construction process, as well as give guests an opportunity to see, touch, and feel all types of applications, platforms, products, and services.

Join us to make sure your firm is up to speed on new applications, tools, technologies and platforms. From our keynote and breakout sessions to our hands-on expo floor, learn how to implement new products and services, how they are being used in the idustry, the common pitfalls of technology, and have the opportunity to share and exchange information with other firms.





CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Are you a general contractor, construction manager, subcontractor, or specialty contractor implementing cutting edge technology on your projects? If so, submit your information via this form to by April 15, 2019.


Tentative Agenda:

8:00 am               Registration & Vendor Exhibits Open

9:30 am               Keynote

11:00 am             Breakout Session

12:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 pm               Breakout Session

3:00 pm               Breakout Session

4:00 pm               Exhibit Floor Closes, Event Ends




For sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, contact Angela Hendrix at

See GBCA’s 2018 Construction Technology Expo here!


Presenting Sponsor: 



Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancellation and refund policy. 

Upcoming Events

2019 GBCA Annual Sponsorship Packages

Start Date:November 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

End Date:December 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Fee:$500 - $20,000

Location:Pay now for your annual sponsorship!

AIA/ GBCA Joint Committee

Start Date:February 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

End Date:February 20, 2019 - 1:30pm


Location:GBCA HQ

Last Planner System Workshop

Start Date:February 28, 2019 - 8:00am

End Date:February 28, 2019 - 4:00pm

Fee:Member: $200 Non-Member: $400

Location:GBCA HQ

Eggs with OSHA

Start Date:March 1, 2019 - 7:30am

End Date:March 1, 2019 - 10:30am

Fee:Member: $60 Non-Member: $85

Location:Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport

Spring Membership Dinner

Start Date:March 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

End Date:March 14, 2019 - 8:30pm

Fee:Member: $140 Guest of Member: $140  

Location:The Lucy by Cescaphe



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