Exploring Potential Challenges and Solutions with Industry Leaders
As the construction industry gears up for the upcoming years, NUCA's 2023 Projects Preview provided a sneak peek into the exciting projects on the horizon for 2024-2025, courtesy of local municipalities. This exclusive event, generously sponsored by Vermeer and White Diamond Construction, brought together professionals and experts to discuss the future landscape of construction in the region.
Insights from Esteemed Guest Speakers
The event boasted an impressive lineup of guest speakers, each bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the forefront. Dan Buller, the Director of Engineering Services for the City of Spokane, shared valuable insights into the city's strategic plans for upcoming projects. Erica Amsden, an accomplished engineer and project manager, shed light on innovative approaches, while Robert Lochmiller, CIP Engineering Manager from the City of Spokane Valley, discussed the city's vision and key considerations. Becky Spangle, a professional engineer representing Spokane County, provided a comprehensive overview of county projects, addressing potential challenges and solutions. Dan Wells, Deputy Director for Capital Development at Spokane Transit, discussed the transit agency's role in shaping the local infrastructure.
Addressing Potential Challenges
Amid the excitement of unveiling future projects, the event also delved into potential challenges that the industry might encounter in the coming years. The speakers addressed issues that could impact project timelines and budgets. The discussions fostered a proactive approach to problem-solving, emphasizing collaboration and preparedness within the industry.
Networking and Collaboration Opportunities
In addition to the informative sessions, the Projects Preview served as a networking hub, providing attendees with opportunities to connect, share ideas, and establish partnerships that could prove invaluable in the execution of upcoming projects. The camaraderie among professionals from various sectors of the industry is one of the wonderful benefits of the collaborative spirit that defines NUCA membership events.
Gratitude to Sponsors and Participants
We want to express our sincere appreciation to Vermeer and White Diamond Construction for their generous sponsorship, it is our amazing sponsor members that make events like the Projects Preview so wonderful for all our NUCA members.
Additional Business of the Day
One of the "other" business of the day was announcing our new board members. There were returning members President Rick Oliver from NPL, Jim Majesky of PayneWest, and Mat Haneke from WM Winkler as well as new board members: Marshall Sampson-Inland Infratstructure, Justin Hauge-Copenhaver Construction and Mark Gunderson-Badger Infrastructure Solutions. We were also pleased to be able to welcome new members North Fork Enterprises in person.
In closing the 2023 Projects Preview was a resounding success, offering a glimpse into the exciting future of construction in the Pacific Northwest. The collective expertise shared by our esteemed speakers, coupled with the collaborative spirit of attendees, sets the stage for a dynamic and innovative atmosphere in the local industry. As we eagerly anticipate the groundbreaking projects ahead, NUCA remains dedicated to fostering excellence, resilience, and community within our construction association.