Design+Construction Conference 2022

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Dunwoody College of Technology is committed to advancing current and future professions in the Construction Sciences and Building Technology industry. The 2022 Design+Construction Conference Resilience: Power to Thrive will bring together industry leaders, educators, and future professionals for an all-day, virtual conference, exploring current trends and the future reality of the construction industry and design professions.

Sessions will include:

  • The changing landscape of the Design and Construction industries
  • New technologies
  • Professional development opportunities/strategies

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Conference Schedule

  • 8 – 8:45 a.m. — Virtual Welcome & Keynote Session
  • 9 – 9:45 a.m. — Virtual Breakout Sessions (Session Links provided below)
  • 10 – 10:45 a.m. — Virtual Breakout Sessions (Session Links provided below)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Virtual Career Fair (via Handshake, Link to Career Fair provided at bottom of page)

About the Career Fair

The Construction & Design Conference will take place February 17, 2022. We will be seeking guest speakers for professional development sessions across all majors in our Construction Sciences & Building Technology majors as well as our Architecture and Interior Design programs.

Times for the Career Fair portion of the day are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is now open through Handshake.

Registration Fees:

  • For-profit companies – $350
  • Government, Non-Profit, and Industry Groups – $100

Click here to register.

To inquire about speaking at this event or to ensure you get an invite to this event, please email

9 – 9:45 a.m. Virtual Breakout Sessions

  • IOT-The Digitally Connected Universe | Craig Truempi | Session Link
  • What is the union? | JATC | Derrick Atkins | Session Link
  • National Electrical Code Changes and what is coming in the future | Mark Hunter | Session Link
  • Opportunities in the Electrical Contracting Business | Parsons | Jeff Peper and Tyler Sadek | Session Link
  • Integrated Solutions Create Resilience that Endures a Pandemic- and Beyond! | Ryan Companies | Jason Gabrick, Vice President of Construction Operations, North Region; Mike Rodriguez, President Ryan A+E; Latoya Dennis, Design Intern (ARCH ’21), Raquel Thelen, Project Engineer, Construction (PMGT ’21), | Session Link
  • Residential Electrical Construction | J.Becher & Associates: Jerry Becher and Luke Tulenchik (ECDM ’07) | Session Link
  • Did you know? Interesting facts about the Southwest Light Rail Project | Lunda Construction: Ashlie Polanco, Project Engineer, and Christa N. Seaberg, Project EEO/Diversity Representative | Session Link
  • Print in a digital world: From look book to movie | Jack Dalke | Session Link
  • It Takes an Interconnected Village | Rhys MacPherson | Session Link
  • Biomimicry: Learning Resilience from Nature | Asheen A. Phansey | Session Link
  • AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence | Glenn Waguespack, Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, Richard Graves | Session Link
  • Preconstruction and Design Phase Management | L.S. Black: Pat Block, Vice President – Commercial Construction (’00 ARCH); Casey Thompson – Director of Preconstruction; Greg Hedin – Director of Design Phase Management | Session Link
  • Target value delivery and model based estimating | Mortenson: Savannah Wehinger, Estimator III and Scott Simpson, Senior Estimator  | Session Link

10 – 10:45 a.m. Virtual Breakout Sessions

  • Powering the SW Line | Mike Toney, Aldridge Electric, and David Mason, Parsons | Session Link
  • Leading the Digital Transformation of Railway | Loram: Curt Asfeld | Session Link
  • What is the difference?  An examination of merit shop workers vs. union membership | Laketown Electric: Matt Bergman and Andy Kerber | Session Link
  • Getting Stuff Done (GSD) at Knobelsdorff, an Electrical and Engineering Contracting Firm  | Nate Anderson (’01), Jason Thompson, Cameron Dooley, Paul Wick, Kyle Johnson, and Megan Ramaker | Session Link
  • Industry Panel | OPUS: Kelly Hovde, Project Manager; Beth Duyvejonck, Regional Vice President; Mindy Hart, Project Architect | Session Link
  • Intro to Harris | Tom Danley, Vice President, Service and Building Automation | Session Link 
  • Digital Décor Manufacturing & Marketing: Scanning, Designing & Printing with 2D & 3D Data | CGS ORIS: Rob Lawrence, Business Development Manager-Western US | Session Link
  • Oertel Architecture to talk about the Palace Theater project | Ron Betcher | Session Link
  • Architectural Decorative and Solar Films | CSI: Heidi Lohmann | Session Link
  • Community Engagement Across Practice Models | Ceara O’Leary, Laura Shagalov, Jess Roberts | Session Link
  • Renewing Altmeyer: From Mid-century to Post-Carbon | Kathryn Van Nelson, Will Babbington, and Doug Gerlach | Session Link
  • AWH Architects | Michael Gordon | Session Link
  • Estimating for Resiliency through Renewables | Mortenson: Aaron Schutz ELEC ‘2007 CMGT’2020 | Session Link

Keynote Speaker: Nawal Noor

Nawal Noor is the Founder and CEO of Noor Companies (NŌR) a Social Enterprise that performs mission-based work in construction, real estate development and community engagement. Nawal is a Licensed General Contractor. She brings eight years of development experience and eight years of construction and project management experience as well as over 10 years of successful corporate finance, audit, strategy, and marketing experience working for Ecolab, a $16 billion global company in the Twin Cities.

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