Upcoming Industry Events
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Advancing Prefabrication Conference
April 26-29, 2022
OBO will present at the 2022 Advancing Prefabrication Conference. A case study – Revealing How Public Institutions Are Adapting Highly Regulated Markets to Realize the Benefits of Prefabrication on Their Projects will be presented by OBO. For more information about the Conference, please visit .
2022 International Physical Security Forum (IPSF)
May 08-13, 2022
OBO Blast Effects and Special Project Initiatives (SPI) Program Manager, Craig Ackerman, and Branch Chief, Spiro Barakat, will be attending the 2022 International Physical Security Forum (IPSF) in Montreal, Canada. The IPSF organization formed in December 1998 with a multi-nation membership composed of government officials and private individuals employed by government agencies who have physical security responsibilities. The primary function of the IPSF is to promote and coordinate the exchange of information related to lifesaving physical security issues. The 2022 IPSF is being organized by the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Centre for Security Science (CSS).
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Engineering Training Conference & Expo (JETC)
May 10-12, 2022
OBO representatives will attend and host a booth at the SAME Joint Engineering Training Conference & Expo in Colorado. Join your friends and colleagues from across the A/E/C profession and joint engineer community for three days of education, training, and networking. Register to attend .
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Live Washington DC Event
June 07-10, 2022
OBO and The MIller Hull Partnership will present U.S. Embassy Niamey: American Diplomacy Achieves LEED Platinum in Developing Nation at the USGBC Live Washington DC Event on June 9. USGBC Live is one of the leading events for the future of buildings, cities, and communities. Attendees will learn how to implement LEED, meet others in the industry, discover new green building strategies that help with real-world issues, and explore the latest in green building technology platforms, including updates to LEED. Register to attend .
CII Executive Leadership Program
June 16-17, 2022
OBO representatives will attend the 2022 CII Executive Leadership Program. The CII Executive Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin is the premier industry program for the development of future leaders for the capital projects industry. Click here to learn more about this accelerated nine-day custom-designed program that will develop your capabilities to lead high-performing teams.
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Federal Contractors Conference (FedCon)
June 21, 2022
OBO DIrectors, Ambassador Moser, and Tracy Thomas, Managing Director for Construction Management, Facility Management, and Security Management, will present at the AGC FedCon. The AGC FedCon brings together construction industry leaders and their federal agency counterparts to take part in a candid dialogue about direct business impacts happening in real-time. The conference includes a number of federal construction agency sessions where a host of topics are discussed with a particular agency. Learn more and register to attend .
AIA Conference on Architecture 2022
June 22-25, 2022
OBO will participate in three separate sessions. On June 22, OBO’s Director of Architecture, Curtis Clay, Brian Court, Partner at Miller Hull, and Adaheid Mestad, Design Anthropologist at HGA, will host a session that will teach designers how and when to incorporate connotative elements into their design projects without culturally appropriating. The balance between cultural relativism and respectful vernacular appropriation in a modern/ contemporary way is a challenging problem to solve. Explore tools developed by the OBO to assist A/E firms in identifying the relevant connotative elements, cultural values, traditions, and lifestyle values to consider when designing in foreign countries.
On June 24, OBO’s Managing Director for Program Development, Coordination and Support, Angel A. Dizon III, will moderate a panel that examines the scale, scope, and risks of modern slavery in the materials supply chain. The panel will feature Christy Foushee, OBO’s Director of External Affairs, Sharon Prince, CEO/Founder at Grace Farms Foundation, Christopher Sharples, Principal at SHoP Architects, and a J Bureau member. Panelist will share tools to help identify and assess these risks and highlight partnerships addressing social equity and forced labor within the built environment industry. These commitments will serve as examples of solution-based thinking while empowering firm leadership and project teams to institute policies that can contribute to rectifying this humanitarian crisis.
Curtis Clay, Director of Architecture at OBO, Thomas “Gunny” Harboe, President at Harboe Architects, Sara Lundgren, Partner at Krueck Sexton Partners, and OBO Office Director, Jorge Salcedo, will host a session on June 25. This session will explore the untapped potential in reusing existing structures and the importance of saving our cultural heritage through historical architecture. Participate in this in-depth discussion on the tools available to your A/E teams and clients for “twinning” their buildings, documenting them in construction drawings, and capitalizing on technology that provides countless benefits during design phases. This dialogue will include perspectives from architects, historians, and clients regarding the benefits and challenges of tools, as well as lessons learned.
OBO 2021 Industry Roadshow Wrap-up
Thank you to the professional organizations who hosted OBO and to all those who attended throughout the Roadshow. Please find our recording and a copy of the briefing deck below. We look forward to Roadshow 2022!
Upcoming Recruitment Events
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