Penn State HHD Project Awarded COAA 2015 Gold Leadership Award


In November 2015, Penn State University was honored by the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) with the 2015 Gold Project Leadership Award for the completion of the Health and Human Development Building. The project was the second building of a two-phase expansion of the College of Health and Human Development for which we provided construction management services.

The project, part of an effort to unite several of the college’s research centers into new facilities in close proximity to the main academic departments and programs, was a state-funded, multiple-prime contract with 17 primes. While use of a full Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreement was eliminated, the University still utilized many of the IPD principles in its management. This allowed for collaboration between all participants from day one, building a sense of respect and trust between the design team, physical plant staff, end users and constructors that led to a successful project.

Penn State University's Health and Human Development Building

Penn State University’s Health and Human Development Building

“To win the Gold Project Leadership Award, owners must not only achieve budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrate exceptional leadership and project management skills,” said Dean McCormick, committee chair for the COAA Awards. “The Health and Human Development Building project showcased how the entire team went above and beyond achieving cost, schedule and quality goals to raise the industry’s bar even higher.”

The 2015 Project Leadership Awards were presented during an awards luncheon on Nov. 5. The Project Leadership Award Program promotes leadership, professionalism and management excellence of owners involved in the design and construction process. The committee sought projects with exceptional visioning, integrity, team building, communication, fairness, problem resolution, decision-making, plan implementation and collaboration.

In addition, project team members, Rachel Prinkey, Penn State University Project Manager; Renee Sutterer, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Associate; and Tim Jones, Massaro CM Services Project Manager, presented on “Collaboration that actually worked” at the National COAA Spring Owners Leadership Conference on May 4-6, 2016.

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