16 Nov, 2017

Event Recap: Lunch and Leads Education in Northern Virginia

Beth Bryan

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The SMPS DC procurement committee kicked-off the program year with a Lunch and Leads event on Wednesday, October 25th focused on procurement opportunities for all levels of education in Northern Virginia. The event at Maggiano’s of Tysons was sold out, and was attended by vice presidents, principals, business development managers, and marketing professionals from the AEC industry’s most active firms. This level of exposure to decision makers made for a worthwhile networking session.

Attendees network and share information on upcoming education projects.

After an hour of networking, guests heard from our four speakers:

  • George Mason University - Doug Lipscomb, Assistant Vice President Planning and Design and Nancy Pickens, Acting Director of Project Management and Construction

GMU gave an update on their current Capital Projects both in the design and planning stages, and a status report on their AE term contracts. They also stressed that they are looking for the right design team for the project - each project is unique and they look for the best fit for that project.

MWU provided an overview of their 2018-2024 Capital Outlay Plan and reviewed their procurement process, stressing to be familiar with the COV DGS CPSM (Commonwealth of Virginia Department of General Services Construction and Professional Services Manual, for those that don’t know!). They invite folks to reach out to them for a meet & greet or to attend their vendor forum in the spring (usually in March). Keep an eye out for changes though, as their new president looks to put his stamp on the university.

NVCC gave an overview of their current and upcoming capital projects and also stressed the importance of knowing BCOM (Bureau of Capital Outlay Management) and the CPSM. Follow eVa for opportunities and become familiar with the Division of Engineering & Building – Professional Services Category B Qualification Pool and VCCS – A/E Term Contracts, as they use both for smaller projects.

APS gave an overview of current and recently completed projects. While they don’t have a long, specific list of upcoming projects, they will have projects as their projected enrollment continues to skyrocket and projects will likely be similar to what they have done in the recent past, including making the most of the land / property that they have already.

SMPS DC members ask questions about upcoming projects.

The event closed with time for additional networking and information sharing. Thank you to all of our program attendees for making this event a huge success. Part 2 of our Lunch and Leads series will continue in late January/early February with a joint Healthcare program with SMPS MD and Women in Healthcare. Look for details on the SMPS DC website soon.