Think of it as the Academy Awards for our industry: The 2011 California Construction Expo, known as CalConExpo, is the premier event for contractors, designers, construction professionals, suppliers, and construction workers. On August 11, approximately 1,500 people gathered together to learn, connect, and grow.
CalConExpo 2011 provided a full day for participants to generate new business relationships, take workshops to explore innovation and best practices, and experience new tools and equipment. One of the highlights? Our very own Paulette Williams spoke on a workshop panel, “Quick Start to Public Works,” alongside Mark Hovatter (Procurement, LAUSD) and James Reed (Center for Contract Compliance).
There was something for everyone: General Contractors and specialty trade contractors had unique access to upcoming contract information and contracting officials. Expo Exhibitors exposed their product and/or services to a universe of interested clients. Sponsors demonstrated their corporate stature alongside its hosts — The Associated General Contractors-California, Los Angeles World Airports, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Metropolitan Water District, the Department of General Services, and the Port of Long Beach, in addition to a statewide consortium of public agencies.
This year, the conference hosted a unique event: a Pre- Expo Workshop called Meet the Design-Build Primes. Unlike past CalCon matchmaking events, the Meet the Design-Build Primes took place the day prior to CalCon Expo. The cost for the event was only $35, and attendees also received a free Limited Access Pass into CalCon Expo the following day. Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet with four Large General Construction and/or Design Firms, based on priority. Unlike traditional matchmaking, where a person only has one to two minutes to speak, attendees had ample time to meet with the Large General Construction and/or Design Firms of their choice.
The response to the event, which attracted over 100 people, was an overwhelming success — so much that registration was cut off because so many people wanted to attend.
At the popular event, eleven Large General Construction and Design Firms shared their plans for bidding and learned what subcontractors and designers can bring to their team. The Large General Contractors and Design Firms who participated were: AECOM, Clark Construction, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Kiewit Infrastructure Group, Manson Construction, McCarthy Building Company, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Sully-Miller Contracting Co., Turner Construction, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., and Walsh-Austin Joint Venture.
The response to the event was overwhelmingly positive! CalCon Construction Expo is looking forward to having this event again next year, hopefully with even more people able to benefit from this unique networking and learning opportunity.
Thanks to all who made this important day a success for our industry.