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2023 AIA PA and ABC Keystone Conference

April 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2023 AIA PA and ABC Keystone Conference

April 27, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

at ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Navigating the Volatile Construction Market Post-Pandemic and Preparing for a New Normal

Up to 7 AIA LU Credits available and Submitted

Who Should Attend this Event?

All Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Design-Builders, Firm Principals, Chief Financial Officers and Contracting Officers.  This event will take an in depth look at the challenges in the volatile construction market, identify risk factors and provide concrete risk management tools to implement in front end contracting and project management. The joint AIA PA / ABC Keystone will focus on applying traditional legal and risk management strategies to allow firm leaders to confidently navigate the current construction market landscape.


8:00 – 8:30
Registration & Coffee

Time Impact and Delay Claims Avoidance, Management, and Resolution in the Current Volatile Construction Market | Approved for 1.5 AIA LUs
Presented by Tony Potter and Franklin Miller of Offit Kurman + Anthony Manning of MBP

Before starting a project, be prepared to manage common project contract and execution issues, which typically cause claims and influence the resolution of disputes. Learn the basics through discussion of typical disputed matters from inception (i.e. a change order request, notice of claim) through entry into dispute resolution proceedings (direct principal-to-principal negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation). The presentation will focus on the common causes of scheduling issues, time impacts and delay claims and disputes, the importance of appropriate notification, contemporaneous documentation of critical path schedule impacts, and how to determine the financial impacts of a delay and ultimately resolve a project dispute. This discussion is relevant for all levels of project participants and will explain what claims are, why claims are filed, and how to seek to resolve time impact claims on a principled basis.

10:00- 10:15

Improving Leadership Mitigates Risk in a Volatile Construction Market | Approved for 1 AIA LU
Presented by Josh Quinter of Offit Kurman

The construction industry is a fluid environment. The need to adapt to an ever-changing landscape on a project can be managed in a variety of ways; but experience suggests the often over-looked topic of leadership has perhaps the biggest impact on risk mitigation. Leadership skills – including effective communication techniques, creating an ownership mentality, and proper delegation, among others – prevent problems from even occurring and make it easier to solve them if they do arise. Good leaders are in high demand in a current market challenged by labor shortages, supply chain issues, and other problems that require companies to do more with less. This presentation will explore the differences between leadership and management, the important elements of good leadership, and various styles of leadership. The desired result will be to provide tools for those in attendance to build effective teams that limit risk and get projects to completion efficiently.

11:30 – 12:30
Networking Lunch with Panel Discussion

This will be an open house panel discussion in which the lawyers are available to answer any and all of your questions.  As you go through the day’s sessions think about what else you might want to know the answers to and this will be an excellent opportunity to get answers!

12:30 -1:45
Strategies for Successful Project Acquisition and Delivery
Presented by Tom Powell & Brian Jeffers of Offit Kurman

The session will focus on project acquisition and procurement as well as innovative project delivery methods to maximize competitiveness, manage risk, and deliver economically successful projects.    The session take a deeper dive into Joint Ventures: Teaming Agreements, construction manager (At Risk and Advisor, Design-build and Design-bid-build).  Identifying risk and addressing high/low reward requirements in public and private solicitations.  Recognize risks accepted and remedies available under construction contracts.

1:45 – 2:00  

Avoiding Business Busters…
(Risk Management & Insurance Coverage, Indemnity and Hold Harmless)
Presented by Meghan Finnerty & Richard Dunne of Offit Kurman

3:00– 5:00
Networking Wine & Cheese Reception

Registration Details:

Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, happy hour drink ticket/cheese & hor d’oeuvres, printed handouts, and certificate of training completion for your records.

If you must cancel for any reason, please contact us immediately. Cancellations received less than seven days of the start of class cannot be refunded; substitutions are permitted.

Registration deadline: Seven days prior to session date

ABC Members may select the option to be invoiced. Non-members will need to please pay at time of registration either via credit card payment online or by calling the Chapter office: (717) 653-8106.

Note: STEP pricing discount available to current STEP members. STEP application must be submitted and approved prior to receiving discounted pricing.

EIN: 23-1618254 – Contributions or gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, payments may be deductible by members as an ordinary, necessary business expense. See your accountant for details.


ABC Keystone Membership can help you advance your business!
Contact Mike Bachman Director of Membership to find out more.


Register for this conference on the AIA Pennsylvania site here.


April 27, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545 United States
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