DevelopME’s Lunch & Learn Series “Breaking into Development”, Part Two: “Out to Bid: Managing the Construction Process”

DevelopME Logo 2017Join the Maine Real Estate Development’s DevelopME for their Lunch and Learn Series “Breaking into Development”, Part Two: “Out to Bid: Managing the Construction Process on October 4, 2017 at the Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Our expert panelists will discuss necessary conditions during the design and construction period to mitigate risks and deliver a quality project. The audience will leave with a better sense of what questions need to be answered prior to the start of construction and how to select the right team.

Alyssa Parker of Wright Ryan Construction and Graham Vickers of SMRT Architects will dive into what goes on during the construction period, and shed some light on a process that can be intimidating to would-be real estate entrepreneurs.

Ethan Boxer-Macomber will return to moderate the discussion and the hypothetical project from part I of this series will pick up right where it left off.

About the Event:

October 4, 2017 – 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Portland Public Library
Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME

Lunch: 11:30 AM
Program: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

About the Panel:

Ethan Boxer-Macomber, LEED AP, has over 18 years of experience in real estate, housing, and community development and has successfully led multiple large-scale residential development projects across southern Maine. In 2013, Ethan started Anew Development, a Portland-based real estate development company dedicated to residential infill that provides highest, best community value by adhering to principles of quality urban design, smart growth, and sustainability. 

Ethan formerly was a City Planner for the cities of Davis, California, and Portland, Maine. He earned a BS in natural resources and ecology from the University of Maine and an MS in community planning and development from the University of California, Davis. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and was formerly certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 

Alyssa Parker, LEED AP BD + C, has over 20 years of design and construction experience and a technical background in Architecture. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design and her Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and began her career working for architectural firms from Vail, CO to Boston, MA. Alyssa’s wide-ranging construction expertise includes experience on projects all across the United States, from California to Virginia and Hawaii to Minnesota. 

She’s led some of Wright-Ryan’s most complex and architecturally distinctive projects to date during her tenure with the firm, including the recently completed Press Hotel – a LEED-certified historic property.

In her role as Director of Commercial Project Management, Alyssa mentors and oversees all other Commercial Project Managers in the firm. She has most recently helped guide the successful management of two large-scale Passive House projects in Maine – Village Centre Apartments in Brewer and Bayside Anchor in Portland. A third Passive House project, a new Lower School for Waynflete in Portland, is currently underway. 

Graham Vickers, AIA, is an architect and project manager with SMRT Architects and Engineers in Portland.  His experience with SMRT has covered all project types, sizes and construction delivery methods.  Some select examples included: Integrated Project delivery (IPD) for the MaineGeneral Medical Center; P3 for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Construction Management (CM) for multiple developer led projects for Midcoast Health; Design-Build (DB) on numerous facilities for the Department of Defense; and Design-Bid-Build (DBB) projects for a wide variety of client types.  Graham has worked on the design of offices, high tech research and manufacturing, institutional, and educational facilities for clients like Draper Laboratories, WEX, Nanocomp, the State of Maine, Colby College, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

Graham’s work includes construction administration and owner’s project management, where he protects the interests of the building owners and developers.

Graham sits on the board of the Portland Society for Architecture and on the Advisory Board of the University of Maine School of Architecture. He holds a bachelors of architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $15 each  | Non – Member: $25 each

Register After September 27:  Member: $25 each  |  Non-Member $35 each

Your RSVP is requested by September 27. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after September 27.

This MEREDA DevelopME Lunch & Learn Series Event is Sponsored by Wright-Ryan Construction and SMRT Architects and Engineers. 

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