Projects Conference New York City

Date & Time

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Hub at Grand Central Tech 335 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10017

Projects are the heart of how the built world thinks.

Whether we’re planning a city or neighborhood, developing skyscrapers and buildings, designing an airport, building a bridge, or otherwise, we think about our work in terms of projects.

And it’s no secret that the process of planning and executing our projects has been forever altered by emerging technology (hello drones, IoT, advanced software, A.I./machine learning).

No stakeholder is exempt. No matter if you’re a Developer, Real Estate Executive, Architect or Engineer, Contractor, Built Tech Creator, or Facilities Manager, you’re all equally responsible for making sense of technology infiltrating the market.

At Projects NYC, we’ll offer the playbook you need to deliver faster, better, and more affordable projects in 2018, featuring case studies of technology adoption on major projects from around the world straight from the experts who completed them.

Are you a NYC based startup aimed at addressing challenges facing our cities, buildings, and infrastructure?

Enter the NYC Startup Challenge!

Finalists will be invited to the Projects NYC Conference and the winner will receive one free ticket to our Summit in April 2018, the premier C-Suite gathering focused on innovation in the world of cities, buildings, and infrastructure.



8:00 am – 8:50 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:50 am – 9:10 am

Speed Networking

9:10 am – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

Walker Thisted, Producer, BuiltWorlds

9:15 am – 9:20 am

Introduction to Urban Tech Hub

Robinson Hernandez, Executive Director of the Urban Tech Hub, Grand Central Tech

9:20 am – 9:50 am

Pioneering New Real Estate Developments: Waterline Square

During this talk, Andrea will discuss Waterline Square with the project’s developer.  They will explore how her firm designed one of the three towers on the Hudson River and how the project is grounded within a new park while representing an unprecedented approach to urban living. Residents benefit from the rare construct of a waterfront masterplan consisting of thoughtful residences with sky-high views, a robust amenity offering, retail, and a dynamic new park setting, creating a truly special place to live.

9:50 am – 10:20 am

Implementing Lean Construction Processes

Historic preservation of building poses unique challenges ranging from adapting historic floorplates to new uses to developing accurate as built plans and matching historic details. The process of retrofitting building also presents unique opportunities to implement lean construction processes in order to ensure that construction is executed as effectively as possible.  During this conversation, we will explore the ways in which tools such as Fieldwire are helping contractors build more efficiently.

9:50 am – 10:20 am

The Design and Construction Management Approach of ODA Architecture

ODA is a boutique architectural firm based in NYC. Chen is known for creating buildings that are radically innovative as well as fiscally and ecologically responsible. Since its inception in 2007, ODA has quickly become one of the most prolific and influential firms of its kind. He received a B.Arch Diploma with Honors from the Bezalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he serves on the board and as guest lecturer. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of The American Institute of Architects. Prior to founding ODA, Chen served as a principal at Perkins Eastman NYC.

10:20 am – 10:55 am

New Software, Hardware, and Services for Construction

During this panel we will explore how SiteAware is using drones to capture information about sites and building, how UnearthLabs is making reality digital by creating as-built maps of your projects and plans with the input of drone data, and how Intelliwave is tracking materials, workforce, and equipment.  In doing so, we will discuss the many options that contractors face and how different softwares and services are working together to make jobsites more efficient.

10:55 am – 11:10 am

Break and Networking

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Startup Challenge

Finalists: To be announced.


Damon Hemmerdinger, Co-President, ATCO
Aaron Block, Co-Founder and Managing Director, MetaProp
Adam Stanley, Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer, C&W
Tom Scarangello, Chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti
Chris Johnson, President, Hollister Construction
Bob LiMandri, Senior Principal, Vidaris (former NYC DOB Commissioner)
Dave Bowcott, Global Director of Growth, Innovation & Insight, Global Construction, Aon
Stacy Scopano, VP of Innovation, Skanska
Kate Wittels, Principal, HR&A Advisors
Michelle Council, VP Strategic and Commercial Development, APTIM
David Malott, Chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and CEO of SpaceFactory
Gregory Sauter, Founder, Smart City Works
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, President, Fund for Public Housing

Hear 2-3 minute presentations from the five finalists followed by Q&A from the judges. In partnership with the Hub at Grand Central Tech, BuiltWorlds is looking for New York’s most exciting startups aimed at addressing challenges facing our cities, buildings, and infrastructure. That includes construction tech, real estate tech, prop tech, and built tech. It’s an opportunity for promising early-stage “built” companies (Series A or earlier) to get in front of 100+ potential customers and investors. Meet the people who can transform while also getting exposure to media and in the BuiltWorlds newsletter.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 am – 2:00 pm

Transportation Infrastructure: La Guardia Airport, 2nd Ave Subway, and 7 Extension

Large scale and costly projects pose unique challenges for design and construction. They are particularly challenging when they must be executed on a live construction site or built within narrow urban parameters. Further, the financing of these projects is a unique challenge that can become quite complex in the context of public private partnerships.  During this discussion, we will explore the role that Skanska has played in three massive projects, how the teams have been assembled, and the new technologies and general strategies that are being used to design, deliver, and eventually manage these projects.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Retrofitting the TWA Terminal at JFK as a New Hotel

Moderator: Walker Thisted, Producer, BuiltWorlds

MCR Development signed a 75-year lease with the state of New York for the hotel in 2015, and construction started on the property as of early December.  The property went through a period of uncertainty before MCR was attached to the project. Developers including Andre Balazs and Donald Trump previously came forward with interest in redeveloping the space, but plans floundered until MCR became attached to the property.  MCR’s goal is to create two crescent-shaped buildings consisting of 505 guestrooms. Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect of record. When completed, the property will also open eight new restaurants, conference rooms and a cocktail bar and nightclub. It will be the first hotel at the airport.

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm


2:40 pm – 3:05 pm

Rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge

The New York State Thruway Authority is replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge with a new 3.1-mile state-of-the-art, twin-span bridge across the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester counties.  The $3.98 billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is one of the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States. Located less than 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history.  During this conversation, we will explore the role that Bluebeam software played in the project.

3:05 pm – 3:30 pm

Transforming the Multi-Family Real Estate Construction Business

FullStack Modular (FSM) is the leading innovator in end-to-end construction of high-rise modular residential buildings in urban areas.  They seek to provide the next-generation answer to multi-family urban building by providing turnkey modular solutions for developers of residential buildings, hotels and dormitories. From luxury apartments to student housing, they manufacture buildings in a controlled environment and allow the client to see the building complete with finishes before its arrival to the final site. Their team of design, construction and manufacturing professionals is on the forefront of innovation in the construction industry. They built the tallest modular building in the world in Brooklyn New York and they are changing the way the future is built.

3:30 pm – 3:55 pm

Developing an Innovation Program

During this conversation, we will explore the way in which Lendlease has developed an Innovation Program to prototype specific innovation from software to strategic supply chains.  We will discuss the balance between focusing on innovation as related to core incremental ideas, product and service offerings, and new products and services that don’t exist in the market.  In exploring this work, we will aim to answer the question of “how one launches a true innovation department.”

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm

Start-Up Challenge Winners Announced

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception and Networking

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Marielle Price

Director of Construction, Fieldwire

Roger Krulak

Founder and CEO, Fullstack Modular

Dale Beard

Co-Founder and President, Intelliwave Technologies

Brian Saab

CEO, Unearth Labs

Sergey Sundukovskiy

CTO/CPO, Co-Founder, Raken Inc.


Hub at Grand Central Tech 335 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10017


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