Thank you for attending the 2024 OSU Construction Industry Forum! We appreciate your participation and look forward to seeing you in the spring of 2025!

2024 Attendee list

2024 Capital Forecast Update

New for 2024 - Expanded Program

The OSU Construction Industry Forum is open to OSU staff involved in construction on campus, as well as architects, engineers and those in the construction industry that are interested in how construction projects happen at Oregon State University. The program has been expanded significantly for 2024, including project tours, breakout sessions, lunch and networking time. If this is your first time at a networking event, here is a tip sheet to help you get the most out of your experience at the OSU Construction Industry Forum. 

The OSU Construction Industry costs $40 per participant and includes refreshments and lunch. Small and diverse firms (registered through the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity) can register for $20 per participant.  

Questions? Contact Libby Ramirez, OSU's university architect and director of capital resources. 

2024 Agenda

8:00AM – 9:00AM Doors open at CH2M Hill Alumni Center for registration and networking. 
9:00AM - 9:05AM Welcome
Paul Odenthal, Senior Associate Vice President for Administration 
9:05AM - 9:45AM

Capital Forecast Update
Bruce Daley, Assistant Vice President for University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations
John Gremmels, Capital Planner

9:45AM-10:00AM Questions and Break
10:00AM -12:00PM

Breakout Sessions
15 minutes session with five minutes dedicated for questions. Each session is run twice. 



Buffet -style Lunch 

Tabling and networking with OSU representatives


Tours are limited to 20 people each. Tour sign ups are available the morning of the OSU Construction Forum at registration.

Pride Center Renovation Project - The renovation will increase the Pride Center's capacity, improve safety and add necessary accessibility features. The project included an expanded building footprint, a covered porch area and additional spaces for meeting and advising. The renovation also added modifications to the kitchen and office areas to align the building's design with best practices for accessibility.


Washington Way Improvement Project -  A large infrastructure project dedicated to improving safety and connectivity by reconstructing the Washington Way corridor while encouraging active modes of transportation with the addition of a cycle track.

3:00PM -3:45PM

Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) - Tour the recently-opened 49,000 square-foot performing and visual arts destination on the Corvallis campus. 


Whyte Track and Field - Tour a recently updated athletics facility. 

Breakout Sessions

  • Insurance and Risk Refresher 
    Christina McKnight, Executive Director of Insurance and Risk Management Services and Keith Foster, Insurance Contract Specialist
    Overview of insurance coverage needs while working on OSU construction projects. Learn why OSU asks for certain types of insurance and the importance of that insurance coverage.  

  • New Reserve Program
    Hanna Emerson-Steed, Chief Procurement Officer and Brooke Davison, Interim Construction Contracts Manager
    Construction and design contracting/procurement toolkit overview with major focus on the new 2024-2030 Reserve Contract Program. 

  • RFPs: A Deeper Dive
    Libby Ramirez, Director of Capital Resources and University Architect
    Join Libby for an insightful presentation on preparing successful project proposal responses. Learn how to stand out and put your best foot forward in responding to RFP’s and interviewing at OSU.

  • eBuilder Reimagined
    Monika Watkins, Director of Capital Project Delivery and Kimberly Bixby, Construction Business Analyst
    Overview of eBuilder use on OSU’s construction projects as a project management platform. We will review how the following processes will flow on the new platform: RFI’s review, PCO, Change Orders and Invoice approval.  

Breakout Sessions

  • OSU-Cascades Updates
    Jarrod Penttila, Associate Director of Capital Planning and Construction for OSU-Cascades and Austin Williams, Construction Project Manager for OSU-Cascades
    Learn more about upcoming work from OSU-Cascade staff, including the Innovation District development opportunity, Recreation Center and campus development earth work.
  • Medium and Small Projects 
    Scott Bond, Project Manager;  Scylise Little, Construction Manager;  Dustin Sievers, Project Manager
    A show and tell of recent and upcoming smaller-scale projects, which make up a large portion of the work at OSU.
  • Future Proofing for District Utility Strategy
    Justin Fuszek, Construction Manager; Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Officer; Ross Ruecker, Building Controls AnalystRyan Wilson, Capital Renewal Project Manager
    A big picture view of the DUP strategy and looking ahead to future work preparingc and implementing DUPs on the Corvallis campus.
  • Recent Roofing and Mechanical Systems
    Dale Bettencourt, Project Manager; Julie Drolet, Project Manager; Trevor Ritchie, Construction Manager; Carrie Trant, Project Manager
    A debrief of recent work at LaSells Stewart Center, Oak Creek Building, Memorial Union and Milam Hall and setting the stage for future work on campus.