Thank you to all that presented, supported and attended this years conference.
We look forward to seeing you again at NFCC 2020!

CERC has created a venue to highlight research and its relevance for pressing issues facing our industry since 2011.  This year, the 2019 New Frontiers in Construction Conference (NFCC ’19) was held at CERC’s Sand Point Facility in Magnuson Park on March 21, 2019.  We hosted over 160 participants from industry, government and the University for a day of learning and networking with peers from across Washington.

New Frontiers in Construction ConferenceWhat was the goal of this year’s conference?

The NFCC is about bridging the gap between education, research, industry and government.  We engaged industry organizations and practitioners in meaningful conversation that will drive education and thus, research.  To this end, the conference created a bidirectional forum where (a) we learned what we can do as a university center to help industry with the issues they are facing or expect to face, and (b) industry became better acquainted with our academic and research programs and how they may be of help to their organizational missions and project delivery.

The program of this year’s conference:

We executed a whole-day event with panel discussions, breakout sessions, and social breaks including breakfast, lunch and happy hour.

The theme for this year’s conference:

We maintained the overarching theme of “New Frontiers in Construction” as we are always looking ahead, attempting to narrate the moving boundary where organizations and practitioners operate in terms of business conditions and processes, workforce challenges, and technical advances.  This provided us the opportunity to mix-and-match research and practice presentations.

Sub-themes for the breakout sessions included:

  • Safety and Health
  • Communication, Technology and Organizational Practices
  • Lean Construction
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Construction Education and Training
  • Project Delivery and Management
  • Construction Materials and Fabrication