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.  The 2019 New Frontiers in Construction Conference (NFCC ’19) was be held at CERC’s Sand Point Facility 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.

What was the goal of this year’s conference?

The NFCC was about building bridges…  bridging the gap between education, research, industry and government.  We sought to engage industry organizations and practitioners in meaningful conversations that drive education and thus, research.  To this end, the conference was planned to create a bidirectional forum where (a) we would learn what we can do as an university center to help industry with the issues they are facing or expect to face, and (b) industry can be informed on how our educational and research programs may be helpful to their organizational missions, and project delivery.

What was the tentative program of this year’s conference?

We executed a whole-day event with a plenary session, a panel discussion and breakout sessions.  We also enjoyed social breaks at breakfast, lunch and happy hour.

Was there a theme for the 2019 conference?

We maintained the overarching theme of “New Frontiers in Construction” meaning that the program attempted 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