2024 NYNJ Infrastructure Forum Agenda

Time
Session
Speaker
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Exhibitor Move In
8:00 AM - 8:55 AM
Attendee Check In & Breakfast
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM
ENR Welcome
Scott Blair, Editor-in-Chief, ENR
9:05 AM - 9:20 AM
Opening Address
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Agency Overview

New York City’s Dept. of Design and Construction is improving the process and delivering billions in capital projects

Responsible for over $33 billion in capital construction, the NYC Department of Design and Construction faces the urgent task of upgrading our city’s aging infrastructure and serving New Yorkers with needed public facilities throughout the five boroughs. DDC Commissioner Foley will detail the agency's plans to deliver projects better, faster and cheaper by reforming the capital delivery process in partnership with city and industry partners. Highlights will include DDC’s critical work to build coastal and stormwater resiliency.

Tom Foley, Commissioner, New York City, Dept. of Design and Construction
9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussion

Equity in Infrastructure: From Concepts to Contract Awards

This panel will explore programs supporting the engagement of Historically Underutilized Businesses in municipal contracting opportunities, including the various programs at the MTA which has resulted in over $1B in annual contracting for New York State and federally certified firms. The panel also will assess the threat to regional and federal DBE programs from SCOTUS-related decisions in other sectors as well as hearing from an MWDBE consultant who can discuss the value of business-transforming prime contracts in growing the available contractor pool for agency programs.

Moderator Paul Monte,Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Panelists Lourdes Zapata, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Gregory A. Jenifer, CEO, Armand Resource Group, Inc
Phillip A. Washington, CEO, Denver International Airport; Chair, the Equity in Infrastructure Project
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Agency overview

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Building Resilient Coasts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), North Atlantic Division, along with its intergovernmental and industry partners, works on a wide range of projects throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions which contribute to coastal resiliency. As the home of USACE’s National Planning Center of Expertise for Coastal Storm Risk Management, the Division continually seeks to develop, maintain and apply the best national and regional expertise in science and engineering to safeguard our coastlines. In this session, participants will learn about the Division’s ongoing projects and resiliency efforts, including key contracting opportunities, that help protect many of the nation’s most vulnerable coastal communities.

Brig. Gen. John P. Lloyd, Commander and Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Agency overview

New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection

Shawn LaTourette, Commissioner, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Agency overview

MTA Construction & Development

Jamie Torres-Springer, President, MTA Construction & Development
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch Roundtables

Optional facilitated conversation tables

Join one of our topic-specific lunch tables for a facilitated conversation.
Read about each one here.
1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Panel Discussion

Decarbonizing Infrastructure: Aggressive Targets, Ambitious Projects

New York and New Jersey both have forward-looking carbon-reduction programs that will lead to more sustainable practices in the design and construction of infrastructure. In New York, the Climate Act calls for reducing carbon emissions 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050. Last year New Jersey enacted one of the most aggressive but market-driven laws in the U.S. to reduce embodied carbon in construction materials, including concrete. Projects impacted range from transit work to energy to water improvements—in addition to major efforts in the buildings sector. During this panel discussion, learn how these laws and policy changes relate to current and future design and construction.

Moderator Rick Bell, Acting Director, Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space, Columbia University Panelists Anthony J. Fiore, Chief Program Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Sofia Zuberbuhler-Yafar, Assistant Commissioner for Sustainability & Urban Design, NYC Dept. of Design and Construction
Zoe Baldwin, Vice President- State Programs and New Jersey Director, Regional Plan Association
Lauren Alger, National Director of Sustainable Design, STV
2:25 PM - 2:55 PM
Project Presentation

$9B First Phase of JFK’s New Terminal One Sets Soaring Standards

John F. Kennedy International Airport is undergoing an unprecedented $19-billion makeover and upgrade, anchored by The New Terminal One which will be the largest terminal at JFK Airport when complete. Sustainably designed and future-focused, the world-class and state-of-the-art terminal will serve as a global gateway to the New York metropolitan area. The project's $9 billion first phase is the largest single-asset project financed in the United States. This monumental effort will replace the existing Terminal 1 and occupy the footprint of the former Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and the Green Garage, while maintaining the existing AirTrain station on a 133-acre site. Hear from New Terminal One Capital Program Director Palmina Whelan about current and future work opportunities and learn how this unique endeavor is being made possible.

Palmina Whalen, Capital Program Director, The New Terminal One at JFK
2:55 PM - 3:15 PM
Networking Break

3:15 PM - 3:55 PM
Panel Discussion

The Path to Greater Resilience for New York/New Jersey Bridges

Whether it be natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods or human-made ones either accidental or purposeful, what are we doing to help the region’s bridge infrastructure withstand or recover quickly from extreme events of the future? Hear from experts about not only engineering solutions but also the need to change our mindset about project delivery, streamlining processes, sharing risks appropriately and using life-cycle thinking to bring costs down. Solutions to these challenges will lead to more investment in essential projects and a pipeline of work in the years to come.

Moderator: Catherine T. Sheridan, President, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
Panelists: Jamey Barbas, New York State Thruway Authority, MTA board member and Gateway Development Comissioner
Maria Lehman, GHD National Infrastructure Director, Vice Chair of the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council and ASCE President Emeritus
Rizwan Baig, Chief Engineer, PANYNJ
Paul Schwartz, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Bridges, NYC Dept. of Transportation
3:55 PM - 4:25 PM
Agency Overview

Amtrak

With a major infusion of funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Amtrak is rebuilding the Northeast Corridor for a new generation of passenger rail. Billions of dollars’ worth of improvements are slated for the New York/New Jersey region including major projects such as East River Tunnel Rehabilitation, Sawtooth Bridges, and others advancing through the project pipeline. Amtrak VP for Infrastructure Project Delivery Jay Sankar will provide an update on these and other major investments that are helping to shape the future of the NEC.

Jaidev Sankar, Vice President of Infrastructure Project Delivery within the Capital Delivery Group, Amtrak
4:25 PM - 4:55 PM
Closing Event:
Project Presentation from New Jersey Transit

Portal North Bridge

Podcast Interview Live on Stage

Gateway Development Commission Leader

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks

New York City’s Dept. of Design and Construction is improving the process and delivering billions in capital projects

Responsible for over $33 billion in capital construction, the NYC Department of Design and Construction faces the urgent task of upgrading our city’s aging infrastructure and serving New Yorkers with needed public facilities throughout the five boroughs. DDC Commissioner Foley will detail the agency's plans to deliver projects better, faster and cheaper by reforming the capital delivery process in partnership with city and industry partners. Highlights will include DDC’s critical work to build coastal and stormwater resiliency.

$9B First Phase of JFK’s New Terminal One Sets Soaring Standards

John F. Kennedy International Airport is undergoing an unprecedented $19-billion makeover and upgrade, anchored by The New Terminal One which will be the largest terminal at JFK Airport when complete. Sustainably designed and future-focused, the world-class and state-of-the-art terminal will serve as a global gateway to the New York metropolitan area. The project's $9 billion first phase is the largest single-asset project financed in the United States. This monumental effort will replace the existing Terminal 1 and occupy the footprint of the former Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and the Green Garage, while maintaining the existing AirTrain station on a 133-acre site. Hear from New Terminal One Capital Program Director Palmina Whelan about current and future work opportunities and learn how this unique endeavor is being made possible.

Agency Overview: MTA Construction & Development

New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection

Equity in Infrastructure: From Concepts to Contract Awards

Moderator
Panelists

Decarbonizing Infrastructure: Aggressive Targets, Ambitious Projects

New York and New Jersey both have forward-looking carbon-reduction programs that will lead to more sustainable practices in the design and construction of infrastructure. In New York, the Climate Act calls for reducing carbon emissions 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050. Last year New Jersey enacted one of the most aggressive but market-driven laws in the U.S. to reduce embodied carbon in construction materials, including concrete. Projects impacted range from transit work to energy to water improvements—in addition to major efforts in the buildings sector. During this panel discussion, learn how these laws and policy changes relate to current and future design and construction.

Moderator
Panelists

Transforming Infrastructure: The Power of Artificial Intelligence

Join us for an insightful exploration into the transformative role that artificial intelligence is playing in reshaping infrastructure development. From transportation to energy, water and urban planning, AI is dramatically changing how we conceive, construct and manage critical systems. The discussion will cover the potential of AI to optimize infrastructure performance, enhance decision-making, and foster innovation. Discover how AI-driven algorithms and predictive analytics can boost efficiency and reduce cost while exploring optimal approaches to assess risk mitigation techniques when integrating AI into our methods of working, building, and communicating.

Setting Up Major Programs for Success

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Alternative Delivery

Bridge Resilience in the New York/New Jersey Region

Whether it be natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods or human-made ones either accidental or purposeful, what are we doing to help the region’s bridge infrastructure withstand or recover quickly from extreme events of the future? Hear from experts about not only engineering solutions but also the need to change our mindset about project delivery, streamlining processes, sharing risks appropriately and using life-cycle thinking to bring costs down. Solutions to these challenges will lead to more investment in essential projects and a pipeline of work in the years to come.

Moderator
Panelists

Agency Overview

Amtrak

With a major infusion of funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Amtrak is rebuilding the Northeast Corridor for a new generation of passenger rail. Billions of dollars’ worth of improvements are slated for the New York/New Jersey region including major projects such as East River Tunnel Rehabilitation, Sawtooth Bridges, and others advancing through the project pipeline. Amtrak VP for Infrastructure Project Delivery Jay Sankar will provide an update on these and other major investments that are helping to shape the future of the NEC.

Speaker

Agency Overview

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), North Atlantic Division, along with its intergovernmental and industry partners, works on a wide range of projects throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions which contribute to coastal resiliency. As the home of USACE’s National Planning Center of Expertise for Coastal Storm Risk Management, the Division continually seeks to develop, maintain and apply the best national and regional expertise in science and engineering to safeguard our coastlines. In this session, participants will learn about the Division’s ongoing projects and resiliency efforts, including key contracting opportunities, that help protect many of the nation’s most vulnerable coastal communities.

Speaker