LA Infrastructure Forum Agenda - November 20

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Exhibitor Move In
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Attendee check in
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Welcome to a New ENR Event
Scott Blair, Editor-in-Chief, ENR
Scott Seltz, Publisher, ENR
9:10 AM - 9:25 AM
Opening Address
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Agency overview/featured project

Los Angeles County: Resilience & Sustainability in Water

Mark Pestrella, Director of Public Works, Los Angeles County
10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Agency overview/featured project

City of Los Angeles

Randall Winston, Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Infrastructure
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Agency overview/featured project

Los Angeles World Airports

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Networking Break
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Connecting Communities—Equity, Diversity and Infrastructure

This panel will explore the trend to use new infrastructure projects to reverse past damage done to low-income and minority communities. The Biden Administration has emphasized social equity as a key part of national transportation policy, and California statewide has emphasized the need to reunite neighborhoods, promote economic growth and revitalize urban centers. Diversity, inclusion and workforce development are critical components of the equity equation. Experts from government, construction and community groups will come together to explain how this effort is unfolding in LA County.

Moderator Dr. D'Artagnan Scorza, Executive Director, Racial Equity, LA County Panelists Kelly LoBianco, LA County
Terri Mestas, Los Angeles World Airport
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Networking Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:10 PM
Agency overview/featured project:


Stephanie Wiggins, METRO CEO
2:15 PM - 2:40 PM
Agency overview/featured project:

Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Robert Ferrante, Chief Engineer & General Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Agency overview/featured project:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Martin L. Adams, General Manager and Chief Engineer, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Networking Break
3:45 PM - 4:25 PM

No Time to Waste: Building Capacity for Climate Change Resilience

The impacts of climate change – those expected in the coming decades and those already manifesting-- demand swift and effective action for communities that will be most affected. Resilience projects envisioned are set to generate billions of dollars of work over the next decade as the region prepares for what is to come. Thought-leaders and decisionmakers from the government, private and non-profit sectors who are involved in protecting the region from storms and other climate extremes will discuss programs in motion that will keep LA County infrastructure safe and resilient.

Moderator Miki Esposito, LA County
Panelists Rita Kampalath, LA County
Cris Liban, Chief Sustainability Officer, METRO
4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Project Delivery Alternatives—Potential and Pitfalls

California recently approved alternative project delivery methods such as progressive design-build and CMGC. Agencies and consultants with experience in the new techniques will share their learning curve and the efficiencies gained.

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM
Closing Remarks