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Title: AR-2008 - CII 2008 Annual Report
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Product Type: Annual Report
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 16
Summarizes CII's key activities for 2008.
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Abstract

The non-residential construction industry rode the roller coaster all the way to the top in the first three quarters of 2008, but by year’s end was accelerating down the backside as the world economy plunged. Against this wild backdrop, CII celebrated its 25th anniversary in Keystone, Colorado. We are thankful for and will not soon forget the Founder’s Forum of Charlie Brown, DuPont; Ted Kennedy, BE&K; and Dr. Richard Tucker, UT Austin and CII’s first Director; and our other outstanding keynote speakers: Jan Tuchman, David Nash, Dr. James Turner, Dr. Marianne Jennings, Professor Bernard Amadei, the winners of the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition from the University of Nevada–Reno, and the Caterpillar Princesses from Destination ImagiNation.

The CII research teams that reported at the 25th Anniversary Conference (noted later) covered best practice, futuristic and “refresh” topics and represented the largest and most diverse slate of research completed in one year in CII history.

Record attendance was experienced at both our spring and fall Performance Improvement Workshops. CII also experienced a record level of attendance at its third annual Executive Leadership Program, conducted in partnership with the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. And at the Virginia Tech CII Best Practices Course, an expansion through distance learning technology brought almost 100 students at six U.S. campuses together for a unique CII experience.

Accelerating our knowledge sharing activities, we initiated three new communities of practice: partnering, modularization, and the building sector. Over 120 professionals are now participating in these knowledge opportunities.

In knowledge assessment, we completed front end planning for the CII NextGen benchmarking and metrics system. When fully operational, that system will allow members to assess their capital delivery performance. Also, data collection in the Value of Best Practices study continued and is nearing completion. That study ultimately will provide a quantitative assessment of the value received from deploying best practices in capital project processes.

Two of CII’s long tenured and most valued employees, Rusty Haggard and Sam Shinn, advised CII that they would retire in early 2009. Their value to every CII stakeholder and participant is immeasurable. They may retire from CII, but are and always will be a part of the CII family. Thank you for your service and good luck, Rusty and Sam.

Recent industry forecasts predict significant declines in construction spending, which will impact much of the CII membership. CII, however, will endeavor to make your participation ever more meaningful as we discover and disseminate practices that will improve efficiency in the capital delivery process.

I hope you enjoy looking back over 2008 in this 25th anniversary edition of the annual report. And thank you for a most rewarding year.