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Ann Jamison joins the RHA Team

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August 11, 2016 – Renee Hoekstra, CVS presents “Performance-based Decision Making”

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  • August 11, 2016 – Renee Hoekstra, CVS presents “Performance-based Decision Making” at the Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Decision-making can sometimes be affected by individual preferences, wants and desires and may not be based on what is best for the program or project. Using performance-based tools provides the team and/or management with a better understanding of “how” a program or project must perform and what defines success. This process will show the participants how to focus on ...
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August 11, 2016 – On behalf of SAVE International

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Arizona Chapter, Arnecia Williams (USACE Los Angeles District), AVS presents “Value Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration Projects Using Enhanced Methodologies.”  This presentation is about using the value engineering process—managing the methodology objectives, study approaches and attributes, and barriers of ecosystem restoration projects. Additionally, it will discuss encouraging the VE team and owner to pursue tools that can enhance the traditional techniques. This includes the ability to enhance creative decision-making capability available in value engineering studies by explaining how environmental and new ...

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NDOT Advancing Best Practices in the Art of Partnering Conference -Reno-Sparks Convention Center, April 4th-7th, 2017

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Renee Hoekstra is now certified by DRBF

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Renee Hoekstra of RHA LLC has just been certified by the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.

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RHA Presents at the SAVE International 2015 Value Summit in San Diego –

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Renee Hoekstra, CVS presented her newly developed program entitled Function-Based Design®, which was well attended by many at the conference.  The program is a “new” way of looking at providing value to a project, from cradle to grave.  What is this “new” approach, well it’s not really that new, but more of an integrated and formal approach.

Value management has been successful for years, but we seem to struggle year after year to grow the industry the way many of us ...

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RHA Sparks Innovation at SAVE International Conference

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SAVE International Conference (Chicago, IL):  RHA was well represented at the SAVE International Conference with two team members presenting, Laurie Dennis, P.E., CVS-Life, FSAVE and Patrice Miller.  Laurie’s paper presentation  demonstrated the merits of applying VE early to identify innovative alternatives with a case study of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s North Spokane Corridor project.  At the conference’s innovation track, Patrice explored applying the value methodology to the proposal process as a useful tool in the consultant marketing toolbox.

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Partnering – San Francisco’s Commitment to Exceptionalism

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The City of San Francisco held its’ First Annual Partnering Symposium on February 27th, 2014. Mayor Mike Lee spoke passionately about the City’s commitment to Partnering as a better way of doing business. Their central goal is to provide the highest level of fiscal responsibility possible with the funds available – and have the ability to demonstrate value improvement – to its citizens and taxpayers. San Francisco’s goal to be an Agency of Choice to attract the most innovative contractors and consultants, and internalize the ...

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Project Team Integration

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Project Team Integration

noun   \ˈprä-ˌjekt\ \ˈtēm\ \ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\

Embrace innovation and process improvement into your organization’s culture or mission

– Use cutting-edge techniques
– Incorporate top-to-bottom buy-in and participation
– Continuous improvement with a future focus

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Partnering

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Partnering

noun  \ˈpärt-nər-iŋ\

Structure for people, working together as equals, to increase project success

– Quick issue resolution; fewer schedule impacts
– Lower management overhead through cooperation
– Know expectations and processes

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