Project Management Best Practices
Half Day Workshop: Fri 8:30 – 12:00
A project management primer from top cohousing professionals who will share lessons learned from a decade plus of working with dozens of cohousing communities. This workshop is for members of cohousing groups that will be working with design and development professionals, as well as aspiring cohousing professionals. Topics will include construction and financial management, options and upgrades, partnering with developers from a distance, and project managers who are also group members. Participants will have the opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues they are facing.
PRESENTER: Katie McCamant & Jim Leach, kmccamant [at] cohousingpartners [dot] com.
A licensed architect and co-author of the book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, Kathryn McCamant founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett in 1987. The firm, with offices in Berkeley and Nevada City, California, specializes in sustainable design, cohousing, affordable housing, urban planning, and childcare facilities.In 2006, she founded CoHousing Partners with Jim Leach, a cohousing development company, of which she is now president. CP is currently working on projects in Fresno and Grass Valley, CA. She sat on the CohoUS Board for six years from its initial founding. Kathryn lives with her husband and teenage daughter in the Nevada City Cohousing Community.
Jim Leach is president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and chairman of CoHousing Partners. Jim has led Wonderland Hill Development Company as the largest developer of cohousing communities in the United States. Jim is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable, planned neighborhoods and cohousing communities.
He has served as a trail blazer in the industry in implementing energy-efficient strategies, leading-edge design and community participation, resulting in neighborhoods that provide maximum value to the residents. His award-winning neighborhoods have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association of Home Builders, National Council of the Housing Industry, Urban Land Institute and The Congress of New Urbanism. Jim holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Bachelor of Business Management from CU and a Master of Construction Engineering from Stanford University. In November 2007, Jim and his wife moved into the newly completed Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO. He is enjoying the community he developed, and the daily oh-so-short-five-minute walk to the office