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    Kentucky Model Procurement and Quality Based Selection (QBS) in A/E/C

    March 03, 2020
    1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo)
    400 Englewood Drive
    Frankfort, KY 40601

    1:00pm to 1:30 pm—registration & networking

    1:30pm – 2:45pm  Kentucky Model Procurement: An Overview

    2:45pm – 3:00pm  Panel Introduction

    3:00pm – 4:30pm  Quality Based Selection Panel Discussion

    Federal and state funded public works projects encourage and often require the use of Qualifications Based Selections (QBS) for professional architecture and engineering services.  Leaders from various user groups around Kentucky will discuss the benefits of QBS in government consultant selections.  Besides being required by state and federal funding agencies, QBS brings the creativity and long-term cost saving focus that benefit projects and the public.  The panel has extensive experience working with and around QBS and will share the real-world value that they have experienced utilizing quality versus price point modeling when selecting consultants for their projects, either as clients or as project administrators.  The panel represents agencies which use and administer this process and contractors that see the benefits.


    Sara Massey, Executive Director - Kentucky Engineering Center

    Sara Massey is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Engineering Center, which houses the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky, the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, and the Kentucky Engineering Foundation.  

    Prior to joining the Kentucky Engineering Center, Sara served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Mayor Greg Fischer in Louisville, KY.  During her tenure with Mayor Fischer, Sara oversaw the coordination of the Intergovernmental Affairs team and the development of the Mayor’s legislative agendas and transportation funding requests.  She also served on the Kentucky League of Cities Board of Directors representing the Mayor’s Office.  Sara worked in campaign finance for multiple statewide races before working for Mayor Fischer’s administration.

    Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama.  She was a 2014 participant of Ignite Louisville and a 2015 Louisville Business First Forty Under 40 recipient.  She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and two young daughters.

    Panel Members
    Erik Zabilka, 
    Principal & Vice President -Omni Architects

    Eric Zabilka is a principal at Omni Architects and serves as vice-president of the firm. Since joining Omni Architects in 1995, Eric has earned a reputation as a creative designer with specific attention to technical execution. Eric thrives on technically challenging and highly complex projects, which enhances his ability to lead Omni’s teams for educational and research laboratory buildings. He is also Omni’s in-house resource for renovations of historic properties.

    A graduate of the University of Kansas, Eric’s experience includes a range of projects within the higher education, workplace, science, medical, civic, and worship markets. His approach to design is collaborative and inclusive, giving a voice to the individuals that use the building most frequently - from custodial and maintenance staff, to administrative personnel, faculty, and students.

    Eric is Omni’s workplace design specialist, utilizing his depth of experience and knowledge surrounding the design of efficient work spaces environments that support the needs of today’s multi-generational

    Eric Pelfrey, Director of the Division of Professional Services -Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    Rich Ornstein, Staff Attorney -Kentucky Association of Counties

    Rich Ornstein has spoken to numerous organizations, associations and local governments throughout Kentucky on a variety of topics, including procurement, human resources and the sunshine laws. Ornstein started working at the Kentucky Association of Counties, Inc., in 2007, focusing on Kentucky’s county governments, numerous special districts and many governmental non-profit agencies. Prior to that, Ornstein honed his craft working with local governments from across the state with nine years of service practicing law at the Kentucky Department for Local Government and one year with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. A Kentucky native, Ornstein earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at from the University of Louisville and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

    Brad Gregory, Principal HMB Professional Engineers & ACEC President 

    Brad is a 1998 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in civil engineering.  He is currently a principal in charge for the highway design and survey divisions at HMB Professional Engineers in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Prior to HMB, Brad was a principal partner at Municipal Engineering Company until their merger with HMB in 2019.  Brad has 25 years of experience providing professional engineering services for every segment of the industry, from small private clients and municipalities, to state and Federal government.  Brad is currently serving as the President of the American Council of Consulting Engineers of Kentucky for 2019/2020 and is active in several professional organizations representing the engineering industry.  He currently resides in Frankfort with his wife Larisa and their two daughters.


    Thanks to DLZ for being this month's sponsor!


    Continuing Education Credit Available
    2 CPSM CEUs


    Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made at least 24-hours prior to the meeting to be eligible for refund.  


    $25.00 Members

    $50.00 Non-members

    $25.00 Co-Workers of Members