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Looking Back on the 2019 Annual CPPA Conference & Trade Show

Monterrey, California

Image of Looking Back on the 2019 Annual CPPA Conference & Trade Show Brian Shaw & Francisco Navarro

Parking professionals from throughout the state of California returned to beautiful Monterey for a Halloween edition of the CPPA Annual Conference & Trade Show. Josh Allison of ThinkCafe opened the conference with a thought-provoking keynote address on the challenges generational divides pose to workplace communication.

In addition to some great information on current trends and outlooks on parking’s future, this year’s educational sessions went above and beyond when it came to engaging the audience and creating effective dialogue. A session on program implementation encouraged interactive roleplay, which elicited laughter as well as thoughtful questions from a willing audience. Madison Huemmer had attendees on their feet empowering one another to become Parking Bosses.

Thank you to everyone who attended sessions with the Watry Design team. It was standing room only for “Stanford University’s Approach to the Inherent Challenges of Parking.” Francisco Navarro, Associate Director with Watry Design and Brian Shaw, Executive Director of Parking & Transportation at Stanford University, engaged in an interactive discussion that covered everything from integrating structured parking to integrating new technology to multi-modal strategies for managing demand.

Image for Looking Back on the 2019 Annual CPPA Conference & Trade Show Sierra College Design-Build Panel

Greg Ciuba, Project Director with McCarthy, lead a panel featuring representatives from the design-build team behind the Sierra College Rocklin Campus Parking Garage. Anita Gupta and Gordon Knowles, both Senior Project Managers with Watry Design, joined Fernando Sanchez, Integrated Design Director at McCarthy, Kevin Cobb with AP Architects and Carl Moore, Senior Project Manager with GHD, to present a case study of the ongoing project. The panel explored the design management process and DSA submittal, along with how the team is integrating cost, schedule and quality within the design and permitting processes.

Outside of the educational sessions, it was a pleasure to connect with colleagues and meet new friends at our booth and see who got into the Halloween spirit for the President’s Reception. We look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego in 2020!

About the Authors

Francisco Navarro has been creating parking solutions for over 15 years. He has worked on over 50 parking projects. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Francisco’s projects, such as the Pomona College Parking Structure, have received recognition from the International Parking & Mobility Institute and other associations. Francisco is an active participant in the Community College Facilities Coalition and the California Public Parking Association. In addition to managing high profile projects, Francisco leads Watry Design's BIM efforts. 

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Gordon has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. As a Senior Project Manager for Watry Design, Gordon is responsible for achieving the goals of the client. He has a proven track record in successfully delivering complex projects from 3,000 to 1,000,000 square feet. His experience includes all phases of design, from Preliminary Design through Construction Documents for projects such as the VTA Milpitas and Berryessa parking structures.

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As a Senior Project Engineer, Anita leverages over 15 years of experience in the engineering of parking structures to coordinate with clients, consultants and contractors throughout all design and construction phases of the project. Anita has extensive training in structural engineering, including projects such as the Apple Corporate Campus North & South parking structures.

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