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Separations Act Debate: Single-Prime vs. Multi-Prime

July 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join AIA Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 13th at Harrisburg University to hear both sides of the Separations Act Debate! This moderated debate will feature key players on both sides of the Separations Act.

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Enacted more than 100 years, the Separations Act mandates separate prime contractors for public construction projects in the areas of general construction, electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning. This is referred to as a Multiple Prime Delivery System and it requires the state government to bid separate contracts for the general contractor and the main specialty contractors—electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and HVAC—for most public projects. Pennsylvania is one of three remaining states with a Separations Act.

Opponents of the Separations Act argue that it is an outdated law that bogs down public works project delivery at every turn of the design, bid, and management process resulting in broken budgets and inefficient management of public project funds.

Proponents of the Separations Act (Multiple Prime Bidding) argue that over the last 100 years the multiple prime delivery system has created quality, transparency, and value for state agencies in the bidding process through competition and an open and fair bidding system.

There are always at least two sides to the story. While AIA Pennsylvania does have a position on the repeal of the Separations Act, we would like to act as a facilitator for a balanced debate between the two sides. Register below for what promises to be a lively debate and to see where AIA Pennsylvania stands!

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9:00-9:10 Message from our Sponsors
9:10-9:15 Introduction to Separations Act by Moderator, Jeff Coleman
9:15- 9:30 Opening statements from debaters including those in support of the Separations Act (Multi Prime) including John Wanner and James Gaffney + those in opposition of the Separations Act (Single Prime) featuring Jay Clough and John Koury
9:30- 10:10 Debate
10:10- 10:30 Closing Remarks
10:30- 10:45 Moderator Conclusion
10:45- 12:00 Audience Q&A

3 AIA LU credit opportunity

Many thanks to our corporate partner and event sponsor 

Additional thanks to our location sponsor



July 13, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Harrisburg University
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States
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