Interest, energy, and enthusiasm for design-build project delivery, specifically within the Oregon DBIA Chapter has been on a steady upswing for the past few years. In the past couple of years our chapter has capitalized on these trends by growing and diversifying participation in the planning of chapter programs and events. With more volunteers sharing the load of organization, the Oregon Chapter has been able to introduce several new and exciting programs and host our chapter’s second annual Top Golf 2.0 tournament.
Oregon hosted its inaugural Young Professionals social mixer on March 26, 2019 at the downtown Portland Rock Bottom Brewery. This event marked our first organized effort to reach out to the younger generation of industry professionals and introduce them to the world of DBIA. About 40 people attended the occasion, and a good time was had by all. The Chapter will host two more Young Professional events this year, establishing a thrice-a-year rhythm for this new group to gather.
On April 24, 2019 Oregon DBIA hosted the chapters’ very first Owner’s Only Forum. The event was attended by about 30 Owner’s from around the state for an introduction to Progressive Design-Build delivery, without the presence of General Contractors, Architects, and other vendors. The Washington DBIA Chapter’s Legislative Chair, Robynne Parkinson, and Board Member at Large Bill Kent, led the learning and discussion. Feedback from the Owner’s in attendance was positive and at their suggestion, we are considering the creation of an “Owner’s Only” group. Meetings may occur semi-annually, to provide a venue for Owner’s to gather and share their own challenges and successes.
Oregon DBIA Top Golf 2.0 took place on May 17, 2019. Our second-year event was attended by about 90 people who enjoyed swinging of the sticks accompanied by plenty of networking, libation, and raffle prizes. Once again, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and the Chapter looks forward to growing this annual affair. It seems to satisfy people’s “golfing jones” while providing a casual and comfortable atmosphere to wonder around, network, and catch up with your colleagues.
The next Oregon breakfast program will focus on the “Common Pitfalls in Design-Build Contracting” via a panel discussion with three local Attorney’s for whom this topic is a focus of their proactive.
It is an exciting time in Oregon to be a part of the DBIA and we look forward to seeing everyone at the National Conference in November.
Jon McGrew, AIA, DBIA, LEED®
DBIA NW Oregon Chapter President