2024 Conference Speaker Hub

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Keynote: The Art and Craft of Building Teams (and the Science Behind It) – Ballroom A

Renée Cheng, FAIA, DPACSA

Renée Cheng, FAIA, DPACSA

Dean, College of Built Environments University of Washington

Renée Cheng joined the College of Built Environments as dean in 2019. Before UW, Dean Cheng spent many years at the University of Minnesota where she was associate dean of research, head of the school of architecture, and directed an innovative graduate program linking research with practice and licensure. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Harvard College. A licensed architect, she was honored twice as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s College of Distinguished Professors and the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows – honors given to less than 3% of educators and architects. Cheng advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment and led the research team for the AIA guides for equitable practice. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies. For CBE, she led the development of the strategic plan and the three pillars of: Collaboration, Bold Thought Leadership around Climate, and Equity. These pillars are unified around the mission of advancing a more just and beautiful world.

Breakout Session 1

A. Leveraging Target Value Design to Achieve Cost Certainty – Ballroom C

This panel discussion will explore the continuum of Target Value Design/Delivery and where teams succeed or fail.  Specific focus will be on areas where teams routinely fail including five major pain points. Examples from the perspectives of builder, designer, owner, and owner’s representative and associated recommendations to turn potential failure into success will be shared.  Come learn how to do TVD right from the mistakes made by many.

Panel Includes:

Tim Graybeal

Tim Graybeal

Lydig Construction

Tim is a licensed professional engineer and a strong advocate for integrated project delivery methodologies and a firm believer in the power of a high performing team. Tim is a designated Design-Build Professional and is the founding President of the Inland Northwest chapter of the DBIA. In 2013, Tim was appointed to the Project Review Committee of the Washington State Capital Projects Advisory Review Board, where he served until 2016.

David Umstot, PE, DBIA

David Umstot, PE, DBIA

David Umstot, PE, DBIA, Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, has worked with more than 100 organizations coaching owners, developers, builders, designers, and specialty trade contractors in Lean thinking, culture change, and continuous improvement as part of the company’s core offerings. He has been involved in projects totaling more than $10B in construction value delivered using Lean in the past 10 years and has been instrumental in helping public owners adopt and improve their design-build procurement strategies to integrate Lean practices and progressive design-build. He has worked with more than 50 teams using target value design throughout North America and Europe including IPD, Alliance Contracting, and progressive design-build. He is a past president of the DBIA Western Pacific Region (2015) and current member of the region’s advisory Board. Over his career, David has been involved in more than 50 design-build projects as a practitioner, owner, and advisor. He was recognized by DBIA in 2012 with a Distinguished Leadership Award.

Colin Anderson,MS Architecture, DBIA

Colin Anderson,MS Architecture, DBIA

VP of Operations Hill International

As VP of Operations, Colin oversees the procurement and pre-construction efforts for Hill International’s Eastern Washington alternative delivery, with 12 active Progressive Design Build projects. Colin has over 30 years of experience in the AEC industry. He previously spent 10 years working in architecture as a lead designer and senior project manager, where he managed over $250 million in Progressive Design/Build contracts. Prior to his architectural role, he spent 18 years in the trades, 7 working for an integrated Design/Build general contractor. He has held teaching positions in Construction Management and Computer Animation. He received his Master of Architecture from WSU and his undergraduate degrees from WSU and Minnesota State University. His diverse background in architecture, construction and technology gives him a unique perspective to see projects and processes holistically. Colin is currently the Secretary for the DBIA NW region and Past President for the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America.

Todd Buchanan

Todd Buchanan

HOK

Todd is a senior principal and leads HOK’s Seattle studio, where he oversees the daily operations and serves as principal-in-charge on select projects. With more than 25 years of experience, Todd knows how to bring together various stakeholders to create a highly collaborative team. He is adept at balancing a client’s vision and goals with budget and schedule requirements, maximizing efficiencies through each phase of a project. Throughout the Pacific Northwest Todd has led architectural projects across several market sectors including Aviation+Transportation, Healthcare, Science & Technology, Corporate, Justice and Sports.

B. Innovating AEC: Small and Diverse Business Panel on Design-Build Futures and Constructive Insights – Ballroom D

Join us for “Innovating AEC: Innovations and Insights from Small and Diverse Firms,” a dynamic panel presentation featuring leaders from small and diverse firms in the AEC industry. These panelists, pioneers in design and construction, will share their successes and challenges, enriched by their firsthand experiences.

The discussion will highlight how these firms bring fresh perspectives to traditional AEC practices and drive innovation with unique problem-solving and creativity. A significant focus will be on how the progressive design-build delivery method has opened many opportunities for these firms, allowing them to engage in larger, more complex projects and showcase their capabilities like never before.

Panelists will also address these firms’ critical challenges, such as competing against larger companies and navigating complex industry landscapes. Key topics will include reforming prompt payment practices, which is crucial for the sustainability and growth of smaller firms, and the importance of meaningful mentorship programs that provide necessary guidance and support.

Panel Includes:

Mari Borrero

Mari Borrero

American Abatement & Demo

Mari is an award-winning educator, an author, and an entrepreneur. She got her first taste of entrepreneurship observing her mother build her own business. Mari attributes herself motivation to her mother’s hard work and dedication as she overcame barriers in the healthcare industry, while juggling a family and adapting to a new language in a new country. Apparently, that work ethic, is genetic. After taking the life lessons her mother bestowed upon her, Mari has followed her mother’s legacy and added Honor, Courage, and Commitment as a US Marine. After her honorable discharge, Mari’s desire for ever striving towards betterment drove her to attend and graduate from the Stanford School of Business. Mari enjoys learning, and she has combined her background in education and service to endeavor in starting up American Abatement & Demo, with her husband, Aaron Borrero. Mari has obtained certifications as an Asbestos Project Designer, AHERA Building Inspector, Lead Renovator, and Project Supervisor; along with attendance at various programs such as UW-Foster Business School-Minority Executive Program, Business Ascend Seattle Program and Stanford Graduate School of Business – LBAN.
Jimmy Matta Jr.

Jimmy Matta Jr.

Ahora Construction

Jimmy MAtta Jr. brings a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set to the table. He completed the Washington State four-year apprenticeship and training council through the Carpenters Union, graduating in 2019. During his apprenticeship, Jimy earned his Associate degree in Multi-Occupational Trades and pursued his Bachelor of Science in BUsiness Management through Night school. In March 2023, he completed his Master of Science in Business Administration.  

Benjamin Warfield

Benjamin Warfield

Owner, Warfield Masonry

With decades of hands-on experience in the construction industry, Ben Warfield stands out as a seasoned expert and the driving force behind Warfield Masonry. His comprehensive skill set spans Project Estimation, Construction Management, Pre-construction Planning, and Subcontracting, making him a versatile leader in building and masonry projects.

Ben’s educational journey is marked by his graduation from the school of hard knocks, where he honed his abilities through real-world challenges and continuous learning. This unique background has equipped him with an unparalleled understanding of the industry’s dynamics and the resilience to navigate complex projects.

Ato Atoapiafi, AIA

Ato Atoapiafi, AIA

Ato Atoapiafi Architects

Ato is the founding principal of the firm.  He has provided architectural projects services in the states of Connecticut, New York, Washington and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

He has strong feelings for design, the beauty of nature, and enjoys jogging.  Ato speaks English, Ibo, German, and some Yoruba.

Rachael Pease, Vendor Diversity Director - BNBuilders

Rachael Pease, Vendor Diversity Director - BNBuilders

Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

With over 13 years in the construction industry and a pivotal role as BNBuilders’ Vendor Diversity Director, Rachael Pease champions enhancing diversity and fostering equity. Her efforts extend beyond increasing diversity spending to integrating diverse firms into procurement processes, a testament to her unwavering dedication to social justice. Importantly, Rachael empowers these firms with tools for sustainability, ensuring their long-term success and resilience in the market. As co-chair of the DEI Committee in the Northwest Region and a member of the National DEI Committee within DBIA, she is a crucial figure in driving the industry towards inclusivity. Her work, essential for promoting diverse firms’ economic empowerment, underscores the critical role of diversity and inclusion in sparking innovation, securing competitive advantage, and cultivating a responsible business ecosystem. Rachael Pease is a beacon of change, pushing for DEI principles as integral to achieving industry success. 

Breakout Session 2

A. Standing Out in a Progressive Design-Build Pursuit – Columbia C

This panel will focus on how to differentiate your team in a progressive design-build pursuit. From laying the groundwork during pre-positioning through interview strategies, you will hear insights on how to tell the story of why your team is best suited to execute the project.

This panel will bring varied perspectives on how to:

  1. Review the RFQ and RFP documents with awareness and intent to tell your team’s story.
  2. Define strategies for prepositioning, and differentiate your experiences, resume, and team.
  3. Build RFQ, RFP, and interview content that connects your capabilities to the client’s goals.
  4. Create engaging, interactive team exercises, proprietary meetings, and interviews.
  5. Get the best takeaways and lessons learned from a debrief.

Panel Includes:

Stacy Shewell, DBIA, PMP

Stacy Shewell, DBIA, PMP

Hill International

Stacy holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture, boasting 15 years of experience representing public owners on alternative delivery projects. As a DBIA certified professional, she specializes in Design-Build methodologies, emphasizing successful project outcomes and fostering a project-first mentality within teams. Her career highlights include providing extensive support to owners on over $500 million in Design-Build projects, encompassing sixteen progressive design-build projects, and serving as a trusted advisor throughout the progressive design-build procurement and contracting process. Her approach emphasizes collaboration, innovation, and client satisfaction, resulting in consistently high-quality deliverables and client satisfaction. As an active member of the NW DBIA region for over a decade, Stacy is the incoming Regional Secretary and has held various leadership positions, such as Membership Co-Chair. She played a pivotal role in establishing the Young Professional Committee, fostering the development of emerging talent within the industry. Additionally, she was instrumental in the formation of the recently established Central WA Chapter, where she served as Vice President, contributing to the chapter’s growth and impact in advancing the design-build industry. Stacy’s dedication extends to mentoring students and young professionals, including serving as a regional and national jury member for DBIA student competitions. Stacy is passionate about serving as a Design-Build Owner Advisor, guiding owners through the progressive design-build procurement and contracting process. By leveraging her expertise and industry insights, she empowers owners to make informed decisions that drive project success and foster long-term value.

Joe Kline, PE, CCM

Joe Kline, PE, CCM

Assistant Vice President, Facilities Services - Capital, Washington State University

Having previously served as a construction manager and a project manager at Washington State University, Joe Kline currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Services – Capital.  Before arriving at WSU, Joe worked as a construction manager and project manager at Iowa State University and the University of Idaho.  Prior to his work in higher education, Joe delivered projects in his role as an officer in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, primarily in Northern California.  He has been directly involved in the construction of over 20 major new facilities as a project manager and now manages a staff of 17 to deliver all public works projects for Washington State University.  Joe has over 25 year’s experience delivering design-bid-build, GC/CM, and Design Build projects.

Joe was instrumental in the development and presentation of Washington State University’s annual design build conference.  The conference brings together over 130 contractors, design professionals, and owners each year to address emerging issues in design build procurement and delivery.  He also served on Washington’s Capital Projects Advisory Review Board’s reauthorization committee, which made recommendations to update Washington’s authorizing legislation.

A registered mechanical engineer, Joe has worked with the US Navy, Iowa State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.  Joe is also a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) through CMAA.

Paul Churchill, Assoc. DBIA

Paul Churchill, Assoc. DBIA

Abbott Construction

Having been at Abbott Construction upon graduation from UW in 2006, Paul is currently a Project Executive responsible for Work Acquisition and Preconstruction on Abbott’s alternative delivery projects, including progressive design-build. His first PDB project was with the UW Medical Center in 2018 at the NW Childbirth Center and he’s continually been on PDB projects since then. Paul combines his passion for leadership, teamwork, and continued growth with experience in project pursuits, planning, complex deliveries, and risk management.

Cheryl  Jacobs

Cheryl Jacobs

NAC Architecture

As a project manager and passionate architect, Cheryl leads teams in the design of learning environments and wellness facilities. She adeptly balances client-responsiveness with community needs and environmental sustainability, all the while keeping a tight eye on budget. She brings expertise in collaborating with and facilitating conversations among project stakeholders to quickly blend key components of a client’s vision with programmatic and functional needs. With a background in psychology, Cheryl is a champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion and is a leader in NAC’s Diversity Initiative.

Scott Johnston, Assoc. DBIA

Scott Johnston, Assoc. DBIA

Johnston Framework

B. Rethinking Risk and Insurance – Columbia D

A panel discussion:

  1. Adequacy of PL limits for all stakeholders.
  2. Who needs to carry PL cover and why- Who owns what risk?
  3. Project specific – A&E / Contractors Professional/ OPPI.
  4. Timing- insurance procurement for project specific.
  5. Most cost-effective way to insure a project – annual practice vs. project specific.
  6. What needs to change with a shift to Progressive Design-Build.

Panel Includes:

Brian Packey, JD, CRIS

Brian Packey, JD, CRIS

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Brian is a Director of Risk Management with over 12 years of experience in the construction industry, working on both the subcontractor and contractor sides. With a legal degree and a certification in Construction Risk and Insurance, Brian manages complex insurance programs, handles legal claims, and oversees prequalification and construction contract negotiations at his firm. His leadership style is rooted in fairness and building strong, equitable relationships with partners. This commitment helps safeguard corporate interests and fosters a collaborative and trustworthy working environment.

Tim Nierman, CIC, CRIS

Tim Nierman, CIC, CRIS

Parker, Smith & Feek

Tim is a Vice President and Principal of Parker, Smith & Feek and member of the Construction Practice Group. In this capacity, he has overall responsibility for coordinating the resources of the firm that meet the needs of his clients now while having an eye toward identifying future risks. He and the team develop innovative risk management strategies, delivering competitive insurance programs while reducing his clients total cost of risk. Tim brings value to his clients through consultative risk assessment, contractual risk transfer, loss control, claims handling, builder’s risk review, and identifying new market opportunities. Tim’s clients span the west coast and he often works closely with owners, developers, and contractors to create the most efficient risk management program.

Stephen Lane, MBA

Stephen Lane, MBA

IMA Financial Group

Stephen brings over 15 years of experience within the insurance industry. His career began on the carrier side, where he was an underwriter and managed a team specializing in environmental, professional, and general liability coverage for manufacturers, contractors, and consultants. Transitioning to a role as a commercial retail broker, he now focuses on providing professional liability coverage tailored for firms in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Currently, Stephen leads the Professional Services Practice at IMA, guiding a dedicated team in delivering customized insurance solutions for contractors and design firms. Stephen’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He has a genuine passion for learning and continuously strives to better understand the current industry challenges facing AEC firms. Stephen values his family time and enjoys spending it with his wife, two daughters, and his beloved dog, Rosie. He is a die-hard Chicago sports fan who lives by the motto, “There’s always next year.”

Dawn Gournis, CPCU

Dawn Gournis, CPCU

AXA XL

Dawn Gournis is an Underwriting Director for Professional & Pollution Liability lines within AXA XL’s North America Construction business.  Based in Chicago, IL, Dawn manages a team of underwriters that focuses on providing innovative professional and pollution liability insurance solutions to contractors, integrated design/constructors, and project owners.  In addition to her underwriting management responsibilities, Dawn serves as the Central Zone lead for Construction.  In this regional role, she collaborates with other Zone leaders across business lines to address clients’ multi-line insurance needs. 

Dawn has also worked as the Midwest Co-Chair of Leading, Empowering, and Advancing Diversity (LEAD), a business response group which works to promote Inclusion & Diversity within AXA XL and across the insurance industry.

 Dawn has been with the AXA XL, and previously XL Catlin and Catlin, since 2012.  Prior to joining AXA XL, Dawn gathered more than 10 years of Construction insurance industry experience with positions in claims and underwriting.  She spent four years as a Senior Account Executive with Zurich’s Construction Department underwriting Professional Liability products including Architects & Engineers, Owners Protective, and Contractors Professional Liability policies.  She began her insurance career as a Senior Claims Representative at CNA and Zurich managing Construction Defect claims.

 Dawn received her MBA from DePaul University, concentrating in International Business and Finance, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Economics and French. 

 Dawn holds the Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certification.

Breakout Session 3

A. Intentional Equity and Social Justice Planning on a Public Progressive Design-Build Healthcare Project – Columbia C

In 2016, King County distributed an Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) strategic plan to take action on deep and persistent inequities in our community. One focus was on design/construction projects led by King County, specifically a $1.74b bond program. Recently, these purposeful requirements have benefited projects at Harborview Medical Center – a public Level 1 trauma center that serves the most vulnerable and diverse populations in King County and four neighboring states. By engaging a diverse team on their design and construction projects, a synergy is created with the patients being served. Through shared values and meaningful actions, King County’s ESJ goals have brought forward:

 

  1.  Inclusive and collaborative projects and working relationships.
  2. Diverse and people-focused projects.
  3. Transparent and accountable actions.
  4. Racially just programs.

Panel Includes:

Melissa Teichman, Assoc. DBIA

Melissa Teichman, Assoc. DBIA

OAC Services

Melissa Teichman, Assoc. DBIA is the Vice President of Healthcare at OAC Services – a design and construction management firm in the Pacific Northwest. Melissa’s ability to facilitate partnering and authentically engage with teams brings positive energy to her alternative delivery projects. Across her 21-year career, Melissa has completed more than 100 complex, life-saving facilities – ranging from ground-up towers, to surgery centers, maternity centers, oncology care, imaging, and pharmacies. At OAC, Melissa generates love through career mentoring, earning our clients’ and partners’ trust, and engaging in industry organizations.

Robin Strom, CCA, MCA

Robin Strom, CCA, MCA

Andersen Construction

Robin Strom has over 16 years of industry experience specializing in federal diversity compliance programs. She is passionate about integrating diversity and racial equality goals into all aspects of Andersen Construction’s approach, developing successful strategies and workforce opportunities Robin has successfully managed compliance programs for Federal DBE, SBA, and OFCCP projects, including high-profile projects up to $2.5B. Her qualifications include Diversity Professional Credentials as a Certified Compliance Administrator (CCA) and Master Compliance Administrator (MCA) from Morgan State University.

Tessa Fox, BA, NCIDQ

Tessa Fox, BA, NCIDQ

Andersen Construction

Tessa Fox, an adept design manager at Andersen Construction, brings her 10 years of healthcare design experience creating meticulously crafted layouts that elevate the human experience to the construction industry. She champions collaboration from project inception, fostering harmonious owner and consultant partnerships that yield top-tier patient care solutions. Tessa excels in seamlessly integrating diverse consultant backgrounds for pivotal projects like Harborview, Providence, and CHI Franciscan.

Laura Preftes

King County

B. Pups, Plants, & Ping Pong: Setting the Progressive Design-Build Standard for the City of Bend  – Columbia D

In February 2022, the City of Bend, Oregon issued a Progressive Design Build RFP to design and construct a new site and public works campus in what is anticipated to be its first vertical and largest design-build project for the foreseeable future. This presentation will explore the importance of building and maintaining a collaborative, diverse, healthy team culture within PDB, and how it can be the key to achieving the highest level of performance and value for the project.

Panel Includes:

Camilla Cok, AIA

Camilla Cok, AIA

Heneberry Eddy Architects

Camilla is a leader in designing highly sustainable projects rooted in their context. She takes pride in helping clients achieve their vision, conceptualizing and communicating thoughtful design solutions, beautiful buildings, and resilient campuses that support users, the local community, and the natural environment. She brings particular expertise in emergency response facilities and has presented nationally on fire station design innovation; she has also presented nationally on progressive design-build best practices for team-building. Camilla received a master’s in architecture and bachelor’s in environmental design from Montana State University. She is part of the Leadership Bend program through the Bend Chamber designed to connect regional leaders and shape the future of Central Oregon.

Joe Rundle, Oregon Inside Wireman Electrical License

Joe Rundle, Oregon Inside Wireman Electrical License

EC Electric

Joe has been in the construction industry for over 18 years. In his current role of Project Executive, Joe leads the Commercial & Industrial Teams in Central Oregon for EC Electric.

Jo Wells, Oregon Registered Architect

Jo Wells, Oregon Registered Architect

City of Bend

Jo Wells has been assisting in the Central Oregon expansion of the Oregon Chapter. She has been in the architectural field for over 20 years, initially with a focus on community and low-income housing projects. Eventually she moved to the owner side, first co-developing a private co-housing development and then moving into the Public Sector. For that past 8 years she has had a focus on Progressive-Design-Build delivery including the award-winning Portland Building and is now leading the City of Bend’s Public Works Campus project. Her background in communication and community building has led to a unique approach to leading PDB projects built on a strong foundation of trust and teaming. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including both the national DBIA and AIA conferences.

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Kirby Negelhaut Construction

Mike was a superintendent for 14 years at KNCC. In 2004, he became an owner, general manager, and vice president. As a project executive, Mike oversees the project teams throughout all phases providing valuable input ensuring accuracy for cost estimating, GMP development, value engineering, and constructability reviews during preconstruction. During construction, he works with the teams to develop the most efficient bid packages. He enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking and racing, and traveling to historic sites.

Breakout Session 4

A. Leveraging Team Culture to Build Better – Columbia C

Integrated teams are the lifeblood of progressive design-build. However, what happens when the General Contractor, Architect, and Trade teams work together repeatedly on various projects? This session will explore the significance of truly integrated teams and the positive impact they can have by building a culture based on trust, accountability, and commitment. Innovation is at the heart of every successful design-build project, but adopting new working methods can feel risky. Many of our partners rely on productivity metrics to determine their costs, but if they are unfamiliar with an untested process, it can be challenging to trust the numbers that everyone must stand behind. We must work together to overcome these challenges and create safe environments to experiment with new ways of working. By trying new approaches, we can deliver more value to our clients and make the industry better. In this session, we will delve into two prominent higher education projects in Portland and Vancouver that will demonstrate how a trust-based culture that emphasizes innovation can foster an incubator for new ideas. We challenged assumptions and continuously searched for ways to build better. The outcome enabled us to deliver more value for our clients.

Panel Includes:

Sam Stadler, BArch, AIA, Accoc. DBIA, LEED AP

Sam Stadler, BArch, AIA, Accoc. DBIA, LEED AP

Andersen Construction

With nearly 20 years of experience in Design and Construction, Sam brings an energetic, can-do approach to the project team. From design to construction, he is committed to working with clients to leverage the maximum potential of every project. Sam emphasizes a team approach to problem-solving, focusing on collaboration and communication. He also brings expertise, passion and leadership in sustainability to every project he undertakes.

Laurie Canup, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Laurie Canup, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

SRG Partnership

Laurie has an impressive portfolio in higher education, research, and healthcare facilities and is inspired by projects that solve real-world problems and raise awareness about the importance of great design. Laurie is responsible for creating a culture based on trust and transparency founded on authentic listening. She believes integrated team environments bring dynamic opportunities to drive innovation and deliver solutions that make a positive impact on people and the environment.

Jason Baerlocher, DBIA

Jason Baerlocher, DBIA

Washington State University

Jason Baerlocher is currently a project manager for Washington State University (WSU), a position he has held for the past 11 years. Prior to his time at WSU, he spent 14 years as a Project Manager for a commercial contractor focused mainly on negotiated, private sector projects. Jason is very involved in improving the way Design Build projects are procured, managed, and implemented at WSU. He has been instrumental in the constant evolution of the WSU Design Build process, implementing lessons learned during projects and also reacting to industry needs. Jason and his colleagues work to continually adapt and improve the way capital projects are procured and delivered responding to the industry’s needs and capabilities.

Gabe Hurley

Gabe Hurley

The Harver Company

B. Elevating The Design in Design-Build: The New Design Excellence Position Statement from DBIA  – Columbia D

This program will present the new criteria for the DBIA’s definition of Design Excellence. As the first word in Design-Build, the DBIA wanted to refocus on an updated design position statement with the breadth to span a multitude of project types along with enough specificity for team implementation. Learn about what design excellence means, how to prioritize it within the RFQ/RFP process, and how to think broadly about Design Excellence within your teams.

Panel Includes:

Susan O'Connell, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD + C

Susan O'Connell, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD + C

AC Martin

Susan O’Connell AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD + C – Managing Principal AC Martin With over 35 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in the planning, programming, and designing large, complex projects, Susan is at the forefront of design-build delivery. In addition to serving as a Managing Principal at AC Martin, overseeing the Aviation, Higher Education, K-14, Civic, and Special Services markets, she currently serves on both DBIA Regional and DBIA National boards. Her passion is rooted in developing Design-Build partnerships that accomplish targeted project goals that exceed their clients’ expectations. Susan’s repeated success in building consensus and enthusiasm in large, complex teams exemplifies her prowess with design-build delivery.  Her approach starts with her ability to listen and understand key concerns, distill a wide range of input, and identify a common ground so that, through a collaborative process, an innovative design solution is found and embraced.  Susan’s strength lies in her ability to imagine projects through her clients’ eyes and collaborate with design teams and builders to take architectural concepts through to a successful project that fulfills the client’s vision. Susan received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.

Lara Sirois,, Registered Architect, DBIA Associate

Lara Sirois,, Registered Architect, DBIA Associate

University of Washington

Lara Sirois has been a project manager at University of Washington’s Project Delivery Group since 2019. Her work at UW has focused on major renovations and progressive design-build projects. She is passionate about the opportunity to support the mission of the University through capital projects, particularly the unique challenges of renovating existing buildings, giving them new life and meeting the needs of their users now and in the future. Before coming to UW, Lara worked as an architect in private practice for twenty years and she brings that experience to her role as a project manager and owner’s representative, helping her to build collaborative and highly successful project teams, working in a variety of project types and delivery methods. She is also pleased to have the opportunity to work with a variety of builders and design partners, who share her enthusiasm for doing work on the University of Washington campus. Lara is currently working on two design-build projects at UW, both major renovations.

Kyle Knapp, DBIA

Kyle Knapp, DBIA

Clark Construction

Kyle is the Project Executive at Clark Construction Group, where he spearheads the Clark’s Seattle Higher Education market sector. His expertise encompasses over ten years of design-build experience with a focus on complex projects such as hospitals, airports, and renovations. Recently, Kyle successfully led a series of seismic upgrades at the University of Washington’s Campus, demonstrating his ability to manage projects from inception to completion. He works with teams that are known for tackling challenging problems with innovative solutions, particularly in the design-build framework. Kyle’s approach involves close collaboration with project stakeholders to ensure all phases of project delivery are aligned with client expectations and project goals.

Kameron Beeks, PE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, DBIA

Kameron Beeks, PE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, DBIA

Glumac

Kameron is Glumac’s Director of Market Sectors, a Vice President at Glumac, and a Mechanical Engineer by trade. Kameron has designed a wide range of education projects from lab facilities, student unions, libraries, recreation centers, heavy infrastructure replacement projects, student/faculty housing, advanced manufacturing buildings, performing arts buildings, data centers, culinary arts/cafeterias, lecture and flex classroom buildings, K12 campuses, and more. Kameron has experience working on multiple projects that have achieved or pursued LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum, Living Building Challenge, FitWel, and CHPS, and he has been involved in several net zero energy and decarbonization projects and studies. Kameron is also a LEED AP BD+C, a WELL AP, and a DBIA Professional, and he is an adjunct faculty at New School of Architecture and Senior Capstone Advisor at Cal Poly SLO.

General Session

Stories of Fulfillment in Progressive Design-Build:  The Opposite of “Quiet Quitting” – Columbia A

It’s a pretty simple equation:  high performing teams design and build better, more valuable projects and have fun doing it. When it comes to why, “fulfillment” is a major factor. Team members who find fulfillment in their project work are more engaged and create better solutions than a person who finds themselves unfulfilled by their work. Of all the project delivery models, design-build is uniquely suited to bring fulfillment and all its benefits to the project team and, ultimately, the project. This presentation will dive into the unique fulfillment opportunities progressive design-build offers, how to capitalize on and leverage those opportunities, and what owners, builders, designers, subconsultants, and trade partners see as clear benefits of a highly fulfilled project team.

Panel Includes:

Laura DeGooyer

Laura DeGooyer

Lake Washington School District

Laura DeGooyer, Capital Program Manager, Lake Washington School District.  Laura is a certified project management professional with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Her career has included construction and project management of over $1Billion of projects in water/wastewater, aviation, education, healthcare, and justice facilities in various roles as a general contractor, owner’s representative, and owner. Project delivery experience includes design-bid-build, GC/CM and Design Build. She currently provides leadership and direction over a $500M capital levy program for the second largest school district in Washington State.

Ty Thorton

Ty Thorton

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Ty is a Preconstruction Manager who has been building on his civil engineering and economics background since he joined the construction industry with Lease Crutcher Lewis in 2017. He encountered several project delivery types in the healthcare market to start his career, including GC/CM, but found his calling when he had the opportunity to work for a higher education client on his first Progressive Design-Build project. In multiple Progressive Design-Build jobs since, he has added K-12 institutional experience, and cannot wait to see where the delivery model takes him next! Whether in project definition, design/preconstruction, or in the field, Ty values the cross-disciplinary collaboration Design-Build fosters and enjoys any opportunity to expose and educate future partners on the future of project delivery.

Elizabeth Byrne Moggio, Master of Architecture, Licensed Architect - AIA, NCARB

Elizabeth Byrne Moggio, Master of Architecture, Licensed Architect - AIA, NCARB

Miller Hull

Elizabeth Moggio is a Principal with Miller Hull, and since joining the firm in 2007, has devoted her time to the design and management of projects that create educational spaces for learning, teaching, working, and research. Her leadership and focus on creating new learning environments make her one of the firm’s seasoned learning space experts. She specializes in building consensus with small and large academic groups, creating equitable stakeholder and team relationships, and managing projects in a variety of project delivery models She has a special passion for progressive design build and collaborative, integrated delivery models that build on trust and respect for owners, stakeholders, and all members of the design and construction trades. Most recently, Elizabeth led the programming and interior architecture on the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, and acted as the project manager for the Health Sciences Education Building and Twing Renovation projects, all located at the University of Washington and delivered as Integrated Design Build projects. Elizabeth brings her passion for and leadership in collaborative and focused design processes to every project.

  Ina Holzer, Assoc. DBIA

Ina Holzer, Assoc. DBIA

Lake Washington School District

Ina Holzer, Associate DBIA Senior Construction Project Manager, Lake Washington School District. Ina has over 15 years of construction/project management experience leading design and constructions teams on over $500M projects mainly supporting public works projects in Washington and California. Her career as a general contractor, owner’s representative and owner gives her the opportunity to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective on alternative delivery. She started her career as Project Engineer for a general contractor. Ina represented owners primarily on K-12 projects for over 14 years. As an owner’s representative, she managed multiple successful GC/CM projects for LWSD including the completion of Timberline Middle School, classroom and core expansion additions to Lake Washington High School. Last year, Ina transitioned from a third-party consultant to a district staff member to lead the design and construction of three middle school additions at Finn Hill, Kirkland and Redmond Middle School. Ina currently leads the inaugural progressive design build team for Rockwell Elementary School in Redmond, WA and she will also lead our second design-build project for new schools on two middle school campuses. She has a passion for building schools and her favorite type of projects are those that require a high level of collaboration between all team members. She has her Associate DBIA certification since 2015 and continues to expand her knowledge and experience by participating in DBIA training and events.

Puja Kashyap, PE

Puja Kashyap, PE

KPFF

Seamus Kelly

Seamus Kelly

Mithun

Friday May 10, 2024

An Owner’s Role in Curating a Team for Success – Columbia A

Strong success in design-build is created by a high performing team. Curating and building this team well is key and starts with the owner. A panel of experienced, leading design-build owners will share their insights, experiences, and perspectives on how this can best be done.

Panel Includes:

Joe Kline, PE, CCM

Joe Kline, PE, CCM

Assistant Vice President, Facilities Services - Capital, Washington State University

Having previously served as a construction manager and a project manager at Washington State University, Joe Kline currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Services – Capital.  Before arriving at WSU, Joe worked as a construction manager and project manager at Iowa State University and the University of Idaho.  Prior to his work in higher education, Joe delivered projects in his role as an officer in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, primarily in Northern California.  He has been directly involved in the construction of over 20 major new facilities as a project manager and now manages a staff of 17 to deliver all public works projects for Washington State University.  Joe has over 25 year’s experience delivering design-bid-build, GC/CM, and Design Build projects.

Joe was instrumental in the development and presentation of Washington State University’s annual design build conference.  The conference brings together over 130 contractors, design professionals, and owners each year to address emerging issues in design build procurement and delivery.  He also served on Washington’s Capital Projects Advisory Review Board’s reauthorization committee, which made recommendations to update Washington’s authorizing legislation.

A registered mechanical engineer, Joe has worked with the US Navy, Iowa State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.  Joe is also a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) through CMAA.

Garett Buckingham, Director of Design & Construction

Garett Buckingham, Director of Design & Construction

EvergreenHealth

Director of Design and Construction with a demonstrated history of working in higher education & critical patient care medical hospital systems. Skilled in Design & Construction Management, Lean Construction, Business Process Design, Team Building, Project Estimation, and Sustainable Design. Strong leader with experience guiding teams through a wide variety of project delivery methods in the public sector including progressive design-build. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Arts focused on Architectural Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington.

Steve Tatge, Associate Vice President of Asset Management

Steve Tatge, Associate Vice President of Asset Management

University of Washington Facilities

Steve Tatge is an architect and the interim Associate Vice President for Asset Management for the University of Washington’s Facilities organization. He is responsible for the Project Delivery Group, Campus Architecture and Planning, the UW Sustainability Office, and Engineering Services, and works closely with other Facilities units and the University’s central administration around the planning, delivery, and lifecycle management of the University’s physical assets. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Project Delivery Group (PDG) and was responsible for a portfolio which often approached a billion dollars and included projects such as the recently completed $230M Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, the $80M Interdisciplinary Engineering Building, and the $224.5M Behavioral Health Teaching Facility.

Brian Aske, DBIA. Operations Director - Lease Crutcher Lewis

Brian Aske, DBIA. Operations Director - Lease Crutcher Lewis

Be the Resource Committee

Brian Aske is an Operations Director for Lease Crutcher Lewis, leading integrated delivery projects. He has served on the DBIA Northwest Region Board for over 13 years and advanced Washington State’s current progressive design-build legislation. He has been a vocal advocate for design-build since his first design-build experience 27 years ago. Over the last 5 years, he has delivered $300M in progressive design-build projects, including DBIA’s 2021 Project of the Year and Best in Architecture.

Breakout Session 5

A. How Design-Builders Can Bridge the BIM and Data Handover Gap – Columbia C

As more project Owners are looking to take advantage of building information models (BIM) post-construction, how can project teams do a better job ensuring the geometry and data are structured in a suitable format for the operations phase of the project’s lifecycle? With up to 95% of the data generated by architects, engineers, and contactors going unused the industry needs to identify a better way of bridging the data handover gap. Much like design-build creates a whole team approach from the outset of a project it also provides an opportunity for that team to engage in a dialog with the Owner to better define the needed structured data that will be leveraged post-construction.

Panel Includes:

Brian Skripac, DBIA, CM-BIM, LEED AP

Brian Skripac, DBIA, CM-BIM, LEED AP

Design-Build Institute of America

As Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), Brian is responsible for shaping how VDC brings optimal benefits to design-build’s “whole team” approach to project delivery. Brian is a Digital Construction innovator with nearly 20 years of leadership defining how people, processes and technology come together to transform collaborative project delivery. In addition, he leads the creation and advancement of best practices related to the integration of BIM-enabled technologies and other innovative digital tools to enhance design-build team performance and while generating significant benefits for projects across the built environment.

Cindy Baldwin, CGC, LEED AP, CM-BIM, CM-Lean

Cindy Baldwin, CGC, LEED AP, CM-BIM, CM-Lean

VDCO Tech

Cindy Baldwin, CGC, LEED AP, CM-BIM, CM-LEAN Cindy Baldwin is Founder and President of VDCO Tech Inc. with over 32 years of diverse AECO Industry experience. She is recognized nationally for her expertise in SMART, LEAN, PRACTICAL BIM and Virtual Design and Construction processes and implementation strategies. She has a proven track record of leading her teams of BIM and construction professionals, subcontractors, and design professionals, all while fostering strong Client relationship. Her key strengths lie in reducing risk for her Clients and enhancing production efficiency. Growing up in the construction field under her father’s guidance, Cindy became a Certified General Contractor, a LEED Accredited Professional (AP), and notably, the first person in Florida to achieve CM-BIM certification. She is an approved instructor for The Associated General Contractors of America’s BIM and LEAN Certification Classes. Cindy currently serves as the Women in BIM Florida USA Regional Lead and holds positions on the Executive Committees of the US Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) and buildingSMART USA. In these roles, she chairs the Data Committee, the USA Airport and Healthcare Workgroups, and acts as the liaison with the Digital Twin Consortium organization. Renowned for her practical and hands-on approach to BIM implementation and process improvement, Cindy is committed to working directly in the “BIM Trenches” to facilitate change through traditional processes. She consistently seeks innovative ways to surpass client expectations, fostering a team culture that values continuous learning, innovation, collaboration, and creativity.

Paul Rogers, BIM/Architectural/Civil Certificatrion

Paul Rogers, BIM/Architectural/Civil Certificatrion

Port of Seattle

I recently joined the Port of Seattle as the BIM Program Manager from the private sector, having worked on several extensive and complex projects, i.e. The Occulus transportation hub in New York and The Spire Tower in Seattle.

Liliana Martinez, Bachelor of Architecture

Liliana Martinez, Bachelor of Architecture

Port of Seattle

My background is in architecture; I have a Bachelor of Architecture degree and have worked in architecture firms the majority of my career. Through the lens of architectural design, my work evolved into the development and use of technology in design, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM). I currently work at the Port of Seattle as the Design Technology Manager supporting, amongst other technologies, BIM adoption and implementation across the Port from the SEA airport through the waterfront. In this role, we envision and plan for the use of design technologies from the owner’s perspective, including planning, design, construction, asset ownership, operational use, and through its infinite cycle back to planning.

B. Creating Contracts That Support and Facilitate the Opportunities in Design-Build  – Columbia D

Many owners are switching to design-build in order to change the culture of their projects and yield the better end results of a design-build delivery. To achieve those results, it is key to implement the best practices in adopting the delivery method. Starting with the right contract, with the right provisions, and proper risk balance, can not just support, but also facilitate many of the new opportunities design-build offers.

Panel Includes:

Robynne Thaxton, JD, DBIA,

Robynne Thaxton, JD, DBIA,

Thaxton Parkinson LLC

Robynne Thaxton, JD, DBIA, is a Seattle based lawyer and the principal of Thaxton Parkinson PLLC. With over 24 years’ experience, Robynne is one of the leading experts in construction law and alternative procurement both in Washington State and on a national basis. In addition to being on the Design-Build Institute of America National Board of Directors Executive Committee, she is the co-chair of the National DBIA Legal Committee, and was the 2012 DBIA National Convention Planning Committee Chair. She is also the co-chair of the Legislation Committee for the DBIA NW Region.

Named as a Washington “Super Lawyer” from 2010 – 2013, Robynne’s legal career started in the Anchorage and Seattle offices of Perkins Coie. Prior to forming her own firm, she was Of Counsel and a Partner at Groff Murphy PLLC, one of the premier construction law firms in the Northwest. She also spent two years as an adjunct professor for Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and is a frequent lecturer for universities and industry organizations such as ABA, DBIA, AGC, ACEC, LCI, COAA, CalPoly University, George Mason University, the University of Washington and Washington State University. Robynne recently represented the DBIA and AIA in co-authoring an amicus brief in Metcalf Construction v. U.S. before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was a speaker for a webinar for the American Bar Association discussing the case. Robynne received her Juris Doctor in 1989 from the University of Colorado School of Law and her undergraduate degree in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mica Klein, JD, Assoc. DBIA™

Mica Klein, JD, Assoc. DBIA™

Perkins Coie’s

Mica Klein, Assoc. DBIA™, focuses her practice on complex construction transactions and litigation. As a member of Perkins Coie’s nationally recognized Construction practice (ranked Tier 1 nationally for Construction Law in U.S. News “Best Lawyers and Law Firms” and Band 1 in Washington by Chambers USA), Mica counsels project owners across Washington, the United States, and international jurisdictions, regarding all aspects of construction, ranging from project development to project closeout. Mica’s practice spans both public and private projects ranging from small (under $100,000) tenant improvement projects to $100M+ new construction. As part of her practice, she regularly drafts and negotiates a range of agreements, including complex construction contracts (fixed price, design-build, progressive design-build, general contractor/construction manager (GC/CM), engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC)), professional services contracts, and various other modified American Institute of Architects (AIA) and bespoke agreements. Mica has particular expertise in implementing design-build and progressive design-build delivery models. For her public clients, Mica regularly advises on Washington’s Public Works Law (RCW 39.04), as well as regarding GC/CM and design-build / progressive design-build projects procured under Washington’s Alternative Public Works Statute (RCW 39.10) and other similar state laws. She has extensive experience in responding to and defending public clients against bid protests and addressing various other public procurement issues. In addition, Mica regularly serves as project counsel, providing her clients full-service advice regarding project planning, implementation, and completion. In this role, she routinely assists her clients in the evaluation and negotiation of significant change orders, and throughout the closeout process.

Zak Tomlinson, JD

Zak Tomlinson, JD

Pacifica Law Group

Zak Tomlinson is a construction and procurement lawyer who represents a wide variety of public and private owners, including cities, counties, port districts, school districts, special purpose districts, and a variety of non-profit institutions. Zak routinely serves as outside legal counsel on alternative delivery projects and works closely with municipal clients, internal counsel, and consultants throughout project development, including the PRC application process, preparation of RFQ/RFP documents, preparation and negotiation of design and construction contracts, and if necessary resolution of claims and disputes.

Breakout Session 6

A. Intentional Teaming to Create Value: UW Health Sciences Education Building (HESB) – Columbia C

Successful Integrated Design-Build (incentivized Progressive Design-Build) delivery demands more than the right set of contracts, intentions, and one-off teaming events. Success relies on daily behaviors and interactions between team members to extract best value in project outcomes. Using the 2023 DBIA Best in Teaming award-winning University of Washington Health Sciences Education Building as a case study, the team will share the value proposition of a successfully integrated team as well as best practices that attendees can implement on their teams. We will explore daily practices rooted in deliberate, regular, and transparent communication that, if carefully fostered by project leadership, will support a productive and collaborative team environment. The presentation will demonstrate how this project-oriented environment creates open, free sharing of ideas while also facilitating difficult conversations, resulting in added value for the project along with the mitigation of risk and resolution of challenges. Finally, we will share specific and significant quantitative and qualitative value returns experienced by the entire project team if these best practices in teaming are successfully applied.

Panel Includes:

Elizabeth Byrne Moggio, Master of Architecture, Licensed Architect - AIA, NCARB

Elizabeth Byrne Moggio, Master of Architecture, Licensed Architect - AIA, NCARB

Miller Hull

Elizabeth Moggio is a Principal with Miller Hull, and since joining the firm in 2007, has devoted her time to the design and management of projects that create educational spaces for learning, teaching, working, and research. Her leadership and focus on creating new learning environments make her one of the firm’s seasoned learning space experts. She specializes in building consensus with small and large academic groups, creating equitable stakeholder and team relationships, and managing projects in a variety of project delivery models She has a special passion for progressive design build and collaborative, integrated delivery models that build on trust and respect for owners, stakeholders, and all members of the design and construction trades. Most recently, Elizabeth led the programming and interior architecture on the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, and acted as the project manager for the Health Sciences Education Building and Twing Renovation projects, all located at the University of Washington and delivered as Integrated Design Build projects. Elizabeth brings her passion for and leadership in collaborative and focused design processes to every project.

Jeannie Natta, DBIA Certified Professional

Jeannie Natta, DBIA Certified Professional

Director of Major Projects for the University of Washington Project Delivery Group

Jeannie Natta is the Director of Major Projects for the University of Washington Project Delivery Group. She has worked at the UW for over 13 years and served as a Construction Manager, Project Manager and Director. She serves on the CPARB Project Review Committee and is the Vice Chair of the DBIA Western Washington Chapter Steering Committee. She received a Master of Science in Construction Management in 2013 from the University of Washington and is a DBIA Certified Professional. Prior to her work at the UW, Jeannie spent 10 years in the electrical trade, as a commercial electrician, and 12 years as an educator in university residential life programs. Jeannie draws upon her varied career background to manage projects for the University.

Duncan Howard, DBIA

Duncan Howard, DBIA

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Informed by a decade of experience as an integrated design-build practitioner, Duncan understands the value of collaboration and trust-building on project teams. As a Project Manager for Lewis, he has been at the forefront of the growth of progressive design-build in Western Washington and has led 500,000 square feet of progressive design-build work, including the DBIA 2021 Project of the Year and 2022’s National Merit Award winner for Educational Facilities. He is known for his understanding of the multi-faceted challenges facing project stakeholders and how to orient teams around solutions that support the best interest of the client on a specific project. Duncan is passionate about using proactive communication, solution-oriented dialogue, and design-build delivery to empower high-functioning teams that deliver successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

B. Agile, Apt, Adaptable: PDB in Commercial Life Sciences ) Columbia D

Progressive Design-Build (PDB) is gaining traction for private-sector biotechnology and life sciences companies in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. This is an owner group focused on speed-to-market for highly specialized, heavily regulated facilities, with programs that comingle prescriptive performance standards with a need to adapt to rapidly evolving technologies and market forces.  The Sana Biotechnology Bothell cGMP team recently reached substantial completion on Sana’s first Progressive Design-Build project – including Grade B and C Clean Room spaces, QC Labs, Office space and warehouse – and will share their experiences, insights and lessons-learned across the breadth of perspectives and expertise required to deliver on the promises of PDB in Commercial Life Sciences.

Panel Includes:

Ellen Spell, M.Arch, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ellen Spell, M.Arch, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C

BNBuilders

As Design Manager with BNBuilders, Ellen Spell specializes in design-build and other integrated project delivery models across a wide range of project scales and programs for public and private clients. She is a cross-disciplinary problem-solver with over 17 years in the AEC industry both as an architect and builder. Ellen focuses on process, planning and workflows to leverage and support each team’s diverse knowledge and experience in service of project goals.

Jessica Lindegren, BSM, BSME

Jessica Lindegren, BSM, BSME

McKinstry

I have been in the construction industry for 12 years, working as both a General and Mechanical Contractor. Working in the design build Life Science sector has allowed me to creatively assist clients in designing spaces that not only fit their needs, but allow for growth and eased long term maintenance.

Megan Coffland, DBIA Professional, LEED, EIT

Megan Coffland, DBIA Professional, LEED, EIT

BNBuilders

Originally hailing from Alaska, Megan joined BNBuilders in 2018 and has been a proven leader in the areas of life science and tech labs, GMP spaces and manufacturing, and higher ed. She earned her degree in civil environmental engineering from the University of Washington and has been instrumental in the growth of BNB’s life science sector. Megan’s adept leadership fosters collaboration and drives innovation within her team, ensuring the delivery of exceptional projects that meet the highest standards.

Chad Grenner

Chad Grenner

Precision Electric Group

Gary Chui, P.E. Mechanical Engineering

Gary Chui, P.E. Mechanical Engineering

Sana Biotechnology

Gary Chiu has spent the last 15 years engineering in the life sciences with a focus on delivering facilities and equipment for GMP manufacturing. Spending time in a global engineering department with Boehringer Ingelheim, he’s seen infrastructure being delivered from Austria to China. Having managed capital projects built under different delivery methods, Gary has experienced pros and cons of traditional plan-spec-build, as well as design-build. He is currently leading the facilities and engineering function for Sana Biotechnologies in the buildout of its first internal manufacturing facility in Bothell, WA.

Andy Clinch, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Andy Clinch, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Perkins&Will

Besides “professional baseball player or singer/song writer,” architecture was the only profession Andy ever considered. He was raised in a family of artists, builders, and engineers, which influenced his love for creative expression and technical thinking.

Andy is a people person. He loves meeting new people and being surrounded by a diverse group of personalities and talents. This is reflected in his management style, building teams with a wide range of personalities and skill sets. He is eager to get to know his clients and the users in order to develop a design concept that best suits their needs. He leads design dialogues with the project teams and stakeholders to help create project stories that drive the design.

When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he can be found working on the next home improvement project.

The Strategic Direction of DBIA: Being Your Resource – Columbia A

Panel Includes:

Lisa Washington, CAE

Lisa Washington, CAE

CEO, Design-Build Institute of America

Lisa Washington joined the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in 2004 as Vice President of Education and Conferences and was named DBIA’s Executive Director/CEO in 2009. Under her leadership, legislative authority of design-build grew from 22 to 48 states, the number of DBIA-certified professionals increased from 86 to nearly 7,000 and DBIA’s design-build curriculum expanded with the release of Design-Build Done Right® Universal Best Practices. Engineering News Record (ENR) named Lisa one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year in 2013 for her work in leading a coalition that resulted in the Corps of Engineers significantly enhancing their design-build procurement processes. She was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2023 for “transformational leader in design-build with strong collaborative efforts to standardize best practices.” Washington currently serves on the Board of Regents of the National Institute of Building Sciences Collaboration Academy. In her spare time, she is an American Red Cross Blood Drive leader and a youth mentor/advisor at her church. She holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland.