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Location: The Seattle Marriott Bellevue 200 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
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Oregon Health & Science University
Jennifer is the Director of Design and Construction at OHSU, Oregon’s only academic health center. She leads a department that manages a diverse range of complex projects in health care and academic/research over four campuses.
Prior to joining OHSU, Jennifer practiced as an architect for over 18 years. Her experience as a core team member on the award winning, LEED Platinum Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building modernization project in Portland ignited her passion for transforming how the design and construction industry delivers projects. She brings that focus to her work at OHSU. Jennifer earned a Masters in Architecture from Yale. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Green Associate.
Christopher Evans, LEED AP
Chris is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner. He started a small residential company focused in structural retrofits before joining Swinerton, where he quickly rose through the company to Chief Estimator. In 2015 he was recognized as an ENR Top 20 under 40 in the Hawaii/California region. With his passion about implementing innovation into design and construction, he led the team in the nation’s largest CLT project and now Swinerton’s Mass Timber Group.
Creighton Kearns, P.E.
Creighton is a licensed professional engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently is in the position of Vice President / Engineering Manager of Total Mechanical (TMI). Before joining TMI in 2011, Creighton was principal and senior engineer at Portland’s Interface Engineering and co-owner of DuPont Engineering, specializing in Health Care, Laboratory and Central Plant design. He has practiced engineering on the design and construction side in the Portland market for 28 years.
George E Wespi, PMP
Bonneville Power Administration
George Wespi is a Senior Project Manager (PMP) with broad-based experience in Federal Agency building projects, high-tech, industrial, commercial, and residential construction. During the course of his career, George has managed a mid-rise concrete residential/mixed use building for a Japanese developer, a major addition for a renowned guitar manufacturer, initial startup and expansion for a local solar manufacturer, and several retail and multi-family residential developments. Since joining the Facility Group at BPA as a contract employee through Flux Resources, George has coordinated project teams with project sponsors and stakeholders working through planning, design, construction and activation for several new facility projects. He has experience with design-build, CM/GC, and traditional contracting/project delivery methods. Outside of work, George enjoys competitive rowing, hiking, cycling, woodworking and other creative arts projects.
Portland Community College
With over 25 years of diverse experience in architecture throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Asia-Pacific region, Krista currently serves as the Managing Architect for Portland Community College’s Office of Planning and Capital Construction where she oversees over $200 million of projects in the 2017 bond program. Krista’s role is instrumental in facilitating PCC’s first bond program to incorporate design-build project delivery methods into their procurement practices. Most of Krista’s portfolio as a practicing architect in Alaska was delivered as ‘design-build’ in both the public and private sector: from flight simulator training facilities to housing to youth crisis centers. A member of the American Institute of Architects since 2003, Krista advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession and for developing the pipeline of future architects. Krista has served for over 10 years as an AIA practitioner representative to the National Architectural Accrediting Board on annual accreditation visits and currently serves on the AIA Oregon’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Director and as the chair of the statewide Programs Committee.
Erica’s interest in design of urban environment and sustainability led her to discover mass timber structures and their potential benefits to the construction industry. As a supplier, she became a cornerstone of the mass timber movement, educating the AEC industry and facilitating solutions to deliver eight projects, including both the nation’s tallest and the largest CLT projects. With Swinerton, Erica provides project-specific expertise to support and optimize mass timber design, estimating, BIM integration and procurement.
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Jon is an Associate Principal with Hennebery Eddy and a key leader for design-build projects. Whether it is a transformative renovation or a new high performing building, he takes great pride in helping clients achieve their vision. Jon has more than 30 years of experience and brings expertise and knowledge of best practices for design-build and LEED-certified projects. He is a certified design/build professional with the Design-Build Institute of America and the Oregon Chapter president. Jon is highly organized and an expert communicator, allowing him to successfully manage complex projects and to have fun while he’s doing it!
“A truly successful project has to be an enjoyable experience. Everyone involved invests too much of themselves to not have some fun.” —Jon McGrew
Thane J Miller, RA, LEED AP
Bonneville Power Administration
Thane Miller is a registered architect and LEED AP who graduated from Ball State University with a degree in architecture and environmental design. He began his career with a focus on high performance, sustainable learning facilities, that promoted collaborative learning through experience and design. After the completion of numerus LEED certified schools in the northwest he transitioned into public service initially as a contractor and then as a federal employee for the Bonneville Power Administration. Early works in the public sector included a Green Globes certified critical facility, several Green Globes certified energy delivery buildings, and strategic planning initiatives targeting environmentally sensitive and sustainable redevelopment plans for regional DOE complexes. Resent work efforts include the design and implementation of a near net zero energy maintenance headquarters and a LEED Gold (trending) centralized maintenance garage that together form the backbone of a redevelopment program at the Bonneville Power Administration’s largest complex. This program is leading a transition in procurement methodology from predominantly design bid build to progressive design build.
John Medvec AIA DBIA LEED AP BD+C NCARB
Skanska USA Inc.
John joined Skanska USA Inc. as a design manager in 2016. He has completed design-build, progressive design-build and collaborative delivery projects throughout Oregon. He is a registered architect in Oregon, Washington and Georgia. He is a native of Florida and obtained his bachelor of architecture from the University of Florida. He moved to Oregon in 1987 to pursue his master of architecture degree from the U of O. As an architect, John managed the development of both design-build bridging documents as well as the completion of design-build delivery for US Embassy projects in Africa, South America and Asia. He sits on the board of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon chapter board of DBIA.
Joe Swank, LEED AP, DBIA
Senior Project Architect, on Consultant Coordination and Building Code Considerations Joe brings 15 years of experience as a project architect and in construction management. Joe has dedicated much of his career to large, complex projects at Stanford and 300,000sf Field Office in Portland, and design-build projects for US Veteran Affairs and WSU, including Plant Growth Facility. His coordination and communication skills, plus a deep appreciation for the collaborative processes between design teams, contractors, clients and building users, make Joe an exceptional Project Architect.
Bonneville Power Administration
Christina Craig is a Supervisory Contract Specialist for the Construction Acquisition Team, in the Contracts and Strategy Sourcing organization of Supply Chain Services at Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). She has served as the technical lead, responsible for developing procurement strategies, negotiates and manages engineering and construction contracts for transmission and facility projects. Prior to joining the Construction Acquisition Team, she served as a procurement analyst in BPA’s Head of Contracting Activity, where she introduced, developed and delivered new and expanded procurement policies, bringing design-build and two-step procurement methods to BPA. Recent efforts include progressive design-build contracts for infrastructure upgrades to telecommunication radio sites and a 5-year substation equipment replacement program. Christina has over 20 years of federal contracting experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Accounting from Park University.
Jonathan A. Malmberg, PE
Bonneville Power Administration
Jon Malmberg is a registered professional engineer who graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in civil engineering. He began his career in the Seattle area with a focus on constructing environmental remediation systems for contaminated brownfield sites. After several years, Jon transitioned his career to fully leverage his engineering degree, becoming the in-house PE for a multi-family residential development company, and performing work in 6 western states. In 2010, Jon transitioned from the private sector into public service as a construction manager for the Bonneville Power Administration. Jon manages construction for all types of BPA projects, including substations, transmission lines, control houses, facilities, land development, and telecom projects. Jon has utilized many contract delivery models including design/bid/build, design/build, EPC, CM/GC, and T&M. Recent work efforts include the construction of a net zero energy maintenance headquarters and a LEED Gold centralized maintenance garage that together form the backbone of a redevelopment program at the Bonneville Power Administration’s largest complex.