CWA Owners Panel:Why Progressive Design-Build

Owners Panel: Why Progressive Design-Build

Join us on June 13th as four Central Washington Owners discuss why they are choosing Progressive Design-Build as a delivery method along with insights and lessons learned.

Date: June 13th, 2024

Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Richland Community Center

Riverview Room

500 Amon Park Dr

Richland, WA 99352

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduce owners to Progressive Design -Build
  2. Kickstart 2024 DBIA programs
  3. Discuss lessons learned from other Progressive Design-Build projects
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Meet Our Speakers:

Joe Schissel

Deputy City Manager, City of Richland

Joe is a lifelong Washingtonian and was born and raised in Clark County. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University in Pullman in 1997 (Go Cougs!) and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University in 1998. After working as a city planner in Sumner, WA, he joined the City of Richland in 2000. Joe’s role in the City has changed over the years and he is presently the Deputy City Manager with responsibility for most externally facing functions and utilities. Joe was responsible for the construction of four (4) fire stations and one city hall using the state’s progressive design-build project delivery model. Joe considers himself a recovering city planner and has continued to maintain his American Institute of Certified Planners credential, and he is excited to participate alongside the growing list of area public agencies that can benefit from design-build project delivery by saving time and money, without sacrificing quality.





Robert Blain

Director of Operations & Capital Programs, Benton County

Robert Blain has been with the County since 2015 and has been the Director of Operations and Capital Programs for the last 5 years. Robert manages the County’s Capital, Fleet, and Procurement departments. He oversees all capital construction, including all non-road public works projects, site improvements, building constructions, and remodels. Benton County is currently working on 4 projects using the Progressive Design Build delivery method.





Drew Woodruff


City Engineer, City of West Richland

Drew is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington with over 25 years of experience in both private and public sectors. For more than two decades, he has been serving the City of West Richland, including the last 14 years as the City Engineer. In this role, Drew oversees all aspects of Public Works, including managing engineering staff and inspectors, project management, design, plan review, and coordinating maintenance staff. He has managed numerous City facility projects, primarily using the design-bid-build format. Notably, he was part of the design team and served as the City’s lead through the construction of the $10.5 million West Richland Police Station, the City’s first Progressive Design-Build project. Drew derives great satisfaction from contributing to the improvements and enhancements of his hometown, West Richland.



Eric Smith

Director, Facilities and Capital Projects Washington State University

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