Design-Build Done Right: How to Team, Organize, and Ultimately Win


Our region boasts some of the most sophisticated and talented firms and markets. So when business development, marketing, and design-build intersect, how are teams setting themselves up to rise above their peers and win work? Join SMPS Seattle and DBIA Northwest for a robust and lively panel discussion and live Q&A to find out. Three teams partnered through alternative delivery methods share how they approached stiff competition and won over the selection panel—and raised the bar with firsts for their internal team and clients alike! A networking happy hour will follow the program.

Date: June 26th, 2024


2:30 PM Registration Opens at 2:30 PM

3:00 – 4:30 PM Presentation

5:00-7:00 PM Happy Hour at P2S Inc.

Parking: Onsite – Self Pay Space is limited.

Location: Seattle Central Public Library – 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104


  • Members: $50
  • Non-Members: $50
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Meet Our Panel

Northshore Elementary School

Paul Churchill

Project Executive, 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.

Phil Reidel, AIA,

PK-12 Practice Leader

NAC Architecture

Philip is the PK-12 Practice Leader for NAC Architecture and the Pacific Northwest Region Director on the A4LE International Board of Directors. Throughout his 25-year career in designing educational facilities, he has focused on aligning developments in education with facility design. He is passionate about developing places of learning to accommodate the entire range of students’ needs. Philip is the co-author of Inclusive Design for Special Education has presented nationally on using research to support student-centered design of learning environments.

Snohomish County Food & Farming Center

Dana Johnson

Design-Builder Project Manager


Dana is a DBIA professional who has successfully delivered 15 design-assist, design-build, or progressive design-build projects over the last 17 years throughout the West Coast. As a Sr Project Manager, Dana oversees validation efforts, design development and construction execution. She empowers teams to understand each other’s interests and jointly explore project challenges so the team can implement solutions that maximize overall project success while minimizing risk. She focuses on creating optimal outcomes by ensuring clarity of team vision and synchronization of all parties’ work efforts.

Claire Rennhack

Architect Project Manager

Miller Hull

Claire is a highly skilled and versatile architect, engineer and guest lecturer at the University of Washington. As a project manager of projects ranging from niche community maker spaces to regional regenerative infrastructure facilities, she is highly adept at leading diverse and high-functioning project teams. She acknowledges that her individual success is never solely hers. “It’s all about the team,” Claire says, “that as rewarding as it is to deliver highly complex and well-designed projects, it’s equally if not more rewarding to work through the process with incredibly talented teams, and the communities that use and engage with our work.”

VA Auburn Project

John Faley

Cushing Terrell

John, currently serving as the Manager of Architectural Communities of Practice and a Supervisor of the Seattle architectural studio, is a seasoned professional known for his versatile leadership in architecture and project management. With extensive experience in Commercial, Ecclesiastic and Government projects, he has demonstrated excellence in roles as Project Manager and Senior Project Architect, overseeing a diverse portfolio including master-planning, entitlements, new ground-up, shell & core, specification, and other comprehensive architectural services.


John’s foresight and long-range planning skills, coupled with technical and code proficiency, make him a valuable asset in navigating the intricacies of each project. Recognized for a practical and strategic problem-solving approach, he fosters an environment of encouragement, dedicating himself to training and mentoring the next generation of architects.

Kerry Carlson

Fana Group

Kerry Carlson is currently the Director of Asset Management for Fana Group of Companies. She is responsible for operations, management, and leasing for the commercial portfolio in Washington State.

Kerry has 35+ years of real estate experience, most recently with Fana and previously as Regional Vice President with Steelwave / Legacy Partners for 15 years.

Her experience includes oversight of two million rentable square feet of commercial real estate including all property management and engineering teams. Acting as the designated broker for most of those years, she negotiated leases, managed onsite marketing efforts, and oversaw tenant improvement and asset renovation projects ranging in size from 2,000sf to 150,000sf.

Kerry is a licensed Real Estate Broker, as well as a certified CCIM, CPM and ARM. In 2018 she was the acting Board of Directors Chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Seattle King County


Shannon Brush


A professional who has committed over 20 years to developing brand recognition and new business, Shannon brings forth experience adapting to the shifts in the AEC industry. She has contributed to the strategic growth of her firm through new market penetration, service offerings, and effective talent recruitment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and serves on several association boards and committees.

  • Date : 06/26/2024
  • Time : 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (America/Los_Angeles)

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