May 5, 2022 12:00 am

Owners Forum: First Time Progressive Design-Build Lessons Learned

Presented by the Inland NW Chapter


Join us May 5th as local owners who have recently participated in their first Progressive Design-Build projects share their experiences and lessons learned while navigating through this new-to-them delivery system. A four-person panel of speakers representing S3R3, Whitworth University, Spokane Parks & Recreation, and the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority will discuss what led them to Progressive Design-Build and present their obstacles or concerns as well as perception of value as a first time Design-Build owner. This program is offered in person and virtually. Our moderator from Washington State University will facilitate questions and engagement between speakers and attendees to promote this shared learning experience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain unique insight and hear real-life examples of project successes and struggles for these new-to-Design-Build owners.
  • Hear the owners’ perspectives on the value of Design-Build and criteria that would have them choose it again.
  • Learn what local owners are looking for in Design-Build team members.

Date: May 5, 2022

Meeting Outline:

Breakfast & Networking

7:30 – 8:00 AM


8:00 – 9:30 AM

Location: The Spokane Convention Center

Room: 401ABC

Registration Cost:

In-Person: $45

Virtual: $25


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About our Panelists:

A.J. Prudente, Director of Project Management, Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority (KTEA)

A.J. serves as oversight of all capital projects and responsible for providing overall guidance and direction on all efforts of the Capital Project Management Office. Executive management duties include, strategic and capital improvements planning and contract review. He is well versed in alternative project delivery methods and follows best practices when selecting the right delivery method for the right project. A.J. focuses on putting the right team together for the right project with a cohesive team that is built on trust, respect, comradery, and accountability.

A.J. has been with KTEA for 4 years and prior to working for KTEA has 14+ years’ experience in the design and construction industry working for a General Contractor, Fire Protection contractor and Architecture and Design firm.

A.J. and his family are originally from Southern New Jersey and made the move to Spokane in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design and Animation as well as an Associates of Science Degree in Construction Management. A.J. is an Associated DBIA and LEED Green Associate and has accreditations from AGC’s Lean Construction and Advanced Management program.


Fred Johnston, Director of Capital Projects, Whitworth University

Fred Johnston joined Whitworth University’s team in 2013. Since then, he’s taken the lead for campus projects of all shapes and sizes, from small renovations to significant capital buildings, including the Cowles Music Center, Athletics Leadership Center, and Dornsife Health Sciences Building.

As the owner’s PM and representative, Fred is involved in all aspects of campus construction and renovation, from master planning and project feasibility through design, construction, and turnover.

Whitworth is a nationally ranked, private Christian liberal arts university offering more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Princeton Review named Whitworth one of the “Best in the West” college universities on the 2022 Best Colleges list.


Garrett Jones, Director, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

Garrett is a seasoned Landscape Architect with professional experience working with a local residential Design-Build Firm and more recently with the City of Spokane.

Garrett has guided numerous open space municipal projects from initial visioning through permitting, construction, and operations as a Landscape Designer, Landscape Architect, Assistant Director of Park Operations, and Park Planning Manager for 10 years.

Garrett’s proven track record of successfully completing municipal projects and building strong partnerships earned Garrett the role of Director of Parks & Recreation in 2019. In 2020, he also began overseeing the City of Spokane’s Resident Experience division.


Todd Coleman PE, Executive Director, S3R3 Solutions

Todd is an economic development professional with a background in Civil Engineering and leading quasi-governmental entities. Todd began his career working for a public utility district in central Washington and continued his career in private engineering consulting in the Portland and Vancouver area. His focus has been in municipal infrastructure planning, design, and construction projects. Todd spent 15 years leading capital projects and ultimately became the CEO at the Port of Vancouver. Besides leading multi-million-dollar capital projects, Todd was very involved in lobbying for port funding at both the state and federal level and in the recruitment, expansion and retention of businesses in Clark County. He also served 8 years on the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board representing the Washington State ports. Todd joined the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority, a joint partnership between the City of Spokane, Spokane County and the Spokane International Airport in June of 2018. The purpose of the PDA is the prepare 9,251 acres of property, both public and private, with the infrastructure to support business development, to assist new businesses within the PDA with their permitting processes and buy, sell and develop infrastructure and real estate, to create jobs and economic prosperity for the Spokane area.