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June 12, Oregon June Breakfast

June 12 @ 7:15 am

“Implementing a new approach to Progressive Design Build Delivery at a public university.”

June 12, 2018 from 7:15 AM to 9:30 AM

Sentinel Hotel 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

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In pursuit of leveraging limited funds for capital construction and seeking to decrease operational expenses, the University has adapted a new delivery approach for its major capital projects through building on its success in Progressive Design Build by integrating select IPD principles.


The goal is to enhance value in planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance by leveraging the design build team to assist the University in determining what is built and how it is built.  This requires the design build team to be selected before program and scope are developed, to help analyze the needs of the University and create a thoughtful program and building solution that seeks maximum value while finding the best balance for the available resources.  Additionally, the team plans the project’s execution to capitalize on IPD/Lean principles such as: last planner, big room/ co-location, technology, VDC synergies and model hand-offs, and pre-fabrication.

Before any design is created the project team works through a project definition phase with University stakeholders to develop a Target Program, a Base Target Cost (based on benchmarking comparable completed projects), a Target Schedule, and a Team alignment structure.  The goal of the team structure is to align the goals and interests of the companies participating in the design-build delivery.  Some examples of this structure include the whole project team sharing risk and reward through shared contingencies, shared savings, placing fees at risk, and sharing incentives.

The project team will share lessons learned in how progressive design-build can be utilized to re-imagine how capital construction projects respond to the institution’s needs by striking the right balance between value solutions while preserving and enhancing the qualities of the campus.


Brian Aske, Project Executive, Lease Crutcher Lewis

Sian Roberts, Partner, Miller Hull Partnership

Steve Tatge. Executive Director, University of Washington Capital Planning and Development Group


7:15: Doors Open/ Networking
7:30 – 7:45 AM:  Breakfast Served & General DBIA Welcome & Announcements
7:45 – 8:45 AM:  Program
8:45 – 9:15 AM:  Q&A

9:15 – 9:30 AM:  Networking


Steve Tatge is an architect and the Executive Director of the Major Projects Group in Capital Planning and Development at the University of Washington.  He leads a group of 13 whose portfolio exceeds a billion dollars and includes the UW Medical Center Expansion Phase 2, Computer Science & Engineering Phase 2, Life Sciences Building, North Campus Housing Phase 4B, and the new Burke Museum.  He is leading the $230M Population Health Facility project, which is being delivered through an innovative Integrated Design-Build agreement.

Prior to joining the University in 2004, Steve directed the quality control program for Walsh Construction’s Seattle office and managed capital projects for a Seattle biotechnology firm.  He was the Senior Associate for the Miller/Hull Partnership and managed several AIA award-winning projects during his 11 years there.  Steve attended the UW Masters of Architecture program and has a B.A. in Psychology from Knox College.  He has spoken at conferences organized by Tradeline, I2SL, SCUP, LCI, COAA, CMAA, AGC of Washington, DBIA Northwest, and AIA Seattle, and he is President of the Western Washington Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America Northwest Region.


Brian Aske is the current Vice President, and President elect, for the Design Build Institute of America’s Northwest Region.  He has experience delivering projects utilizing all common contracting methods. He has been a strong advocate for design-build, since his first design-build project 22 years ago.  He obtained his DBIA Professional Accreditation in 2006.  Brian also served on the DBIANW legislative committee who advocated in 2012 for the current Washington State design-build legislation.

He is an industry leader in integrated teaming and design-build delivery. This focus has led to one award-winning project after another, such as Oakland City Administration Building Complex, UW Bothell Discovery Hall, and the West 8th office tower. Assembling high-performance teams that create high-performance buildings is a particular focus of his, including a key attribute on the numerous projects he has managed and administered, totaling over $1.5 Billion. Brian’s love of construction started well before his joining the industry in 1989.

He believes that sustainable, high performance buildings can be cost effectively constructed by properly aligning the team’s efforts and goals to add value to the bottom line.

Brian strongly embraces collaboration and mutual trust and respect among all development team members and stakeholders.  He strives to deliver the best product and value by successfully creating alignment among all partners from the beginning.


Sian Roberts, FAIA, is a partner with the Miller Hull Partnership where she has led design teams on civic, educational and infrastructure projects throughout the Northwest. Her projects include academic buildings for public and higher education clients as well as civic and infrastructure buildings for state and federal government clients.  Her projects have won AIA awards for design, the innovative use of BIM and excellence in design-build. Sian has a special interest in alternative delivery and has been involved in most of the firm’s design-build projects. She has served on the on the DBIA Northwest Region Board and has spoken on changes in practice, integrated project delivery and sustainability at DBIA and AIA conferences and events.



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