Closing General Session: Delivering Design-Build Done Right®: Owners’ Perspectives
CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024
Join a candid discussion with leading Owner agencies as they look at significant topics affecting the national design-build and P3 markets in transportation. Panelists will include a diverse cross section of Owners with insights into the opportunities and challenges facing our industry today.
Director of Construction
Matthew Preedy has been delivering highway and transit Public Works projects in the Puget Sound region for over 29 years. While previously working for WSDOT, Mr. Preedy served as the Construction Director and Deputy Administrator for the SR99 Alaskan Way tunnel Design/Build project in Seattle, WA. Currently, he is the Director of the Construction Management Division at Sound Transit, involved in delivering multiple light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit projects exceeding $65B across all phases. He believes that collaboration and engagement with industry is essential to the success of the business and long-term benefit of the customer.
Will N, Watts, Jr., P.E.
Assistant Secretary of Engineering and Operations
Florida Department of Transportation
Will Watts has over 24 years of broad public agency and consulting firm experience in delivery and leadership positions. Positions held include Transportation Designer, Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager, Office Leader, Project Director, Operations Director, Chief Engineer, and the Assistant Secretary of Engineering and Operations for the Agency. All spent serving FDOT and working for the residents of Florida with a priority for safety, congestion relief, innovation, and resiliency.
Will has a diverse background in both production and operations at the District and Statewide level. This background includes hands on delivery, field execution in communities, completing complex projects under accelerated schedules, and strategic program leadership.
Assistant Vice President Development & Engineering
Nashville International Airport
Mrs. Holton is the Vice President of Engineering, Chief Engineer and Deputy COO for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). As Chief Engineer, she is responsible for the design and construction of Nashville International Airports $1.4 billion expansion and renovation program, known as BNA Vision, and the $50 million annual capital program for both Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports.
Darryl VanMeter, PE
State Innovative Delivery Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
Darryl leads the Innovative Delivery group for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The P3 Division is the Department’s expert for Public Private Partnership and design-build procurement practices. Delivery of various special projects, toll projects and Major projects are part of this specialty. Mr. VanMeter’s unit is responsible for incorporating innovative financing techniques into select projects and implementing GDOT’s Managed Lanes System, as well as providing procurement, technical, project management and construction management services to the GDOT’s P3 and Design Build Program. Currently, Mr. VanMeter’s office unit has over $2 billion in total value of construction projects under way, and has let 41 Design Build contracts cumulatively exceeding $1 billion in value and two Design Build Finance contracts since 2006. The office also is charged with implementing the $11 billion Major Mobility Improvement Program, including several P3 contracts along with a robust program of Design Build projects including statewide bridge replacements.