Design-Build Procurement From the Owner’s Perspective

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

The session will take a look at procurement from the perspective of three large and sophisticated owners as well as an experienced owner's consultant. The panel will discuss what owners are looking for in responses to their procurement documents and share lessons learned to other owners on what to expect from the process.

1) Understand how to develop a design build procurement to select the right team.

2) How to write specific types of questions and evaluation criteria that will avoid generic responses from Offerors.

3) Understand what owners are looking for in the design-build procurement.

4) Obtain tips on what to avoid in the design-build procurement process.

Steven Tatge

Executive Director, Project Delivery Group, University of Washington

Steven is responsible for the execution of the University of Washington’s capital project program, which typically involves $600 million to $1 billion in projects annually.  The university is a leader in the use of alternative public works and has developed a unique approach to “Integrated Design-Build” that combines aspects of integrated project delivery contracts with design-build. He led the national DBIA award-winning UW Tacoma University YMCA/Student Center project. 

Prior to joining the university Steve worked for a general contractor, managed projects for a private biotech company, and was a senior associate at the Miller/Hull Partnership, an AIA Firm of the Year recipient. He served as co-chair for state’s Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) Design-Build Statute Review Committee.

Robynne Thaxton, JD, FDBIA

Attorney, Thaxton Parkinson, PLLC

Robynne Thaxton is a Seattle based lawyer and consultant and a leading expert in construction law and alternative procurement both in Washington State and on a national basis.  She is the principal and founder of Thaxton Parkinson PLLC and Progressive Design-Build Consulting, LLC.  In addition to being a DBIA instructor since 2005, Robynne served for seven years on the National DBIA Board of Directors and currently serves as the vice-chair of the DBIA National Progressive Design-Build Committee and the DBIA National Contracts Committee.  She is also in the inaugural class of DBIA “Fellows”.   Robynne is a member of the Washington State Capital Projects Advisory Review Board. Robynne is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble and has been named as a Washington Super Lawyer from 2010 to 2021.  Robynne’s practice primarily focuses on developing design-build procurement and contract documents for public owners.  In addition to traditional design-build projects, she has worked on more than 30 progressive design-build projects worth over $5 billion.  Representative clients include Bonneville Power Administration, the Port of Seattle; the Cities of Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland; Grant County PUD; the State of Washington; WSDOT; Western Washington University; the University of California San Diego; the University of California San Francisco;  and Los Angeles County.  Robynne received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Law.

Linneth Riley-Hall, DBIA, CPPO

Project Director, Everett Link Extension & OMFN, Sound Transit

Linneth Riley-Hall, DBIA, CPPO is Sound Transit’s deputy project director for the Federal Way Link Extension and is responsible for the 7.8-mile extension from Angle Lake Station to the Federal Way Station. She was formerly the deputy chief of staff to Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. Prior to that she was the design & construction contracts manager responsible for the planning, procurement, administration and close out of various complex architectural/engineering and construction contracts, including GC/CM and design-build for capital construction projects related to heavy rail, light rail, systems and facilities, valuing in excess of $15 billion. 

From 2001 through March 2010, she managed the solicitation, award, execution and close out of the city of Seattle’s public works contracts in addition to the small business and DBE Program; she developed rules, policies and procedures governing small business and DBE utilization and alternative public works GC/CM, D-B and job order contracts.

Eric Smith, PE, LEED AP, DBIA

Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Program Management, University of California San Diego

Eric Smith serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Program Management at the University of California San Diego.  Eric has a substantial and diverse background as a leader in the facilities, design and construction industry as owner, contractor and consultant.  Prior to joining UC San Diego, Eric held executive positions in private construction management practice, preceded by twelve years managing the capital construction program for the University of Washington and earlier leadership positions with a top national general contractor.  Eric is a retired commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in construction management from the University of California, Berkeley.  Eric is a designated DBIA professional and serves on the Board of Directors of the DBIA Western Pacific Region.

Geoffrey Neumayr, SE, PE

Deputy Airport Director

San Francisco International Airport

Geoff is the Chief Development Officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design & Construction Division. He is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all the Airports maintenance & capital projects. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1984. 

He holds both a civil and structural engineer license in California, Nevada, and Florida. He has over 30 years in design and construction and has been responsible for Project Management of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prestige’s projects including the San Francisco International Airport BART Station and the newly completed Terminal 2 project. He is a big proponent of the team concept for the design and construction of public infrastructure projects and is a proponent of the use of Progressive Design Build as an implementation approach for integrated project delivery.


10/30/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/30/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
5 Questions
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available