Design Building the Dream Team

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

What makes for a design-build dream team? Early integration of key trades. Our team enhanced project delivery at the new George Mason High School by engaging mechanical, electrical, low voltage and millwork/casework trade partners early and often. Identifying these trades during the RFP process and engaging them throughout design was critical to achieving the owner’s program requirements while meeting the budget. Are you ready to leverage each company’s expertise and build your own dream team?

  1. Identify evaluation criteria used to identify which trade partners to engage and how to select the right members for the team
  2. Describe how to effectively structure communication between the owner, design-build team and key trades to increase transparency and generate buy-in
  3. Explain how the early integration of key trades enhances design development and maintains the project budget established during the RFP process
  4. Discuss the level of Owner involvement necessary to validate assumptions and reach quick decisions

Jennifer Macks, DBIA, PE, LEED AP

Senior Project Executive

Gilbane Building Company

Jennifer Macks, senior project executive at Gilbane, has over 25 years of industry experience, focusing on all aspects of project delivery from preconstruction through completion. In addition, she has spent 15 of those years performing design-build work in the federal, healthcare and education sectors. Macks is currently managing construction of the design-build George Mason High School. She received her BSE in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Wayne State University.

Seve Padilla

Director, Facilities and Security Services, Falls Church City Public Schools

Seve Padilla, Director of Facilities for Falls Church City Public Schools, has 15 year’s experience in Facilities Management in both the private and public market with a focus on K-12. During this time, he has led the Capital Program overseeing the renovations, additions and new construction of all facilities within the FCCPS school division. Mr. Padilla has a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP

Principal, Interface Engineering

Kevin Cahill serves as a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Interface Engineering. He brings over 25 years of experience in MEP systems design for a variety of projects across all market sectors. As a LEED AP, he is an advocate for sustainability and is dedicated to designing smarter systems, higher performing buildings, and greener infrastructure that are efficient, environmentally sensitive and financially sound. Kevin leads the Interface project teams on Net-Zero projects.

Hans Allen

Business Development Hans Allen, Pro-Air Inc.

Scott Conn

Service Department Manager, Freestate Electrical Companies

Arash Raznahan

Director of Technology, HS Solutions

Arash started working with HS Solutions as an implementation partner in 2007, and came on board as Director of Technologies in 2011.  He brings deep implementation and installation experience, and is the resident expert in all of the company’s capabilities.  He is also responsible for all on-site operations, which includes managing projects from design to delivery, and managing the company’s PMs as well as non-office staff such as foremen and technicians.  Arash started in the telecommunications industry in 2001, and quickly founded his own firm a few years later.  After enjoying a successful partnership with HS Solutions for five years he decided to join the company in 2011.  Arash is a BICSI-certified and holds a B.S. in Hardware Engineering from South Tehran University.


12/22/2020 at 5:45 AM (EST)   |  60 minutes
12/22/2020 at 5:45 AM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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