The Path to Legislative Authority

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

This presentation will focus on why the California Department of General Services determined they needed Progressive Design-Build, the circumstances around the request, and how they justified the need. Listen in for a very informative and open discussion of how to navigate the political concerns and the realities of justifying the need for a new delivery methodology.

Michael Meredith, FDBIA, LEED AP

Capital Outlay Program Manager

California Department of General Services

Mike is a Capital Outlay Program Manager at the California Department of General Services, overseeing the State’s 10-year $3 Billion 4.9 million SF Sequencing Plan addressing facilities deficiencies. Mike has been in the construction industry since 1982, after graduating from Bowling Green State University, and has experience in both the public and private sectors working on a variety of project types, including high rise office buildings, prisons, and governmental civic projects. His other notable projects include the $906M dollar California Health Care Facility, a 1.2M sf prison healthcare facility, and the $392M 1.1mil sf Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento.

Mike has participated in over $2.5B worth of Design-Build projects and has been involved with DBIA for several years. He is currently on the Western Pacific Region Board Executive Committee as the Owners Council Director.

Jason Kenney

Deputy Director

California Department of General Services

Jason Kenney currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Real Estate Services Division for the Department of General Services. As such, he is the State’s Chief Real Estate Officer. Jason started with DGS in 2016, having worked for several other state departments (he began with the state almost directly out of college). In 2016, Jason was the Chief of the Project Management and Development Branch within RESD, which is responsible for state design and construction project management, while concurrently serving as DGS’s Deputy Director for Strategic Planning, Policy, and Research. In 2017, served as acting deputy director and assistant deputy director for RESD, and in 2018 was appointed the Deputy Director position by Governor Jerry Brown. In 2021, Governor Newsom reappointed Jason to the position.

In this role, Jason oversees property leasing, design, construction project management, environmental reviews, and building inspections on behalf of the vast majority of state projects. From a construction perspective, RESD is currently working through the largest building program in DGS history (5.5 million gross square feet of office space) in addition to its normal workload. RESD typically manages between 400-500 public works projects at any given time. At present, there are 509 projects, totaling approximately $6.9 billion, and serving 51 departments. These projects include significant office buildings (ex: swing space), healthcare facilities (ex: Yountville Skilled Nursing Facility), field offices (ex: DMVs, CHPs, etc.), critical infrastructure (ex: emergency communication towers, waste water treatment plants, etc.), environmental projects (ex: hazardous materials remediation), major renovations (ex: Gregory Bateson Building), and repairs (roof projects, HVAC replacements, etc.).


The Path to Legislative Authority
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