The Value of Early Supply Chain Engagement in Design-Build

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

FMI and DBIA's Water/Wastewater Committee joined forces to evaluate the current level of effective engagement of the “supply chain” in design-build project delivery, and to provide recommendations to improve engagement going forward. Hear first-hand the results of this important research and how the information can be used to further enhance design-build project delivery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discover the current state of engagement by the supply chain in design-build.

2. Hear feedback on where industry believes the state of engagement should be.

3. Assess strategies to enhance supply chain engagement.

4. Discuss best practices and real life examples of effective supply chain engagement.

Brian Kerschen

Corporate Director of Procurement, Flatiron Construction

Mr. Brian Kerschen, Corporate Director of Procurement, has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has served in key roles with leading construction firms. Mr. Kerschen is experienced in negotiation, change management, and budgeting and has led complex procurement across the nation. He is currently overseeing nearly $1B in purchasing for Flatiron. Mr. Kerschen graduated with a Bachelor of Science focused in Finance and Financial Management Services from Kansas State University.

Lauren Zuravnsky

Chief of Designing and Construction, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Lauren joined HRSD in January 2016 as a Design and Construction Project Manager.  Prior to joining the utility, she was employed as a consulting engineer for 10 years and has experience designing and managing exciting wastewater treatment, wet weather management, nutrient reduction, and resource recovery projects. Her experience in the roles of both consulting engineer and owner provide her a unique perspective and has shaped her ability to manage input from HRSD’s multi-departmental staff for both conventional and design-build projects. 

Lauren is active in WEF and Virginia WEA.  For the past 9 years, she has lead the growth of the WEFTEC Student Design Competition, a strategic membership development event that highlights future water professionals.  From 2013 to 2015, Lauren served on the VWEA Board of Directors as the Young Professional representative.  She has a Civil Engineering degree from Villanova and an Environmental Engineering Masters from Virginia Tech.

Paul Trombitas



Paul Trombitas is a senior consultant with FMI’s strategy practice and works with clients across the engineering and construction industry. Paul is actively involved with clients in developing market strategy and is responsible for managing and delivering in-depth market insights focused on the built environment.

Gordon Cable, DBIA

National Design Build Manager, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. | Ferguson Waterworks

Gordon Cable is the National Design Build manager at Ferguson Waterworks where he oversees all Pre Consrution project managers in Pineville, NC. Gordon fosters a collaborative working environment among the team, as well as among many national vendors and contractors with whom he has formed lasting relationships with based on mutual trust. Before joining Ferguson, Gordon was president of C&V Utilities where he was responsible for managing multi-million-dollar water and wastewater treatment plant projects in VA and NC. Gordon has over 37 years of experience in the construction industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the collaborative design-build industry and he understands the industry from the construction line up to management. Gordon began his career in his home country, England, working on construction crews building utility and ocean projects.

Ernest Maschner

Vice President- Business Development – Infrastructure, Victaulic


Mr. Maschner is an award-winning construction professional with over 30 years of experience in water/wastewater projects. He is currently a global infrastructure leader with Victaulic, a 100-year-old engineered piping systems company.  Previously, he was the Project Director for the $275M McLoughlin Point WWTP in Victoria, BC.  Other notable program experience includes the 2012 London Olympic games. He has an BS in Engineering from UC, San Diego, and an MBA from San Diego State University.


10/29/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/29/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU credit and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU credit and certificate available