Design Build Teaming – Preparing for today’s construction market

March 29, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


A successful and smooth project delivery is every owner’s goal. Research shows that almost half of all projects nationwide will be delivered as Design-Build. We find more and more owners looking towards this method and finding great success. Design-Build is not a new construction delivery method, but it has now gone from an alternative delivery method to a mainstream delivery method. Learn from the experience of our local trade partners on why owners are moving towards this delivery method.

Key Takeaways

  1. Learn from successful techniques and avoid the teaming pitfalls.
  2. Understand where the trend is heading with the Design-Build delivery method.
  3. Learn how to start strategic team partnering.
  4. Network with other firms who are looking to find other industry partners.


10:30 am – Introductions
10:45 am – Panel Discussion
11:30 am – Q/A
12:00 pm - End


Kim Olson, AIA
Associate Principal, Mahlum

Joining Mahlum in 2013, Kim brings more than 18 years of experience in project architecture and management. Reflecting on her own experiences in the built environment, Kim has a passion for design that enriches the living, learning, and healing environments for all. She is a skilled manager of complex projects and takes pride in listening to the needs of all constituents through the design process. Kim is highly collaborative and has participated in several design/build projects and appreciates the true teamwork that comes from the delivery method.

Committed to serving the profession of architecture, Kim has served on the American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter Board of Directors, and chaired the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education’s Spring 2017 conference. She currently is an active member of CAE’s higher education subcommittee and is co-chair of AIAO’s Legislative Affairs Committee. Kim earned a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. She is a registered architect in Oregon.

Osvaldo “Ozzie” González, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, ENV-SP
Owner and Founder, P3 Consulting

Ozzie González is an urban ecologist and relentless changemaker. Trained in Environmental Science and Architecture, Ozzie has dedicated his career to designing and building solutions that bridge environmental health with community prosperity. Over the course of his professional career, Ozzie has helped re-define the role capital projects play in creating an equitable and sustainable world.

Ozzie currently serves as the District 2 Representative on the Trimet Board of Directors where he sponsored the 2020 Transit Oriented Development Policy and has been a vocal advocate for eliminating fleet vehicle emissions across the entire service network. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and has served on the boards of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and on technical advisory committees with the US Green Building Council.

Ozzie is the Owner and founder of P3 Consulting—a solo practice dedicated to helping
small and large businesses grow while improving their environmental and social footprint. Prior to starting P3, Ozzie served as the Regional Diversity Director for Howard S. Wright and spent seven years as Global Sustainability Director for CH2M Hill. Ozzie lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children whose greatness he hopes to catch up to some day.

Design Manager, Skanska USA Building Inc.

John is a design manager in the Portland office of Skanska USA Building Inc. He is DBIA certified, LEED accredited and a registered architect in Oregon and Washington. John serves on the steering committee for the Oregon Chapter of DBIA and the board of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. He manages Skanska’s preconstruction efforts for design-build and collaborative project delivery methods. John brings his experience to high-tech, healthcare and higher-education projects to facilitate collaboration between architects, engineers, estimators, trade partners and vendors.

Morris Aldridge
Executive Director of Planning and Construction, Tacoma Public Schools

Morris Aldridge stands at the front of the replacement and renovation projects for one of the largest school districts in Washington State as Executive Director of Planning and Construction for Tacoma Public Schools (TPS). TPS is the main school district for Tacoma, Washington, and is composed of 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and 4 early learning centers. TPS serves more than 30,000 students in preschool through grade 12 and over 5,000 employees, making them one of the largest employers in the greater Tacoma area.

Morris has spent the last 3 years piloting new projects and implementing innovative school design ideas for TPS. He is currently overseeing Washington State’s first K-12 public school design-build project. Embracing the core values of innovation, integrity and growth, Morris consistently ranks among top visionaries in educational programs and projects. Throughout his 30-year tenure, Morris has been a lighthouse in the learning environment serving as teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of public schools in Texas. Morris holds a Masters in Education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Morris Aldridge is also a valued speaker in facilities planning, capital projects and construction bond projects.

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