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When: 9/26/18
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: South Pasadena Library - Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
So. Pasadena, California  91030
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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This program will give attendees the opportunity to gain a high-level understanding of the Design-Build process, how it differs from a traditional low-bid process and why it has gained popularity in the construction industry. The program will be followed by a discussion with our panel of Owners, Contractors and Architects who will share their own experience with Design-Build on recent projects.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn what Design-Build means and how is it different from other project delivery methods.
• Identify some of the pros and cons of using Design-Build as a project delivery method.
• Understand the best practices architects and project teams should use when using Design-Build for a project.
• Discover why architects, contractors and Owners are choosing Design-Build when constructing projects.

Wednesday, September 26
5:30-6:15 Cocktail reception
6:30-6:50 Presentation Design Build for Architects
7:00-8:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A Session
8:00-8:30 (or 9:00) Coffee, dessert and networking

South Pasadena Library - Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
So. Pasadena, CA 91030

(This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.)

$10 AIA Member pre-registered
$20 Non-AIA Member pre-registered
$30 at the door
free student (w/ valid ID)


Vince Yu, Division Head PMD II, LADPW

Vince is the Division Head of Project Management Division II at DPW. He was the project executive of several successfully completed high-profile design-build projects such as Hall of Justice, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Renovation and Beautification, and Campus Kilpatrick Replacement. As a licensed architect with over 30 years of design and project management experience, he strongly supports design excellence and team collaboration in the development of capital projects for Los Angeles County. He is also a councilmember and former mayor of the City of Temple City.


Alix O'Brien, Deputy Director of Facilities, Planning and Design Management, LAUSD

Alix is the Deputy Director of Facilities, Planning and Design Management for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). One of her responsibilities at LAUSD is to oversee the planning and design management of major modernization projects at existing school sites, incorporating both new buildings and the seismic retrofit and improvements of existing school buildings and facilities. The department currently manages more than $4 billion of bond funded projects with in-house planning and development teams, supported by design services from outside design professionals. LAUSD has increased their use of Design Build procurement and Alix has overseen the development and design of these projects over the last 5 years.

A licensed Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects, her professional experience includes the design and management of large institutional and governmental projects and programs in California for more than 40 years. Prior to her work with LAUSD, some of her design and management experience in Los Angeles includes UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and Medical Center, LACCD Valley College, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Alix’s approach to design and management of large projects is to build collaborative engaged teams of professionals who work together to provide our communities well-planned facilities, delivered with the understanding that we are responsible stewards of public and private funds.


Joe O’Hara, AIA, Manager of Design Services, California State University Northridge

Joe has 27+ years experience in the field of architecture and construction management. The majority of this experience has been in the higher education
facilities management sector. This experience has ranged from design documents production (though the use of various CAD platforms), through the
design management, then through the senior project management level construction administration of a wide range of minor capital and major capital
renewal projects. Joe’s primary experience in the owner’s representative role has shaped his perspective accordingly: campus facilities building projects, whether large or small must contribute toward the fulfillment of the institute’s mission, they must be executed towards a set project budget, and the end product will have been durable and executed to perform according to a rigorous optimal maintenance protocol.


Betty Lynn Senes, Assoc DBIA, Project Executive, Sundt Construction

Betty Lynn has spent 29 years in the construction industry and has a diverse skillset in collaborative deliveries, team building, and problem-solving. She’s served as VP of operations, project director, project manager, estimator, and business developer and understands the critical combination of technical competency and relationship skills that drive performance. Interested early in design-build, Betty Lynn managed multiple projects with design-build MEP trades before design-build picked up traction. Betty Lynn has served DBIA as Programs Chairman and Chapter Chair for LA/OC, and serves on the DBIA WPR Board of Directors.


Harry Drake, AIA, Gonzalez Goodale Architects

Harry is a Principal with Gonzalez Goodale Architects and successfully shepherded the $380 million, award-winning LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools K-12 project to completion. For more than 15 years, Harry has been a driving force behind Gonzalez Goodale’s project management systems and innovations. He has wide-ranging experience with a myriad of delivery methods, including design-build. Recent design-build projects include the La Salle High School Renovation, Calabasas Senior Center, Covina Community/Senior Center, and the LAUSD International Studies Learning Center. He is also leading the Caltech Hameetman Student Center project in an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process.

Harry holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a Past President of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter and is an Associate member of the DBIA.


Slavko Vukic, AIA, La Canada Design Group

Slavko balances design sensitivity with strong technical skills and knowledge. He is outstanding in his use of Revit (3D CAD), enabling him to quickly model design concepts. With exceptional technical knowledge, he is a highly effective construction administrator. Since graduation in 2008 from Cal Poly Pomona, a majority of his project experience has been in education, with 40% of that work for colleges. Slavko serves on LCDG’s Executive Committee.

As LCDG, Slavko is nearing completion of construction documents for the MWD Orange County Regional Maintenance Center. Fully developed in BIM, the new, $5.6 million project in Yorba Linda includes offices, dining, shops, and storage. Solar panels were integrated to reduce energy consumption. For Our Community School in Chatsworth, Slavko prepared construction drawings for modernization and continues as construction administrator during construction. Improvements for the $4 million project include accessibility modifications, new finishes, and upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems. He demonstrated skill and tenacity in quickly gaining DSA approvals. He also has extensive design and construction experience with schools and colleges. Included are science classrooms, auditoriums, food service, libraries and athletic fields.


Jeremy Judd, CCM, DBIA, Kitchell CEM – Program Presenter and Moderator

Jeremy has worked in the building industry for nearly 20 years on projects totaling over $1.2 billion and four million square feet throughout the state of California. He started his career with a mid-size architectural and engineering firm in Sacramento, made the move to a large international general contractor 4 years later, and finally transitioned to construction management 11 years ago. He is experienced in new construction as well as complex renovations; from design through closeout on a variety of public works and private sector projects in market sectors that include correctional, healthcare, education, civic, mixed-use, Class A office buildings, and historic preservation. Jeremy has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Construction Management, professional accreditations from CMAA, DBIA, and USGBC, and is particularly passionate about design-build project delivery.


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