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2A: Emergent Project Delivery, Procurement, and Contracting

This panel session will include three short presentations on the current status of project delivery and contracting for public works, as well as recent contracting innovations implemented by the University of Washington and the Port of Seattle. These presentations are intended to trigger discussion on the topic of project delivery and contracting, and the session will be designed to maximize  interaction between panelists and attendees.

Panel Lead

Dr. Giovanni Migliaccio holds a P. D. Koon Endowed Professorship in Construction Management, and a Fellowship with the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the CM department in August 2010. Previously, he wa an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master-level degree from Politecnico di Bari in Italy. Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked in Italy in the construction management of telecommunication projects under Nortel Networks, Nokia Networks, and IPSE 2000. At UW, Giovanni is active in all three pillars of academic life, including service to the university and the industry, teaching, and research. Dr. Migliaccio co-directs with Dr. Lin the Laboratory for Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education (SHARE) in Construction Management, and is the Associate Director of Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC).


University of Washington, Capital Planning and Development recognizes the value of integrating design and construction. Most major projects in the past 10 years used the General Contractor/Construction Manager (CM at Risk) delivery method, bringing the general, electrical and mechanical contractors on early in the design process. The department also executed two of the first public work Progressive Design Build projects in the state. In 2017 the department launched its first Integrated Design Build (IDB) project with the Population Health Facility, creating a paradigm shift for how the University delivers major capital projects. This presentation offers an overview of the UW IDB contract and explains how the delivery method encourages early planning, integrates builders, designers and owner stakeholders, and incites the application of LEAN construction tools and approaches.

Speaker Bio

Jeannie Natta is a Project Manager for University of Washington Capital Planning and Development, Major Projects Group.  She received a Certificate in Construction Management in 2009 and MS Construction Management in 2013 from the University of Washington.  Prior to her work in Capital Planning and Development, Jeannie spent 10 years in the electrical trade, as a commercial electrician and 12 years as an educator in university residential life programs.   Jeannie draws upon her varied career background to manage projects for the university.  She is currently managing the Population Health Facility project, which is using an Integrated Design Build contract, newly developed by the University.  This new project delivery method emphasizes LEAN principles and tools to integrate the design build team and University stakeholders to bring the best value to the project.