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Project Delivery Methods and Sustainable Construction

Steve Black, JE Dunn Construction
Wendy Burke, Linbeck Group

This presentation will focus on project delivery methods such as design-bid-build, construction management (CM) at risk, CM agency, and design-build describing the builder's role, similarities of methods, differences of methods and how they can impact sustainability in construction. A builder's early role in sustainability planning and execution will be discussed. Along with case studies and examples, other ways a builder can contribute to sustainability with subcontractor and supplier integration will be highlighted.


Steve Black has over 35 years experience in the design, planning, cost estimating, contracting, construction, and commissioning of life science, crop science, research, pharmaceuticals, health care, chemical, and environmental projects. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa and a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a senior project manager and senior mechanical-eletrical coordinator for JE Dunn Construction. Steve has worked with companies such as Bayer, Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Texas A&M University Life Sciences; Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine; HCA; Stauffer Chemical Company; The Heritage Group; The County of Dallas, Texas; Colorado Department of Corrections (Sterling); and Edison Charter Schools. Project types include BSL-3, current good manufacturing practice manufacturing, vivarium construction, chemistry, biological and crop science laboratories, hospitals, MOB, industrial chemical processing and pilot plant facilities, central chiller and mechanical plants, schools, and correctional institutions. Areas of specialties include biotech and pharmaceutical equipment and systems, classified clean suites, and high purity applications. Steve is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, and a past member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is OSHA 30 and OSHA 40 hour trained.

Wendy Burke is the vice president of client development for Linbeck Group, LP. She manages the company's business development, marketing, communications, and branding activities. She is the primary organizer of the annual Life Sciences Real Estate & Facilities Conference and is the author of a series of reports profiling the space requirements and consumption trends of Houston's life sciences industry. Wendy founded and chairs the Laboratory Innovation and Implementation Council, a multi-firm consortium dedicated to driving innovation in laboratory design and construction. Wendy is a frequent contributor to industry conferences and publications on a variety of design and construction issues, and serves on the advisory boards of BioHouston and the Bio-Medical Technology Club of Houston. She has held a variety of positions in several high-tech industries, including software and strategy consulting, all serving the life sciences industry. She began her career at Merck Research Laboratories. Wendy holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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