March 14th Chapter Meeting: Design Build – Executing the Project

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 Based on the ASHRAE Design Build Survival Guide

The growing popularity of design-build provides businesses with a unique opportunity to reposition their firms in a changing marketplace. With these opportunities come unique challenges.

For many firms, the D-B role is a new one which results in changes in their ‘custom and practice’ and requires a shift in focus in order to execute projects smoothly.

This presentation will address some of the ideas, issues and concerns that arise in the D|B execution model that differ from traditional design or construction and differ for the owner as well. Scope, quality, cost and schedule control are key items which will be addressed in the program.

The value of ‘selling’ the service is only maintained if there is value in the delivery as well.

Speaker Bio: E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., FCIBSE, LEED AP

Mr. Swann has over 30 years of experience in the areas of engineering design, project management and consulting for a wide array of clients in diverse industries in the USA and abroad. Mr. Swann’s career has included engineering design of HVAC, Piping and Control systems; Project & Department Management, Commissioning, Forensic Engineering & Expert Witness engagements; Dispute Resolution and Project Execution Consulting.

He has worked for clients on commercial, institutional and high-tech industrial projects. He has worked in A/E, EA and Design-Build firms and Construction Management and as liaison between the design and construction team. Mr. Swann has authored several articles on several subjects in project execution and professional practice including the “Standard of Care”, Substantial Completion and Project Risk Management.

Mr. Swann is active in several Technical Committees within ASHRAE, including TC 1.7 – General Business, Management and Legal Education, TC 2.8 – Sustainable Design, TC 7.1 – Integrated Design, TC 7.2 HVAC Design-Build and TC 9.11 – Clean Spaces.

He served as President of the Engineers Club of Philadelphia from 2012 – 2014 and still sits on the Board of Directors. He is currently a Director on the Board of the Philadelphia Energy Authority where he serves as Treasurer. He is also on the PA State Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council. In addition to ASHRAE, Mitch is a member of the USGBC, The Delaware Valley GBC, ISPE and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Construction Forum. He previously was vice-chair of the ABA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Committee on Construction.

He is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia with a BSME with a concentration in Thermal Fluid Sciences (aka “Energy”)