Relationships: the WD-40® of Success-Metrics in Design Build Labs

Kevin Brettmann, JE Dunn Construction
Philip Macey, JE Dunn Construction

The presentation will discuss organization and execution of laboratory design build projects including the CSU Translational Medicine Institute. Key points: tools for building a high performing team, using collaborative project delivery techniques to first win the project, then align a project purpose and value proposition with the client. Integration of collaborative project delivery with lean processes and target value delivery will be described. Special considerations for laboratories equipment will be discussed along with a method to create flexibility and adaptability in design and construction. Electronic tools and techniques to improve communication such as virtual reality and target value design (TVD) will illustrate better cost control. Pull planning using the Last Planner® System and prefabrication will show examples of improved scheduling processes.

Learning Objectives

  • How to assemble a high performing design build team.
  • Use collaborative project delivery for laboratory design build projects.
  • Understand tools and techniques to improve cost and schedule control.
  • Learn about special considerations for laboratories such as flexibility and adaptability.


Kevin Brettmann is the Director of Science and Technology for JE Dunn Construction. He has been a speaker and moderator at the I2SL (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories) Annual Conferences and a speaker at TRADELINE and Laboratory Design Conferences. Kevin is the founding president of the Colorado chapter of I2SL, treasurer of the Arizona chapter of I2SL and member of the national Executive Advisory Council of I2SL.

Philip Macey AIA, is the National Director of Collaborative Project Delivery at JE Dunn Construction. JE Dunn is regularly ranked as one of the top 10 science and technology construction firms. Phil was a lab architect for over 22 years for clients in private industry, municipalities and higher education. For the past 8 years he has worked on the construction and delivery of high performance and technically advanced projects. He has written and lectured about high performance buildings.


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