Relationships: A P3 Design-Build Case Study

Jordan Berger, Tetrad Property Group
Greg Lattig, The Clark Enersen Partners
Tracey Abel, Colorado State University
Andrew Gilstrap, JE Dunn Construction

The presentation will provide a case study of the Colorado State University – C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute (TMI). The Translational Medicine Institute is the first Public, Private Partnership for Colorado State University and will include a 128,284 square-foot facility comprised of laboratory, teaching and animal surgery facility to support “research and teaching in areas such as stem cells, engineered tissues and organs, regenerative therapies and biological therapies”. The project also includes a 40-stall research horse barn. This presentation will focus on the P3 procurement, partnership structure, successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the design and pre-construction phase of the TMI project.

Learning Objectives

  • Project Overview / P3 Structure;
  • Strategies used for effective front-end project execution;
  • Review of project successes;
  • Review of project challenges and lessons learned and oOperations and maintenance implementation; and
  • Operations and maintenance implementation.


Jordan is the Director of Development for Tetrad Property Group. He has more than 15 years of development experience in the Mid-West and Rocky Mountain Region. Jordan is responsible for managing the P3 relationship between Colorado State University and Tetrad Property Group. He instrumental in overseeing the various projects from concept through operations and maintenance. Jordan specializes deal structure, financial underwriting, and project delivery. Prior to leading the Colorado State P3 effort, Jordan was the Development and Finance Manager for the Nebraska Innovation Campus, a P3 relationship between Tetrad Property Group and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Greg is a Senior Principal, Architect, and Laboratory Planner at The Clark Enersen Partners. With over 40 years of experience, Greg is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost experts in the programming and design of science and research facilities. His philosophy on strong project design involves in-depth interviews with owner and users, and developing a deep interest in the needs and desires of those using the facility.

With over 25 years in construction, interior design, and customer service, Tracey Abel has taken her experience and applied it to her role at CSU as Supervisor over Capital Construction and project management. She has been with CSU for 12 years leading capital construction projects. Tracey understands that collaboration and honest open communication produces great teams that can come up with great ideas and solutions resulting in great buildings. Tracey acts at the Owners Rep for Colorado State University on the P3 projects.

Andrew is a Senior Project Manager for JE Dunn Construction Company. With 10+ years of experience in JE Dunn’s Science and Technology vertical market. Andrew has vast amounts of experience in laboratory projects, many of which have been Design-Build, including the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building for the University of Colorado Boulder, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Energy Systems Integration Facility for the Department of Energy, a $217M portfolio of projects for a confidential Advanced Industries client, and the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute for Colorado State University. Andrew is passionate about Design-Build work and developing high performing teams to execute projects efficiently.


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