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Closing the Gap: The Future of Offsite Construction

October 20, 2018


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Please join us Friday, December 7
12:30 Doors, 1:30-4:30 Program
Portland Center Stage at the Armory – Ellyn Bye Studio


Find out how offsite construction methods are transforming the industry!

Closing the Gap: The Future of Offsite Construction brings together four professionals from several key parts of the industry – Owner, Constructor, Architect and Engineer to explore the background and case for the continued growth of offsite construction as a method to improve the quality and affordability of the built environment.

While prefabrication, modularization, and preassembly have been around for decades, they are becoming critical methods for delivering projects faster, safer and more cost effectively in a labor- challenged marketplace while leveraging the use of new integrated technologies and the increasingly blurred roles of designers and constructors

Join us for this immersive three-hour seminar that highlights the diverse perspectives of our professionals, the critical issues and opportunities going forward and an interactive panel discussion moderated by internationally acclaimed engineer, Steve Burrows!



Steve Burrows, CBE, PE, LEED AP  Cameron Macallister Group
Steve Burrows CBE is Principal Consultant at Cameron MacAllister where he advises AEC firms about the impact of change in the construction industry driven by technology and manufacturing. He was an Executive at Katerra building and leading the engineering practice for the Silicon Valley technology company seeking to disrupt the construction industry and he retains a position as consultant to the CEO.

He was born in UK and has worked in Europe, Asia and the US on projects such as the Birdsnest Stadium, the new Apple Campus and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business He is always seeking to innovate.

Steve was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2009 and received an Honorary Fellowships from his alma mater Liverpool John Moores University in 2018. He is adamant that this is the greatest time in history to be in the AEC industry and he presents TV shows such as Time Scanners, Engineering the Impossible and recently Dream Big a 3d IMAX movie narrated by Jeff Bridges as a way to broadcast this.

Steve is passionate about architecture and its potential in a digital future and serves on the Board of the AIA San Francisco.




Clayton O. Mitchell Jr., PE, CEM  Kaiser Permanente
Clayton Mitchell currently leads Facility Operations in 7 different regions across North America as well as the delivery of facilities design, construction, operations/maintenance, and real estate services for all Kaiser Permanente facilities based in Colorado. His role in the Colorado region alone provides strategic leadership in delivery of those services for over 3.5 million SF of built infrastructure supporting delivery of high quality, affordable health care for over 650 thousand members. For Kaiser Permanente he has been instrumental in building alignment between NFS, Program Office, and his Health Plan/Medical Group partners.

Clayton (A.K.A. Mitch) joined Kaiser Permanente in November in 2011 after completing a 25-year career as a Civil Engineer Corps officer in the United States Navy. His experiences span the spectrum of infrastructure life-cycle management functions to include programming, planning, design, construction, operations & maintenance, real estate, and environmental.

Clayton is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS Industrial Engineering), the University of California at Berkeley (MS Construction Management), and has completed an Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He is also a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Certified Energy Manager.



Carrie Strickland, FAIA  Works Progress Architecture
Carrie earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Design, Architecture, Art + Planning at the University of Cincinnati and is a registered architect in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Idaho, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.
W.PA was founded in 2005 and is now Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certified. She has built an extensive background in adaptive re-use and speculative development while advocating for design as the basis for urban interventions.

Carrie has served as visiting professor at Portland State University and the University of Oregon. She regularly serves on forums and lecture panels discussing design in the Pacific Northwest; has served on the board of directors for the AIA Portland chapter; was chair of the City of Portland’s Development Review Advisory Committee; and is a co-founder of Project Cityscope, a non-profit platform with a focus on multi-discipline urban fabric and design.



Mike Labukas  Mortenson Construction
Mike is a veteran of the commercial construction industry with extensive experience in healthcare project management across a wide variety of project types and scopes. He has led teams utilizing prefabricated exterior wall systems, door hardware kitting, electrical kitting and prefabricated interior wall systems.

Mike grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in mechanical, aerospace and materials science engineering.






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