Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) is a competitive grant program that provides state funds for seismic rehabilitation of fire stations, police stations, K-12 schools, community colleges, hospital buildings and other public facilities.

Here at O’Brien, we know that these often-unseen structural improvements pay public safety dividends by increasing building capabilities to resist earthquake forces and reducing risks to Oregonians using critical public buildings. The performance level requirement of SRGP projects is life-safety for the building occupants with continuity of the facilities’ operations as an essential consideration. The requirement of these emergency services building improvements is immediate occupancy for continued operation of such facilities following a seismic event here in Oregon.

Our build team has completed and is currently working on several seismic rehabilitations for Oregon educational facilities and fire departments funded under the SRGP. To date, our SRGP projects have been delivered as O’Brien CM/GC projects, with negotiated GMP’s.

As an organization focused on continuous improvement, here are some lessons learned on our SRGP-funded projects:

  • Bring open communication, transparency, and collaboration to the project owner and entire team.
  • Work effectively with structural engineers serving as the prime consultant to help make team decisions that maximize project value in both first costs and lifecycle costs.
  • Creatively employ the SRGP scope and budget to achieve added value and to help our clients meet other goals for their facilities.
  • Prioritize community communication and safety in buildings that serve year-round public functions, and are at least partially occupied during construction.

O’Brien’s build team members have expressed interest and enthusiasm for working on more SRGP projects in 2024 and beyond. We are excited to report that we are actively tracking and will be pursuing several more 2024 SRGP projects in our various office locations here in Oregon.



Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) is a competitive grant program that provides state funds for seismic rehabilitation of fire stations, police stations, K-12 schools, community colleges, hospital buildings and other public facilities.

Here at O’Brien, we know that these often-unseen structural improvements pay public safety dividends by increasing building capabilities to resist earthquake forces and reducing risks to Oregonians using critical public buildings. The performance level requirement of SRGP projects is life-safety for the building occupants with continuity of the facilities’ operations as an essential consideration. The requirement of these emergency services building improvements is immediate occupancy for continued operation of such facilities following a seismic event here in Oregon.

Our build team has completed and is currently working on several seismic rehabilitations for Oregon educational facilities and fire departments funded under the SRGP. To date, our SRGP projects have been delivered as O’Brien CM/GC projects, with negotiated GMP’s.

As an organization focused on continuous improvement, here are some lessons learned on our SRGP-funded projects:

  • Bring open communication, transparency, and collaboration to the project owner and entire team.
  • Work effectively with structural engineers serving as the prime consultant to help make team decisions that maximize project value in both first costs and lifecycle costs.
  • Creatively employ the SRGP scope and budget to achieve added value and to help our clients meet other goals for their facilities.
  • Prioritize community communication and safety in buildings that serve year-round public functions, and are at least partially occupied during construction.

O’Brien’s build team members have expressed interest and enthusiasm for working on more SRGP projects in 2024 and beyond. We are excited to report that we are actively tracking and will be pursuing several more 2024 SRGP projects in our various office locations here in Oregon.



Congratulations, all around, as today marks O’Brien Design+Build’s 12th Anniversary!

When celebrating a dozen years together, peonies are the traditional flower, silk and linen are classic gifts, and pearls provide the contemporary option.

Just like O’Brien, peonies, fine fabrics, and pearls are timeless and classic, yet they can also be surprisingly modern reflecting the designer’s vision and the approach to craftsmanship.

Join us in raising a glass with a rousing “Cheers to 12 Years,” as we recognize how far we have come and where we are going as an integrated team that is both classic and surprisingly modern – the perfect way to honor O’Brien’s 12th Anniversary.


Family-owned since 1979, the Whaler Hotel overlooks the beautiful Oregon Coast

“Do we call this a ground BREAKING or a ground BREACHING…?”

On April 3rd we officially kicked off an $11 million design+build addition to the boutique Whaler Hotel in Newport, Oregon. The original Whaler Hotel featured 73 rooms and three ocean-front rental houses. Our team designed and is now building 26 new units, a new amenity spa, updates to the existing pool, a new sauna, hot tub, gym, and outdoor fire pits with easy beach access to one of the most scenic beaches on the Oregon Coast, Nye Beach.

OCA’s Joe Morgan gives a huge SPOUT-OUT to the Whaler Team; Russell Schutte, Matt Oest, Derek Salo, Derick Handley, Jim Tobin, & James Putnam. While he is far from a BLOWHARD, Joe shares with us these challenges and lessons learned on the project to date:

  • Keeping the hotel open and operational
  • Being good neighbors and keeping neighboring properties accessible during construction
  • Daylighting unknown conditions at the existing building
  • Finding surprises during excavation
  • Using communication and coordinating with our engineers and subs to keep the project moving forward

Phase 1 is underway with mass excavation and grading, and our crew PODS have MIGRATED on-site to provide new roof features for Phase 2. The final phase of construction is slated to start BUBBLING the week after Labor Day.

Our great clients and friends at Cho Wines, Lois and Dave Cho, are launching an epic food and wine fest in May to promote Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) wineries and restaurants here in Oregon.

“Thank you so much for your support. So very grateful for your team in many ways.” Lois Cho, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Cho Wines

In 2023, Cho Wines Owners Dave and Lois Cho founded Oregon Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Food + Wine, a nonprofit created with the mission to celebrate the diverse wine and culinary scenes that make Oregon so unique. The goal is to uplift Asian American Pacific Islander food and wine businesses, promote diversity, and educate the public regarding non-traditional food and wine pairings.

This inaugural event will be an epic two-day food and wine festival on May 20 and 21 from 11am to 5pm at the Stoller Family Estate Experience Center in Dayton.

As proud sponsors, we are helping to celebrate and elevate the increasing diversity of Oregon’s AAPI food and wine entrepreneurs. In addition to the standard benefits of our Gold Level Sponsorship, our own Stephanie Phillips negotiated even more visibility by asking Lois Cho what else we could provide that would help kick off this inaugural festival. Stephanie explains how this smart question took our company visibility up another notch, “We get to provide pens for the AAPI festival and that is exciting. Even though it is small, it gets our name out there even more and of course, you can never have too many pens.”

For tickets and more information on this celebration of diversity in Oregon’s food and wines, go to https://oregonaapifoodandwine.com/

It’s Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Awards submission season and we want your nominations for our worthy Design Build projects that meet the specific criteria outlined below and will be selected as AWARD WINNING!

Please email your nominations by noon on Tuesday, May 2nd to Michelle Winningham.

Projects must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Completed and Owner-occupied after March 31, 2020 and before March 24, 2023

Note: We have a rolling 3-year window for submitting completed projects so if you have a worthy project that we should keep any eye on that will be completed after March 31, 2021 or later, we will keep a list to consider for future years of the cycle.

  • Completed under a single point of responsibility contract

Note: this means it must be a Design Build contract.

  • Completed on or ahead of schedule
  • Completed within budget (if cost/schedule overruns resulted from Owner-directed changes or unusual/unforeseen conditions, we can explain the circumstances approved by owner.)
  • Completed with no claims or litigation
  • Project met or exceeded Owner expectations as demonstrated by a letter from the Owner
  • Completed with no OSHA recordable fatalities

Project Categories:

Note: Bold categories are the ones we think are most matched with our project types but please consider the whole list, especially in looking ahead to future years to submit.

  • Civic/Assembly
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Educational Facilities
  • Federal, State, County, Municipal
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Industrial, Process and/or Research Facilities
  • Office Buildings
  • Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration

Submissions are rigorously judged by DBIA jurors and evaluated for design-build process, excellence in design and teaming performance.