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.



In the ever-changing Design-Build world, keeping up to date with industry trends, innovations, and best practices is crucial to our success. This year’s Design-Build Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, was an opportunity to share our knowledge and learn from others. Our team members Sarah Young and Alex Noble, joined by Sada Nagata of Accretech and Bob Moore of Jacobs Heating & Cooling, shared our unique perspective with the industry.

Our team’s presentation showcased O’Brien’s work on the Accretech Offices and Production Facility. Titled “No Project Too Small: Scalable Processes for Dynamic Solutions”, the session focused on the unique way that we approach the Design-Build process.


Collaboration with the project owners and within our team is the secret to the Accretech project’s success. Using the principles of deep listening, we let go of our own assumptions of what an industrial building should be, and put in the effort to understand our clients’ vision. Together we answered the questions:

  • Can we reimagine what industry should be in a new context and its role in the natural environment?
  • Can industrial buildings be exciting?
  • Can they reflect history and point toward a better future?

To answer these questions: Yes! The design harmonizes beauty, function, sustainability, business objectives, and the happiness of the building’s occupants. We came to understand these concepts as interconnected parts of a holistic approach to Accretech’s work.

The audience response was incredible and highlighted the unique working style we’ve adopted at O’Brien. Audience members were impressed with the way our team has embedded cutting-edge technologies into our process, with the level of collaboration with our subcontractors, and with the scale of the project. Design-Build projects are typically large in scale, so many audience members shared lessons about how to apply Design-Build principles to smaller scales.

Our unique mix of leadership styles, age groups, and experiences pushes us to innovate. Our panel was the only one to have two DBIA Young Professionals on it. In an aging industry, our ability to draw from experience, approach problems in new ways, and transfer knowledge to the next generation is bringing us into the future.

Rendering of the Accretech facility in Portland, showing main entrance framed by wood features and with cherry blossom and Japanese maple trees in front.
Architectural Rendering of the Accretech Offices and Production Facility
Project timeline. Milestones shown: Site Selection, 30% SD, O'Brien D+B Selected, D+B Delivery Selection, Program Understanding, Advocation & Approvals, AHJ Submissions.
Project timeline showing important milestones and project phases.

In the ever-changing Design-Build world, keeping up to date with industry trends, innovations, and best practices is crucial to our success. This year’s Design-Build Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, was an opportunity to share our knowledge and learn from others. Our team members Sarah Young and Alex Noble, joined by Sada Nagata of Accretech and Bob Moore of Jacobs Heating & Cooling, shared our unique perspective with the industry.

Our team’s presentation showcased O’Brien’s work on the Accretech Offices and Production Facility. Titled “No Project Too Small: Scalable Processes for Dynamic Solutions”, the session focused on the unique way that we approach the Design-Build process.


Collaboration with the project owners and within our team is the secret to the Accretech project’s success. Using the principles of deep listening, we let go of our own assumptions of what an industrial building should be, and put in the effort to understand our clients’ vision. Together we answered the questions:

  • Can we reimagine what industry should be in a new context and its role in the natural environment?
  • Can industrial buildings be exciting?
  • Can they reflect history and point toward a better future?

To answer these questions: Yes! The design harmonizes beauty, function, sustainability, business objectives, and the happiness of the building’s occupants. We came to understand these concepts as interconnected parts of a holistic approach to Accretech’s work.

The audience response was incredible and highlighted the unique working style we’ve adopted at O’Brien. Audience members were impressed with the way our team has embedded cutting-edge technologies into our process, with the level of collaboration with our subcontractors, and with the scale of the project. Design-Build projects are typically large in scale, so many audience members shared lessons about how to apply Design-Build principles to smaller scales.

Our unique mix of leadership styles, age groups, and experiences pushes us to innovate. Our panel was the only one to have two DBIA Young Professionals on it. In an aging industry, our ability to draw from experience, approach problems in new ways, and transfer knowledge to the next generation is bringing us into the future.

Rendering of the Accretech facility in Portland, showing main entrance framed by wood features and with cherry blossom and Japanese maple trees in front.
Architectural Rendering of the Accretech Offices and Production Facility
Project timeline. Milestones shown: Site Selection, 30% SD, O'Brien D+B Selected, D+B Delivery Selection, Program Understanding, Advocation & Approvals, AHJ Submissions.
Project timeline showing important milestones and project phases.

Join us at the ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction on November 10-11, 2023, for a weekend of world-class Pinot Noir, gourmet cuisine and making a difference. Every glass of incredible Willamette Valley Pinot Noir poured, every curated auction lot, supports accessible healthcare for vineyard stewards and their families. Join us in raising your glass (and a paddle) to extraordinary wine with a purpose!

¡Salud! Auction 2018. Photo Credit: Kathryn Elsesser.

¡Salud! Services offers no-cost preventive medical, dental and vision care, directly to the vineyards. With bilingual, bicultural providers, ¡Salud! bridges gaps in healthcare accessibility, eliminating obstacles such as transportation, language, and cost.

O’Brien Design+Build is proud to support ¡Salud! and the incredible work they do. To offer your support and participate in the auction, click the links below.

Get event tickets

Bid online for exclusive offers

Photo Credit: Kathryn Elsesser

Join us at the ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction on November 10-11, 2023, for a weekend of world-class Pinot Noir, gourmet cuisine and making a difference. Every glass of incredible Willamette Valley Pinot Noir poured, every curated auction lot, supports accessible healthcare for vineyard stewards and their families. Join us in raising your glass (and a paddle) to extraordinary wine with a purpose!

¡Salud! Auction 2018. Photo Credit: Kathryn Elsesser.

¡Salud! Services offers no-cost preventive medical, dental and vision care, directly to the vineyards. With bilingual, bicultural providers, ¡Salud! bridges gaps in healthcare accessibility, eliminating obstacles such as transportation, language, and cost.

O’Brien Design+Build is proud to support ¡Salud! and the incredible work they do. To offer your support and participate in the auction, click the links below.

Get event tickets

Bid online for exclusive offers

Photo Credit: Kathryn Elsesser