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Stephen Trapp, PE, LEED AP

As Senior Vice President of Construction and Development for Columbia, Steve leads Columbia’s development and construction team. He provides oversight for the planning and execution of all development and construction projects for the company, as well as for all joint venture and Fund investments. Prior to joining Columbia in 2020, Steve was a principal with…

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Katherine Darnstadt, AIA

Katherine is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding the practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new urban design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, create spaces for youth makers, advance…

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Thomas Robinson

Thomas is the Founder of LEVER Architecture, a design practice based in Portland, OR. His firm is widely recognized for material innovation and pioneering work with Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Thomas’ projects encompass first-of-their-kind timber buildings for clients such as The Nature Conservancy and Adidas and include more than $1M in research to develop and test…

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David Yampolsky

David has worked in the Washington, DC real estate market since 2004 and brings a well-rounded approach to project management and execution. Having led various asset management, property management, development and general contracting teams, David understands the challenges and decisiveness required to execute a successful real estate project through a holistic lens. His project experience…

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Ryan E. Smith

Ryan is a Professor and Director of the School of Design & Construction at Washington State University. For 16 years, he has been teaching, researching and consulting with respect to offsite construction, industrialized building, prefabricated and volumetric modular product R&D, factory setup and layout, design assist, and market analysis and surveys. Ryan is the author…

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Sue Klawans

Sue has over 35 years of experience as a general contractor, construction manager at risk, owner’s program manager, senior executive, and Lean strategist. As a contractor and owner’s program manager, Sue managed a portfolio and teams to deliver successful projects in various markets including corporate offices, higher education, and healthcare, while managing all aspects of…

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Marc Brune

Marc is a Principal and mechanical engineer with PAE. He has led the mechanical and energy-systems design for many of the world’s most prominent net-positive energy and timber buildings, including the Bullitt Center (CLT), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center (CLT), the Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech (NLT), and the PAE Living Building (CLT). Marc…

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Ed Sloop

Ed is Chief Estimator and Senior Project Manager at Walsh Construction Co. where he manages estimators and provides senior project management services. In 1995, after completing graduate school and working in various engineering-related fields while on active duty in the Navy, Ed joined Walsh as a laborer. After becoming an assistant superintendent on a large…

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Katie Ritenour, PE, SE, LEED AP

Katie is a structural engineer and associate at KPFF in Portland, OR. She greatly values team collaboration and is highly responsive to client requests.  As an enthusiastic collaborator, Katie is highly responsive to client requests and invested in meeting project goals, aesthetic vision, and technical needs. Katie has worked with a wide range of materials in new construction and renovated buildings. By…

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Scott Breneman, Ph.D.

Dr. Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California, a PE in the State of Washington, and Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber in the Project Resources & Solutions Division of WoodWorks. He received bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. Scott…

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