The Podium

Project Highlights, Team and Community Impact

The Podium

We would like to thank everyone who attended the The Podium event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Please join us as we hear from The Podium project team! The panel will provide insight into the successes and lessons learned on this project and share how collaboration led to successfully completing the $53 Million state-of-the-art facility. Our moderator, Teresa Dugger, Associate Geotechnical Engineer, GeoEngineers, will lead a discussion on:

  • The story behind the need for the new sports facility
  • The project delivery method and process
  • Their individual project role and any unique elements associated with their service. 
  • Design and construction successes and lessons learned
  • How the team collaborated to successfully completing this project
  • The outcome of the final project
  • Owner Representative: Stephanie Curran, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District
  • Marketing, Promoting, and Facility Programming Representative: Eric Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer,Spokane Sports Commission
  • Contractor Representative: Andrew Brenner, Project Manager, Lydig Construction
  • Contractor Representative: Ryan Ford, Senior Superintendent, Lydig Construction  
  • Architect Representative: Colin Anderson, Project Designer/Project Manager, Integrus Architecture
  • Civil Engineer Representative: Chad Heimbigner, Principal, Coffman Engineers
  • MEP Representative: Mike Sill, Senior Associate, MW Consulting Engineers

About Our Panelists and Moderator 
  • Teresa Dugger, Associate Geotechnical Engineer, GeoEngineers, - 

    Teresa oversees the development of geotechnical engineering evaluations—from proposal to final report—and is a main client/owner contact for her projects. Teresa’s technical experience is broad, including experience managing large geotechnical evaluations for regional energy providers, natural resource work transportation authorities, design-build projects, and construction monitoring. She is the geotechnical team leader for GeoEngineer's West business unit, based in Spokane, and she manages a number of important client relationships. Teresa is also deeply involved in the Spokane business community and actively promotes new business opportunities where available.

  • Stephanie Curran, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District - Stephanie Curran is the CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District which owns and operates the Spokane Arena, Spokane Convention Center, First Interstate Center for the Arts, and the Podium (opening 2021) in Spokane, Washington. She has a B. A. in Public Relations from Gonzaga University and an M. A. in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is a graduate of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Management School and Graduate Institute and the Senior Executive Symposium at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. She has served on several Boards in Spokane including Executive Women International (Past President), Executive Women’s Golf Association (Past President), and the Downtown Spokane Partnership Business Improvement District Board (Past Chair). She has served on the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Region 4 Executive Committee (past Chair) and the IAVM Foundation Board of Trustees (past Chair) and currently serves on the Spokane Sports Commission Board, the Visit Spokane Board, the Greater Spokane Incorporated Board, the Downtown Spokane Partnership Board and the Spokane Arts Fund Board.
  • Eric Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Sports Commission - Spokane Sports is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to generate an economic impact for the region through sports events and its related activities. In order to meet its mission, the Spokane Sports is also active in the expansion and development of sports facilities. The organization has played a vital role in the development of the Plantes Ferry Sports Center, HUB Sports Center, Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, and is currently partnered with the Spokane Public Facilities District in the development of The Podium, a multipurpose indoor sports venue.

    During his 25 plus-year career, Sawyer has served on numerous boards including Sports ETA, WA Society of Association Executives, WA Economic Development Association, RCO Youth Athletic Fields Grants, and WA State Parks Foundation. Sawyer is a graduate of Portland State University. He is a native of Medford, Oregon, and married to an elementary school teacher.
  • Andrew Brenner, Project Manager, Lydig Construction - Andrew has been with Lydig for two years after relocating from the Los Angeles area, where he spent nearly 15 years managing large commercial construction projects. Andrew’s project portfolio contains more than $300 million of new builds and comprehensive tenant improvements, including Data Centers, Hotels, Theaters, and Offices. Many of Andrew’s projects have been Design-Build for repeat corporate clients, and he is a strong proponent of alternative project delivery methods.  Andrew is a member of the INW Association of General Contractors, INW DBIA,  and the Construction Leadership Council.
  • Ryan Ford Senior Superintendent, Lydig Construction - Ryan has been with Lydig for 5 years after spending the first 18 years of his career working as a Construction Superintendent in Texas.  He graduated from Texas A&M University and has completed over $400M in construction volume on a variety of projects throughout San Antonio, TX and Spokane, Washington including airport, corporate, medical, government, and even theme park construction work.  The projects you will recognize locally which he has completed are the First Interstate Center for the Arts Renovation (formerly INB Performing Arts) and the current construction of The Podium. 
  • Colin Anderson, Project Designer/Project Manager, Integrus Architecture - Colin Anderson is a Senior Project Manager and Lead Designer with Integrus Architecture. He also serves as the President of the Inland Northwest DBIA Chapter. Colin received his undergraduate degrees from Minnesota State Moorhead and Washington State University and his MS in Architecture from Washington State University. Colin is an experienced, forward-thinking project designer who works to achieve vibrant, livable, and economically successful projects. Prior to his architectural career, he spent 15 years in the construction industry. Colin has worked on roughly $260 million worth of Design-Build projects over the last ten years.
  • Chad Heimbigner, Principal, Coffman Engineers - Chad Heimbigner offers more than 25 years of experience in civil engineering consulting, with an emphasis on site development and design-build projects. His experience spans services from master planning, through design and construction for projects in the public and private sector nationwide. Chad has worked on projects in several markets including recreational and athletic facilities, retail and commercial, manufacturing and industrial, K-12 and higher education, government, military, airports, healthcare, public welfare, residential, and tribal projects. Chad particularly enjoys the collaboration process on progressive design-build projects and has strong experience with target value design and pull planning.
  • Mike Sill, Senior Associate, MW Consulting Engineers - Mike Sill has worked in consulting, energy services, and design-build sectors since beginning his career in 1999. Mike’s multifaceted knowledge as a project mechanical engineer includes designing laboratory facilities, higher education, K-12 buildings, and public venues such as sports and civic spaces. Mike has real-world, hands-on facilities management and maintenance experience that enhance his design efforts. In addition, Mike is passionate about balancing energy efficiency and system operations and keeping clients comfortable for years after construction.


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