Who We Are - DESIGN+BUILD Workspace

Who We Are

DESIGN+BUILD is a local team of individuals brought together by an intrinsic desire to buck the status quo. We believe design influences human behavior, and workspace design is an imperative tool to engage, empower and inspire people to do their best work.

Jeffrey Snair

Challenging the status quo is where Jeffrey excels. His role is to ensure the team can do their jobs with minimal disruption and ensure a smooth operation within our company. Jeffrey is entrepreneurial minded and loves exploring new ways of doing things.
Personal Interests: Leadership, the psychology of work and workspace design. Hiking in the fantastic PNW and spending time with his wife and son.

Daniel Snair

Technical Director and Co-Founder
A key player in maintaining alignment between the internal design, estimating, and build team members, Daniel works diligently to ensure the design is staying within budget as the project develops from the initial stages. Daniel's successful track record of making sure we meet internal and external goals is a win-win for everybody involved.
Personal Interests: Architectural design, the future of work, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Maddy Mackin Freeman

Senior Designer
With over ten years of experience in art & design, Maddy's broad expertise within the physical workspace is rooted in purpose. Her deep belief in the power of design to impact our daily lives drives her approach to interiors, and her passion for aesthetics and attention to detail strike a balance between form and function. She views each project as an opportunity to engage, empower, and inspire people.
Professional Interests: Intersection of art & design, wellness & accessibility, sustainable design, and material honesty.

Robbe Abell

Construction Project Manager
Bio Coming Soon!

Kent Jones

Site Superintendent

Glenna Pelham

Office Manager / Finance
As the self-described "The office mom," Glenna oversees the day to day running of the office, making sure things are running smoothly and keeping communication lines clear. If you have questions, Glenna is your excellent resource for answers.

Don Snair

Construction Director
With over 40 years of experience in commercial construction project management in the Portland area, Don is a wealth of knowledge for commercial construction principles and execution. Don is a crucial player in ensuring projects are delivered on time and budget for our clients. He enjoys finding new approaches to traditional delivery methods and challenging the status quo.

Andrew Snair

Client Advocate
With a background in construction and account management, Andrew works tirelessly to ensure the needs and goals of the client are staying front and center from project initiation through to completion. Andrew is a wealth of knowledge for all things regarding lease negotiation and T.I. allowances. 
Personal Interests: Networking, construction, snowboarding, and mixology.

Ben Krieske

Site Superintendent
Bio Coming Soon!

Sara Donovan

Interior Designer
Bio Coming Soon!

Our Story

What’s the story behind DESIGN+BUILD?

Jeffrey: It was eight years ago when Daniel and I formed DESIGN+BUILD. Although we might not have realized it at the time, we shared a vision for our company. You see, we are both somewhat idealistic people who had worked for our father’s construction company growing up. The construction business is based on a status quo mindset, and we constantly heard people say, “We’ve always done it that way.” We thought it was inflexible and the customer’s voice wasn’t really heard. We talked about starting a company for years and promised ourselves we’d do things differently if we ever did.

Daniel: First, Jeffrey isn’t only my brother, he’s also my best friend. I had an eye-opening experience before we decided to start DESIGN+BUILD. I went to Sydney, Australia to work as an apprentice for a design-build construction company. What made this experience unique was this company was a sole source provider of all the aspects of completing an office T.I project. I saw how this reduces risk, helps keep project costs down, and the end result for the client is much improved. Jeffrey and I had many late night conversations about this new methodology of design, most of them at the Muddy Rudder Bar and Grill, where we decided to start or own company. It was probably the scariest decision we ever made, but we knew we were right.

What is the philosophy behind DESIGN+BUILD?

Jeffrey: We believe it simplifies the process for all parties involved and consolidates communication and accountability. We focus our expertise in the very specific market of commercial workspace, applying multiple discipline's to the single area of workspace remodel and tenant improvements rather than working a single discipline across multiple markets, such as healthcare, residential, and multi-residential.

Daniel: We believe in being the experts and doing one thing really well from start to finish on a specific type of projects and not going outside that.

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