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

Co-Founder
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.

Luis Cruz

Designer
Luis Cruz is a designer with over 12 years of experience in the design and construction industry. With degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture, he also holds additional experience in interior Design and general construction. At Design + Build, Luis is committed to providing architectural expertise from concept to fabrication. He believes in the value of collaboration across the spectrum of design roles and views it as an integral part of delivering a successful project.

Sara Donovan

Interior Designer
Sara is an Interior Designer at DESIGN+BUILD, and has worked on many commercial workplace projects of varying sizes. Driven by her passion for making her client's space functional, beautiful, and long-lasting, she takes pride in her commitment to exploring new and upcoming trends in the workplace.

Robbe Abell

Construction Project Manager
Robbe Abell is an experienced Project Manager and Artist. Driven by a desire to create one unified work flow, from initial concept and being integral in its completion. He takes pride in providing the best experience possible to all clients throughout a project. As a Commercial Project Manager, his goals include working directly with clients to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. In addition to his primary job functions, Robbe has been recognized by architects, designers, engineers, subcontractors and clients for his extraordinary commitment to creating professional relationships that work together building dreams.

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.

Glenna Pelham

Office Manager / Finance
Glenna Pelham has worked in business management for going on 30 years. She is the Office Manager/Finance for DESIGN+BUILD, a premier idea to completion design/build contractor, and works as the “quarterback” for our Clients, Projects & the DESIGN+BUILD Team.

Kent Jones

Site Superintendent
With 15+ years of experience in commercial contracting, Kent is a valued resource on our project sites. Kent has overseen the delivery and supervision of over a million sqft of commercial construction projects. A strong communicator and critical player in ensuring projects are brought in on schedule and at the highest quality.

Don Snair

Pre-Construction / Project Manager
Don Snair is an experienced project manager and construction organizer. Driven by the desire to deliver seamless construction projects, he takes pride in providing the best possible construction experience. As a Construction Project Manager, Don's goals include quality and competitive buyout, safe and organized project set-up, and seamless project closeout and documentation. In addition to his primary job functions, Don is recognized by his peers, team members, and Clients for practical problem solving and solutions without compromising quality or design intent.

Ben Krieske

Site Superintendent
Driven by client satisfaction Ben takes pride in providing the client with a space that meets their highest expectations. As a superintendent, his goals include building relationships with subcontractors and clients; maintaining safe, efficient jobsites, and going above and beyond to meet client needs. In addition to his primary job functions, Ben is recognized by clients for his extraordinary commitment to communication and accommodation throughout the project

Tony Streeby

Site Superintendent
Tony Streeby is an experienced Estimator, Project Manager, and Site Superintendent. Driven by strong work ethics, he takes pride in providing the best project possible. As a Site Superintendent, his goals include communication, timeliness, and attention to detail. In addition to his primary job functions, Tony has been recognized by his peers for his extraordinary commitment to providing successful projects and happy clients.

Natalie Hough

Business Development Manager
Bio coming soon

Our Story

What’s the story behind DESIGN+BUILD?

Jeffrey: It was ten 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 isn'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 client's end result is much improved. Jeffrey and I had many late-night conversations about this new project delivery methodology, most of them at the Muddy Rudder Bar and Grill, where we decided to start our 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 commercial workspace market, applying multiple disciplines to the single area of workspace remodel and tenant improvements rather than working a single discipline across numerous markets, such as healthcare, residential, and multi-residential.

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

Over 300 Happy Clients

Serving the Portland Area

benz
boyds
boyscouts
central-city
cloudability
columbia
dannon
facebook
farmers
Ford
frito
interstate
metaltoad
milgaurd
owens
powells
rodda
thinkshout
vigor
zeiss

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