Nov 14, 2023

Osborn Consulting Launches New Alternative Delivery Practice

We are proud to announce the launch our Alternative Delivery Practice! This new practice leverages the in-house passion and experience of Practice Lead Kelsie Jeppesen and other highly skilled team members to focus on the unique challenges and opportunities that come with alternative delivery.

We created this practice because of the growing alternative delivery opportunities for our focus areas: fish passage, landscape architecture, stormwater, and more. Design build (DB) and progressive design build (PDB) delivery methods combine our design team’s skills and experience with our contractor partners to develop large-scale, complex solutions for infrastructure projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through our involvement in DB projects, we have served as a key team member in the care of water design of the new Mud Mountain Dam Fish Passage Facility on the White River, we have delivered thousands of linear feet of stormwater conveyance and treatment design for WSDOT highways, and we have managed dozens of hydraulic designs for fish passage culverts to support WSDOT’s federal court injunction for fish passage.

Kelsie brings more than a decade of experience in construction and – since joining Osborn in 2021 – has been hard at work building relationships with our contractor partners and supporting delivery of multiple DB and PDB projects. Her background in the heavy civil industry allows her to anticipate scheduling and constructability pitfalls during design, saving time and costly changes. Further, Kelsie is an expert at identifying and mitigating risks on projects. She often acts as a translator, connecting and supporting the collaboration of engineers and contractors. She leads our team to ask “why” before the contractor asks, always thinking ahead about what is best and most efficient for the project.

“Launching this practice solidifies the commitment Osborn has made over its 19 years to build critical public infrastructure across delivery methods. I am eager to continue our mission to deliver practical and creative solutions to land and water infrastructure challenges through alternative delivery, as well as working with an incredibly talented and passionate team.”

– Kelsie Jeppesen, Alternative Delivery Practice Lead

In addition to Kelsie’s expertise, our Alternative Delivery Practice will benefit from the responsiveness, commitment to quality, and collaborative approach that Osborn is known for. Our founder, Tarelle Osborn, first started working on DB projects as a water resources engineer on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, WSDOT’s first major DB project. Since then, our team has supported DB, PDB, and GC/CM contracts for bridges, fish passage culverts, schools, and more across the Pacific Northwest.

As Osborn Consulting has grown, we have been able to take on more complicated and complex projects. The Alternative Delivery Practice is a natural extension of this growth and highlights our expanding capabilities. Creating this practice is an investment in the future of the company and the industry. We look forward to working with you on your next DB or PDB project.

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