At the Advancing Prefabrication Awards, our team collaborates with a distinguished panel of industry-leading judges to recognize and celebrate the outstanding individual, team and project contributions that are driving industrialization to new heights.

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Jaimie Johnston, Board Director & Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

Jaimie is a recognised global leader in systemising and accelerating the design and construction of major infrastructure. Together with others at Bryden Wood, he is the originator of the Platforms approach to DfMA and the author of four books on this topic including the new deployment manual, Platforms in Practice . He is a leading thinker on the future of industrialised construction and is at the forefront of both private and public sector ambitions to adopt manufacturing-led design and construction practices. He joined Bryden Wood in 1995 and has been instrumental in leading the company’s expansion from disruptive start-up to 300+ people across 9 offices worldwide. He was an original member of the UK Government BIM Task Group and was the co-author of the 'Design for Manufacture + Assembly' overlay to the RIBA Plan of Works.

Jaimie's books on P-DfMA include ‘Delivery Platforms for Government Assets: Creating a Marketplace for Manufactured Spaces’. This work was adopted as a key articulation of the UK Government’s aspiration to adopt a more industrialised approach to construction and was referenced in their ‘Construction Playbook’ and the Construction Innovation Hub’s ‘Product Platform Playbook’, which describes it as ‘seminal’. The P-DfMA approach is also central to the Infrastructure and Project Authority’s ‘Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030’.

Jaimie was awarded an MBE for Services to Construction in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, June 2021. In 2022, he co-authored the RIBA-published book: Design to Value.

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Sara Curry, Prefabrication Integration Director, JE Dunn Construction

Sara Curry brings 15+ years of experience leading, planning, and delivering a variety of complex construction projects. In her role as JE Dunn Construction’s Prefabrication Integration Director, she leverages her education in architecture and business, plus her technical skills, highly collaborative approach, and drive for results and innovation. She serves as a key leader in planning projects with heavy prefabrication and modular plans to improve quality, collaboration, and speed to market for her clients and partners. Recent publications include features in National Women in Construction Magazine on her highlight on how women’s roles are changing in the construction industry, and in Medical Design and Construction Magazine discussing the evolution of virtual design and construction positions and the value they provide on construction projects with prefabrication approaches. Sara earned an MBA and a Master of Architecture from Texas Tech University.

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Geene Alhady, President, Clark Pacific

Geene Alhady began his career with McCarthy Building Companies holding various roles including managing large construction projects in the healthcare and high-tech industries. In the years that followed, Geene served as president of Meridian Systems, a plan-build-operate technology solutions company, and then as general manager of Trimble Buildings’ Real Estate and Workplace Solutions Division. Geene joined Clark Pacific in 2016 bringing his organizational and marketing expertise as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing. Geene now serves at Clark Pacific’s president.

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Robert Crotty, Vice President Capital Productivity & Improvement, HCA Healthcare

Successful operational excellence leader with 15+ years of experience leading teams achieving over $400Mil in cost savings, cost avoidance and increasing revenue in a diverse set of industries. Proven track record producing increased output, improved quality and on time delivery while reducing cost. Demonstrated abilities to: assess business processes, identify improvement opportunities, collaborate with senior leadership to create long term strategies, map out course of action, set SMART goals and lead the execution to achieve measurable results.

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Christopher Traugh, General Manager of Manufacturing, ColonialWebb Contractors

Dr. Chris Traugh currently serves as ColonialWebb’s General Manager – Manufacturing, where he is transforming the way we prefabricate using lean manufacturing principles and advanced technologies. Chris’s team (Spooling, Manufacturing, and Logistics) is responsible for ensuring all prefabricated assemblies and components are produced efficiently, delivered on time, and to the highest quality standards; for both our internal and external customers.

Chris has enjoyed more than 2.5 years working in the commercial construction industry. Before joining ColonialWebb in 2019, Chris spent nearly 20 years as a leader in high mix/volume and low mix/volume manufacturing environments. Chris has a Doctorate in Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and holds certifications in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma.

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Mike Barrett, Vice President, Technical Innovation & Delivery Excellence, CRB

Mike Barrett, a project delivery expert at CRB’s Raleigh, NC office, is renowned for his extensive experience in Lean design and construction methods, specifically within the biotech and pharma sector across the Southeast. Recognized for his adeptness in transforming teams into high-performing cultures, Barrett excels in fostering trust and collaboration among stakeholders, driving them towards the common goal of operational facilities. His project portfolio of over 200 life science projects, valued at nearly $1 billion, demonstrates his mastery in lean principles, particularly in ONEsolution™ projects, where he has successfully employed lean techniques during planning, design, and pre-construction phases. As an active member of Lean Construction Institute’s Carolinas Community of Practice and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, Barrett is committed to continuous learning and knowledge sharing, emphasizing the importance of embracing both failures and successes as valuable learning opportunities.

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Nate Knittel, Mission Critical Division Manager, Dynalectric Oregon

Nate Knittel brings 18 years of experience in the electrical industry. The last 12 years have been focused on mission critical and prefabrication. He has been directly responsible for project planning, prefabrication planning, scheduling, meeting deadlines, and building a safe working culture. He has successfully assembled teams and built and executed detailed work plans for numerous high-profile projects.