Early Bird Registration Open for DBIA’s 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo

Early Bird Registration Open for DBIA’s 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo

DBIA invites all members to “Increase Your Expertise – Build Your Business – Make Industry Connections” at this year’s Design-Build Conference and Expo, being held November 8th-10th at the Philadelphia Conference Center in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Owners and design-build professionals from across the nation come together to attend three days of workshops, panel discussions and keynotes by industry leaders that address real-world challenges America’s design-build teams and owners face across all sectors. To register, find lodging, and plan your conference itinerary, click here:

Argument for the Repeal of the Separations Act in PA

Argument for the Repeal of the Separations Act in PA

OP-ED by Jon O’Brien, Keystone Contractors Association – In this article published 7 March in the York Dispatch, Mr. O’Brien discusses why he believes it is time to modernize the 100 year-old Separations Act. This Multiple Prime Delivery System, which requires separate prime contractors for one public construction project in the areas of general construction, electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, forces the public owner to serve as the General Contractor for a project and each of the primes to contract directly to the public owner. Citing Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper’s testimony at the Pennsylvania State Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, Mr. O’Brien explains how the Separations Act effectively precludes the use of Design-Build in Pennsylvania. Read More

DBIA’s Standard Forms for RFQ/RFP Now Available

DBIA’s Standard Forms for RFQ/RFP Now Available

One of the most important ways owners manage the risk of achieving success in a project is selecting a design-builder who is best suited to perform the work. To determine the best design-build fit, owners must design a procurement process that is focused on finding the right team for each project. DBIA’s new standard form of RFQ/RFP and the accompanying Guide will assist owners with understanding the issues owners should consider and decisions owners need to make to create a procurement process that is most likely to lead to a successful project. The new DBIA Standard Form of Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals and RFQ/RFP Guide are available in the DBIA bookstore at DBIA.org.

DBIA Certification Training Course Helps Owners Develop Design-Build Acquisition Strategies

Rochester, NY – 8 March 2017 –The Liberty Northeast Region of DBIA hosted its Elective Course “Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design Build” at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  As a 2013 DBIA award-winner for their D-B sustainability building, RIT was a natural choice for the event.   The course had 24 attendees comprised of owners, architects, designers, and contractors from across the region, providing a diverse group of individuals within the Design and Construction Industry. The course was conducted by Mr. Craig Unger.

An Owner’s choice of Project Delivery system and procurement approach strongly influence project results. When choosing design-build, and Owner must implement a procurement/acquisition plan that enhances collaboration and the other benefits of design-build. While the primary focus of the course was more towards Owners, the daylong session was beneficial for all attendees, in understanding the process in utilizing a Design Build procurement.

Highlights of the course were:

  • Design Build is a Mindset as much as it is a delivery method
  • Development of the RFQ: What a possible D-B Team needs to Know
  • Development of the RFP: Defining the Performance Requirements
  • Source Selection: Picking the Best Proposal or Picking the Best Team & What Qualifies
  • Best Lessons Learned: Transparency through the Process & Utilizing Incentives

DBIA Certification Provides a Competitive Edge

The use of design-build continues to grow rapidly nationwide. An increasing number of public agency solicitations are looking for teams with DBIA certified members. Are you positioned to be a part of this historic era in design-build’s history?

DBIA certification provides you the opportunity to prove your knowledge of Design-Build Done Right™ and expand your career as a design-build professional. Certification workshops are underway in cities from coast to coast. We urge you to check DBIA’s Certification Schedule and chose a workshop that fits for you. DBIA offers certification in design-build project delivery to members and non-members alike, including owners and practitioners across all sectors and specialties.

Are You Ready to Become a Design-Build Leader? If so, Register Today

Learn more about DBIA’s certification programs and education workshops, including company training and online courses, see our full schedule and register online at DBIA.ORG.

Questions? Email us at education@dbia.org.

Design-Build – It’s the American Way – Topic at DBIA Tri-State’s Recent Networking Event

DBIA Tri-State’s 2nd annual working breakfast, held at the prestigious Union League of Philadelphia on the 24th of January, set the stage for a lively discussion of how to apply Design-Build to a broad spectrum of construction opportunities in the region. Attorney Rhett Workman, Managing Director of Government & Airport Affairs at American Airlines, spoke to a crowd of more than fifty designers, engineers, contractors, lawyers and owners about his experience with D/B and American Airlines’ plan to implement Design-Build on its multi-billion-dollar investment at the Philadelphia Airport. The discussion ranged from his approach to coordinating capital improvement plan discussions with the business and political community to his strategy for implementing D/B at the Philadelphia Airport.

Michael Sheward, Principal at The Sheward Partnership and award-winning architect of major aviation terminal projects at the Philadelphia Airport, joined in the discussion, sharing lessons learned and lending insight into the benefits of Design-Build for aviation projects.

DBIA Tri-State would like to thank Mr. Workman and his associate Michael Sheward for an excellent presentation, with a special thank you to Grace Media for all their support and services that made this a successful event.

Upcoming DBIA Tri-State events (Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA)

April 25-27, 2017 – Pennsylvania American Water Works Association (PA AWWA)/DBIA Liberty Region Conference http://www.paawwa.org/training-events/annual-conference/

April 26-28, 2017 – DBIA Certification Workshop http://www.dbia.org/education/Pages/Schedule-at-a-Glance.aspx