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 Co-Hosted By: 

American Water Works Association Design-Build Institute of America Water Design-Build Conference Water Environment Federation

 Thanks for coming to Charlotte!

On behalf of DBIA, AWWA, WEF and WDBC, thank you for attending the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference! We enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and so many first-time attendees. The energy was great and it is exciting to see respected professionals share experiences and knowledge for the greater good of the water/wastewater industry.  

This year's conference broke attendance records​, surpassing 950 attendees for the first time! In addition, nearly 10% of the participants were public and private owner organizations positioning this event as the premier conference for design-build education in the water/wastewater sector.

We hope to see you next year when we head to Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 29-31, 2017.

 Submit your Presentation Idea for 2017



The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), in collaboration with American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) is seeking presentations for the 2017 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from March 29-31, 2017. The Conference provides a platform for experienced, knowledgeable, and well-spoken industry experts to highlight best practices in design-build project delivery in the water and wastewater sector, and to discuss the merits of it as a means to achieve exceptional project outcomes.
We are seeking presentations, panel discussions and workshops ranging from topics on acquisition strategies to post-award and operations with specific emphasis on lessons learned from the perspective of Owners. Although there is no restriction on topics to be submitted, the following have been identified as areas of particular interest for the 2017 conference:
  • Procurement Best Practices for Design-builder Best Value Selection including lessons learned
  • Strategies for achieving success when completing your first design-build project
  • Public-Private Partnerships and innovative financing opportunities
  • Means for Successful Progressive Design-build Project Procurement and Completion
  • Project Planning Strategies for Design-build Project Procurement and Project Completion Success
  • Design-build Project Contracting and Delivery Best Practices to Effectively and Fairly Manage Risk
  • Project Planning and Execution Methods to Create Best Value Assets Using Design-build
  • How to Maximize Project Innovation Using Design-build Project Delivery
  • Design-build Project Delivery Strategies to Promote Effective Collaboration
  • Leveraging the role of the Owner Representative to achieve success
For more information and to submit online visit Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to: Allison Leisner at (202) 454-7528 or

 Session Recordings Available from 2016 Charlotte

Online Access to 2016 Conference Sessions Available!
All full conference registrants from the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference have FREE ACCESS to the recorded sessions in Charlotte. Live audio with PowerPoint presentations will be available at The access code is Water16. Download Instructions
The option to get additional continuing education credit for the sessions you have missed is available for purchase at $15 per session. PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive additional DBIA continuing education credit for education sessions you attended at the conference. Please refer to your session reporting listing to ensure you do not purchase sessions that you have already attended.
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