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 2016 Schedule at a Glance

The 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference program overview is listed below. Full details including speakers and descriptions can viewed in our searchable schedule or downloaded via PDF. Please note this is subject to change. 
Wednesday, April 20
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Hours
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Event: Water Owners' Intro to Design-Build (owners only) (4 CEUs)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Water Exhibit Hall Move In
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Joint Networking Lunch with Water/Wastewater and Transportation Attendees
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Presentation  (1.5 CEUs) 
Adaptive Intelligence and Integrative Thinking: Critical Design-Build Skills
Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA, University of Denver
True design-builders think differently. There is a specific type of thinking that is required for us to get beyond our discipline biases which is required to be truly innovative. Adaptive intelligence transcends disciplinary boundaries and represents the kind of expertise needed to master and deploy integrative thinking, which is required to intentionally develop integrated design-build solutions.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Owners’ Open Forum (owners only) (2 CEUs)
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Water/Wastewater Practitioners’ Forum (1.5 CEUs)
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
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6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. DBIA-Southeast Carolinas Chapter Networking Social (Open to all Water and Transportation attendees)
Join the DBIA-Southeast Region and the DBIA Carolinas Chapter for some casual networking!  Come out to Howl at the Moon (210 East Trade Street) on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for this exclusive event for DBIA National conference attendees as well as local A/E/C professionals. Guests will enjoy dueling pianos, light appetizers and beverages.  Remember to wear your conference name badge to this networking event!! More information can be found:
Thursday, April 21
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Hours
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
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8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE (1.25 CEUs)
How Charlotte Water Uses Design-Build Delivery  

​Barry Gullet, P.E.
Director, Charlotte Water

Kit Eller, P.E.
Senior Project Manager, Charlotte Water​

The Opening Keynote presentation will feature Barry Gullet, P.E., Director and William “Kit” Eller, P.E., Senior Project Manager both from Charlotte Water. They will describe why Charlotte Water decided to use design-build for their first major municipal DB project, the McAlpine Creek WWMF Effluent Filter Expansion Project. Also discussed will be how the project was implemented from beginning to end, lessons learned, and how Charlotte Water intends to use the delivery method in the future.
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9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Education (1 CEU)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Education (1 CEU)
11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Lunch with the Exhibitors
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2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. GENERAL SESSION (1.25 CEUs)
How Owners Decide When to Use Design-Build Contracting for Their Water/Wastewater Projects
Moderators: William "BJ" Christman, DBIA, Crowder Construction Company and Stephen Gates, P.E., BCEE, Brown and Caldwell
Bruce Husselbee, P.E., DBIA, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Jackie Jarrell, Charlotte Water
Gene Jackson, P.E., Spartanburg Water
David Springer, P.E., Greenville Utilities
Today's owners have an increasing variety of procurement methods to choose from for their capital improvements. To address the area of selecting design-build procurement strategies, the owner panelists will share their unique methods for procuring their work and how they quantified their reasons for selecting design-build. As they share why design-build was chosen, you will hear more about the challenges and their solutions, the expectations and results, and the criteria they identified and analyzed to measure success. At the conclusion of this panel discussion, owners and practitioners will be able to identify critical evaluation factors to select the right procurement process; and participants will be able to identify the unique factors that are important to a project’s success. Two design-build practitioners – one with a designer’s perspective and one with a contractor’s perspective – will be moderators.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Concurrent Education (1 CEU)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Evening Reception in Exhibit Hall
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6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Move Out
Friday, April 22

7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
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8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Constructing the Future - The Progression of Design-Build Innovation Past, Present and Future (1.25 CEUs)
Moderator: Stephen Gates, P.E., BCEE, Brown and Caldwell 
Rob Bocarro, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Commissioner, City of Atlanta, Dept. of Watershed Management
Bruce Johnson, Technology Fellow, CH2M
David Neitz, Chief Information Officer, CDM Smith

 2016 Conference Recordings

Online Access to 2016 Conference Sessions - Available in 2 Weeks!
All full conference registrants from the 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference have FREE ACCESS to the recorded sessions in San Antonio. Live audio with PowerPoint presentations will be available at The access code is Water16.
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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 Printable Brochures

2016 Program Detail
(as of April 11, 2016)
Registration Brochure
(printed January 4, 2016)

 Continuing Education


The 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference provides attendees up to 12.25 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Owners are eligible to earn an additional 4 hours by attending the Owners' Intro to Design-Build held on Wednesday, April 20.  



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