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 2017 Schedule at-a-Glance

The 2017 educational program at-a-glance is listed below. View the program detail including session details and speakers:
Please note that the schedule is subject to change.  
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Mill City Museum Party (Additional Fee Required)
Both Transportation and Water/Wastewater attendees are invited to join DBIA and our sponsors for a night of networking, history and craft brews. Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis. Attendees who purchase a ticket to this event will have full and private access to the museum gallery including the Gold Medal Flour Baking Lab, and the Observation Deck with views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. Transportation to and from the event and the convention center and/or approved hotels will be provided and heavy hor d’oeuvres and beverages will be available for guests to enjoy.
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7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Hours
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Event: Water/Wastewater Owners’ Intro to Design-Build Essentials (owners only)  (2.5 CEUs) 
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Event: Water/Wastewater Owners’ Intro to Design-Build: A Deeper Dive (owners only)  (2.5 CEUs)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Water/Wastewater Exhibit Hall Move-In
10:45 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.  Water/Wastewater Owners’ Networking Event (Owners Only)
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch (Open to both Transportation & Water/Wastewater Attendees) 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Session: he Future of Infrastructure and Design-Build (1.25 CEUs)   (Open to both Transportation & Water/Wastewater Attendees)

Lee Smither, FMI Corporation
Market trends tend to come as surprises but they do not have to be. In this session, FMI Corporation will peek into the future to see what the next two to five years hold for the industry focusing specifically on the infrastructure sector.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Owners’ Forum (Owners Only) (2 CEUs)
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Practitioners Session (1.5 CEUs)
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
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7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Hours
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  (1.25 CEUs) Opening Keynote
Chad Pregracke, Founder of Living Lands & Waters and 2013 CNN Hero of the Year  
Chad Pregracke has inspired audiences from across the globe as an environmental speaker. Fortune 500 companies, civic and environmental groups, and colleges have all raved about Chad's sincere enthusiasm and humor. His presentation, Helping To Clean America's Rivers: From The Bottom Up, takes the audience on a journey where they will discover a world filled with lively characters, colorful places, and gripping adventures as part of Chad's quest to clean America's major rivers.
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9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions (1 CEU)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45a.m.  Concurrent Sessions (1 CEU)
11:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours
11:45 a.m.-1:45p.m. Lunch with the Exhibitors
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2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. General Session: Why Owners Choose Design-Build (1.25 CEUs)
Moderator: Stephen R. Gates, P.E., AAEE, BCEE, Brown and Caldwell
Rob Bocarro, Ph.D., P.E., City of Atlanta, Dept. of Watershed Management
Teresa Herrera, P.E., Silicon Valley Clean Water
Bryce Pickart, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
Greg Powell, P.E., Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District
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3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (1.25 CEUs)
4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall 
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6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Move-Out
7:00 p.m. Special Offer: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers
DBIA has partnered with the Minnesota Timberwolves to provide attendees with discounted tickets to their March 30th game at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets range from $17-48 each. Visit and enter code DBIA. Companies interested in a block of tickets or a suite should contact Matt Schafer,, (612) 673-8447.
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (1 CEU)
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (1.25 CEUs) 
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing General Session (1.25 CEUs) 
Demand for Design-Build in the Water/Wastewater Sector
Ken Rubin, Ph.D., Rubin Mallows Worldwide
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 Silent Auction

Silent Auction to Support Design-Build Education
Wednesday, March 29 – Thursday, March 30
Open during Water/Wastewater Exhibit Hall Hours
Dreaming about your next vacation in paradise? Looking to add to your sports memorabilia collection? Or looking for that special art piece to add to your home décor? DBIA is hosting a Silent Auction at this year’s conferences with over 100 items and packages. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the 2017 Educator Workshop Scholarship Fund, which supports the expansion of design-build education and curriculum in universities across the United States.
What Is The Educator Workshop?
DBIA’s Educator Workshop, co-hosted with the Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF), teaches university faculty the key elements and value of design-build, including how to incorporate design-build best practices into a new or existing curriculum. Over the past three years, over 30 universities have been represented in the workshop, with the majority of the participants new to DBIA.
“My colleague and I attended the Educator Workshop to prepare ourselves to teach a course so our students can get certified by DBIA. It was an invigorating, intensive experience where we learned more about method and shared techniques to teach the material better. The rest of our faculty will be attending subsequent programs to better incorporate design-build into our curriculum and ensure every student has the opportunity to become certified.”
Theodore (Ted) J. Weidner, Ph.D., P.E., AIA,
Purdue University & 2016 Educator Workshop Participant

 2016 Conference Recordings

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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2017 Program Detail
(as of March 23, 2017)
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 Continuing Education


The 2017 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference provides attendees up to 12.00 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Owners are eligible to earn an additional 2.5 hours by attending the Owners' Intro to Design-Build held on Wednesday, March 29.  



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