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Student Competition

University of California - Sacramento, 2013 Champions

 2014 Regional Winners Announced

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 Regional Winners from the National Design-Build Student Competition. The 10 regional winners will advance to the second phase of the competition taking place in the fall. In the second phase, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released to each finalist teams. From this pool of finalists, the top teams will be invited to present their proposals before an expert panel on Oct. 4 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the Conference. 
  • California State University, Long Beach – Team 1
  • California State University, Long Beach – Team 2
  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • New School of Architecture & Design
  • Roger Williams University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Washington 

The Third Annual National Design-Build Student Competition serves to challenge and inspire the next generation of practitioners through applying design-build best practices to successfully propose a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 120,000 square foot comprehensive recreation center on a college campus.
Eligibility: Teams must include four students who are enrolled in a college-level construction, design or development curriculum. Three of the team members must be undergraduate, with the option of one team member being a graduate student.
How to Register Your Team:
2015 Registration Information Coming Soon
Competition Phases
Like design-build project delivery, the Student Competition is a two-phase process.
Phase 1
DBIA will release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to the registered teams in late August. DBIA will select one winning team from eight competition regions across the country to advance to the second phase.
Phase 2
A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released to each of the finalist teams. From this pool of finalists, the top three teams will be invited to present their proposals before an expert panel during the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo taking place in early November in Denver, Colo.
About Student Competitions
DBIA supports and sponsors an annual competition to contribute to the education of all students in Design-Build Done Right. Competitions present unique opportunities to investigate and utilize building materials and design techniques from different perspectives or those that the student might not be previously familiar. As the only design-build student competition rooted in best practices, participants find themselves competing among student teams from a broad range of programs and are evaluated by diverse juries of design-build experts.

DBIA’s competition is an exciting process, one that has been experienced by more than 29 schools in the past two years – and it is growing. Be a part of something great, and get involved today!

 Competition Schedule

Coming soon

 Pre-Solicitation Criteria

Coming Spring 2015

 Regions, Structure, Contacts

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2015 National Design-Build Student Competition Schedule Coming Soon

 What schools are saying ...

"DBIA's Student Competition was a learning experience of a lifetime – it provided 'real world' challenges that made us stronger and prepared for future success."
— Washington State University
"We feel very fortunate that we were able to participate in such a great experience. We learned a great deal and furthered our knowledge on the design-build process through our execution of the competition problems. We want to share this experience with the other students at our school."
— Milwaukee School of Engineering
"One of the most challenging competitions, but also one of the most rewarding – looking forward to next year!"
— Cal Poly University
"This is a national professional organization that supports students in the competition; it’s as real-life as they can get and we can’t wait to enter next year!"
— Sacramento State


​Anieca Lord
Region Relations Manager
Design-Build Institute of America
1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20004