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2016 DBIA National Student Competition

2016 winners - CU Boulder
2016 Student Competition Winner University of Colorado Boulder
 

2016 National Design-Build Student Competition Winner Announced
Competing in front of a live jury and audience at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, the shortlisted teams from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oklahoma and Washington State University defended their design and construction plans for a parking facility on a college campus in Tennessee. Judges evaluated teams based on their delivery solutions and demonstration of team collaboration and synergy to solve design-build problems. The finalists varied in their solutions to approaching the project, but the overall scores were extremely close. Congratulations to the team from the University of Colorado Boulder, who were named the 2016 winners of the competition on November 4.


2016 National Design-Build Student Competition National Finalists
Congratulations to the shortlisted teams from University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oklahoma and Washington State University in moving on to the final rounds of the competition. The winner of the 2016 competition will be announced in person at the start of the closing general session on Friday, November 4, at the Design-Build Conference & Expo.

 
2016 National Design-Build Student Competition Regional Finalists
DBIA is proud to announce the nine Regional finalists in the 2016 National Design-Build Student Competition. This year, 31 teams from 23 universities entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a parking facility with a recreational field and classrooms on a liberal arts college campus. The Regional winners will move on to the second phase of the competition, responding to RFP deliverables. The top three finalists will present before a live jury at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on November 3, 2016. Congratulations to the winning Regional teams:
Iowa State University
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
Seminole State College of Florida
Temple University
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Oklahoma
Washington State University

2016 Competition Information

Phase 1:

Teams will compete on a Regional level, responding to a Request for Qualifications. There are eight competition Regions: Northwest, Western Pacific, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Midwest, Central Northeast, Northeast and Southeast. RFQ responses will be judged by a Regional industry panel including architects, engineers, contractors and owners in the competition region. Each Region will select a first, second and third place winner.
 
Region first-place winners will receive $1,500 in support of travel and expenses to attend the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, along with complimentary Conference registration.
All teams are expected, that if chosen as the winner for their Region, they will be in attendance at the Conference. The $1,500 is ONLY to be used for travel and expenses for team to attend the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo.
 
Phase 2:
 
The first-place Regional winners will be issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which will be evaluated by a national judging panel. From the responses to the RFP, three (3) teams will be shortlisted to present their proposals to the national judging panel at the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The national first-place team from the three shortlisted teams will be acknowledged at the Conference.
 

Pre-Solicitation Criteria

The project is a parking facility on a liberal arts college campus in the southeastern United States. The college has completed a study of the building program requirements. This study is in “final” review for publication, approval by the board and will be used to issue a RFQ in September 2016. The study identified additional space needs as follows:
  • Replacement and addition of parking spaces for their athletic programs due to a new “Sport, Fitness and Wellness Management” building being designed on an existing parking area.
  • Athletic practice space.
  • Athletic storage and maintenance spaces.
  • Education space for the college’s new “Sport, Fitness and Wellness Management” Bachelor of Science degree.
The program study is to identify the following elements in order to establish the final building program:
  1. Final site – the college has identified a site to study on campus that replaces existing athletic practice fields near the new program building being designed.
  2. Program to be incorporated into the building environment and square footage required.
  3. Budget – at this time the college has approximately $45,000,000 dedicated for this facility.

The RFQ will provide the final site, program requirements and budget. 

 

 Competition Schedule

 

2016 Student Competition Schedule

Phase 1​ ​

Team Registration

Registration for the competition is now closed

April 1, 2016-September 9, 2016
Letter of Intent (LOI) from Team Faculty Advisor Due September 14, 2016
Request for Qualifications Issued September 15, 2016
Virtual RFQ Meeting – Mandatory
Webinar login information will be sent to teams upon confirmation of LOI submission
September 16, 2016
3:00pm Eastern Time
Request for Qualifications Due September 26, 2016
Region Competition Winners Announced October 4, 2016
Phase 2
Request for Proposals Issued October 7, 2016
Virtual RFP Meeting – Mandatory October 11, 2016
Request for Proposals Due October 18, 2016
Three Shortlisted Teams Announced October 25, 2016
​Proposal Presentation in Las Vegas ​November 3, 2016
​National Competition Winner Announced ​November 4, 2016
2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo​ ​
 
 

 Phase 1: RFQ

 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

 
The RFQ response is to provide the team experience in responding to a typical industry RFQ and to identify the team’s overall understanding of the design-build process. The RFQ is specifically written to address a project on a college campus that is not a real campus project but utilizes typical industry approaches to RFQs.
 
NOTE: Because this is a student competition, we will request design, cost and schedule components in the response to the RFQ which typically are not components for an Industry Qualification Package.
 
The RFQ response requires teams to develop résumés and building examples that they do not have. As in industry, the RFQ expects the team to provide résumés and projects that demonstrate to the judges evaluating the RFQ a clear perspective that this team has both the people and project experience (type, cost, location, etc.) to be the best team for this project.
 
Teams will be allowed to submit Requests for Qualification Information Requests (RFQIR) by email during the proposal period.
 
The RFQ requirements will include all or parts of the following components:
  • Provide information to solidify your team’s ability to be a design and construction partner with the college specifically for this parking facility including:
    • Design-build team specifics – integrated firm or design and construction firms forming a JV, teaming alliance, etc.
    • Design-build team’s similar work experience in building type
    • Design-build team experience working together (if not an integrated firm)
    • Project team key personnel qualifications and résumés
    • Available work capacity
    • Insurance and bonding
  • Demonstrating your understanding of the design-build delivery method response to:
    • Design excellence
    • Overall design and construction team approach
    • For the RFQ, in addition to design and construction qualification deliverables, the following deliverables will be required:
      1. Design
      2. Schedule
      3. Cost
The scoring criteria will be included with the RFQ.
 

Phase 1: Request for Qualifications Competition Rules

  1. Although DBIA encourages DBIA Student Chapters to compete, they do not receive special consideration and schools without chapters are invited to compete.
  2. Teams will consist of five students: two students must be design students. Students must be currently enrolled in a construction, architecture, interior design, engineering or development curriculum. Students currently participating in a school-sponsored internship are considered eligible. One member of the team can be enrolled in a graduate program.
  3. Teaming agreements are considered a DBIA best practice to establish a forum for the agreements of the designer and builder to be written down and agreed on. Because design-build incorporates all facets of the design/construction process, a teaming agreement between construction and architecture/engineering schools is highly encouraged in order to form the best team to respond to the RFQ.
    * If your team is NOT teaming with an architectural or engineering school and construction school but within your team there are students from both design and construction fields, utilize a “design firm name” and a “construction firm name” to complete the agreement.
    * This can be schools within the same university – construction, architectural, engineering, etc.
    * Similar to industry where firms team with other firms in order to present the most qualified team, a construction school in a university with no architectural or engineering school should consider teaming with another university’s architectural or engineering school or an architectural or engineering school with no construction school should consider teaming with another university’s construction school.
    * If two schools form a competition team and those schools are in different competition Regions (i.e., a construction school in Region E – Southwest teams with an architectural or engineering school in Region A – Northeast), then they must decide as a group which Region they choose their team to compete in by completing a teaming agreement. The Region they choose to compete in is strictly the team’s choice, but must be made at the time of the submission of the Letter of Intent.
    * Teams that submit teaming agreements with school of construction and school of architecture or engineering will receive 30 additional points towards their final RFQ score. Teams that do not team with school or construction or architecture or engineering will not receive any additional points.
  4. Design excellence as defined by DBIA is an evaluation element for the competition.
  5. Providing a facility that meets the functional program requirements while providing an aesthetically pleasing design that maintains the integrity of the campus is critical to the overall success of the project.
  6. The five students may only contribute to the development and response to the RFQ. The faculty advisor is allowed to participate on a very limited basis and only as a consultant.
  7. Team registrations must be submitted online on or before September 9, 2016.
  8. The team’s faculty advisor will email a Letter of Intent (LOI) to DBIA Membership Department on or before September 14, 2016, to confirm team participation. The signed letter will include:
    *  Team member names and field of study;
    *  Agreement to participate in mandatory RFP virtual meeting on September 16, 2016; and
    *  Agreement to all Competition Rules.
  9. The RFQ will be released on September 15, 2016.
  10. Teams (and faculty advisor) must participate in a mandatory one-hour webinar to discuss the RFQ on September 16, 2016.
  11. Teams will submit their RFQ response on or before the due date of September 26, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time by email to the Membership Department at DBIA-National and the competition chair, Dennis Ashley.
  12. Submittals will be judged by Regional jury on team responses to the issued RFQ.
  13. RFQ deliverables must be in the format requested.
  14. Unlike industry, where late proposals will not be evaluated, DBIA policy is that proposals submitted late will have 25 points deducted from their overall score; if the proposal is more than two hours late, it will not be evaluated.
  15. If any violation of these rules is identified, the team will be disqualified.
  16. All Phase 1 teams will have opportunity to debrief with their Region jury chair regarding RFQ responses as requested.
  17. All Phase 1 first-place teams are expected to attend the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 2-4, 2016.
 

Phase 1 Award Winners

  1. There will be nine (9) first-place Phase 1 winners.
  2. Complimentary registration will be awarded to each team (faculty advisor and students) for the DBIA Design-Build Conference & Expo on November 2-4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  3. The faculty sponsor and team will receive a minimum of $1,500 from their Region to assist in making their own round-trip plane, rental car and hotel reservations. All teams are expected that, if chosen as the winner for their Region, they will be in attendance at the Annual Conference. The $1,500 is ONLY to be used for travel and expenses for team to attend the DBIA Conference.
  4. The top three teams will have three rooms (each) reserved for them at the Conference hotel, Caesar’s Palace. All first-place Regional teams will be given advance registration to secure rooms at the host hotel, making note that they have until October 11 to reserve them and must cancel any reservation 48 hours prior to their check-in date to avoid being charged a penalty. Teams are responsible for covering lodging and travel costs.
  5. The Student Mixer/Career Breakfast is at 9:00 a.m. on November 2; teams should plan on arriving in Las Vegas by the evening of November 1.
 

 Phase 2: RFP

 

Phase 2: Request for Proposals Competition Rules

 
The competition is not a design competition, scheduling competition, estimating competition or a construction competition. All of these components will be important in the response to the RFP, specifically Design Excellence, but the competition is to test the team’s ability to look at the problem globally and respond to the whole process, not just one area. These are critical in an industry RFP response and the judges will look for how teams approach each one of these areas. The logical process and consistency utilized in your design to address the program functional requirements, while providing an aesthetically appealing structure, structure constructability, design and construction schedule, overall design and construction management, and overall cost is important.
  1. The RFP will be released to Phase 1 winners on October 7, 2016.
  2. Phase 1 winners (and faculty advisor) must participate in a mandatory one-hour webinar to review the RFP on October 11, 2016.
  3. Teams will be allowed to submit Requests for Proposal Information Requests (RFPIR) by email during the proposal response period to the competition chair, Dennis Ashley.
  4. Industry consultants (architect, structural engineer, design-build mechanical contractor, design-build electrical contractor and general contractor) will be available for the teams to call during a specific time period during the RFP response period; names and contact information will be provided to finalists with the issuance of the RFP.
  5. Teams will submit their RFP responses on or before the due date of October 18, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time by email to the Membership Department at DBIA National and the competition chair, Dennis Ashley.
  6. RFP deliverables must be in the format requested.
  7. Submittals will be judged by a national jury on team responses to the issued RFP.
  8. Proposals submitted late will have 25 points deducted from overall score; if the proposal is more than two hours late, it will not be evaluated.
  9. If any violation of these rules is identified, the team will be disqualified.
  10. All Phase 2 finalists may schedule debriefing with competition chair at the Annual Conference to discuss responses to RFP and jury feedback as requested.
 

Phase 2 Award Winners

 
Shortlisted Teams:
 
The top three teams with the highest scores will present in-person at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 3 in front of the National Jury. The top three teams will have two rooms (each) reserved for them at the Conference hotel, Caesar’s Palace.
 
Each team will receive $3,000 for travel and lodging expenses; DBIA will provide complimentary registration to each team and faculty advisor.
 
Phase 2 Participants:
 
Teams not selected to present in-person will receive complimentary registration (along with faculty advisor) to attend the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is expected that all Phase 1 Region winners will attend the Conference.
 

 Regions, Structure, Contacts

 
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 Registration

 
​Registration for the 2016 competition is now closed

 


 


 

 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
 
 

 Contact

 
​Membership Department
Design-Build Institute of America
1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20004
dbuniversity@dbia.org
202-682-0110