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Design-Build Educator Workshop

educator-workshop-2017-classroom.jpgAs the nation’s design-build industry continues to grow, it’s vital that universities expose their construction, engineering and design students to design-build best practices. DBIA’s annual Educator Workshop provides a wide-reaching, baseline curriculum for professors and instructors alike to teach the principles of Design-Build Done Right™. 

With courses tailored specifically for educators, the Educator Workshop not only teaches faculty the key elements and principles of design-build, but also how to incorporate design-build best practices into dynamic and innovate curriculums. Co-hosted by the Charles Pankow Foundation, more than 60 educators from 52 different universities across the country have attended since the workshop’s inception in 2014.

Over the course of three days, attendees of the workshop receive a crash course in the most important aspects of design-build project delivery – everything from contracts and risk management to post-award design-build. Each step of the design-build process is covered in great detail, allowing for a thorough education from every aspect. The core courses are led by experts and professionals that have worked in the construction industry for years, and have notable experience with design-build in a specific area. It is our hope that participants leave the workshop with the expertise and ability to teach design-build methods to their undergraduate and graduate students in a clear and concise manner.​
 
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 Workshop Overview and Objectives

 

There is an increased value of design-build in the industry today, and recent trends indicate that design-build will be a vital source of knowledge and expertise for industry professionals in the future. Universities play a major role in exposing students to design-build and its value to the industry and educating them on best practices and opportunities for collaboration. As such, the Educator Workshop has specific goals and objectives for its participants.​

  1. To teach about the core content that lays the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the key principles and elements of effective project delivery.

  2. To assist faculty from leading universities in determining ways to incorporate DBIA’s core courses into their curriculum so that students receive a well-rounded education. This includes opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction within the college through coursework to gain a competitive advantage upon graduation.

  3. To hear from industry professionals and recent graduates about how to access design-build curriculum while in school, which not only helps emerging professionals as they enter the workforce but the firms that hire them.

  4. To gain an understanding of the value and process of DBIA™ certification for both faculty and students in order to further establish themselves as design-build professionals.​
 

 Scholarship Information

 

Scholarships are available for qualified university faculty: those individuals teaching in accredited, baccalaureate programs that prepare graduates for entry-level success in the U.S. building construction industry.

Full scholarships to the workshop include tuition, travel, lodging and meals. Faculty receiving scholarships will receive a waived fee for the online prep course, application and certification exam.

Scholarships are granted based on the following evaluation factors

   ·    ​Identification of a Faculty Champion: At least one faculty member is knowledgeable and passionate about DBIA principles, practices and enhancing student learning. Preference will be given to faculty who have received prior DBIA training or education.

  • Faculty Can Teach Design-Build: The department can identify faculty and industry adjuncts who are qualified, or can readily prepare, to teach design-build curriculum topics.

  • Commitment at the Top: A Department Head (or equivalent) that has the authority to enhance their program’s curriculum content in design-build topics, and is committed and willing to this goal.

  • Agreement to Complete Online Fundamentals Course: Prior to the start of the workshop, applicants must agree to complete an online course that provides an overview of all major project delivery options, including similarities and differences in each. The course is self-paced and can be completed in six hours total. The fee for this online course will be waived via the provision of an access code by DBIA.

Although not required, all successful applicants will be encouraged to seek design-build certification. Attendance at the workshop satisfies all core course/educational requirements for the credential. Participating faculty need to simply complete an application for approval to the Design-Build Certification Board and pass a comprehensive exam. Those receiving grants will be offered:

  • Fee Waiver for both the application and exam fee for certification is completed within six months of the workshop (by February 28, 2018).

  • Fee waiver for online Exam Prep Course to serve as a refresher for faculty prior to sitting for the examination.

 

The application deadline for 2017 has passed.

“The workshop sessions were led by excellent instructors and leaders who have expert knowledge in design- build construction projects.  We were given insight into current award winning projects in Denver.  I gained significant and important information regarding the benefits design- build projects in the legal area of risk and liability.  This workshop was a great opportunity to connect to other passionate professors who want to provide the latest and best practices in the construction field. It was truly inspiring.”
- Kristina Yu, AIA, NCARB, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, the University of New Mexico, 2017 Educator Workshop Participant

“The workshop’s effect on me was an internalization of the workshop’s design-build principles and attitude, which was reinforced b​y the jobsite visit and interviewing the jobsite staff.  My paradigm on construction management is now inverted.  I highly recommend this workshop to faculty with limited industry experience in general and to veterans that have not experienced project delivery that is integrated.”
- John Hannon, Associate Professor in the School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi, 2016 Educator Workshop Participant

“The Educator's Workshop was fantastic. The presenters were great and brought a wealth of experience. I recommend this program to everyone in our field!"
- Austin Marshall, J.D., Clinical Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, 2015 Educator Workshop Participant