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DBIA Milestone: Revamped Design-Build University

In 2009, DBIA instructor and university professor Barbara Jackson realized that the best way to ensure design-build projects were done right in the future was to bring our courses into colleges and universities. DBIA’s University Program grew quickly and, in 2011, we decided to update it.
DBIA’s University Program was geared towards providing students with the design-build education required for the Associate DBIATM certification while they are still in school. Earning the Assoc. DBIA™ credential can give emerging professionals a significant leg up when they graduate and seek employment in the marketplace. But the original version of Design-Build University only allowed students to take two of the four required courses – Fundamentals of Project Delivery and Principals of Design-Build Project Delivery. In 2011, we expanded the program so students could take all four required courses and leave undergraduate school with their Associate DBIATM certification.
There are three ways to incorporate the DBIA curriculum into colleges:
  1. Incorporate it into an existing course;
  2. Create a new course using DBIA material; or
  3. Stand-alone DBIA one-day course (offered by an approved instructor).

We also made administrative changes in 2011: approving more instructors, creating a simpler application and adding more schools to the program. In 2009, only a handful of schools participated including Auburn University, Cal Poly University – San Luis Obispo, Purdue University, California State University – Chico and California State University – Long Beach. We have since doubled the number of schools participating and have set a goal to double it again in the coming three years.

The program continues to be one of the best ways we can improve and expand the use of design-build in the United States. Anyone interested in more information or in receiving an application for the program should email


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