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2009 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards

Legislative Category


Senator S. Joeseph Simitian

California State Senate, 11th District


California State Senator Joe Simitian is a design-build innovator in California. As a member of the state Assembly, Mr. Simitian was the first legislator to pass design-build laws that are workable for all public agencies. That language crafted in 2001, has been the model for subsequent design-build legislation. He also recently authored the bill that extended the sunsets on K-14 D-B legislation and provided design-build authority to all community college districts. Since Simitian first effort in 2001, design-build authority has expanded to include cities, counties and many municipalities, making California one of the most progressive States in their use of alternative delivery methods.

Assemblyman Roger Niello

California State Assembly, 5th District

Assemblyman Roger Niello has represented citizens of Sacremento, California’s 5th Assembly District since 2004, and has spent his tenure advocating for alternative delivery methods. He has authored and successfully advocated for both P3 and design-build legislation. Assemblyman Niello also educated the public about the advantages of alternative project delivery through articles, including “A Public Private Solution to Aging Infrastructure” published in the Sacramento Bee. Now serving a third and final term, Niello now serves on the Transportation, Insurance, and Business and Professions Committees and is Vice-Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

Representative Melissa Hortman

Minnesota House of Representatives

Representative Melissa Hortman is serving in her third term in the Minnesota House representing a suburban district north of Minneapolis. Representative Hortman has focused her work in the area of transportation and has been recognized for her legislative achievements in transportation funding, safety and design-build project delivery. She cites passage of a transportation funding bill in 2008, following the I35W bridge collapse, as her major accomplishment. The legislature overrode a governor’s veto and increased the gas tax for the first time in 20 years, providing more than $600 million in bonding authority for bridge improvements. This year, Representative Hortman authored legislation giving design-build authority to local governments for their transportation projects. Her leadership means Minnesota cities and counties will move forward on ten design-build projects over the next three years. Representative Hortman serves as an Assistant Majority Leader and Speaker Pro Tem in the Minnesota House.

Representative Chris Molendorp

Missouri House of Representatives, 123rd District

Representative Chris Molendorp actively supports and promotes design-build legislation in Missouri and has done so for the past two years.   His devotion to learning all that he could about design-build delivery, covering the basis of the pros and cons as hurled at him during floor discussions and in chamber halls is unparalleled.  Rep. Molendorp continues to push to expand the use of design-build hoping to be able to persuade his peers in allowing this approach for Missouri School Districts this year.  It has only been through the tireless leadership that Rep Molendorp brings to this effort that Missouri has expanded design-build.   Rep Molendorp appeared on TV and media interviews explaining his support of design-build legislation in Missouri, has listened to his constituents, helped to craft design-build language and did not stop supporting and pushing for it even at the end of last year's session. 

Industry Professional Category


Peter Tunnicliffe, P.E., DBIA

Senior Vice President


Peter Tunnicliffe has 35 years of experience in the design-build industry. An engineer and an attorney, he has participated in the advancement of design-build in all industry sectors—federal, public, and industrial — while serving as a leader within CDM where he is a senior vice president. In 1980s, he helped introduce design-build into EPA’s remedial contracting. A few years later, he developed and led the first major design-build project for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. Since 1992, Mr. Tunnicliffe has focused exclusively on design-build delivery programs for CDM’s clients within and outside the United States while leading CDM’s participation in DBIA and serving the Water Design/Build Council. As a lecturer, Mr. Tunnicliffe has educated engineering students of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute on design-build and has written numerous articles advocated the effectiveness of design-build.

Brian Flaherty

Senior Vice President/Design-Build National Practice Leader


As STV’s Design-Build National Practice Leader, Mr. Brian Flaherty is responsible for setting the standards for the firm’s design-build practices. With more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Mr. Flaherty’s commitment to design-build best practices and single-source contracting started early in his career. Well-respected in his field, Mr. Flaherty is known for his excellent direction of all aspects of construction management and design-build activities and in instituting a stable and efficient project environment. He has directed complex design-build projects that have involved the coordination of, and interface with, architectural and engineering designers, contractors, trade unions, transit operators, and rail vehicle manufacturers. During his career, he has supervised innovative and award-winning projects with construction costs exceeding $1 billion.

Scott R. Saunders, P.E., LEED AP

Vice President, Engineering

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN

Since joining Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN in 1983, Scott Saunders has been involved with over 1,000 healthcare design-build projects. He is responsible for leadership and innovation on all engineering disciplines. His dedication to design-build delivery methods has made Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN the nation’s leading design-build firm for healthcare facilities. Within the firm, he has played a key role in developing the company’s Project Delivery Process (PDP), a tailored and proven web-based design-build process management protocol, and setting standards and processes for BIM in design-build delivery. Mr. Saunders has consistently advocated for incorporating sustainability into the design-build process. He is not only a LEED credited professional, but has also taken a leadership role in educating college students and company employees by designing delivery a LEED certification training program.

Student Category


Catherine Woodworth

Student Chapter President

University of Florida

Catherine Woodworth is the founding member and President of the DBIA-University of Florida Chapter. Formed just last year, the DBIA-UF Chapter already has 27 student members. Ms. Woodworth efforts to open the University of Florida Rinker School of Building Construction to Design-Build, inspired faculty member and chapter advisor Dr. Doug Lucas to develop the first full-time Design-Build classroom curriculum. At least ten DBIA-UF Chapter students will attended the Florida Region Annual Conference and six represented the chapter at the National Conference in Washington. Now established within the School of Construction, the Chapter is reaching out across campus to the Engineering and Architecture school.

Owner Category


Tauny G. Woo, P.E., Acting City Engineer


Wylie K. Bearup, PE, PhD, Street Transportation Director

City of Phoenix, Arizona

Woo and Bearup distinquished themselves as members of the Owners Project Team on the award-winning City of Phoenix/Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This large public events forum, digital newsrooms and studios distinguish the City of Phoenix/Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Members of the Sundt, HDR, Ehrlich team co-located in a single office using an integrated project delivery model to design and build this technologically advanced 223,000-square-foot facility.

2009 Distinguished Service Awards


Robert J. Hartung, DBIA

Founder and President


Bob Hartung has furthered the expansion of design-build in every arena, including higher education, and legislative authority while advocating for design-build delivery within the construction industry itself. He is an exemplary volunteer at both the regional and national level. Within the DBIA Western Pacific Region he served in many leadership positions. Bob has worked tirelessly for the promotion of design-build on the national level as well; as a contributing member of the Legislation Committee since 2003 and a current member of the Education Committee. He has advanced design-build best practices through his work as a senior instructor for DBIA’s professional designation and owner’s series courses and his teaching of design-build and integrated project delivery at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to teaching and volunteering, Mr. Hartung is founder and President of ADS, a firm whose primary purpose is assisting public and private owners with their implementation of integrated project delivery models such as design-build. Through his current business, Bob works exclusively with owners to help them deliver projects through cooperation and integration rather than more adversarial “design-bid-build-litigate” methods.

Pioneer Award


Dorwin Thomas, FAIA, MRAIC, DBIA

The Design-Build Institute of America has already awarded Dorwin Thomas distinguished National Leadership Awards in 2000 and 2003. Dorwin was the first Chair of the National DBIA Professional Designation Board and has served as Chair for the past decade. His tireless hours of contribution and extensive knowledge base has had a lasting impact on the design build profession as he has established and expanded the design build professional standards with helped lead to the designation program.

Dorwin’s greatest contribution and perhaps character trait is his ability, desire, and willingness to teach the design build process to various professionals and ownership groups throughout the country. He has been a steady teacher of both the DBIA and AIA classes and seminars nationally. As Chair of the DBIA Designation Committee from 2002 until 2008, he guided the program to success, overseeing the expansion of DBIA designates from a small group of 85 individuals in 2002 to a company that currently numbers 600 and is growing.

His 2004 White Paper on Designation provided a roadmap for DBIA’s success by outlining the philosophy, concept, and framework for the development, delivery and administration of the Designated Design-Build Professional program. His term as Chairman of the Designation Committee, saw DBIA’s certification efforts evolve into program that provides a highly respected and proudly displayed credential. Today, more and more owners are requiring DBIA Professionals on their project teams. Dorwin Thomas’s dedication made this a possible and his leadership has benefited the entire construction industry.