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David M. Shelton, AIA, DBIA, NCARB

Co-owner and Senior Vice President
DesignSense Incorporated
Lenexa, Kansas

David M. Shelton is Senior Vice President at DesignSense Incorporated, a strategic acquisition planning and program management consulting firm located in Lenexa, Kansas. Mr. Shelton is also a licensed architect and contractor, a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional and has nearly 35 years of experience in design and construction management, design-build, criteria development and owner representative services.

Having provided acquisition consulting services on more than 100 design-build projects throughout the U.S., Mr. Shelton is a dynamic speaker and proponent of “design-build done right.” He has been a guest lecturer at schools of design and construction, including Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri and Pittsburg State University and has presented on the topic of performance-based design-build to industry groups from California to Connecticut.

Mr. Shelton’s portfolio of professional work includes notable projects such as the post-Katrina Inner-Harbor Navigational Canal Project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Research Support Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy (NREL Campus), the Economy Parking and Operations Center for Kansas City International Airport and DBIA design-build training for the Panama Canal Authority’s expansion of the Panama Canal.

Mr. Shelton’s leadership in sustainability and green building innovation are evident in many notable and award-winning projects such as the first-ever LEED® certified facility for the Air Force (A-10 Composite Facility, Ft. Smith, Arkansas) and what has been cited as the world’s most energy efficient office building; the LEED Platinum Certified, Net-Zero Energy Research Support Facility on the Colorado Campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Mr. Shelton’s blog, “High Performance Outcomes,” is an ongoing discussion of the project owner’s role in design-build project delivery. Beyond the publication of trade articles, project case studies and technical white papers, he produces the “3PQ Film Series,” a series of educational design-build documentary films based on the “3PQ Strategic Project Acquisition System.”