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Design-Build Done Right Webinar Series


2018 Design-Build Done Right™

Online Education Courses Designed for You​

DBIA is excited to offer a robust selection of online education courses in 2018. While DBIA’s individual courses are available to everyone, our members enjoy the added benefit of discounted Online S​ubscription Packages. Access live and on-demand webinars and hundreds of hours of recorded conference sessions – all at one low price! 

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 2018 Webinars


Leadership Matters

The Leadership Matters Series

Wednesday, January 31
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

In the design and construction industry we have primarily focused on management as the predominant skillset needed for success. However, the old model of simply “planning the work, and working the plan,” is no longer all that is needed to success in our business. As an industry, we need to shift from being order takers, to being value generators, and that requires far more than management skills.  What is missing and needed is a new kind of leadership, capable of influencing and inspiring real change to impact the cultural traditions and behaviors that have hindered our industry and stifled real innovation for far too long.

• You will distinguish between management and leadership and learn why leadership matters  most, especially today

• You will learn the five practices of exemplary leadership and why they make a difference

• You will learn what people look for in their leaders and how to develop those attributes in yourself

• You will learn how to establish credibility as a leader, at every level, no matter what your current rank or position



The Power of Communication

The Leadership Matters Series

Wednesday, February 21
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Leadership is essentially a linguistic phenomenon.  Therefore, communication is the single most powerful tool that you have at your disposal when it comes to leading effectively.  In this session, we will explore the various distinctions of communication from three perspectives—1) the human perspective or what gets in the way of people communicating in the first place, 2) the technical perspective which deals with the fundamental skills of talking and listening, and 3) the spiritual perspective which considers the purposeful and authentic intentions behind our communications.

• You will recognize that there is common human phenomenon that impact our ability to communicate effectively

• You will learn that there is a distinct design to effective communication that can be learned and accessed to increase your leadership effectiveness

• You will learn how to effectively listen and speak to gain credibility and get things done

• You will learn how to influence the reliability of the promises and commitments that others make to you, and that you make to others


Nuts and Bolts of Progressive Design-Build

Part 1 – The Procurement

Wednesday, February 28
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Robynne Thaxton Parkinson, JD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Progressive design-build is one of the newest and least understood forms of design-build.  In the first of this three part series, Robynne will provide an explanation of progressive design-build as well as its various forms.  She will also discuss the owner’s considerations in the determination regarding whether to use progressive design-build as well as helpful procurement tools that help the owner select the right design-build team for the project.  Participants in this webinar will learn the following:

• What progressive design-build means

• The reasons an owner may want to use progressive design-build as well as the reasons an owner may not want to use it

• How an owner can manage its risk for a progressive design-build project through the procurement

• How design-builders can improve their proposals in response to a progressive design-build RFP


Inspiring Leadership

The Leadership Matters Series

Wednesday, March 14
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Before you can move minds, you have to be able to move hearts.  This is quite counter to the traditional “command and control” style of leadership that our industry is known for. But “command and control” hasn’t worked for quite some time.  Instead, what is called for, but often missing in leadership, is the ability to inspire, motivate, and energize people every day.  It is inspiration and motivation that can moves hearts, and ultimately, move minds, to achieve your organizational goals. In this session, we will focus on how you can intentionally improve the inspirational effect that you have on people and the difference that makes in their performance and commitment.  We will explore how inspiration and leadership are interconnected and consider how genuine conversations galvanize people to achieve more than they thought possible.

• You will learn how to get past your own ego and develop the gift of attention to inspire and support the people around you

• You will learn how to show up authentic and real and gain the confidence of others that you are “for” them

• You will learn how to blend logic and emotion, and show conviction through your presence

• You will learn how to be intentional in all that you do to the point that few will doubt your ability to achieve your goals


Preparing and Delivering Powerful Presentations

Wednesday, March 28

1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Michael T. Buell, Assoc. DBIA, FSMPS, CPSM. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

This sessions covers all the steps necessary to ‘own the room’ during your interview presentations.  When you fully understand your audience, the positive feedback you receive is early and often – which in turn helps you be more comfortable and more effective with your presentations.  Come learn how to get your selection committees to love everything you say.

• Understand what insight you really need to gain before the RFP

• Understand how to maximize your pursuit ‘hit rate’

• Understand you to synthesize your presentation into a masterpiece

• Understand how to get you and your team ready to shine!


Leadership Presence

The Leadership Matters Series

Wednesday, April 11
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Most people think that presence is something you are just born with.  Not true.  Presence is actually a set of skills, both internal and external that virtually anyone can develop and improve.  Presence impacts how you show up, how you connect, and how you speak.  However, it’s not easy to make these improvements.  It requires giving up some bad habits and changing some behaviors.  But the investment is worth it if you want to build trust and credibility, and strengthen your relationships to enhance collaboration.  Bottom line, developing presence will make you a more effective leader.

• You will understand that having presence is more than just capturing the attention of others

• You will discover how to be in the moment and learn some techniques on how to handle the unexpected

• You will understand how to build relationships with others through listening and authentic connection

• You will learn how to align every means of expression to communicate a clear, compelling message that will influence others


Nuts and Bolts of Progressive Design-Build

Part 2 – The Contract

Wednesday, April 18
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Robynne Thaxton Parkinson, JD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Progressive design-build is one of the newest and least understood forms of design-build.  In the second of this three part series, Robynne will discuss the structure of the progressive design-build contract and how it differs from other types of design-build contracts.  Robynne will also review the different risks and obligations for both owners and design-builders in the progressive design-build contract.  Participants in this webinar will learn the following:

• The various structures that can be used in progressive design-build and the considerations in the use of the contract structures

• Strategies in managing risk in progressive design-build and creating a balanced risk structure that benefits all parties as well as the project

• The importance of communication between the parties and contract provisions that encourage rather than discourage communication

• What happens if the parties cannot reach commercial agreement

The Risky Business of Right of Way: What is it costing you?

Wednesday, May 2
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Shannon Sweitzer, P.E., DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

This presentation will discuss Right of Way Acquisition for design build projects, including aligning project schedule and cost risk. The presentation will highlight a number of variables that impact Right of Way acquisition decisions and costs. Some brief case studies and lessons learned will also be shared.  
•    What are some project variables that impact decisions related to Right of Way Acquisition
•    How do I align my project provisions to reduce right of way costs
•    How do I align my project provisions to reduce right of way schedule
•    What are some techniques that facilitate successful right of way acquisition.



The Power of Storytelling

The Leadership Matters Series

Wednesday, May 16
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Whether trying to influence the marketplace and your clients, or impact the culture of your organization, storytelling is actually one of the most effective tools to drive change.  Great leaders are able to tell great stories.  Getting people on board with your ideas and solutions doesn’t happen by chance.  Having great ideas isn’t enough, if that’s all you can convey about them is the facts and figures and good logic that support them.  In this session, we will discuss how to frame your intentions and ideas in such a way that they educate, inform, motivate, and inspire to achieve the results that you are seeking.

• You will understand why storytelling is a critical factor in becoming an effective leader and how anyone can improve their storytelling ability.

• You will discover that the human brain is hard wired to love stories and how they influence and inspire others to action

• You will learn some tips and techniques that will make you a better story teller

• You will learn some of the secrets why some of your ideas catch on with clients and others, and why others don’t


Nuts and Bolts of Progressive Design-Build

Part 3 – The Performance

Wednesday, June 6
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Robynne Thaxton Parkinson, JD, DBIA. Biography
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Progressive design-build is one of the newest and least understood forms of design-build.  In the third of this three part series, Robynne will discuss the key elements to success in the performance of the progressive design-build project and how to avoid common pitfalls after the contract is signed.  Participants in this webinar will learn:

• What to cover at the project kick off to maximize success

• Switching from a traditional design-build or design-bid-build mentality to progressive design-build

• The key elements of successful progressive design-build projects

• How the parties manage disagreement and conflict during the progressive design-build project 


Making the Most of P3s in Arkansas

Wednesday, June 13
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Susan Roberts, PhD, PG, Texas A&M Engineering Center for Applied Technology (Moderator)
Larry Watkins, Esq., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, School of Law
Matt Girard, DBIA, Plenary Group
Jerry Holder, Garver
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

Arkansas’ P3 enabling legislation, water and transportation P3 statutes, and non-statutory P3 arrangements are of great interest to P3 project developers and design-build teams alike.

Join this webinar to better understand basic P3s, P3 options in Arkansas, and three Arkansas P3 projects currently being developed.

• Gain knowledge of key elements about P3s around the US

• Discuss the need and interest of P3s in Arkansas

• Understand Arkansas’ P3 enabling legislation and process

• Understand Arkansas local water P3 statute, the transportation P3 tolling statute, and the processes (briefly discuss non-statutory P3, such as lease-back)

• Learn about three Arkansas P3 projects under development (port, water distribution, and transportation)


Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities While Developing a Design-Build Market

Wednesday, July 11
1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Michael T. Buell, Assoc. DBIA, FSMPS, CPSM. Biography​
Price:  $50 for members and $75 for non-members
CEUs: 1.5

This session is a research-based discussion on how to take the most typical reasons why some architects, contractors and owners hesitate to utilize design-build and turn them into positive project opportunities.  By getting these entities to share their genuine concerns and desires for project, it will likely line up precisely with the values of design-build when done right.  Come learn how to get your clients to give you ingredients to help make the case for design-build to them more effectively.

• Understand the most typical reasons why architects, contractors and owners shy away from design-build

• Understand how to defuse pre-conceived ideas and create open discussions

• Understand how to take their genuine concerns and turn them into ‘ah-ha’ moments

• Understand the best ways to create productive, winning environments for you and your top clients




 2017 Archived/Recorded

Archived - presented on ​​August 23, 2017 
1:30-3:00pm Eastern Time

How Smal​l Is Too Small for Design-Build? Size May Not Matter  

CEUs: 1.5
Price: $50.00

Co-Presented with the Water Environment FederationWater Environment Federation

Virtually any size proj​ect can benefit from the higher quality, time/cost savings advantages and risk management that design-build collaborative delivery provides. But is there a point where the implementation of design-build just doesn't make sense for small projects? This webcast, which is jointly hosted by the​ Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), will provide answers to these and other questions. Subject matter experts will cover small design-build project essential concepts, procurement essentials and project delivery essentials with ample time allowed to answer your questions. Three small design-build project case studies will be presented.  

4 Learning Objectives:
  • How to determine if a smaller project is suited to design-build delivery.
  • The essential best practices associated with small design-build projects.
  • The essential procurement and contracting concepts for small design-build projects.
  • The essential concepts of small design-build project execution. 


Archived - presented on June 7, 2017

P3 Basics in Design-Build Projects

1:30pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
Price: $50.00
CEUs: 1
Across the U.S., the aging infrastructure trend line is accelerating in the public eye. The need to accomplish major public projects using innovative design, construction and financing means that there is no better time to learn about public-private partnerships (P3s). Our webinar provides an overview of basics regarding P3 structure, benefits and misconceptions and risk allocation.

4 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand P3 terms and examples of contract structures
  • Identify common misconceptions and key benefits of P3s
  • Discuss areas of risk allocation
  • Design-build considerations in P3 projects
Meet the Speakers:
Susan RobertsSusan Roberts, Ph.D., PG
Director, Water Systems at Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology
DBIA P3 Committee, Vice Chair and Task Lead for DBIA P3 Primer
Susan Roberts has over 20 years in the water sector with expertise in P3 program development, conjunctive water use planning, and water resource management. Her P3 expertise has a deep reach in the water sector, specifically early stage engineering and construction development for water supply and pipeline projects including the Vista Ridge project in Texas. Since inception of the DBIA P3 Committee, she is pleased to have her P3 experience broadened by working with transportation, social infrastructure, and federal market sector leaders. Dr. Roberts works in program development with the Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology and she continues to advise P3 water projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Aquatic Science from Texas State University and M.S. in Geology from University of Southern California. She is Vice Chair of the DBIA P3 Committee and Chair of AWWA Groundwater Resources Committee.
Yukiko KojimaYukiko Kojima
Nossaman LLP
DBIA, Chair of P3 Committee and Co-author, DBIA P3 Primer
Yukiko Kojima is a partner with Nossaman LLP and the Chair of the DBIA P3 Committee. Ms. Kojima offers clients unique experience with highly innovative alternative delivery strategies for large-scale infrastructure projects in the United States because of her deep knowledge of national best practices as well as Canada’s mature P3 market. She primarily advises public agencies in the use of innovative delivery methods such as P3 and design-build, and is recognized nationally by Chambers for her P3 work. Her extensive P3 experience includes advising Denver International Airport on its Great Hall redevelopment project, advising The Regents of the University of California on its $1.3 billion Merced campus expansion project (the first availability payment P3 project in the U.S. higher education sector), and advising the Florida Department of Transportation on the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate Project, one of the largest greenfield P3 availability payment deal to ever close in the United States.
Archived - presented on Thursday, May 11 

Understanding the New DBIA Code of Conduct

May 11, 2017
2:30pm-3:30pm Eastern Time
Price: Complimentary
CEUs: 1

Beginning June 1, 2017, DBIA’s new Code of Professional Conduct will become effective. While all DBIA members are encouraged and expected to adhere to the Code, those holding the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ credentials will be subject to enforcement of the Code and possible disciplinary action resulting from violations of the Code. Since DBIA’s inception in 1993 our members have been dedicated to the highest level of ethical conduct, professionalism and service. With the increased use of design-build project delivery and the increased recognition of DBIA™ certified professionals, the professional conduct of DBIA members and, in particular, credential holders, is more important than ever. 
In this seminar you will:
  • Discuss the importance of a robust Code of Professional Conduct to the design-build profession.
  • Review the key elements of the Code of Professional Conduct including the rules, comments and enforcement.
  • Understand the basis for a complaint and/or appeal.
  • Discuss procedures by which credential holders will be required to attest to their agreement of the Code. 
Meet the Speakers:
Jimmy Barber, P.E., LEED AP, DBIAJimmy Barber, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA
Jimmy Barber has been performing electrical engineering for over 40 years and has a wide range of experience, including overseas assignments in Frankfurt, Germany and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition, he has been with The Haskell Company for 35 years, has obtained his designation as a Design-Build Institute of America professional, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Jimmy is involved in strategic, tactical and project execution aspects of all major projects for the company. He also works closely with Haskell’s quality assurance group to provide field inspection and compliance. Jimmy was prior chair of the DBIA Certification Board, has served as chair of the Florida Region of DBIA, and has served on several committees on behalf of DBIA.
Tom Porter, JD, DBIATom Porter, JD, DBIA
Tom Porter is currently Vice President at Barton Malow, a $2.5 billion construction services firm based in Michigan, where he handles various executive functions including safety and workforce engagement. Prior to that, Tom was Vice President – General Counsel for LeChase Construction, where his responsibilities included legal affairs and risk management. Tom has been active in the Design-Build Institute of America at a chapter, regional, and national level. He holds the DBIA certification and he served as DBIA’s 2009 national chairman. He has spoken on numerous construction industry topics and is the author of Profit, Risk & Leadership: The Business of Construction & Design-Build, published in 2012. 

Archived - presented on Thursday, May 4, 2017

How Different Design-Build Contracts Impact Your Bottom Line and a Comparison of New Design-Build Agreement from ConsensusDocs, DBIA and AIA

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Co-Presented with the Associated General Contractors
Forming your design-build team and structuring your design-build agreement correctly is critical for success. ConsensusDocs, DBIA and AIA publish standard design-build agreements which help shape the landscape of contracts and contractual risk management practices and several of these agreements have recently been updated. This WebEd will provide the benefits and risks associated with standard design-build agreements, even if you use nonstandard contracts. You will learn different approaches in answering questions like when a design-builder might enter the picture; how to utilize or resist bridging; when to set your price. You will learn how contract language can easily change your standard of care and potentially create fiduciary duties. The speakers will explore how standard contract provisions can be incorporated into your nonstandard contract negotiations on issues like consequential and liquidated damages.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the philosophical differences among industry standard design-build agreements.
  2. Learn how to select the design-build standard form that best suits your project.
  3. Understand how to apply advantageous practices in standard industry forms to non-standard contract negotiations
  4. Learn how contract language impacts a design-builder’s standard of care, fiduciary duty, and overall risk management. 

 (use code DBIA00 to get the member price)

Archived - presented on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DBIA’s New Form Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals 

Robynne ParkinsonMeet the Speaker:
Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA
Thaxton Parkinson PLLC

DBIA has just released its form Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals. Robynne Parkinson, who drafted the RFQ and RFP forms and the accompanying RFQ/RFP Guide, will walk participants through the documents, highlighting the most useful sections. She will also discuss the philosophy behind the documents and provide helpful tips in both developing a procurement and responding to procurements that use these documents.
Learning Objectives:
  1. The structure and philosophy of the new DBIA Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals
  2. Explanation of the definitions and other key terms in the documents.
  3. Best practices in developing a procurement using these tools.
  4. Best practices in responding to a procurement that uses these tools as a base. 




 2016 Archived/Recorded

Archived - Presented on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 

The Path Forward for DBIA: A Member-Only Q&A on our Strategic Direction

Meet the Speakers:

Exclusive to members of DBIA, receive CEU credit for your DBIA™ or Assoc. DBIA™ certification by spending an hour with DBIA’s leadership on this special interactive webinar. You will go behind-the-scenes of the organization – your organization – and hear from the immediate past Board Chair, the current Board Chair and the Executive Director/CEO on the current state of design-build (market trends, legislative authority, design-build performance, etc.), what led us to our 2016-2018 strategic direction and our immediate goals for implementing it. After outlining the strategic direction, these essential leaders of DBIA will take any and all of your questions live. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to ask Immediate Past Chair Peter Kinsley, 2016 Board Chair Bill Quatman and DBIA Executive Director/CEO Lisa Washington questions on the future of design-build and DBIA.
DBIA’s 2016-2018 Strategic Direction focuses on three primary areas: (1) Universalize Design-Build Done RightTM; (2) Leverage Existing Strengths of Design-Build; and (3) Deliver High Value to All Members and Customers. Now that DBIA has defined the attributes of Design-Build Done RightTM, we must continue the important work of educating industry on these attributes, defining performance measures and teaching the “how to” of achieving optimal value for owners and design-build teams. We look forward to answering your questions about the future of design-build and DBIA.
Cost: Free to DBIA Members ONLY   Continuing Education Credit: 1 CEU

 2015 Archived/Recorded

August 6, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Federal Sector Best Practices and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Cross Reference

Design-build project delivery Best Practices can be applied or adapted under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the best value selection process. The Federal Sector Best Design Build Practices cross references many of the DBIA Best Practice recommendations to sections of the FAR and to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance documents that support them. It also serves as a guide for the federal acquisition community and design-build contractors pursuing a mutually successful design-build project outcome.
This webinar will review the Federal Sector Best Design-Build Practices document and discuss where the OMB and FAR supports/authorizes many of the Best Practices and implementing techniques.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how the Design-Build Universal Best Practices can be applied/adapted to the federal sector.
  • Understand that guidance documents from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directly support a number of the Design-Build Best Practices and implementing techniques.
  • Understand where references in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) support many of the Design-Build Best Practices and implementing techniques.
  • Understand that Design-Build Best Practices should be implemented by both the agency and the design-builder in order to enhance chances for project success. 
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

August 11, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

“Design-Build Form Contracts: A Comparison of the DBIA, AIA, EJCDC, and Consensus Docs Forms”

Meet the Speaker: Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA
There are four major design-build forms in use in the United States. In this webinar, Robynne Parkinson will describe each form, compare the documents, and provide some suggested changes to each one. Ms. Parkinson will also review the family of documents available from each organization. As with all of her webinars, she will give an update on some of the latest cases to discuss design-build issues.”
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the four major design-build contract forms.
  • Discover the differences between the forms.
  • Learn recommended changes to each form.
  • Discover new cases discussing design-build legal issues.
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

August 18, 2015
Meet the Speaker: Daniel Rawlins, RA, DBIA

DBIA’s Universally Applicable Best Design-Build Practices states, “An owner’s choices of project delivery system and procurement approach strongly influence project results. These choices are among the first decisions an owner makes on a project, and they form the foundation for how the project will be developed, procured and executed, and how the key project stakeholders communicate and relate to each other. In making these choices, it is critical for an owner to consider the particulars and circumstances of each project, including the procurement options available to the owner.”
The owner sets the stage for project success by carefully choosing the delivery system and procurement approach that is best suited to the project goals and objectives and the market realities of the place where the project will be developed. How owners proactively act drives how the design and construction industry will react.
This session will explore how savvy owners make strategic decisions about selecting the right delivery system and procurement approach for each project.
It will also provide an update on DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right Primer Series, which recently published a “Choosing a Delivery System” primer and is close to issuing a “Strategic Acquisition Planning” primer.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the different delivery systems available for projects and the attributes that distinguish each system.
  • Appreciate the importance of an owner developing a well-reasoned strategic acquisition plan for each project as part of the process of committing to a particular delivery system and procurement approach.
  • Discover some practical tools to help in assessing the unique characteristics of each project that will inform the assessment process to select the most appropriate delivery system for that project.
  • Understand the components of a strategic acquisition plan that help owners take full advantage of the most appropriate delivery system for a project.
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
September 1, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Managing the Design-Development Process on Design-Build Projects to Maximize Satisfaction with the Completed Project and Minimize Disputes

Meet the Speaker: Stephen M. Reams. Esq.
Part of design-build’s appeal is that it enables an owner to transfer responsibility for the suitability of the completed project to a single entity. This characteristic tremendously reduces the owner’s potential liability gap often associated with other project delivery methods and greatly enhances the probability that the owner will be satisfied with the completed project. However, because the owner contracts with the design-builder long before the construction documents are complete, there is a risk that the parties understanding of what is expected for the completed project may diverge. When this occurs, it may lead to dissatisfaction with the end result of the project at best, or claims and litigation at worst. In order to minimize disputes and enhance the relationship of the parties for both the project at hand and future projects, it is important that each party’s expectations remain as close as possible to the other’s. Accordingly, the DBIA contract documents include a procedure designed to encourage the parties to make open and intentional decisions regarding modifications from the original program. This webinar will focus on best practices for operating that procedure and minimizing disputes.
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
September 15, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Progressive Design-Build: Examining the Structure, Procurement and Contracting Principles

An ever-increasing number of public owners have delivered their projects through a Progressive Design-Build (PDB) process. Under this process, the design-builder is selected primarily (if not exclusively) based on qualifications and is brought on as part of the owner’s team at a very early stage of the design. The design-builder will either assist the owner in developing the design concept or advance the design from what the owner already has developed. At some agreed-upon point in the design process (often in the 50-70% range) the design-builder submits to the owner a commercial proposal to complete the design and construction, with firm price, schedule and performance guarantees.
The procurement and contracting approaches for PDB are quite different from those used on design-build projects delivered through bridging documents. Because the design-builder will provide its overall project price commitment after contract award, the processes for negotiating the price must be carefully conceived. This session will explore not only how savvy owners make their decisions about selecting PDB, but also will review the unique procurement, commercial and contracting issues with the process.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the differences between PDB and other forms of design-build, as well as construction management at-risk, and why an owner would choose one of these systems over another.
  • Discover how to best procure a design-builder on a PDB project, and the key elements of the procurement documents.
  • Appreciate the unique issues associated with negotiating a PDB commercial proposal.
  • Learn about important contract terms governing PDB relationships, including both the preliminary services and final design and construction components of the work. 
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

September 22, 2015
1:30pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Design-Build Best Practices for the Transportation Industry

Meet the Speakers:

Learn Design-Build Best Practices that have been captured by DBIA through industry research and evaluating successful projects across all industries.
Many best practices transcend all market sectors.  This course will cover several best practices that are applicable to all sectors but will focus on best practices that have proven highly successful in the transportation market sector.  The Best Practices under discussion are compliant with FAR regulations and non-federal funded projects as well.  Join this class to gain a perspective of design-build that will give you insights on how to be more successful in your design-build delivery.
The best practices you will learn about in this class:
  1. Are proven by industry to provide the best opportunity for success in design-build delivery
  2. Are applicable to projects large and small
  3. Are applicable to projects across the Transportation sector including federal funded projects
  4. Are tools that anyone involved in design-build delivery should own.
This course is designed to be equally beneficial to both DBIA members and aspiring design-build professionals seeking guidance on improving their design-build experiences. The course material has been structured to be of value to representatives of public agencies (owners), design professionals and general contractors alike.
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

October 13, 2015
1:30pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

DBIA Contract Focus: The RFQ/RFP: The Owner’s Considerations

Meet the Speaker: Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA
Alternative procurement requires a dramatically different approach from both the owner’s and the proposer’s perspective. During this webinar, Robynne Parkinson will review best practices in the RFQ/RFP process from the owner’s perspective as well as issues that proposers need to consider when responding to either RFQs or RFPs. She will also discuss how and when to develop the RFQ/RFP and typical pitfalls encountered by both owners and proposers. As is her custom, Ms. Parkinson will conclude the webinar with a discussion of recent case law on design-build projects.
  • How should owners approach the development of the RFQ and RFP?
  • What should owners require in the RFQ and RFP to obtain responses that will be helpful during the selection process?
  • How should proposers read the RFQ and RFP to determine the owner’s objectives?
  • What are the common mistakes of both owners and proposers in alternative procurement?
Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Generating Value through Integrated Engagement

At its core design-build's greatest potential is in generating value beyond expectations. The collective intelligence and creative ability available through an integrated project team, and the results they can produce, can be measured in terms way beyond budget, schedule and quality. In this webinar you will learn about the significant role that integrated engagement plays in the generation of value through the design-build process. Delivering projects on or below budget and on schedule is a given with design-build. Such results have become the baseline expectation for owners. Today owners are expecting far more from design-build. However, design-builders need to create new performance measures that better communicate the added value and triple bottom line results so often available through the Design-Build Done Right™ process.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to achieve high performance outcomes as a result of increased collaboration and integrated solution finding.
  • Distinguish between typical project and program outcomes and added value people and purpose outcomes.
  • Understand the full breadth of triple-bottom line value generation.
  • Learn how to create new performance metrics beyond budget and schedule.
 Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

October 27, 2015
1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Defining Owners' BIM Needs through Turnover Management

With proper planning, the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on design-build projects can add significant value to team members, especially facility owners. This webinar will define BIM in eyes of a facility owner, determine opportunities for the use of BIM in facilities management (FM) and define methods for a design-build team to define a strategic plan to meet owners’ BIM needs with a focus on beginning with the end in mind. Special topics to be discussed are facility information management, asset management, space management, BIM execution planning for design-build and continuous project turnover.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the different responsibilities of a facility manager
  • Define multiple opportunities for the use of BIM in facilities management
  • Determine the data, document and model needs for different uses of BIM in FM
  • Develop a structure plan for meeting the owners BIM needs throughout the project
 Cost: $50.00     Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs


 2014 Archived/Recorded

Tuesday, February 25

DBIA Contract Focus on the Procurement Process: How the Owner and Design-Build Team Can Create a Successful Project Before the Project Starts

Tuesday, April 22

Ten Operational Strategies to Make Your Design-Build Project More Successsful

Meet the Speaker:William E. Reifsteck, II, DBIA, CRIS

Tuesday, May 6

Design-Build RFPs - Acquiring Desired Results

Meet the Speakers:
Wylie Bearup, P.E.; Jeff Goodale, AIA; and Wayne E. Einbinder, P.E.
Cost: $50.00 Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Tuesday, May 20

Design Management – Designers

 Meet the Speaker:  Gregory R. Gidez, AIA, DBIA



Tuesday, June 3

The Owner's Role in Executing Water and Wastewater Design-Build Projects

Speakers: John A. Giachino; Colin D. Groff, P.E.; Douglas Herbst, DBIA 

Tuesday, June 17

DBIA Contract Focus on the Sub-Prime Relationship:  How the Design-Build Team Can Make or Break the Project



Tuesday, July 22

Design Management for Contractors



Tuesday, September 23

Design Management for Owners


Tuesday, October 28

How to Choose a Delivery Method


Tuesday, November 4

Preparing for Procuring and Executing a Design-Build Project: An Owner’s Introduction

Meet the Speakers: Todd Larson, Associate Vice President, B&V Water, Director of Commercial and Risk Management, Design-Build Americas, Black & Veatch; Mike Cecil, Director of Business Development, PC Construction Company


Tuesday, November 18

Post-Award for Owners

Cost: $50.00
Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
The post-award period is the most focused phase of the project. In order to maximize the value of the project the owner must be an active participant, informed on design-build best practices and the team champion. The owner must be fully engaged in the critical interfaces of the project:
  • The design-value interface
  • The design-cost interface
  • The design-construct interface
  • The design-performance interface 


 2013 Archived/Recorded


Originally Presented on August 13 – "Design-Build Done Right" Primer

  • Define design-build and uncover what is so empowering about a single contract that, at its core, differentiates it from all other project delivery methods.
  • Paint a picture of Design-Build Done Right, what can be accomplished and explore what can happen with Design-Build Gone Wrong.
  • Introduce best practices as a road map to Design-Build Done Right.
  • Understand how everyone, from owner to subcontractors, can fully engage in the collaborative process to raise the bar of achievement on any project.
Meet the Speaker: Dan Rawlins, RA, DBIA
Mr. Rawlins is an architect and Designated Design-Build Professional with InterDesign based in Indianapolis, Ind. He has more than 35 years of experience designing projects using various forms of project delivery.

Originally Presented on August 27 – DBIA Contract Documents

  • Discuss the key and distinct legal aspects of design-build teams and agreements.
  • Understand how DBIA’s long-standing commitment to deliver fair and unbiased model contracts makes our documents different from other design-build model contracts.
  • Review contract elements that allow customization of your contract(s) to address risk issues unique to your particular project and/or situation.
  • Learn about key contract issues affecting all participants in the design-build process.
Mr. Quatman is a licensed architect and attorney who is General Counsel to Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc., an integrated design-build firm. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on construction law and on design-build.

Originally Presented on September 11 – Developing Acquisition Strategies

  • Understand the importance of acquisition planning for each design-build project.U
  • Understand the acquisition strategy choices available to owners.
  • Understand the elements of DBIA’s best value selection (BVS) acquisition model.
  • Understand the synergy resulting from a well-formed BVS acquisition strategy.
Meet the Speaker: Craig Unger, DBIA
Mr. Unger is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, based in Knoxville, Md., providing consulting services for acquisition management, project delivery and the security and detention environment.

Originally Presented on September 17 – Running a Design-Build Business: Profit, Risk & Leadership

  • Understand how to maximize and account for profits at both the project and enterprise level.
  • Learn effective risk management demands, including commitment to safety and integrity, understanding contracts and insurance and how to mitigate setbacks when they occur.
  • Why you must build effective external relationships and internal culture and methods to motivate employees to achieve the desired results.
Meet the Speaker: Tom Porter, JD, DBIA
Mr. Porter, JD, DBIA, is an industry veteran serving as Vice President – General Counsel of LeChase Construction Services in Rochester, N.Y. Mr. Porter is former national Chairman of DBIA.

Originally Presented on October 1 - OFCCP Announces Final Regulations

In 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued proposed regulations to overhaul compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. The proposals garnered many comments and raised concerns regarding the significant increase in compliance costs.

The OFCCP has now announced their Final Rules for these new laws. Although some of the more burdensome requirements were eliminated from the final versions, federal contractors still face major changes in recordkeeping and developing Affirmative Action Plans. For the first time, contractors must establish a “utilization goal” for individuals with a disability and an “annual hiring benchmark” for protected veterans.
Join us as we dissect the new Rules and outline the new requirements.
  • New Requirements and Obligations
  • Differences Between Final and Proposed Regulations
  • Recordkeeping Procedures
  • Planning for Implementation
  • Practical Considerations
Meet the Speakers: Angelique Lyons and Cara Crotty, both of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

Originally Presented on October 15 - Got Design-Build Credentials?
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Originally Presented on October 22 - “Proposed Solution Does Not Equal Problem Solved” - Problem-Based Contracting

This presentation ties elements of a "problem-based contracting" strategy to government acquisition regulations (such as FAR and other state and local regulations) in a step-by-step review reinforced by actual project outcomes, including the DOE Research Support Facility's "GreenGov" success story reported by the White House and other "High-Performance Building" projects. DBIA best practices are highlighted, but with a focus on the project owner's responsible leadership role.

What you will learn:
  • How and why FAR (and other regulations) encourages "innovation" in acquisition strategy and structure.
  • How to create a "regulation" compliant contract that uses "actual performance" as the "contract basis."
  • Understand and explain the five components of "problem-based contracting."
  • Why owners should "authorize" the design-builder to control the design and construction "decision making" process.
This presentation ties the five elements of a "problem-based contracting" strategy to FAR regulations in a step-by-step review reinforced by actual federal project outcomes, including the DOE Research Support Facility's "GreenGov" success story reported by the White House and other "high-performance green buildings" projects. DBIA best practices are highlighted, but with a focus on the project owner's responsible leadership role.

Originally Presented on October 29 - Developing Procurement Documents for Progressive Design-Build Projects

What is progressive design-build (PDB)? How does it work – and what are the key considerations in a PDB procurement -- are just a few of the topics to be presented in this webinar.

Given the benefits and growing popularity of the progressive design-build (PDB) approach to effectively deliver water infrastructure projects, the Water Design-Build Council has produced a unique set of educational documents for municipalities, entitled, Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects. This webinar presents to public officials, owners, decision makers and industry members WDBC’s user-friendly Guide that defines the steps involved in the PDB procurement process. These materials, which can be adapted for municipal use, support and facilitate the process to effectively and efficiently identify and select qualified bidders for design-build water projects focusing on progressive delivery.
What you will learn:
  • To learn the differences in a one and two-step process.
  • To learn how to define what is required in the RFP and RFQ.
  • To learn when to use an RFP or RFQ.
  • To learn the essential contract components.
Speakers: Peter Hughes ; Bryan Bedell, DBIA

Originally Presented on November 12 - DBIA Contract Focus on The Prime Relationship: Communication Between the Owner and Design-Builder

Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA, will conduct a series of webinars on the DBIA Contract Documents and developments in legislation and case law on design-build. In the first installment of this series, Robynne will discuss the communication between the owner and the design-builder, the single most important and most ignored tool between all parties. She will also explain how the DBIA Contract Documents help to promote communication and make your project a success. In every webinar in this series, Robynne will update the participants on recent case law and legislation and their effect on the industry.

What you will learn:
  • Understand how the risks in the owner/design-builder relationship relate to the communications between the parties.
  • Discuss best practices on owner/design-builder communications.
  • Discuss establishing robust and realistic communications protocols between the parties.
  • Examine how the DBIA Contract Documents foster best practices in communications.

Originally Presented on November 19 - Design Management in the Design-Build Environment

Design-build has proven to be a superior method of product delivery. Knowing the role of each "player" in the design-build process is the key to putting together a successful design-build management team. The webinar will discuss the role of all of the team members along with the important role of the design manager - the design-build team's "master integrator” of the project team. The webinar is a guide for putting together a design-build management team: practical suggestions - distilled from the experiences of facility owners, developers and senior design and construction practitioners - and procedures that can be applied to any situation at hand. While the webinar is intended for design managers in design-build organizations, these principles may be applied equally to other project delivery methods. The supplemental handbook to the webinar is the Design Management Guide for the Design-Build Environment, published by BNi, and available through the DBIA bookstore.

December 3 -

BIM for Design-Build Projects: Successful Implementation for the Project Team and Owner

1:30-3:00pm Eastern Time

Cost: $50

Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Speakers:  Craig Dubler, Ph.D., DBIA, and John Messner, Ph.D.
With proper planning, the implementation of BIM on design-build projects can add significant value to team members as well as facility owners. This webinar will present a structured planning procedure to ensure success and capitalize on the synergies between BIM and design-build. This procedure was developed through the understanding of project and owner needs which leads to the development of detailed information workflows, yielding value-based model deliverables.