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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
11/24/2009 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director of Public Relations
2009 Design-Build Conference and Expo Attracts Practitioners and Owners from Across the Nation

Record-breaking number of attendees demonstrates design-build’s growing market share.

Washington, DC, November 16, 2009 - At its annual conference held in Washington, DC, November 5 though November 7, the Design-Build Institute of America showcased the achievements of design-builders over the past year with 32 project awards while educating 1,749 industry professionals, including owners, designers, general contractors, attorneys and specialty contractors on the value of design-build project delivery. The record-breaking number of attendees traveling to the conference during this economically challenging year attests to the growing interest in the design-build method of integrated project delivery.

Design-build is a fully competitive project delivery system that awards contracts for both design and construction to a single entity. By contrast, under the design-bid-build method, separate awards are made for the design phase and the construction phase of a project. Benefits of design-build include faster start-up and project completion time, lower costs and greater owner satisfaction. Design-build revenue has more than doubled both domestically and internationally in just the last five years.

The two-and-a half day conference provided over 28 distinct course offerings to individuals interested in learning design-build best practices and achieving or maintaining the Designated Design-Build Professional™ (DBIA) credential. DBIA courses are also accepted as AIA continuing education credits. In addition, a packed expo hall allowed design-build companies and design and construction suppliers to connect with each other and project owners.

Highlights of the conference included an opening general session presentation by Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director for Facilities Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Community College District. LACCD is the largest community college district in the United States and design-build is playing a significant role in its ongoing $5.7 billion construction and renovation program.

The conference concluded with a Federal Owners Panel at which representatives from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the General Services Administration (GSA) described how and why they are increasing using design-build procurement.

“The design-build method of integrated project delivery has been tested and proven, and the growth curve shows no sign of letting up,” said John Young, President of American Water Services and American Water Works Service Company and DBIA’s 2010 chairman of the board. “The success of the 2009 conference shows that, even in the midst of a down economy, interest in design-build is reaching new heights.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993 in response to the emergence of design-build and integrated project delivery as a significant force in the design and construction industry. From its Washington, DC, headquarters, the Institute provides a forum for all participants in the design-build process, owners and practitioners alike. DBIA is the center of expertise for integrated project delivery, advocating best practices, creating and disseminating educational information, and furnishing advice and support to facility owners and users. For more information on design-build project delivery, visit