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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
11/9/2010 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Public Relations
Another Record-Breaking Design-Build Conference and Expo

Owners/practitioners gather to celebrate value of integrated design-build project delivery.

Washington, DC, November 9, 2009 — At its annual conference held in Las Vegas Nev., October 18 though October 20, the Design-Build Institute of America celebrated the latest achievement in design-build project delivery. Close to 2,000 industry professionals — the largest gathering in DBIA history — came together to learn about the latest research, trends and best practices in design-build project delivery.

Design-build is a fully competitive project delivery system in which a single entity is awarded a contract for both design and construction. Benefits of this integrated delivery method include faster start-up and project completion time, lower costs and greater owner satisfaction. Design-build revenue has more than doubled in just the last five years. The number of practitioners and owners who have earned Professional DBIA™ certification will reach or exceed 1000 by the end of 2010 — a ten-fold increase over the 2005 numbers.

Twenty distinct course offerings were available to individuals interested in learning design-build best practices and achieving or maintaining the DBIA™ certification. 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 the keynote address of best-selling author and business guru Tim Sanders and an evening celebration of the 2010 National Design-Build Award winners. The conference concluded with an Owners’ Panel at which representatives from the University of Nevada, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the State of Washington’s Department of General Administration and the United States General Services Administration (GSA) compared their experiences using design-build project delivery to meet their facility needs.

At the DBIA Members and Credential Holders’ luncheon, attendees weighed in on DBIA’s programs and initiatives via an audience response system and approved the 2011 Board of Directors. The 2011 Board will be chaired by Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP, Corporate Design Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Robert Nartonis, Senior Vice President, M.A. Mortenson Company, was elected Vice Chair and Barbara Wagner, Senior Vice President, Clark Construction Western Region, will serve as treasurer.

After receiving the gavel from 2010 DBIA Board Chair John Young at the Closing Session, incoming chairman Greg Gidez, told the audience, “Once an alternative delivery system, integrated design-build is fast becoming mainstream. What’s more, the next generation of designers and builders will stand for nothing less.” He went on to say, “Through collaboration and integration, owners, architects, engineers and contractors will raise the bar, provide the best value and create the kind of built environment we all deserve.”

A complete listing of the 2010 Design-Build Award Winners, the full roster of the 2011 Board of Director as well as position statements approved at the meeting are available at
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993 in response to the emergence of integrated design-build 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