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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
10/3/2012 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Public Relations and Information
DBIA Announces 2012 Leadership Awards
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards recognizing individuals who have advanced the use of design-build project delivery and design-build best practices. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery.

Scheduled for presentation during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA, the Distinguished Leadership Award recipients will be Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York State, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Ph.D., DBIA, of Colorado State University, Susan Martinovich, PE, former director of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), David Umstot, PE, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management, San Diego Community College District, and Randy Winemiller, DBIA, Chief, Real Property Services Field Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. The awards will be a highlight of the November 8 General Session featuring Karen Durham-Aguilera, former Director of Task Force Hope in New Orleans. She was responsible for the design-build of the hurricane protection system that recently withstood Hurricane Isaac.

In an effort to expedite rebuilding efforts and create jobs, Governor Cuomo has made design-build the centerpiece of New York’s infrastructure program. Last year, he signed historic bipartisan legislation authorizing the use of design-build for infrastructure projects for the first time. This year, Cuomo began the work of rebuilding, including a $29.3 million contract for critical repairs to 13 bridges in the Hudson Valley. The contract is the state's first design-build project and it is estimated to create 410 jobs. Currently, New York is evaluating proposals from design-build teams shortlisted for the design and construction of the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. The 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) Tappan Zee, about 20 miles north of Manhattan, carries 138,000 vehicles each day across the Hudson River — 40 percent more than the nearly 60-year-old structure was designed to handle.

Dr. Lopez del Puerto’s teaching, research and scholarship on project delivery has made design-build central to her academic life. DBIA recognizes her work as a member of the latest generation of design-build educators and researchers and her commitment to best practices in design-build as evidenced by her successful pursuit of the DBIA credential. Dr. Lopez del Puerto is exerting a profound and positive influence on future generations of design-build practitioners.

Throughout her 30-year career at NDOT, Susan Martinovich championed safer and more effective and efficient means of project delivery. NDOT’s first design-build project was a $251.8-million a 5.7-mile highway expansion project that relieved traffic congestion along a route that carries approximately 175,000 vehicles per day. Using design-build, the project was completed within budget, 7.5 months early and safely: More than 1.3 million man hours were logged without accident or injury. During her 2011 term as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Ms. Martinovich was an outspoken advocate of design-build as a means of saving time and reducing costs at state transportation agencies across the U.S.

As Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management at San Diego Community College District, David Umstot oversees facilities for the second-largest community college district in California, serving more than 140,000 students. He has led the District’s migration from traditional delivery to alternate project delivery methods. The District has embraced design-build project delivery as a means of reducing both life-cycle costs and waste in the construction process. The San Diego Community College District has more than $250 million currently invested in design-build projects. A proponent of best practices, including qualifications-based selection, Mr. Umstot is an outspoken proponent of design-build, seeing advantages in alternative delivery that traditional design-bid-build lacks. In a recent white paper he wrote, “In efforts to create more project value, the District has embraced design-build delivery . . . As a public agency, the use of traditional delivery methods had meant we were stuck with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, regardless of past performance history.

In his work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Randy Winemiller is the program manager for a diverse portfolio of projects for a variety of intelligence community and other national security agencies across the continental United States. He has managed the design-build procurement of several significant facilities including the Utah Data Center, the redevelopment of the former National Geospatial Intelligence Agency campus and the High Performance Computing Center. Mr. Winemiller has engaged both government agency and industry leaders to promote the use of design-build to achieve the best possible outcomes for these and numerous other smaller projects managed by his organization. His efforts to educate himself and his staff in design-build best practices his successful application of those practices on major projects sets a powerful example to the design-build community in the public sector and beyond.