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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
5/10/2012 10:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Public Relations and Information
DBIA Presents 2012 Transportation Awards
Phoenix, Ariz. – At the 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) presented awards to the people and projects who have demonstrated “design-build done right.” The awards were presented on April 26, 2012, and preceded a speech by Sherri H. LeBas, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Secretary LeBas spoke on the lessons learned from her department’s design-build program, including Louisiana’s legislative/industry approach, case studies of current and completed projects and a look at what the future holds for the program.

Cade Rowley, P.E., of Sundt Construction Inc., presented the awards to projects that stood out. These projects, which received national awards in 2011, were not only completed on time and within budget, but the design-builders showed innovation and creativity in expanding the limits of what design-build means. They were:

Mineta San Jose International Airport; Terminal Area Improvements
Owner: City of San Jose
Design-Builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Architect: Fentress Architects
Engineers: Martin/Martin, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Jacksonville Naval Air Station Type II Hangar and Aircraft Parking Apron
Owner: U.S. Navy
Design-Builder: M. A. Mortenson Company
Architect: HNTB Federal
Engineers: HNTB Federal, PACE Collaborative, P.E.

Follow the links to read more about these outstanding projects.

Steve Mishler, P.E., Arizona Department of Transportation presented awards to the individuals who have promoted the use and best practices of design-build.

The Practitioner recipient was John Ferguson, P.E., Alternative Delivery Program Director, T.Y. Lin International. Mr. Ferguson was recognized for his leadership in strategizing, planning and delivering design-build projects in the Americas, growing T.Y. Lin’s revenue in alternative delivery projects by 400 percent.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), represented by Ray Tritt, P.E., was honored as the Owner Award recipient. Mr. Tritt is Chief of the Caltrans’ Office of Special Projects, which is responsible for its Design-Build Demonstration Program, authorized by the California Legislature in 2009.

Cade Rowley, of Sundt Construction Inc., presented awards to state Department of Transportation (DOTs) agencies which have been using design-build to notable success in their projects.

The first award recipient was the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, a business unit of the state DOT. It is currently overseeing three major projects that represent some of the largest infrastructure projects ever constructed in the state. In addition to recognizing the benefits of design-build, the Turnpike Authority adheres to many of DBIA’s best practices and, acknowledging the value of DBIA’s certification program, encourages staff to earn their Designated Design-Build Professional or Associate DBIA credential.

Another recipient was Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), specifically for the Denver FasTrack project. After the TREX highway/LRT project was completed in 2006, to great acclaim, RTD and the Colorado DOT are using design-build for some 75 percent of their current projects. In addition, they plan to use design-build for at least two of the six projects they expect in the near future. Richard Clarke, Assistant General Manager, Capital Programs, RTD, accepted the award.

The final award recipient was the Texas Department of Transportation, specifically for the Dallas-Fort Worth Connector. In this 100 percent publicly funded project’s Comprehensive Development Agreement, executed in October 2009, design-build is expected to deliver the final work in approximately half the time a traditional design-bid-build project would take. The Texas DOT is also delivering several large public-private partnerships using design-build. The DOT’s design-build successes encouraged the Texas Legislature to expand its design-build authority. Randy Redmond, Director of the Texas DOT’s Dallas/Fort Worth Strategic Project Office, accepted the award.

Established in 1993, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery. 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. Learn more about design-build, and DBIA’s certification and other programs at