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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
11/24/2009 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director of Public Relations
shines@dbia.org
202-682-0110
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Issues New Mission and Values Statement

Members reaffirm commitment to Design-Build process while expanding mission to include research and evaluation of other integrated delivery methods.


Washington, DC, November 5, 2009 – At their 2009 annual conference in Washington, DC, DBIA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of a new vision, mission and values statement that expands the organization’s original and exclusive focus on design-build project delivery to include objective evaluation and education in other integrated delivery methods. DBIA, however, maintains its position that design-build is the original and optimal form of integrated delivery. The complete text of the approved document is available at www.dbia.org.

When DBIA was founded in 1993, design-build was just emerging as a significant force in the design and construction industry. Since then, the Washington, DC, based Institute has established a network of regions and chapters throughout the U.S. that link all participants in the design-build process — owners and design and construction practitioners. Through DBIA’s efforts, legislation authorizing design-build in the public sector has been passed in all but one state and the Design-Build Institute of America has become the center of expertise for integrated design-build project delivery — advocating best practices, creating and disseminating educational information and furnishing advice and support to facility owners and users.

Rank-and-file members used an audience response system to weigh in on the Institute’s refined direction. DBIA members responded positively to the new vision, mission and values statement. Throughout the three-day conference, members displayed badges with the slogan, “Integration Is Our Foundation.”

“Because the DBIA Board of Directors is composed of owners and practitioners actively engaged in design-build project delivery, it is no surprise that the leadership and members share a definitive perspective on the future of the Institute,” said Lisa Washington, DBIA’s Executive Director. “We feel fortunate that during a time when other design and construction organizations are struggling to move forward, DBIA members and leaders are coalescing around a singular vision.”

The 2010 Board of Directors reflects the organization’s commitment to engaging the full spectrum of owners and design and construction professionals. Approved during the membership luncheon, the incoming Executive Committee of the Board consists of: an owner, Chairman John Young, President, American Water; an architect, Vice Chairman Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP, Corporate Design Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; a construction company executive, Treasurer Robert Nartonis, Senior Vice President, M.A. Mortenson Company; and an engineer, Member-at-Large Barbara Wagner, PE, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Clark Construction Group, Western Region. DBIA’s 2009 chairman, Tom Porter, DBIA, Tom Porter Services, LLC, will continue to serve the executive committee as Immediate Past Chair.
 

“DBIA members agree that design-build is the original and optimal integrated project delivery method, yet we remain open to technological and process-oriented advances in project delivery,” said 2010 DBIA Chair John Young of the new vision, mission, and values statement. “Our shared vision reflects a fundamental commitment to consistently improving and further integrating the design and construction delivery process for the successful integrated delivery of capital projects.”
 
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 headquarters in Washington, DC, and network of chapters throughout the U.S., 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.
Web site www.dbia.org
Phone (202) 682-0110