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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
11/16/2009 12:00 AM
Mihisha Henderson
Director, Education Logistics
Design-Build Institute of America Offers Two New Courses in 2010

Design-Build and Sustainability and Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process introduced at Annual Design-Build Conference

Washington, DC, November 4, 2009 — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) introduced two new advanced courses that teach how to integrate sustainability into design-build construction projects and how to guide design-build projects during the post-award period. Sustainable design and construction project management have become driving parameters on many of today’s construction projects. Many project owners require that new construction contribute to a triple bottom line — economic, ecological and social — satisfying an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational success. The ability to successfully integrate the team is critical to maximizing the sustainable potential of the project and achieving high performance in a logical, practical, cost effective manner. Both courses are applicable to DBIA’s certification and continuing education requirements and can be applied toward other professional certification and licensure programs, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education program.

Design-Build and Sustainability

This two-day course assumes the student has a basic knowledge of all of the delivery methods and preferably has taken the Fundamentals of Project Delivery course offered by DBIA. At the end of this course the attendee will be able to: Explain the interrelationship of the design-build delivery method and sustainability using the collaborative process; define and document green (sustainable) project goals from all partners using various methods; understand contractual and risk management issues specifically related to sustainability and design-build; and set up measurable tracking tools to monitor the success of the design-build sustainable project. This course will be offered three times in 2010.

Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process

This two-day course is aimed at practitioners who have taken DBIA’s core courses and are ready to gain a thorough understanding of managing the design-build process. It will provide an overview of the construction and design-build contract management processes that are important as the construction phase ramps up. Attendees will discuss typical project schedules, possible risk areas and ways to avoid delays. Instructors will discuss the design/construction interface and the responsibilities of each party in a design-build contract. In addition, the course includes a basic overview of the commissioning, testing and turnover phase of work. This course will be offered four times in 2010.

Studies increasingly show that design-build and other forms of integrated design and construction facilitate high-performance building and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. Sustainable, High Performance Projects and Project Delivery Methods: A State of Practice Report, the initial findings of a DBIA/Pankow Foundation report released in September, show that integrated delivery methods are superior in achieving or exceeding LEED certification goals and that procurement procedure also have an impact on the level of sustainability achieved. For more information on that study, visit

A catalog of DBIA’s complete schedule of courses will be available on in mid-November.
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 regions 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.