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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
10/12/2012 12:00 AM
Anieca Lord
Region Relations Manager
First Round of Inaugural National Design-Build Student Competition is Complete

Jury “shortlists” three teams to move to RFP phase of competition

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce that the first round of judging for the inaugural National Design-Build Student Competition has concluded. The three teams that will move on to the final phase of the competition are Milwaukee School of Engineering’s “Atlas Design & Construction,” Washington State University’s “Northwest Affinity Constructors” and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s “IS&D.” The winners were selected from nine teams that emerged as frontrunners at the regional level. The other teams were “Foresight Building” of Arizona of State University, “Cal Summit” of California State University, Chico, “DB Performance Partners” of University of Missouri, Kansas City, “Paulson Pittman Group” of Georgia Southern University, “Colorado Builders” of Colorado State University and “iBuild” of Penn State University.

DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. 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. Unlike other student competitions, DBIA’s design-build competition is designed to mirror best practices in design-build procurement by breaking the competition into a two-phase best value process in which the regional and national jury serves as the owner’s project team.

Phase 1, the request for qualifications phase, was conducted in late September when a general project description was issued for a hypothetical Performing Arts Center on a college campus in the United States. Teams of four students were required to provide their qualifications as well as a broad-based response to the statement, outlining their approach to meeting the owner’s goals which included performance and office spaces, screening rooms, lecture areas and classrooms and an aesthetic that, “Incorporates the historical, cultural and architecture of the college and community. “ Regional judges reviewed the submissions and moved the most responsive teams forward to the National Competition. Following DBIA best practices, the National Design-Build Student Competition jury shortlisted just the three teams above to respond to the request for proposals (RFP).

Phase 2 is slated to begin on October 15 when Atlas Design & Construction, Northwest Affinity Constructors and IS&D will receive the complete RFP from the National Jury. These three shortlisted teams will have just one week to respond in full to the RFP. The teams will present their complete packages in person to the National Jury on November 8. This 45-minute oral presentation/interview sessions will take place during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA. Composed of DBIA members, the following distinguished design and construction professionals are serving on the 2012 Design-Build Student Competition Jury: Dennis Ray Ashley, Chair, Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton Builders, Denver, CO; Patrick Crosby, SE, LEED AP, DBIA, President, Crosby Group, San Mateo, CA ; Greg Gidez, DBIA, AIA, LEED AP, Corporate Design Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Greeley, CO; Everette L. Herndon, Jr., P.E., DBIA, Building Construction Management Engineer, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA; Jim Pattee, DBIA, Vice President, Electrical Systems, M.C. Dean, Inc., Dulles, VA ; and Janet White, FAIA, Janet White Consulting, Washington, DC.

DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington, CAE, expressed appreciation to all of the student teams participating in the competition, noting, “DBIA’s goal is to familiarize future design-builders with best practices in design-build project delivery. Whether they work as practitioners in design and construction firms or lend their talents and training to owner agencies, these students will carry forward the best practices that achieve integration and create high expectations of project teams. These proven means and methods are at the heart of what DBIA calls ‘design build done right.’”