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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
10/21/2011 10:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Information and Public Relations
Pentagon Renovation Wins Best Overall Project Award from Design-Build Institute of America

UCSF Research Facility Wins Excellence in Design Award

(Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2011) The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) honored project excellence and industry leaders during its awards ceremony last night at the 2011 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the people and projects that have made design-build the fastest growing project delivery method in the U.S.,” said Lisa Washington, executive director of DBIA. “Not only have these winners stimulated innovation and highlighted sustainability, but they have raised the bar by achieving excellence in cost, schedule and quality.”

Design-builder Hensel Phelps Construction Co. won Best Overall Project for the Pentagon Renovation Program. Called the most complex renovation project in contemporary history, the renovation of Wedges 2-5 at the Pentagon updated 4 million square feet of space. Renovation included a state-of-the-art command center and required shifting 25,000 tenants around the building multiple times to allow for the renovation.

The first annual Excellence in Design award was presented to design-builder DPR Construction for the UCSF Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco, Calif. Constructed on the hillside of UCSF’s Parnassus Campus, the $123-million building houses facilities for medical and stem cell research and is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Walker Lee Evey won the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding leadership and promotion of the design-build method including his tenure as president of DBIA from 2004 until 2009. Evey served as program manager for the 10-year, $4 billion Pentagon Renovation Program, during which he championed the use of design-build to achieve cost savings of $100 million below budget and completion 14 months ahead of schedule, despite the September 11 attacks. He also fulfilled a promise to rebuild the damaged sections within one year of the attack on the Pentagon.

Winners were also named in 10 other design-build categories. For the complete listing of DBIA award winners, visit
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