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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
11/16/2012 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Public Relations and Information
The Results are in: First Annual Design-Build Student Competition

Washington State University takes first place, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is second and Milwaukee School of Engineering ranks third in national competition.

Emerging design-build professionals turned out in stellar fashion for the Design-Build Institute of America’s inaugural Design-Build Student Competition. As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA, through collaboration between the organization’s 14 regions and national headquarters, put students to the test with a unique competition that mirrors best practices in design-build procurement.

Twenty-seven teams responded to the initial Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued in September which focused on a hypothetical Performing Arts Center on a college campus. Three teams were shortlisted to proceed to Phase 2, with one week to respond in full to the RFP.

The owner’s goals for the project included performance and office spaces, screening rooms, lecture areas and classrooms and an aesthetic that “Incorporates the historical, cultural and architectural context of the college and community.“

On November 8, during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo, the top three teams appeared before the national jury for 45-minute oral presentations/interviews. With conference attendees packing the room to watch their performance, the teams described their proposed design and construction solutions – including budget and schedule – and answered a battery of questions from the jury. Acting as the “Owner’s Team” the jury tested the students' knowledge of DBIA best practices and their ability to respond quickly and creatively to potential changes in budget, scope and schedule. The jury, composed of seasoned owner, architect, engineer, general and specialty contractor members, provided students with a window on the pre-award design-build delivery process.

The jury announced the following ranking of the shortlisted teams on November 9:

First place: Affinity Constructors of Washington State University
Team members: Nicole Johnson, Eric Wier, Joshua Thompson, Ryan Garris
Faculty Advisor: David E. Gunderson, PhD, CPC, DBIA
Second Place: Integrated Sustainable Designs (IS&D) of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Team members: David Warneke, Hilary Thomas. Kelsey Westendorf, Joshua King
Faculty Advisor: Barbara J. Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA
Third Place: Atlas Design & Construction of the Milwaukee School of Engineering
Team members: Evan Crayford, Meghan Scanlan, Matt Graziano, Blake Gleason
Faculty Advisor: Robert Lemke, AIA, LEED AP

DBIA congratulates the winners, as well as members of all 27 competing teams. “The future of design-build as well as our industry is in good hands,” said Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director. “These universities are teaching students early on about the important role of team integration and collaboration in successful project delivery, preparing them for a bright future.”