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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
4/15/2013 12:00 AM
Anieca Lord
Region Relations Manager
Announcing the Second Annual Design-Build Student Competition

​Competition challenges the next generation of integrated design and construction professionals by mirroring best practices in design-build procurement and selection.

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, will put students to the test with a unique competition that will provide hands-on experience in what DBIA calls “design-build done right.”
Last year, 27 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. On November 8, during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo, these teams appeared before the national jury for 45-minute oral presentation/interviews, with Affinity Constructors of Washington State University prevailing as the DBIA’s inaugural Student Competition champions.
Reflecting on the final phase of the 2012 competition, Dennis Ashley, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA , the Institute’s Student/Academia Outreach Thought Leader, said, “It was exhilarating to witness the passion, enthusiasm and professionalism of the students as they verbalized their written response to the RFP. Experiencing their presentations was even more satisfying knowing that – unlike other competitions – they had completed a process based on DBIA best practices and one that mirrors a typical industry process of responding to a RFQ and then being shortlisting to three to receive and respond to a RFP.”
Students also appreciated participating in a reality-based process, one that they will perform again and again during their careers. Nichole Johnson, who led the winning team, told WSU News, "It has been exciting to put things we’ve learned into action in a real-world scenario.”
As was the case in 2012, this years’ competition will also take place in two phases – with an initial RFQ being issued to all registered teams on September 23, 2013. The three most qualified teams will be shortlisted. These teams will receive respond to the RFP with the winner selected during the Design-Build Conference and Expo being held Las Vegas Nevada, November 4-6.
Registration will be accepted from May 1 through September 9, 2013. Only registered teams will receive the RFQ on September 23, 2013. More information, including additional schedule milestones and student competition region structure, is available here​. To allow students to form the most competitive teams, pre-solicitation information, including presumed budget and program elements, is also posted.
This year, teams are asked to submit qualifications for a residence hall on a college campus in the United States. The residence hall will also house a Student Residential Academic Program (SRAC) and dining hall. The residence hall will be used during the summer months for various conferences and athletic summer camps. Facilities, programs and partnerships of faculty, staff and students need to be committed to supporting this living-learning environment. This will allow the further development of the SRAC, while also allowing a greater number of students to affordably live in close proximity to campus, which is a benefit to all academic programs on campus. The complete project scope and budget is being finalized and will be presented with the RFQ on September 23, 2013.
Students start your engines!