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Award FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions


 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Awards

DBIA’s Design-Build Project/Team Awards recognize exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals.
Please read through the following – the information represents the questions we receive most often. If you still have questions, contact for more information.
Questions answered (click on the question to go to the answer)

Q: Any suggestions for a successful entry?


  1. Read the criteria carefully. Make sure that you understand what is asked. If you don’t understand something, contact with your questions.
  2. Be specific. Answer the questions asked.
  3. Show off how design-build facilitated innovation and creative problem solving.
  4. Start early. The competition asks for a great deal of information and you’ll want to be able to have it compiled, reviewed and ready for the online entry before you start. A number of questions will require responses that, because they have a restriction on the amount of text, should be well thought out in advance. Also, review for spelling and grammar – it may or may not increase your chances of winning, but it helps assure that the summaries DBIA pulls from your entry will be coherent.
  5. Assemble a team – often, different people will be knowledgeable about different aspects of a project and have access to different materials.
  6. We’d suggest having someone not on the team review the information.
  7. Involve your marketing people – they may have valuable input. And, if you win, they can use that award in their materials to help your company get additional projects.
Q: Do we need to be a DBIA member to enter?
A: You do not need to be a member of DBIA to enter the competition. A number of non-members have won awards in the past.
Q: Who should submit the entry? Can several firms on the design-build team all enter?
A: We ask that only one entry for a project be submitted. Usually, the project is entered by the lead design-builder, although others, including the project owner, could submit instead.
Q: When will entries be due?
A: You must submit your application online through the online submission system by Wednesday, May 23, 2018. You may pay a $100 additional fee to extend the deadline to May 30, but we absolutely will not be extending the deadline beyond that.
Q: Is there a cost to enter?
A: The entry fee for DBIA Industry Partner (organizational) members is $475; for all others it is $775. We offer an extended deadline for an additional $100 for each project. To check and see if your company is an IP member, see our list.
Q: Can we submit our entry by mail?
A: No. The entry process is entirely online; no mailed entries will be accepted. This ensures that all entries are judged on the same information and gives the jury a chance to review projects via the online system
Q: What are the awards that can be won?

There are the National Awards of Merit (the top projects – usually up to three – in each category); and the National Awards of Excellence (the single best project in each category).

There are also the Excellence in Design (Architecture), the Excellence in Design (Engineering), the Excellence in Teaming and Excellence in Process Awards, all of which honor those projects that were outstanding in those specific aspects. And finally, the Project of the Year – the best of all the projects entered. It should be noted that the projects are judged against a standard and not against each other, therefore the jury may decide not to award any of the Excellence Awards.

Q: Can I enter a single project in more than one category?
A: No; you must choose one category for each project entered. However, if the jury believes the project belongs in a different category, they have the option of judging it in that category instead. The jury also reserves the right to combine categories.
Q: Can I enter a project more than once?
A: You can only enter a project once in any given year. However, you can enter the same project in more than one year, as long as its completion date is within the given time. There are numerous examples of projects that did not win the first year they were entered, but did win the next (usually because the submitter put together a more detailed entry the second time).
Q: So what is the time range? And how is that time calculated?
A: The project must be completed and owner-occupied or utilized after March 31, no more than three years before entry year (example: 2015 for 2018)​
Q: Can we enter more than one project?
A: You can enter as many projects as you wish in any given year. Each will have to be entered separately and separate entry fees paid.
Q: You’re asking for an extensive list of “team members” – what is it you’re looking for?

We would like to be able to list all the organizations that played a significant part in the project’s success. We list the team members on the DBIA website and publicize them in our magazine, DBIA’s Integration Quarterly, and in press releases. We ask that you use the full, formal name of those organizations so that we can list them correctly. There have been issues in the past that team members were either left off or their company names were not complete (i.e., “Smith Associates” rather than “Smith Associates Design-Build, Inc.”).


Q. You're asking for the names of team members who hold a Designated Design-Build Professional​ credential. How do I know if someone holds a credential?
​A The list - in alphabetical order - is here. It will be updated as new people achieve their credentials.​
Q: Wait, I thought the deadline was different – what’s up with that?
A: You may be thinking of a Regional award competition. Several of our Regions have their own competitions for projects in their geographic area. Please check our Region Map, which has links to the Regions' individual websites, to check and see if that is the case.