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Leadership Awards


 Now Accepting Nominations for 2018

​The growth and proven success of design-build would not be possible without industry leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right. Whether in the classroom, within legislatures or out  ​in the field, it is those individuals who believe in the value and benefits of design-build that have transformed the industry. DBIA invites you to nominate a colleague for recognition of their leadership in the design-build industry.


Nominations Due July 10th, 2018


Congratulations to DBIA’s 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award Winners!

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Legislator
Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo  

It’s impossible to talk about design-build in New York without talking about its biggest champion, Governor Andrew Cuomo. Thanks to his leadership, there are many high-profile design-build projects across the state of New York demonstrating to the entire nation the cost and time efficiencies that come with design-build. Whether it’s the former Tappan Zee (now named the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge), the Javits Center or the Kosciuszko bridge, Andrew Cuomo has led an infrastructure renaissance with design-build authority at the helm. In a state that’s been historically slow to adopt design-build, the Governor has remained a steadfast supporter and with each successful project has elevated the conversation making it impossible to ignore – design-build delivers in New York and with full authority could bring even more success to the state’s impressive infrastructure renaissance.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Owner
Timothy Pullen, Assoc. DBIA​
Manager, Alternative Project Delivery
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Timothy Pullen  

The Port Authority of New Jersey and New York is tasked with maintaining some of the nation’s most recognizable infrastructure located in the one of the nation’s most densely populated areas. Despite being one of only a handful of states with limited authority, the Port Authority is none-the-less reshaping the landscape in New York and New Jersey using design-build for very notable projects. As the Port Authority’s Manager of Alternative Project Delivery, Timothy Pullen has been a vocal and effective advocate for the Authority’s use of design-build on vital projects including; the four billion dollar central terminal at LaGuardia Airport, the Goethals Bridge replacement and the redevelopment of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award - Faculty
Mounir El Asmar
Co-director, National Center of Excellence in SMART Innovations
Arizona State University

Mounir El Asmar  

A professor in Arizona State’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Mounir El Asmar is ahead of his time when it comes to teaching design-build. He teaches undergraduate students, graduate students, and even industry professionals about the effectiveness and efficiency of design-build through a research focus on design-build performance. He is the founder of the DBIA student chapter at ASU, and has coached students in DBIA national competitions. Dr. El Asmar is a true champion of alternative delivery methods, and has worked with national foundations and committees to help teams employ their most effective methods for project delivery. His research benchmarks design-build performance, and assists the industry in making decisions selecting and using design-build.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Industry Professional
Brian A. Walsh
President, CEO
The Collage Companies

Brian Walsh  

Since completing his firm’s first design-build project in 1982, Brian Walsh has been an unwavering proponent of design-build project delivery and has been consistently engaged with DBIA for almost 20 years. One of the founding members of DBIA’s Florida Region, he has served multiple positions on the region’s Board and has been a member of national committees and Boards for DBIA over the past decade. Brian has used the integrated team approach combined with DBIA’s single source responsibility to provide service and solutions to faith-based and socially minded organizations which best allowed him to fulfill his corporate mission “to build projects that strengthen the foundation and fabric of our communities.” His career can best be described as using design-build principles as a way to give back his time and talents to his community.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Young Professional
Monica Blanchard
Project Manager
Manson Construction Co.

Monica Blanchard  

A consummate, pragmatic professional, Monica promotes the tenets of the design-build project delivery model with an unwavering commitment to open, honest communication, transparency and finding a better way. Representing the “build” side of design-build, Monica quickly rose to a leadership role at Manson Construction, serving as project manager and supervisor on design-build projects across the Pacific Northwest. One of her notable projects was serving as a Superintendent on the $700 million Design-Build Evergreen Point Floating Bridge project which won a 2016 DBIA National Excellence in Design Engineering Award. The success of the design-build model relies heavily on providing a clear understanding of the goals and expectations of all parties involved, and the ability to lead all team members towards those goals and expectations – all of which is exemplified by Blanchard.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Student
Hunter Brown
Student President of DBIA-UA Chapter
University of Arizona

Hunter Brown  

Student leadership is important to foster the growth of future design-build professionals, and Hunter Brown is a prime example of what that student leadership can do. Hunter has been a champion of design-build in many ways during his undergraduate career. He helped found the DBIA Student Chapter at the University of Arizona and was a team leader during the university’s first-ever entry in DBIA’s National Student Competition in 2016. As DBIA Student Chapter president he has promoted design-build delivery by encouraging his peers to enter design-build competitions and building the DBIA Student Chapter at Arizona. Hunter’s demonstrated commitment to the design-build delivery method is making an impact now and positioning him for a successful career in the design-build industry.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award – Owner
Julie Meredith
Program Administrator, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program
Washington State Department of Transportation

Julie Meredith  

As Program Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, Julie Meredith has been instrumental in the development of multiple design-build projects that are reconstructing a vulnerable and vital urban highway connecting Seattle and the growing cities east of Lake Washington. The Program’s ongoing progress is owed in large measure to Julie’s technical, managerial and community-engagement skills, and her dogged determination to obtain results. Julie’s leadership helped deliver community consensus, permits and funding for a megaproject spanning eight local jurisdictions, multiple congressional and legislative districts, historic neighborhoods, tribal fishing grounds, and sensitive natural areas. Julie’s commitment to design-build contracting has produced many notable innovations that reduced both costs and schedule.​


 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award


The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows. It is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Each recipient of this award has demonstrated originality, vision and breadth over the course of their professional life. In addition, each has dedicated 25 years or more of strong and well-documented commitment to design-build project delivery.


Congratulations to our​ 2017 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roger Johnson!

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Roger Johnson has pioneered the use of design-build throughout his career, managing his first design-build project in 1990. He was instrumental in the formation of CDM Engineers and Constructors, the design-build component of CDM Inc. and since coming to the City of Los Angeles has pioneered the use of design-build in the city. Roger delivered the first design-build project in the history of the City of Los Angeles with the $240 million Central Utility Plant project and the city’s first progressive design-build project, the $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse. Roger’s tenacity, courage and advocacy for the use of design-build on some of the largest, most complex projects in the country have contributed to the expanded use of design-build on the west coast and across the nation.

For the past nine years Roger has been the Program Manager of the largest capital development program in the history of the City of Los Angeles, the LAX Development Program. Under his leadership, LAWA currently has over $1 billion of design-build work being performed and approximately $5 billion of capital construction under procurement using design-build as the delivery method.

For 27 years, Roger Johnson has been a strong advocate for design-build and has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of Design-Build Done Right™ on both the regional and national levels. His colleagues praise his ability to look at the impact of project decisions from a multitude of perspectives: owner, design professional, contractor, community, political impacts, labor and the overall betterment of society. These talents have made him an industry leader who uses innovation, fairness and balanced implementation of design-build project delivery with a high demand for performance, design excellence and accountability on some of the nation’s most high-profile projects. We are proud to present Roger Johnson with DBIA’s highest honor.





 Past Winners


 Transportation Leadership Awards

​DBIA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Transportation Leadership Awards