Design-Build Delivers

Design-Build Delivers

This is a show about the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry’s fastest-growing and most successful delivery method – design-build. We’ll talk to design-build pros, Owners and successful teams about the best ways to harness the power of design-build to deliver the nation’s most innovative, collaborative, time and cost-efficient projects. As we enter a new infrastructure era, design-build will help lead a national infrastructure renaissance, one community and one project at a time.


May 17, 2023 27 mins

Since the initial release of DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right® Universal Best Practices in 2014, both design-build and the construction, architecture and engineering (AEC) industry at large have seen significant evolution. To reflect those changes and provide room for continued growth, DBIA has released an update to the Best Practices, available now in the DBIA Bookstore. 

The 2023 update was informed by extensive research and the var...

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As the use of design-build continues to grow, Owners are looking for design-build certified teams to deliver their projects. Practitioners are also looking for design-build certified team members. DBIA certification has never been more valuable than it is today. 

It’s no surprise that this increasing demand has led to rapid growth in the number of DBIA® and Assoc. DBIA® credential holders. There were more than 6,300 credential holde...

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So, you’ve done the hard work as a team and delivered a design-build project to be proud of. Now what? Now is the time to share your success by entering that project in DBIA’s 2023 Design-Build Project/Team Awards. 
 In this podcast episode, long-time DBIA awards jury chair Barbara Jackson, 

gives us a look inside the jury deliberation process and what it takes to be a DBIA award-winning project. 


Barbara J. Jackson, ...

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As a long-time supporter of the Charles Pankow Foundation, DBIA is excited to share the news about new design-build tools they’ll release in 2023. First is the online Project Delivery Assessment Tool, which allows Owners to assess their ability to deliver projects using design-build. As we all know, design-build is only as successful as the Owners who implement it, and this tool serves as a mirror for Owners to investigate their ab...

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In 1993, some of the industry’s giants gathered in Washington, D.C., to talk about the need for a new organization dedicated to educating the nation and teaching design, construction and engineering professionals about design-build. This year DBIA celebrates its 30th Anniversary and the incredible achievements we’ve seen over those decades. 

In this episode of Design-Build Delivers, DBIA’s National Board Chair, Deb Sheehan, and DBIA...

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  • Richard Standiford, DBIA, California Department of General Services Project Manager
  • Jim Hull, DBIA - Turner Construction Project Executive
  • Tammy Jow, DBIA – AC Martin Project Designer 

Meet DBIA’s 2022 National Design-Build Project of the Year. DBIA’s panel of jurors agreed that this project stood out among a large field of impressive design-build projects. Being named a DBIA national award winner is challenging. Bein...

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November 16, 2022 31 mins
As design-build use continues to grow nationwide, delivering nearly half of all construction dollars, so does the need for well-trained design-build Owners and teams. We know that design-build is only as successful as the Owners who implement it, so it’s vital that Owners understand the basics of Design-Build Done Right® best practices. The role of the Owner Advisor has developed over the years as increasing project complexities ha...

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Each year, design-build advocates across the nation and in the halls of Congress work to ensure that states and federal agencies have full access to design-build to deliver their projects. That authority has never been more important as we rebuild in the post-Covid environment and launch a new infrastructure reinvestment era. DBIA’s advocacy team continues to lead that effort to educate lawmakers and advocate for expansive design-b...

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September 20, 2022 32 mins
DBIA’s contract documents have been the go-to resource for America’s design-build teams for years. Now, with important 2022 updates available, these timely and customizable documents are ready to help teams face the challenges of today’s marketplace. Design-build is continually evolving, so it’s vital that teams implement Design-Build Done Right® throughout every phase of the project, increasing the likelihood of success. In today’...

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Providing a reliable and resilient energy flow to America’s communities has been increasingly challenging. Climate change has tasked many systems while usage also continues to rise. In today’s episode of Design-Build Delivers, we talk to two green building experts, Kevin Hydes and Sam Brooks, about the imperative to rebuild our power grid for the future, making it more resilient to the impacts of climate change while increasing acc...

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As we move into the second half of 2022, implementation of historic federal infrastructure investment is underway. Agencies and industry alike are getting new information and details almost daily on how the roughly $1.2 trillion will be distributed nationwide. 4,300 projects are underway in 3,200 communities nationwide with $110 billion in funding allocated. But even as programs become more clearly defined, there are still challeng...

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Resilient design and construction is all about finding solutions to deliver longevity, innovation, and adaptability in our projects. Successful resiliency programs can be as unique as the projects they’ll deliver; however, good resiliency programs have some essential elements. In this episode of Design-Build Delivers, DBIA’s VDC Director Brian Skripac talks to USCAD’s Troy Gates and Ryan Colker from the International Code Council a...

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It’s that time of the year when university students in design and construction programs nationwide prepare to compete in DBIA’s annual Design-Build Student Competition. This event provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to show off their skills while meeting design-build industry leaders one-on-one. So, what makes a championship design-build student team? In this episode of Design-Build Delivers, the impressive competitor...

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April 14, 2022 22 mins
Whether you’re back in the office, working remotely, or both, organizations continue to rethink how they manage a constantly changing COVID environment. For design-build teams tasked to create efficient, sustainable and flexible office space – innovation is more important than ever. In this episode of Design-Build Delivers, we talk to one design-build team who successfully met that challenge to rethink the office space and deliver ...

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The passage of historic infrastructure investment brings tremendous opportunities for the design-build industry, communities, and the entire nation as we make once-in-a-generation improvements to America’s aging infrastructure. What is the state of infrastructure investment implementation and how can the design-build team prepare for what’s ahead? Those issues and so much more will fuel next month’s Design-Build for Water/Wastewate...

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The digital transformation now underway in our industry will transform the way we work and deliver design-build projects. But the successful use of virtual design and construction is about far more than just software and tech tools. In this episode, VDC Directors, Brian Skripac with DBIA and Alex Belkofer with McCarthy, talk about the importance of having the right people and processes in place to capture the full value of virtual ...

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They say information is power and that’s why DBIA is committed to bringing design-build teams the latest research and data to help drive your business decisions. As we begin 2022, with historic infrastructure investment on the way, it’s especially important that our design-build industry and Owners understand the marketplace today and into the future. In this episode of “Design-Build Delivers” we get a detailed look at design-build...

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What makes a DBIA national project/team award winner? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. Our jurors will tell you that as design-build grows exponentially, so has the innovation and impressive work being delivered by project teams nationwide. At the heart of all national design-build award-winning projects is the successful use of Design-Build Done Right® to deliver triple bottom-line results. But this year’s Design-Buil...

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America’s design-build teams continue to deliver some of the most innovative, resilient, cost and time-efficient projects in the nation. Whether it’s a huge multi-million-dollar infrastructure project or a small community center, these national design-build winners show how the industry is changing the way America builds – even during a pandemic.This year’s award winners share a number of things in common that make them the best of...

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As we enter a new phase in our COVID-19 recovery, the issues facing employers and employees alike have shifted. While safety remains a top concern, the wide availability of a vaccine has many organizations questioning how/when to return to the workforce in full force. As some sense of normalcy returns, there are legitimate legal questions and challenges for employers. Including, can vaccines be mandated for workers returning to the...

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