2022 Federal Design-Build Symposium

July 26 - 27, 2022

Keynote

Tue, Jul 26 at 1:45 pm EDT
Keynote Address: Leadership, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Design and Construction.

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Overview

Deryl McKissack is the founder, chairwoman and chief executive officer of McKissack & McKissack, a national architecture, engineering, program- and construction-management firm currently working on over $15 billion in projects nationwide with 150 employees in several offices across the country. McKissack & McKissack is a continuation of the nation’s oldest African American design and construction firm.

Ms. McKissack will discuss her thoughts on leadership and the state of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in our industry, why DEI is good business and how strong leadership is key to achieving DEI goals, including a nuts-and-bolts discussion of methods and strategies.    Discussion Topics  How did you get started? How did you become the leader you are today?

  1. What is the state of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our industry? Is it your sense that the broader design and construction arena is doing better or worse than others with these challenges?
  2. How about specifically in the design-build community. We pride ourselves on being innovators, are we here too?
  3. How is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion good business? (Encouraging innovation, gaining different perspectives, growing the talent base, improving a company’s reputation)
  4. Good, dedicated leadership is so important to success. What can leadership – both Owner and Practitioner - be sure they do to improve DEI?
  5. Similar question on recruiting and working with MWDBEs? What are good leadership practices? (build long-term relationships, bonding assistance, prompt payment)
  6. What are strategies for effective mentoring both within an organization and between larger established organizations and MWDBEs?
  7. On MWDBE participation: What are the “dos” and “don’ts” in the RFP process when Owners are looking to incentivize MWDBE inclusion?
  8. What are some successful strategies being used to right-size scopes to enable participation of MWDBE firms?
  9. Jobsite harassment, bullying, even violence are real problems. What can leaders do? (Serious zero-tolerance policies that are communicated clearly and enforced)
  10. How can workforce education and training improve the situation? (Raising DEI awareness/benefits and improving/expanding worker skills)
Speaker(s)

Barbara C. Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA, Senior Vice President

Deryl McKissack, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of McKissack & McKissack

General Sessions

Tue, Jul 26 at 4:15 pm EDT
General Session: Behind the Scenes of an Award-Winning Federal Project

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As design-build advances, the right processes and people can result in extraordinary outcomes, and award-winning federal projects highlight that continual progression. As the market and the definition of excellence evolves, learn from an award-winning team and jury member about what goes into a successful project. Hear from representatives of a 2021 DBIA Federal project winners how the team worked together, how design-build was instrumental in their success and what lessons they learned to help others achieve similar success.

Speaker(s)

Stella S. Fiotes, AIA, DBIA, Executive Director, Office of Construction & Facilities Management, (Retired)

Matthew A. Meeks,

Josh Gaghen, PE, SE, DBIA,

Thomas Shelton, FAIA, LEED A, Regional Government + Defense Practice Area Leader; Senior Associate

Joel Barron, PE,

Francis Merenda,

Wed, Jul 27 at 8:00 am EDT
General Session: Delivering Infrastructure - Challenges and Opportunities

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As markets - particularly the Federal construction market - heat up, more and more Federal owners are turning to design-build to meet the infrastructure implementation challenge and deliver innovative project solutions. This panel of senior Federal agency leaders will discuss why they chose design-build to deliver their projects and what the implementation strategies have included at their agency.

Speaker(s)

Laura Stagner, FAIA, PMP, DBIA, GSA Public Buildings Service, Office of Project Delivery (Retired)

Kenneth Simmons, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,

Michael D. Brennan, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, Executive Director

Dave Triplett, Procurement Unit Chief

Robert "Skip" Vaughn, SES, Chief Facilities Management Officer

Cory Anderson, Director, Center for Construction Excellence

Emily Beardall,

Wed, Jul 27 at 1:00 pm EDT
General Session: Design-Build Done Right is Key

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There are several critical decisions to be made when delivering a successful Federal infrastructure project. Understanding Design-Build Done Right© - including design-build best practices -- is the key to making the right decisions. Implementing Design-Build Done Right© - including implementing techniques -- is the next step in assuring a project is on a path to success. This session of senior Federal agency officials will dive into how those DBIA best practices are actually used and dissect crucial lessons learned.

Speaker(s)

Robert P Rizzieri, MS, PE, PMP, CCM, DBIA, Fellow ASCE

Richard J. Formella, PMP, DBIA, CPPO, President

Ross A. Davidson, DBIA, Assoc. AIA, FHFI, Associate Executive Director, Office of Facilities Planning (OFP)

Andrew Keirn, CCM, FAC-P/PM, Assoc. DBIA,

Cory Anderson, Director, Center for Construction Excellence

Eugene (Gene) Morisani, Program Manager

Jonathan Rau, RA, Architecture and Design-Build Criteria Manager

Douglas G. Nichols, PE,

Richard Shelton, PE, DBIA, CHC,

Track 1: Opening the Door to Design-Build

Tue, Jul 26 at 3:00 pm EDT
Administering An Integrated Design-Build Contract

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Your Agency has selected your Design-Build Team/Partner – now what? What are the unique aspects of administering an integrated Design-Build Contract? This session will discuss the DBIA post-award best practices to include: the Design-After-Award process (Designing to BUILD as opposed to Designing to BID); Risk Assessment Summary; Design Management Process (Who has QA/QC in Design-Build?); Dispelling Myths in the Execution Phase; Structuring a Formal Partnering Process; Early Warning Signs of Potential Claims & Disputes.

Speaker(s)

Craig H. Unger, FDBIA, Principal

Wed, Jul 27 at 9:30 am EDT
NIST - Design-Build: Keeping an Open Mind

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NIST has found success with design-build through up-front environmental planning, multiple acquisition strategies and transparency through collaboration. Lessons learned from two current projects, one in Gaithersburg, MD, and one in Boulder, CO, will support other Federal agencies developing DB requirements and managing team member and stakeholder expectations through continuous communication and feedback.

Speaker(s)

Andrew Keirn, CCM, FAC-P/PM, Assoc. DBIA,

Phillip Neuberg, FAIA, Federal Preservation Officer

Robert Elliott, PMP, CCM, PSP,

Ben Bullock,

Wed, Jul 27 at 10:45 am EDT
Major Construction Program Design-Build Planning, Acquisition, and Execution Strategy Development

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Three panelists from the Office of Construction and Facilities Management representing the Planning, Acquisition and Execution functions will discuss how they established the Design-Build IDIQ for VA’s Major Construction Program at CFM. This session will explain the design-build multiple award contract vehicle, the process in developing the planned design-build IDIQ scheduled for solicitation in FY22, market research results and the strategy to implement a design-build IDIQ for a major construction program.

Speaker(s)

Thomas Kurmel, DDES, AIA, DBIA, FHFI, President

Zebulon Fox, Associate Executive Director

Ross A. Davidson, DBIA, Assoc. AIA, FHFI, Associate Executive Director, Office of Facilities Planning (OFP)

Christopher Castle, Associate Executive Director, Office of Design and Construction

Wed, Jul 27 at 2:30 pm EDT
Case Study of Design-Build Nationwide MATOC for Small Projects in Remote Areas

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The presentation will discuss the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s approach to implementing a DB MATOC in response to Great American Outdoors Act with a 40% small business participation goal. Lessons learned in solicitation preparation for small business in 50 states, evaluation, and award of 200 proposals, a “plug and play” performance specification system to standardize task order scope development, and tools for price proposal evaluation and risk assessment will be covered.


Speaker(s)

Douglas Gransberg, PE, PhD, DBIA,

Shannon Blackburn,

Marjorie Chiles, P.E.,

Wed, Jul 27 at 3:45 pm EDT
Inside Scoop on How to Develop an Effective, Efficient Acquisition Strategy

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To produce mission-effective, life-cycle efficient campuses/facilities, Federal agencies must be shrewd, use resources wisely and carefully consider alternatives. When design-build is selected, agencies must make traditional design decisions up front. Three of the best tools are a comprehensive Master Plan, campus/base standards and a CCD. These tools can reduce initial costs, life-cycle costs, design costs and change orders. Learn to use these tools to create an acquisition strategy with NIST and Langley examples.


Speaker(s)

Paula Loomis, , PhD, FAIA, FSAME, RA, AICP, LEED AP, SAP, Colonel USAF (Retired),

Tricia Kessler, AICP,

Robert "Skip" Vaughn, SES, Chief Facilities Management Officer

Travis Willer, AICP,

Lyndsey Deaton, PhD, RA, AICP, PMP, LEED GA, Senior Architect and Planner

Track 2: Embracing and Optimizing Design-Build

Tue, Jul 26 at 3:00 pm EDT
Success Through Partnering & Design Build Delivery

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Security Agency and design-build partners have just completed this complex project addressing ever-evolving national security threats during a pandemic while meeting deadlines. Learn how the commitment to partnering and adhering to design-build best practices assured this key success.

Speaker(s)

Mike Fisher,

Kevin Schoch, P.E., PMP, East Campus Program Manager

Nicole Coates, Senior Project Manager

Wed, Jul 27 at 9:30 am EDT
Embodied Carbon in Federal Construction

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Overview

Sustainability goals and design-build innovation go hand-in-hand. With the Federal government encouraging sustainable solutions, this session will examine new techniques agencies such as GSA are exploring and utilizing including innovations such as the mass timber construction in Federal buildings, its use and ongoing study. 

Speaker(s)

Lance Davis, LEED Fellow, MSU Fellow,

Momo Sun, PE, Peng,

Anica Landreneau,

Fernando Arias,

Max Puchtel,

Colin Lobo,

Wed, Jul 27 at 10:45 am EDT
Four Perspectives: Managing Risk Trends in Federal Design-Build

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This panel will discuss and present perspectives from the A/E, design-builder, attorney and construction consultant views on managing the evolving risk trends in Federal design-build. These panelists have worked together on Federal design-build projects for 15 years, from proposal through punch list, and will present how each of their respective positions has evaluated and managed the evolving design-build risks and then integrated those strategies into a successful procurement team.

Speaker(s)

Sean Dowsing, J.D., DBIA, Attorney

Evan Grant, Senior Counsel, Major Projects Group

Ryan Danielson,

Pete Fowler,

Wed, Jul 27 at 2:30 pm EDT
Owner Acquisition Strategy and Approach – From the Design-Builder’s Perspective

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Overview

With the roll out of the federal transportation funding program, this presentation provides insight from the Design-Build Team perspective on procurement best practices. Owners should consider a variety of factors in an alternative delivery model: basis for using alternative delivery, level of development of an RFP design, use of Alternative Technical Concepts, use of allowances, engagement with prospective bidders, etc., in order to generate interest from well qualified teams and a fair, competitive bidding environment.


Speaker(s)

Keith Sabol, PE,

Jeffrey Roby, P.E., DBIA, Assistant State Engineer-Alternative Project Delivery Division

Dave Mahoney, PE, Executive vice President, Transportation Engineer

Wed, Jul 27 at 3:45 pm EDT
Supporting Equity in Federal Contracts: Effective DBE Program Practices in Design-Build

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Overview

The FHWA Office of Civil Rights has researched market-ready best practices of the DBE Program in the context of a design-build project and compiled findings in a handbook, “DBE Program Administration and Oversight on Projects with Alternative Contracting Methods.” This presentation will share practices from the handbook to assure efficient, effective and equitable integration of the DBE program in design-build contracting from project conception to completion.


Speaker(s)

Christine Thorkildsen, BS, CEE,