2021 Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

2021 Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference (Full conference package)

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 Design-Build Owner Panel Discussion As the country rebounds from COVID-19, a recession and hope that a vaccine can help regain normalcy, what are the significant topics affecting the national design-build and P3 markets in Transportation in 2021. This will be a candid discussion with public sector managers to discuss topics that they anticipate will be affecting the DB transportation market and broader reaching impacts to the industry.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    Design-Build Owner Panel Discussion
    As the country rebounds from COVID-19, a recession and hope that a vaccine can help regain normalcy, what are the significant topics affecting the national design-build and P3 markets in Transportation in 2021. This will be a candid discussion with public sector managers to discuss topics that they anticipate will be affecting the DB transportation market and broader reaching impacts to the industry.

    Jeffrey Roby, P.E., DBIA

    Assistant State Engineer-Alternative Project Delivery Division

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    Mr. Roby is currently serving as the Assistant State Engineer APD (Alternative Project Delivery Division) for the Virginia Department of Transportation where he supervises staff to develop policies and procedures to the ensure consistent application and timely delivery of VDOT’s statewide Design-Build Program.  

    Mr. Roby Joined the Department of Transportation in 2006 bringing over 20 years of experience in the design, analysis, and inspection of highway bridge structures.  He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.  Mr. Roby is also a licensed professional engineer, DBIA certified and serves on the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) Design-Build Committee.

    Brian Barth, P.E.

    Deputy District Engineer

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Brian R. Barth is a Deputy District Engineer with the TXDOT.

    Christopher Gaskins, PE, PG, DBIA

    Preconstruction Design-Build Engineer

    South Carolina Department of Transportation

    Chris Gaskins, PE, PG, DBIA – Chris Gaskins is the Preconstruction Design-Build Engineer for the South Carolina Department of Transportation where he leads an innovative, 13-engineer group that oversees the delivery of statewide design-build projects. 

    A recent accomplishment of the Group is the development and implementation of the Design-Build Procurement Manual, of which Mr. Gaskins facilitated the process. Chris is a recipient of DBIA’s 2018 Transportation Leadership Award. 

    He is a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional along with every member of the SCDOT Preconstruction Design-Build Group. Additionally, Mr. Gaskins co-chairs a transportation design-build subcommittee that is a partnership between SCDOT, ACEC-SC, and CAGC and chairs the steering committee for an “SCDOT Design-Build Effectiveness and Efficiency” research project.

    Bryan Pennington

    Deputy Chief Program Management Officer

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    James Avitabile, PE, DBIA

    Vice President - Strategic Initiatives Leader

    RS&H

    RS&H Vice President Jim Avitabile is a national leader in design-build project delivery, having worked extensively to develop a design-build practice at RS&H that includes a successful portfolio of design-build projects. He has 42 years of experience directing and participating in programming, planning, and design efforts on a variety of complex roadway, limited-access highway, bridge, toll road interchange, rail, transit facilities, multi-use trails, and recreation facility projects. 

    Jim has worked with many agencies who are experienced with design-build and P3 project models to help refine and improve upon their program procedures, including TxDOT, MDOT, ConnDOT, and VDOT. 

    Jim currently serves as the DBIA’s Transportation and Aviation Markets Committee Chair, a position that he has held since 2012. Under his leadership, DBIA drafted the first Transportation Sector Best Design-Build Practices documents. Jim has been actively involved in the DBIA national conferences, including serving as a speaker or moderator for numerous sessions."

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 This session will examine latest legislative and policy developments on the Biden Administration and Congress’s vow to pass an aggressive infrastructure package. Panelists will discuss the contents of the President’s proposal and how they compare/contrast with proposals coming from Congress. Attendees will get the latest information on the status of the package(s), their likelihood of passage into law, what challenges remain, including funding sources (if any), political concerns/realities, and what opportunities there might be for the transportation and aviation markets. The panel will also discuss prioritizing funding to achieve sustainability, and diversity and inclusion goals as well as “shovel ready” projects. Further, attendees will learn the latest on the status of a long-term reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs, likely timing and any specific challenges that process is facing. Objectives: 1. Attendees will get up to date information on the details of the Biden Administration and Congress’ work on a national infrastructure package, including what types of infrastructure are being targeted for funding and how much funding may be authorized. 2. Attendees will get an understanding of the policy issues being debated in an infrastructure financing package, including potential climate change and diversity and inclusion provisions. 3. Attendees will get up to date information on the status and timing of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization process. 4. Attendees will get up to date information on the political challenges, likelihood and the timing of consideration/passage of a national infrastructure package.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    This session will examine latest legislative and policy developments on the Biden Administration and Congress’s vow to pass an aggressive infrastructure package.  Panelists will discuss the contents of the President’s proposal and how they compare/contrast with proposals coming from Congress. Attendees will get the latest information on the status of the package(s), their likelihood of passage into law, what challenges remain, including funding sources (if any), political concerns/realities, and what opportunities there might be for the transportation and aviation markets. The panel will also discuss prioritizing funding to achieve sustainability, and diversity and inclusion goals as well as “shovel ready” projects. Further, attendees will learn the latest on the status of a long-term reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs, likely timing and any specific challenges that process is facing.

    Objectives:

    1. Attendees will get up to date information on the details of the Biden Administration and Congress’ work on a national infrastructure package, including what types of infrastructure are being targeted for funding and how much funding may be authorized.

    2. Attendees will get an understanding of the policy issues being debated in an infrastructure financing package, including potential climate change and diversity and inclusion provisions.

    3. Attendees will get up to date information on the status and timing of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization process.

    4. Attendees will get up to date information on the political challenges, likelihood and the timing of consideration/passage of a national infrastructure package.

    Michele Nellenbach

    Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

    Bipartisan Policy Center

    Michele Nellenbach is vice president of BPC’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining BPC, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda and activities on issues related to energy, environment, and agriculture. She began her Capitol Hill career in the office of former Senator Frank Murkowski and then joined the staff of former Representative Nancy Johnson. Her career on the Hill concluded after more than six years working for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    Nellenbach earned a master’s degree in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. She served as a Stennis Fellow during the 109th Congress.

    Marshall Macomber

    President

    ThinkP3

    Marshall Macomber is AIAI’s Senior Policy Advisor and President of ThinkP3, where he brings his deep knowledge of Federal policy, the legislative process, and political communications to help grow the P3 marketplace. Macomber has served in government for over twelve years in Washington, DC, working in the U.S. House of Representatives as a top aide to a senior Member of Congress. Macomber started ThinkP3 after seeing the potential for Public-Private Partnerships to help provide government services in tight fiscal environments.

    Macomber was Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama. He oversaw all legislative and communications strategy for Rogers. Rogers was the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships, or P3 Caucus. Macomber was also a Rail Policy Advisor on the Homeland Security Committee under Chairman Peter King (NY). Macomber has been active in political campaigns, helping raise money and providing strategic advice for Congressional candidates.

    Dean Franks

    Senior Vice President Congressional Relations

    American Road and Transportation Builders Association

    Dean Franks joined ARTBA in October 2006 as a legislative representative. As a senior member of the ARTBA government relations’ team, Dean serves as the primary liaison to the U.S. Congress. He also plays a key role in ARTBA’s efforts to advocate and communicate the transportation construction industry’s priorities and concerns before the U.S. Department of Transportation and the entire executive branch. During Dean’s nearly 15 years at ARTBA, he has played an integral role in our major legislative accomplishments, including the passage of the FAST Act and MAP-21 reauthorization laws, the last two FAA reauthorization laws, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, various annual Appropriations Bills and Highway Trust Fund solvency legislation bills. 

    Dean previously worked for Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), and has served as a legislative aide specializing in defense and military issues and also handled a number of administrative duties for the Congresswoman.

    Louis Jenny

    Vice-President of Advocacy and Outreach

    Design-Build Institute of America

    Louis Jenny, Vice President of Advocacy and Industry Engagement for the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) will serve as Moderator for this session. Louis is primarily responsible for overseeing and executing DBIA’s federal advocacy efforts.  

    Previously, Louis spent more than 15 years with the National Association of Water Companies, where he held several positions including Deputy Executive Director. 

    Louis began his career working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Jack Brooks of Texas, then-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Louis served the Congressman in many roles over 5 years and culminated as the Congressman’s legislative director.  

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 When planning Phase II of the Long Beach Airport Capital Improvement Project, the project team knew they needed to make some tough decisions in order to align the project scope with the budget. They did not know that the entire aviation industry would be rocked by a global pandemic. This panel will discuss: • Why the Design-Build Method was Selected • Benefits & Challenges during Procurement, Design, and Construction • How the Design-Build Method Helped the Team Tackle Financial and Design Challenges Spurred by COVID-19. Objectives: 1. Demonstrate the benefits of the Design-Build method during the lifespan of the project. 2. Analyze the challenges implementing the Design-Build method on an aviation project. 3. Identify the unique challenges (financial and design related) brought on by the global pandemic. 4. Discuss unconventional and creative ways the Design-Build team served the client when the entire aviation industry was hit hard by the pandemic.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    When planning Phase II of the Long Beach Airport Capital Improvement Project, the project team knew they needed to make some tough decisions in order to align the project scope with the budget. They did not know that the entire aviation industry would be rocked by a global pandemic. This panel will discuss: • Why the Design-Build Method was Selected • Benefits & Challenges during Procurement, Design, and Construction • How the Design-Build Method Helped the Team Tackle Financial and Design Challenges Spurred by COVID-19.

    Objectives:

    1. Demonstrate the benefits of the Design-Build method during the lifespan of the project. 

    2. Analyze the challenges implementing the Design-Build method on an aviation project. 

    3. Identify the unique challenges (financial and design related) brought on by the global pandemic. 

    4. Discuss unconventional and creative ways the Design-Build team served the client when the entire aviation industry was hit hard by the pandemic.

    Jose Acosta

    Project Executive/Aviation Market Leader

    Swinerton

    Jose Acosta is a Project Executive and Swinerton’s Aviation Market Leader for Los Angeles and Orange County. With over 10 years of aviation industry experience, Jose leads a performance-driven team focused on delivering cost effective solutions for complex aviation projects while maintaining the passenger experience and uninterrupted operations. Jose’s understanding of airport and airline operations, along with expertise in logistics and phasing, ensures successful delivery of aviation projects. His success in completing numerous projects at LAX and John Wayne Airport is directly responsible for his current success at Long Beach Airport.

    John Mares AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Associate Principal

    Corgan

    John Mares, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, RIBA, DBIA, CASp brings over 34 years of architectural design and planning experience and serves as the Los Angeles Aviation Studio Leader. His in-depth knowledge of airport/airlines operations, security requirements, planning and programming constraints is key to keeping project on track and exceeding expectations. John holds a Commercial Pilot license and is a Certified Access Specialist.

    Ambi Thurai, PE, PMP

    Airport Engineering Officer

    Long Beach Airport

    Mr. Thurai has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience managing high performing professional staff and complex engineering construction projects, including 14 years in aviation management and leadership capacity.  Mr. Thurai joined Long Beach airport in 2016 as Airport Engineering Officer. Prior to joining Long Beach Airport, he worked for John Wayne Airport for ten years from 2006 till 2016.  During that period, he served as a Senior Engineer from 2006 till 2011 and as Engineering Manager from 2011 till 2016. Before joining John Wayne Airport, he worked for California Department of Transportation for five years.  Mr. Thurai is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a registered Geotechnical Engineer (G.E.). In addition, he holds a certificate for Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Stephan Lum

    Senior Civil Engineer

    Long Beach Airport

    Stephan is a registered professional civil engineer specializing in airport project development. He has extensive experience in design, construction management, and planning at the Long Beach Airport and the Port of Long Beach.

    Carrie Shaeffer, LEED AP, DBIA

    VP, Director of Aviation

    Swinerton

    Carrie Shaeffer is a Vice President at Swinerton and was appointed Director of Aviation in 2016. She oversees an annual $400 million of aviation construction, sales, and marketing efforts across the nation. She ensures that every client’s objectives are clearly defined and that every project has the dedicated resources and best expertise from Swinerton’s national network of aviation construction professionals to deliver success.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 What does it take to be part of an award-winning project/team? Hear first-hand from DBIA's 2020 project/team awards winners and awards jury members the magic behind the success. Representatives from the Owner and project team will discuss the aspects of the project's success that drove them to submit it for an award, why the design-build model was beneficial for the team and the project, and lessons learned that others can use to leverage similar success.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    What does it take to be part of an award-winning project/team? Hear first-hand from DBIA's 2020 project/team awards winners and awards jury members the magic behind the success. Representatives from the Owner and project team will discuss the aspects of the project's success that drove them to submit it for an award, why the design-build model was beneficial for the team and the project, and lessons learned that others can use to leverage similar success.

    John W. Bale, PE, DBIA, MBA

    Vice President

    CRS Engineers

    John W. Bale is Vice President of CRS Engineers. Mr. Bale has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He has worked on over 40 design-build projects and several CMGC projects throughout the United States. Mr. Bale has filled numerous management roles including roles for the owner, design-builder and engineering consultant. He founded JWBale Inc. in 2015 after nearly 30 years in the engineering field.

    Mr. Bale has been associated with DBIA for more than 15 years and has been a member of the Transportation Committee for most of those years. In 2012, Mr. Bale was asked to chair the newly established Education Subcommittee as part of his Transportation Committee duties. As part of his committee work, Mr. Bale has been a primary author of a Transportation Chapter of the DBIA Manual of Practice and several technical educational programs DBIA uses to educate public and private clients. In 2014 he joined the DBIA Board and is currently in his third year on the Board. Mr. Bale is passionate about design-build and has a desire to help the industry continue to maximize benefits from design-build delivery.

    Keith A. Killen

    Transportation Project Manager

    Missouri Department of Transportation - Northeast District

    Keith Killen is a project manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation responsible for delivering highway and bridge projects for construction in MoDOT’s Northeast District. Keith graduated in from the University of Missouri in 2002 with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri. Keith served as the Project Director for MoDOT’s Champ Clark Bridge replacement project on U.S. Route 54 over the Mississippi River.

    Jeff Smith, P.E.

    Bridge Department Manager

    HNTB Corporation

    Jeff Smith is the bridge department manager for HNTB’s St. Louis office and was the Deputy Project Manager for the Route 54 Champ Clark Bridge.  He has 30 years of professional experience encompassing both design and construction of major bridges including the Stan Musial and Great River cable-stayed bridges in St. Louis, MO and Burlington, IA, the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal, MO, and the 17-mile-long Parallel Crossing of the Chesapeake Bay at Virginia Beach, VA.  He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois.

    Jay Wavering

    Project Engineer

    Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)

    Jay Wavering is the District 6 Studies and Plans Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). He is responsible delivering the District’s highway improvement program and oversees transportation related planning studies and the development roadway design plans. During his 20-year career at IDOT, Jay has specialized in planning studies, design planning, and construction management. He also has extensive knowledge of what it takes to deliver a project on time and within budget.

    Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University and is Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

    Terrence J. Colombatto, P.E.

    Project Engineer

    Massman Construction Company

    T. J. has worked for Massman Construction Co. for 20 years, leading the construction of bridges and marine structures across the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, as well as across other major bodies of water.  He has been an integral part of Design-Build projects such as the Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, MO, the Christopher S. Bond Bridge in Kansas City, MO and currently the Buck O’Neil Bridge in Kansas City, MO.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 Design-Build Done Right® involves a broad understanding of various concepts, principles, and relationships. As the nation’s only organization focused on understanding and implementation of design-build best practices, DBIA has a plethora of resources to help guide your path to exceptional outcomes. Review the many resources available from DBIA including position statements, Manual of Practice, catalog of educational offerings, and contract documents. All these resources are certain to be invaluable as you embark on your next design-build project. Objectives: 1) Learn key design-build principles and why their implementation drives success as outlined in various position papers. 2) Discuss the role of stipends and why DBIA believes they are an important part of Design-Build Done Right® 3) Hear the importance of qualifications in selecting the right team, and the role of qualifications in all variations of design-build procurement. 4) Understand why “lowest price technically acceptable” is not considered a best practice.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    Design-Build Done Right® involves a broad understanding of various concepts, principles, and relationships. As the nation’s only organization focused on understanding and implementation of design-build best practices, DBIA has a plethora of resources to help guide your path to exceptional outcomes.  Review the many resources available from DBIA including position statements, Manual of Practice, catalog of educational offerings, and contract documents. All these resources are certain to be invaluable as you embark on your next design-build project.

    Objectives:

    1) Learn key design-build principles and why their implementation drives success as outlined in various position papers.

    2) Discuss the role of stipends and why DBIA believes they are an important part of Design-Build Done Right®

    3) Hear the importance of qualifications in selecting the right team, and the role of qualifications in all variations of design-build procurement.

    4) Understand why “lowest price technically acceptable” is not considered a best practice.

    Richard J. Formella, DBIA, PMP

    President

    Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC

    Rich is the President of Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC, a design & construction procurement process and contract administration consulting firm. He recently retired from federal service as Chief of the Bio-Containment Procurement Branch for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), after serving as Chief of Procurement for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (DHS) since 2006. Prior to joining DHS, Rich served the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for over 20 years and concluded his service at BOP as the Chief of Construction Contracting where he led and administered the $2.5 billion-dollar new federal prison construction contracting program. At the DHS he led the team providing design and construction contracting support for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate for major laboratory renovations and new construction an overall $1.5 billion program, including the $1.3 billion National Bio & Agro Defense Facility.  He has over 32 years of federal acquisition/contracting experience, beginning as a warranted contracting officer in 1986.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 The Build America Bureau is responsible for driving transportation infrastructure development projects in the United States. The Bureau streamlines credit opportunities and grants and provides access to the credit and grant programs with more speed and transparency, while also providing technical assistance and encouraging innovative best practices in project planning, financing, delivery, and monitoring. To achieve this vision, the Bureau draws upon the full resources of U.S. DOT to best utilize the expertise of all the modes within the Department while promoting a culture of innovation and customer service. Objectives: 1. Understand how and why the Bureau serves as the single point of contact and coordination for states, municipalities, and project sponsors looking to utilize federal transportation expertise; apply for federal transportation credit programs; and explore ways to access private capital in public private partnerships. 2. Learn about the Bureau’s Technical Assistance program to help project sponsors in assessing the viability of P3 project and developing successful P3 projects based on lessons learned and best practices. 3. Learn how the Bureau helps address the procedural, permitting, and financial barriers to increased infrastructure investment and development. 4. Discuss the various programs available to provide project finance assistance to State, local, and private project sponsors, including strategies to reduce project costs and increase flexibility. 5. Take a closer look at how the Bureau advances Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) as an opportunity to tap new financing sources and transfer certain project delivery risks.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    The Build America Bureau is responsible for driving transportation infrastructure development projects in the United States.  The Bureau streamlines credit opportunities and grants and provides access to the credit and grant programs with more speed and transparency, while also providing technical assistance and encouraging innovative best practices in project planning, financing, delivery, and monitoring.  To achieve this vision, the Bureau draws upon the full resources of U.S. DOT to best utilize the expertise of all the modes within the Department while promoting a culture of innovation and customer service.

    Objectives:

    1. Understand how and why the Bureau serves as the single point of contact and coordination for states, municipalities, and project sponsors looking to utilize federal transportation expertise; apply for federal transportation credit programs; and explore ways to access private capital in public private partnerships. 

    2. Learn about the Bureau’s Technical Assistance program to help project sponsors in assessing the viability of P3 project and developing successful P3 projects based on lessons learned and best practices. 

    3. Learn how the Bureau helps address the procedural, permitting, and financial barriers to increased infrastructure investment and development. 

    4. Discuss the various programs available to provide project finance assistance to State, local, and private project sponsors, including strategies to reduce project costs and increase flexibility. 

    5. Take a closer look at how the Bureau advances Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) as an opportunity to tap new financing sources and transfer certain project delivery risks.

    Sam Beydoun, PMP, DBIA

    Project Development Lead

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Sam Beydoun serves as the Technical Assistance Lead at the Build America Bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  His responsibilities include serving as a resource for technical assistance to State and Local sponsors in the development of transportation infrastructure projects that would benefit from Federal credit assistance under TIFIA and other innovative financing programs.

    Prior to Joining the Bureau, Sam served as Bureau Chief for Innovative Project Delivery at the Illinois Department of Transportation.  He was responsible for standing up the alternative delivery program including Public-Private Partnerships (P3) and building the capacity and capabilities of the office. Prior to Illinois, Sam served as the Acting Deputy Director in the Virginia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3) where he provided leadership and oversight in the procurement and delivery of P3 projects.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project will extend the existing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line north of its current terminus at Lechmere Station to further service the communities of Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford. Overcoming previous delivery challenges, this session will highlight the efforts taken between the Owner and the Design-Build Entity to create a ‘one-team’ approach, restore public confidence in Agency delivery capability, and instill a successful integrated project delivery culture. Objectives: 1. Risk sharing and the procurement process. 2. Explain the use of a PMIS – a valuable tool to align the parties with a common project submittal and documentation process. 3. Describe the elements of successful partnering with key stakeholders and third parties. 4. Lessons learned – e.g. clear vetting of Technical Provisions for residual Design Bid Build language.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project will extend the existing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line north of its current terminus at Lechmere Station to further service the communities of Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford. Overcoming previous delivery challenges, this session will highlight the efforts taken between the Owner and the Design-Build Entity to create a ‘one-team’ approach, restore public confidence in Agency delivery capability, and instill a successful integrated project delivery culture.

    Objectives:

    1. Risk sharing and the procurement process.

    2. Explain the use of a PMIS – a valuable tool to align the parties with a common project submittal and documentation process.

    3. Describe the elements of successful partnering with key stakeholders and third parties.

    4. Lessons learned – e.g. clear vetting of Technical Provisions for residual Design Bid Build language.

    John Dalton

    Program Manager - MBTA Green Line Extension

    Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

    After graduating from Davidson College, John served in the US Navy from 1995-2002. After leaving the Navy John accepted a position at the Chicago Transit Authority serving as Chief of Staff of the infrastructure division and later as Project Manager for the Authority’s Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project (a $527M FFGA funded New Starts project) - at the time the Authority’s largest ever capital improvement project. John left the CTA in 2007 to join Parson Transportation Group on the design-build Dubai Metro Project in the United Arab Emirates. Following his work in the Middle East, John returned to the United States to continue his work with the Chicago Transit Authority. In November 2016, John joined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority where he began serving as Program Manager for the MBTA’s Green Line Extension (GLX) Project. The project was procured via a Design-Build procurement model.

    Stephen Varnell, PMP

    Project Executive

    GLX Constructors

    Stephen Varnell is the Project Executive for GLX Constructors and is assigned to the Greenline Extension project in Massachusetts.  

    Stephen is a Vice President, Project Director with Fluor Corporation and has 28 years of construction, engineering, and project management experience with Fluor in several business lines including Energy and Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Beverages as well as 24 years in various Power Business lines.  Stephen’s project management, engineering management and construction execution experience primarily includes Lump Sum turnkey self-perform EPC projects. In addition, he has completed multiple field assignments as a field engineer, craft superintendent, commissioning engineer and project engineer.  

    Stephen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1991 and completed his PMP Certification in 2008. Stephen and his wife, Gina, currently reside in Lexington, MA.  They have 4 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and a 2-year-old grandson.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 Risk management and allocation are hot topics in design build. This session will focus on the topic as it relates to utilities, one of the top ranked risks to modern transportation infrastructure projects. Managing this risk successfully continues to be a challenge for both project owners and Design Build practitioners alike. Beginning to address this risk prior to award is an essential aspect of successful project delivery and this session will provide the tools and methods being used on projects that have successfully managed to reduce the risk posed by utility site conditions. Objectives: 1. We will analyze current issues with risk allocation practices that often lead to liquidated damages and other claims and the contracting practices that lead to them. 2. We will asses the effect that the pricing of utility risk has on the overall solicitation process and ultimately successful project deliveries. 3. Methods will be presented to ensure utility risk is being allocated to the party most appropriate to own and manage the risk. 4. Best practices for procurement and contracting strategies will be described to aid in reducing claims related to utility conditions.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    Risk management and allocation are hot topics in design build. This session will focus on the topic as it relates to utilities, one of the top ranked risks to modern transportation infrastructure projects. Managing this risk successfully continues to be a challenge for both project owners and Design Build practitioners alike. Beginning to address this risk prior to award is an essential aspect of successful project delivery and this session will provide the tools and methods being used on projects that have successfully managed to reduce the risk posed by utility site conditions.

    Objectives:

    1. We will analyze current issues with risk allocation practices that often lead to liquidated damages and other claims and the contracting practices that lead to them. 

    2. We will asses the effect that the pricing of utility risk has on the overall solicitation process and ultimately successful project deliveries. 

    3. Methods will be presented to ensure utility risk is being allocated to the party most appropriate to own and manage the risk. 

    4. Best practices for procurement and contracting strategies will be described to aid in reducing claims related to utility conditions.

    Corey Biddle

    Business Development Manager

    T2 Utility Engineers

    Corey is the Business Development Manager at T2 Utility Engineers and has been in the Utility Engineering and Geospatial practice for nearly 15 years. he has successfully managed these projects throughout the United States. He currently is focused on the pre-award side of Design Build transportation projects throughout the US with most of his work revolving around the DOTs and municipalities to provide direction and consultation for implementation of Utility Engineering programs within their agencies. He is actively involved with organizations and committees such as UESI, ACEC and APWA, to support the bringing of best practices to the Utility Engineering and Design Build industry. Corey currently is the chair of the Regional Outreach group for the DBIA Transportation Committee.

    Evan Caplicki, JD

    Partner

    Nossaman LLP

    Evan Caplicki is a partner with Nossaman LLP.  Evan guides public agencies through all stages of innovative infrastructure project development – from delivery option selection through procurement and contracting, to contract administration and claims resolution.  In helping lay the foundation for some of the largest transportation projects in the U.S., Evan provides clients extra depth through his extensive construction expertise. He holds a certificate in Construction Management in addition to his law degree, and has represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in public and private building projects during his career.  He also very active in DBIA, serving on a number of committees and co-chairing several conferences.  He is also a board member of the Western Pacific Region Chapter.

    Donna Haight

    Central 70 Utility Manager

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    Ms. Haight began her career with CDOT in 2001, serving as a Construction Assistant Engineer and Inspector from 2001-2006, and currently as a Utility Manager from 2006 through the present. Her professional experience includes working on countless utility projects in CDOT Region 1 (Denver Metropolitan Area), serving as the Utility Manager for Design Build projects, and currently working on the challenging Central 70 Design Build project.

    Anna Pulido, P.E.

    Utility Portfolio Section Director

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Anna Pulido, P.E. currently works for TxDOT as the Utility Portfolio Section Director. Anna joined TxDOT in 2016, serving as the Utility Manager for the San Antonio District. During that time, she was instrumental in improving the Utility Conflict Management process and helped lead the way in the statewide program implementation. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2009, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Anna began a well-rounded career – starting at Bexar County Public Works. She then went on to work for the City of San Antonio assisting with the project management of capital improvement projects. Anna transitioned to the private sector before becoming employed at City Public Service Energy. Anna’s experience has enabled her to understand transportation project and utility challenges from different perspectives, which has allowed her to execute innovative utility coordination solutions to progress transportation projects.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 Discussion of the efforts of KS Engineers, P.C. (KSE) in providing Construction Quality Assurance (QA) and Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) services for the design-build Goethals Bridge Replacement Project for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ). The project replaced the original Goethals Bridge, which was built in the 1920s and spanned the Arthur Kill River on I-278 connecting Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York, with dual eastbound and westbound bridges. The original bridge was subsequently demolished. It is anticipated that the two new bridges will carry approximately 14 million vehicles annually. Objectives: 1. Understand the significance of a Quality Assurance Plan in complex projects. 2. Discuss the importance of collaboration in design-build projects. 3. Explain how the use of Standard Operating Procedures lead to project success. 4. Describe how the implementation of Controlled Inspection Checklists help to ensure accuracy with design and construction documentation.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    Discussion of the efforts of KS Engineers, P.C. (KSE) in providing Construction Quality Assurance (QA) and Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) services for the design-build Goethals Bridge Replacement Project for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ). The project replaced the original Goethals Bridge, which was built in the 1920s and spanned the Arthur Kill River on I-278 connecting Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York, with dual eastbound and westbound bridges. The original bridge was subsequently demolished. It is anticipated that the two new bridges will carry approximately 14 million vehicles annually.

    Objectives:

    1. Understand the significance of a Quality Assurance Plan in complex projects. 

    2. Discuss the importance of collaboration in design-build projects. 

    3. Explain how the use of Standard Operating Procedures lead to project success. 

    4. Describe how the implementation of Controlled Inspection Checklists help to ensure accuracy with design and construction documentation.

    James Adams, P.E.

    Vice President

    KS Engineers, P.C

    James D. Adams, PE joined KSE as Vice President in May 2016. He is responsible for managing KSE’s Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) and Quality Assurance (QA) contract for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project. This ambitious $1 billion Public-Private Partnership (P3) project is the first of its kind for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. Mr. Adams is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of engineering, construction, and project management experience on projects of varying complexity and size. He is an experienced leader, capable of leading and managing diverse teams in both stable and changing environments. He is experienced in construction engineering and management, municipal engineering, operations management, and facilities management.

    Scott Plant, PE

    Senior Structural Field Engineer

    KS Engineers, P.C

    Mr. Plant is a Senior Structural Field Engineer with more than 25 years of experience providing Resident Engineering services for many of the local transportation agencies in the New York and New Jersey marketplace including: PANYNJ, NYCDOT, NYSDOT, MTA-Metro North, MTA – New York City Transit and MTA-Bridges and Tunnels NJ Turnpike. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of NJ and NY.

    Rasool Attar, PE

    Senior Project Manager

    KS Engineers, P.C

    Mr. Sheikh-Attar is a Senior Project Engineer with extensive experience in construction inspection and supervision on a variety of bridge and roadway rehabilitation/reconstruction projects in NY and NJ. He was a Senior Project Engineer for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project. Mr. Sheikh-Attar was responsible for overall coordination among the Senior Engineers, successful implementation of the inspection and quality assurance programs, management and administration of the scope of services, and the ethical conduct of the CEI effort. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of NY, NJ, LA, and FL.

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    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023 Transit Agencies are experiencing new challenges, such as a refocus on public safety, a shift in travel demand with work-from-home lifestyles and a growing need to provide reliable, dependable, and safe public transit to serve our communities. Often, flex bus, LRT and bus rapid transit services can operate within existing roadway right-of-way, interstate medians or express lanes and can easily connect suburbs and urban centers. These systems use electric-powered vehicles, rely on clean energy, reduce GHG emissions and provide sustainable transportation solutions. A panel of transit and transportation agency experts will discuss their plans for expanded electric bus rapid service, LRT or automated people mover transit and how design-build makes these projects more effective to implement. Objectives: 1. Understand why the future of transit is in jeopardy and identify how transit professionals can help reinvest in this essential service. 2. Explain what key decisions are factored into Owner project delivery decisions and how design-build has unique benefits. 3. Identify how design-build project delivery can help simplify and address FTA compliance challenges in transit projects. 4. Discuss key considerations for Transit Owners to effectively manage risk on design-build projects.

    CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

    Transit Agencies are experiencing new challenges, such as a refocus on public safety, a shift in travel demand with work-from-home lifestyles and a growing need to provide reliable, dependable, and safe public transit to serve our communities. Often, flex bus, LRT and bus rapid transit services can operate within existing roadway right-of-way, interstate medians or express lanes and can easily connect suburbs and urban centers. These systems use electric-powered vehicles, rely on clean energy, reduce GHG emissions and provide sustainable transportation solutions. A panel of transit and transportation agency experts will discuss their plans for expanded electric bus rapid service, LRT or automated people mover transit and how design-build makes these projects more effective to implement.

    Objectives:

    1. Understand why the future of transit is in jeopardy and identify how transit professionals can help reinvest in this essential service. 

    2. Explain what key decisions are factored into Owner project delivery decisions and how design-build has unique benefits. 

    3. Identify how design-build project delivery can help simplify and address FTA compliance challenges in transit projects. 

    4. Discuss key considerations for Transit Owners to effectively manage risk on design-build projects.

    Matt Preedy

    Director of Construction

    Sound Transit

    Matthew Preedy has been delivering highway and transit Public Works projects in the Puget Sound region for over 29 years. While previously working for WSDOT, Mr. Preedy served as the Construction Director and Deputy Administrator for the SR99 Alaskan Way tunnel Design/Build project in Seattle, WA. Currently, he is the Director of the Construction Management Division at Sound Transit, involved in delivering multiple light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit projects exceeding $65B across all phases. He believes that collaboration and engagement with industry is essential to the success of the business and long-term benefit of the customer.

    Art Guzzetti

    Vice President – Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy

    American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

    Art Guzzetti, a 41-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy and Mobility for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. A key current focus is integration of transit networks with new and emerging public and private mobility services, including micro-transit, transportation network companies, automated vehicles and bicycles.  The public transit agency of the future will weave these services into a system, with high-capacity transit lines in key corridors as the backbone.  

    Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems:  New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.    Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Derick Chan, PE

    Director of Rail & Capital Programs

    Broward County Transit

    Mr. Chan is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of a high capacity rail transit system in Broward County, Florida. He is a licensed engineer with over 30 years of transit agency and consulting engineering experience delivering rail transit, bus transit and transportation projects.

    James Avitabile, PE, DBIA

    Vice President - Strategic Initiatives Leader

    RS&H

    RS&H Vice President Jim Avitabile is a national leader in design-build project delivery, having worked extensively to develop a design-build practice at RS&H that includes a successful portfolio of design-build projects. He has 42 years of experience directing and participating in programming, planning, and design efforts on a variety of complex roadway, limited-access highway, bridge, toll road interchange, rail, transit facilities, multi-use trails, and recreation facility projects. 

    Jim has worked with many agencies who are experienced with design-build and P3 project models to help refine and improve upon their program procedures, including TxDOT, MDOT, ConnDOT, and VDOT. 

    Jim currently serves as the DBIA’s Transportation and Aviation Markets Committee Chair, a position that he has held since 2012. Under his leadership, DBIA drafted the first Transportation Sector Best Design-Build Practices documents. Jim has been actively involved in the DBIA national conferences, including serving as a speaker or moderator for numerous sessions."