Behind the Scenes of Award Winning Projects

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

What does it take to be part of an award-winning project/team? Hear first-hand from DBIA’s 2021 “Excellence in Transportation” and “Excellence in Aviation” award winners and an awards jury member, the magic behind the success. The Owner from the Nashville International Airport Concourse D and Terminal Wings project and the design-builder from the Crosstown Parkway Extension Design-Build project 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 could use to leverage similar success.

Traci Holton

Assistant Vice President Development & Engineering

Nashville International Airport

Mrs. Holton is the Vice President of Engineering, Chief Engineer and Deputy COO for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). As Chief Engineer, she is responsible for the design and construction of Nashville International Airports $1.4 billion expansion and renovation program, known as BNA Vision, and the $50 million annual capital program for both Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports.

Steve Starnes

Nashville Area Leader


Steve Starnes serves as a Senior Bridge Engineer with RS&H’s and has over 25 years of experience in bridge design and project management. He has significant design-build experience serving both as owner’s representative and as EOR for the design-build firm during pre-award and post-award phases. 

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.


Behind the Scenes of Award Winning Projects
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