Closing General Session: Issue Resolution Forum

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

This interactive session will revolve around reports from the DBIA Owner and Practitioner Forums held earlier in the conference. Not only is the session an exceptional opportunity to learn and exchange ideas, but it puts you in the driver’s seat to help determine the future of project delivery in the water/wastewater industry. Input from attendees will be used by DBIA to affect positive change in the industry. 

Richard J. Formella, PMP, DBIA, CPPO


Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC

Richard J. Formella is the President of Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC, a design & construction contracting process consulting firm. He recently retired from federal service as Chief of the Bio-Containment Procurement Branch for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He has over 32 years of federal acquisition/contracting experience and joined DHS in 2006 serving as a Head of the Contracting Activity through 2014. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Formella was employed by 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 $3.0 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.

 Mr. Formella is a 1986 graduate of the FLETC, and holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Regis University, and a MS in Management – Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a designated Design-Build Professional (DBIA) and a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).

John Giachino, DBIA

PC Construction (Retired)

PC Construction (Retired)

John A. Giachino was Director of Business Development (Retired) in the Water Group for PC Construction Company, a firm with a focus on design-build, construction management at risk and hard bid water and wastewater projects.  He has nearly 45 years of industry experience, including more than 40 years in municipal water and wastewater utility asset management, operations and maintenance, and capital program execution. He has been instrumental in the development and management of more than 20 water and wastewater projects utilizing alternative delivery methods in the U.S. and overseas. In past positions, he has served as owner advisor/representative for projects completed using alternative delivery including Design-Build, Design-Build-Operate, and O&M Outsourcing methods.

Colin Groff, PE

Retired Utility Executive

An alumnus of University of South Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering, Colin has been working in the public services arena for various municipal agencies for the last 34 years.  In his last position as an Assistant City Manager in South Florida, he completed several large design-build projects including a Public-Private Partnership using Design-Build project delivery to deliver a large construction program for the City.  He has lead over 40 Design-Build utility projects throughout his career including several P3 projects.  He is currently working with several municipal utilities assisting staff to develop D-B delivery methods for new utility facilities. 

Bruce Husselbee, PE, DBIA

Director of Engineering

Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Bruce W. Husselbee is the Director of Engineering for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). His responsibilities include the management of the Asset Management, Design & Construction and Planning & Analysis Divisions and his department oversees HRSD’s $2.8B, 10-Year Capital Improvement Program. Mr. Husselbee has been active with numerous professional organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America and provides training on collaborative project delivery.

Rodney Pope, PE, FDBIA

Vice President

Brown and Caldwell

Rod Pope is a Brown and Caldwell Vice President with more than 40 years’ experience in the water / wastewater field and more than 20 years delivering Design-Build projects. He is currently working on over $½ billion of Design-Build projects as a designer/practitioner, owner’s advisor or contractor. Rod is a current Co-Chair of DBIA’s Water/Wastewater Conference Planning Committee.


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