DBIA Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships for the Design-Builder (Beta Test Course) - September 30, 2021 - Washington, DC

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    • Non-member Practitioner - $350
    • Practitioner Member - $250
    • Owner Member - $150
    • Academia Member - $150
    • Industry Partner Academia Member - $150
    • Industry Partner Practitioner Member - $250
    • Industry Partner Owner Member - $150

This course is focused on Public-Private Partnerships (P3) for the Design-Builder.  It is designed for both public and private sector design-build knowledgeable professionals with a slant towards private sector design-build practitioners.  Included within the course design are modules that highlight the key differences between P3 and Design-Build procurement, project execution, and risk considerations, and how the private sector financing and long term operations and maintenance obligations change the technical considerations of a project.

Attendees will get an understanding of how public-private partnerships are typically executed in the U.S.

Attendees will get an understanding of the differences between public-private partnerships and design-build project delivery, including procurement and project execution.

Attendees will get an understanding the of the legal and risk considerations specific to public-private partnerships.

Attendees will get an understanding of how the private sector financing and long-term operations and maintenance obligations change the technical considerations of a public-private partnership.

FormatIn Person

Training Location: 

1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW

4th floor

Washington, DC 20004

DBIA reserves the right to cancel this in-person course if our minimum attendance is not met 2 weeks prior to the course start date. Please do not book your travel accommodations until you receive a confirmation email from DBIA that the course will run.

Class time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Local Time 

Arrival Time: You can arrive up to 30 minutes in advance of the class. 

COVID-19 Guidelines: DBIA will be following the guidelines and restrictions advised by the training facility and local authorities. DBIA strongly suggests to bring a mask to class, as the specific training center may require it. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Education@dbia.org.

Matt Girard, DBIA

COO - Plenary Concessions

Plenary Group

Matt serves as Group Head for Plenary Group’s Civil Division.  In this capacity, Matt is responsible for project development, delivery, and asset management, teaming and business development for all of Plenary’s civil projects in North America.

Matt has 30 years of hands-on experience in the heavy-civil construction industry and has been involved with the pursuit and delivery of P3 projects in both the U.S. and Canada over the last 15 years. 

Matt also has been involved with design-build projects for over 25 years, including pursuit and on-site management of projects as a contractor on over $2 billion worth of design-build projects.  Prior to joining Plenary, Matt was a senior executive leading all business development efforts for one of North America’s largest heavy-civil contractors (Flatiron Constructors).

Matt serves the industry as a board member and/or committee member to multiple engineering and construction advocacy groups.

Matt has a Bachelors and Masters in CE from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a registered design-build professional with DBIA.

Steven DeWitt, P.E.

Senior Vice President for Business Development

ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.

Steve leads ACS Infrastructure's US business development efforts as well as helping provide leadership throughout the procurement and implementation process of P3’s in the U.S. for ACS.  He also serves on various project co. boards and is the CEO of the operating company for the Angels Flight Railway (a historic funicular in downtown Los Angeles). 

He has over 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors having served for 30 years in various leadership capacities at the North Carolina Department of Transportation including the NC Turnpike Authority.

He has over 25 years of experience in alternate delivery including leading the development of NCDOT’s design-build program, leading NCDOT’s first P3 procurement, serving on a wide variety of industry and public sector advocacy group committee’s and boards, and assisting with design-build and P3 related research for FHWA, AASHTO, and NCHRP.

Martijn Bolster, DBIA

Senior Design-Build Manager

Parsons Construction

Martijn Bolster has over 20 years experience in Design-Build and P3 pursuits and projects, including large and fast-paced bridge-, roadway- and tunnel-projects throughout North America, Europe and KSA.

As the Alternative Project Delivery Practice Lead for Parsons Construction, Martijn manages all technical aspects of their pursuit of mega-projects with a focus on innovative construction methods, design management and interdisciplinary solutions.

Andrée Blais, Esq.


Nossaman LLP

Andrée, a Partner in Nossaman LLP’s nationally recognized infrastructure practice, focuses on delivering major public infrastructure projects through P3s and other alternative delivery methods.

Andrée serves as a lead or key member of Nossaman teams working with public agency clients to advance some of the most complex procurements in the transportation and social infrastructure sectors, including Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Sepulveda Pass Rail Transit Program, Los Angeles World Airports’ Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rental Car Center, and the University of California, Merced’s 2020 Campus Expansion Project. She has significant experience in performance-based availability payment P3 projects.

Andrée offers the additional benefit of substantial infrastructure experience in Canada. While in Canada, Andrée led the legal team advising the Province of Alberta on its first two availability payment social infrastructure P3 deals.

Andrée, who had the privilege of beginning her legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada, co-authored Nossaman’s model social infrastructure P3 legislation.


Day 1 - Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships for the Design-Builder
Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships for the Design-Builder
09/30/2021 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required
09/30/2021 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required
Elective Survey
9 Questions
Certificate of Completion - Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships for the Design-Builder (Beta Test Course)
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available