Design-Build and P3 as the Perfect Models to Expand Broadband

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

2020 proved that the internet is critical to our work environments. As the Country rebounds from the impacts of COVID-19, our reliance on a connected environment is not likely to change. Since 2019 almost every state has enacted legislation to assist in expanding broadband service. Several DOT agencies have been charged with helping to a facilitate this expansion along public rights-of-way. Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and the District of Columbia are examples where agencies are using alternative project delivery models to facilitate this expansion. This panel will discuss various models that work best, balance risk and why.


1. Explain successful broadband implementation with a public agency focus. 

2. Learn why using the standard DB or P3 models may actually increase risk to all parties. 

3. Explain greatest risks and how to avoid excessive risk transfer in broadband projects. 

4. Demonstrate ways to use P3 procurement to increase value from a Broadband procurement.

Sia Kusha

Group Head, Project Development and Partnering

Plenary Group

As Group Head, Project Development and Partnering, Sia Kusha is responsible for Plenary’s strategic business development, partnering and project development activities across the Americas. Based in Tampa, Sia coordinates Plenary's efforts to identify and assess new markets, project opportunities in all sectors, liaise with relevant authorities and solidify teaming. Sia joined Plenary after more than 35 years in the engineering and construction industries, including the last five years at AECOM where he was the Managing Director of Integrated Delivery Services, responsible for their opportunity pipeline and partnering across their five business lines (Transportation, Water, Power, Environment, Buildings & Places) in the Americas. Sia is fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies and a registered professional engineer in FL, GA, NC, AZ, MN and WI.

Bryan Kendro

Senior Program Management Consultant


Bryan Kendro is a Senior Program Management Consultant at RS&H where he works as an advisor to transportation agencies and authorities assisting in the delivery of projects using progressive forms of alternative delivery including public-private partnerships (P3).  He is currently working with the Maryland Department of Transportation on their $9 billion managed lanes P3 program and with the Virginia Department of Transportation on contract management and oversight tasks for some of their P3 projects currently in operation.

Prior to joining RS&H, Bryan was the Project Development Director for Star America Infrastructure Partners, an equity investor and developer of P3 projects in North America.  Bryan has also held positions in state and federal government.  He was the Director of P3 and Policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, where he successfully developed and reached close on several of the Commonwealth’s early P3 projects, including the $1 billion Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Andrew Heath, PE

State Traffic Engineer

Georgia Department of Transportation

Andrew Heath joined the Georgia Department of Transportation in 2008.  He has held numerous positions within the Department including within the Office of Planning, Executive Assistant to the Chief Engineer, and, most recently, as State Traffic Engineer within the Division of Operations.  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Auburn University in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

James Avitabile, PE, DBIA

Vice President - Strategic Initiatives Leader


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."

Ryan Pedraza

Senior Attorney

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Ryan has extensive experience with all phases of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), from project planning and procurement, to the administration of project agreements. He has been involved with marquee P3s throughout the United States for a variety of assets, including toll roads, rail, street lighting, and fiber optic broadband networks. Ryan joined Hunton Andrews Kurth following a career in the public sector. He served in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, where he advised state executive branch agencies on the planning and execution of P3 projects and other procurement related-matters. Ryan also worked as a program manager in the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships, where he was instrumental in the delivery of a number of successful P3 transactions.


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