Design-Build Done Right – Refreshing our Best Practices

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It has been almost a decade since DBIA published its first Universally Applicable  Best Design-Build Practices. It is critical that these Best Practices and corresponding Implementing Techniques continue to reflect the current state of the design-build industry.  To achieve this, throughout 2022, DBIA invited a wide array of industry stakeholders to provide comments and recommendations.  This will result in a refreshed Universally Applicable Design-Build Best Practices that will be introduced in the spring of 2023.  This Webinar will provide insight into some of the more significant updates to the Best Practices.   

Learning Outcomes:  In this session you will learn:

  • DBIA’s process for outreach and collecting recommended updates.
  • The diverse number of internal and external stakeholders that provided recommendations.
  • The detailed review and revision process that was followed to ensure that all comments received consideration.
  • The revisions to the 2014 Best Practices.
  • The new Best Practices incorporated into the update.

Daniel D. Rawlins, RA, DBIA

The Rawlins Group LLC

Dan Rawlins is a Principal and Project Manager with InterDesign, and architectural and planning firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm specializes in educational facilities, long-term healthcare and public libraries. Dan, an architect with over three decades of experience in planning educational facilities, has developed an expertise as Owner’s Representative and Design Criteria Developer for Public Sector Design-Build projects. He is passionate about creating a collaborative environment among Owners, Design-Build Teams, regulating agencies and other project stakeholders that bring out the best that Design-Build delivery can offer, resulting in win-win-win projects that achieve joy in the journey.

Dan earned both is Bachelor & Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is licensed as an Architect by the State of Indiana, is a designated Design-Build professional with DBIA and is involved with The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and Engineering Ministries, International (EMI).

James (Jim) Ropelewski, JD, DBIA


ROPE Strategies, LLC

Jim is a former member of the Senior Executive Service with over 30 years of broad experience leading Federal organizations in the areas of law, procurement, budget, audit resolution, human capital, design and construction programs, facilities management, and information technology. He is an advisor to the Design-Build Institute of American (DBIA) in matters involving curriculum and resource development, as well as serving as an instructor for several of their training courses.  Jim is also the Principal for ROPE Strategies, LLC, providing consulting services in design-build integrated project delivery, risk management, strategic planning, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including facilitated partnering workshops. He is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology.

Jim served over 16 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in legal and senior management positions. As an attorney, he specialized in government contracts and construction litigation, rising to the position of Deputy General Counsel. As Chief of Construction Contracting, he established the design-build program for all new Federal detention facilities. After DOJ, Jim served in the U.S. Department of Education in various leadership roles, including Director of Contracting, Senior Procurement Executive, Suspension and Debarment Official, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In those roles, he oversaw contracts, procurement policy, indirect cost negotiations, and internal controls. Jim retired from Federal service as an Assistant Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management.

Jim holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University and earned his Juris Doctor from William and Mary Law School. He also has earned a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston.



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