New Design-Build Opportunities in the Southwest - September 20, 2021

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New design-build legislative authority passed this year in the Southwest Region positions the area to maximize its existing infrastructure dollars plus capitalize on the potential of federal infrastructure investment. These are exciting times for design-builders in Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico as design-build is positioned to deliver some of the nation’s most innovative, cost and time efficient projects for communities.

 Join this impressive panel of experts as we detail what new design-build legislative authority means in Southwest states, how design-build is shaping the region’s landscape and the road map ahead for design-build teams as the possibility of historic federal infrastructure investment exists for cities and states. 

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Representative Todd Russ

State Representative for House District 55

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Todd is a 4th generation resident of Western Oklahoma where he and his wife Khristy, live in Cordell and own Atlas Title and Closing. Todd is also involved in farming and ranching.  


Todd is member of the Oklahoma legislature where he serves as the State Representative for House District 55 which includes Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Beckham, and Roger Mills counties.



Todd holds a degree in International Finance and received a Graduate degree from the University of Colorado, Graduate School of Banking.  He holds credentials of ministry with the Assemblies of God, where he completed the Certification of Ministry from the Berean University School of the Bible.



Todd Russ is the past President/CEO, of the Washita State Bank in Burns Flat. During his presidency his bank was rated as one of the top 10 performing banks in the nation.



Todd has been appointed by the State House Speaker to the Southern Regional Education Board to serve on the Legislative Advisory Council and to the Southern Legislative Council Education Committee for Oklahoma. He is currently the Chairman of Appropriations and Budget: Transportation committee and sits on State House Appropriations and Budget committee.



Todd has been a director of the Oklahoma Banker’s Association and Chairman of the OBA Small Bank Council.



Dr. Shawn Wilson

Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.


Since his appointment, Dr. Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.


The DOTD has also turned its focus to procuring $650 million in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.


Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.


Shellie R. Chard

Water Quality Division Director

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Shellie Chard obtained degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Oklahoma.  She has been the Water Quality Division Director of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality since January 1, 2010 and has 29 years of experience in the drinking water and wastewater profession.  Today she oversees drinking water, wastewater, storm water, water reuse, biosolids and operator certification and training. In addition to her activities at DEQ she is a member of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and holds leadership positions in:

  • Water Environment Federation
  • Association of Safe Drinking Water Administrators
  • Ground Water Protection Council
  • Association of Clean Water Administrators
  • Oklahoma Water Environment Association

Dave Kinchen, DBIA

Global Practice Manager \ Construction Design-Build

Burns & McDonnell

With 30+ years of experience, Dave currently leads Burns & McDonnell’s construction/design-build business in the Southwest.  In his role, Dave is responsible for providing clients with full turnkey delivery services, including design and construction of water and wastewater solutions, transportation, mission critical and manufacturing for municipalities, utilities, and industrial clients.

Throughout his career, Dave has led multidisciplinary teams and managed nearly $1.5 billion in projects across multiple industry sectors .  Dave currently serves on Executive Committee for the DBIA SW, serves on the national DBIA W/WW committee, and is a board member for the Water Design Build Council as well as  its president in 2014-2015.  As thought leader in the water and wastewater design-build industry, David has presented, instructed, and spoken at multiple conferences and owner forums, and has written articles for leading industry publications.

Richard Thomas

Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

Richard Thomas is DBIA’s Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs. Since 2009, he’s been traveling the nation helping state legislatures throughout our 14 Regions pass new design-build legislation, expand existing laws and defeat efforts to roll back design-build progress. Richard is a Minnesota native, served in the Navy and worked with Ames for 17 years before coming to D.C.