Practitioners Forum

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

This Design-Build Practitioners forum will be hosted by a diverse panel of design-build professionals. Practitioners will discuss the hot issues of the day like transportation funding, infrastructure programs, workforce development. Practitioners will discuss diversity in construction the opportunities it brings to the design-build space.  Attendees will learn how their fellow professionals are dealing with the pandemic has how it is impacted the future of Design-Build.


1.Learn what skills practitioners are in most need of from their work force.

2.Learn what video collaboration platform owners are requiring to interact with them.

3. Learn what tools practitioners are using for drawing markup/comment reviews and for virtual inspections.

4. Learn what trends and practices have emerged from the pandemic that have changed how we are going to execute delivery in the future?

Philip Sheridan, PE, FDBIA

Senior Vice President

Clark Construction Group, LLC

Philip J. Sheridan, P.E., DBIA has a BS from WPI in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural design and has over 32 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He is a licensed PE in several jurisdictions and is a DBIA Designated Professional. He currently is a Senior Vice President of Clark Civil, LLC the heavy civil infrastructure division of the Clark Construction Group, LLC based in Bethesda, MD where he has worked for the last 20 years. In this role he principally leads the division’s Alternative Delivery pursuit and construction of Rail and Highway infrastructure projects. Throughout his career he has worked on projects in nearly every sector of the infrastructure industry including water and waste water, marine piers, highway, heavy and light passenger rail, Class 1 freight rail, highways, tunnels and aviation.

John W. Bale, PE, DBIA, MBA

Vice President

CRS Engineers

John W. Bale is Vice President of CRS Engineers. Mr. Bale has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He has worked on over 40 design-build projects and several CMGC projects throughout the United States. Mr. Bale has filled numerous management roles including roles for the owner, design-builder and engineering consultant. He founded JWBale Inc. in 2015 after nearly 30 years in the engineering field.

Mr. Bale has been associated with DBIA for more than 15 years and has been a member of the Transportation Committee for most of those years. In 2012, Mr. Bale was asked to chair the newly established Education Subcommittee as part of his Transportation Committee duties. As part of his committee work, Mr. Bale has been a primary author of a Transportation Chapter of the DBIA Manual of Practice and several technical educational programs DBIA uses to educate public and private clients. In 2014 he joined the DBIA Board and is currently in his third year on the Board. Mr. Bale is passionate about design-build and has a desire to help the industry continue to maximize benefits from design-build delivery.

Evan Caplicki, JD


Nossaman LLP

Evan Caplicki is a partner with Nossaman LLP.  Evan guides public agencies through all stages of innovative infrastructure project development – from delivery option selection through procurement and contracting, to contract administration and claims resolution.  In helping lay the foundation for some of the largest transportation projects in the U.S., Evan provides clients extra depth through his extensive construction expertise. He holds a certificate in Construction Management in addition to his law degree, and has represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in public and private building projects during his career.  He also very active in DBIA, serving on a number of committees and co-chairing several conferences.  He is also a board member of the Western Pacific Region Chapter.

Ghada Gad, PhD

Associate Professor

Cal Poly Pomona


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