Rising to the Challenge: Design-Build's Role in Crisis Recovery webinar (July 31, 2024)

Includes a Live Web Event on 07/31/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Decades of research underscore the advantages of design-build project delivery, particularly in times of crisis. Design-build’s inherent innovation and collaborative approach consistently drive faster project completions, ensuring reliable performance with less cost and schedule growth. Design-build has been pivotal in building and reconstruction efforts across the nation, swiftly delivering thousands of critical infrastructure projects — from bridges and highways to schools and emergency facilities — and has proven instrumental to rapid community recovery after natural disasters.

Join us for this webinar as we discuss notable design-build emergency projects including medical facilities erected during the COVID-19 pandemic, the rebuild of the Minneapolis I-35 Bridge and the restoration of the Pentagon post-9/11. Explore how this integrated approach not only accelerates project delivery but also ensures resilience and cost-effectiveness in the face of adversity. Additionally, discover how DBIA's advocacy efforts continue to impact the legislative landscape across the country by supporting and championing effective integrated delivery laws and regulations with local and state lawmakers.

Craig H. Unger, FDBIA


Unger Security Solutions, LLC

Craig Unger is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, providing consulting services for acquisition management; project delivery; and advisory services for the security and detention environment.  Mr. Unger founded the business upon his retirement from the federal government in 2003.

Mr. Unger was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States in August 2001, to serve as the Justice Department's Federal Detention Trustee.  As a career civil servant with over 26 years of service, Mr. Unger achieved the highest leadership role (Senior Executive Service) before retiring as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Justice Department.

Additionally, Mr. Unger served as President of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA 2003 – 2004) and is regarded as a leader of the integrated project delivery design-build movement in the public sector.

Mr. Unger has an extensive background in various alternative disputes resolution (ADR) techniques to include Facilitating numerous Partnering Workshops, Mediation Services, and a former member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Disputes Resolution Board.

Mr. Unger is a nationally recognized lecturer throughout the industry and has authored numerous articles and publications, including US Congressional reports and testimony.  He received a BA in Accounting from Bloomsburg University; a MBA from West Virginia University; and attended Harvard University for post graduate work.  He is also a Veteran of the US Marine Corps.

Craig is also the winner of DBIA’s Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor DBIA bestows.

Greg R. Gidez, AIA, FDBIA, LEED AP

Corporate Director of Design Services, Hensel Phelps

Greg is a Licensed Architect and the Director of Design Services for Hensel Phelps. As the senior design professional with Hensel Phelps, he oversees preconstruction services including marketing, procurement, design build, design assist, and design management. In addition, Mr. Gidez oversees the Hensel Phelps Virtual Design and Construction department, advancing the use of technology in the design and construction processes. Mr. Gidez is the past chair of the DBIA Board of Directors, past chair of the AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community, a board member for the Charles Pankow Foundation which focuses on research in the design and construction industry, and a national speaker and instructor.

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.

Peter Davich, PE, DBIA

Design-Build Program Manager

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Peter Davich has worked at the Minnesota DOT for the past 21 years. He spent his earlier years at the DOT working in the Metro Design Office as a Project Manager. In 2013 Peter transitioned to his current position as MnDOT’s Design-Build Program Manager. In this position he develops MnDOT’s programmatic Design-Build policy, he serves as an assistant project manager on each of MnDOT Design-Build projects, and he is generally leads “all things Design-Build


Rising to the Challenge: Design-Build's Role in Crisis Recovery webinar
07/31/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
07/31/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
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