Use of Stipends in the Water/Wastewater Sectors

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2022

The cost of preparing proposals for best value design-build competitions can constitute a considerable burden upon the proposers. The stipend helps cover a portion of the design-build proposal costs and can provide an effective financial incentive to increase competition. Hear from a panel of experts including an Owner, an integrated design-build firm, and a contractor on their views on stipends and the role they play in effective design-build.

Learning Objectives:

1. Hear an Owner's perspective on why stipend are used by some Owners and note by others.

2. Understand the purpose of a stipend and the impact it can have on competition. 

3. Discuss various methods for determining the amount of stipends.

4. Evaluate ways stipends help serve the public's interest.

Bruce Husselbee, P.E., DBIA

Director of Engineering

Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Bruce W. Husselbee is the Director of Engineering for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). He has worked for HRSD for twenty (20) years. Prior to HRSD, he worked in the consulting engineering field for twelve (12) years. His responsibilities include the management of the Asset Management, Design & Construction and Planning & Analysis Divisions. A major role for his department includes implementing HRSD’s $1.5B, 10 Year Capital Improvement Program.

John Giachino, DBIA

PC Construction (Retired)

John A. Giachino, DBIA has nearly 50 years of industry experience, including more than 45 years in municipal water and wastewater utility asset management, operations and maintenance, and capital program execution. He has been instrumental in the development and management of more than 20 water and wastewater projects utilizing collaborative delivery methods in the U.S. and overseas.

 Mr. Giachino has recently retired. During his career he served in executive project management and business development positions for major U.S. and international engineering and construction firms for Design-Build, Design-Build-Operate, Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) projects and O&M Outsourcing.  He has also served as owner advisor on collaborative delivery projects. 

John is a Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Board Director and a certified DBIA instructor. He is the current Chair of DBIA’s Water/Wastewater Markets Committee and has been a DBIA National Awards jurist for many years.

Michelle Green, DBIA

Design-Build Sales Lead


Ms. Green leads the Design-Build business for Jacobs Water Market in the Western US, building on a career of leading successful water and wastewater projects. With over 26 years of experience, Michelle regularly provides project delivery analyses, has delivered major capital projects in all delivery formats and provided Owner’s Agent services for both CMAR and Progressive Design-Build projects.

Philip Sudol

Director - Design-Build Sales & Growth, Jacobs

Phil Sudol is part of the Jacobs Design-Build Growth and Sales Team.  He is responsible for the North East, Mid-Atlantic, Florida and South Central regions. Phil has been involved in the delivery of Design -Build projects throughout the United States in the Water and Wastewater market sectors for the past twenty-five plus years.  Phil has served as an Owner, Owner’s Advisor and Practitioner.  Phil’s resume includes projects ranging in size from $1M to in excess of $400M.

He is a member of the DBIA and Water Design Build Council.


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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available