DBIA’s 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference Fast Approaching

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) will be hosting its 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in Charlotte, N.C., April 20-22. It is the first time the conference will be hosted in Charlotte.

The Design-Build Institute of America is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. The DBIA aims to educate owners that selecting design-build helps achieve the best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

As an institution, DBIA’s objective is to provide education, training, networking and support to all players involved in the design and construction industry as noted by DBIA’s Executive Director & CEO Lisa Washington. A reminder that DBIA members span the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, including architects, engineers, specialty contractors, owners, consultants, lawyers, business development professionals, students and teachers.

DBIA has recently completed strategic planning for 2016-2018, and the Institute is excited to announce that the three top priorities for these next few years will be (1) to universalize Design-Build Done Right; (2) to leverage the existing strengths of design-build, and (3) to continue to deliver high value to all members and customers.

DBIA seeks to move forward as a high performance organization that is committed to the advocacy of Design-Build Done Right across both the public and private market sectors in order to advocate collaboration and integration of all project teams.

According to Washington, DBIA is “thrilled to bring the popular water/wastewater conference to North Carolina for the first time. The state is home to a number of the most successful design-build projects including the DBIA award-winning McAlpine Creek Wastewater Management Facilities which is located just outside of Charlotte.”

The DBIA executive team is excited that the upcoming conference will attract attendance from across the nation to hear from North Carolina design-build experts as well as experts that will come from California, Colorado, Texas and other states.

Featured speakers will include the Mayor of Charlotte as well as the Water Director of Charlotte. As in the past, DBIA’s Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference is co-sponsored by AWWA, WEF and the Water Design-Build Council.

The keynote and general sessions will feature design-build leaders such as Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA, from the University of Denver who will address the concept of adaptive intelligence, and Barry Gullet, P.E., Director of Charlotte Water, as well as an owner panel with representatives from Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Charlotte Water, Spartanburg Water and Greenville Utilities.

It worth noting that there will be a discussion panel at the conference that will focus on the different design-build methods including progressive design-build and fixed price design build. There will also be a session that focuses on the decision process by city and town councils and water system managers to use design-build contracting for the water/wastewater projects.

On the last day of the conference, there will be a unique session about what goes on behind the scenes of a complicated and pressure-packed project, and how a team seeks to overcome project delivery challenges and roadblocks. The DC Water team will give a morning presentation not to be missed.

The 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference is a must-attend conference event. For more information and to register, visit www.dbia.org.

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