Each the National Design-Build Student Competition provides young design-builders the opportunity to create a project as a team, present it to some of the industry’s leading pros and earn national recognition for their good work. DBIA’s student competition provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to meet and impress design-build industry leaders one-on-one.
The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2018 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a student residence hall on a college campus in the United States. Finalists from the Regional judging will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three short-listed teams will present in person at DBIA’s annual conference in New Orleans.
TEAMS MUST REGISTER TO COMPETE BY SEPTEMBER 6, 2018.
FMI recently completed the first phase of a comprehensive assessment of the construction industry and the recently released results reveal that nearly a half of non-residential construction projects are currently being delivered using design-build. The research supports statistics previously published by DBIA that states that design-build can shorten a project’s delivery time by 33.5% and lower unit costs by 6.1% when compared to traditional design-bid-build.
Highlights from the FMI research include:
Design-Build is anticipated to account for 44% of non-residential construction spending, delivering $1.2 trillion of in-place construction by 2021.
Design-Build spending is anticipated to grow overall by 18%, with the transportation and water/wastewater market sectors seeing a 30% growth by 2021.
Design-Build also received the highest satisfaction rating when compared to all other project delivery methods, with 76% of owners reporting very good to excellent ratings for completed design-build projects. Opportunities to innovate and the ability to fast-track projects were identified by owners as the top benefits associated with design-build.
Progressive design-build is prevalent in the water and wastewater market sector. However, this procurement type has lagged in the transportation market, specifically the heavy highway market. Could progressive design-build mitigate the liability concerns associated with traditional design-build in other markets?
The answer is yes.
What is PDB?
So, what is progressive design-build? It’s a procurement process that maintains owner control while also pulling the design-build team in as early as possible during the project development stage. The owner selects the team based on qualifications with some level of cost verification versus a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) or fixed price proposal. The team then works with the owner under a cost plus structured contract to develop the design based upon cost-effective project requirements that meet the budget. The owner can add or subtract items as budgets allow so there are no bid surprises.
All parties benefit since the owner is pro-actively involved throughout the design, and bid risks are minimized by openly discussing project requirements collaboratively so items are not left out of the design-build team’s bid.
Kellie Humphries is a construction litigation attorney in Gunster’s Jacksonville, Florida office and has been a member of the DBIA FL Region since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Central and Northern Florida, Northeast Region of Make a Wish and, as a Pennsylvania native, relishes in all Pittsburgh sports teams’ victories from afar. DBIA FL Region Membership Chair Rob Smedley recently sat down with Kellie after she expressed a desire to become more active in the DBIA. Rob asked Kellie a few questions about her DBIA membership and thoughts on emerging industry trends:
As an attorney what is the primary reason you decided to join DBIA?
I joined DBIA because I’m passionate about design-build projects and learning more about the industry from its leading participants. In the time I’ve spent litigating construction cases, it has become clear that there’s nothing more valuable to a lawsuit than understanding the “why and how” behind a project—sometimes the story is just as important as the rule of law. I also joined to participate in the discussions that are pushing the industry forward and to contribute knowledge from the legal perspective.
Registration is now open for this signature annual event. Highlights for this year will include:
Essentials for Design-Build for Owners Education Course
Build-a-Bike Team Building Event for Charity
Keynote presentation by William Hasbrook, Jr., Chairman, DBIA National
Owner and Practitioner Forums
Make plans now to attend!
DESIGN-BUILD IN PRACTICE
Orlando Police Department Headquarters
Design-Builder: HJ High Construction
Client/Owner: City of Orlando
Architect: Architects Design Group
Engineer: RTM Engineering
The Orlando Police Department Headquarters is a three-story tilt wall building that includes secured staff parking and is designed to meet LEED Silver certification with features such as day-lighting, energy efficient mechanical systems and environmentally friendly finishes.
The project has a unique structural component in that two sides are tilt wall concrete structure and the other two sides are steel beam structure with curtain wall. The tilt wall panels are 54 feet tall and the largest weighs 4.3 tons, and the curtain wall is 18,000 SF.
Certification provides the only measurable standard by which to judge one’s knowledge of Design-Build Done Right™.
The Designated Design-Build Professional™ certification program has grown exponentially over the past ten years, and now public agency solicitations are beginning to expressly encourage the inclusion of team members with DBIA™ Certification.
The next Certification Workshop in Florida will take place November 14-16, 2018, in Tampa, FL.
The Central Chapter represented DBIA and design-build at the American Society of Civil Engineers Icebreaker event at the Orlando Science Center. Next on the agenda is a program for September. Details will be coming soon.
The Central Chapter Steering Committee meets monthly on the last Wednesday of each month. DBIA members that would like to get more involved are invited to attend their next meeting. Please contact Chapter Chair Carolyn Bonaventura for more information.
GULF COAST CHAPTER
Following on the heels of April’s very successful Vertical Markets forum, the Gulf Coast Chapter continues to “WOW” our members with opportunities for continuing education and networking. In May, our chapter hosted an educational presentation titled Digitizing the Physical World with 3D Laser given by George F. Young Inc Civil Engineers. Our venue, Maggiano’s Little Italy, was packed and the event was a huge success. We continue to have our monthly steering committee meetings on the third Wednesday followed by a happy hour.