Call for Presentations

Building Teams & Breaking Barriers
2020 Federal Design-Build Symposium

August 4 – 5, 2020

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 24, 2020

The Design-Build Institute of America will once again gather the leaders of our industry, Owners and practitioners, in a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn together and network. Building on last year’s success, the 2020 Federal Design-Build Symposium will bring together key players from Federal agencies and the design and construction industry for sessions focused on optimizing federal project outcomes by improving collaboration.

We are looking for subject matter experts with hands-on experience to highlight key aspects of design-build project delivery including, but not limited to case studies of implementing — or not implementing — best practices with a focus on lessons learned, managing risk and expectations in Federal projects, the evolution of collaboration/teaming and making the essential mental shift for success, and the all-important facets of developing a successful acquisition strategy.

Only submissions that align with the core purposes noted above will be considered.

In furtherance of the overview above, the following have been identified as potential areas of interest:

  1. Managing Risk and Expectations in a Complex Market
    • Key trends and leading practices
    • Owner’s role in managing risk
    • The role of effective teaming in risk management
    • Obstacles and pitfalls to effectively managing risk
    • Effectively assessing and assigning risk.
    • Risk management for mega projects
  2. Developing the Optimal Acquisition Strategy
    • Determining the appropriate procurement method.
    • Writing an effective RFQ/RFP
    • Communicating Design Excellence goals
    • Selecting/Structuring a dynamic design-build team
    • Strategies to maximize the advantages of design-build
    • Incentive contracting
    • Effective use of stipends and award fees
    • Working within the FAR/DFAR
  3. Effective Teaming, Collaboration and Making the Mental Shift
    • Developing the leadership skills required in Design-Build Done Right™
    • The how and why of early engagement of the team (designer, specialty trades, etc.)
    • BIM, VDC and other Integration tools and techniques that enhance collaboration
    • The important role of procurement and legal professionals

How are Presentations Scored?

A committee of design-build industry experts reviews and ranks all submissions received. Additional consideration will be given to presentations that include one or more of the following elements.

  • Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Credit by AIA
  • One or more presenters hold the DBIA™ or Associate DBIA™ credential (DBIA will verify this).
  • Owner participation is included in proposed panel discussions.
  • The topic is not commercial promotion of specific products or service offerings.
  • DBIA Best Practices are emphasized.
  • The use of design-build and lessons learned are used to provide practical insights into delivering successful design-build projects

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Phone: 202-682-0110


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