Taking a Closer Look at Differing SIGHT Conditions

A Closer Look at Differing SIGHT Conditions

Experienced design-builders know that subsurface risk and the impact of pre-existing conditions on a project is in the eye of the beholder and is often directly related to individual and collective perceptions. A good design-builder would not commit to a firm, fixed price before doing appropriate subsurface investigations. And a good Owner would not expect them to do so.
The best design-builders address differing site conditions based not only on the information they clearly see in front of them, but on a deeper analysis of the situation. It just makes good sense to look beyond the surface.

So, if it makes sense to look beyond the surface on a project, doesn’t it make sense to look beyond the surface in other aspects of our lives, including in our relationships, interaction, and partnerships with others? DBIA is proud to have some of the most forward thinking, innovative, caring and committed members in the design and construction industry. But even at DBIA, implicit bias is alive and well. “Diversity” and “Inclusion” are the safer, sanitized version of the elephant in the room – racism and racial bias. That is why DBIA is taking a bold stance in not just dipping our toe into topics of “diversity and inclusion,” but jumping waist-deep into the topic of racial bias and how we see each other when we refuse to look beyond the surface.

As protests swept the country, it was clear that returning to “business as usual” is not only beyond our current reach, but likely will not be good for business for DBIA, our members, or any organization that wants to thrive and grow in the future. Our nation has seen enough of the vague platitudes about change; it is time for those that truly believe in fair and equal treatment regardless of race to commit to action. Achieving racial equity in the workplace is certain to be one of the most important issues that companies will tackle in the coming decade, making it one of many other “disruptors” for DBIA, our members and our industry.

DBIA is a proud winner of a 2023 Bronze Stevie® Award at the 21st American Business Awards® showcase in the video category of Diversity & Inclusion. “In Their Own Voices” features Jumoke Akin-Taylor, CCM, PMP, DBIA, Project Manager with San Francisco Public Works, speaking about her diversity, equity and inclusion journey and how her work has brought a fresh perspective to the industry.


Please join DBIA as we engage in “less talk” and “more action” to find solutions to the core issue of racial bias in the AEC industry.

Underutilized Business Enterprise (UBE) Membership Discounts

One of our first actions to put our “money where our mouth is” is to offer an unprecedented 50% membership discount for Underutilized Business Enterprise firms. We’re committed to helping America’s design-build teams find and hire UBE firms and the first step is to build those networks vital for successful collaboration.

DBIA is where collaboration powers industry transformation.

This special membership offer is just the beginning…

DBIA is now making plans to offer UBE-specific education and resources exclusively for you. As a member, you’ll be part of helping us craft resources that meet your needs and help you grow your business.

UBE Offer

UBE Firms Save 20% on DBIA Conferences

Underutilized Business Enterprise firms that register to attend DBIA Conferences will receive significant savings while also building valuable new design-build industry and Owner connections. Design-build teams are looking for UBE team members and DBIA conferences provide the opportunity to make contacts that build relationships and fuel your business.


DEI Case Studies

DBIA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee highlighted three successful design-build projects with impressive DEI results to attendees at the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater and Transportation/Aviation conference.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs are as unique as the projects where they’re implemented. Learn more from experienced Owners and industry leaders about what makes a meaningful DEI program and how successful engagement of Underutilized Business Enterprise (UBE) engagement can superpower your success.

Learn how successful UBE programs delivered impressive results on these design-build projects:

  • Wichita’s Northwest Water Facility
  • 1-405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes
  • Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport Terminal C High Gates

Watch the Less Talk-More Action – Using Design-Build to Power UBE Participation video recording
*CEU credits are not available with this recording

Download the DEI Project Case Studies summary

DBIA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee Charge

The charge of the DBIA’s DEI Committee is to increase awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues by engaging in “less talk” and “more action” to find solutions to the core issue of racial bias in the AEC industry. We will achieve this by:

1. Demonstrating DBIA’s commitment to positive change with updates/revisions to our:

  • Membership Application
  • Contract Documents
  • Code of Ethics
  • Region Charter

2. Prepare our members to successfully address the complex issue of racial bias by:

  • Adjusting DBIA’s core education and conference programs to include discussions of the value of diversity (risk and reward discussions)
  • Helping Owners create a space where opportunities and fair treatment of all, regardless of race, is expected both internally and within project teams
  • Highlighting transformational results of firms that embrace diversity
  • Engaging minority leaders at the National and Region levels
  • Transforming the way MWSBE firms are viewed and engaged by eliminating the stigma associated with these firms
  • Determining strategies for members to become “neighborhood advocates” by engaging those from underserved communities and further engaging MWSBEs (i.e., scholarships, internships, etc.)

3. Make diversity and inclusion a key element of Workforce Development initiatives including:

  • Reaching out to minorities at elementary, middle, and high school levels to educate on careers in the AEC industry
  • Partnering with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to educate about design-build and the broad array of opportunities in the AEC industry
  • Improving the image/perception of industry labor jobs by highlighting the important contribution to society of their work

2021 NIBS Equity Survey

DBIA is proud to have supported the 2021 National Institute of Building Sciences Social Equity Survey and appreciates the many DBIA members who took the time to participate as respondents.

We believe this work is extremely important to provide the data needed to make informed decisions as we plot a social equity course for our AEC workplaces and design-build teams.

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