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DBIA National Board of Directors

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DBIA Certification Board

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DBIA Committees

Contracts Committee

Committee Chair: Scott A. Churilla, HDR
Vice Chair: Holly Schaefer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Louis Jenny, Vice President, Advocacy and Outreach

Committee Charge: The charge of the Contracts Committee is to monitor developments in the design-build contracting arena and in that context, assure that DBIA offers a complete and up-to-date family of contract documents and forms consistent with Best Practices and that they are marketed and distributed in an effective manner. To this end, the committee will:

  • Oversee the regular review and updates of DBIA contracts to ensure that DBIA form documents are a fair basis for successful projects and reflect the latest industry Best Practices.
  • Assess development of new contracts and forms as the committee determines necessary, draft such documents for DBIA Board review and approval.
  • Develop new standard forms RFQ and RFPs.
  • Develop educational products, such as Manual of Practice chapters, webinars, articles, conference sessions, specifically focused on DBIA contracts and other committee products.
  • Assist in developing strategies to market new and updated committee products. Monitor and recommend adjustments in format and methods for sale and distribution of products.
  • Collaborate with DBIA’s committee on Public-Private Partnerships (P3) on developments on needs and trends in the P3 arena.

Design Advisory Council

Committee Chair: Rick del Monte AIA, LEED AP, Managing Director, The Beck Group
Staff Liaison: Andrew Ausel, Associate Director, Advocacy

Committee Charge:

  • Develop strategies that support A/E firm business goals.
  • Encourage design excellence within design-build delivery through specific products, services and tools.
  • Equip owners to effectively communicate design excellence goals.
  • Elevate the awareness of both aesthetic and functional design excellence that is achieved via Design-Build Done Right™.

Education, Best Practices & Resources Committee

Committee Chair: Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, President & CEO, Capital Project Strategies, LLC
Vice Chair: Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA, Principal, Thaxton Parkinson PLLC
Staff Liaisons:
Valexia Hall, Vice President, Education and Certification
Mihisha Henderson, Director, Education

Committee Charge:

  • Review and update Universal Best Practices, as necessary.
  • Review and update DBIA core curriculum.
  • Advise Certification Board on necessary updates to Certification Exam.
  • Assess gaps in education and recommend ways to fill identified gaps.
  • Develop an expanded body of knowledge via new tools, resources and data including updates and addition to the Manual of Practice, as necessary.
  • Develop an online learning strategy.
  • Develop position papers, as needed, to further the understanding of Design-Build Done Right™.

Federal Markets Committee

Committee Chair: Richard J. Formella, DBIA, PMP, CPPO, President of Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC
Staff Liaison: Louis J. Jenny, Vice President, Advocacy and Outreach

Committee Charge:

  • Recommend relevant content for education courses and conferences, and assist in development, as appropriate.
  • Oversee implementation of Federal-specific activities (such as DBIA-hosted Federal Owners Forum).
  • Collaborate with other industry organizations on key Federal issues to collectively facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and continually update best practices specific to the Federal sector.
  • Lead development of tools/resources to assist Federal owners in executing design-build more effectively.
  • Monitor legislative/regulatory obstacles and propose solutions.

International Task Force

Committee Chair: Patrick Crosby, DBIA, S.E., LEEP AP, President, Crosby Group Engineering
Staff Liaison: Mihisha Henderson, Director, Education

Committee Charge:

  • Evaluate level of international involvement by existing members/industry partners.
  • Enhance opportunities for those currently or interested in working in the international marketplace.
  • Partner with international organizations of architects, engineers and contractors to reach new markets.

Legislative Committee

Committee Chair: Patrick Miller, Esq., Faegre Baker
Staff Liaisons:
Richard Thomas, Director, State/Local Legislative Affairs
Andrew Ausel, Associate Director, Advocacy

Committee Charge: The charge of the Legislative Committee is to monitor significant developments in the design-build arena, including how statutes and case law are evolving and impacting the successful execution of design-build project delivery. To this end, the committee will:

  • Develop and monitor strategies to expand and/or maintain legislative authority in all jurisdictions for design-build, best value selection (BVS), and qualifications-based selection (QBS) and — in collaboration with the P3 Committee — public-private partnerships (P3).
  • Oversee development of legislative tool kits to be used by regions and local leaders in drafting and advocating for design-build, BVS, and QBS and P3 legislation.
  • Be a resource for staff for guidance on legislative development and drafting.
  • Make recommendations to the DBIA National Board of Directors as it relates to issues on which the Institute should consider a formal position, including the decisions to file amicus briefs.

Membership & Region Development Committee

Committee Chair: Robert Smedley, AIA, NCARB Contractor, RS&H
Staff Liaisons:
Matthew Mantione, CAE, Director, Membership Development
Mia Porter, Manager, Member Services & Engagement

Committee Charge:

  • Review/assess member demographic data and track progress towards increased engagement of target markets.
  • Assess value proposition of membership, and make recommendations for enhancement.
  • Continually assess Region performance as it relates to programs, marketing/outreach initiatives and owner engagement, and develop strategies to enhance Region performance.
  • Identify and catalog best practices in Region management.

Owner Representative Task Force

Committee Chair: Peter Kinsley, CBC, DBIA, President – Gov’t & Pubic Services, Haskell
Staff Liaison: Lisa Washington, CAE, CEO/Executive Director

Committee Charge: The charge of the Owner Representative Task Force is to clarify the role of the Owner’s Representative in a Design-Build Done Right™ model. The role of an Owner’s Representative has developed over the years as the complexities of contractual obligations have led owners to seek advice and to “feel” represented during design and construction. In the last few decades this representative role has been filled to some degree with the development of the Construction Management (CM) or Project/Program Management (PM) role, as well as by design professionals. However, it has focused largely on the role within the design-bid-build model of procurement.

To that end, the Owner Representative Task Force will develop a position paper to address, at a minimum, the following:

  • What support does an owner truly need under a design-build contractual model?
  • What are/should be the qualifications to provide Owner Representative services?
  • What is the most appropriate structure of the Owner’s Representative (e.g., CM/PM, an extension of the owner’s staff, an owner criteria consultant or an entity not currently identified in the marketplace?)
  • How does an Owner’s Representative successfully integrate as part of the project team, embracing the trust, transparency and team integration that is the cornerstone of successful design-build project delivery?

Public Private Partnerships (P3) Committee

Committee Chair/Thought Leader: Yukiko Kojima, Esq., Partner, Nossaman LLP
Vice Chair: Susan V. Roberts, Ph.D., PG, Business Development Director, Abengoa
Staff Liaison: Louis J. Jenny, Vice President, Advocacy and Outreach

Committee Charge:

  • Develop and provide P3 guidelines, best practices, project success examples to DBIA stakeholders, including linkages to other organizations with existing information.
  • Develop P3 training as part of the DBIA catalog of offerings.
  • Consider ways to build on the growth of the use of P3 as a target market of growth for DBIA via new members, conference sales, and training courses.
  • Ensure educational tracks on international practice, contract documents and marketing opportunities, exist at DBIA conferences.
  • Evaluate and document international practices that could serve to enhance domestic design-build.

Student Competition Committee

Committee Chair/Thought Leader: Dennis Ashely, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA, Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton Builders
Vice Chair: Ben Dzioba, P.E., PMP, DBIA, Design-Build Program Manager/Principal, Braun Intertec
Staff Liaison:

Committee Charge:

  • Reviewing four to five RFP sections to judge for up to ten teams; section assignment is dependent on individual juror area of concentration.
  • Submitting comments and final scores on time to Competition chair.
  • Attend the final in-person presentation by top three finalists at the Design-Build Conference and Expo.
  • Score final presentations, along with providing comments and feedback related to individual area of concentration to teams and jury members in final jury deliberation.

Transportation Markets Committee

Committee Chair/Thought Leader: Jim Avitabile, P.E., DBIA, Strategic Initiatives Leader, RS&H
Vice Chair: John W. Bale, P.E., DBIA, MBA, President, JWBale Inc.
Staff Liaisons:
Richard Thomas, Director, State/Local Legislative Affairs
Andrew Ausel, Associate Director, Advocacy

Committee Charge:

  • Recommend methods and strategies to expand opportunities for owner education.
  • Collaborate with industry organizations on key issues to collectively facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and continually update best practices specific to the Transportation sector.
  • Recommend needed tools/resources to assist owners in executing design-build more effectively.
  • Provide input on the content development phase of the Transportation Conference.
  • Broaden DBIA’s view of the transportation markets to include all transportation sub-markets, public and private, and at all levels: national, county and municipality
  • Collaborate with the P3 committee as it pertains to the transportation sector.

University Outreach & Engagement Committee

Committee Chair/Thought Leader: Kelly Strong, Ph.D., DBIA, Associate Professor of Construction Management, Colorado State University
Vice Chair: Catherine Woodworth-Kemp, LEED AP, Project Engineer, Hensel Phelps
Staff Liaison:

Committee Charge:

  • Determine methods by which DBIA education can be expanded within the college/university settings.
  • Determine/Implement activities to actively engage students in design-build project delivery prior to graduation.
  • Identify ways to more fully engage academia in the activities of DBIA (e.g. conferences, articles, research, etc.).
  • Lead the revamping of the DBIA Student Chapter program to enhance the program’s image and to provide added value for students and industry.

Water/Wastewater Markets Committee

Committee Chair/Thought Leader: Bryan Bedell, DBIA, Division Leader, Water, Haskell
Vice Chair: John Mitchell, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Staff Liaison:

Committee Charge:

  • Develop and monitor strategies to successfully execute the DBIA-WDBC alliance.
  • Provide input to the content development phase for the annual Water/Wastewater conference.
  • Collaborate with other industry organizations on key issues to facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and continually update best practices specific to the Water/Wastewater sector.
  • Recommend needed tools/resources to assist owners in executing design-build more effectively.
  • Monitor legislative/regulatory obstacles and propose solutions.
  • Collaborate with DBIA’s committee on Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as it pertains to the water/wastewater sectors.