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DBIA Committees

Board Development Committee

Committee Chair:
Barbara Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA
Clark Construction

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Washington, CAE

The Board Development Committee is an Advisory Committee consisting of seven (7) members. The members of the Board Development Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, and the appointments shall be approved by the Board of Directors. The Board Development Committee shall identify qualified individuals for membership on the Board of Directors and recommend to the Nominating Committee the director nominees for consideration at the next Annual Meeting of the membership.

Contracts Committee

Committee Chair:
Holly Streeter-Schaefer
Burns & McDonnell

Staff Liaison:
Louis Jenny

Monitor developments in the design-build contracting arena and work to ensure DBIA offers a complete and up-to-date family of contract documents and forms in support of and consistent with Best Practices.

  • Complete review and update of DBIA core contracts and submit to the DBIA National Board for review and approval.
  • Draft DEI product (exhibit or contract), solicit appropriate input and feedback, and submit to the DBIA National Board for review and approval.
  • Assist in developing strategies to market new and updated committee products.
  • Identify gaps and assess development of new contracts and forms as the committee determines necessary; draft such documents, solicit appropriate industry input, and submit to the DBIA National Board for review and approval.
  • Develop educational products, such as comparison matrices (to other industry forms), Manual of Practice chapters, webinars, articles, conference sessions, in support of contract documents.
  • Work with market sector committees, as necessary, to develop market-sector specific addendums.

Design-Build Conference & Expo Planning Committee

Committee Chair:
Dana Pomeroy, DBIA, AIA, LEED AP
Whiting-Turner

Staff Liaison:
Valexia Hall

Plan and deliver a well‐balanced conference program, including an agenda of general and concurrent educational sessions and networking events.

  • Lead development of a credible, relevant, and cutting-edge program.
  • Solicit, review, and select presentations.
  • Ensure all education sessions provide discernable value and concrete takeaways.
  • Ensure valuable networking opportunities.
  • Identify potential alliances and partnerships to help expand awareness of the conferences.
  • Develop strategies to expand engagement by Owners, with strategies specific to Owners in the host city.
  • Recommend changes/innovations to enhance the conference program (within the scope of budget and space restrictions).
  • Review attendee and exhibitor feedback to determine ways to continuously improve programming, providing recommendations for the subsequent years’ event.

Design Professionals’ Advisory and Engagement Committee

Committee Chair:
Virginia McAllister, DBIA, RA, LEED, NCARB, NCIDQ
Iron Horse Architects

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Washington, CAE

Identify hurdles to successful designer engagement in design-build and develop strategies to make design-build more appealing to the design community.

  • Assess the need for modifications to DBIA contract documents and best practices to appropriately address designer risks and contingencies.
  • Dispel myths and misconceptions about the role of designers in Design-Build Done Right®.
  • Develop strategies in support of A/E firm business goals.
  • Glean lessons learned from projects with claims, disputes, and/or litigation and use as the basis of strategies to make design-build more appealing for the design community.
  • Document best practices for a highly effective designer/builder/Owner relationship.
  • Highlight successful architect-led design-build projects and document best practices.
  • Educate DBIA’s non-design professions on what design excellence means.
  • Elevate “all” design professions to achieve the most comprehensive, innovative, and smart design possible.
  • Expand Design Professionals by guiding Small/Veteran/Minority Owned Businesses towards successful involvement and growth.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Committee Chair:
Herb Yamamoto
BIM-Connection

Staff Liaison:
Bailey Kasten, CAE

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.

  • In conjunction with other committee and regions, demonstrate DBIA’s commitment to positive change by reviewing and recommending updates/revisions to our:
    • Membership Application
    • Contract Documents
    • Code of Ethics
    • Region Charter
  • Preparing our members to successfully address the complex issue of racial bias by:
    • Making recommendations for adjustments to 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.
    • Leading development of case studies highlighting transformational results of firms that embrace diversity.
    • Proactively 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.).
  • Recommend strategies to make diversity and inclusion a key element of Workforce Development initiatives including:
    • Recommending methods for reaching minorities at elementary, middle, and high school levels to educate on careers in the AEC industry.
    • Proposing strategies for partnering with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to educate about design-build and the broad array of opportunities in the AEC industry.
    • Assist in Improving the image/perception of industry labor jobs by highlighting the important contribution to society of their work.

Education Committee

Committee Chair:
Robynne Thaxton, JD, FDBIA
Thaxton, LLC

Staff Liaison:
Mihisha Henderson
Jim Ropelewski

Lead the evolution of Design-Build Done Right® to include recommendations for changes/enhancements to DBIA’s overall professional development program, including an assessment of how design-build has evolved, the impact of emerging trends, and how the roles/responsibilities of design-build team members have changed.

  • Assess and fill gaps in education with a specific focus on the following:
    • Progressive Design-Build
    • Leadership Development
    • Design Excellence
    • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Serve as a vetting and approval arm for all PDB resources developed by other committees.
  • Develop an expanded body of knowledge via new tools, resources, and data to support foundational Design-Build Done Right® best practices and techniques.
  • Assess the body of knowledge required of DBIA certified professionals and make recommendations for changes to the core curriculum and exam.
  • In close collaboration with the Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB), develop and manage a timeline for core curriculum and exam updates.
  • Identify potential strategic alliances for joint resource development and dissemination.

Federal Markets Committee

Committee Chair:
Laura Stagner, DBIA, FAIA, PMP
Retired, GSA Public Buildings Service, Office of Project Delivery

Staff Liaison:
Louis Jenny

Continually assesses project delivery practices, challenges, and opportunities in the Federal sector to help ensure success in project delivery for Federal Owners and industry practitioners, with a focus on expanding the use and understanding of Design-Build Done Right®.

  • Oversee, recommend, and produce themes and content for Federal Design-Build Symposium.
  • Recommend strategies and facilitate expansion of scope and attendance at Federal Design-Build Symposium.
  • Collaborate with other industry organizations on key Federal issues that impact design-build to collectively facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and update as necessary best practices specific to the Federal sector.
  • Recommend relevant content for education courses and conferences, and assist in development, as appropriate.
  • Monitor legislative/regulatory obstacles and propose solutions.

Futures Council

Committee Chair:
Deb Sheehan, DBIA, ACHE, LEED AP, EDAC
DPR Construction

Staff Liaison:
Brian Skripac

Build on the Council’s work of 2019 – 2021 by continuing to provide thought leadership on topics that will affect project delivery and the built environment over the next 20+ years. Further advance findings in support of the 2022–2024 strategic direction.

  • Lead continuation of the following initiatives:
    • Investigate behaviors and methods that foster and enable better delivery strategies.
    • Explore strategies to recruit and retain high-level talent into the A/E/C industry.
    • Determining the longer-term implications of technology’s influence to design-build delivery.
  • Confirm research needs of the Strategic Plan recommendations.
  • Activate Research Team(s) and define work plans in coordination with DBIA Committees.
  • Prepare an FY ’22 Summary Report to the Board.

Legislative Committee

Committee Chair:
Vince Campanella
Lydig Construction

Staff Liaison:
Richard Thomas

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.

  • 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); Progressive Design-Build (PDB) and 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 legislation.
  • Be a resource for the drafting of legislative language, comments, or testimony on pending legislation.
  • Make recommendations to the DBIA National Board of Directors as it relates to issues on which the Institute should consider a formal position, including recommendations related to the filing of amicus briefs (in consultation with the Contracts Committee).

Membership Advisory Committee

Committee Chair:
Katie Nilsen
E-J Electric Installation Co.

Staff Liaison:
Salvador Chairez

Guide expansion and growth of DBIA membership and engagement through strategic outreach and increased member value.

  • Expand the member value proposition through identification of potential new tools and resources for DBIA members.
  • Serve as an ongoing focus group for new DBIA initiatives.
  • Provide feedback on the development of new and improved reporting and dashboards for regions.
  • Routinely assess member data and dashboards to determine ways to capitalize on areas of opportunity.
  • Guide development and analysis of an annual member survey.
  • Review and revise regional retention toolkit.
  • Assist with targeted prospective member outreach, including strategies to reach untapped (or under-represented) markets.
  • Create and update testimonials and member spotlights.
  • Assist in staffing the membership booth at DBIA conferences.

Owner Advisor Committee

Committee Chair:
Molly Jones, LEED AP, AIA, GGP, DBIA
Jones Design Studio, PLLC

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Washington, CAE

Identify best practices and develop industry standards for the required skillset of an effective Owner Advisor and utilize this information to develop guidelines, training and other strategies for industry-wide dissemination and use by Owners and Owner Advisors in design-build.

  • Develop consistent terminology to clearly communicate the range of consulting services available to Owners.
  • In collaboration with the Contracts Committee, review DBIA’s existing Standard Form of Agreement to ensure suitability for use between an Owner and an Owner Advisor.
  • In collaboration with the Education Committee and the Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB), produce specialized resources/education, and guide development of a specialty credential, for Owner Advisors.
  • Develop readiness assessment and scope evaluation tools to assist Owners in identifying and prioritizing needs in the selection of the consultant.
  • Utilize information gleaned from project awards submissions to develop and continually refine best practices in the selection, use and role of Owner Advisors.
  • Work with other organizations, as appropriate (i.e., CMAA) to advance a consistent understanding of the role of Owner Advisors.

Student and Young Professional Engagement Committee

Committee Chair:
Catherine Woodworth, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Hensel Phelps

Staff Liaison:
Bailey Kasten, CAE

Play a proactive role in preparing the next generation of design-build leaders by enhancing the DBIA member value proposition for architectural, engineering, construction management, and trade school students and young professionals.

  • Support the continued success and growth of the mentorship program.
  • Leverage technology to develop an annual series of student- and young professional-specific events to support aligned engagement.
  • In collaboration with the Education Committee, incorporate a student-focused lens to the curriculum of the DBIA University Program.
  • In collaboration with the annual conference planning committee, identify opportunities to expand content to attract students and young professionals.
  • Identify opportunities for expanded university engagement.
  • Review and update the DBIA Student Competition for greater industry alignment, including as assessment of the ASC Design-Build Student Competition.
  • Create a standard toolkit to guide successful student/academia engagement including the DB University Program, Student Chapters, and Student Competition.
  • Create spaces for collaboration and shared resources to guide strategic alignment between national and region efforts.
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships (i.e., AIAS) to expand DBIA’s reach and impact.

Transportation/Aviation Markets Committee

Committee Chair:
Jim Avitabile, PE, DBIA
RS&H

Staff Liaison:
Richard Thomas

Continually assesses project delivery practices, challenges and opportunities in the Transportation and Aviation sectors to help ensure success in project delivery, with a focus on expanding the use and understanding of Design-Build Done Right®.

  • Collaborate with other industry organizations on key Transportation and/or Aviation issues that impact design-build to collectively facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and continually update best practices specific to the Transportation and Aviation sectors.
  • Recommend relevant content for education courses and conferences, and assist in development, as appropriate.
  • Provide input on Transportation- and Aviation-specific activities and events, including liaising with both the Transportation/Aviation Conference and Design-Build Conference & Expo planning committees.
  • Lead development of tools/resources to assist Owners in effective execution of design-build.
  • Monitor legislative/regulatory obstacles and propose solutions.

Transportation/Aviation Conference Planning Committee

Committee Chair (Interim):
Jolena Missildine, Assoc. DBIA, CCM, CPPB
Washington State Department of Transportation

Staff Liaison:
Emily Eagon

Plan and deliver a well‐balanced conference program specific to Owners and practitioners in the Transportation/Aviation space, including an agenda of general and concurrent educational sessions and networking events.

  • Lead development of a credible, relevant, and cutting-edge program.
  • Solicit, review, and select presentations.
  • Ensure all education sessions provide discernable value and concrete takeaways.
  • Ensure valuable networking opportunities.
  • Identify potential alliances and partnerships to help expand awareness of the conferences.
  • Develop strategies to expand engagement by Owners, with strategies specific to Owners in the host city.
  • Recommend changes/innovations to enhance the conference program (within the scope of budget and space restrictions).
    • Review attendee and exhibitor feedback to determine ways to continuously improve programming, providing recommendations for the subsequent years’ event.

Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Committee

Committee Chair:
Alex Belkofer, CM-BIM
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Staff Liaison:
Brian Skripac

Educate the industry and level set the BIM/VDC conversation across all market segments to elevate the understanding of its value while shaping how VDC can thrive in a collaborative “whole team approach” design-build project delivery environment.

  • Lead the development of BIM and VDC related terminology, standards, and documents.
  • In collaboration with the Education Committee, provide insight and content on needed education curriculum.
  • Advance how model-based standards and deliverables can provide value to Owners throughout the lifecycle of their projects.
  • Build strategic relationships with other organizations, colleges/universities and technology providers to expand our reach and impact as it relates to the integration of processes and technology.
  • In coordination with the Education Committee, continually assesses project delivery best practices, identify challenges, and provide solutions to optimizing the design-build project delivery model.
  • Capture topics and projects for articles, webinars, course topics, and new products/services based upon real world industry best practices on the value of VDC to enhance the design-build process.
  • Collaborate with the Futures Council on how technology is disrupting the industry.

Water/Wastewater Markets Committee

Committee Chair:
Bruce Husselbee, PE, DBIA
Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Staff Liaison:
Steven Askew

Continually assesses project delivery practices, challenges, and opportunities in the Water/Wastewater sector to help ensure success in project delivery, with a focus on expanding the use and understanding of Design-Build Done Right®.

  • Collaborate with other industry organizations on key water and wastewater issues that impact design-build to collectively facilitate positive change.
  • Assess and continually update best practices specific to the Water and Wastewater sectors.
  • Recommend relevant content for education courses and conferences, and assist in development.
  • Provide input on water- and wastewater-specific activities and events, including liaising with both the Water/Wastewater and Design-Build Conference & Expo planning committees.
  • Lead development of tools/resources to assist Owners in effective execution of design-build.
  • Monitor legislative/regulatory obstacles and propose solutions.

Water/Wastewater Conference Planning Committee

Committee Chair (Interim):
Jon P. Gribble, PE
Kiewit

Staff Liaison:
Emily Eagon

Plan and deliver a well‐balanced conference program specific to Owners and practitioners in the Water/Wastewater space, including an agenda of general and concurrent educational sessions and networking events.

  • Lead development of a credible, relevant, and cutting-edge program.
  • Solicit, review, and select presentations.
  • Ensure all education sessions provide discernable value and concrete takeaways.
  • Ensure valuable networking opportunities.
  • Identify potential alliances and partnerships to help expand awareness of the conferences.
  • Develop strategies to expand engagement by Owners, with strategies specific to Owners in the host city.
  • Recommend changes/innovations to enhance the conference program (within the scope of budget and space restrictions).
  • Review attendee and exhibitor feedback to determine ways to continuously improve programming, providing recommendations for the subsequent years’ event.