DBIA Announces 2016 National Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners

Nationwide winners represent the best design-build projects of the year, and were honored for achieving exceptional project delivery through Design-Build Done RightTM.

July 13, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, today announced its 21st annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of experts in design-build project delivery.

“By showcasing design-build best practices, teaming techniques, contracting methods, and ways to drive innovation, winners of National Design-Build Project/Team Awards provide examples to the rest of the industry on how to achieve Design-Build Done Right,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA. “Whether it’s an educational institution that used innovative design to help students learn, a healthcare facility that incorporates the most modern technology and allows for future flexibility, or an innovative interchange that improves traffic flow and safety, Design-Build Done Right opens the door to exceptional outcomes that go beyond budget and schedule goals, and that’s why we’re proud to celebrate these projects.”

The 2016 Design-Build Project/Team Awards showcase design-build best practices and celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in ten categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction.

The 2016 winners are (click their names for a photo, project information, team members and a challenge design-build project delivery addressed):


Los Angeles International Airport Central Utility Plant Replacement
Los Angeles, Calif.

The Los Angeles International Airport Central Utility Plant Replacement project (LAX CUP) provided one of the world’s busiest airports with a modern, state-of-the-art, computer-managed utility plant. The design-build effort greatly improved the reliability and efficiency of the airport’s utility service and helped the owner provide an enhanced passenger experience.


Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
Chicago, Ill.

The Public Building Commission of Chicago selected Wight & Company, in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, to provide design-build services for the Chinatown Branch Library, a new civic, educational, and social hub for the neighborhood. The Library features high-performance glass curtain walls, maximizing visibility, and allowing the exterior to present the image of a glowing lantern at night. The building features numerous sustainable elements and was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold status.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion
San Antonio, Texas

The $325 million Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion comprised an addition of 726,000 square feet, including exhibit halls, a multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms, a 50,000-square-foot ballroom, loading docks, a kitchen expansion, new administrative offices and support space. The primary goals of the project were to create contiguous space; gain the ability to host multiple shows simultaneously and replace the antiquated west building to allow for expansion of Hemisfair Park — all while maintaining continuous operations.

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Visitor Center
Cañon City, Colo.

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, a vital economic engine for southern Colorado, was devastated by the Royal Gorge Fire on June 11, 2013. Faced with a compressed timeline and a project without a known budget, the owner selected The Beck Group to re-build the park’s facilities through a fully integrated design-build delivery model. In less than 13 months from award, the Beck team took the project from a scorched site to grand opening.

Commercial Buildings/Office Buildings

Gateway Plaza
Richmond, Va.

Developed by CRG, designed by Forum Studio and built by Clayco, Gateway Plaza represents a custom design solution to become the headquarters for one of America’s top law firms. Located in Richmond, Virginia, it sets a new standard for office construction, accommodating multiple tenancies, with retail space and parking on lower levels. The 538,000-square-foot 18-story Class A Office building includes floor-to-ceiling glass, uncompromised design and quality and a LEED® Gold certification.

Texas Christian University Frog Alley Parking Garage
Fort Worth, Texas

Beck served as the designer and builder for the 343,400-square-foot Frog Alley Parking Garage at Texas Christian University (TCU). Beck’s architects and contractors worked side-by-side to deliver both world-class design and building expertise for this “unexpected gem” on the TCU campus. The design aligns with the Fort Worth Deco aesthetic of the nearby athletic venues. It was completed on time within nine months, during North Texas’ wettest year on record, and under budget.

Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center
Van Nuys, Calif.

On a seven-acre campus, this new LEED Gold 216,000-square-foot, five-story Family Support Center and 1,326-stall, six-level Parking Structure in the San Fernando Valley consolidated seven L.A. County family services departments into one location which serves the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents of the Valley. The project created a community-friendly, park-like campus; provided a safe, welcoming and sustainable environment for the facility’s clients; and promoted interdepartmental collaboration among 1,000 employees calling the new building home.

Educational Facilities

Cornish College of the Arts: Cornish Commons
Seattle, Wash.

Cornish College of the Arts is a small, private, liberal arts school located in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. In 2013, Cornish realized that their current housing stock was under-served and was simultaneously notified that it was losing its lease on their existing housing facilities. Faced with an urgent problem, the design-build team was able to deliver a state-of-the-art, live/learn facility for students, faculty, and staff on an accelerated schedule.

Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Center
Valley Glen, Calif.

The Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Center was a project that required a unique building design that houses a bookstore, cafeteria, health services center, café and meeting and recreational areas for students and faculty. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was brought on as a design-build partner to create a functional and contemporary structure without disrupting the campus environment throughout the construction process.

Virginia Tech Indoor Athletic Training Facility
Blacksburg, Va.

Virginia Tech’s Indoor Athletic Training Facility is an instrumental asset expanding Virginia Tech’s core brand while supporting the university’s mission, spirit and philosophy. The 91,000-square-foot facility offers ample room for full-contact scrimmages with practice space for football, baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams. The facility features roll up doors for protection against inclement weather, two observation decks and full stadium lighting. This signature building reflects the spirit of Virginia Tech’s traditions and campus architecture.

Federal, State, County, Municipal

Oregon Department of State Lands Office
Salem, Ore.

The Oregon Department of State Lands Office project involved the renovation of approximately 13,000 square feet of existing office space on the ground floor of the Oregon Department of State Lands Building, including demolition, new finishes, and mechanical and electrical improvements to be coordinated with the owner’s selection and purchase of new furniture systems. Additional scope included a controls upgrade for the entire building. This was the first design-build project from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

SLAC Science and User Support Building
Menlo Park, Calif.

This design-build project includes a new four-story, 62,125-square-foot building; a 350-seat auditorium with a green roof; a cafeteria with two patio areas; and several collaboration spaces throughout the building. The first phase of the project involved the demolition of existing facilities including the original Panofsky Auditorium, visitor’s center and cafeteria.

Spokane Central Service Center
Spokane, Wash.

The Spokane Central Service Center is a consolidated Fleet Maintenance and Solid Waste Facility for the City of Spokane, Washington. The project was designed to create operational efficiency, savings, and is the city’s first design-build project. Design-build was chosen to speed construction and control costs to meet consolidation functions identified since 1983. A thorough, yet revised plan with a design-build approach at the center was able to achieve this result.

Wallace Creek North Bachelors Enlisted Quarters Complex
Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Under a design-build contract, Brasfield & Gorrie and RQ Construction overcame a historic amount of rain during construction and the challenge of working on an active Marine Corps base to complete this LEED Gold, best-in-class living environment for U.S. Marines. The success of the project is directly attributable to the teamwork demonstrated by all parties in utilizing a design-build approach to deliver a high quality complex.

Healthcare Facilities

Sharp Mesa Vista Expansion and Modernization Project
San Diego, Calif.

The Sharp Mesa Vista Expansion and Modernization Project occurred in a fully occupied and operational acute psychiatric hospital. With over 5,000 inpatient discharges a year, the 1960s era facility is San Diego County’s largest privately-operated psychiatric hospital. Over six construction phases, three buildings were renovated to provide the facility’s diverse patient groups and treatments programs with a modern, safe and healing oriented space that will serve the local community for several generations.

St. Luke’s Surgical & Procedural Care Expansion
Duluth, Minn.

St. Luke’s Hospital’s ultimate goal was to bring the latest in surgical and integrated imaging technology to its patients in and around the Duluth area. The hospital’s surgery department was expanded in the new building by adding two hybrid 1,200-square-foot operating rooms, four general surgery operating rooms (one with a DaVinci robot), one EP/IR/Cath Lab room, four endoscopy procedure rooms, one bronchoscopy procedure room, and a café.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Phoenix, Ariz.

The new, 220,000 SF University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix, Arizona was designed to deliver the highest standard of care within an evidence-based, multidisciplinary model, using the most modern technologies. The building program includes spaces for radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy and interventional radiology, exam and procedure rooms, a support and wellness center, infusion, a clinical pharmacy, and a healing garden.

Industrial, Process and/or Research Facilities

Champion Petfoods Kentucky DogStar® Kitchens
Auburn, Ky.

Gray Construction completed the first design-build kitchen in the U.S. for Canadian-based Champion Petfoods. The 371,000-square-foot kitchen named DogStar® prepares their foods in its state-of-the-art kitchen designed and operated to meet the same food safety standards that are required for the manufacturing of human foods. DogStar® was designed, constructed and commissioned in 14 months—from 0% design to 100% test runs of their new recipes.

Kroger Forest Park Distribution Complex
Forest Park, Ga.

When The Kroger Company was in a position to streamline its distribution channels in the Southeast, they chose Primus to provide design-build services on one of the largest, most technologically advanced and sustainable distribution centers in its history. Primus’s fully integrated design, engineering, estimating and construction management team partnered with Kroger and local government officials to successfully deliver the 1,177,000-square-foot cold storage and distribution complex in Forest Park, Georgia.

USCG Base Ketchikan Alaska – Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Homeport Upgrades
Ketchikan, Alaska

The USCG Base Ketchikan Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Homeport Upgrades project involved the design and construction of a 15,000-square-foot shop and hazardous materials (MAT/HAZMAT) building, a 400 foot floating dock for the USCG’s new fast response cutters, construction of a seawall to accommodate 20-foot tide line fluctuations, the relocation of an existing dock, a strengthened crane operations area, the demolition of an existing building, and the relocation of a 180-foot breakwater and debris deflector.

Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration

DAYTONA Rising Frontstretch Grandstand Replacement
Daytona Beach, Fla.

DAYTONA Rising now represents the “World Center for Racing” as the first motorsports stadium in the world, providing the ultimate fan experience. Stretching over one mile in length, with 101,500 wider and more comfortable seats, it also included 60 suites, 520 club seats and 2.5 million-square-feet of space. Barton Malow + ROSSETTI’s integration was evident in design, project set-up and construction. Determination. Motivation. Innovation. That is how the greatest projects in history are made.

Zura Hall Housing Refresh
San Diego, Calif.

Balfour Beatty Construction, HMC Architects and San Diego State University (SDSU) partnered together under California State University’s new collaborative design-build process to design and build this highly successful project that finished on time and on budget in Fall 2015. This complete top to bottom renovation and reinvention of the 592 bed freshmen residence hall is acclaimed by senior leadership at SDSU to be the most successful project ever built on campus.

Transportation (other than Aviation)

11th Street Bridges
Washington, D.C.

The 11th Street project was the largest construction job in DDOT history, and its first design-build procurement. The primary goals of the 11th Street project were to complete all freeway connections for regional traffic, to replace structurally-deficient bridges along the 11th Street corridor, and to provide a dedicated bridge for local traffic. The entire project promoted job growth and economic stimulus to the area as part of the greater Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

Route 27/244 Interchange Modification
Arlington, Va.

The $32.5 million project replaced the existing Washington Boulevard concrete arch bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington. The new, longer and wider bridge includes significant aesthetic features including decorative parapets and abutment walls, memorial pylons at the bridge corners, and hunched girders with a two-tone paint scheme to mimic the arch structure of the old bridge. In addition, a light well separates the westbound and eastbound lanes. The new bridge also accommodates the widening of Columbia Pike.

SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and Landings Design-Build Project
Seattle-Median, Wash.

The SR 520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project designed and built the world’s longest floating bridge, creating a safer, more reliable link between Seattle and the growing high-tech cities east of Lake Washington. With HOV lanes, full shoulders for disabled vehicles, a cross-lake bicycle and pedestrian path, and the largest, heaviest, and strongest bridge pontoons ever built, the new, 1.5-mile-long floating highway dramatically improves the movement of people and freight in the Central Puget Sound region.

Veterans Memorial Bridge
Martin County, Fla.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge in Martin County, Florida, is a premier example of the design-build approach meeting challenging schedules and fostering innovation to produce a cost-effective project. Three organized legal challenges threatened to halt the project: a federal injunction, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges, and permitting challenges. The team never gave up pursuit of project acceptance, permit approvals, design, and construction. As a result, a once controversial project is now considered a resounding success by all stakeholders.


Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant
Carlsbad, Calif.

The $922-million Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere, with average production of 50 MGD of fresh, high-quality drinking water. Owned by Poseidon Water and completed by the design-build team of Kiewit Shea Desalination with Arcadis, IDE Technologies and Tetra Tech, it is a harbinger of a new era in which desalination is viewed as a viable solution to water challenges and a way to drought-proof public water supplies.

Clifton Water District Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Water Treatment Plant
Clifton, Colo.

The Clifton Water District selected the Carollo Design-Build Group to help them add a new Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration system to their water treatment plant. Carollo used an “open platform” design approach that gave the District more operational flexibility and reduced costs. A strong teaming partnership helped the project go from 40 percent design to an operational plant in just 14 months, and the District’s operators have found that the plant operation exceeds the team’s performance guarantees.

Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project
Woodland, Calif.

A regional project helping solve the long-term water needs of two California cities, the Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project highlights how design-build delivery design-build delivery achieved significant capital savings and cost certainty for the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency. CH2M worked with the Agency to develop a true design-build partnership and balanced risk approach to achieve significant capital savings and cost certainty. The project, completed in 2016, provides a needed water resource to mitigate severe drought conditions.

The Wichita Equus Beds Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program, Design-Build Surface Water Treatment Plant and River Intake
Wichita, Kan.

The joint venture team of Burns & McDonnell, Alberici Constructors, and CAS Constructors (ABC Partners) designed and built the Surface WTP, river intake, and pretreatment facilities as part of the City of Wichita’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program. As the largest and most complex package of the program, ABC Partners managed design and construction interfaces with eight other programmatic projects to ultimately deliver a state-of-the-art treatment system that saved the city nearly $20 million.


The above projects/teams are all winners of the National Awards of Merit. One project in each of the ten categories could win a National Award of Excellence for that category in an awards ceremony during DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo on November 3rd in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition, four National Awards of Excellence will be given for Process, Teaming, Architecture and Engineering, and one project will be honored as Design-Build Project of the Year.