DBIA’s Response to Coronavirus (Updated)

coronavirus update

During this uncertain and anxiety-inducing time, DBIA continues to work to balance our mission with the safety of our members and attendees. We are monitoring COVID-19 advisories daily to inform our decisions impacting DBIA meetings, classes, conferences and other events. This post is being updated as information becomes available. 

See our answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions by DBIA members and event attendees.

Blog updated on April 1, 2020, 10:00 am EST

NEW Options for Conference Attendees & Exhibitors/Sponsors

Like you, DBIA is working hard to look beyond the pandemic to a time when we can have some level of normalcy in our lives.  While no one can predict exactly when that will occur, we know that design-build will remain critical to helping our nation recover.

COVID-19 has not — and will not — diminish the importance of education, networking and idea-sharing for both individuals and organizations.  Unfortunately, with the cancelation of our April 20-24 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater and Design-Build in Transportation/Aviation Conferences, our conference attendees working in this market sector will miss out on these important things later this month.

That means peer-to-peer engagement, education, networking and business development will be more important than ever on the back end of this pandemic. So DBIA is providing a number of new offerings, including the expansion of our 2020 Design-Build Conference and Expo, for our Water/Wastewater and Transportation/Aviation registrants and supporters.

Details for Attendees

Details for Exhibitors/Sponsors


Blog updated on March 24, 2020, 12:45 pm EST

COVID-19 and DBIA Education Courses

We appreciate everyone’s patience as DBIA continues to adjust our education schedule in the wake of COVID-19. In order to keep our attendees safe during this uncertain time, we must cancel our April in-person classes. However, the good news is we have now added 4 Certification Workshops as virtual courses.

While it’s hard to see beyond the uncertainties of today, DBIA understands the important role design-build and our members/customers play in helping our nation recover after disaster and emergencies, including COVID-19. Design-Build Done Right® education is especially important now as a growing number of design-build professionals nationwide will respond to the demands placed on our infrastructure by this pandemic.

Registration is now open. We hope you take advantage of these new courses and continue your design-build certification journey, even as we navigate these uncertain times.

Certification Workshops Virtual Training

April 7-9, 2020 – Eastern Daylight Time

April 14-16, 2020 – Pacific Daylight Time

April 20-22, 2020 – Pacific Daylight Time

April 28-30, 2020 – Eastern Daylight Time

If you have any questions, please contact DBIA’s Education Department.

Blog updated on March 16, 2020, 9:00 am EST

DBIA Working to Reschedule WWW/Transportation Conferences

DBIA, like many other membership organizations, continues to focus on the health and welfare of our members, customers and staff while also navigating the challenges associated with rescheduling events.  We understand, however, that our valuable customers cannot be kept in limbo forever. With that, DBIA is currently assessing a rescheduled date for our Design-Build in Transportation/Aviation and Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conferences. Until such time that we have investigated all options for rescheduling, we offer our registered attendees the following:

1) You may leave your registration intact with the understanding that if DBIA reschedules for a date that does not fit your schedule (or if DBIA must cancel this event), DBIA will issue you a full refund at that time with no cancellation fee.  If you choose this option, no action is required at this time.

2) You may request an immediate, full refund of your registration costs.  No cancellation fee will be assessed.  To cancel, simply respond to this email with the reason for your cancellation (i.e., travel ban, uneasiness, etc.) so that DBIA has a good sense of how COVID-19 will affect our many other national and local programs in the coming months.

We are making every effort to reach a final decision. DBIA leadership is working diligently to balance the care and concern for our members’, customers’ and staff’s well-being with the need to keep our industry moving forward and strong.  It’s a delicate balance that is difficult to navigate and we appreciate your ongoing patience and support.

Blog updated on March 12, 2020, 1:00 pm EST

March Classes Canceled

During this uncertain and anxiety-inducing time, DBIA continues to work to balance our mission with the safety of our members and attendees. We are monitoring COVID-19 advisories daily to inform our decisions impacting DBIA meetings, classes, conferences and other events. In an abundance of caution, we have canceled our classes through March. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with you regarding April classes.

While the overall risk of COVID-19 within the U.S. remains low according to the CDC, DBIA is committed to taking a thoughtful and proactive approach prioritizing the safety of our team and our attendees, helping to slow down the rate of transmission to reduce fatalities in the community and prevent hospital capacity overload.

If you are registered for an upcoming March class, you can transfer your registration to another date or receive a full refund. We are also working to reschedule these canceled courses. Impacted registrants will receive another email from our Education team with more details on your next steps.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with our Education team.

Blog updated on March 6, 2020, 9:50 am EST

Statement from DBIA’s CEO

DBIA continues to monitor the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 and consider the safety and well-being of our members and meeting attendees a top priority. Absent federal travel restrictions and/or local, state, or regional decisions to close venues, DBIA has not canceled plans for the 2020 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater and Transportation/Aviation conferences.

  • The health risk of coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time, according to the latest summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • We remain in close contact with our conference venue and host hotels.
  • Our Dallas event partners remain vigilant and are following the recommended preventative public health procedures and protocols.
  • Please be assured we are implementing precautions to reduce the transfer of illnesses of all kinds.

If there are any changes to event schedules, we will provide timely information to registrants.  If you are a registered attendee already impacted by coronavirus, we will make every effort to accommodate a change in plans.

If you have any questions, please contact our Conferences team.

Lisa Washington, CAE
Executive Director/CEO