Design-Build Strategies and Solutions for Delivering Federal Infrastructure $


This historic infrastructure era provides not only incredible opportunities for America’s design-build teams but also challenges. Whether navigating workforce shortages or kinks in the supply chain, industry and Owners are using design-build innovation to help mitigate today’s pressures on project costs and schedules.

The timing couldn’t be better for this year’s Federal Design-Build Symposium. As the nation’s only federal design-build event, it’s a unique opportunity for teams to come together with Owners charged with delivering on the infrastructure investment. This day-and-a-half event is jammed with real-world resources and lessons learned from design-build peers and experts nationwide. Here are just a few program highlights:


2022 Federal Design-Build Symposium Snapshot

Owners’ Only and Practitioners’ Only Forums

These highly popular events allow open, honest discussion and provide professionals the opportunity to share views, answer questions and find solutions to shared project delivery challenges. Access to each forum is limited to only the specified participants (meaning no industry members are allowed in the Owners’ forum and no Owners are allowed in the practitioners’ forum) to provide space for an unrestricted conversation.

General Sessions

Delivering Infrastructure – Challenges and Opportunities

As markets – particularly the Federal construction market – heat up, more and more Federal owners are turning to design-build to meet the infrastructure implementation challenge and deliver innovative project solutions. This panel of senior federal agency leaders will discuss why they chose design-build to deliver their projects and what their agency’s implementation strategies have included.

Behind the Scenes of an Award-Winning Federal Project

Design-build continues to show how the right processes and people can deliver extraordinary project outcomes. This session takes us behind the scenes of an award-winning project, the Robert A. Young Federal Building. Hear from a DBIA juror about what sets projects apart and team members about how they worked together, how design-build was instrumental in their success and what lessons they learned to help others achieve similar success.

Design-Build Done Right® is Key

Several critical decisions must be made when delivering a successful Federal infrastructure project. Understanding Design-Build Done Right© – including design-build best practices — is the key to making the right decisions. This session of experienced federal agency pros will dive into those DBIA best practices and dissect crucial lessons learned.

Keynote Session: Deryl McKissack, PE – Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, McKissack & McKissack

During the past 30 years under Deryl McKissack’s leadership, McKissack & McKissack has managed such landmark projects as the new Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall, MGM National Harbor Casino, Navy Pier Centennial Projects in Chicago and served as the architectural firm of record for the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, DC. As a licensed professional engineer and registered project management professional, Deryl is the fifth generation of her family to work in the design and construction field.

Education Track Sessions

Embodied Carbon in Federal Construction

Sustainability goals and design-build innovation go hand-in-hand. With the Federal government encouraging sustainable solutions, this session will examine new techniques agencies such as GSA are exploring and utilizing, including innovations such as the mass timber construction in Federal buildings, its use and ongoing study.

Managing Risk Trends in Federal Design-Build

This panel will present perspectives from the A/E, design-builder, attorney and construction consultant views on managing the evolving risk trends in Federal design-build. These panelists have worked together on Federal design-build projects for 15 years, from proposal through punch list. They will present how each of their respective positions has evaluated and managed the evolving design-build risks and then integrated those strategies into a successful procurement team.

Supporting Equity in Federal Contracts: Effective DBE Program Practices in Design-Build

The FHWA Office of Civil Rights has researched market-ready best practices of the DBE Program in the context of a design-build project and compiled findings in a handbook, “DBE Program Administration and Oversight on Projects with Alternative Contracting Methods.” This presentation will share practices from the handbook to assure efficient, effective and equitable integration of the DBE program in design-build contracting from project conception to completion.

Learn More

The entire program for the July 26-27th Federal Design-Build Symposium is here. Attendees can also earn up to 11 CEUS. See a list of attending Owners, details on DBIA’s Owner Scholarships and more on our Federal Design-Build Symposium page.

Registration is open, so make your plans to join us in person or virtually.