Is Your Project DBIA’s 2024 Project of the Year Winner?

Don’t miss your chance to find out with the 2024 DBIA Project/Team Awards!

DBIA’s National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition celebrates the pinnacle of design-build project delivery, recognizing projects and teams that push boundaries and set new standards in cost and schedule performance, quality, innovation, Owner satisfaction and triple-bottom-line success. We’re eager to see how your projects challenge the status quo and elevate our industry.

The Friday, May 31 deadline to submit to the 2024 competition is fast approaching so don’t delay! (Extended deadline is Friday, June 7 for an additional fee.)

If you need inspiration, take a look at the last three year’s Project of the Year winners to inspire your submissions:

1021 O Street State Office Building – 2023

1021 O Street State Office Building

The 1021 O Street State Office Building in California is a model for future state Department of General Services buildings, demonstrating a new standard for sustainability and flexibility. It is the state’s first all-electric building, achieving Net-Zero Energy and Net-Zero Carbon status with LEED Platinum certification. The design prioritized durability and a timeless design by incorporating high-quality, sustainable materials. Notably, the project included over 150 products with Health Product Declarations — 75 with material ingredient reporting — and exclusively used 100% FSC certified wood.

The project team’s reliance on progressive design-build (PDB) was essential to addressing challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires. They developed an acceleration plan to recover lost time and ensure the project met its critical move-in date. The project’s effective use of PDB also led to its achievement as the winner of the 2023 Best in Process – Progressive Design-Build Award, as well as the Merit and Excellence Awards in Federal/State/County/Municipal Facilities.

1021 O Street State Office Building
1021 O Street State Office Building

New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH) – 2022 

The new headquarters for the Natural Resources Agency in California houses several state departments, including Water Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Parks and Recreation. The 850,000 sq. ft., 22-story high-rise office tower boasts amenities like a health and fitness center, an auditorium, a food court, and a pedestrian plaza. Designed to LEED Platinum certification standards, it is set to achieve Net Zero Energy status with an expected Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of no more than 28.2 kBtu/sf/year and aims to use at least 50% less water than a typical office building. 

Additionally, the project included the renovation of the historic Heilbron House, originally built in 1881. The design-build team executed extensive exterior improvements and repaired the building’s deterioration. A new 130-child daycare facility was also constructed atop an existing DGS-owned office building across the street, comprising three pre-engineered building “pods” and a landscaped playground area with synthetic turf, rubber playground surfacing, sandboxes, and playground structures.

The construction of the Natural Resources Headquarters faced challenges like wildfires, civil unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic, but the project team’s high level of trust and culture of respect helped them communicate effectively, develop a solid plan to overcome obstacles, and see the project through to completion. The NNRH also received the Merit and Excellence Awards in the Federal/State/County/Municipal Facilities category.

University of Washington Hans Rosling Center for Population Health – 2021

University of Washington Hans Rosling Center for Population Health

The University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health is the outcome of a significant grant for a crucial health research initiative aimed at benefiting the global population. The project required a new, highly collaborative work environment to facilitate innovative solutions. The plan was to build a high-quality, high-performance facility on a fixed grant budget and within a short amount of time, so the University chose a design-build team to start from the beginning with site selection. 

The team analyzed three potential sites in two months and completed the 300,000 sq. ft. facility in just three years and under budget by approximately 2.5%. This achievement allowed for the release of 75% of the contingency back to the budget and a savings of $4.5 million, demonstrating the efficiency and effectiveness of progressive design-build in delivering complex projects within tight constraints.

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health represents the University of Washington’s commitment to improving global population health over the next 25 years through the integration of biomedical, social-behavioral, cultural, environmental, and physical factors impacting world populations. In addition to the Project of the Year Award, the Center also won Best in Design – Architecture, as well as Excellence and Merit Awards for Educational Facilities.

Submit Your Project for the 2024 Cycle

If these projects sound like the kind of work you and your teams are doing, you might just be a 2024 DBIA National Design-Build Project/Team Award winner. Get your submissions in now! 

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024

Extended Deadline: June 7, 2024 (applicants submitting for the extended deadline pay an additional fee)

Entries must be submitted through DBIA’s official online awards portal. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.