Registration Now Open for DBIA’s Federal Design-Build Symposium

Registration is now open for DBIA’s Federal Design-Build Symposium, taking place on Aug. 21 – 22 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Join us for two days of design-build education, candid conversations and meaningful networking targeted toward Owners and design-build teams in the federal marketplace. 

Federal Infrastructure Investments

More than $530 billion has been invested in public infrastructure, semiconductor and clean energy since 2021, according to This includes funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and CHIPS and Science Act. Spending began in 2022 with plans to spread it out over five years to rebuild roads, bridges and railways; invest in airports; provide high-speed internet access; and address climate concerns. Last year alone, the federal government spent $44.8 billion on infrastructure, transferred an additional $81.5 billion to states and allocated over $210 million for repairing and rebuilding after natural disasters –– including public utilities like power lines and water storage facilities.

Why Investment Is Important

Despite these investments, challenges remain. Approximately 44% of the nation’s bridges are in good condition, down 3 percentage points since 2012. Furthermore, 11% of rural roads and 32% of urban roads were in unsatisfactory condition in 2020. In 2022, 16.7% of American households did not have a fixed broadband subscription at home, an important tool for expanding educational, economic and health opportunities.

Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy (P.D.O.) Eric Van Nostrand explained in a U.S. Department of Treasury story that infrastructure investment in the United States has declined in recent decades, and reversing this trend would bring significant economic benefits by strengthening long-term productive capacity and creating opportunities for Americans in disadvantaged communities.

Join DBIA’s Federal Design-Build Symposium

With historic infrastructure funding legislation and continued post-pandemic recovery efforts, bringing together key players from federal agencies and the design and construction industry with the mutual goal of optimizing federal project outcomes is more important than ever. DBIA’s Federal Design-Build Symposium will focus on the specific needs of the federal marketplace and the key opportunities and challenges facing design-build teams. With networking opportunities and engaging sessions featuring industry experts, the symposium will offer innovative tools, design-build best practices and federal policy insights needed to deliver better projects like those funded by the IIJA and related legislation — on time and on budget.

You can also register for the preconference course, “Leadership: Building a Strong Foundation,” on Tuesday, August 20, the prerequisite course in DBIA’s new Collaborative Delivery Leadership Academy. Taught by Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., FDBIA, this course explores crucial competencies for effective Design-Build Done Right® Leadership. The six courses that comprise the Academy prepare individuals from any position or discipline for effective leadership in design-build projects.

Check out the program and register today for DBIA’s Federal Design-Build Symposium to join experts in the federal marketplace to build the future of infrastructure in the United States.

Owner Scholarships

DBIA offers Owners ways to maximize their access to the nation’s best design-build resources through a limited number of Owner scholarships to help defray conference registration costs.