Seven Reasons to Join Us for the Design-Build Conference & Expo

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The 2023 Design-Build Conference & Expo will be at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, Nov. 1–3, and you should make plans to be there, too. If you need convincing, here are seven reasons to mark your calendar and register now.

1. Keep up with – or get ahead of – the growth of design-build.

With recent market analysis projecting design-build to account for nearly half of all construction spending by 2026, this year’s Design-Build Conference & Expo will provide the real-world tools teams need to make connections and to be prepared for what’s ahead for our industry.

2. Everyone else is doing it.

Every once in a while, it’s okay to ignore the “just because everyone else is doing it” warnings we got as kids. Professionals from all stages of their career attend the Design-Build Conference & Expo, from students through seasoned veterans. You’ll have unparalleled access to meet decision makers and network with all members of project teams, including general contractors, architects, engineers, MEPs, attorneys and finance professionals.

3. There’s more to love this year.

This year, DBIA expanded our Virtual Design & Construction Leadership Exchange (VDCLEx) to a half-day pre-conference experience on Oct. 31 for both experienced VDC professionals and those new to VDC. We’re also offering an Intro to Public-Private Partnership (P3) Course. (additional fees apply)

4. You’ll definitely learn something new.

With 30+ sessions offering 14.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) and timely and targeted Design-Build Done Right® resources, there’s something for every member of a design-build team.

5. You’ll probably also meet someone new – or get reconnected.

Build or rebuild connections during special forums, receptions and exclusive exhibit hall hours, including targeted opportunities for young professionals.

6. Our speakers will inspire you.

Opening Keynote Duncan Wardle, 25-year senior executive veteran of The Walt Disney Company, will share the steps and strategies used to create a thriving, innovative culture. Ensure everyone on your team is empowered and thinking like an entrepreneur, and transition from the ideation stage into action. 

7. You can try to outdrive Carl Cooper.

PGA lore says Carl Cooper holds the record for longest drive at 787 yards. Whether you believe that is your prerogative, but you can still give beating that number a shot at the Design-Build Conference & Expo. We’re returning to TopGolf for our Opening Party, always a popular spot for fun, good eats and friendly competition! (additional fees apply)

Registration is NOW OPEN for the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. 

View the program, registration rates and full details at

Be sure to take advantage of our Early-Bird Rates; the earlier you register, the more you’ll save! Discounts are available in all registration categories, including special rates for MWDBE firms, students, young professionals and groups of 10+.