A Word with DBIA-WPR’s Brandon Dekker About CA SB 706, Expanding PDB

On Oct. 8, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 706, expanding the authority for the state Director of General Services to use Progressive Design-Build procurement in capital projects. The bill was sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America-Western Pacific Region (DBIA-WPR), and their advocacy efforts were vital to its success.  The Design-Build Delivers Blog … Continued

Jumoke Akin-Taylor Talks to DBIA About Attending an HBCU, Finding Her Voice and Empowering the Future of Design-Build

Jumoke Akin-Taylor’s story begins with a twist of fate. Initially, she planned to attend Howard University’s School of Pharmacy. Classes didn’t start until September, and she had already completed her prerequisites in the fall, so she would need to wait a year to begin. However, Akin-Taylor was an international student, which meant waiting wasn’t an … Continued

Following Your Curiosity, Lessons from Distance Running and the Impact of Getting DBIA Certified as a Young Professional: An Interview with Mortenson’s Laura Wake-Ramos

Continuing our series profiling DBIA professionals, DBIA Digital Communications Specialist Kara Brown talked to Laura Wake-Ramos, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, DBIA, of Mortenson about her career and the impact design-build has had on her work so far. Getting to Know Laura Wake-Ramos Wake-Ramos first learned about DBIA as an architecture major at Penn State University when she joined a student … Continued

Brano Design Owner Betty Brano on Using Industry Match, Advice for Young Professionals and Being an MWDBE in the AEC Industry

Because finding the right design-build team members is vital to the success of projects, DBIA created Industry Match, the nation’s only online tool designed to help Owners and practitioners find qualified design-builders by region, market, specialties or project type.  Moreover, DBIA is committed to helping America’s design-build teams find and hire Minority, Women and Disadvantaged … Continued