Design-Build Conference & Expo

Collaborate. Educate. Celebrate.



DBIA’s Annual Conference and & Expo attracts thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors each year. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet and network with design-build pros from every sector.


DBIA brings together the nation’s leading design-build experts to discuss industry trends and real-world examples of Design-Build Done Right™. Conferences are also a great place to receive continuing education.


DBIA’s Project/Team Awards and Distinguished Leadership Awards honor the best projects and leaders in the design-build industry. Plus, DBIA turns 25 and we’ll be celebrating in the Big Easy.

Join DBIA in New Orleans for the design-build event of the year!

We expect a packed house will be there to help us celebrate DBIA’s 25th anniversary including an education and events schedule jammed with special events to make this conference unlike any other.

Take a look at our interactive conference program and register to join us.

Program Register

New This Year

DBIA is excited to offer many new events and programs at this year's Design-Build Conference & Expo

Market Sector Roundtables

Wednesday, November 7th, 8:00am–9:45am

With design-build now accounting for nearly half of all design and construction in the U.S., many market sectors are seeing growth and opportunities as never before. Join industry leaders for a roundtable discussion on how design-build is emerging and helping to shape project delivery in the following sectors:

Aviation: Facilitated by Geoffrey Neumayr, SE, Chief Development Officer, Planning, Design & Construction, San Francisco International Airport

Educational Facilities: Facilitated by Eric Smith, PE, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Capital Program Management, University of California San Diego; and Deb Sheehan, ACHE, EDAC, LEED AP, Cannon Design

Federal Sector: Facilitated by Rich Formella, PMP, DBIA, CPPO, Chief, Bio-Containment Contracting Branch, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers; and Craig Unger, DBIA, President, Unger Security Solutions

Mass Transit: Facilitated by Tim McKay, P.E., Executive Vice President — Growth & Regional Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Download the full Conference & Expo Registration Brochure


Technology Pavilion

Thursday, November 8th in the Expo Hall

A “bonus” track of education on leveraging innovative technology within a design-build environment to achieve optimal outcomes and to discuss the business and social implications of evolving technology. In partnership with BIM Forum.

Special Program for DBE/MBE/WBE Firms

Developing, Implementing & Participating in Effective, Diverse and Inclusive Business Enterprise Programs in Design-Build

Tuesday, November 6th, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Followed by a Networking Reception from 5:00pm–7:00pm

DBIA is pleased to partner with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) on this special session for public Owners and small, Disadvantaged, Minority and Women-Owned Enterprises (DMWBEs). DART is nationally-renowned for its innovative DMWBE program which recognizes and values the diverse social profile of their customers, stakeholders, contractors and employees. This session will:

  • Help Owners understand the value that diversity brings to project teams
  • Provide Owners guidance on how to plan an effective outreach program targeted to DMWBEs
  • Guide DMWBEs on how to get a “foot in the door” to build a past-performance record in design-build

Owners and representatives of DMWBEs may attend this session for $25.

Any business certified as a disadvantaged, minority or woman owned business enterprise (DMWBE) by any certifying authority who attends this session may also attend the full Design-Build Conference and Expo at a 25% discount off the registration fee.

Owners Only

For Our Owners

Design-Build Essentials
Developing an Acquisition Strategy
Owners-Only Forum

Owners can also qualify for DBIA scholarships to defray your costs.


Join Us As an Exhibitor and Sponsor

The DBIA Conference and Expo is the only event in the nation focused exclusively on the rapidly growing design-build industry providing our exhibitors and sponsors a truly unique opportunity to network and collaborate.

Thank you to all our DBIA sponsors for their dedication to design-build and making DBIA conferences the best in the nation.

Exhibit Sponsor
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Book Your Hotel

DBIA has blocks of discounted hotel rooms conveniently located and walkable to the Convention Center in New Orleans. All rooms are available to registered conference attendees only on a first-come first-served basis ending Monday, October 15, 2018.

Don’t delay in making your plans to join us in the Big Easy! Get more travel details on our Conference and Expo page.


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