Event Program

Welcome to the 2019 Federal Design-Build Symposium

August 7, 2019

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 VA-110
Arlington, VA 22202

7:30- 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast
Including Design-Build Spotlight Presentations

8:30 – 10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Session
Unique Projects-Unique Mandates: The Federal Design-Build Experience


From hospitals to highways and everything in between, there’s an incredible diversity in federal projects and the approaches agencies use to deliver project success. In this session, experienced federal Owners offer insights into their use of design-build including challenges, successes, the evolution of their programs and the lessons learned over decades of federal project experience. They’ll also talk about the future, including upcoming design-build projects and their vision for these projects.

  • Rear Admiral John Korka, CEC, USN, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, & Chief of Civil Engineers
  • Laura Stagner, Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Angel Dizon, Managing Director for Program Development, Coordination & Support, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
  • Stella Fiotes, former Executive Director, Office of Construction & Facilities Management, United States Department of Veterans Affairs (Retired)

10:15 – 11:45 am

Delivering Red-Hot Design-Build in a White-Hot Market


With design-build expected to account for nearly half of all construction by 2021 with $1.2 trillion in design-build spending, how do we assure the Federal market is equipped to deliver red-hot design-build in a white-hot market?

For Owners, this session will provide the tools and knowledge needed to ensure they become the Owner of choice, thus attracting the top practitioner talent, and delivering top-notch projects. For industry, this session will provide tips needed for practitioners to identify an Owner of choice, thus assuring they have a partner who understands everything design-build has to offer and the innovation it can unleash when done right.

This session will be led by experienced design-builders representing both the Owner and practitioner perspectives including:

  • Craig Unger, FDBIA
    Principal, Unger Security Solutions LLC
  • Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA
    President & CEO Capital Project Strategies
  • Greg Gidez, AIA, FDBIA, LEED AP
    Corporate Director of Design Services, Hensel Phelps
  • Barbara Wagner, DBIA, LEED
    Senior Vice President, Clark Construction Group.

The session focus will include:

  • Establishing and Embracing Best Practices
  • Understanding the Flexibility in the FAR
  • Common Myths Debunked
  • Single Point of Responsibility Highlights

12:00- 1:00 pm

Networking Luncheon
Including Design-Build Spotlight Presentations

1:15- 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions Including:

After Disaster Strikes: Rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base


Col. Brent Hyden
Tyndall Program Management Office Director

When Hurricane Michael struck Tyndall Air Force Base in October, the damage left every single one of Tyndall’s nearly 1,200 facilities needing some level of repair. An expected $3 billion over the next five years will be invested to not only rebuild Tyndall but to make it an “installation of the future” including the addition of multi-use, smart facilities able to withstand severe weather, an expanded flight line to support F-35 operations by 2023, and walkable campus areas that provide consolidated facilities for the base community. What was originally a catastrophic blow to the service, may actually provide a unique opportunity. Col. Brent Hyden, Tyndall Program Management Office Director, and others will detail this impressive Tyndall Air Force Base reconstruction project.

Lessons Learned: The Latest in Design-Build Case Law


Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA
President & CEO Capital Project Strategies

This session will review recent key design-build court decisions accompanied by concrete lessons learned. Led by one of the nation’s leading legal experts on design-build and other alternative project delivery systems, Mike Loulakis also has decades of experience representing clients in matters involving procurement, risk management, contract drafting and dispute resolution. Mike has been lead counsel on some of the country’s most complex public sector design-build projects and public-private partnership programs, where he has helped agencies formulate effective project delivery, procurement, and contracting strategies. He’ll help attendees build a greater understanding of identifying and managing risk. Topics will also include managing disputes on differing site conditions, teaming arrangements and performance guarantees.

The DB Mental Shift: Everything Has Changed and Yet Nothing Has Changed


Dr. Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, FDBIA
University of Denver, Director of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM) and the Center for Integrated Project Leadership

It’s time to get serious about making the mental shift to Design-Build Done Right® and developing the integrated design-build mindset. Doing Design-Build Done Right® takes more than just winning a design-build competition or signing a design-build contract. It takes a whole new mindset. In this session, Dr. Barbara J. Jackson, PhD, FDBIA, will discuss the challenges associated with shifting from a segregated services mentality, to an integrated services mentality and the skills and talents necessary to be successful. We will also address what it takes to manage and lead multi-disciplined teams to achieve optimized results under the design-build done right approach. Dr. Jackson is one of the most recognized thought leaders in the AEC industry. She spent decades in the construction industry and is the author of what many consider design-build’s bible “Design-Build Essentials.”

4:00- 6:00 pm

Networking Reception