Event Program

Welcome to the 2020 Federal Design-Build Symposium


Tuesday, October 27

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening Keynote Speaker – Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)


An engaged leader and a solid practitioner of hands-on crisis management, Commander Kirk Lippold has become a go-to global security expert for major news networks. The former Commander of the USS Cole demonstrates for audiences what he sees as the foundation of team success and time-critical decisions based on integrity. At a time when everything we have come to know is being reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic, Commander Lippold reveals how to lead teams and manage challenges successfully in the face of financial, national security, and global uncertainties.

Track 1
The People Make the Magic: The Role of Effective Collaboration

Track 2
Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Making the Mental Shift to Design-Build


Barbara J. Jackson, Ph.D., FDBIA
University of Denver

One of the most difficult aspects associated with transitioning from design-bid-build to design-build project delivery is “mental.” Transforming a group of individuals with conflicting agendas, who are accustomed to working in a fragmented, often adversarial, low-bid environment into an integrated, highly collaborative, seamless team focused on delivering the highest and best value is no easy task. And it certainly isn’t going to happen by accident. This session will get at the essence of the three most critical effective skills needed for developing high performing, results-oriented design-build teams: communication, integration, and collaboration.

Selecting the Right Team


Richard J. Formella, DBIA, PMP, CPPO
Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC

In a competitive process where lowest cost is not the sole criterion – such as best value source selection – the selection process varies dramatically from traditional design-bid-build practices. This session will provide a high-level overview of the two-phase design-build source selection process – the initial down select to identify the most highly qualified firms, as well as the final down select to choose the ultimate winner.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

General Session: Industry’s “Go/No-Go” Decision – Becoming an Owner of Choice


Jim L. Whitaker, FAIA, FDBIA, NCARB
HKS, Inc.

Barbara C. Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA, Clark Construction Group, LLC
Gregory R. Gidez, AIA, FDBIA, Hensel Phelps
Laura Stagner, AIA, PMP, DBIA, US General Services Administration (Retired)

Picking up on the very popular 2019 session, “Delivering Red-Hot Design-Build in a White Hot Market,” this session explores what makes an Owner of choice, how practitioners make the decision to pursue a project, how they identify the “Owner of Choice” with which to work. Further, the session will explore how, in a less than optimal project, risk is addressed and how it can it drive up costs.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Networking Lunch

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

General Session: Megaprojects: Changing the Conversation – FMI Research


Kim Morton, FMI Consulting
Mike Clancy, FMI Consulting

Roughly one third of all construction projects are megaprojects ($1 Billion+), and that number is increasing. However, the challenges with such projects are well documented with some parties involved beginning to question the megaproject model. FMI recently published a report that begins to examine how we might address these challenges and explores five key ingredients to successful megaprojects: The Trust Factor, A Culture of Cohesion and Collaboration, Transparent and Authentic Leadership, Nimble and Autonomous Teams, and Educated and Experienced Owners.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Mud Mountain Dam Tunnel Re-armoring


Kim Jay McQuillen Jr., P.E., Garney Construction
Jim Morrison, Garney Construction

It can be difficult to innovate working with the Federal customer, even on a small project and with the advantages of design-build. Contracting rules, multiple users and review participants make it difficult to gain consensus around new ideas for project delivery. The Mud Mountain Dam Tunnel Re-armoring project is a good example of how Garney Construction, design team member ILF and the Army Corps of Engineers came together to deliver a unique small project reducing the lifecycle costs and substantially extending the life of the tunnel liner.

Evaluating and Using Stipends


Stephen Richard Benton, P.E., FDBIA, F.ASCE, SR Benton & Associates, LLC
Richard J. Formella, DBIA, PMP, CPPO, Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC

The cost of preparing proposals for best value design-build competitions can constitute a considerable burden upon the proposers. As such, some Owners use stipends as an integral part of their design-build procurement process. This session will discuss various perspectives as to whether stipends are a good use of taxpayer dollars; assess what factors should be considered in determining an appropriate stipend amount; and investigate the true purpose of stipends.

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Taking Collaboration and Teaming to the Next Level with BIM


Will F. Ikerd II, P.E., IKERD Consulting, LLC
Jan Reinhardt, ADEPT Project Delivery, LLC

The success of design-build depends on the ability of the project team to effectively communicate and collaborate. BIM strengthens the links in the design-build chain, and new SIM technologies and ideas are being developed daily. This session will help place you on the leading edge of using BIM for optimal project success.

Estimating a Performance-Based Contract


Stephen Richard Benton, P.E., FDBIA, F.ASCE, SR Benton & Associates, LLC

Well-developed performance requirements are the key to successful design-build project delivery. But estimating a performance-based contract is very different than for a prescriptive specification based contract. This session will explain the benefits of performance-based requirements; describe the role of performance-based requirements in the design-build model; assess the advisability of prescriptive design requirements; how a price can be developed when there are minimal design details; the enhanced role of the estimator in design-build delivery; and how price is used to guide the design.

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Design-Build Conference & Expo Networking/Welcome Reception– Joint Event


Wednesday, October 28

10:00 am – 11:00 am

DOD’s Cybersecurity Regs


Reginald M. Jones, DBIA, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Diana McGraw, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Shea DeLutis-Smith, Clark Construction Group, LLC

As cyber threats increase globally, The Department of Defense has become particularly sensitive to the amount of controlled unclassified information left unprotected on contractors’ systems. Beginning in the summer of 2020, all designers and contractors working on DOD prOjects will have to comply with the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The CMMC is OOO’s latest tool in ensuring that contractors protect government information. It gives detailed requirements on how a contractor must protect its information systems. This program is designed to assist design-builders navigate these complicated and potentially costly regulations and to help explain what CMMC means for defense contractors.

Balancing Risk/Rewards – Incentive Contracting


Craig H. Unger, FDBIA, Unger Security Solutions, LLC

Successful motivation requires a well written contract that provides appropriate awards and incentives. In traditional design-bid-build, contracts often contemplate only failure, with provisions and clauses that address what the aversive consequences will be once failure occurs. This presumption of failure results in contracts that do not contemplate how the contracting parties might appropriately reward one another for success and excellent performance. The most powerful design-build contracts, on the other hand, are written to include things such as award fees and incentives to promote cooperation, teamwork and collaboration. Combined with the effective use of performance requirements, these “aspirational contracts• help the contracting parties to achieve extraordinary success.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

General Session: Lessons Learned by Industry and Owners During the Pandemic


Thomas Kurmel, DDES, AIA, DBIA
TDK Consulting, LLC

R. David Curfman, P.E., SES, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Christine T. Altendorf, Ph.D., U.S. Corps of Engineers
Michael Blount, P.E., LEED AP BD&C, Assoc. DBIA, AECOM

The coronavirus pandemic presented the A/E/C Industry with challenges unlike anything seen in the modern era of design/construction and prOject delivery. The community responded with lightening speed and often with great ag.ility, but there were challenges that required teamwork and creativity often under far less than ideal conditions. What did the Owners and Industry learn? What still needs improving? What lessons can we take back to “normal” business routines? What needs to be prepared and place for the next time?

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Owners’ Forum


Touted by Owners as a highly valuable education and networking experience, the Owners-Only Forum allows open, honest discussion and provides professionals the opportunity to share views, answer questions and find solutions to prOject delivery challenges. Industry professionals, including consultants, are not permitted in this session.

Practitioners’ Forum


This forum provides an opportunity for design-build industry practitioners to have a robust conversation about industry trends and issues, including an opportunity provide input to help DBIA lead the way to solve some of the most prevalent challenges in today’s market. This is a practitioners-only session.