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Federal Design-Build Symposium

Event Program

Welcome to the 2021 Federal Design-Build Symposium

Two of the biggest challenges facing Federal project managers are gaps in time and budget. Design-build can help close those gaps and will play a critical role in delivering the nation’s most cost and schedule-efficient economic recovery projects. Join us at the 2021 Federal Design-Build Symposium, where we’ll provide Federal agencies and teams with the innovative tools, design-build best practices and Federal policy insights needed to build high-performance teams delivering better projects – on time and on budget. From understanding the FAR to cutting edge design-build innovations, the Federal Design-Build Symposium will help the Federal sector deliver on the promise of economic recovery.

 

Wednesday, August 25

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Owners’ Forum

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: Michael McAndrew: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Construction


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Mr. McAndrew is the leading force at the Department of Defense on Military Construction (MILCON) reform and, specifically, Alternate Delivery Methods (ADM) and pre-award partnering with the Project Management Agreement (PMA). Attendees will get first-hand information on Mr. McAndrew’s vision and the important reforms being put in place at the very top of this vital and by far largest department in the Federal government. Mr. McAndrew will also discuss other key policy initiatives and updates on design-build projects underway or in the planning stage.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Break

Track 1
The Fundamentals: Essential Knowledge & Principles for Project Success

Track 2
Managing the Contract – the Risk – and the Mental Shift: Optimizing Design-Build

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Design-Build in the Federal Acquisition Regulation


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

Design-build is not new, but it is new to some. Further, those who have used design-build may not fully realize the flexibility the Federal Acquisition Regulation actually allows. This session will be a deep dive into the FAR Subpart 36.3 – Two-Phase Design-Build Selection Procedures – with a focus on the unique flexibility it offers. This session will explicitly tie Design-Build Done Right™ Best Practices with the relevant sections of the FAR and delve into other tools available to Federal agencies that, taken together, unlock the innovation and collaboration inherent in successful design-build projects. Further, the session will supply real-world examples of the FAR in action on design-build projects across a variety of Federal agencies.

Incent, Incent, Incent – Write Your Contract to Assure Success


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

Successful motivation requires a well-written contract that provides appropriate rewards 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.

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

General Session: Behind the Scenes of Award-Winning Federal Projects


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Presenters:

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

Stella S. Fiotes, AIA, DBIA; U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (Retired)

Harlen Castillo; Federal Bureau of Investigations

Jared Price; General Services Administration

Sonja Shields, AIA, LEED AP; HGA Architects and Engineers

Dave Pastrick; Clark Construction Group, LLC

Arun Kaiwar; Stantec Consulting

Brian Maximuk, DBIA; Hensel Phelps

What does it take to be part of an award-winning project/team? Hear first-hand from DBIA’s 2020 project/team awards winners and awards jury members the magic behind the success. Representatives from two (2) projects (including both the Owner agency and the design-builder) will discuss the aspects of the project’s success that drove them to submit it for an award, why the design-build model was beneficial for the team and the project and lessons learned that others can use to leverage similar success.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

 

Thursday, August 26

 

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

General Session: Design-Build Success in Emergency Response


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Moderator:

Jim L. Whitaker, FAIA, FDBIA, NCARB

HKS, Inc.

Presenters:

TBA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) was the tip of the spear for the massive, emergency federal response to COVID-19. Design-build was chosen as the project delivery methodology. Why? Because no other project delivery methodology could have accomplished what many described as an architecture, engineering, and construction miracle. A miracle repeated 38 times across the country, converting convention centers, arenas, hotels, mothballed prisons and hospitals into alternative care facilities (“ACFs”) with days or weeks. Days or weeks! Come hear how the AEC community rose to the occasion in repeatable success stories, partnered with USACE, and made miracles happen.

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Break

Track 1
The Fundamentals: Essential Knowledge & Principles for Project Success

Track 2
Managing the Contract – the Risk – and the Mental Shift: Optimizing Design-Build

9:30 am – 10:30 am

More Than Just a Pretty Face – Delivering Design-Build Design Excellence


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Presenter:

Laura Stagner, FAIA, DBIA, PMP; Stagner Consulting, LLC

Design Excellence is about much more than what the building looks like; design excellence reflects the practice of good judgment throughout project procurement, development and execution, as well as sound decision-making within the limitations imposed by budget, scope and schedule. Design Excellence achieves memorable design solutions that include state- of-the art engineering solutions, delivering facilities that are high performance and sustainable and that demonstrate a holistic design awareness that considers context, site and the environment.

The Owner plays a significant role in setting the expectations, goals, requirements and best practices for any Design Excellence project.

This session will provide an overview, brief history and examples of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Design Excellence program and the GSA Design-Build Design Excellence guide. While the specifics discussed will be about how Design Excellence is practiced at the GSA, all the techniques and processes can be universally applied to other public and private Owner organizations.

High-Performing Team Leaders: Competencies that Drive Complex Project Success


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Presenters:

Sabine Hoover; FMI Corporation

Tracey E. Smith; FMI Corporation

In this presentation, FMI’s experts will discuss fresh insights around key leadership competencies needed to run successful complex projects (including larger projects, more than $500 million). The research is based on data collected from interviews with dozens of industry leaders over the past three years and addresses questions such as:

  • What are key behaviors that make great project leaders stand apart from average ones?
  • What is unique about their style?
  • How do you develop such leaders?
  • What specific leadership competencies make a real difference on complex projects?
  • What steps can organizations take to identify, develop and retain such leaders over time?

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s Make it Work: The Role of the Owner in Project Success


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Presenters:

Stacey G. Barton; Haskell

Ron Eisenberg; The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

What Does Single Point of Responsibility Really Mean and How Far Should It Go?


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Presenters:

Scott A. Churilla, DBIA; Haskell

Holly A. Streeter-Schaefer; Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.

“Single point of responsibility” is a hallmark of design-build project delivery, yet what appears to be a straightforward concept can become very complicated in the absence of appropriate risk allocation. In this session we will discuss ways to manage expectations through the appropriate assessment of risks, including ways to reach mutual agreement on the risks that are appropriate to be borne by the design-builder. We will also review best practices and strategies to avoid disputes over proposal-related services such as under-estimated quantities or defective design concepts and help understand actions that can inadvertently impact the standard of care expectations.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

General Session: Design-Build is Everywhere: Design-Build Best Practices Across the Federal Government


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Moderator:

Craig H. Unger, FDBIA

Unger Security Solutions LLC

Presenters:

Robert “Skip” Vaughn, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dave Triplett, Federal Bureau of Investigations

Maria T. Ciprazo, FAIA, General Services Administration

Agencies across the federal government are discovering and expanding their use of design-build and more and more of their work is based on DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right®® principles. This session will be Owners discussing their embrace of design-build and will track closely with a discussion of how Design-Build Best Practices for the federal sector were used and why.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Using Technology to Advance Information Sharing and Collaboration (Ready Building for Occupancy; Ready the Organization)


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Presenters:

TBA

 

Ramping up the Owner Advisor Relationship


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Presenter:

Stephen Richard Benton, PE, FDBIA, F.ASCE; SR Benton & Associates, LLC

With the rapid growth of design-build, we see Owners at two ends of a very broad design-build spectrum. On one end are Owners hesitant to make the transition to design-build because they lack essential knowledge and/or access to professionals, either in-house or on a consulting basis, to help successfully guide them. At the other end of the spectrum are more experienced Owners delivering more complex projects.

Given the broad spectrum of knowledge within the Owner community, what are some of the most critical roles Owner Advisors need to play in ensuring team and project success? How should Owners new to design-build assess both the right consultant for their needs as well as determine the appropriate scope of services required? For the more experienced Owner that is well-versed in design-build best practices and processes, what value can the Owner Advisor bring to the table?

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Modern Facility Operations: Transforming Design and Constructions


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Presenters:

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

Stuart Mervis; General Dynamics Information Technology

Technology is driving how we use facilities, the teams and processes involved in operating them and therefore how we design and construct them. Modern facilities are encompassing an array of technologies that require integration to the information infrastructure. Increasingly these technologies will interface to form the environment that drives the operating processes, effectiveness, safety, and security (including cybersecurity) of the facility.

This session will explore cutting edge technology being utilized by the Defense Health Agency and others in hospital and health care facilities, and how these methods and technologies should be addressed at the earliest design stages through construction to assure the facility can transition to operations at its peak efficiency and security. Further, presenters will discuss how this cutting-edge technology – and the early integration and collaboration it requires – is coming to facilities of all types across the federal market.

Small Business-Big Results: Subcontracting in Federal Projects


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Panelists:

Barbara C. Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA; Clark Construction Group, LLC

Stella S. Fiotes, AIA, DBIA; Department of Veterans Affairs (Retired)

Wesley Stith; Clark Construction Group, LLC

Kevin Knight; Knight Solutions

Partnerships with MWDBE firms in Design-Build projects enhance opportunities for successful project outcomes. In the Federal space, they also bring their own set of rules and often challenges. The early collaboration and engagement inherent to design-build allow for meaningful MWDBE participation. Scopes of work, budgets and performance goals can be collaboratively defined early in the planning stage. Larger firms can provide performance and payment bond support when necessary, and MWDBE can successfully be incorporated into key roles in the project. Federal owners can provide the incentives and framework for strong partnerships with MWDBE firms.

Attendees will hear from Owners on the importance of MWDBE participation and from both the large contractors and MWDBE contractors that together make successful partnerships and achieve successful design-build projects. There will be real-world examples of success, some lessons learned and thoughts on how to bridge the gap between preparation and opportunities for MWDBE.

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Networking Reception