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Federal Design-Build Symposium

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Welcome to the 2022 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 infrastructure projects. Join us at the 2022 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.

 

Tuesday, July 26

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Owners’ Forum


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Moderators:
Ross A. Davidson, DBIA – Department of Veterans Affairs | Construction & Facility Mgmt

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

Praised 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


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Moderators:
Mary B. Anderson, F. SAME – Schnabel Engineering

Joseph A. Angell II, PE, F. SAME – Wiley|Wilson

This forum provides an opportunity for the design-build practitioners to have a robust conversation about the business aspects of design-build and establishing an effective and efficient single point of responsibility team. Not only will key industry trends and issues be discussed, but practitioners will have the opportunity to 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.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: Deryl McKissack, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of McKissack & McKissack


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Moderators:
Barbara C. Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA – Executive Vice President, Clark Construction Group, LLC

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Beverage Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Concurrent Education Track Sessions

Track 1
Opening the Door to Design-Build

Track 2
Embracing and Optimizing Design-Build

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Administering An Integrated Design-Build Contract


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

Your Agency has selected your Design-Build Team/Partner – now what? What are the unique aspects of administering an integrated Design-Build Contract? This session will discuss the DBIA post-award best practices to include: the Design-After-Award process (Designing to BUILD as opposed to Designing to BID); Risk Assessment Summary; Design Management Process (Who has QA/QC in Design-Build?); Dispelling Myths in the Execution Phase; Structuring a Formal Partnering Process; Early Warning Signs of Potential Claims & Disputes.

Fort Meade: Success through Complexity and Pandemic


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Presenters:
Mike Fisher – National Security Agency

Kevin Schoch, PE, PMP – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Ken Keyser – Clark Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Security Agency and design-build partners have just completed this complex project addressing ever-evolving national security threats during a pandemic while meeting deadlines. Learn how the commitment to partnering and adhering to design-build best practices assured this key success.

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

General Session: Behind the Scenes of an Award-Winning Federal Project


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Moderator:

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

Panelists:

Matthew A. Meeks – General Services Administration

Josh Gaghen, PE, SE, DBIA – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Thomas Shelton, FAIA, LEED AP – Gensler

Joel Barron, PE – Thornton Tomasetti

As design-build advances, the right processes and people can result in extraordinary outcomes, and award-winning federal projects highlight that continual progression. As the market and the definition of excellence evolves, learn from an award-winning team and jury member about what goes into a successful project. Hear from representatives of a 2021 DBIA Federal project winners how the team worked together, how design-build was instrumental in their success and what lessons they learned to help others achieve similar success.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

 

Wednesday, July 27

 

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

General Session: Delivering Infrastructure – Challenges and Opportunities


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Moderator:

Laura Stagner, Assistant Commissioner, GSA Public Buildings Service, Office of Project Delivery (Retired)

Presenters:

Kenneth Simmons, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Michael D. Brennan, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB – U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

David W. Triplett – Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

Cory Anderson – General Services Administration

Emily Beardall – FMI Consulting

As markets — particularly the federal construction market — heat up, more and more federal owners are turning to design-build to meet the infrastructure implementation challenge and deliver innovative project solutions. This panel of senior federal agency leaders will discuss why they chose design-build to deliver their projects and what the implementation strategies have included at their agency.

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Beverage Break

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Education Track Sessions

Track 1
Opening the Door to Design-Build

Track 2
Embracing and Optimizing Design-Build

9:30 am – 10:30 am

NIST – Design-Build: Keeping an Open Mind


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Presenters:

Andrew Keirn, CCM, FAC-P/PM, Assoc. DBIA – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Phillip Neuberg, FAIA – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Robert Elliott, PMP, CCM, PSP – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Allen Cook, PE – National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST has found success with design-build through up-front environmental planning, multiple acquisition strategies and transparency through collaboration. Lessons learned from two current projects, one in Gaithersburg, MD, and one in Boulder, CO, will support other Federal agencies developing DB requirements and managing team member and stakeholder expectations through continuous communication and feedback.

Embodied Carbon in Federal Construction


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Presenters:

Lance Davis, LEED Fellow, MSU Fellow – General Services Administraton

Momo Sun, PE, Peng – WoodWorks – Wood Products Council

Sustainability goals and design-build innovation go hand-in-hand. With the Federal government encouraging sustainable solutions, this session will examine new techniques agencies such as GSA are exploring and utilizing including innovations such as the mass timber construction in Federal buildings, its use and ongoing study.

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Major Construction Program Design-Build Planning, Acquisition, and Execution Strategy Development


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Presenters:
Thomas Kurmel, DDES, AIA, FHFI, DBIA – TDK Consulting, LLC

Zebulon Fox – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Construction and Facility Management

Ross A. Davidson, DBIA – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Construction and Facilities Management

Christopher Castle, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Construction and Facilities Management

Three panelists from the Office of Construction and Facilities Management representing the Planning, Acquisition and Execution functions will discuss how they established the Design-Build IDIQ for VA’s Major Construction Program at CFM. This session will explain the design-build multiple award contract vehicle, the process in developing the planned design-build IDIQ scheduled for solicitation in FY22, market research results and the strategy to implement a design-build IDIQ for a major construction program.

Four Perspectives: Managing Risk Trends in Federal Design Build


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Presenters:

Sean Dowsing, JD, DBIA – Manning and Kass

Evan Grant – AECOM

Ryan Danielson, DBIA – Orion Construction

Pete Fowler – Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc., and Construction Consultant

This panel will discuss and present perspectives from the A/E, design-builder, attorney and construction consultant views on managing the evolving risk trends in Federal design-build. These panelists have worked together on Federal design-build projects for 15 years, from proposal through punch list, and will present how each of their respective positions has evaluated and managed the evolving design-build risks and then integrated those strategies into a successful procurement team.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

General Session: Design-Build Done Right is Key


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Moderator:

Robert Rizzieri, F. ASCE, PE, PMP, CCM, DBIA – Principal, Rizzieri Consulting LLC

Richard Formella – President, Design-Build Strategic Solutions, LLC

Presenters:

Ross A. Davidson, DBIA – Department of Veterans Affairs | Construction & Facility Mgmt.

Andrew Keirn, CCM, FAC-P/PM, Assoc. DBIA – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Cory Anderson – U. S. General Services Administration

Eugene (Gene) Morisani – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jonathan Rau, RA – U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command [Virtual]

Rich Shelton, PE, DBIA, CHC – Royce Construction Services

Douglas Nichols – FBI

There are several critical decisions to be made when delivering a successful federal infrastructure project. Understanding Design-Build Done Right© — including design-build best practices — is the key to making the right decisions. Implementing Design-Build Done Right© — including implementing techniques — is the next step in assuring a project is on a path to success. This session of senior federal agency officials will dive into those DBIA best practices actually used and dissect crucial lessons learned.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Beverage Break

2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Education Track Sessions

Track 1
Opening the Door to Design-Build

Track 2
Embracing and Optimizing Design-Build

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Case Study of Design-Build Nationwide MATOC for Small Projects in Remote Areas


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Presenters:
Douglas Gransberg, PE, PhD, DBIA – Gransberg & Associates, Inc. / Iowa State University

Shannon Blackburn – National Park Service

Marjorie Chiles – US Fish & Wildlife Service

The presentation will discuss the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s approach to implementing a DB MATOC in response to Great American Outdoors Act with a 40% small business participation goal. Lessons learned in solicitation preparation for small business in 50 states, evaluation, and award of 200 proposals, a “plug and play” performance specification system to standardize task order scope development, and tools for price proposal evaluation and risk assessment will be covered.

Owner Acquisition Strategy and Approach – From the Design-Builder’s Perspective


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Presenters:
Keith Sabol, PE – Skanska

Jeffrey A. Roby, PE, DBIA – Virginia Department of Transportation

Dave Mahoney – Dewberry

With the roll out of the federal transportation funding program, this presentation provides insight from the Design-Build Team perspective on procurement best practices. Owners should consider a variety of factors in an alternative delivery model: basis for using alternative delivery, level of development of an RFP design, use of Alternative Technical Concepts, use of allowances, engagement with prospective bidders, etc., in order to generate interest from well qualified teams and a fair, competitive bidding environment.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Inside Scoop on How to Develop an Effective, Efficient Acquisition Strategy


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Presenters:
Paula Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, RA, AICP, LEED AP, SAP – Urban Collaborative

Tricia Kessler, AICP – Urban Collaborative

Robert Vaughn, SES – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Travis Willer, AICP – US Air Force

To produce mission-effective, life-cycle efficient campuses/facilities, Federal agencies must be shrewd, use resources wisely and carefully consider alternatives. When design-build is selected, agencies must make traditional design decisions up front. Three of the best tools are a comprehensive Master Plan, campus/base standards and a CCD. These tools can reduce initial costs, life-cycle costs, design costs and change orders. Learn to use these tools to create an acquisition strategy with NIST and Langley examples.

Supporting Equity in Federal Contracts: Effective DBE Program Practices in Design-Build


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Presenters:
Christine Thorkildsen, BS, CEE – Federal Highway Administration

The FHWA Office of Civil Rights has researched market-ready best practices of the DBE Program in the context of a design-build project and compiled findings in a handbook, “DBE Program Administration and Oversight on Projects with Alternative Contracting Methods.” This presentation will share practices from the handbook to assure efficient, effective and equitable integration of the DBE program in design-build contracting from project conception to completion.

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Networking Reception