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Honoring the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects of 2018

2017 Design-Build Awards Dinner
2017 Design-Build Awards Dinner at the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Whether it’s renovating our nation’s airports, providing vital community hubs for healthcare and education services or delivering innovative infrastructure that makes our daily lives easier, design-build’s impact on our nation has never been larger than today. One look at the impressive winning projects chosen as this year’s Design-Build Institute of America’s Merit Award winners provides a glimpse at the power of collaboration and innovation design-build delivers to our communities from coast to coast.

“This year’s National Design-Build Project/Team Award winners prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that design-build is changing the way America builds and delivering impressive results in communities from coast to coast. When you look at this incredible list of design-build winners, it’s easy to see why design-build is sweeping the nation. Across all sectors and project sizes, these winners demonstrate the power of collaboration in projects that are as varied as they are resilient, innovative, cost-effective and beautiful to behold. DBIA is proud to honor this inspiring list of design-build project and team winners for leading the way and showing the nation there’s a better way to build.” …Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO

The diversity in project size, sector, geography and complexity of these award winners shows how far design-build has come in the 25 years since DBIA’s creation. Successful design-build teams practicing Design-Build Done Right™ are delivering exceptional projects across the spectrum in new ways, innovating and expanding the power of collaborative teams to produce projects that inspire. Please take a moment and go to the DBIA Awards page to see detailed descriptions and photos of each merit winner. Here is a quick list to get you started:


Alternate Utility Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seatac, Washington

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) Terminal East Infill Project, Austin, Texas


Mayne Events Center and Fire Museum, Bellflower, California

Alpine Library, Alpine, California

Skyline Hills Branch Library, San Diego, California 

Commercial Buildings

HAPO Mill Plain, Vancouver, Washington

Educational Facilities

University Extension Classroom Building, University of California Irvine

The Spark at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

WSU Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, Pullman, Washington

Solano Community College Biotechnology and Science Building, Fairfield, California

Federal, State, County, Municipal

East County Hall of Justice, Dublin, California

Campus Kilpatrick, Malibu, California

DBH Crisis Residential Treatment Facility, San Bernardino, California

Healthcare Facilities

Texas Health Recovery & Wellness Center, Mansfield, Texas

The Family Health Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Ventura County Medical Center Hospital Replacement Wing, Ventura, California 

Industrial, Process and/or Research Facilities

University of California Irvine – Transmission Electron Microscope Facility

Anheuser-Busch Jax Line 7, Jacksonville, Florida

PepsiCo Worldwide Flavors Factory, Singapore

Office Buildings

Riata Vista Corporate Campus, Austin, Texas

American Academy of Pediatrics Headquarters, Itasca, Illinois 

Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration

Main Street Bridge Historical Renovation Project (SR 5) Emergency Design-Build, Jacksonville, Florida

Intelligence Community Campus- Erskine Hall Cafeteria, Bethesda, Maryland

Transportation (other than Aviation)

I-66/Route 15 Interchange Reconstruction, Town of Haymarket, Prince William County, Virginia

I-64 Capacity Improvements Segment I, Newport New, Virginia.

Trinity County HBP Bridges Design-Build, Trinity County, California


RM Clayton WRC Headworks Improvements, Atlanta, Georgia

Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility, Dandridge, Tennessee

Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Plant Improvements, City of Boynton Beach, Florida

DBIA is proud to honor our nation’s best projects and teams each year with National Design-build awards and is especially thankful to the DBIA awards jury of industry leaders who invest weeks of research and two full days of judging to choose the best of the best in design-build. Wonder what it takes to win a DBIA National Design-Build Project/Team Award? DBIA’s Award jury Chair Barbara Jackson from the University of Denver and long-time juror, Ron Lansky with the PENTA Building Group in Nevada, talk about what it takes to win a DBIA National Design-build award in this episode of our Design-Build Delivers podcast.

“We’re beginning to see new iterations of higher engagement — how to team, how to engage and how to participate differently in the design process.  We saw one project this year where they engaged cultural experts to provide a different perspective of understanding for that environment or that particular client. So, these aren’t just architects, contractors and subcontractors, these are experts in everything from sociology to cultural environments to perhaps sustainability.  As a juror, you can’t help but think ‘my goodness, look who they brought on the team’ “ … Barbara Jackson, DBIA Award Chair

 “I think one of the reasons we’re seeing better quality projects over the years is that teams are starting to get it.  They’re taking design-build to the next level because they’ve already had that shift of saying ‘ah-ha.’ You can almost see the light bulb come on in reading some of the owners’ letters or in some of the narratives where we see stories about working with an owner who was not a proponent of design-build but who now says they will never deliver another project a different way.” … Ron Lansky, DBIA Awards Juror

So, are you ready to enter your project for a 2019 award?  You can start that process today by adding your project to the National Design-build Projects Database. That’s the first step and you can do that any time online. So, why wait?  Get a head start on next year’s awards process while also getting national attention year-round in the DBIA database.