Owners Forums

Our promise to Owners: we’ll keep you connected through online and in-person networking and educational opportunities throughout the year.


We Help Owners Collaborate

Design-build is all about collaboration and DBIA works hard to provide Owners with a variety of ways to access the education, networking and resources they need to do the job right.


DBIA hosts Owners-Only Forums at all our Conferences.

Owners can learn a lot from each other. That’s why DBIA hosts the largest design-build Owners-Only networking and education sessions in the nation. The conversations are lively and open, with attendees going home with new ideas and strategies to succeed.

Owners-only forums at our Design-Build for Transportation and Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conferences each spring allow owners the opportunity drill-down on issues specific to each sector. In the fall, DBIA's Design-Build Conference and Expo gathers design-build owners across all sectors, locations and project types to network and share their project experiences.

Members-Only Online Forum

Welcome to DBIA’s online community

Welcome to DBIA’s new Owners Forum, an online collaboration and networking site created specifically for Owner members! After the huge success of our Owners-Only Forums at DBIA conferences, you asked for a way to keep the conversation going year-round. Now, our DBIA Owner members can do just that.

We’ve set this up to be a safe space to network with Owners exclusively, allowing you the chance to receive or offer advice on a wide array of topics. All our Owner Members have already been granted community access. Now, all you need to do is log in and find the Owners Forum under “My Communities.”

Your first task is to complete your profile then don’t hesitate to jump right in and get the conversation started.

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Jesse Giordano , Port of Seattle​

“The DBIA Owners Forum may be the most important project delivery meeting you have all year. Spending two judgement-free hours in candid conversation with colleagues expressing concerns, asking questions and sharing lessons learned is well worth the time out of the office.”

Jake Humphreys, The University of Iowa

“I not only brought back valuable information to implement on my design-build projects, but also lessons I can apply to other projects and other facets of my organization."

Sid Kitterman, ​City of Norfolk

​“The Owners Forum was a fantastic place to freely discuss practices that work well and don't work well. The experience of other Owners will help to improve our design-build practices to maximize the benefits of this delivery method.”

Federal Owners Forum

2017 Federal Owners Forum
Each year, DBIA and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) host the Federal Owners Forum, bringing together a diverse group of agency leaders to brainstorm solutions to the unique challenges facing federal project delivery teams. DBIA and SAME strive to help federal agencies ensure they have the right tools, the right people and the right processes to succeed. We’ve released three reports with recommendations on improving federal project delivery.

2018 Report

2017 Report

2016 Report