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Preparing the Transportation/Aviation Sector for Post-COVID Recovery

DBIA’s April 21-23 Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference is just weeks away. This virtual event is targeted specifically for design-build in the transportation/aviation sector with a robust three-day program of 28 sessions on 4 tracks. Design-build will play a critical role in our post-COVID recovery, and this conference will help prepare your teams to seize the opportunities ahead.

Track 1 – Essential Facts & Principles for Project Success

Track 2 – Optimizing Design-Build

Track 3 — Planes, Trains, and . . . Design-Build

Track 4 – Show Me the Money (and the Contract)

 So Many Sessions – Access Them for a Month!

A Few Highlights

 The Future of Aviation Planning and Programming

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

A panel of aviation sector Owners discusses the challenges and opportunities facing aviation authorities. The wide-reaching conversation will address topics such as the impact of changing travel patterns on runway and taxiway rehab plans, the increasing use of progressive design-build and how our changing times have impacted both short and long-term planning and programming.


Elliott Black, U.S. Department of Transportation- Build America Bureau

Janice Zahn, Port of Seattle

Geoffrey Neumayr, San Francisco International Airport

Mobility for a Changing World – How Design-Build Addresses our Evolving Transit Needs

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Transit Agencies are experiencing new challenges, such as a refocus on public safety, a shift in travel demand with work-from-home lifestyles and a growing need to provide reliable, dependable, and safe public transit to serve our communities. Often, flex bus, LRT and bus rapid transit services can operate within existing roadway right-of-way, interstate medians or express lanes and can easily connect suburbs and urban centers. These systems use electric-powered vehicles, rely on clean energy, reduce GHG emissions and provide sustainable transportation solutions. A panel of transit and transportation agency experts will discuss their plans for expanded electric bus rapid service, LRT or automated people mover transit and how design-build makes these projects more effective to implement.


Matt Preedy. Sound Transit

James R. Avitabile, PE, DBIA, RS&H

Derrick Chan, P.E., Broward County Transit

Art Guzzetti, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

General Session: Now What? Design-Build Owners Look Ahead

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

As the country rebounds from COVID-19, a recession and hope that a vaccine can help regain normalcy, what are the significant topics affecting the national design-build and P3 markets in Transportation in 2021? This will be a candid discussion with public sector managers to discuss issues they anticipate will affect the DB transportation market and broader reaching impacts to the industry.


Jeffrey A. Roby, P.E., DBIA, Virginia Department of Transportation

Brian Barth, P.E., Texas Department of Transportation

Christopher Gaskins, PE PG, DBIA, South Carolina Department of Transportation

Bryan Pennington, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

James R. Avitabile, PE, DBIA, RS&H

General Session: Design-Build and Conflicts of Interest

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DB has become more broadly used by public agencies resulting in increased opportunity for conflict of interests to surface. The problem has grown as the most experienced firms in providing owner design services become interested in providing services to DB firms. A panel of industry experts will be assembled to address the topic and share their experiences to identify potential conflicts in advance and avoid them. This panel will include both the practitioners and owner’s use of the DB model and address topics leaders regularly encountered in DB.


Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., FDBIA, Capital Project Strategies, LLC

Shailendra G. Patel, P.E., DBIA, Virginia Department of Transportation

Thomas Foley, PE, CCM, New York City Department of Design and Construction

David Simmons, PE, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

See more about all our General Session speakers and program here and then register online today!