Back-to-back conferences in Orlando, Fla., offer insight into the increasing use of design-build project delivery in both the transportation and water/wastewater sectors. First up, the Design-Build in Transportation conference, March 18-20 – with the theme "Speeding Toward Innovative Project Delivery" – provides attendees with as many as 14 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Project owner/agency representatives are eligible to earn an additional four CEUs by attending the Owners Intro to Design-Build session on Monday, March 18.
According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), 47 states now permit design-build for transportation projects and the increase in use of public-private partnerships (P3s) also increases reliance on design-build delivery. Reflecting this trend, attendance at this annual conference has experienced double-digit growth every year.
Two general sessions on Tuesday, March 19, feature the following:
- "From Zero to Sixty: The Story of New York State" – Representatives from the New York State Thruway Authority have been invited to share their experiences with design-build.
- "Best Practices for Design-Build Panel" – Join a panel of experts for a discussion on best practices in design-build including the benefits and evolution of integrated delivery.
A third general session on Wednesday, March 20, "Past, Present, and Future – The DOT Experience," features representatives from departments of transportation from across the country who will utilize their past experiences to weigh in on topics including current trends, benefits of using best value, proposal scoring, and owner expectations as well as their states' upcoming projects for 2013 and beyond.
The core of the conference program comprises 20 concurrent sessions in four tracks: Lessons learned; Procurement/P3; Technical; and Non-traditional. In addition, more than 85 companies will be highlighting their products and services in an exhibition open to attendees for a Monday reception, Tuesday during lunch, and a Tuesday reception.
Acting as a bridge between the two events, the closing session of the Design-Build in Transportation conference is the opening session for the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference, March 20-22. That session features Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, president/CEO, Capital Project Strategies, LLC. Capital Project Strategies provides strategic procurement, contracting, and risk management advice to clients developing and constructing capital projects. An engineer and attorney, Loulakis has substantial experience on complicated transportation and water projects delivered through design-build and P3 processes. Active in DBIA since 1993, Loulakis was instrumental to drafting DBIA's model design-build contracts, and authors the "Design-Build Lessons Learned" series.
The 2013 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference has the theme "Delivering Quality Through Integration" and provides attendees as many as 12.25 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Owners are eligible to earn an additional four hours of continuing education credit by attending the "Owners Intro to Design-Build" session on Wednesday, March 20.
In an opening keynote, Thursday, March 21, Matt Bond, immediate past president of the Water Environment Federation, and David LaFrance, executive director of the American Water Works Association, will discuss industry trends and the role alternative delivery methods will play in the future.
Titled, "The Role of the General Contractor," a general session on Thursday afternoon, March 21, features five panelists:
- Butch Bedell, PC Construction;
- Mark Filanc, P.E., DBIA, CEO, J.R. Filanc Construction Company Inc.;
- Colin D. Groff, P.E., director, Technical Support Services, JEA;
- Peter M. Kinsley, CGC, DBIA, Haskell; and
- Jeff Littrell, director, Okaloosa County Water & Sewer System.
George Hawkins, general manager, DC Water, will anchor the closing general session on Friday morning, March 22. With an operating and capital budget of nearly $800 million dollars, DC Water provides drinking water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment for a population of more than 600,000. It operates the world's largest advanced wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak daily capacity of more than a billion gallons. Prior to joining DC Water, Hawkins served as director of the District Department of the Environment, a $110 million agency that performs city, county, and state environmental functions for the nation's capital.
Twenty concurrent sessions on Thursday and Friday are divided into four tracks: Procurement/P3; First-Time Design-Build; Lessons Learned; and Owner Perspectives. Attendees also have opportunities to visit more than 85 booths in the exhibit hall on Wednesday afternoon for a welcome reception and on Thursday for a continental breakfast and from 11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., including a luncheon, and a late-day reception.
Information and registration details for the Design-Build in Transportation conference are available at www.dbia.org/conferences/transportation/2013, and for the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference at www.dbia.org/conferences/waterww/2013