Focus on design-build delivery

February 2012 » Features » EVENT PREVIEW
Back-to-back water/wastewater and transportation conferences highlight growth of design-build project delivery.
Bob Drake

Following a 20-percent increase in the number of attendees at last year's Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference and a 30-percent increase at last year's Design-Build in Transportation conference, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is hoping to maintain the momentum this year in Phoenix. The format remains the same —€” back-to-back conferences with a single day of overlap featuring a joint session.

The Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference, Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, 2012, opens with a keynote address by Debra G. Coy, principal with Svanda & Coy Consulting, which provides services for investors and companies in the water sector. Coy is an expert in covering the global water sector for investors. The opening session also includes a presentation titled, "Best practices and management applications for practitioners," which focuses on the experiences and lessons learned by practitioners using design-build project delivery in the water and wastewater sector.

Twenty concurrent technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday are offered in four tracks: Case Studies, Best Practices, Legal & Finance, and Innovation. In addition, more than 80 exhibits will be available for attendees to view Monday evening and Tuesday.

During a general session Wednesday morning —€” "Water and wastewater projects: An owner's perspective" —€” three agency officials from across the country who have implemented design-build will discuss their challenges, solutions, and future endeavors.

Following a joint networking lunch with transportation conference attendees, the closing general session for the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference —€” and the opening session for the Design-Build in Transportation conference —€” will feature Bill Owens, senior advisor at PCL Construction Enterprises Inc. and former governor of Colorado. Owens will address the need for infrastructure renewal and expansion in the near-term, and the compounding factors likely to make updates and upgrades more difficult and more expensive if projects are deferred. He also will identify and evaluate infrastructure financing options that can enable governments and agencies to continue infrastructure maintenance and improvement despite challenging budget realities and difficult political and economic climates.

The Design-Build in Transportation conference, Wednesday through Friday, April 25-27, 2012, continues Thursday morning with a keynote address by Robert Poole, director of transportation policy with the Reason Foundation. Poole produces the foundation's monthly e-newsletter, Surface Transportation Innovations, and writes a monthly column on transportation policy for Public Works Financing.

Thursday afternoon, a second general session features Sherri LeBas, secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LA DOTD), presenting "A new day for innovation in Louisiana." LeBas will offer lessons learned from the LA DOTD's design-build program including Louisiana's legislative/industry approach, case studies of current and completed design-build projects, and a look at what the future holds for the program.

Twenty concurrent technical sessions on Thursday and Friday are offered in four tracks: Public-Private Partnerships, Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Highways & Bridges. In addition, almost 70 exhibits will be available for attendees to view Wednesday evening and Thursday.

The closing general session —€” "Public-private partnerships: Lessons learned from California" —€” includes presentations by Kristina Assouri, LL.M, California Department of Transportation; K.N. Murthy, Los Angeles Metro; and Maj. Gen. Hans Van Winkle (Ret.), Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Detailed conference information, including online registration and hotel reservations, is available at www.dbia.org/conferences/waterww/2012 and www.dbia.org/conferences/transportation/2012

Earn continuing education credits
The Design-Build Institute of America offers as many as 24.5 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs) for attending both the 2012 Water/Wastewater and Transportation conferences. Separately, the 2012 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater conference provides up to a total of 11.5 hours of CEUs; the 2012 Design-Build in Transportation conference provides as many as 14 hours of CEUs.


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