Abstract FAQ's

The 2020 Annual Design-Build Conference & Expo will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center located at the National Harbor in the DC Metro Area from October 28-30, 2020.

The Calls for Presentations opened on Monday, June 1.

The deadline for all submissions has been extended to Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

There is no fee for submitting a proposal.

There is no limit on the number of submissions. However, for DBIA to provide a balanced program, there will be a limit on how many are accepted per person, firm, corporation, association and organization.

Yes, both DBIA members and non-members are invited to submit conference proposals.

To begin submitting a presentation for the 2020 Annual Design-Build Conference & Expo, please search for your record in our DBIA database.  You may search by Last Name or Email address.

Be sure to create a unique record for each author, submitter, or speaker (i.e. you may not use the same email address for each presenter).

DBIA membership is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal. 

DBIA assumes that the primary presenter is the “author” who will organize the session if the proposal is accepted. The primary presenter is responsible for ensuring that all co-presenters register for the conference on time at the posted presenter rates. If the proposal is accepted and the primary presenter is not able to attend and present, a co-presenter may take over organizing the session with the permission of the primary presenter.

Government Employee and Private Sector Owner Speakers that are selected will be provided a complimentary registration for the full conference.

Practitioner Speakers will receive a complimentary DAY registration for the day of their presentation OR a discounted registration rate of $375.00 to attend the entire conference.

Owners are encouraged to submit presentations and attend the conference. Scholarships are available for conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals to owners to attend the conference, with or without involvement in presentations. These are available on a first-come, first served basis. 

Please visit the DBIA website for additional information and to apply.

The  presentation format can be one of the following:

  • Panel or single person presentation to attendees (most common).
  • Round table with presenter-to-attendee or attendee-to attendee discussions.
  • Other - please describe. 
Suggested presentation length (60, 75 or 90 minutes) - All presenters should assume that 15 minutes will be devoted to Q&A. If selected, DBIA reserves the right to allocate either time slot based on an assessment of the time needed to appropriately address the topic.

Presentation Levels - DBIA seeks sessions considered "Intermediate" or "Advanced" 

Although there is no restriction on topics to be submitted, the following have been identified as areas of particular focus for the 2020 conference:

1. Owner Processes, Tools and Strategies for Making the Design-Build Decision
2. Procuring Design-Build Services (topics ranging from RFQ/RFP development through innovative financing techniques)
3. Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Design Excellence in Design-Build
4. Risk Management/Contracting for Design-Build Services (including incentive contracting and risk assessment/allocation/sharing)
5. Effective Teaming, Collaboration and Integration Techniques and Practices (team structure, integration of key trades)
6. Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
7. The Flexibility of Design-Build (how variations including Best-Value, Progressive, DBO, P3s, etc. make design-build a viable option for a diverse spectrum of Owners)
8. Enhancing Design-Build using Technology (BIM, VDC, etc.)
9. Achieving Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goals in Design-Build
10. The use of Owner Advisors in Design-Build (case studies and/or examples of value, impact, opportunities and challenges)

DBIA will not consider submissions that promote specific products or service

A committee of design-build experts reviews all submissions received. DBIA encourages the inclusion of one or more of the following elements:

• Sessions that qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Credit by AIA
• One or more presenters hold the DBIA™ or Associate DBIA™ credential (DBIA will verify this).
• Owner participation, particularly on panels and case studies.
• Concrete examples of the practical application of DBIA Best Practices

1. PowerPoint Presentation Submission - If selected, presenters must agree to abide by the following schedule. Failure to adhere to these deadlines could result in removal from the program.


Due Date

Draft Presentation

September 10, 2020

Final Presentation

October 15, 2020


DBIA will notify selected presenters by the week of April 27-May 1, 2020.

NO, you will NOT be able to edit your information after you click Submit.

To save your draft, click the "Save and Edit Later" button to submit a draft of your abstract. You will be able to edit your abstract through the Abstract Service Center until Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Yes. To withdraw a proposal submission, please email Associate Meeting Planner, Kellyrose Brewster at kbrewster@dbia.org

DBIA will provide a computer, LCD projector, screen and podium with microphone. The presentation should be self-contained as wireless internet may not be available onsite.

You will be able to add additional speakers on the "Proposal Summary" page. Click the “Add Additional Presenter” image in the right column to add additional speakers to your abstract.

For any remaining questions, please email Associate Meeting Planner, Kellyrose Brewster (kbrewster@dbia.org 

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