Call for Presentations


2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo

November 7-9, 2018 | New Orleans, LA


DBIA’s 25th Anniversary Conference & Expo

Share Your Design-Build Expertise



Do you have a design-build story to tell or “lesson learned” that you can share with the industry? Thousands of industry professionals spanning the architecture, engineering or construction community attend Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) conferences each year and we’re now looking for presenters for our special 25th Anniversary Celebration of Collaboration at DBIA’s 2018 Design-Build Conference and Expo in New Orleans.


This will be the design-build event of the year providing a unique opportunity for industry experts to address a broad array of design-build pros across all sectors during an historic year for our industry. We are looking for experienced, knowledgeable, and well-spoken industry experts to highlight key aspects of design-build project delivery including best practices, lessons learned, noted challenges, and/or emerging trends. DBIA promotes the value of design-build project delivery and teaches Design-Build Done Right™ principles which deliver the effective integration of design and construction services for owners and practitioners alike.


Only submissions that align with these core purposes will be considered.


Although there is no restriction on the topics you can submit, here are some of our areas of interest for 2018:


  1. Making the Design-Build Decision
  • Owner Considerations in Choosing an Integrated Delivery Model
  • Evaluating Procurement Methodologies
  • Design-build on Smaller Projects
  • Design-Build in the Private Sector
  • Utilizing an Owners Advisor and/or Representative
  1. Procuring Design-Build Services
  • Writing and Responding to the RFQ/RFP
  • Understanding Performance-Based Requirements
  • Innovative Financing Solutions
  • Design Excellence Strategies and Techniques
  1. Contracting for Design-Build Services
  • Incentive Contracting
  • Risk and Opportunities in Contracting, Insurance and Procurement
  • Delivery Method Risk Management Assessment
  1. Effective Teaming, Collaboration and Integration
  • Structuring a Dynamic Design-Build Team
  • The How and Why of Early Engagement of the Team (designer, specialty trades, owner, etc.)
  • Integration Tools and Techniques that Enhance Collaboration
  • Importance of Early Integration of Specialty Trades
  1. Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
  • Contract Administration in Design-Build
  • Managing Design in Design-Build
  • Integration of Lean Principles
  • Use of BIM, VDC and Technology
  • Owner Roles/Responsibilities in Executing a Design-Build Project
  1. The Future of Design-Build
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build
  • Design-Build for the International Marketplace
  • Design-Build for Infrastructure
  • Variations on Design-Build (e.g., Progressive, DBO, DBOM, etc.)



A committee of design-build industry experts reviews and grades all submissions received. Favorable consideration is given to presentations that include one or more of the following elements:

  • Owner participation (very highly encouraged)
  • Is of broad interest to conference participants and not commercial promotion of specific products or service offerings
  • Considers Design-Build Best Practices
  • Features real-world project lessons learned that promote the successful completion of future design-build projects.
  • One or more presenters hold the DBIA or Associate DBIA credential (DBIA will verify this).



All submissions must be completed online. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.


Submittals must answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. If selected, Primary Presenter and any additional panelists commit their availability to travel to present in a timeslot to be determined but between the dates of November 7-9, 2018 in New Orleans, LA?

2. Is content fresh and highly relevant to the successful execution of design-build and related delivery methodologies?

3. Are there at least four concrete and substantive strategies, "lessons learned" or practical tools that attendees can learn and apply to their next capital project?

4. Do presenters have evidence of experience in successfully presenting concepts and ideas to an audience with 75 or more participants?

5. Are Presenters dynamic and comfortable engaging in audience Q&A?

6. If proposing a case study, is the owner confirmed to participate in the presentation, and is there a clear lesson/message?



  1. Presentation Title - Title should capture the essence of the topic to be discussed and should not exceed 10-12 words.
  2. Presentation Summary - Please provide an overview of the session intent and why the topic is relevant to successful design-build project delivery. The summary statement should not exceed 75 words and may be used for marketing purposes should your presentation be selected.
  3. Program Abstract – This 200 – 500 word description should explain how the program relates to the conference theme and how attendees will benefit from this session.
  4. Four Major Presentation Points - A learning objective is an explicit statement that clearly expresses what the attendee will be able to do after taking a course. Learning objectives should be concise and concrete so they are open to limited interpretation.


  • Here are some suggested behavioral verbs to use when writing learning objectives since they describe observable and measurable behaviors. Using concrete verbs will help keep your objectives clear and concise: acquire, analyze, apply, assess, build, clarify, compare, conclude, create, define, demonstrate, describe, determine, differentiate, discover, discuss, evaluate, explain, identify, implement, indicate, name, perform, plan, prepare, produce, propose, recognize, select, state, verify, write, etc.


  • Avoid using the following behavioral verbs when writing learning objectives because they are vague and difficult to measure: appreciate, cover, realize, be aware of, familiarize, study, become acquainted with, gain knowledge of, understand, comprehend, know, learn


  1. 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.
  2. Presentation Level - DBIA seeks sessions considered "Intermediate" or "Advanced".



Speaker names, titles, and credentials will be listed exactly as submitted if selected, so please confirm this information with fellow panelists.

  1. Logistical Contact, Title and Full Contact Information - This person must be prepared to serve as DBIA's main point of contact if selected, including coordination with co-presenters, where applicable.


  1. Presenter Background and Qualifications - Include work history, educational background, and examples of direct, relevant experience in design-build and other integrated delivery models. (i.e. a Bio)


  1. Prior DBIA Participation - Has the presenter participated in a prior DBIA Conference at the National or Regional Level? If so, please provide the name of the event and year.


  1. Experience Presenting the Topic - Has the presented conducted a similar topic at any other industry event? If so, please notate when and where.


  1. Additional Presenter Contact Information and Background- - The primary presenter must obtain confirmation that these individuals will participate should DBIA accept the submission. DBIA requests that there be no more than four additional presenters.



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



Due Date

Draft Presentation

September 10, 2018

Final Presentation

October 15, 2018


  1. Technology & SupportDBIA will provide a computer, LCD projector, screen, podium with microphone and one lavaliere microphone. The presentation should be self-contained as wireless internet may not be available onsite. Special equipment requests may not be available on a complimentary basis.


  1. Registration Fees - Government Employees 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 $450.00 for Non-Members and $350.00 for Members to attend the FULL 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.


DBIA will notify selected presenters by April.


Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to:

Allison Leisner

Meetings & Events Coordinator

Voice: (202) 454-7528
Fax: (202) 682-5877
Allison Leisner



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