Call for Presentations


2019 Design-Build Conference & Expo

November 6-8, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV


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Share your Design-Build expertise and SEE the DBIA Difference at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas

Be a 2019 DBIA Conference Presenter


To download a PDF copy of all criteria before completing the submission process below click here.

With more than 2,000+ industry professionals spanning the architecture, engineering and construction communities including both new and experienced design-build Owners in attendance, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) annual Design-Build Conference & Expo offers unparalleled and exclusive access to the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market.

The 2019 Design-Build Conference and Expo will be held November 6-8, 2019 at the iconic Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada!

This event provides a unique opportunity for networking across all disciplines and market sectors, and educational opportunities ranging from introductory design-build education to advanced application and theory.

We are looking for experienced, knowledgeable, and well-spoken industry experts to highlight key aspects of design-build project delivery including, but not limited to best practices, lessons learned, noted challenges, strategies to achieving optimal outcomes, and emerging trends. DBIA promotes the value of design-build project delivery and teaches the effective integration of design and construction services to ensure success for owners and design and construction practitioners.

Only submissions that align with the core purposes noted above will be considered.

Although there is no restriction on topics to be submitted, the following have been identified as areas of interest for 2019:

  1. Making the Design-Build Decision (Owner participation required)
  • Owner Considerations in Choosing an Integrated Delivery Model
  • Evaluating Procurement Methodologies (i.e.., Best Value, QBS, Progressive)
  • Design-Build on Smaller Projects
  • Design-Build in the Private Sector
  1. Procuring Design-Build Services
  • Writing and Responding to the RFQ/RFP
  • Understanding Performance-Based Requirements
  • Innovative Financing Solutions
  1. Design-Excellence in Design-Build:
    • Defining “Design Excellence” in the RFQ/RFP
    • Managing Design in Design-Build
  2. Contracting for Design-Build Services
  • Incentive Contracting
  • Risk and Opportunities in Contracting, Insurance and Procurement
  • Risk Allocation/Risk Sharing in Design-Build (win/win scenarios)
  • Delivery Method Risk Management Assessment
  1. Effective Teaming, Collaboration and Integration
  • Structuring a Dynamic Design-Build Team (Methods for Selecting the Right Teaming Partners)
  • 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
  • Effective use of Owner Consultants (Owner Representatives, Owners Advisors, etc.)
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Partnering
  1. Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
  • Contract Administration 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.., DBO, DBOM, etc.)




A committee of design-build industry experts reviews and ranks all submissions received. Additional consideration will be given to presentations that include one or more of the following elements.

  • One or more presenters hold the DBIA™ or Associate DBIA™ credential (DBIA will verify this).
  • Owner participation is included in proposed panel discussions.
  • The topic is not commercial promotion of specific products or service offerings.
  • DBIA Best Practices are emphasized.
  • The use of design-build and lessons learned are used to provide practical insights into delivering successful design-build projects



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

Only those who answer "yes" to the following questions need respond:

1. Can you and any additional panelists, if selected, commit to travel to present in a time slot to be determined between the dates of November 6-8, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

2. Is your content fresh and highly relevant to the successful execution of design-build and/or other integrated delivery methodologies?

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

4. Are you (and co-presenters where relevant) dynamic presenters and comfortable engaging in audience Q&A with evidence of your experience in successfully presenting concepts and ideas to an audience with 75 or more participants?

6. If proposing a case study, the Owner or Owner consultant is required to participate in the presentation, and case study must present a clear lesson/message.


  1. 1. Title of Presentation – Title should capture the essence of the topic to be discussed and should not exceed 12 words. (DBIA reserves the right to modify the title; submitters will be notified.)
    2. Presentation Summary – Please provide an overview of the session goal(s) and why the topic is relevant to successful integrated 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 provides an opportunity to elaborate on the summary and should explain 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. Remember that additional consideration will be given to sessions that might qualify for HSW credit from AIA based on these points.
    • 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
    5. Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Credit – Based on the HSW rules as outlined by AIA, do you believe this session will qualify for HSW Credit?
    6. Suggested Presentation Length – 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.
    7. Suggested Presentation Level – DBIA seeks sessions considered “Beginner” "Intermediate" or "Advanced".


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

  1. Logistical Contact Name, 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. If the logistical contact is also a speaker/presenter, please also include this information in that section.

  2. Speaker’s Background – Include work history, educational background, and examples of direct, relevant experience in design-build and other integrated delivery models. (i.e. a Bio)
  3. Prior DBIA Speaking Participation – Has the presenter participated as a speaker in a prior DBIA Conference at the National or Regional Level? If so, please provide the name of the event and year.
  4. 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 three additional presenters.


  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, 2019

Final Presentation

October 15, 2019


Draft presentations will be reviewed by DBIA and feedback will be provided to presenters prior to the final presentation deadline.


  1. Technology & SupportDBIA will provide a computer, LCD projector, screen, podium with microphone and lavaliere microphone(s), based on availability. The presentation should be self-contained as wireless internet may not be available onsite. Special equipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis but cannot be guaranteed.
  2. Registration Fees
  • Public Owners (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 $375.00 to attend the FULL conference.
  • All speakers are responsible for their own travel/lodging costs. Owner speakers may apply for a DBIA scholarship to help defray these costs.

All speakers are responsible for their own travel/lodging costs. Owner speakers may apply for a DBIA scholarship to help defray these costs. Scholarships are available for conference registration or travel or lodging 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 submitters of DBIA’s final decision by May 15th.

Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to:

Kellyrose Brewster
Associate Meeting Planner
Voice: (202) 454-7528
Fax: (202) 682-5877


Design-Build Institute of America

1331 Pennsylvania Ave. SW

4th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20004

Phone: 202-682-0110


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