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Nov 2017
Nov 2017


Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19107
Tel: (800) 428-9000
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2017 DBIA Design-Build Conference & Expo - Design-Build Institute Of America

2,200 $


Event Overview:

The Design-Build Conference & Expo attracts over 2,000 industry professionals spanning the entire A/E/C community, including owners both new to and experienced in design-build project delivery.  The conference is the only industry event that provides a platform 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.

Increase Your Expertise – Build Your Business – Make Industry Connections

DBIA’s annual Design-Build Conference & Expo grows each year as an increasing number of the nation’s owners and design-builders declare this is their #1 design-build event. Nowhere else can owners and design-builders across the nation, sectors and professions come together for a jam-packed three days of workshops, panel discussions and keynotes by industry leaders focused like a laser on addressing the real-world challenges America’s design-build teams and owners face across all sectors.

Access to Unparalleled Design-Build Expertise

Many of our most popular and time-tested Design-Build Conference & Expo programs are returning in Philadelphia, including; Owners’ Only Forums, in-depth Design-Build Done Right™ education workshops (earning up to 12 hours CEUs) and panel discussions providing project insights and practical solutions to challenges facing today’s design-build industry. We’ll also honor our 2017 National Design-Build Project/Team Award winners, host a Silent Auction, present the best of the nation’s design-build exhibitors, provide incredible networking opportunities and so much more.

New in 2017

Our first-ever “Explore Philadelphia” program for spouses/guests will offer a variety of tours in the area, admission to the DBIA Opening Party on the first night of the conference, the Opening Keynote address and access to the exhibit hall, including lunch, receptions, and the silent auction. We love our DBIA Young Professionals and to prove it we’ll host the “YP Lounge” with giveaways, happy hour and activities for our future industry leaders. We’ll also provide a YP-only leadership session and mentorship program events.

Exhibitor Information:

Audience: Design-Build Decision-Makers & Teams

2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo – your best opportunity to join major Integrated Project Delivery Teams seeking innovation, expertise, and excellence in solution providers. In Las Vegas in November, you will meet senior-level leaders, including:

  • Design-Builders
  • Architects, Engineers, General & Specialty Contractors
  • Program and Construction Managers, Finance, Risk, Surety & Bonding experts
  • Private Sector Owners from industries of all types
  • Federal Sector, State, County, and Municipal Government public works officials
  • Agency and Public Sector Owners, Operators, Administrators, Purchasing Departments, Planners, Capital Improvement, Acquisition, and Contracts experts
  • Civil Infrastructure, Facilities of all types, Healthcare, School & University systems represented
  • Transportation, Transit, Highways and Bridges: Authorities, PPPs, DOTs in attendance; Water/Wastewater, Power/Energy, Ports, Border & Homeland Security A/E/C personnel
  • Military and VA construction and design managers

Decision-makers: The typical attendee is a senior vice president level or higher from the practitioner firms that comprise the design-build teams, plus senior directors and managers from owner and agency organizations that have capital project, operational, acquisition, contract and budget authority for non-bid construction projects. 


•           Maximize your Time: All show hours are noncompete hours so that exhibitors can also attend sessions.

•           Network with Owners: Last year owners represented over 10% of attendees at the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Vegas.

•           Build your Team: Network with all members of the project team including general contractors, architects, engineers, MEPs, attorneys and finance professionals.

•           Meet Decision Makers: Our attendees are mid- to upper-level management including CEOs, COOs and Vice Presidents. Meet with those who have the power to make instant decisions.

About DBIA:

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing design-build and integrated project delivery methods to achieve high performance projects. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Washington, DC, DBIA proudly stands as the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, public and private owners, general and specialty contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, students, college and university faculty, legal and finance professionals, and many more. In summary, DBIA is the design and construction industry’s hub - the only organization that makes whole the industry’s many parts.


Nov 8   

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Hours

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. DBIA-Southwest Region Board Meeting (by invitation only)

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Student Mixer/Career Expo

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Move-In


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owners’ Forum (owners only) (2 CEUs)

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Members and Credential-Holders Only Lunch

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2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Opening Keynote (1.5 CEUs)  

Ron Jaworski

Former NFL Quarterback and ESPN NFL Analyst





3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Education (1 CEU)

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opening Reception & Silent Auction
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6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. DBIA-Southwest Region Reception (For attendees from TX, NM, OK, AR, LA)

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Opening Party at The Franklin Institute

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Nov 9   

Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration Hours

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 
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8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General Session: Brent Darnell on Leadership Skills for High-Performance Teams (1.5 CEUs)

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guest Program: Explore Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) Country ?(Additional Fee Required)


9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Concurrent Education (1.5 CEUs)

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Student Competition – Final Round Interviews (Up to 3 CEUs)

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall Lunch & Silent Auction
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11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Young Professional Giveaway in the Exhibit Hall

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1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall Networking Reception & Silent Auction
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4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Young Professional Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall 

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6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Awards Pre-Dinner Wine Reception 
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7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Awards Dinner ?(Additional Fee Required) (2 CEUs)
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Nov 10   

Friday, November 10, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration Hours

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Guest Program: Explore Historic Philadelphia ?(Additional Fee Required)


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Concurrent Education (1.25 CEUs)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall with Lunch & Silent Auction

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12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Closing General Session: The Future of America’s Infrastructure (1.5 CEUs)

Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation and Building America’s Future Co-Chair


There are few issues which garner as wide support across parties, regions and states as improving our infrastructure investment; however, finding the financing to turn political promises into deliverable projects continues to be a challenge. We’ll discuss America’s infrastructure plus the vital role design-build will play in rebuilding that infrastructure across sectors.


12:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor Move-Out

Keynote Speakers

Ron Jaworski

Former NFL Quarterback and ESPN NFL Analyst

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