Annual Conference

Due to the ongoing challenges and complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the DBIA Florida Region made the difficult decision to reschedule our in-person conference. We will be hosting a virtual event for 2020 with tremendous opportunities for networking and capturing learning units.

September 30 to October 2, 2020

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This is the only event in Florida created by and for the rapidly growing design-build industry. Design-build is the future and the 2020 Florida Design-Build Conference  is the perfect place for newbies and pros alike to get the latest on important design-build trends and topics.

Meet decision makers and network with all members of project teams including contractors, architects, engineers, MEPs, attorneys and public and private Owners.

The format for the conference is unique and will allow for easy, face-to-face interactions just like in real life. For the full experience, attendees MUST use a webcam and microphone. Prior to the conference, we will conduct a series of Open Houses which will allow you to setup your event profile and troubleshoot any technical difficulties. Instructions will be provided two weeks prior to the start of the conference.

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Information to access the sessions can be found HERE


Sponsorships are available for firms interested in supporting Design-Build 2020. This conference continues to grow and provide value for your sponsorship dollar. Our attendees are mostly senior level employees from practitioner firms that comprise the design-build teams, plus directors and managers from Owner organizations.  VIEW PDF


The DBIA Florida Virtual Annual Meeting will be held in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

For a printable agenda with session descriptions, CLICK HERE.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PMOpen House
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How High Trust Enables Retention, Reliability and Repeat Business
   Erica Gasbarro, Autodesk
Matt Carland, Chris- Tel

   Shawn Sandstedt, B&I

Brian Mumme, B&I   


12:30 PMConference Opens
12:50 PM - 1:00 PMOpening Remarks
Charlie Rocheleau, DBIA, Haskell
   DBIA Florida Region Vice President & Conference Chair
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMDesign-Build Essentials for Owners & Practitioners
An Introduction to Design-Build
   John Giachino, DBIA  Bio
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Design-Build Essentials for Owners & Practitioners: 
A Deeper Dive

   John Giachino, DBIA  Bio

4:00 PM - 5:00 PMIs Fixed Price or Progressive Design-Build the Right Fit?
David Rieken Jr., PE, DBIA, ENV SP, Haskell
5:15 PM - 6:30 PMVirtual Happy Hour 


1:00 PMConference Opens
1:15 PM - 2:15 PMOpening Remarks
Melannie Wright, Assoc. DBIA, RS&H
   DBIA Florida Region President
1:15 PM - 2:15 PMOpening Keynote:
10 Behaviors Required to Lead an Inspiring Design-Build Experience

   T. DeWayne Ables | Pioneer iQ  Bio
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMDesign-Build Exchange: Interactive Round Table Session
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Driving Innovation Through Design-Build*
Chris Gaskins, P.E., P.G., DBIA, SCDOT,
   Traci Holton, P.E., C.M., Nashville International
Chad Critcher, P.E., DBIA, RS&H
   Pete Kelley | Superior Construction Southeast, LLC

   Felipe Jaramillo, P.E., DBIA, Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC
   Kathryn D. Thomas, P.E., FDOT


5:15 PM - 5:45 PMProject & Leadership Awards Presentation


7:30 AMConference Opens
8:05 AM - 8:15 AM

Opening Remarks
Charlie Rocheleau, DBIA, Haskell

   DBIA Florida Region Vice President & Conference Chair

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Understanding Risk and Key Provisions in Design-Build Contracts*
 Kellie Humphries, Gunster
   Jeff Miller, Haskell

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Methodology for Allocating and Managing Risks in Design-Build
   Colin Groff, City of Boynton Beach
   Carolyn Bonaventura, DBIA, Wharton-Smith
Jason Walker, Garney Construction
   Suzanne Mechler, CDM Smith
   Todd O'Donnell, DBIA, Wharton-Smith
   Harold Schmidt, Stantec

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Transitioning Staff from a Design-Bid-Build to Design-Build Mindset
  Mikes Maillakakis, P.E., Lee County Utilities 
  Thomas Rawls, P.E., DBIA, Hillsborough County

Joanne Flick, City of Daytona Beach
  Jody Hart, City of Ft. Lauderdale  

  Adam Corn, Garney Construction

12:00 PM - 1:00 PMSpeed Networking
1:00 PM - 1:10 PMClosing Remarks


$125 for DBIA Members | $200 for Non-Members | $100 DBIA Young Professional Members | $50 for Owner* Members | $75 for Owner* Non-Member 

*DBIA defines Owners as individuals who work for organizations that control the design and construction processes, such as a government agency, academic institution, non-profit organization, private facility owner, etc. Owners decide what gets built, when it gets built and how it gets built, so their role in design-build is critical.

Not sure if your organization is an industry partner? View this list.