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BoosT your IQ// From the Jury: How to Write a Winning DBIA Award Entry By ashley campbell If your fIrM wasn’t a winner in the 2011 National Design-Build Awards competition and you’re wondering how you can improve your chances, you’re not alone. The National Design-Build Awards Jury, comprised of representatives from owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineering fi rms, reviewed more than 100 submissions this year. After 12 hours of deliberation, the jury chose only 25 of these projects to receive recognition. To improve your chances in 2012, here are some best-practice recommendations: choose The proJecT AnD cATegory wIsely It may seem obvious, but it’s not uncommon for the jury to encounter nominations for projects that do not meet the minimum criteria stated in the Call for Entries. These criteria include early integration of key team members; single-entity risk; and project completion on time, on budget and without litigation. If your project does not meet all of these criteria, it will not be eligible to win an award. Additionally, consider the safety record on the project: It is unlikely a project with fatalities will be selected as a winner. Carefully consider the category in which to nominate your project, as certain categories host a high number of submissions. If your project qualifies for multiple categories (e.g. a research laboratory for a university fits both Industrial/ Process/Research Facilities and Educational Facilities), choose the category that will have fewer competitors to increase your chances to shine. However, be aware that there is no requirement for the jury to award a winner in each category. InVesT TIMe, efforT AnD resources In The AwArD enTry The only information the jury has regarding your project is what is written in the award entry. Treat the nomination as you would an owner’s solicitation—spend time researching, gathering input from project team members and carefully crafting the response. You may have a stellar designbuild project, but if your entry doesn’t reflect the same level of excellence, it may be overlooked. The submission requirements are prescriptive. DBIA is looking for particular information by which to judge the projects. Clearly and concisely answer the questions in each of the criteria topics, spending the majority of your time and effort on the criteria with the highest point values, as these are deemed to be the most important by DBIA. While it is not required that page limits be maximized, the limits are a guideline for the amount of information DBIA expects. For instance, if you provide a single-page response to the criteria of Design and Quality Approach, which allows a maximum of five pages, the response is most likely not sufficient. consIDer The presenTATIon Remember that the jury may be reading up to 100 submissions in one day. Catch their eye with infographics, call-out boxes and pictures. Carefully proofread your submission—typos and grammatical errors are distracting. Neatly organize the layout of your response for easy access to information. Consider responding in a questionand-answer format to ensure easy scoring. Follow all formatting requirements, respecting minimum font sizes, spacing, packaging and page limits. These are simple criteria that, if not followed, will count against you in the compliance scoring. aShLeY caMpBeLL IS a SeNIor MarketING proJect Le aD at BaLfoUr Be at t Y coNStrUctIoN, Where She IS reSpoNSIBLe for propoSaL preparatIoN aND aWarDS MaNaGeMeNt. She WaS NaMeD YoUNG MeMBer of the Year 2011 BY the NortherN VIrGINIa poSt aND chaIreD the DBIa NatIoNaL DeSIGN-BUILD aWarDS JUrY IN 2011. 8 winter//2011 the quarterly publication of the design-build institute of america

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