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leadershiP reFleCtions// DBIA at 20: Established, Mature and Leading the Industry Toward an Increasingly Integrated Future sitting in dbia’s reCently renovated office space on Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue, it is amazing to think that our organization began just 20 years ago. When DBIA’s founding members met in the nation’s capital in February 1993, they were truly starting something new—an association of A/E/C professionals devoted to improving the entire industry, rather than merely protecting the interests of a specific group of practitioners. Integration was our foundation then, as it is now. If you have been following the weekly installments covering DBI A’s histor y feat ured in Design-Build Insight over the last several months, you already know something about DBIA’s early years. When I read DBIA founding chairman Preston Haskell’s description of how DBIA collaborated with the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors, the American Society of Civil Engineers and other organizations to promote changes to Federal Acquisition Requisition requirements and allow all federal agencies to engage in design-build, I was struck by the similarity between those early efforts and DBIA’s current work with industry associations. While the creation of an institute devoted to a delivery method rather than specific discipline was a new idea at the time, the necessity for collaboration to effect change has remained a constant. We must collaborate within DBIA and across the industry. As the fastest-growing delivery method today, design-build is ascendant, and both the industry and owners look to DBIA for guidance in the best practices and contracting methodology that help ensure project success. In the winter 2012 issue of DBIA’s IQ, I shared the association’s three-year strategic plan, which reaffi rms DBIA’s commitment to, and advocacy of, “Design-Build Done Right” across public and private market sectors and within project teams. As we make great strides in the use of designbuild and the acceptance of DBIA best practices by owners, ensuring that the teams charged with delivery operate in truly integrated fashion is imperative. Realizing the full potential of design-build ultimately rests on every team’s commit ment to Desig n-Build Done R ight. Moreover, it is DBIA’s responsibility to ensure that our members have the products and services they need to perform design-build at its best. To that end, we have reached out to renowned industr y experts to dramatically strengthen DBIA’s reach. A revamped committee structure addresses specific market sectors, working groups provide resources, and forums engage the two audiences that are key to the continued growth of design-build. These committees, working groups and forums will work collaboratively across formal lines, rather than maintaining traditional “committee” silos. They are as follows: • Committees: Legislative/Legal, Innovation, Federal Market, Water/Wastewater Markets, Transportation Markets, Student/Academia Outreach, and Membership • Working Groups: Education/Best Practices, To ol s & Re sou rce s a nd Projec t / Tea m Performance Guidelines • Forums: Owners’ Council and Designers’ Council Visit to learn more about DBIA’s impressive list of thought leaders in these areas, and to see the short- and long-term goals of each of these groups. By Lisa Washington, CAe spring//2013 3

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