DBIA Announces Unprecedented Panel of AEC Association Leaders Addressing Industry Trends and Challenges

DBIA Announces Unprecedented Panel of AEC Association Leaders Addressing Industry Trends and Challenges

October 6, 2016


A lively discussion is promised, bringing together the leadership of seven top North American AEC Associations

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) – the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build – has partnered with leaders of six leading industry organizations in what is sure to serve as a highpoint of the Design-Build Conference & Expo being held November 2-4 in Las Vegas. Joining DBIA leadership in a robust panel discussion on the state of the industry will be leaders from: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), The Building Owners and Managers Associated International (BOMA); The Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI); and The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Discussion topics will range from how the elections will impact the private and public construction market to how we can work together to address the trillion-dollar-plus backlog of capital projects. We will learn from our Canadian counterpart (CDBI) similarities and differences, particularly related to Public-Private Partnerships. The discussion will culminate with a look at each association’s perspective on the next wave of trends and challenges that are sure to change design and construction forever.

“Working more closely and collaboratively with the broadest array of industry leaders from allied organizations has been a goal of mine this year,” said G. William Quatman, FAIA, DBIA, Esq., DBIA’s 2016 Board Chair and Industry Leaders panelist. “As DBIA’s Board Chair, I’m proud we have these leading organizations and this distinguished group of professionals together to discuss some of the most important issues we face as an industry.”
DBIA Executive Director/CEO Lisa Washington, CAE, said, “Teamwork is inherent in design-build and we carry that philosophy on into our work with our fellow AEC organizations. The more we work together, the better we and the industry are. This panel is proof of that commitment.”

Title: Industry Leaders Talk about Trends and Challenges


  1. G. William Quatman, FAIA, DBIA, Esq., General Counsel at Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, and Chairman of DBIA
  2. B.E. Stewart, Jr., president of Caddell Construction Co., Inc., and Board Vice President of AGC
  3. Brian H. Harnetiaux, McCarthy Cook & Co., and Chairman of BOMA
  4. Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, Briggs and Morgan, P.A., and President of NSPE
  5. David J. Chapin, Willmar Electric Service, and Chairman of ABC
  6. Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEEP AP O+M, Quinn Evans Architects, and 2017 First Vice President of AIA
  7. Samuel (Uel) McFall, PQS, Deltro Group Ltd., and Chair of CDBI

Friday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Augustus 3-6
General Session:
Design-Build Conference & Expo

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