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I'm an Owner

What is a Public/Private Owner?
Owners decide what gets built, when it gets built and how it gets built. They are the organizations (or individuals who work for those organizations) that control the design and construction processes. This does NOT include firms and/or people that provide design and construction services such as contractors, A/E firms, architects, etc.
Examples include:
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Private Facility Owner
  • Academic Institution
  • Government Agency (Federal, Local/City, State, Military)
  • Non-Profit Association

Design-build is replete with opportunities for owners to exercise judgment and to use discretion. DBIA offers a variety of resources to help them  oversee the most successful projects and achieve Design-Build Done RightTM

Owners who wish to share an RFI, RFQ or RFP for a design-build project with DBIA's members (at no cost) can send information to DBIA's Manager of Web/Graphic Systems, Todd Rich, at

 Owner-Directed Education


Successful design-build offers owners expanded opportunities and requires a different skill set than traditional design-bid-build. Maximizing design-build project delivery requires a synergistic, three-pronged approach that includes:
  • Performance Requirements that clearly articulate owners’ needs while providing flexibility, opportunities for creativity and accountability;
  • Source Selection processes that ensure the right team gets the job; and
  • Rewards for high performance through Aspirational Contracts with Awards and Incentives.

In addition to the owners’ series of education courses, DBIA is seeing an increase in owners seeking DBIA certification to demonstrate to industry their in-depth knowledge of design-build. Visit the education section of this site for more details.


 Owner Hotline

The DBIA Owner Hotline allows public agencies and private owners quick and direct access to information on design-build project delivery. Whether you need statistics or trend data, an overview of how design-build differs from other project delivery methods, information on design-build best practices or simply have questions regarding design-build education opportunities, DBIA is your source.*
The DBIA Owner Hotline is monitored between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Inquiries received during this timeframe will be responded to within 24 hours. Inquiries received on weekends and holidays will be responded to the first business day following the request.
Call: 1-866-USE-DBIA (1-866-873-3242)
Email: hotline250.jpg
When calling or emailing, please provide:
  • Your name
  • The full name of the organization you represent
  • The nature of your inquiry
  • Your return phone number
You will receive a return call within 24 hours.

* DBIA’s Owner Hotline is an educational tool designed to inform owners on key aspects of design-build, to provide guidance on additional sources of information and to help connect owners. The DBIA Owner Hotline is staffed by experienced professionals with extensive background and knowledge in design-build, from both the owner and practitioner perspectives. The Owner Hotline is not intended as a replacement for consulting or legal services. 

 Owner Scholarship


​Owner Scholarships

The goal of the Owner Scholarship Fund is to advance the awareness, understanding and use of design-build among as many owners/government agencies as possible. Scholarships are available for all DBIA conferences and may cover complimentary registration as well as offset all or a portion of an individual’s travel costs. Recipients may apply to have coach airfare and lodging for up to three nights covered.

  Owner Scholarship Dates 
Conference Date Event Location Application Due Date
2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo November 8-10​ Philadelphia, Pa.​ Aug. 21, 2017
2018 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference March 19-21​ Portland, Ore.​ TBD​
2018 Design-Build in Transportation Conference March 21-23 Portland, Ore.



 Owners' Forums


​Owners' Forums

DBIA’s Owners’ Forums are touted as the most valuable session at our conferences. These “owners only” sessions allow for open, honest discussion and provide professionals the opportunity to share views, answer questions and discuss how DBIA can further support their needs — without any pressure from those selling products and services.

Check out the Conferences section for more.

 Project Database

The Project Database is a resource to those interested in the types of projects successfully completed utilizing design-build. You may search by project type, location, or even project cost. By using the link above to access the database, you will have the ability to search or add new projects for public viewing. (Since much of the information is only available once a project is complete, please do not try to enter a project which is still under construction.)​ 
How to Search: To see a listing of all projects in the database click “Run Search.” To help narrow your search, you may select more than one search criteria. If you know the name of the project you are looking for, you may type in all or part of the project name and/or Design-Build Firm. Clicking on one of the column headers will sort the database entries by that criterion.
How to Add a Project: To add a project to the Design-Build Project Database, click the "Add a Project" link on the top left corner of the database screen. Keep in mind that you must complete all project information at once. You do not have the ability to "save" and complete missing information at a later date. Use the Sample Form to determine what information you will need to properly enter your project. Note: You may find it more effective to create a text file with all the information and copy and paste it into the online form.

When will your Project be Searchable: Your project will not be searchable immediately. In order to maintain a quality database, DBIA reviews each submission before it is released into the public search engine. Depending on the number of pending submissions, this approval process can take up to 72 hours.
Questions: If you are having trouble finding a specific project or need assistance, please contact Todd Rich at 202-454-7503,