March 4 Meeting – The Power of the Design-Build Process by Barbara Jackson, Ph.D, DBIA

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Presentation topic: One of the most difficult aspects associated with transitioning people from design-bid-build to design-build project delivery is mental.  Transforming a group of individuals with often conflicting agendas, who are accustomed to working in a fragmented, often adversarial, low bid environment into an integrated, highly collaborative, trust-based team is no easy task.  And yet, the power of the design-build process lies fully in the ability to do just that—learn to behave, operate, and engage as one team.  There are some fundamental principles and practices that help design-build teams make the mental shift so they can perform “as one” and therefore leverage the collective intelligence of the contractors, architects, engineers, and owners who work together using a design-build approach to design and develop comprehensive integrated solutions.  This presentation will introduce those principles and practices.

Speaker Bio: Barbara J. Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA is a Professor of Construction Management in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. and Director of the Center for Integrated Project Leadership for the Built Environment, an educational outreach organization that serves the AEC industry and owner groups.

Dr. Jackson focuses on integrated project delivery, design-build project management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Known for her work in the area of “Making the Mental Shift to Integrated Services” and “Developing the Integrated Project Team,” Dr. Jackson spent 20 years working as a chief estimator and senior project manager and then as President and Owner of Design-Build Services Inc.

She is a nationally recognized speaker/trainer/consultant and has delivered services to a multitude of companies and organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pentagon Renovation (DMJM/3DI/Hensel Phelps), Balfour Beatty, Bovis Lend Lease, Cynergy AEC Architects, Mortenson Construction, National Guard Bureau, CDM Incorporated, Sundt Construction, GKK Works Architects, The Bannett Group Architects, 3-D International, Plan One Architects, Clark Construction, South Pacific Division-US Army Corp of Engineers, PCL Construction, Armada Hoffler, Rosendin Electric, Santa Fe Indian School, Korte Construction, The Penta Group, The Haskell Company, Hawaii Department of Education, Panama Canal Authority, Albuquerque Schools District, and others.

In addition to teaching, training, and consulting, she has also organized a number of special events aimed at transforming the AEC industry including Inventing the Future from the Future and A Boot Camp for Revolutionaries.  She is the author of two books, Construction Management Jump Start and Design-Build Essentials and numerous articles on Developing Integrated Project Teams, Taking Design-Build to the Next Level, and Managing Design in an Integrated Process.  She has been named Outstanding Educator by Associated Schools of Construction and received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award from DBIA.

Dr. Jackson holds a B.S. in Housing and Design, a Masters in Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.

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