DBIA Team Places First in the NW Region of National Student Competition

The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2017 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwestern United States.

Finalists will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three short-listed teams will present in person at DBIA’s annual conference in Philadelphia.

One of the SDC’s teams recently placed first in the NW Region and will now receive the RFP (Request for Proposal). The team members include:

Tucker Jones, Construction Management
David Chun, Construction Management
Frederick Stidhams, Architecture
Kelli Young, Interior Design
Collin Schweikl, Landscape Architecture

Dr. David Gunderson, Faculty Coach (Construction Management faculty)

The competition was extremely strong, and the Regional jury members were very impressed with the team’s qualifications and responses to the RFQ. As the first place winner, team members (along with their faculty advisor) receive complimentary registration for the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo. Additionally, the team will receive a stipend of $1,500 towards travel expenses.

The Proposals wil be judged and the top three teams will be invited to conduct a presentation at the DBIA National Conference November 9th in Philadelphia. The presentations will be judged and the scores added to the Proposal scores to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd places overall.

In 2016, Dr. Gunderson led an integrated student team to a second place finish in the same competition.