The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded designated status to Simonds after passing DBIA’s formal examination. DBIA’s designation program seeks to recognize industry professionals who demonstrate a practical level of knowledge and hands-on experience in design-build project delivery. Through the examination, DBIA establishes a uniform measure of proficiency that practitioners, owners and clients can use in selecting qualified design-build professionals.
Successful completion of the exams as well as three years substantial design-build work experience is required to earn the Designated Design-Build Professional(TM) designation. Additionally, candidates must meet DBIA’s educational requirements, must have complete DBIA’s three core courses along with 18 elective credits related directly to project delivery, and must submit three letters of reference. Those who completed these requirements earn the right to display “DBIA” after their names, identifying them to design-build end users and the community at-large as experienced professionals in design-build project delivery. To maintain the designated status individuals agree to earn a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credit every two years.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993 in response to the emergence of design-build and integrated project delivery as a significant force in the design and construction industry. From its headquarters in Washington D.C. and network of chapters throughout the U.S., the Institute provides a forum for all participants in the design-build process, owners and practitioners alike. DBIA is the center of expertise for integrated project delivery, advocating best practices, creating and disseminating educational information, and furnishing advice and support to facility owners and users.