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2015 National Design-Build Student Competition Mirrors Real World

The Design-Build Institute of America announces its fourth annual National Design-Build Student Competition with a call for student teams. The annual competition closely follows how real-life design-build projects are procured: It’s a two-step competition with teams responding to RFQs, short-listed finalists responding to RFPs and a final in-person presentation at the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver.


This year, to make the competition even more realistic, teams are encouraged to contact other schools to team with them in responding to the RFQ. Because design-build incorporates all facets of the design/construction process, a teaming agreement between construction and architecture schools accurately simulates the common practice of teaming agreements between firms in order to present the most qualified team during a design-build competition. DBIA is providing schools with a teaming agreement template to help facilitate this process.


Registration is now open for eligible student teams. The deadline to register is Sept. 1, 2015. The Student Competition eligibility requires that teams include students who are enrolled in a college-level construction, design or development curriculum. Four of the team members must be undergraduate students, with the option of one team member being a graduate student. For more information visit the DBIA website,

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