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DBIA Student Chapter Wins Regional Competition for Second Consecutive Year


The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student chapter at UMKC recently won the regional DBIA Student Competition for the second year in a row.  The team consisted of four UMKC students and two faculty advisors.

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UMKC DBIA Student Chapter Visits Emery Sapp & Sons

The UMKC DBIA Student Chapter visited the office of Emery Sapp & Sons located in Kansas City, MO on March 8, 2013. After a tour of the facilities, Brian Johanning, Lowell Patterson and Tim Paulson gave a presentation on Emery Sapp & Sons business operations and industry hiring practices. The presentation included a management perspective on effective communication with clientele, expectations for future Design-Build construction projects, and tools currently used by the company for estimating and bidding. Sean Rivers if the president of the UMKC DBIA student chapter and Ceki Halmen is the UMKC DBIA faculty advisor.

DBIA Student Team Takes First Place at Regional Competition

Our Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) student chapter pulled out all the stops, scrambling in one short week to submit a 30 page SOQ (Statement of Qualifications) for a theoretical Design-Build project entry for their region’s DBIA student competition. Despite the short timeline our UMKC team, Design-Build Performance Partners, won first place with a total of 1,906 points at the regional competition. They were awarded $1000 and free registration to attend the national competition in New Orleans on November 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The project was to design a performing arts center on a university campus in Oklahoma following various guidelines outlined in the RFQ. The guidelines included things such as an overall strategy about how we were going to go about the project, adjacency diagrams, initial cost estimate, organizational breakdown, etc. The team only had a week to complete and submit the SOQ from the time the RFQ was first issued. The design-build project delivery method is different from the traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method and this competition was orchestrated to test the UMKC DBIA team’s knowledge and understanding of these differences.

SCE congratulates DBIA team members, Amanda “Mandy” Leipard – Civil Engineering undergrad; Joshua Boehm – Urban Planning & Design, Economics undergrad, and Erwin Quintanilla – Civil Engineering graduate student and team captain, Sean Rivers – Civil Engineering undergrad. SCE civil engineering undergrad Andrew “Andy” O’Laughlin provided additional help. Chuck Williams and Dr. Ceki Halmen are the team’s faculty advisors

DBIA student chapter visits JE Dunn Construction Headquarters

The UMKC Student Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) visited JE Dunn Construction Headquarters in downtown KC on Monday, Sep. 19th for a presentation and tour of their new facility. JE Dunn is among the largest contractors in the United States, specializing in various building projects including healthcare, municipal, corporate offices, federal and state facilities. The 15 students and faculty, along with representatives of the DBIA Region from KC, learned that the 200,000 square feet building was designed and built by 360 Architects and JE Dunn on an 18 month schedule to a LEED gold sustainability standard, for approximately $40 Million. The facility features integrated work spaces for team collaboration, some open ceiling and floor areas to view building systems, state of the art technology and facility management capabilities, a cafeteria, gymnasium and recreation / gaming area for employees. JE Dunn employee hiring and intern programs were also discussed. The DBIA Student Chapter is sponsored by the SCE Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, and accepts students from all disciplines.