Design-Build (DB) continues to progress as the delivery method of choice for many public owners – federal, state and local on infrastructure projects. Those owners find attractive the ability to (a) contract on a fixed price basis with a design builder who is responsible for both design and construction and (b) transfer substantial risk – traditionally retained by the owner – to that design-builder.
Many Design Builders respond to Owner DB RFPs with aggressive pricing proposal and sometimes unrealistic assumptions and expectations as to the details of (post-award) final design development details and construction cost.
What do these owner objectives and Design-Builder practices in DB procurement and contracting mean for the professional liability risk of consulting engineers engaged as (the “Consulting Engineer”) subconsultants to the Design-Builder?
That question and its answer will be the focus of this Webinar.
- How price and risk allocation terms of a prime DB contract between the Owner and Design-Builder impact professional liability.
- What are the principal areas of professional liability risk and claims for the Consulting Engineer in DB?
- What has been the professional liability claims experience for Consulting Engineers in DB?
- What are recommended contracting and other practices for Consulting Engineers to improve management of professional liability risk in DB?
David J. Hatem is a partner in the Boston-based law firm Donovan Hatem LLP. Nationally recognized for his expertise in representing engineers, architects and construction management professionals, David leads the firm’s Professional Practices Group which serves design professionals and has been practicing law for approximately 40 years and has served as ACEC/MA Counsel since 1988. In recognition of his extraordinary career dedicated to the engineering sector, David received the Engineering Center Education Trust 2016 “Leadership in Professional Practice Legal Services” award and the 2008 ACEC Distinguished Service Award. He teaches Legal Aspects of Engineering at Tufts University and Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering. He has authored and edited numerous articles and publications in his field of expertise, including the third (2020) edition of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers, Subsurface Conditions: Risk Management for Design and Construction Management Professionals, Design-Build Subsurface Projects, and Megaprojects: Challenges and Recommended Practices.
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We are honored to be joined by Senator Scott Wiener, who is up for reelection this November in California’s 11th Senate District. Senator Wiener will speak with attendees about upcoming infrastructure projects he supports, financial impacts from the pandemic that may affect all Californians, as well as answer your questions. For the second half of our webinar, we will hear from SFPW’s Acting Director Alaric Degrafinried. The event will be moderated by Darlene Gee, Senior Vice President at HTNB.
Senator Wiener – Building a better and safer California.
- What infrastructure projects and related funding will you be pushing?
- What infrastructure projects will the legislature and the Governor be pushing?
- What can our members and our organization can do to help move infrastructure projects along?
Director Degrafinried – Building a better and safer San Francisco.
- What is the public works department dealing with given the pandemic? Are you able to remain on schedule with projects, given the pandemic, people working from home, etc? is there anything our member firms and organization can do to help?
- What are some work/projects in the pipeline.
- How is funding of these projects affected given the pandemic?
Speaker: Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and also chairs the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk, and chaired the SFCTA. Before being elected to office, Senator Wiener practiced law for 15 years, including nearly a decade as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorneys Office. He also served in a number of community leadership roles, including co-chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and on the national Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. Senator Wiener has lived in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood since 1997. He received degrees from Duke University and Harvard Law School and spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Speaker: Alaric Degrafinried was appointed Acting Director of Public Works on January 28, 2020. He joined the City in 2007 as Contract Compliance Officer with the Human Rights Commission and then managed the commission’s Local Business Enterprise Division. He moved to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2011 to manage professional services contracts and was promoted to manager of the agency’s Contract Administration Bureau. He joined the San Francisco Office of Contract Administration in 2017 as deputy director and assumed the top post and the role of City Purchaser in 2018. Mr. Degrafinried grew up in Denver and after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, after seven years there, he knew he wanted to do more with his life, which included giving back to the community.
Moderator: Darlene Gee, PE is a Senior Vice-President with HNTB Corporation. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is part of HNTBs national practice. Ms. Gee has more than 40 years of experience in consulting engineering for public and private sector organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in transportation, and has had responsible charge for the planning, design, and construction management of over $6 billion of new and rehabilitated Bay Area transit, rail, highway and bridge projects during her career. Additionally, Darlene is an elected official currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Orinda.
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In today’s unusual and uncertain business climate, promoting much-needed public works projects and fighting for funding of public infrastructure is paramount. With agency resources limited, the procurement of professional services becomes more and more necessary and far more complicated than any of us would like. To address these disparities, the BBC is starting up three liaison committees with local and state agencies to open the dialog and promote partnership. These committees, consisting of leadership from the agency and organized by leaders from private sector firms, will gather quarterly to discuss a wide-range of topics as they relate to the chosen agency. Initially, these will be done virtually, but we will have these meetings face to face when it is safe to do so.
These are BBC MEMBER-ONLY meetings. If you work for one of our member firms, then you’re a member too! Check here to see if you firm is a BBC member.
Our first such meeting is a panel discussion with Caltrans District 4 on such subjects as: the Calmentor program, upcoming contracting opportunities, and range of other topics. This will also be a great opportunity for YOU to ask Caltrans questions!
Doanh Nguyen is the Caltrans Bay Area’s Deputy Director for Program/Project Management, and oversees the $8 billion capital improvement program for the Bay Area’s nine counties and seven toll bridges. From design, construction to management for over 30 years, Doanh embraces the Caltrans efforts and partnerships to improve safety and quality of life for the traveling public and the surrounding communities. Balancing work, Doanh enjoys family time, the outdoors, sports and running.
Ali Banani is the Office Chief of the Consultant Services in District 4, responsible for planning and management of the consultant contracts and inter-agency agreements in support of the project delivery. His office also oversees the Drafting Services and manages the District 4 Calmentor Program and the Professional Liaison meeting. Ali has been with District 4 for 20 years. Prior to joining Caltrans, he worked as a geotechnical engineer with several private engineering firms for over 13 years.
Carie Montero is an Associate Vice President at HNTB. She has 24 years of expertise in all aspects of CEQA and NEPA compliance, regulatory permitting, and cultural resource management (NHPA Section 106 and CEQA), as well as experience with complex transportation, design-build water infrastructure, land development, and power projects.
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As cities respond to extreme weather and public health threats, our critical infrastructure must adapt to changing conditions to continue to support our communities. Resiliency and sustainability are increasingly important priorities for infrastructure owners, designers, builders, and operators. There are a number of environmental certifications which aim to integrating these priorities into projects, such as Envision. Public agencies are using certifications such as Envision to assess and improve sustainability performance, including certification requirements in Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals, and demonstrating project success by pursuing certification awards. Join our panel of experts as we discuss Envision and other certifications in the context of infrastructure, and learn how sustainability and resiliency can lead to a competitive advantage for projects, agencies, and engineering firms.
Join our panel of experts as we discuss
- The Envision Framework and business case for firms and infrastructure
- How are owners in the Bay Area using Envision in their RFQs and RFPs
- How Envision has been a competitive advantage in our current Covid 19 environment
Morgan Abbett, HDR is a civil engineer and sustainability consultant at HDR with a focus on water infrastructure. She helps teams integrate sustainability and resiliency into projects and programs in her local Bay Area, across the US, and internationally. Morgan is an accredited Envision verifier and trainer. Morgan chairs the ASCE San Francisco Section Sustainability Committee, serves as secretary of Engineers Without Borders’ San Francisco Professional Chapter, and represents Young Professionals on the Board of HDRs Foundation.
Justin Waples, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is a Professional Civil Engineer licensed in California, with a Water Resources and Environmental focus. Justin is a graduate of the Water Environment Federations (WEF) Water Leadership Institute and a Lead for the WEF Envision Taskforce, as well as a member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructures Outreach Taskforce. Justin is the Collection Systems prime engineer for Central Contra Costa Sanitary Districts (Central Sans) Planning and Applied Research Workgroup.
Feliz Ventura, Hatch focuses on making the business case for climate adaptation for clients shaping the built environment in the 21st century at Hatch Urban Solutions. She leads analyses of the new economic realities that stem from climate change for some of the worlds largest cities, governments and companies needing to make decisions for long-lived investments that will be subject to significant climate impacts. She has worked across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of California at San Diego.
Mike Brown, SFPUC As the SFPUC Environmental Finance Manager, Mike has issued more than $6 billion in long-term debt and $1 billion in short-term debt for San Francisco’s water, wastewater and power capital programs, including $2.5 billion in Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certified green bonds. Mike is a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Sustainability Committee, CBI Water Criteria Industry Working Group, California State Treasurer Green Bond Market Development Committee, and Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network.
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Ryan Fetters, Principal at Gensler, and Aviation Design Director will moderate this panel of representatives from all Bay Area airports for an engaging discussion that will included: an update on airport operations given the pandemic (i.e., operating procedures, guidelines, regulations, etc.), the impact on the pandemic airport procurement budgets, and future projects, whether projected or budgeted.
Join us for the the Regional Airport Panel with representatives from all Bay Area airport representatives include:
- Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation at Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- Geoff Neumayr, Chief Development Officer, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Judy Ross, Assistant Director of Aviation, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Ryan Fetters is a leader in aviation design and contributed to some of Gensler’s most notable projects, including his ongoing work with SFO for the last ten years. He is a regular speaker and panelist and has authored numerous blogs and articles on the topic of human-centered design. In 2014, he was selected as one of VMSD Magazine’s “Designer Dozen,” which highlights up-and-coming designers under the age of 35. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University.
Bryant joined the Port of Oakland as Director of Aviation in March 2016. He leads a staff of over 250 and is responsible for the management and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). With annual revenues exceeding $200 million in 2019, the Airport is the top revenue generator of the Port’s three business lines. OAK is the 5th busiest passenger airport in California and is the busiest air cargo airport in Northern California. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Bryant is a 25-year Aviation Industry veteran. Before joining the Port of Oakland, he was Director of Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Prior to that, he served as Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority in Louisiana. Bryant is deeply involved in industry organizations such as Airports Council International – North America, where he is currently a member of its U.S. Policy Council, Vice Chair of its Medium Hub Committee, and is the Board Liaison for its Business Diversity Committee. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is a member of its Policy Review Committee. Locally, he serves on the Boards of both SPUR Oakland and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.
Judy Ross, AAE, CAE
Judy is the Assistant Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) since April 2018. She served as Interim Assistant Director of Aviation since 2017 and Deputy Director of Aviation – Planning and Development at Silicon Valley’s airport since 2015. This experience has included managing the administrative functions of the Airport Director’s Office as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities and engineering, finance, planning and development, and business development. Her vast knowledge of the aviation industry and steady management approach was developed through her three years at SJC, as well as at other U.S. airports. She served as Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for seven years; Director of Airport Planning and Development at Little Rock National Airport for two years; and while at San Diego International Airport for 10 years, she was Manager of Program Controls, as well as holding other positions. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) where she is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE). Additionally, she serves as the President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE, where she is also a Certified Airport Executive. She earned a Master’s degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.
Geoff Neumayr, SE
Geoff is the Chief Development Officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design & Construction Division and oversees the planning, design and construction sections. He has over 34 years in design and construction professional in both design & construction. Geoff is currently responsible for the Airports $7.3B capital improvement program. Under Geoff’s leadership the Airport has completed the renovation of Boarding Area E & Terminal 3 West as well as the new Air Traffic Control tower. He is a big proponent of the team concept for the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, and is a proponent of the use of Progressive Design Build as implementation approach for integrated project delivery. Geoff currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Architectural & Environmental Design. He also serves as Chair for the Airports Council International Project & Construction Delivery Group, is a member of Airports Council International Operations & Technical Committee, serves as a member on the International Partnering Institute’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Design Build Institute of America’s National Board of Director’s, and is the Chair for the Design Build Institute of America’s Progressive Design Build Committee. He is a graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
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