At the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Conference in Orlando, Fla., PC Construction employee owners Mike Angeli and Mike Franzoni accepted a 2011 Design-Build Excellence Award for the $109 million H.L. Mooney WRF Expansion and Upgrade Stage 2, Phase 1 project in Virginia.
To be considered for a National Design-Build Award, projects must demonstrate successful application of design-build best practices as defined by the DBIA Design-Build Manual of Practice. These include early integration of key team members during the proposal process via a proposal charrette or other collaborative outreach efforts and close coordination between design and construction team members from the design development stage through field construction.
The conference opening keynote speaker was the legendary NASA Apollo 13 Commander, Captain James Lovell. Captain Lovell regaled in stories of the ill-fated mission and spoke on how teamwork, collaboration, and "out-of-the-box" thinking combined to turn an impossible situation into success. Applying these same techniques and skills are crucial to the success of design-build projects.