The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has elected Deb Sheehan, CannonDesign’s executive director of strategy, to its national board of directors. In this role, Deb will join a board composed of design-build innovators from across the country focused on promoting the proven efficiencies of an integrated design-build approach.

The DBIA is an organization of more than 5,000 members. It functions as the industry’s preeminent resource for leadership, education, objective expertise and best practices for design-build — the fastest growing method used to deliver construction projects in America.

“The value of design-build project delivery is immense, and it is quickly becoming the premier way to deliver capital projects,” said Praful Kulkarni, fellow board member, 2017 board chair and chairman of the nomination committee. “Deb has devoted much of her career to advancing innovative ideas related to project delivery and will be a tremendous asset to the DBIA as we continue to grow and guide the future of design-build.”

With a background in business management, engineering, architecture and construction, Deb has overseen the design and delivery of more than $4 billion of design solutions for client organizations across the globe. She has led several high-profile projects delivered via integrated project delivery (IPD) and spearheaded the creation of CannonDesign’s construction delivery services division, which offers in-house design-build and construction support services. Recognizing the immense value of prefabrication, Deb also led CannonDesign in co-founding Modular Design Plus, a company offering prefabricated, modular building solutions that can be fully customized to meet client goals for design and functionality.

“The way architects and contractors deliver projects is quickly changing,” said Deb. “There is a lot of waste and inefficiency in traditional delivery methods and design-build has proven to deliver enhanced outcomes to clients. I’m thrilled to help the DBIA continue to evolve and broaden its influence on project delivery across the country.”

Deb, along with her fellow newly appointed board members, will assume this board leadership position in January 2019.