One of the highlights of Spring this year was the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Western Pacific Region (WPR) conference that was held this May in Napa Valley. As leaders in progressive design-build, CannonDesign was proud to sponsor, speak and help organize the event that united leaders focused on advancing single source project delivery within the design and construction industry for important discussion and idea sharing.

I’ve actually been fortunate to serve as the conference chair for the annual conference since the inception of the DBIA WPR conference three years ago. In that time, the event has grown from 250 people to a two-day, sold-out event with more than 400 people. It’s thrilling to see that growth.

Reflecting on this year’s event, I connected with my colleague Praful Kulkarni to talk through some of the highlights, including:

  • Speakers – This year’s event featured dynamic speakers that raised the bar for future events. Chad Hymas’ inspired attendees with a look at how he overcame a tragic injury in his 20s to become a world-class wheelchair athlete, author and president of his own communications company. Randall Miller also did a wonderful job motivating attendees and leading the event as our general speaker. Our own James Halwey also presented at the conference.
  • Roundtables and Workshops: Every panel discussion and workshop included in the conference agenda seemed a perfect fit. Numerous attendees shared feedback that they learned about new ideas, opportunities and tactics they could implement. This was exciting to hear and great feedback to inform next year’s agenda. One that especially stood out was a discussion on LEAN Progressive Design-Build best practices with Geoff Neumayr and Tania Gharechadaghi from San Francisco International Airport and our project manager at the airport James Hawley.
  • Growth: As I mentioned, we’ve increased attendance at the DBIA regional event eightfold since it began. That growth was on display the entire conference including a fun wine blending event hosted by DPR the first night of the conference. There were more than 120 people networking at the event – that’s nearly three times the total attendees of the inaugural regional conference years back.

I am truly grateful to everyone who helped make this year’s conference a success. I am proud to chair the event and wanted to share exciting feedback from Gloria Moore, the DBIA Western Pacific Region Executive Director. She sent a note shortly after the event to say, “This year’s DBIA WPR conference was hugely successful! (Over) the last three years the event has become larger and larger. The team went above and beyond to make sure all attendees went home inspired and refreshed. It is always a pleasure to work with such great people. This year’s event was very special, and the best yet! Much appreciation to all those who supported the event for their dedication to Design-Build.”

This was inspiring feedback that has our team already looking forward to next year’s event.

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