Design Build Institute of America Florida Region - Event Information

Event Name:Leveraging Design-Build Best Practices in a Vertical Market
Event Type(s):Seminar or Meeting
Gulf Coast Chapter Event
Description:A dynamic panel will discuss the design-build method of project delivery. Gain insight into the process. Learn the concerns that all team members have, and what they see as benefits to design-build. Design-Build is here to stay; learn about the future of the process and about Design-Build Best Practices.

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*Owners (as defined by DBIA) are the individuals who work for organizations that control the design and construction processes, such as a government agency, academic institution, non-profit organization, private facility owner, etc. Owners decide what gets built, when it gets built and how it gets built, so their role in design-build is critical.
Event Date:04-26-18
Event Time:04:00 PM - 07:00 PM Eastern
Location:Centre Club
123 S. Westshore Blvd., 8th Floor
Tampa, FL 33609

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Contact Person:Alba Rodriguez

Robert Abberger
Mr. Abberger is a Master Developer providing a broad array of services to the real estate development industry. As an experienced developer, LEED AP and Commercial Broker, he provides senior-level input on development strategy, WELLNESS and sustainability, acquisitions, master planning, infrastructure, and product design and development across all product types. 

Over his career, he has led and been directly responsible for well over one billion dollars of commercial properties across all product types. His previous projects include regionally significant and award-winning projects including:
  • The 719 key 605K SF Marriott Waterside Convention HQ hotel - Tampa
  • Darden Restaurants LEED Gold 450K SF World Headquarters in Orlando, FL
  • The 540K SF multi-phase Port Ybor Intermodal Industrial Park - Port Tampa
Steve Lafferty, AIA
Steve is passionate about every Project undertaken, focusing on unique opportunities to create environments that facilitate impacts upon people’s lives.  He currently serves as the Director of Design and Construction for the University of South Florida. Licensed as an Architect (nationally certified & licensed in many states), Interior Designer, Project Management Professional, Accredited Professional for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDap bd+c) and holds an MBA.  Steve has personally managed projects (many of them award-winning) ranging from $5,000 to well over $500 million in construction cost and spanning almost every type of Project delivery scenario.  This experience has resulted in an uncommon wisdom: a broad business sense, an acute sensibility towards design and the ability to create a powerful synergy when working with a terrific team. 
His successes have been through a deep internal commitment to excellence, sensitivity to relationships, and a design philosophy that is centered on the users of the Project rather than the Project itself. 

Randy Simmons
Randy is a graduate of the University of Florida Rinker School of Construction Management and a Florida Certified General Contractor. In 1971, Randy joined R.R. Simmons Construction Corporation working with his father to expand the family-owned company’s services and geographical presence. Today, Randy serves as Chairman of the Board of the R.R. Simmons’ group of companies. R.R. Simmons provides comprehensive design/build services for public and private sector clients in the structured parking, office, industrial, and sport sectors. Under his leadership, the group has garnered more than 50 industry awards for performance, design, and excellence. 

Rob Smedley, AIA
Rob is a licensed architect with over 30 years of experience with an emphasis in managing the design-build (D/B) process and delivery method. He has successfully designed and managed over 50 design-build projects ranging in scope and complexity from $75K to $75M in construction value. Rob is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and Board Member of the DBIA Florida Region. His experience includes being a National speaker at conferences and Webcasts for over 20 presentations to numerous Government Agencies and AEC Organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
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