January 21, 2014

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) named Jim Whitaker, AIA, DBIA, NCARB, principal with HKS, Inc., the 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Design-Build Institute of America is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

"Jim Whitaker is a servant leader, no doubt, and a passionate advocate for design-build," said Lisa Washington, CAE, executive director/CEO of DBIA. “Combining skills as an architect and former construction executive, he 'gets it,' as we say in the business. For DBIA, Jim has been an educational course instructor, regular convention presenter and Capitol Hill spokesperson. I know that both Jim and I look forward to a very productive year, advancing the future of DBIA.”

“DBIA’s board of directors comprises owners, architects, engineers, design-build contractors, specialty contractors and transactional professionals to reflect DBIA’s growing and diverse constituency,” Whitaker said. “As we focus on advancing ‘Design-Build Done Right’ best practices in the coming year, the influence and commitment of this board is a testament to DBIA’s role as the industry-recognized go-to resource for design-build project delivery.”

Whitaker leads HKS’ federal government practice and the design-build project delivery group. He is a 28-year industry veteran, and his career has been divided equally between executive leadership roles in design and construction firms. Jim is an industry-recognized expert, speaking and writing about wringing inefficiencies out of the design and construction processes. He has specialized expertise in large-scale, complex, fast-track, high-impact public projects delivered in alternative delivery methods such as design-build, integrated project delivery (IPD) public-private partnerships.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Jim Whitaker at jwhitaker@hksinc.com or Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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