Design Build Institute of America Announces Formation of DBIA Michigan Chapter


DETROIT, Feb. 8, 2011 – The Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce the formation of the DBIA Michigan Chapter. The chapter, a unit of the DBIA Great Lakes Region, has been established to further promote integrated design-build project delivery among those in the construction, design, engineering, building trades and related professional service industries, as well as project owners, in the State of Michigan. The announcement was made by DBIA Michigan President Tom Porter, JD, DBIA, of Tom Porter Services LLC.

Design-build is a fully competitive project delivery system in which a single, combined architect/engineer and contractor team is awarded a contract for the both design and construction of a project. Benefits of this integrated delivery method include faster start-up and project completion time, along with lower costs.

“When DBIA was founded in 1993, design-build was just emerging as a significant force in the design and construction industry,” said Porter. “Since then, DBIA has established a network of regions and chapters throughout the U.S. that link all participants in the design-build process, and we are now proud to add the Michigan chapter to that growing network”

The DBIA provides a forum for all participants in the design-build process, serving as an advocate for best practices within the method. DBIA sponsors research, tracks trends, and creates and disseminates educational information for facility owners, its other members, and the public. DBIA also has been instrumental in the passing of critical design-build legislation.

DBIA Michigan’s officers are Tom Porter, Tom Porter Services LLC,  President; John Tocco, Lawrence Institute of Technology, Vice President – Programs;  Doug Guldan, AON Risk Management, Vice President – Membership; John Raimondo, Roncelli, Vice President – Legislation & Advocacy; Angela Jeruzal, Rossetti, Vice President – Marketing & Strategic Partnerships; and David Lick, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, Vice President – Public Private Partnerships.

Additional DBIA Michigan Board members are Don Garon, Barton Malow; Verne Garrard, Limbach Company; Kurt Jaeger, Clayco Corp.; John Kelly, Skanska; Jeff Ledy, Bergmann, P.C.; Amory Roach, Motor City Electric; Jerome Rock, Jerome Rock Law Firm; Jim Schmid, Grant Thornton; Dennis Schultz, Varnum LLP; Deanna Swisher, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith; and Donald Webb, Navigant Consulting.

Individuals interested in joining the DBIA Michigan Chapter or with questions about membership should contact Tom Porter at

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993 in response to the emergence of integrated design-build project delivery as a significant force in the design and construction industry. From its Washington, DC, headquarters, the Institute provides a forum for all participants in the design-build process, owners and practitioners alike. DBIA is the center of expertise for integrated project delivery, advocating best practices, creating and disseminating educational information, and furnishing advice and support to facility owners and users. For more information on design-build project delivery, visit