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DBIA Austin - Leveraging VDC in Design-Build -- October 3, 2023

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Discover the power of BIM and VDC in Design-Build.

Time & Location

October 3, 2023, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT at Easy Tiger South Lamar

About the Event

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a tool or the model-based technologies that produce a building information model that enables a highly collaborative Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) process throughout a project’s lifecycle. When combined, project teams can take advantage of a forward-thinking environment where the integration of people, process, and technology can thrive. The whole team approach inherent in Design-Build is an ideal environment for BIM/VDC to flourish (more than any other project delivery system), especially when you can take advantage of an integrated project team from the outset, creating a platform for success, where all the client’s goals can be embraced early.

In addition to highlighting DBIA’s approach to VDC, we’ll also hear from innovative VDC Leaders who will provide real-world examples of how VDC is driving value by enabling the merging of technology and project delivery to provide optimized outcomes for Owners.

1 DBIA Certification Hour for attending (AIA Certification Pending)


Natale Stephens, AIA EDAC

Senior Healthcare Planner & Architect


Natale Stephens, AIA, EDAC, is an Associate Principal and Senior Healthcare Planner at Page. Natale engages in a balanced approach between industry best practices and innovative design that pushes the need for evolution in building technology, care delivery, and facility operations. Natale co-leads the behavioral health workgroup at Page, and engages in research, mentorship, as well as authoring articles and white papers on the impact of the environment on behavior, health, and well-being.

Jennifer Macks, PE, DBIA, LEED AP

Vice President, Director of Design-Build

Gilbane Building Company

Jennifer Macks, PE, DBIA, LEED AP, leads Gilbane’s design-build program, working in partnership with project teams across the company to deliver a seamless project experience for Gilbane’s clients from design through construction. Jennifer has extensive experience in the construction industry having delivered nearly $2 billion worth of projects over her 28-year career. In addition, she has spent 20 of those years performing design-build work in the education, healthcare and federal sectors. She also focuses on Gilbane’s prefabrication, modular, and lean capabilities on all projects regardless of delivery model. She has a civil engineering degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University.

Brandon Penney

BIM Manager TX


Brandon Penney started in construction as a plumber in 1995. After getting his journeyman license, Brandon started in the coordination side of the trades. In 2008 he moved his focus from plumbing/mechanical to electrical. Brandon has worked on many different project types from bio-med, high tech, apartments/condos, school, hospitals, and data centers. During his time in the trades, he has seen the progression of BIM from 2D drafting to VDC.

Kelly Robichau, Assoc. AIA

Manager, Facilities Information/BIM

UT MD Anderson Center

Kelly Robichau joined UT MD Anderson’s Facilities Department, Engineering and Building Systems Management (EBSM) in June 2022. Kelly manages the Building Information Management team. In her role, she is responsible for managing building information related to space, remodeling, renovation, new construction and equipment replacement projects to support the operational needs of the organization. Kelly oversees BIM monitoring, development, implementation, and sustainability. She also manages, develops, and implements the "as-built" facilities program, and develops, implements, and monitors Computer Aided Design (CAD) and BIM standards.

A graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, she comes to us from Kendall-Heaton Associates with 15 years of experience. Past roles include Project Manager on commercial projects and acting as the Architect of Record.


Brian Skripac, DBIA, CM-BIM, LEED AP BD+C

Director, Virtual Design & Construction

Design-Build Institute of America

Brian Skripac, DBIA, CM-BIM, LEED AP BD+C is Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) at the Design-build Institute of America. Brian is responsible for shaping how VDC brings optimal benefits to design-build’s “whole team” approach to project delivery. Brian is a Digital Construction innovator with nearly 20 years of leadership defining how people, processes and technology come together to transform collaborative project delivery.

In addition, he leads the creation and advancement of best practices related to the integration of BIM-enabled technologies and other innovative digital tools to enhance design-build team performance and while generating significant lifecycle benefits for projects across the built environment.

As an industry thought leader, Brian has contributed to national publications and has spoken at conferences around the world. He has also had the opportunity to serve as an advisory group member and past-chair of the AIA National Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community while serving on the BIMForum committee responsible for authoring the Level of Development (LOD) Specification.


  • Free to Owners to attend (as defined by DBIA National here)

  • Free to DBIA-SW Students

  • $10 for Non-member Students

  • $30 for DBIA Young Professionals

  • $40 for DBIA-SW Members

  • $50 for Non-Members

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • ​$1,000 Supporting Sponsor (Limited to 2) - Includes display of exhibit/display board (provided by sponsor), includes 3 sponsor attendee registrations, company recognition.

Contact for more information.


  • 4:00pm - Registration - Networking with Drinks & Appetizers

  • 5:30pm - Program begins with presentation from Brian Skripac - DBIA's vision of VDC Done Right

  • 5:35pm - Natale Stephens - What does “VDC Done Right” mean to you as a design professional?

  • 5:40pm - Jennifer Macks - What does “VDC Done Right” mean to you as a builder?

  • 5:45pm - Brandon Penny - What does “VDC Done Right” mean to you as a trade partner?

  • 5:50pm - Kelly Robichau - What does “VDC Done Right” mean to you as an owner?

  • 5:55pm - Panel Discussion

  • 6:15pm - Q&A from audience

  • 6:30pm - Program Ends

  • 7:00pm - Event Concludes


Contact :

Rachel Albright

DBIA-SW Managing Director

Scott Cochran

DBIA Austin Co-Chair

Joshua Bibb

DBIA Austin Co-Chair


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