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DBIA & SMPS Houston – Constructive Conversations: Public & Private Owners Discuss Design-Build – February 20

Updated: 6 days ago

Engage in Design-Build Discussions with Houston's DBIA and SMPS Chapters

Time & Location

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Central At Bosscat Kitchen

About the Event

Are you curious about how design-build practices are transforming the construction industry in Houston? Would you like to connect with influential figures who are shaping the future of project delivery in our city?

Houston is at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry, and we invite you to an exclusive evening at Bosscat Kitchen, where you'll connect with industry luminaries actively shaping the future of construction in our city.

Why Attend?

  • Gain Insights: Houston's public and private owners will share their experiences integrating design-build principles into their projects. Learn about the tactics, triumphs, and setbacks that have shaped the city's construction scene.

  • Grow Your Network: Make real connections with architects, engineers, building experts, marketing pros, and business development leaders in the AEC industry.

  • Enlightening Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking conversations on projects and methods that redefine how we approach construction.

  • Earn CEUs: Earn 2 DBIA Continuing Education Hours for attending!

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to be part of an event that will empower you with knowledge, connections, and insights that are essential for success in the ever-evolving AEC industry.


Kenneth J. Shirley, PE, CCM, DBIA

Construction Project Engineer

Texas Department of Transportation, Strategic Projects Office

Kenneth obtained his BSCE at the University of Texas at Arlington in May, 1992 and completed his Masters of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences degree at UT Dallas in December 1999 while overseeing three high-profile TxDOT construction projects ranging from $700k to $95M.  With 10 years of TxDOT experience, Kenneth became a Consultant Resident Engineer for Arkansas Hwy & Trans Dept’s Hope District during the first bond program in 2002-2004.  Then, after 12 years in Virginia as a District Construction Engineer for 7 years (as well as Acting State Construction Engineer) and Consultant Operations Manager, he returned to Arkansas DOT with numerous Design-Build projects under his belt as well as Locally Administered and Mega Project experience.  After two years on a $79M highway reconstruction project in Cabot, AR, he was the Consultant Resident Engineer on ArDOT’s largest design-bid-build project at $187M funded by the Connecting Arkansas Program.  Approximately four years ago, he rejoined TxDOT in Beaumont’s Liberty Area Office as a Transportation Engineer where he was assigned as the Construction Engineer overseeing traffic control, quality, and safety with a team of consultant staff on the $944M SH 99 Grand Parkway H & I from New Caney to Fred Hartman bridge.  He has since transferred to Houston’s Strategic Project Office to continue his Design-Build career.  He is licensed as a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a Certified Construction Manager with the Construction Management Association of America as well as an accredited Design Build professional with DBIA.  He and Analiza have been married for 6.5 years with one fur-baby, Bindi (French Bulldog).  They love fishing, boating, landscaping, gardening, raising chickens and quail as well as involvement in The Gideons International.

Joe Hackney, MBA, DBIA, LEED AP

Senior Development Director

Anchor Health Properties

Joe is a Senior Development Director with Anchor Health Properties, managing development projects across the United States. Prior to working in development, he spent 15+ years working in both operations and preconstruction for general contractors including Skanska and J.E. Dunn. He is a licensed general contractor in the state of Tennessee, certified by the DBIA, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He served 10 years in the construction battalions in the US Navy Reserves, and is a veteran of the Iraq campaign.

Chuck Jones

Director of Facilities Planning & Construction

Sam Houston State University

Chuck obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, and his M.S. in Construction Management from Loughborough University in the U.K. As the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), Chuck oversees a staff that’s executed over 180 capital and special projects since 2018. During his tenure, SHSU has utilized the design-build delivery method for four of its large capital projects. Chuck began his construction career in 1999 working on healthcare-related projects at a St. Louis-based design-build contractor and after moving to the greater-Houston area, project managed commercial, secondary education and healthcare projects for general contractors including D.E. Harvey Builders and Bartlett Cocke, L.P. Chuck has also provided CPM scheduling support and dispute resolution services while working at Navigant Consulting.



Tickets Include:

  • Access to the panel discussion and networking opportunities

  • Delicious heavy appetizers

  • 2 complimentary drinks

Pre-registration has now closed, but you can still come! Just sign up on-site at the registration desk.


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Contact :

Sumbel Zeb

DBIA-SW Director of Business Development & Events

Conrad Hammond

DBIA Houston Chair

Dennis Jasinski

DBIA Houston Committee Member

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