Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Region Recognizes Richard J. Formella, PMP, DBIA with 2017 Leadership Award

Rich Formella DBIA Leadership Award

At its annual awards celebration held October 19 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., the Mid-America Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA-MAR), honored the Chief of the Bio-Containment Procurement Branch for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Richard J. Formella, PMP, DBIA, with a 2017 Leadership Award. The honor is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies design-build done right in the region, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

At the FLETC, Formella currently leads the team providing design and construction contracting support to the DHS Science and Technology Directorate for major laboratory renovations and new construction an overall $1.5 billion program, including the $1.3 billion National Bio & Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. Formella has over 32 years of federal acquisition experience and joined the FLETC in 2006 serving as the Head of the Contracting Activity through 2014. He is currently a member of the DBIA National Board of Directors and the Chair of the DBIA Federal Committee. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Formella was employed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for over 20 years, and concluded his service at BOP as the Chief of Construction Contracting where he led and administered the $3 billion dollar new federal prison construction contracting program.

Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA National, said this about Formella, “In my role, I have the distinct honor of meeting and working with thousands of industry leaders. Some stick out for their passion and sincere interest in making a difference. Rich Formella is most certainly one of those special people — and his commitment to making a difference in the industry has contributed greatly to the growth of DBIA and design-build. He embodies the characteristics of a master builder, taking pride in his role as a procurement executive while working to understand and embrace the roles of all with whom he collaborates. With his advocacy, he seeks to carve out a prominent space for design-build in the Federal sector. Rich is an incredible representative of the profession, and extremely deserving of the Region’s Leadership Award.”

Formella is a 1986 graduate of the FLETC, and holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Regis University, and a MS in Management – Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a designated Design-Build Professional (DBIA).

Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Region Honors Winning Projects and Teams at 2017 Awards Celebration

The Mid-America Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA-MAR), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, is proud to announce its 2017 Design-Build Award Winners. Winning teams were honored during a celebration held October 19 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

The Design-Build Project of the Year was awarded for the Liberty Utilities Operation Center submitted by Goodwin Brothers Construction. The Columbia I-70 Bridges Design-Build project, completed by Emery Sapp & Sons, received one of two Excellence in Design Awards. United Excel Corporation (UEC) also won an Excellence in Design Award for the Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center Realignment at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev.

The following projects received 2017 Honor Awards:

Civil Infrastructure:

  • Liberty Utilities Operation Center presented to Goodwin Brothers Construction, Crawford, Murphy and Tilly and the City of Liberty, Mo.
  • Columbia I-70 Bridges Design-Build presented to Emery Sapp & Sons, Parsons and Missouri Department of Transportation

Healthcare: Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center Realignment at Nellis Air Force Base presented to United Excel Corporation (UEC), United Excel Design (UED) and U.S. Air Force/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Commercial: Zurich North American Headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., presented to Clayco, Goettsch Partners and Zurich North America

The 2017 Merit Award winners included:

  • Civil Infrastructure: Rogersville Project Freeway Design-Build in Green/Webster County, Mo., presented to Radmacher Brothers Excavating, Inc., R S & H, Inc. and Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Education: The University of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center in Iowa City, Iowa presented to Russell Construction Co., Inc., Shive – Hattery and The University of Iowa

Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts. The selected projects demonstrated design-build through excellence in design, process and teaming, as well as budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations.


DBIA-MAR Forms New Committee to Attract Young Professionals: Next Gen

To further DBIA National’s Young Professionals initiative, the Mid-America Region recently formed a committee focused on the success of emerging design-build professionals in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. The Next Gen Committee, co-chaired by Tom McVey of The Clark Enersen Partners and Laura Tyson of Shafer, Kline & Warren, will officially launch in 2018 with the following vision:

The mission of DBIA-MAR’s Next Gen is to connect, empower and grow future A/E/C leaders through continuing education, programming and networking that fulfills the pursuit of success in personal and professional endeavors.

Core Values:
• Connect: Bring next generation A/E/C leaders together to share industry knowledge and build a network of peers
• Empower: Provide educational opportunities to promote career advancement and leadership development
• Grow: Engage future leaders to grow DBIA MAR and the continued success of Next Gen members

Next Gen provides a seamless transition from student engagement to industry involvement. In addition to a deeply discounted membership ($75), Next Gen leaders (ages 35 and under) enjoy the discounted member rate for all DBIA conferences and educational programs.

If you are interested in getting involved with Next Gen, click here to get in touch with Tom and/or Laura.

DBIA-MAR 2017 Awards Celebration | Call for Entries

We invite you to submit your design-build project(s) for the 2017 DBIA-MAR Awards Competition. The submission fee is $500 for DBIA members and $600 for non-members. All submissions must be received before 5 p.m. (CST) on August 4, 2017. The submission deadline will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.

Entries become property of DBIA-MAR and will not be returned. All corresponding video, interviews and/or promotional materials developed for winning teams is the property of DBIA-MAR.

For more information click here.

To pay for an entry online click here.


DBIA-MAR Awards Submission
C/O Lauren Schach
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
7930 Sante Fe Drive, Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66204


Oretta Smith
Executive Director
DBIA Mid-America Region

Dennis Burns
Awards Committee Chairman
United Excel Construction


McCarthy VP Mark Heit Serving as 2017 DBIA-MAR President

Overland Park, Kan. (April 7, 2017)McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is pleased to announce that Mark Heit, Vice President Operations, has been tapped to serve as the 2017 Regional President and Board Chairman for the Mid-America Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA-MAR).

DBIA is a national membership organization founded in 1993. The Mid-America Region seeks to inform, educate and promote design-build and integrated project delivery throughout its four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. As Regional President, Mark is the liaison between DBIA-MAR leadership and DBIA National. He is responsible for financial and membership oversight while ensuring the Region’s programs meet expected objectives.

“DBIA-MAR focuses its efforts on increasing the successful use of innovative design-build teams on non-residential building, civil infrastructure and process industry projects,” said DBIA-MAR Executive Director, Oretta Smith. “We are proud to have Mark’s wisdom, leadership and experience guiding the Mid-America Region of DBIA this year.”

An expert in the use of alternative delivery methods, Mark Heit is a Designated Design-Build Professional. He leads business operations for McCarthy’s Kansas City office. With 25 years of industry experience, Mark is responsible for the overall coordination and integration of the firm’s services throughout the region. With experience working both in and out of the field, Mark has dedicated his career to delivering exceptional results for clients and partners from early in the design phase through final project completion and beyond.

In addition to his DBIA-MAR post, Mark is a member of the General Labor Committee for The Builders’ Association, a board member for the Kansas City Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University.

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas; Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif., McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

White Paper: Design-Build Continues to Gain Momentum

With the passage of Missouri’s alternative procurement legislation, design-build is now an option more owners can consider and leverage. This white paper was written by DBIA-MAR Past-President, Brian Johanning of Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., to help educate owners and practitioners on how design-build can help projects compete for needed financial and social support and when best to leverage this project delivery method.

MO State Rep., Lincoln Hough, Receives National Leadership Award

lincoln-awardMissouri State Representative Lincoln Hough has recently been chosen as a winner of the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award. These awards are presented to individuals across the United States who have demonstrated leadership in the passage of supporting design-build legislation, the advancement of effective design-build practices and in the promotion of design-build as a project delivery method of choice.

Last legislative session, Rep. Hough sponsored and passed House Bill 2376 into Missouri law, which authorizes political subdivisions such as cities, counties, and school districts, throughout the state of Missouri to utilize design-build. “This was a complex bill with many moving parts and interested parties. Rep. Hough skillfully negotiated while standing strong on core parts of the bill because he understood the importance of this issue to the industry and public owners,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA.

These leadership awards are given to individuals in multiple categories of achievement that include Legislators, Academic Faculty, Students, Practitioners, and Young Professional and Owners. “Every single one of these award-winners is key to the growing use of design-build,” says Washington. “Design-build spreads only through legislators authorizing it, professors teaching it, students learning it, practitioners mastering it, and owners choosing it. All of these award winners have spent a great part of their career advocating for not just design-build, but for Design-Build Done RightTM, and we are grateful for their tireless work.”

Hough was presented with a leadership plaque today during DBIA’s annual Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.