Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC co-host conference on design-build alternative delivery project development with national design-build group

New England owner representatives and process experts featured

Providence, RI (July 28, 2010) – One of the nation’s most effective and efficient alternative delivery methods of construction that bridges the public and private sectors in partnership is the topic of a day-long seminar sponsored by Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) and the Design-Build Institute of America, New England Chapter on Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Naval Station Newport, Officer’s Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, will present welcoming remarks on behalf of the State of Rhode Island.

The seminar is entitled, Navigating Design-Build: Best Practices and Principles from Owner Representatives and Process Experts, and will include a panel of owner representatives who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this alternate construction delivery method, and design-build process experts who will share information on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of getting a design-build project off the ground from contract development, procurement, and environmental and operational function areas.

“We have planned the content of this seminar experience to be one of the most important learning and information sharing events for this year,” said Teno A. West, PLDO Partner and Chair of the Rhode Island Committee for the DBIA, New England Chapter. “The opportunity to network and talk one-on-one with owner representatives and experts in the field of alternative delivery methods of construction is a key component of succeeding with design-build projects. We encourage everyone with an interest in keeping costs down and efficiency levels high on construction projects from inception to completion to attend.”

Mr. West is the leader of the Municipal Infrastructure Team at PLDO and a national expert on public-private partnerships and water and wastewater law, solid waste management alternative energy projects, procurement law and design-build-operate initiatives. He represents municipalities and government agencies across the country in this practice area and frequently drafts the legislation required to undertake alternative procurements, as well as design-build and design-build-operate projects.

Representing on-going or completed design-build projects include Commander Gregor Bo, Naval Station Newport Public Works Officer; Julia A. Forgue, PE, Director of Utilities, City of Newport, Rhode Island; David Guertin, DPW Director, Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Steve Coutu, Public Works Director, City of East Providence, Rhode Island. This panel discussion kicks off at 11:30 a.m. followed by a buffet luncheon and presentation on ‘How to do Business with the Military.’

At 2:30 p.m., a second panel of design-build process experts will commence, featuring Teno A. West, PLDO Partner and leader of the Municipal Infrastructure Team at PLDO; Michael J. Walsh, PE BCCE of CDM, a global consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm; and, Steven Torres, Corporate Council for the City of Fall River, Massachusetts.

With Commander Bo as the guide, attendees are invited on a tour-by-trolley of design-build projects on the Naval Station in Newport and end the day-long event with a social networking hour on the ocean-side deck of the Officer’s Club overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Pre-registration is necessary and can be completed by contacting Beth Phillips at 401-824-5132 or emailing Ms. Phillips at [email protected]. DBIA member registration is $79.00; non-members $89.00; public/private end-user $69.00; and students, $45.00 by August 10, 2010. Registration fees increase after August 10 and August 20. For security purposes and to enter Naval Station Newport for the conference, no day-of registration will be accepted. When registering online or by phone, people must use the exact name that is stated on their driver’s license as identification will be checked against the registration list of attendees at Naval Station Newport, Gate 1, where the Officer’s Club is located at 95 Perry Street, Newport, Rhode Island.

To access online registration, please place the following link into your browser: and follow the prompts. For further information about PLDO, log on to, or the Design-Build Institute of America at


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