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DRB Training: Dispute Boards for Projects Using Alternative Delivery  Methods

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 8:00am-11:00am | $150 Member | $250 Nonmember

Includes: Handouts, Coffee, .5 PDH

Dispute Boards have been an effective method for dispute avoidance and resolution of disputes since their origins in the tunneling industry in the 1970s. The process has since been adapted for a wide variety of project types above and below ground, as well as under different contracting methods. Workshop attendees will learn how the process has been adapted for success under Design-Bid-Build, CMGG/CMAR, Design Build, and Public Private Partnership contracts. Risk allocation and known friction points lead to modifications to the Dispute Board role. Lecture, case study, and interactive discussion will demonstrate how project owners, contractors, consultants, and DB practitioners can work together for successful outcomes.


GildnerJoseph Gildner has over 30 years of experience in design and construction management for heavy civil and systems construction in the Pacific Northwest and New England. In the past 24 years, Joe has served as project manager and project executive for final design and construction on commuter and light rail projects in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Joe is currently serving as Deputy Executive Director for Project Management in Sound Transit’s department of Design Engineering and Construction Management. At present, Joe is overseeing the design and construction on numerous commuter- and light-rail extension projects in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. Joe is past president of the DRBF Region 1 Board of Directors and co-chair of the DRBF Transit Committee.

TippinElizabeth A. Tippin, Esq., LEED AP President of the DRBF Region 1 Board of Directors. She is an adjudicator, mediator and Dispute Board member based in San Francisco, California. Formerly an Administrative Law Judge, her experience includes providing consulting legal services for design and construction firms, including contract preparation for domestic and international projects, risk management, and representation on disputed matters. She has experience with projects encompassing commercial buildings, fire stations, airports, schools, water treatment plants, tunneling and micro-tunneling projects, energy, highway and bridge construction. She is a member of the Commercial and Construction Panels of American Arbitration Association, Contractors State Licensing Board, Caltrans DRB and Partnering Panels, CIArb, and Module 3 FIDIC Dispute Boards.


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