Two experts from Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems firms providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, were recently appointed presidents under the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Southland’s vice president of business development Mark Kosin was named president of the DBIA Mid-Atlantic region, while contract executive Raj Vora was selected as president of the new DBIA Maryland chapter.
“As a longtime member of DBIA and an advocate of the design-build delivery method, I am very pleased to accept this new role as 2014 president for the Mid-Atlantic region. By working with our board of directors, I will work to advance our strategic direction this year,” stated Mr. Kosin. The goals of the organization’s Mid-Atlantic chapter are to establish DBIA as a recognized industry resource for design-build expertise, to lead the expansion of design-build utilization across all industries and markets, and to do so in a manner that is inclusive of all project participants in integrated services delivery. “Mainly, we want to enhance collaboration and integration of project teams across public and private market sectors, while effectively developing and disseminating design-build knowledge,” he continued.
As the newest chapter created by the DBIA Steering Committee, the focus of the DBIA-Maryland chapter will align with the goals of the DBIA Mid-Atlantic region. “Ultimately, we want to promote design-build delivery as we believe it provides greater benefits to all parties involved,” indicated Mr. Vora. “As president of DBIA-Maryland, I will ensure our new chapter educates both professionals and owners in the local architectural, engineering, and construction industry. In addition, we are providing a forum for networking and sharing in an effort to bring together members of Maryland’s design-build community.”
About the Design-Build Institute of America
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an organization focused on defining, teaching, and promoting best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that helps owners achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals through the delivery of design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. DBIA represents the entire design and construction industry. As an institute, their primary objective is to provide education, training, networking and support to all players involved in the design and construction industry. Members span the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, including architects, engineers, specialty contractors, owners, consultants, lawyers, business development professionals, students and teachers.