The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce the 2023 National Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Sixty-two projects from across the U.S. were submitted for consideration across 10 categories, and submissions were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts. Merit Award winners will now compete for a National Award of Excellence, “Best of” categories and Project of the Year.

“With the continued growth of design-build, we are seeing more impressive projects that are raising the bar for success for design-build teams across the country, pushing the limits of high performance and optimizing triple-bottom line success,” DBIA Executive Director/CEO Lisa Washington, CAE, said.

Merit winners will be recognized and additional winners announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Ceremony Nov. 2, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. To see a complete list of awardees follow this link.


The Merit Award-winning Washington projects are: the University of Washington Health Sciences Education Building at the UW Seattle campus; Milgard Hall at the UW Tacoma Campus; Bonneville Power Administration’s Ross Complex Redevelopment – Technical Services Building in Vancouver; and South Puget Sound Community College’s Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health Education in Olympia.

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The University of Washington Health Sciences Education Building

The 98,000-sq. ft. Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), located in the University of Washington’s South Campus, houses an expansive anatomy laboratory, classrooms, skills laboratories, staff/faculty offices, student kitchen and wellness areas, informal learning areas and breakout spaces. Designed to foster innovation and collaboration among students, the building promotes affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare education. The project aimed to create a diverse range of environments that encourage teamwork and train future health professionals to be part of high-performing delivery teams.

Overall, the HSEB represents a successful collaboration between design-build professionals and demonstrates innovative approaches to education, sustainability and construction. Learn more here. 



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The University of Washington Tacoma Milgard Hall

Milgard Hall at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) responds to the need for STEM education in the South Sound region. It serves as a hub for innovation and collaboration by bringing together the Milgard School of Business, the School of Engineering & Technology and the Global Innovation & Design Lab.

Milgard Hall embodies UWT’s mission as an urban-serving university, fostering innovation and collaboration. Its design integrates sustainability, history and functionality and offers a cutting-edge space for students and faculty. The project’s success stemmed from strategic decision-making, emphasis on team health and a commitment to diversity.


Photo by Josh Partee Architectural Photography

Ross Complex Redevelopment – Technical Services Building (TSB)


Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) provides clean, reliable and affordable hydropower to eight states throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Technical Services Building is BPA’s new facility that supports testing, maintenance, and repair of new and existing components controls and communications across transmission facilities. It also increases training capacity with purpose-built training rooms and features multiple flexible laboratory environments.

As BPA’s first Progressive Design-Duild (PBD) project, the Technical Services Building was an important pilot project. The use of PDB was critical to the project’s success and represents a major transformation in how the agency plans to contract, design and construct its projects going forward. Learn more here.

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South Puget Sound Community College Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health Education

The South Puget Sound Community College Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health Education converted an existing facility into a vibrant and inclusive student-centered learning environment that mirrors real-world healthcare settings. The project’s primary goals were to maintain a strict schedule, prioritize sustainability, allow for flexibility and support ease of maintenance.

Aligned with the South Puget Sound Community College’s mission, the renovation project not only created a purpose-driven, student-centered facility, but also empowered future healthcare professionals with real-world experience, equipping them for success in the dynamic healthcare landscape. Learn more here.