Jennifer Macks, Gilbane senior project executive, earns national Design-Build Institute of America Certification  

Macks joins a growing industry of design-build professionals redefining project delivery throughout the United States

Washington, DC – January 22, 2019 – Jennifer Macks, Gilbane Building Company senior project executive, has successfully com­­pleted the Design-Build Institute of America’s comprehensive education and certification testing program to achieve the design-build industry’s highest designation as a nationally certified Design-Build Professional.™  Two to six years of substantial, documented direct project experiences in design-build project delivery experience is an additional prerequisite for Designated Design-Build Professional™ certification.

Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in the AEC industry, focusing on all aspects of project delivery from preconstruction through completion. In addition, she has spent 15 of those years performing design-build work in the federal, healthcare and education sectors. She specializes in the planning and execution of projects across the DC metro area, leveraging Lean principles to deliver added value for clients. Macks is currently managing the construction of a design-build high school in Falls Church, VA. As the senior executive and design manager, she is utilizing best practices and lessons learned from her recent DBIA certification testing program to lead the team through preconstruction. The new George Mason High School breaks ground in June 2019 and is scheduled to open in 2021.

“I really enjoy working on design-build projects,” said Jennifer Macks, senior project executive at Gilbane Building Company, “From day one they offer opportunities to collaborate with the owner and the design team on innovative solutions for building users.”

To learn more about design-build delivery read “Leveraging the design-build process throughout preconstruction”. In this Gilbane Ink article, Jennifer discusses some key factors to consider throughout the design-build process.

About DBIA and the Designated Design-Build Professional™ certification program

DBIA Certification is the nation’s only measurable standard of an individual’s knowledge of the Design-Build Done Right™ principles vital to successful project delivery. By completing these requirements, which touch on all aspects of design-build, candidates earn the right to display “DBIA” after their names, identifying them to design-build end-users and the industry at large as experienced design-build professionals.

“DBIA’s Designated Design-Build Professional™ certification program has grown exponentially over the years mirroring the growth of the entire the design-build industry. In fact, many public and private owner solicitations now expressly encourage the inclusion of team members with DBIA™ Certification in their expanding number of design-build projects. DBIA is proud to offer the industry’s gold standard in education and to continue to certify record numbers of dedicated design-build professionals each year.” …Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director/CEO

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit

Gilbane in Washington, D.C.

Gilbane’s Arlington, VA office covers the Washington, D.C. metro area and offers extensive knowledge of the D.C. market – building in D.C. since 1969. Our design-build portfolio includes over $650 million in design-build projects in the last five years. A Top 5 Builder, according to the Washington Business Journal, Gilbane continues to partner with owners, architects, engineers and subcontractors to build a portfolio of diverse and technically complex facilities across Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.