Syska Hennessy’s John Passanante Earns National Design-Build Certification

John Passanante, PE, RCDD, executive principal, has earned the designation of Associate Design-Build Professional® from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

As described by the DBIA, owners of design-build projects manage only one contract with a single point of responsibility. 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.

“Our clients are always seeking efficient and cost-effective ways to approach projects,” says Passanante, who is based in Syska’s Los Angeles office. “Design-build is an increasingly popular method of doing so. My decision to pursue the DBIA certification reflects the importance of design-build within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Notably, many of my colleagues plan to pursue the designation themselves.”

Passanante adds that Syska has already served as a member of design-build teams for several significant projects, including the maintenance and operations complex at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California; the new Long Beach Civic Center and Port Headquarters in Long Beach, California; the new library and learning commons at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California; and the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse.

“These projects were highly successful,” Passanante reports. “My colleagues and I look forward to joining other design-build teams in the future.”

“DBIA’s Designated Design-Build Professional® certification program has grown exponentially over the years mirroring the growth of the entire design-build industry,” says Lisa Washington, DBIA executive director and CEO. “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.”