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Alicia Lopez Named to New National DBIA VDC Committee

It’s another sign of Flatiron’s commitment to innovation. Vice President of Design Management & Innovation Alicia Lopez has assumed a key role with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

Lopez will serve on the influential organization’s new National Virtual Design Committee (VDC) Committee. As the leader of Flatiron’s innovation initiatives, she is a longtime supporter of developing VDC and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies.

Virtual design allows Flatiron to get a detailed look at a project before it begins. It allows problems to be identified before they actually exist in the physical world. For more on how Flatiron is using the technology, read this spotlight on its use at Flatiron’s Denver International Airport work.

As DBIA champions collaborative means of contract delivery, and VDC by its nature encourages collaboration, it’s a natural fit for the technology to be on the organization’s radar. “VDC is more relevant in design-build and progressive design-build projects where Flatiron works closer with designers and project owners,” Lopez explains.

She received DBIA’s official certification in 2020. She is also chair of their Rocky Mountain Transportation Committee.

Lopez is excited to begin her work on the national committee. “Innovation drives excellence. If we want to thrive in this competitive environment, we need to be innovative and think out of the box,” she says.

Her term on the new committee runs until 2024.

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