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Session is to government relations professionals what autumn is for bears. We take in a tremendous amount of bills and hearings for six months and pass into a form of coma shortly thereafter. Well, except our hibernation after session consists of traveling to and putting on conferences, preparing reports and presentations for the next year and strategizing which states to target. Nonetheless, here are five strong indicators that this wonderful time of the year is approaching.
The construction industry will get a boost from Uncle Sam in 2016 after Congress passed a $1.14 trillion fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The General Services Administration, which is responsible for constructing and managing most of the government’s non-military buildings, was allotted $1.6 billion for building construction and acquisition. That figure is triple its past funding. Of the $1.6 billion, $948 million is earmarked for new federal courthouses. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ construction account more than doubled to $1.2 billion. Just under $650 million of that amount, however, is contingent on the VA entering into an agreement with another federal entity to manage construction projects of $100 million or more. That stipulation was put in to address the VA's alleged mismanagement of major projects in recent years. The bill also extended the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings.
Lawmakers say passage of a major tax deal has increased the chances that Congress will tackle tax reform in 2017. The $680 billion tax bill approved last week gives hopes for reform a major boost, supporters say, by altering the budget baseline in a way that could make it easier to lower the 35 percent corporate tax rate — one of the highest in the world.
One of the biggest political obstacles to passage of new truck tolls may have melted away Tuesday, when Governor Raimondo promised to disclose the potential locations for the new tolling gantries that she has been counting on to raise up to $60 million a year for a massive push to fix Rhode Island's "worst-in-the-nation" highway bridges.
Published by the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center, the model law is based on an examination of P3 best practices nationwide, and incorporates many provisions in Virginia’s P3 law, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Doug Peterson, chief executive officer of McGraw Hill Financial, explained in an op-ed in the Dec. 16 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Virginia has a history of developing successful P3s, dating back to the Dulles Greenway in Loudon County, which was one of the country’s first transportation P3s when it opened 20 years ago, Cantor and Peterson wrote.
Managing big projects means staying on top of huge volumes of information and tracking processes across multiple organizations. How do megaprojects do it? They rely on a proven, project-wide collaboration platform that’s built for the cloud and mobile, and gives the security they need. Learn how Aconex gives you control over your entire project in this 3-minute video.
Victorville Daily Press
Prunty said the $324 million Devore project is expected to come in either at or below budget. That probably can be attributed to the project being a so-called design-build project. Prunty said the work has gone pretty much as expected, and she cited the following for ensuring a successful project: "Teamwork, proper planning, preparing an appropriate design-build contract, assessing and managing project risks on a continuous basis and appropriate staffing that were trained to administer and manage this type of project."
Times Free Press
Chattanooga is 32 months into the 88 months allotted by the EPA for completing the first phase of a 2012 EPA agreement over massive sewage system overflows here. Meeting the consent decree requirements is expected to cost $250 million over more than a decade.
Businesses that develop a solid plan before acting can double their chances of success. Similarly, planning in the early stages of a build project, although intuitively necessary, when done right can reap substantial rewards. When the design team considers a cellular raceway system for wire management during the initial planning stage it improves the likelihood of success and provides many meaningful benefits. By considering a cellular raceway system early, Design/Build Firms can realize the best return for their money. Quality solutions are those that will save them money, and deliver long-term value for their clients. Our raceway systems are designed to do just that for designers and their clients who plan ahead.
Las Cruces Sun-News
The interstate highway system revolutionized travel in the United States in the 1950s, allowing people and cargo to reach their destinations far more efficiently. Now, more than 60 years later, three New Mexico State University alums are working on a project to help change the face of travel in the country once again.…“This project is important on a national, statewide and local scale,” said Ogle, director of design and construction… Granados, the design and construction manager for a 65-mile design-build contract for the project, agreed.
Arizona Capitol Times
The department says it expects to finalize a contract with Connect 202 Partners on the Loop 202 project by mid-February. Construction is to begin next summer and take up to four years to complete... Connect 202 Partners includes Fluor Enterprises Inc., Granite Construction Co., Ames Construction Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. The department says such a large project normally would be split into several smaller ones but that the state will save money by having one team handle it entirely.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered metal buildings & steel systems construction. Through the use of the company’s advanced engineering programming, Varco Pruden combines steel structural materials with virtually any exterior finish to create metal buildings that are energy efficient and provide years of trouble-free performance.
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Sundt Construction/Stacy and Witbeck, a joint venture of Sundt Construction Inc. and Stacy and Witbeck, have been selected to extend light rail service along Main Street in Mesa, AZ. The $75 million construction manager at risk project includes 1.9 miles of concrete-embedded light rail track, underground utility relocations, two new stations and roundabouts, traction power and electrification, signals and communications, and a park-and-ride lot at Gilbert Road and Main Street.
Sparks fly at the South Street Landing project; everywhere, there is noise of hammering, sawing, welding and dropping plywood into place as the old power station begins its transformation into a nursing education center...Gilbane is the construction management company supervising current work by five subcontractors. Another has already drilled pilings into the ground, CV Properties spokesman Eric Cote said.
Telegram & Gazette
The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Shrewsbury and Worcester received the Gold Award for highways and bridges during the 2015 Design-Build Institute Awards dinner, New England region, held Dec. 10 at the Sheraton Framingham. The design-build team for the $104 million structure was The Middlesex Corp. with Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. The bridge, which spans Lake Quinsigamond, is the first of the state’s historic $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program and one of its signature projects. According to judges, the project illustrates how even the most complex of projects can be enhanced using the design-build delivery system.
Work on the future medium-security Oren R. Fox Detention Facility in El Centro is inching closer to commencement. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors has selected Balfour Beatty Construction, with U.S. headquarters in Dallas, to design and build the new $28 million facility. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved the conditional design-build contract award on Dec. 8. Design-build partners include Arrington Watkins Architects of Phoenix, HVAC/mechanical firm A.O. Reed of San Diego, electrical contractor Dynalectric with offices in San Diego, and security electronics contractor CML Security of Erie, Colo. The project is expected to break ground in the summer of 2016 with a targeted completion in the fall of 2017.
Columbia Regional Business Report
A new team has taken charge of building two reactor units at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, a project plagued by costly delays that have put it more than two years behind schedule. Fluor Corp. announced today that it has been awarded a subcontract by Westinghouse to manage the construction workforce at the Fairfield County commercial nuclear plant, which is owned by South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper. The transition is expected to “have minimal impact as most employees should be retained under the new structure,” SCE&G said.
Winter weather traditionally takes a toll on the roofing business in frigid central Illinois. But a European product being offered for the first time by a Champaign-based roofing company could likely expand the season to 52 weeks a year.
Hurricanes, flooding droughts, wildfires, landslides and terrorism. These are the issues we’ll be addressing next in green design — if you buy into the theory that the U.S. Green Building Council’s ubiquitous LEED program helps predict future trends. Past LEED pilot credits have revealed issues we’ve neglected, such as water, transit, acoustics, ergonomics and lighting pollution.
The National Law Review
A recent ruling by an Ohio appellate court re-affirms the necessity for all general contractors to conform their work to requirements imposed by codes and ordinances, along with contractual requirements.
The problem with many catastrophic risks isn’t just that their impacts, when they hit, are so massive. It’s also that their odds of occurring in any given short time frame are very small, so that planning for them has to be handled as a long-term priority while the proverbial sun is shining. And neither companies nor individuals are particularly apt at taking serious, long-term action to prepare for low probability, high consequence events. Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Howard Kunreuther and Robert Meyer, co-directors of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and executive director Erwann Michel-Kerjan about the center’s research and how managing risk has changed over the past few decades.
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Air Force Civil Engineer Center
San Antonio, Texas
- ForeSite Design & Construction, Inc.
- Legacy Building Solutions, Inc.
South Haven, Minn.
- Orgmetrics, LLC
New member listing as of Jan. 4, 2016.
- Phillip Bahr
Mountain View, Calif.
- John Campbell
- Brian Chemsak
- Philip Davis
Copeland and Johns, Inc.
- Gilbert DiMaio
The Pike Company
- Derek Dykstra
- Carolyn Forbes
- Eyvand Fortney
Ceco Concrete LLC
San Jose, Calif.
- Joe Gelardi
Virginia Beach, Va.
- Nick Gonzales
Bouten Construction Company
- Craig Hamilton
Los Angeles, Calif.
- Lance Hinz
Kirlin Mechanical Services
- Dana Kimble
- Jordan King
- Ian Knowles
- Peter Livermore
KPRS Construction Services
- Trevor Lunde
- Keith McManus
- Taylor Murray
M. A. Mortenson Company
- Eric Nimer
- Cori Palmer
- Melanie Peckham
Reiss Engineering, Inc.
Winter Springs, Fla.
- Danielle Sessler
DBIA Contact: Membership
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Miamisburg, Ohio
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 8-10, Certification Workshop, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
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Mar. 7-10, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Mar. 14, BIM Execution Planning, Worchester, Mass.
Mar. 18, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Mar. 21-23, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 28-29, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 4-6, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
Apr. 18-20, 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 20-22, 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 25, BIM Execution Planning, Dayton, Ohio
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May 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
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May 23-25, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 6-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 13-15, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 27-29, Certification Workshop, Laurel-Brooklyn, Md.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Jan. 12, 2016, Tri-State Chapter Evening Program, "Public Use of Design-Build"
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 20, 2016, Breakfast Program, An Introduction to Level of Development (LOD) Frameworks in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and 2016 Executive Council Elections
Jan. 22, 2016, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 11, 2016, Southern California/OC Evening Mixer
Jan. 21, 2016, Nevada Chapter Las Vegas New Year Evening Mixer
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
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