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The DBIA National Board of Directors invites you to nominate DBIA members in good standing to the 2020 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA’s mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. In filling board vacancies, DBIA strives to represent diverse segments of the industry, diverse geographic regions, as well as to ensure gender and racial diversity. Such broad diversity will help ensure a cross section of unique skills, wide-ranging expertise, and the varied perspectives needed to help DBIA achieve its strategic goals. Please submit nominations by March 5, 2019.
Jan. 22, Conceptual Estimating, Spokane, Wash.
Jan. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Canton, Ohio
Jan. 29-31, Certification Workshop, Richmond, Va.
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 11-13, Certification Workshop, Albuquerque, N.M.
Feb. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, Lakewood, Colo.
Feb. 28, Conceptual Estimating, Rochester, N.Y.
Mar. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 11-13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 14, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 18-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mar. 25, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build, Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 27-29, Certification Workshop, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Apr. 8, Design-Build for Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 10, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 15-17, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
Apr. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Apr. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
The complete schedule for 2019 education opportunities is online. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
Federal News Network
The independent commission Congress chartered to hunt for methods to streamline the Defense acquisition system is recommending dramatic changes to the ways in which the Pentagon interacts with industry, particularly when it comes to products and services that are already sold in the commercial sector.
The newly elected governors of Kansas and Ohio have announced their choices to lead their states’ departments of transportation.
Two days after he took office, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled sweeping measures to clean up Florida’s troubled waters Thursday, including spending $2.5 billion and launching more aggressive policies to address algae choking Lake Okeechobee and polluting the state’s coasts.
Dodge Data & Analytics reported that its Momentum Index for the full year of 2018 was up 4.3% from 2017. The overall increase represented gains in the first six months that buoyed the index in the wake of decreases in the last six months of the year. The index fell 4.9% from November to December, ending 2018 at 151.9. The index measures nonresidential building projects that have entered planning and has been shown to indicate construction spending in the next 12 months.
Advocating for a sustainable solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund will be a top priority for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ new leader.
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Private infrastructure funds are heading for new records after unprecedented fundraising in 2018. Investments firms last year raised $85 billion targeting infrastructure globally, shattering the record $75 billion amassed in 2017, according to a Preqin report released Monday. Investors seem optimistic about 2019, with 208 funds seeking an unprecedented $193 billion in capital, the alternative-assets data provider said.
Valley Milk’s forward-thinking facility this week was named Food Engineering Magazine’s 2019 Plant of the Year for its commitment to sustainability and quality, joining past winners like Kraft Heinz and Frito-Lay as recipients of the award which honors companies who set new standards for innovative and eco-friendly design and construction. ... It took three years of planning to see Valley Milk’s plant come to life, Smith said, which was designed and built by Shambaugh & Son, L.P., an EMCOR company. The facility processes 2.5 million pounds of milk every day, or 50 tanker loads, which is turned into powdered milk to be sold both internationally and domestically for use in products like cake mix and confectionary candy.
University of Hawai'i
Ground was broken in January for an Academy for Creative Media building at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu as Gov. David Ige and other elected officials joined UH President David Lassner, Chancellor Maenette Benham and others on the Kapolei campus to commemorate the start of construction. ... The design-build contract for the structure was awarded to Kiewit Building Group. The architect of record is Honolulu-based Next Design LLC. Plans call for the building to be ready for classes in the 2020 fall semester.
Daily Journal of Commerce
Owners, contractors, and subcontractors can hardly have a bigger source of project disputes than when unforeseen conditions, changes, or additions arise during construction. The proverbial “no change orders” mantra may sound good at the beginning, but for parties to have that heading into a construction contract, it is a dangerous expectation to have. The reality is that change orders are inevitable (both valid and invalid ones), so parties to a construction contract should think long and hard about how they want the contract to address changes that will undoubtedly come up. As a preliminary matter, the best and most obvious way to avoid change-order disputes is to ensure that contract documents clearly define the project’s scope of work. Downstream contractors should be careful both to incorporate any exclusions into the final contract and to address any conflicting terms that may exist between their proposals and the final contract. Carefully drafted proposals, which should be as detailed as possible, are the first line of defense to change-order disputes.
A precast concrete system is more than a material. It’s a solution. Versatile and resilient. Efficient and durable. With precast concrete, your vision can go far outside the box.
The construction industry experiences some of the highest incidences of litigation. Here are the contractual clauses most often involved in disputes and suggested variations that could help avoid the headaches and costs of litigation.
Hundreds of miles apart, two different inventors are zeroing in on ever-smaller leaks in two very different ways. One is listening, carefully and with the help of artificial intelligence, for subtle changes in the sound of running water; the other is using a soft robot to carefully feel for the gentle tug made by the pressure differential of a tiny leak. Each has partnered with different municipalities, and each intends to save some part of those millions of gallons from escaping into the ground.
Industry Partner Members
J. Lake Architecture & Design
KLH Engineers, PSC
Fort Thomas, Ky.
LW Facades Inc.
Commerce City, Colo.
Saint Louis, Mo.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Gibbs & Register, Inc.
Winter Garden, Fla.
Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department
Independence Excavating Inc.
P.J. Dick Incorporated
Mc Donald, Pa.
Classic Colonial Homes
California Water Service
San Jose, Calif.
Fast + Epp
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Lund Opsahl LLC
W.G. Clark Construction
Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.
The Beaver Excavating Company
University of Oklahoma
Virginia Beach, Va.
Unlimited Construction Services, Inc.
Fair Oaks, Calif.
City and County of Denver
University of Southern California
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
New member listing as of Jan. 15, 2019.
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Jan. 23, Nebraska Chapter Program, 2019 Economic Outlook (joint program with AGC)
Jan. 23, St. Louis Chapter Industry Night
Jan. 25, Ozarks Chapter Breakfast Program, Owner's Perspective – Design-Build and Collaborative Delivery Methods
Jan. 30, New Year Networking: Mix & Mingle
Jan. 31, Deadline for presentations for Regional Conference
Feb. 27, Nebraska Chapter Program
Mar. 17, Kansas City Chapter Golf Tournament
Mar. 27, Nebraska Chapter Program, Engineering Trends in Construction (joint program with AGC)
Apr. 3, 2019, Regional Conference
May 17, 2019, Kansas City Golf Tournament
May 17, Oregon Chapter Golf Tournament
June 7, Region Golf Tournament
Jan. 29, Tulsa Chapter Lunch Program, Design-Build Best Practices
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 30, Sacramento Chapter Young Professionals Kick-Off Mixer
Apr. 25, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 15-17, 3rd Annual Regional Conference and Awards Program
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