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We're moving!
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Beginning March 1, DBIA will operate out of an office on Pennsylvania Avenue. The interior build-out is a design-build project led by DPR Construction; other team members are M.C. Dean, Shapiro and Duncan and Envision architects. Please note the new headquarters address: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. Our phone numbers, website and email will remain the same. More

Cuomo's 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan outlines vision to continue building a new New York
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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. More

Areas USA to partner with 10 prominent Maryland companies to redevelop I-95 travel plazas
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Areas USA has unveiled a proposal to join with ten Maryland-based companies to design, build and operate new state-owned travel plaza facilities on I-95 in the northeastern portion of the state. Baltimore-based architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross designed the proposal's LEED certified Silver facilities, which are slated to be built by Bethesda-based Clark Construction in conjunction with Cain Contracting of Columbia. More

Construction completed on the most energy efficient CDC in Hawaii
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Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii turned over the newest military Child Development Center in the state to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation Jan. 17. "We are extremely happy to accept this new structure and begin the installation of furniture and other items needed prior to opening a highly anticipated addition to our CDCs for Navy and Air Force military families," said Al Worley, facilities and projects manager JBPHH Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. More

Integrated Marine Solutions: Engineering through Construction
The Castle Group combines the knowledge and skill of a leading structural & marine engineering firm with the know-how of an underwater contractor. From design & analysis to repair & construction, we offer the most comprehensive design/build solutions. MORE

Baby steps for Minnesota construction jobs in 2011
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Minnesota's much beleaguered construction sector saw a slight uptick in jobs over the course of 2011, with specialty trades adding jobs over a 12-month period for the first time since 2006, according to figures out recently from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. More

Build it and they will fund
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Ever since President Aquino announced his administration's PPP thrust during the first State of the Nation Address, a lot of thinking has gone into creating an infrastructure fund for the Philippines. The premise behind creating such a fund is that the domestic financial market is failing to provide the right sort of financing that infrastructure projects need, i.e., long-term (think 25 years), fixed-rate and peso-denominated. Hence, investors end up with increased risks associated with rolling over short-term debts and/or unfavorable currency movements that raise their cost of capital and ultimately increase the cost of infrastructure investments. More

Data centre design becoming more adventurous
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A data centre may be a place to store data cabinets and server racks, but the growth of such facilities means that their design is becoming increasingly interesting. There is already a data centre in Sweden which is designed to look like a space station and now reports suggest an American facility is being built based upon a mansion. More


The myth: From an article about a High Court building in Australia
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"Rolling together the functions of architect and builder is known as 'design and construct.' Architects naturally hate these arrangements. They save money but their use on prestige public buildings is always controversial. Neither the Portrait Gallery nor the National Gallery 'design and construct.' Heritage architect Martin was amazed to hear it might be used by the High Court. 'It's the detail that destroys a building,' he says." More

The reality: In the US design-build is the project delivery method of choice for federal courthouses in California
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The Reality: In the U.S. design-build is the project delivery method of choice for federal courthouses in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, Calif., and has delivered an example of architectural excellence in the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco.

Member News

B&V expands its presence in the Middle East
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To further strengthen support for clients in the United Arab Emirates, and other Middle Eastern countries, Black & Veatch has moved its operations to a new Dubai location. The new operation is part of the company's growth plan for the region, which also includes an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Awards for CH2M HILL
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The 2011 annual Business Achievement Awards sponsored by the Environmental Business Journal and Climate Change Business Journal recognized seven projects and programs of CH2M HILL. Awards went to: design of the Brightwater Treatment Plant in King County, Wash.; growth in the company's Threat Reduction Practice; WaterMatch, a grassroots goodwill initiative; partnership in CLIMsystems; development of new technology tools to support the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar American Communities program; and development of concepts for sustainable technology parks such as Colorado's Niobrara Energy Park and Nevada's Star Peak Energy Center.

MWH Constructors receives DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region design-build award for Dannon wastewater pretreatment facility
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MWH Constructors is the winner of the Design-Build Institute of America Rocky Mountain Region's 2011 Design-Build Award for its work on the wastewater pretreatment facility for The Dannon Company, Inc. in West Jordan, Utah. MWH Constructors was honored in the Industrial/Process/Research Facilities category. More

Pro Con honored for Marriott and Residence Inn
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Pro Con Inc. of Manchester, N.H., was honored with three awards at the Excellence in Construction 2010 celebration hosted by The Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont. More

HJ High lands Fun Spot expansion deal in Orlando, Fla.
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Fun Spot Action Park on International Drive selected Orlando, Fla.-based H.J. High Construction Co. as the design-builder for its $20 million expansion. John Arie Sr., owner of Fun Spot, cited H.J.'s "deep Orlando roots" as a key reason for selecting the firm. With design currently underway and a re-launch planned for February 2013, the contractor expects to begin seeking electricians, plumbers and other skilled trades people immediately. More

ARCADIS extends Tours-Bordeaux high speed link involvement in France
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ARCADIS, the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, announced that the company has been awarded the design of a series of design-build sub-projects within the Tours-Bordeaux South Europe Atlantic high speed railway line in France. More

Rosendin Electric begins construction of Martin Luther King Junior High School in Pittsburgh
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Rosendin Electric, one of the nation's largest private electrical contractors and a 100 percent employee-owned company, recently announced the start of construction on the new Martin Luther King Junior High School. More

DBIA: Building Florida and the Southeast
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Chartered in 2001, the DBIA Florida Region is based in Orlando and serves members throughout the state. The Southeast Region, headquartered in Atlanta was chartered in 1998 and serves design-build professionals in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. More

Promotions and new staff
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Black & Veatch has appointed Cindy Wallis-Lage as president of the firm's global water business. In this position she will lead the company's efforts to address billions of dollars in infrastructure needs around the world.

Steve Gates has joined Brown and Caldwell as senior vice president, design-build services, working in the company's Boston office. Formerly with SAIC, Mr. Gates will help BC expand its presence in the alternative project delivery market.

News from DBIA

Transportation Leadership Award nomination deadline approaching
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Nominate an owner organization or individual for a DBIA Transportation Leadership Award. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 20. Awards will be presented at the 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference held April 25-27 in Phoenix. Apply Today.

Do we have your current information?
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In order for you to receive the information so vital to our membership, we need to have your current (and correct) contact information. If you've moved, been promoted or had any other change in this information, let us know – check your member profile online by logging into the DBIA website and making any changes. If you have a problem, or need your login information, contact the Membership Department at or call 202-682-0110.

Do you know about all your member benefits?
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another, as well as the entire Design-Build Manual of Practice. But there are many other benefits.

One especially useful benefit gives you discounted shipping with select FedEx, UPS and YRC. If you'd like to compare the discounted rates with your current costs, read more about how to get an estimate.

A recent addition to DBIA's member benefits is GiftBridge. GiftBridge cards are unique themed rewards cards that give you a way to say thank-you to a client, reward and recognize employees, impress customers at trade shows and much more.

Upcoming events
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Jan. 30-Feb. 3, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 10, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Philadelphia
Feb. 13-17, Certification Workshop, Denver
Feb. 17, Conceptual Estimating, Norfolk, Va.
Feb. 27, Conceptual Estimating, Cincinnati
Feb. 27-March 2, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
March 2, Post Award Design-Build, Honolulu
March 5-9, Certification Workshop, Seattle
March 9, Design Management Fundamentals, Denver
March 16, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, San Diego
March 23, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Columbus, Ohio
March 26-30, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
March 30, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Kansas City, Mo.

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Region events
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Jan. 27, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, award entries due
Feb. 2, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, "How to Use LinkedIn"
Feb. 6, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Owners Lunch Program 
Feb. 7, DBIA-Southwest Region, Baton Rouge Chapter Lunch Meeting
Feb. 8, DBIA-Northwest Region, Breakfast Series: Water/Wastewater, Seattle
Feb. 8, DBIA-Southwest Region, New Orleans Chapter Lunch Meeting
Feb. 9, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Lunch Program, Design-Build Lessons Learned from the Owner's Perspective
Feb. 21, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Design-Build Subcontractors, Baltimore
Feb. 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
March 20, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Ft. Myer Historical Renovation, Ft. Myer
March 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have a calendar of Industry Events.

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Project leads
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Design-build new U.S. Courthouse (Los Angeles)

Monmouth County, N.J., Request for Proposals # REC-2012-1 (RFP)
Monmouth County, N.J., is soliciting proposals for the design, construction and long-term operation and maintenance of a 150,000-gpd landfill leachate pretreatment facility and related improvements at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center located in Tinton Falls, N.J. The RFP may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, N.J. 07728, telephone number 732-431-7370, or at Sealed responses to the RFP must be received by 10:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on April 10, 2012.

Route 364 Page Extension Phase 3
$100 million project for right of way, utilities and design-build for eight-mile roadway of the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles County, Mo. Solicitation for Letters of Interest and issuing of Request for Qualification is currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2012. Design-build contractor will be selected in early 2013. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013 and completed by December 2014. Project website =; contact Project Director Mike Castro at email

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