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Fresh Water: Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility
DBIA Integration Quarterly
The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is responsible for protecting public health, safety and the environment in Tucson, Arizona. In 2006, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality feared that runoff into the Santa Cruz River would affect not only water in the river but groundwater in the surrounding area. As a result, they required the RWRD to meet stringent standards for the quality of any runoff by Jan. 1, 2015. In response, RWRD embarked on the largest capital program in its history — a $720 million Regional Optimization Plan. In December 2010, CH2M HILL was selected to design, build and operate the new $172 million Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility.
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A New Proposal to Encourage P3s
The Obama Administration plans to release their budget proposal on February 2nd, and just like in the State of the Union, infrastructure is likely to be a prominent feature. One intriguing proposal is to create a new class of public infrastructure bonds, called Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds (QPIBs). The administration seems to be embracing alternative financing for infrastructure projects, and this is just the latest example.
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Acquisition 101: When a Bargain Isn't a Bargain
Government Executive
Federal contracting professionals are facing increasing pressure to purchase goods and services as cheaply as possible using a method commonly referred to as “lowest price/technically acceptable” (LPTA) — even if it means minimal acceptability.
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Virginia DOT Issues Notice of Intent to Award Route 29 Solutions Design-Build Contract
Augusta Free Press
The Virginia Department of Transportation this morning informed Lane-Corman Joint Venture of its intent to award the contract to design and construct three Route 29 Solutions design-build projects to the team. The team’s response to the two-phase best value request for proposals was determined to be the highest ranking after evaluation of their technical and price proposals. Lane-Corman's price proposal, $116,746,000, was the lowest of the three teams. VDOT will present the recommendation for award to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at its Feb. 18 meeting.
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Ohio Uses Private Financing for Portsmouth Bypass
The Columbus Dispatch
When shovels hit the ground in Scioto County this year, construction crews will begin working on the largest project in the Ohio Department of Transportation's history. The $429 million Portsmouth Bypass will snake around the city, linking Rts. 23 and 52 via a 16-mile, four-lane limited-access highway.
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Editorial: A Smarter Way to Build West Virginia's Roadways
Charleston Daily Mail
Residents in Putnam and Mason counties, and all of the region’s travelers, are eager for completion of an upgraded U.S. 35. Thankfully, the state Division of Highways is embarking on an innovative financing system. Highways officials announced last week that construction on the final 14.6-mile four-lane section could begin by the end of the year. What’s paving the way is the ability to opt for a design-build, public-private partnership management model.
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EPA Pilot Program Focuses on Water Utilities
Water utilities in 20 communities facing a wide range of potential climate-change impacts are participating in a $600,000 pilot program conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify these risks and develop adaptation plans. "Climate change impacts could jeopardize the ability of the water sector to continue to fulfill its public health and environmental mission. We obviously care deeply about their ability to fulfill their mission in that respect," says David Travers, Ph.D., the director of the Water Security Division of the EPA's Office of Water.
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Boehner Says Fixing U.S. Infrastructure "Critically Important"
The top U.S. House of Representatives Republican said it was "critically important" to improve the country's infrastructure and said Congress is looking at options to pay for repairs, according to an interview aired recently on the CBS program "60 Minutes." House Speaker John Boehner said he agreed with the White House there was room for bipartisan compromise on the issue of fixing crumbling roads and bridges, but that Congress in the past has not opted for an increase in federal gasoline taxes to fund the effort.
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New York Gov. Cuomo Outlines Infrastructure Plan, Including $1.3 Billion for Thruway, $750 Million for State Bridges, Roads
The Citizen
Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out his infrastructure plan which includes investments in New York City-airports and downstate public transportation, but also sets aside funds for projects that would benefit the upstate region. Under Cuomo's proposal, the state will invest $1.3 billion in the state Thruway system and $750 million for the state Department of Transportation to make bridge and road improvements.
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Mayors Say They Need the Federal Government's Help on Transportation Issues
The Washington Post
If the federal government could do just one thing for San Francisco and Seattle, it would be to help build out urban infrastructure, the cities' mayors said. In a wide-ranging interview ahead of a White House meeting on Friday, the mayors of both cities discussed the issues confronting their — and other — cities, such as homelessness, affordable housing, foreign trade, minimum wage increases, education and economic development. But infrastructure was the one issue both returned to most frequently.
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Transportation National Finalist: Gold Award Jacobs/GeoEngineers
SR 530 Emergency Roadway Reconstruction (Washington State)

Daily Journal of Commerce
WSDOT used a design-build delivery process to quickly reopen state Route 530 after the Oso landslide buried a mile of roadway.
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Glastonbury Construction Firm Wins New England Design-Build Award
Hartford Business
Glastonbury's SLAM Construction Services was recently honored with a 2014 "Project Team Award" from the Design-Build Institute of America-New England Region in the building construction category for its work on Hoerle Hall at Kent School in Kent.

The $11.5 million project was designed and built by The SLAM Collaborative. Hoerle Hall is a new 35,000 square-foot dormitory and academic building, housing 80 students and five faculty families. This is SLAM Collaborative' s second award for this project.

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Senior Level Position Opening – DBIA National Headquarters (Washington, D.C.)
With the continued growth of design-build and DBIA’s commitment to being the industry’s resource for “Design-Build Done Right,” DBIA is seeking a knowledgeable industry professional committed to effective design-build project delivery to serve as the Deputy Executive Director.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Executive Director will be a thought partner and second in command to the ED, responsible for enhancing the relationship and infrastructure necessary for a strong national/region partnership leading to DBIA’s continued organizational success and growth.

The ideal candidate must be able to work in tandem with the ED to pace and drive organization development, including analysis and implementation of strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ED, the Deputy will oversee the development and maintenance of a consistent performance culture among DBIA’s group of diverse regions and chapters.

The successful candidate must both think strategically about DBIA’s mission and goals, and also be detail oriented, organized and proactive relative to the implementation and structures necessary to move the DBIA vision into reality.

The candidate will also lead the development and implementation of strategies to grow membership and engagement in DBIA (in close partnership with our network of Regions and Chapters).

Click here for a full job description.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining how they feel they can contribute to DBIA’s growth and success no later than Feb. 28 to
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New Post-Award Owner's Transportation Course to be Offered at DBIA's Transportation Conference
Attention transportation professionals! DBIA is hosting our soon-to-be released Transportation Post-Award Course at the upcoming 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference in San Antonio, Texas! The course will be held Sunday, March 8, from 8:00a.m.–5:00p.m. This course was written by transportation professionals for transportation professionals and is for anyone who is ready for a clear understanding of managing the design-build process. In order to obtain feedback prior to official release, we are offering this course for an extremely discounted rate. Please note that this course is not a substitute for the Post Award Design-Build course required for DBIA™ Certification. Register today!
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We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner member
  • James S. Jackson Co., LLC
    Bluffton, Ind.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Monica Anderson, P.E., LEED AP
    Balzhiser & Hubbard Engineers
    Eugene, Ore.
  • Keith Dougherty, LEED AP
    Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
    Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Ryan Hook
    Kitchell Contractors Inc.
    Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jim Kamilis, P.E.
    Hill Mechanical
    Franklin Park, Ill.
  • Mike Lack
    The Walsh Group
    Chicago, Ill.
  • Todd Owens, P.E.
    American Bridge Company
    Overland Park, Kan.
  • Aaron Quaresma, P.E.
    DCI Engineers
    San Francisco, Calif.
  • James Reardon
    The Middlesex Corporation
    Littleton, Mass.
  • Bruce Spann, P.E.
    Spann & Associates, LLC
    Germantown, Wisc.
New member listing as of Jan. 26, 2015.

DBIA Contact: Membership

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obama Proposes New Muni Bonds for Public-Private Investments (Bloomberg)
McCarthy and Project Team Build New Medical Center Tower in Fullerton, California (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Biden to Announce Water Infrastructure Spending Push (The Hill)
Penn Health System Picks Development Team, "Starchitect" for Hospital Expansion (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Fresh Water: Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility (Integration Quarterly Magazine)

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Upcoming Events
Feb. 2-5, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
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Mar. 9-11, 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 11-13, 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Dallas, Texas
Mar. 25-27, Owner Boot Camp, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 2, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
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Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, High-Performance Incentive Contracting, Washington, D.C.
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DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Apr. 9, UNF Clay Shoot Fundraiser

DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Apr. 22, Blue Scope Steel Factory Tour; Evening Networking Event (with Pennsylvania AWWA)

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 15, Regional Conference
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southwest Region
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 18, Region Awards Presentation

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Feb. 17, Bay Area Luncheon, Community College Districts Doing Design-Build Right!
Feb. 19, OC/LA Luncheon Presentation, Lean and Design-Build, A Recent Healthcare Case Study
Feb. 24, Presentation at ASU, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build
Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
Apr. 7, Hawaii Lunch Program, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build

DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord

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Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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