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San Diego International Airport Expands Using Design-Build
DBIA Integration Quarterly Magazine
In the past 30 years, San Diego has gone from a city of less than a million people to the second-largest city in California. With more than three million people in the metro area and an economy focused on defense, tourism and international trade, it was time for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to double the size of the airport, and they turned to design-build project delivery to do so.
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Five Infrastructure Proposals from Obama's Budget
This week, President Barack Obama released a $4 trillion budget plan that attracted attention for its ambitious proposals, but was widely condemned by Republican leaders in Congress. The budget proposed this week is unique in its clear focus on the need to upgrade America’s infrastructure, and the fact that there hasn’t been much criticism of that section is a good sign Congressional Republicans are interested in working with the President on these issues. Here are five proposals those in the design-build industry should know about:
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Obama Proposing $478 Billion Public Works Program in Budget
The Associated Press via Engineering News-Record
The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades. The grab-bag of proposals, many recycled from past Obama budgets, already is generating fierce objections from Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress for the first time in his presidency. They will move ahead on their own, mindful they eventually must strike a deal with Obama, whose signature is needed for the budget to become law.
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Obama Budget Seeks End to "Mindless Austerity"
President Barack Obama's opening salvo in this year's budget wars with the new Republican Congress aims to shift the conversation away from four years of austerity. He received a predictably frosty reception. Obama's $4.066 trillion budget would unshackle discretionary spending from the legislative tourniquet known as the sequester. That allows about a 7 percent increase in defense and domestic discretionary programs — or $74 billion.
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House Dem (John Delaney, Md.) Files "Infrastructure 2.0" Bill
The Hill
A House Democrat is introducing a bill to spend $170 billion over the next six years to boost the nation's transportation infrastructure. The measure, which has been dubbed The Infrastructure 2.0 Act, comes as lawmakers have been discussing the possibility of raising the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax to help pay for a new round of transportation spending this year.
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Minnesota Governor Dayton Proposes $11 Billion to Fix Aging Transportation System
Progressive Railroading
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently unveiled an $11 billion transportation proposal to improve the state's aging transit systems, roads, highways and bridges. To help fund the proposals, the plan includes a 6.5 percent gross receipts tax on gas at the wholesale level.
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Florida DOT study finds significant cost and time savings with design-build project delivery
Nossaman LLP via Lexology
According to a recent internal study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the design-build project delivery method provides significant cost and time savings as compared to the traditional design-bid-build delivery method. The study examined FDOT contracts from 2008 to 2012 that were valued between $30 million and $70 million, a group of contracts that included 11 design-build contracts and 47 design-bid-build contracts. Looking in particular at a $55 million, 814-day design-build project, the study found that the use of design-build results in a total cost savings of $6.4 million and a total time savings of 656 days.
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Rethinking How America Buys Infrastructure
America's struggle to build and renew its roads, airports, water treatment facilities, public buildings and other infrastructure projects is old news. There is a constant drumbeat of news reports discussing our dilapidated bridges, inability to raise the federal gas tax, and the United States’ declining global competitiveness. Solutions and success stories, however, are rarely part of the discussion.
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Natural Disaster Policy Attracts New Congressional Attention
Business Insurance
A public debate over federal disaster policy needs to begin in order to determine how best to respond to natural disasters, the chairman of a House panel dealing with emergency management issues said. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, said a “comprehensive” review of federal disaster policy has not taken place in two decades.
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BIM for Infrastructure, The Sleeping Giant
Let’s assume for this discussion you are aware of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and understand at a basic level its application and use within the construction industry. This leads us to consider the lag in its uptake.
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Gilbane Federal Wins $120 Million Worth of Design-Build Projects for Construction of Medical Facilities
Gilbane Federal announced that the company has been awarded four major medical facilities projects for a total of $120 million. These four projects are design-build construction task orders at multiple locations around the United States. Highlights of these projects are featured below.
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VIDEO: Regina, Saskatchewan, Stadium One-Fifth Complete
Regina’s new stadium is 22 per cent complete, with progress helped and hurt by Saskatchewan’s fluctuating winter temperatures. “Mid-January has been great for construction,” said Sean Hamelin, PCL Construction Management's district manager, in his first update of the new year.
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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 RightTM, 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.

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 2/28/15 to
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Carlos Rubinstein of Texas Water Development Board Confirmed Water Conference Keynote
Join DBIA for the Opening Keynote of the 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in San Antonio, Texas! The Keynote will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 8 a.m.–9:15 a.m. and will feature Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board, who will address water resource issues and funding. Register for the conference now!
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    Martinez, Calif.
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    San Francisco, Calif.
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    Colorado Springs, Colo.
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    San Diego, Calif.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
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    UNF Construction Management Department
    Jacksonville, Fla.
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    Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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    Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
    Arden Hills, Minn.
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    HRI, Inc.
    State College, Pa.
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    HDR Engineering
    Denver, Colo.
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    Reeves Construction Company
    Garden City, Ga.
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    South Pasadena, Calif.
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    Hardesty & Hanover, LLC
    New York, N.Y.
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    Geotest Engineering
    Houston, Texas
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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
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RFQ: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Design-Build for Terminal 2 Parking Plaza (required vendor registration) (deadline March 9, 2015)

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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