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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

Design-build could speed up Tappan Zee Bridge plan
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Coming soon to roads and bridges near you is "design-build," a marquee attraction you don't want to miss. Why not?, You Ask. Because, We Tell, it's a new-to-New-York practice that will boost the state's ability to get $1 billion worth of infrastructure projects off the ground and put thousands of New Yorkers to work this year. More

Paying for transportation with public-private partnerships
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Congress suspended work recently, after the shooting tragedy in Arizona. But when members reconvene, one of the first things they'll have to deal with is how the country will go forward paying for big transportation and infrastructure projects. Budget cuts are on the agenda. And some groups say the private sector can play a bigger role. More

Moody's: Default rate on PFI loans lower than on general infrastructure
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Infrastructure projects funded under public private partnership and private finance initiative models are less likely to default on their loans, according to credit rating agency Moody's. The agency's updated study, which builds on research originally published in 2010, also found that banks were more likely to recover the full amount of the outstanding debt in those PPP and PFI cases that did end in default. More

North Carolina Department of Transportation gears up to replace, overhaul state's aging bridges
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Across North Carolina, the state Department of Transportation is conducting a major overhaul of aging bridges. In Division 3, which covers six counties including New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender, 45 bridges are somewhere in the process of replacement, said Amanda Glynn, the division's bridge program manager. More

Timmons Group to provide civil engineering and landscape architecture services for Social Security Administration's new national support center
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Timmons Group, an ENR 500 Design Firm and a leader in civil engineering and professional consulting services, announced that the General Services Administration has awarded a contract for design-build of a new $191.5 million high-performance data center to Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Chantilly, Va. More


The contractor's side: Part of the party
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A basic tenet of contract law has always been that only parties to a contract may sue and be sued for breach of duties arising out of the contract. For example, a subcontractor typically cannot sue an owner for the latter's breach of the prime contract. Conversely, the owner cannot sue the subcontractor for a breach of the subcontract with the prime contractor. If the subcontractor performed poorly on the project, the owner may look only to the prime contract to determine whether the subcontractor's performance constitutes a breach, and if so, it may proceed only against the prime contractor. More

Report: Florida high-speed rail would have been profitable
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The high-speed rail project that Gov. Rick Scott doomed last February by turning down more than $2 billion in federal money would have made an annual surplus of $31 million to $45 million within a decade of operation, according to a state report. The Florida Department of Transportation sent the report to the Federal Railroad Administration in November. The Tampa Tribune obtained the document after a lengthy public records request. More

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Mortenson Construction research identifies health care industry and facility design trends
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U.S. health care institutions face numerous challenges today, including declining reimbursements, rising costs, and growing demands for services. To better understand these issues and their impact on design and construction trends, Mortenson Construction spoke to health care professionals at the Healthcare Design Conference in Nashville, Tenn. More than 300 professionals provided feedback, including health care administrators and facilities managers, architects, builders, and suppliers. More

Volunteers recognized at DBIA-Florida Region annual meeting
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Tom Connery, PE, Division Manager of Capital Improvements with The City of Orlando, Fla., was recognized at the institute's Dec. 7 Annual Business Meeting as Volunteer of the Year. Connery has been a leader in the design-build industry throughout his career in facilities design and construction. He has served as an active member of the DBIA Florida Region's Board of Director since 2010. More

UC Davis awards student housing project to Sundt Construction
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Sundt Construction Inc. has been awarded a $71 million design-build contract for a a 1,200-bed student housing project at the University of California Davis, the company announced recently. The 330,000-square-foot Tercero Student Housing Phase III project is seven buildings consisting of 108 single units and 537 double units, several lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces. More

Parsons to provide enterprise construction management services to NNSA
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Parsons is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration for a blanket purchase agreement to provide enterprisewide construction management services. More

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Secretary Sherri LeBas, Louisiana DOTD to address transportation attendees in April
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Join us on Thursday, April 26 at the Transportation Conference when Secretary LeBas will offer lessons learned from the LA DOTD's design-build program including Louisiana's legislative/industry approach, case studies of current and completed design-build projects, and a look at what the future holds for the program. Learn More

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. But there are many other benefits. One of these is access to epipeline – a source of information on upcoming government contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline, for information on accessing this information.

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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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, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
March 26-30, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
March 30, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Kansas City, Mo.
April 5, Performance Requirements: Keys to Effective RFPs, Minneapolis
April 6, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Birmingham, Ala.
April 18, Design Management Fundamentals, Atlanta
April 23-25, 2012 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Phoenix
April 25-27, 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Phoenix
April 27, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, San Diego

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Region events
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Feb. 21, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Design-Build Subcontractors
Feb. 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
March 2, DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region, Upstate Chapter, Design-Build Construction Process for Higher Education and Health Care Professionals
March 20, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Ft. Myer Historical Renovation 
March 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
March 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Breakfast Program 
April 11, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch Program
April 12-13, DBIA-Southwest Region, 8th Annual Conference: "Design-Build Goes Green"
April 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Energy and Sustainability

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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Remember to check out our Project Leads page - available to members only. 

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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