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DBIA asks members to participate in McGraw-Hill survey
Dear DBIA Member:

DBIA is excited to announce its participation with McGraw-Hill Construction in an industry-wide survey of prefabrication and modularization in the construction industry. The survey, which also involves 12 other construction associations, will be one of the most comprehensive looks at prefabrication and modularization adoption and usage by architects, engineers, contractors, specialty contractors and other construction industry professionals.

The survey will look at both at both prefabrication and modularization users and non-users:
* If your firm is not currently using prefabrication and modularization, you will be asked about your current attitude and potential future interest in prefabrication and modularization.
* If your firm is currently using prefabrication and modularization, you will be asked about your attitudes; past, current and future use; and how these processes can impact productivity on the construction site.

It will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The results will be strictly confidential.

We would strongly encourage all DBIA members to participate!

To complete the survey go to:

Design-build ramp-up: Teamwork gains prevalence in today's market
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Robert Smedley believes efficiency is the name of the game in today's world of real estate development. In the past, landowners and developers working on new construction projects would spend a lot of time and money first to have an engineer handle surveying and planning; then bring an architect in to deal with design and blueprints; and after that, hire a contractor to build it. More

The nuts and bolts of a design-build partnership
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A public-private partnership (P3) is a contractual agreement between a public agency (federal, state or local) and a private-sector entity. Through this agreement, the skills and assets of each sector (public and private) are shared in delivering a service or facility for the use of the general public. Each party shares in the risks and rewards potential in the delivery of the service or facility. With the design-build-finance-operate (DBFO) approach, the responsibilities for designing, building, financing and operating are bundled and transferred to private partners. More

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Design-Build Institute of America announces formation of DBIA Michigan Chapter
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The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce the formation of the DBIA Michigan Chapter. The chapter, a unit of the DBIA Great Lakes Region, has been established to further promote integrated design-build project delivery among those in the construction, design, engineering, building trades and related professional service industries, as well as project owners, in the State of Michigan. The announcement was made by DBIA Michigan President Tom Porter, J.D., DBIA, of Tom Porter Services LLC. More

City of Ludlow, Ky., gets new City Hall
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The City of Ludlow, Ky., has a new City Hall that came in under budget, ahead of time and has received rave reviews from city officials and the community. In these tough economic times, the way they did it is a model for other municipalities and even for private organizations. The completed building was the result of a concept developed by City Administrator Brian Dehner and enhanced by Mayor Ed Schroeder and City Council. More

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Columbus City Council in Columbus, Ohio, approves new contract options for design-build, at-risk
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The Columbus City Council in Columbus, Ohio, approved policies and procedures that establish two new contract options for the city, despite Council President Ron Bogus calling the move "poor public policy." The policies and procedures, prepared by former City Engineer Merlin Lindahl and approved on a 7-1 vote, outline how the city would approach design-build and construction manager at-risk contracts. Previously, the city used a design-bid-build process, Lindahl explained, in which the city hires a separate designer before utilizing a competitive bid process to select a contractor. Both entities report to the city. More

Solano County supervisors in California approve $12.5 million design-build deal for new center
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Plans for the new William J. Carroll Government Center in Vacaville, Calif., took another step forward this week as the Solano County Board of Supervisors approved a $12.5 million design-build agreement with an Oakland construction firm. The 35,000 square foot clinic and office building is planned for county owned property near the intersections of Brown Street and East Monte Vista Avenue in Vacaville. The structure will house programs of the Solano County Health and Social Services Department and will include a public health clinic and a 3,000 square-foot dental clinic. Major funding for the project comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Tobacco Master Settlement Funds. More


Finding a fix for the Tappan Zee
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When the Tappan Zee Bridge opened in 1955, the state of New York was on a building spree. Today, the state doesn't have anywhere near enough money to replace the antiquated bridge, which carries 140,000 vehicles across the Hudson River every day. That has officials considering striking a deal with the private sector to pay for the construction of a new bridge. If nothing is done, the bridge's owner, the New York State Thruway Authority, will have to keep spending huge sums of money just to keep the current bridge safe. More

News from DBIA

Only 3 days left! The 2011 Federal Project Delivery Symposium Call for Presentations submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 21
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DBIA and SAME encourage submissions covering various aspects of the design and construction process, ranging from topics on acquisition strategies to post-award and operations. Exploration of best practices and lessons learned by use of case studies and discussion of why things worked well or failed to meet expectations are encouraged. Submissions that explore these projects from the various stakeholders' perspectives including the federal owner, architect, and builder are encouraged. More

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2 weeks left to secure discounted housing for the 2011 Water/Wastewater and Transportation Conferences
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The DBIA room block at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center closes on Monday, March 7. The current rate is $99 per night for the government per diem block or $139 per night for single or double occupancy rooms. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be made by calling 888-421-1442 or online. The block is selling out fast so reserve your room today!

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Registration opens for 2011 Federal Project Delivery Symposium
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Join DBIA and SAME on Aug. 9-11 in Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Federal Project Delivery Symposium. Register online or download the PDF Form and receive our "Early Bird" rate. Information on registration, hotel reservations, and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit!
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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.

Upcoming events
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Feb. 23-25, Owner Boot Camp, Bethesda, Md.
Feb. 28, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Exton, Penn.
March 7-11, Certification Workshop, Seattle
March 11, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, St. Louis
March 14-18, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.

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Region events
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Feb. 23, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program: U.S. Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building
Feb. 24, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Ninth Annual Kick-Off Event
March 3, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region Hampton Roads Chapter, Southampton County Water Reclamation Facility PPEA
March 4, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, 9x9x9 - 9 Campuses 9 Buildings 9 Architects, Los Angeles Community College District
March 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owner Program: USACE Baltimore District, VA and GSA
March 15, DBIA-Northwest Region, Joint DBIA-NW ACEC Washington Meeting
March 16, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Owners' and Practitioners' Forum
March 16, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Awards Ceremony

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations.

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Project leads
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GSA eyes 400K s.f. design-build award for SSA in Urbana, Md., by 2012

Design-build child development center at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego

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