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We’re getting closer to the 2018 Design-Build Water/Wastewater and Transportation Conferences – we can’t wait to see you in Portland! DBIA has secured discounted rooms at several hotels conveniently located near the Oregon Convention Center. While many of our hotels have sold out, there are still two hotels that have rooms available. The cutoff date to book rooms is Friday, February 23, so act now to take advantage of these savings.
Colorado State University
Researchers from Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management are conducting a study on strategies used by designers and contractors to reduce the impact of skilled worker shortages in the construction industry. The goal of this research is to gain more knowledge on strategies that can be used by project teams to reduce the impact of low-skilled workers at the design stage; the results of the research will be made available to DBIA and stakeholders upon the conclusion of the study. Researchers are asking DBIA members to voluntarily participate in a 15-minute, 29-question online survey by March 5. The link to the survey is here.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, Calif.
Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Certification Workshop, Bellevue, Wash.
Feb. 28, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of Progressive Design-Build, Part 1 – The Procurement
Mar. 2, Conceptual Estimating, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mar. 5-7, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Rochester, N.Y.
SOLD OUT – Mar. 12-14, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 13, Conceptual Estimating, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 14, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Inspiring Leadership, The Leadership Matters Series
Mar. 15, BIM Execution Planning, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 16, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Worcester, Mass.
Mar. 19-21, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 21-23, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 28, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Preparing and Delivering Powerful Presentations
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
Public Works Financing
A month ago, the plan of finance for the Automated People Mover DBFOM project at Los Angeles International Airport was based on private activity bonds (PABs), just like 19 other large public-private partnership (P3) projects financed over the years. Alarmingly, the House version of the tax reform bill would have eliminated use of PABs as senior debt on all future P3s. The industry quickly rallied, and PABs were not eliminated in the conference bill. That victory, plus the steep reduction in the tax rate on corporate earnings, seemed to make the new tax law a big win for P3s. Largely unnoticed by P3 developers, however, the tax bill also reduced the deductibility of net interest expense on debt from 100% to 30% of a company’s “adjusted taxable income” — Ebitda — starting Jan. 1. Moreover, starting in 2022, the law further penalizes equity in the most highly leveraged project financings by keeping the 30% deductibility rate before interest and taxes, but after depreciation and amortization expenses, which results in a much smaller number against which interest can be deducted. The change applies to “special purpose vehicles” (SPV) set up by equity investors for all past and future P3 projects and across all types of infrastructure.
U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed hiking the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday about funding his infrastructure spending proposal, a Democratic lawmaker said.
ThinCast™ panels are ultra thin with depths of 0.75 to 2 inches. The aesthetic versatility, resilience, and flexibility are only a few of the many benefits ThinCast panels offer. The stainless steel prestressing of the panels eliminates any possibility of corrosion.
Texas communities slammed by Hurricane Harvey can now apply for a share of a half-billion dollars in federal money that will cover everything from buying out flood-prone homes to building new seawalls and restoring sand dunes, Gov. Greg Abbott told an audience in Rockport on Tuesday. The state expects to receive just over $1 billion in hazard mitigation money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the one-year anniversary of Harvey’s landfall in late August, Abbott said, but half of that is available immediately.
The Holland Tunnel is set to undergo a massive $364 million overhaul that will see systems damaged during Hurricane Sandy repaired and replaced, the Port Authority announced. The rehabilitation and resiliency project, which was approved by the Port Authority Board of Directors Wednesday, is expected to begin next year and take approximately five years to complete. Around 84 percent of the project cost is expected to be reimbursed by federal funds.
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
VDOT expects five or six qualified companies with tunneling and construction experience to submit proposals, according to spokeswoman Paula Miller. Qualified companies will also have to share their finance books with VDOT.
“What we’re looking at right now is the best value procurement,” Utterback said before adding that contractor teams will submit qualifications for tunnel boring, immersed-tube tunnelling, or both.
Companies that fit the bill will find out in April 2018. Then, the companies may submit proposals for the design and construction of the project, as well as their estimated costs for the project, according to the release.
Hawaii Public Radio
The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is hosting a 2-day forum to attract private development partners. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
Siphonic education session to explain the possible benefits of siphonic drainage on the roof and on parking decks. Take advantage of this educational session that we have offered through our DBIA partnership to educate you and your team on a state-of-the-art software program. READ MORE
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As developers look for prime real estate in Portland’s central core, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has offered up its 18-acre campus along the Willamette River as the next stage in Portland’s waterfront development. OMSI has an active request for qualifications for a master developer to redevelop 11 acres of land with a capacity for 1.7 million square feet of space. That request remains open until the end of February. Snohetta designed the master plan in conjunction with the city of Portland to turn empty space near the city’s central core and new transit hubs into a new home for a variety of uses.
The Construction Index
The contract for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) involves designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the 2.25km above-ground system, which will connect the central terminal area to a future facility for rental cars. The project includes the construction of six stations and a vehicle maintenance facility. Up to nine trains will operate simultaneously and there will be moving walkways to the terminals and car parks. The design and build element of the contract has been awarded to the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture, comprising Balfour Beatty (30 percent), Fluor Corporation (30%), Flatiron West (20 percent) and Dragados USA (20%).
Daily Journal of Commerce
Foundation work is complete on the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, a 600-room hotel in the Lloyd District. Officials expect the structure to generate additional conventions and draw more tourists to the area. Mortenson is the developer and design-builder of the $240 million project, which was designed by ESG Architects of Minneapolis. The 14-story building will have a bar, a restaurant and a ground-floor retail market, as well as 32,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space.
I’m pleased to announce the winners of ENR’s Best of the Best Projects for 2017. This announcement comes as the culmination of a nearly year-long effort put forth by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the entire U.S. among projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017.
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What if we could change the face of our interstates in the state of Louisiana overnight? What if we could finally make the drive on I-20 through Bossier less like a roller coaster ride and more like driving I-20 in Texas? The answers to those questions may be in the form of an experiment DOTD is doing this Spring with the hope of drastically improving Louisiana highways in the future. So what we're doing is a somewhat experimental process to do that. This process is called the Precast Reinforced Concrete Pavement. So, the pavement is being cast in another location, it's being cast in Dallas. The pros to that is that we are assured of the quality of the concrete before it ever gets here," said Erin Buchanan/DOTD. The roadway that will get the ready-made pavement is the on-ramp to Interstate 20 west of Shreveport going eastbound. It's in pretty rough shape.
The Trant case highlights the critical importance of the coordinator’s role in BIM-enabled projects in controlling access to all project data. In the Trant case, the availability of injunctive relief from the English courts helped to avoid substantial losses for the engineering company. Trant successfully argued that damages were not an adequate remedy because of the impact of the delay to the project for other stakeholders.
Roads & Bridges
Any prime contractor in business for more than a few years has encountered an underperforming subcontractor, and in extreme circumstances, has been confronted with the decision whether to declare a default and seek a replacement. One popular option is to avoid the risk of nasty default termination fight and simply issue a termination for convenience — assuming the subcontract contains a clause allowing such termination. A decision out of Oregon serves as a warning against this practice — unless the termination for convenience clause addresses how subsequently discovered defective work will be handled.
Design-Build Services, Eliot-Hine Middle School Modernization, D.C.
(deadline Friday, March 16, 2:00pm Eastern)
The Department of General Services submits this Request for Proposals to solicit design-build proposals from offerors or bidders interested in contracting to serve as the design-builder for Eliot-Hine Middle School Modernization, located at 1830 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
Apr. 26, 8th Annual UNF Clay Shoot - Jacksonville
Feb. 28, Nebraska Chapter Breakfast Program, MCC New Construction Building Tour
Mar. 1-2, Kansas Chapter, Kan-Struct: Building Tomorrow’s Kansas Together
Mar. 7, Kansas City Chapter Evening Program, DBIA Standard Forms for RFQ/RFPs
Apr. 5, 2018 Regional Conference
Apr. 11, Missouri Design-Build Delivery Education Session
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Mar. 20, Design-Build Done Right Best Practices Series Part 2: Contracting for Design-Build Services
Apr. 26-27, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 21, 10th Annual Design-Build Project Awards Ceremony
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 13, Bay Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build in Higher Education and the Comparisons between the Different Agencies
Apr. 5, Deadline for submitting applications for 2018 DBIA-Western Pacific Region Design-Build College Scholarship Program
Apr. 26, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
DBIA Contact: Membership
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