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The DBIA National Board of Directors invites you to nominate DBIA members in good standing to the 2020 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA's mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. In filling board vacancies, DBIA strives to represent diverse segments of the industry, diverse geographic regions, as well as to ensure gender and racial diversity. Such broad diversity will help ensure a cross section of unique skills, wide-ranging expertise and the varied perspectives needed to help DBIA achieve its strategic goals. Please submit nominations by March 5, 2019.
Each year, DBIA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the advancement of effective design-build practices and in the promotion of Design-Build Done Right™. DBIA's Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes leaders industry leaders in each of the following categories: individual owner, young professional, industry professional, legislator, student or faculty member. Nominate a colleague today.
DBIA's Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has 25 years or more of well-documented contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Nominate a colleague for DBIA's highest award today.
Visit www.dbia.org/awards for additional details and nomination guidelines. All winners will be acknowledged at the 2019 Design-Build Conference in Las Vegas. Nominations for both awards will be accepted through July 10th.
Mar. 6–8, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
SOLD OUT - Mar. 11–13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 14, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 18–20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mar. 19–21, Certification Workshop, Roseville, Calif.
Mar. 25, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build, Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 27–29, Certification Workshop, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Apr. 8–10, Design-Build for Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 10–12, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 15–17, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
Apr. 16–18, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Apr. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 3, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
May 7, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8–10, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
May 14–16, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
May 21–23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
The complete schedule for 2019 education opportunities is online. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
The 2019 package—whose enactment averted a partial government shutdown—represents Year Two of a two-year bipartisan, House-Senate budget deal that included a pledge to hike overall federal infrastructure by $20 billion over two years, compared with 2017 levels. Like the 2018 bills, the 2019 versions exceeded the budget deal's $10-billion average annual increase, measured against the 2017 base. A summary from Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats said that the DOT-Housing and Urban Development title alone of the new package was up $10.7 billion for infrastructure over 2017 figures. But the 2018–19 numbers are a high bar, and could make infrastructure gains harder to achieve when appropriators dig in to work on the bills for fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1 of this year.
The Associated Press
A legislative committee endorsed a bill to set rules for determining how much money the state can afford to spend on building construction and maintenance.
Republican Rep. Eric Moore's proposal includes rules for borrowing based on state revenue and existing debt. The bill was heard and passed unanimously in the House Appropriations Committee. It now goes to the full House, where it must be passed before the March 2 transmittal deadline.
The city of Lexington's $590 million, federally mandated sewer and storm water upgrade is currently $95 million under budget about halfway through the more than 12-year program, city officials said recently. Much of the savings came from the construction of new wet weather storage tanks—which hold storm water during heavy rain events. The tanks were cheaper than expected. Also, the city thought it needed two storage tanks in some areas but was able to use just one larger tank, which shaved millions from projected costs, said Charlie Martin, the director of the Division of Water Quality and interim Environmental Quality and Public Works commissioner.
Houston Public Media
When finished, the Grand Parkway will make a 180-mile loop around greater Houston. Portions of the massive toll road are currently open, but to finance its next phase of construction, the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $605 million loan to the public entity that's building the road, the Grand Parkway Transportation Corporation. Funds will be used for two eastern segments between U.S. 59 and I-10—that's the portion that goes into Liberty and Chambers Counties. The new lanes will add about 44 miles to the project and they're expected to be finished in 2022. Construction is already underway.
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The Denver Post
The diverging diamond interchange, a counter-intuitive yet increasingly popular way of safely moving large volumes of traffic through clogged intersections, is slowly shifting from curiosity to commonplace in Colorado. The state already has three of the novel interchanges—in Grand Junction, Superior/Louisville and Colorado Springs—with at least another three on the drawing board. Colorado's latest diverging diamond is proposed for the notoriously bogged-down intersection of Kipling Street and Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, where an average of nearly 200,000 vehicles pass under, over or through the interchange every day.
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The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink and other project partners have issued a request for qualifications to identify a contractor to design, build and finance the Broadway Subway in Vancouver. The CA $2.8 billion project calls for building 3.5 miles of track and six stations as part of a tunneled extension of the SkyTrain Millennium Line. Major work is expected to begin next year and conclude in 2025.
Airport officials unveiled concept designs for a new landside terminal at the Pittsburgh International Airport—a $1.1 billion overhaul project proposed in 2017. The bright, airy, two-level design was inspired by Pittsburgh's rolling topography. It features high ceilings, big windows and lots of greenery and natural light, said Luis Vidal, founder and executive president of Madrid-based luis vidal + architects, the firm primarily responsible for the design. Other features aim to shorten walking distances and speed up flow through security areas, Vidal said. San Francisco-based engineering firm Gensler and Omaha-based HDR are contributing to the designs.
Jacobs and its joint venture partners Arcadis and Ardmore-Roderick have secured a six-year contract to support transit line modernization works in Chicago, U.S. Awarded by the Chicago Transit Authority, the contract involves delivering owner's representative services for the Red and Purple Modernization Program Phase One project. The $2.1 billion RPM Phase One project aims to bolster the capacity of the rail corridor to accommodate increasing passenger load and improve service frequency.
A precast concrete system is more than a material. It’s a solution. Versatile and resilient. Efficient and durable. With precast concrete, your vision can go far outside the box.
In a region populated with universities, Penn State Greater Allegheny is positioned to be at the forefront of science education and research. On Feb. 21, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning accepted the proposal from Turner Construction Co. of Pittsburgh, as the design build team for renovations to the Ostermayer Laboratory at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Over the past year, the imposition of tariffs on foreign goods and potential trade wars have caused prices for various construction materials to increase dramatically…This begs the question: Who in the contracting chain bears the risk of these price increases? Is it the owner, the general contractor, subcontractors or material suppliers? The answers to these questions usually are determined by contractual terms between the parties and the stage of contract formation on a particular project at the time of the price increase. For example, after the parties have signed a binding fixed-price contract, it may be more difficult to obtain additional compensation for price escalations than before a contract is signed. A contracting party, however, may mitigate its risks associated with price escalations at any stage in the construction project.
For Construction Pros
Contractors are embracing cloud computing for project management to get omnipresent data, lower printing and jobsite costs and fewer record-keeping errors than with handwritten data collection. Putting project data in the cloud reduces paper printing costs and jobsite visits. Cloud data is always accessible, decreasing document-retrieval time and providing up-to-date intel about the status of a project so that managers can adapt plans to improve cost and production as conditions change. Getting the full benefit of project data means integrating project management tools, and smoother cooperation on projects. It involves using project management software that fits.
Your design-build team has already done the hard work and delivered a successful project. Now it's time to tell your story. Learn the best way to do so with our handy "how-to" video on submitting a DBIA award-winning project, where we not only take you through the steps but give you tips on how to make your project stand out among the rest. Visit our Awards page for more details on the Design-Build Project/Team Awards.
Owner attendance at DBIA conferences continues to grow each year. From large federal agencies to the nation's most influential industries, design-build owners are delivering incredible projects nationwide. We hope you'll join us in Cincinnati as we meet, hear and learn from the best in America's design-build industry and Owners alike. Learn more about our Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation and Water/Wastewater Conferences.
Patrick Buckley, DBIA
Crowder Construction Company
Jonathan David, AIA, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
New York, N.Y.
Ervin Dukatz, P.E., DBIA
Tommy Melton, P.E., DBIA
Wilson & Company
Andrew Mittleman, CCM, DBIA
West Sacramento, Calif.
Tyson Rosser, P.E., DBIA
Virginia Beach, Va.
Brian Schumacher, P.E., DBIA
Kenneth Steidl, DBIA
Herman Construction Group
Nathan Monroe, P.E., MBA, Assoc. DBIA
James Edmund Padgett, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
John Charles Pool, Jr., Assoc. DBIA
Pool Engineering, Inc
John Charles Pool, Sr., Assoc. DBIA
Pool Engineering, Inc
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Industry Partner Members
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
New York, N.Y.
Arrington Watkins Architects, LLC
GH Phipps Construction Companies
Greenwood Village, Colo.
City of Charlotte
Reeves Construction Company
Generac Power Systems
Mission Viejo, Calif.
David Evans and Associates, Inc.
INOVA Health System
Kansas City, Kan.
Arrington Watkins Architects, LLC
New York, N.Y.
San Francisco, Calif.
New member listing as of February 25, 2019
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Apr. 25, Northeast Florida 9th Annual UNF Clay Shoot (with ASHE Jax)
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Apr. 17–18, Region Conference
Mar. 1, Nebraska Chapter, New HDR Headquarters Tour and Happy Hour
Mar. 17, Kansas City Chapter Golf Tournament
Mar. 27, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Program
Mar. 27, Nebraska Chapter Program, Engineering Trends in Construction (joint program with AGC)
Apr. 3, 2019 Regional Conference
May 17, 2019, Kansas City Golf Tournament
May 17, Oregon Chapter Golf Tournament
June 7, Region Golf Tournament
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Apr. 23, TopGolf Fundraiser
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 14, Owners Council Webinar, Session #2 – Design Management in Design-Build
Apr. 3, Applications for 2019 DBIA-Western Pacific Region Student Scholarship Program due
Apr. 3, Nevada Chapter Lunch Program, Las Vegas Raiders Stadium – The Design-Build Approach and Where We Are Today
Apr. 25, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 15–17, 3rd Annual Regional Conference and Awards Program
June 10, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
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