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Register now and save! The Early Bird registration rates for the 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater expire this Friday, March 4. Both conferences are being held April 18-22, 2016, in North Carolina at the Charlotte Convention Center. Pricing will increase beginning Saturday so don’t delay!
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Richard M. Kunnath, P.E., DBIA; Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.
The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.
Please send nomination forms for the 2016 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by June 30, 2016. Questions? contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DBIA recently opened our application process for the 2016 Design-Build Project/Team Awards. This marked the kickoff of what will be a nearly year-long process that will culminate with our celebratory awards dinner and ceremony at the 2016 Annual Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. We take the application and judging process seriously at DBIA and it is the rigor behind the awards process that gives them their cachet and gives the winners assurance that they are truly among the best of the best.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pushed lawmakers Wednesday to approve a plan from President Obama to spend $98 billion on transportation projects this year. The proposal, part of a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2017, calls for increasing federal transportation spending this year by about $40 billion over the amount that was included in a highway bill Congress passed last year.
Building Design + Construction
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that increases oversight and management of Department of Veterans Affairs projects costing more than $100 million.
The bill would put management of these projects into the hands of the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agencies. It would also require that the V.A. provide Congress with progress reports.
The legislation would also place financial restrictions on V.A. projects, with a 60-day notice requirement for planning and design funding. The House’s action came after concerns over mismanagement and cost overruns on a new V.A. hospital project in Aurora, Colo. That project is now expected to cost $1.7 billion — three times the original contract price — and is scheduled to open four years behind schedule in 2018.
Investigators say the project’s problems stem from design changes, and the V.A.'s decision to use a complicated contract process. The bill also authorizes expansion of a Tampa, Fla., V.A. hospital, and provides $561.4 million for five other projects.
There is so much to see and do at Autodesk University 2015, especially if you are in the construction industry. We’ve put together some of our top reasons why we think you should come see us at the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Check out the reasons why!
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to award $500 million worth of grants to states for infrastructure construction projects, the agency announced on Thursday. The grants, from the agency's 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will be selected from applications from state and local governments, the DOT said.
The contract to build the three men’s prisons will be awarded through a design-build process, in which a single entity will handle the design of the project and its construction. Dunn said they believed the approach would be more “cost-effective.” Bentley said the design-build proposal would only apply to the men’s prison project.
The idea of using a raised access floor for wire and cable management has been around as long as people have had technology to manage. But the methods for managing wiring infrastructure have undergone a seismic change. The traditional methods merely contained cables, the FreeAxez Gridd™ system delivers Adaptive Cable Distribution. Here’s a quick look at how traditional raised access flooring systems and other approaches to cable management stack up with today’s new method of cable management.
Even with the enactment in December of the new five-year federal transportation law, the Highway Trust Fund will remain underfunded to meet our needs as many heavily traveled corridors continue to deteriorate at a rapid pace. Public authorities will continue to look for new ways to manage highway congestion, make the best use of limited capacity, and pay for rehabilitation and expansion of existing roadway infrastructure.
The Fiscal Times
A new report this week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warns that state and local spending on infrastructure – including schools and wastewater treatment plants as well as highways and bridges – is at a 30-year low. Total capital spending as a share of state GDP fell in all but five states and the District of Columbia between 2002 and 2013, with the largest drops in Nevada, Florida and Michigan.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered metal buildings & steel systems construction. Through the use of the company’s advanced engineering programming, Varco Pruden combines steel structural materials with virtually any exterior finish to create metal buildings that are energy efficient and provide years of trouble-free performance.
Building solutions...one relationship at a time.
Hudson Star Observer
A vocal public weighed in on the latest developments for the Little Falls Lake dam project – most of whom supported plans proposed by the Department of Natural Resources.
After the meeting, Baumann explained that the prospect of a design-build process could be explored. Such a process would expedite the regular design-bid-build process by simply hiring a contractor for the project and establishing criteria to be accomplished by the firm, he said. While that process is seldom used, Baumann pointed to a project at Lock and Dam 3 on the Mississippi River, where he said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers successfully utilized design-build.
Dozens of U.S. cities are facing price tags in the millions or even billions to remediate their combined sewer systems, which currently channel stormwater and household waste into the same pipes, risking untreated wastewater flowing into waterways during heavy rain. Though the EPA mandates that cities eliminate these combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to comply with the Clean Water Act, cities are largely left to fund these expensive remediation projects on their own — through federal loans that must be repaid, or increased residential sewer rates.
System 160 Shoring System is a flexible system, used for needling and jobs with confined spaces. It’s ideal for façade retention and building restoration with a variety of extensions and screw assemblies to accommodate all height requirements. It has a high load capacity of up to 45 kips to substantially reduce the number of components needed, reducing assembly/disassembly times. See more photos
Building Design + Construction
Government Buildings Go High-Tech: In addition, governments will shift to design-build and public-private partnerships to develop and operate their facilities without losing sight of goals for resilience, wellness, and productivity. End-user involvement in planning and robust change management will increase employees’ satisfaction with the facilities they occupy.
Businesses that develop a solid plan before acting can double their chances of success. Similarly, planning in the early stages of a build project, although intuitively necessary, when done right can reap substantial rewards. When the design team considers a cellular raceway system for wire management during the initial planning stage it improves the likelihood of success and provides many meaningful benefits. By considering a cellular raceway system early, Design/Build Firms can realize the best return for their money. Quality solutions are those that will save them money, and deliver long-term value for their clients. Our raceway systems are designed to do just that for designers and their clients who plan ahead.
Ahwatukee Foothills News
The Department of Transportation finalized a public-private partnership Friday with the project team – Connect 202 Partners – that will serve in all three roles. “This first-of-its-kind highway contract in Arizona has not only reduced the overall cost but allowed ADOT to accelerate the entire project, meaning motorists will be able to benefit from this critical freeway sooner,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “That’s especially important in light of transportation needs today and into the future.”
Cincinnati Business Courier
When working on renovating an 83-year-old historic building like Union Terminal, it helps to know exactly what you're working with. Which is why the teams working to fix up the historic site have turned to lasers and cutting-edge technology to look at the building's bones.
Risk & Insurance
Denver’s Eagle P3 project is ambitious not only in its scope and structure, but in its approach to risk and insurance. Owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) were more rare back in 2011, said Don Holmes, Denver head and managing director of the construction practice for RTD's broker Marsh. Public entities would typically defer such responsibilities to the project concessionaire. However, the approach is growing in popularity, thanks in part to the success of Eagle P3.
JD Supra Business Advisor
How long can work under a contract be suspended before the contractor’s obligations will be deemed terminated? A lot longer than you might expect. In Avery Place, LLC v. Highways, Inc., a recent case from the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Court was asked to consider whether the trial court had erred in granting a motion for summary judgment regarding a breach of contract action where the contractor refused to perform work at the price specified in the contract. The contract had been suspended for eight years.
Building Design + Construction
Many architects and engineers don’t like to talk about money. This isn’t to say that architects aren’t good business people, it’s just that money typically is not the reason an architect or engineer is drawn to their career; it’s about design. However, your clients – owners, developers, institutions, and corporations – are used to discussing money on a daily basis. And, in some ways, this can give them an edge over you when you are trying to get paid for your services.
NASA developed a new stabilizing technology, known as the LOX Damper, in 2013 after working on a violently shaking rocket. Testing revealed that the Ares rocket, a crew launch vehicle, would shake so hard during ascent that it could harm astronauts on board. So one NASA team experimented with controlling the heaviest part of the rocket — its fuel. That got the team thinking: If this technique worked on a rocket, why not a building?
David Leber, DBIA
Wagman Heavy Civil
David Macmannis, P.E., DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
Jason Pang, P.E., DBIA
dck worldwide, LLC
Steven Wong, A.I.A.MI, DBIA
Mitsunaga & Associates, Inc.
Brent Buchanan, Assoc. DBIA
Kansas City, Mo.
Alex Dasco, Assoc. DBIA
Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc.
Stacey Field, Assoc. DBIA
Nick Gonzales, CHC, LEED GA, Assoc., DBIA
Bouten Construction Company
Jeffrey Gorman, Assoc. DBIA
Kansas City, Mo.
Osama Madkour, Assoc. DBIA
Loudoun WTP & Finish Water Trs
DBIA Contact: Certification
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
New member listing as of Feb. 29, 2016.
- Ross Cooper
- Aladdin Daouk
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Derik Delonzor
WEST Builders, Inc.
- Eric Hammerschmidt
- John Maddox
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
- Ruiko Maharjan
Graduate Research Assistant-Student University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Vladimir Oleshko
C. Overaa & Co.
- Tanner Peterson
Student, Washington State University
- Kim Robertson
MKK Consulting Engineers
- Benjamin Varin
Student, Washington State University
- Tom Wiley
DBIA Contact: Membership
Mar. 7-10, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Mar. 14, BIM Execution Planning, Worchester, Mass.
Mar. 18, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Mar. 21-23, Certification Workshop, Minneapolis, Minn.
Mar. 28-30, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 4-6, Certification Workshop, Alpharetta, Ga.
Apr. 18-20, 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 20-22, 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 25, BIM Execution Planning, Dayton, Ohio
Apr. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 9-11, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
May 9-11, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
May 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oakland, Calif.
May 16-18, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
May 20, BIM Execution Planning, Portland, Ore.
May 23-25, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 6-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 13-15, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 27-29, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 15, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 18-20, Certification Workshop, Mobile, Ala.
July 22, Conceptual Estimating, Kansas City, Mo.
July 25-28, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 8, BIM Execution Planning, Austin, Texas
Aug. 8-10, Certification Workshop, D.C. Metro Area
Aug. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Aug. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Tampa, Fla.
Sep. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Lakewood, Colo.
Sep. 19-21, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 23, High Performance Incentive Contracting, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep. 26-28, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Apr. 27, Design-Build and Higher Education
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Apr. 28, Central Indiana Chapter Afternoon Program, Design-Build vs. Design-Bridge Build
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Mar. 9, Seminar, The Bridging Method of Design-Build
Mar. 9, Kansas City Breakfast Program, Municipal Design-Build Projects
Mar. 17, Iowa Chapter Spring Networking Event
Apr. 21, O.N.E. Conference
Apr. 21, Maryland Chapter Luncheon Program, discussion of the use of IPD
May 15, Maryland Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Mar. 10, Seattle Chapter Meeting
Apr. 12, Oregon Chapter Meeting
Apr. 13, Seattle Chapter Meeting
May 11, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 8, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 9, 6th Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Mar. 10-11, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's 25th Annual Land Use Conference
Mar. 11, Design-Build Best Practices Series: Design-Build Done Right Part 2 (with AGC Colorado)
Mar. 24, Breakfast & Learn Program: Colorado DOT Presentation
Mar. 24, Young Professionals Present Networking Happy Hour at Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Apr. 15, Design-Build Best Practices Series: Design-Build Done Right Part 3 (with AGC Colorado)
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 20, 2016 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
June 24, 14th Annual Golf Tournament
Apr. 20, "Howl at the Moon" Networking Reception
May 5, 2016 Annual SW Region Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 16, Breakfast Meeting and Awards Recognition
May 18, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 10, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, Lean, Integrated Project Delivery and Design-Build - Next Gen Office Case Study for IPD Deliveries (with LCI)
Mar. 23, Regional Awards Competition Entries Due
Mar. 23, Tempe (Arizona) Owners Only Luncheon Program, Maximize Success in Integrated Projects - An Owner's Guide
Mar. 24, Nevada Luncheon Program
Apr. 1, Applications for Scholarship Program Due
Apr. 14, Orange County Luncheon Program
Apr. 15, Early Bird deadline for June 27 Bay Area Golf Tournament
May 3, San Diego Luncheon Program
May 19, Sacramento Luncheon Program
May 26, Region Awards Banquet
June 2, Nevada Luncheon Program
June 9, San Diego Golf Tournament
June 16, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
June 27, Bay Area Golf Tournament
July 14, Hawaii Luncheon Program
July 19, Orange County Luncheon Program
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063