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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bidding process rejected by high court
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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cannot circumvent the normal construction bidding process by creating a "short list" of preapproved design and contracting firms, then inviting those short-list firms to submit bids, the state Supreme Court said in affirming the Commonwealth Court's preliminary injunction on the matter. More

Comments sought on I-5 toll bridge design spanning from Oregon to Washington
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Plans to build and toll a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., are moving forward, but there's still time to for highway users to comment. According to a bistate panel in a 2010 report, many commuters and truckers disapprove of tolling as a funding source for the bridge, but officials continue to push the plan. More

NSPE blog: Achieving goals: Are you using design-build?
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Chris Knutson writes, "Setting goals is an action every successful leader must do for themselves and the team they lead. Failing to set goals leads to stagnation and a life of reaction. And although leaders react, that's not their normal operating mode. Leaders set goals to shape the future. As an engineer, I like the thought that setting and achieving goals builds the future I want to experience. In fact, I view goal setting in the context of the design-build process for construction. One entity (you) designs the goal and that same entity (you) constructs it. A unified work flow from initial concept to final product." More

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Geo-Engineering & Geophysics: Fugro Consultants goes beyond the traditional realm of most geotechnical firms. Many of our projects are situated in areas of seismic activity, difficult site access/conditions, climatic extremes, environmental sensitivity, and urban or industrial complexity. To accomplish such assignments, we draw upon other special capabilities involving geologic assessments, site exploration, marine survey, coastal/nearshore, and geophysical applications.

Construction Writers Association seeks scholarship applicants
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The CWA is now accepting applications for its Build a Future Scholarship, which will be awarded to an undergraduate student who demonstrates outstanding skills, aptitude and motivation in the fields of journalism, communications and public relations as they apply to the fields of architecture, engineering or construction. Entries are due April 26. More

Canadian Construction Documents Committee near release of design-build documents
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The Canadian Construction Documents Committee is planning to release a set of templates for contracts for design-build projects. CCDC officials hope constituent organizations will endorse CCDC Documents 14 and 15 by June, committee chair Walter Strachan said recently. More

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Public gets first look at city courts proposals
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Recently, in the first of two meetings, members of the public had their first glimpses at proposals for a new court facility in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. In all, three of the five design-build teams presented during a marathon three hour series of presentations before City Council. The four concepts presented by the three teams last night saw new court facilities proposed for three different locations, Executive Plaza, Fredericksburg Fire Station 1 and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. More

Beatrice Public Schools in Nebraska hopes to begin stadium construction
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The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education In Nebraska discussed engaging in a design-build process of the proposed "multipurpose outdoor facility" at Beatrice High School during its Committee of the Whole meeting March 3. Superintendent Dr. Jon Lopez said the design-build process is a different process than the design-bid-build process used in other construction projects, requiring different steps and procedures by the district. More

News from DBIA

Advance registration for 2011 Kansas City, Mo., closes tomorrow
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Registration for the 2011 Transportation and 2011 Water/Wastewater Conferences closes at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Beginning March 19, all registrations must be done on-site in Kansas City, Mo. More

epipeline for DBIA members
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An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline,, for information on getting access. More

Design-build book of the week
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Next week's book is Design-Build Lessons Learned, in which Michael C. Loulakis, with more than 30 years of experience in design-build, brings together issues that have been raised and addressed in the practice of design-build. As always, DBIA members get a 10 percent discount on the three-volume set. More

A reminder of a benefit for our Industry Partner members
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In an effort to expand the pool of educated owners, DBIA offers Industry Partner members the opportunity to nominate one public or private owner for individual level membership. See details of the program - and other IP member benefits - here.

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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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March 21-26, LAUSD Certification Boot Camp (contact Pat Cardenas at LAUSD to register -
March 28-30, 2011 Design-Build in Transportation, Kansas City, Mo. 
March 30-April 1, 2011 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater, Kansas City, Mo. 
April 1, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Oakland, Calif. 
April 8, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Fairfax, Va. 
April 8, Super-Charged Source Selection, St. Paul, Minn. 
April 11-15, Certification Workshop, Denver

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Region events
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March 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program: Northern California 
March 23, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program, "Design-Build: Enabling Owners to Deliver More with Less" 
March 31, DBIA-Northwest Region, Critical Skills Series, "Infant to Adolescent - Stages of Design-Build Awareness" with guest speaker Barbara Jackson 
April 1, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Regional Design-Build Awards Submissions Due 
April 11, DBIA-Western Pacific, Deadline for applying for scholarships 
April 13, DBIA-Northwest Region, Breakfast Series, "Sustainability"

Green Building Focus
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The countdown has started! Six weeks to go to the Green Building Focus Conference and Expo in Charlotte, April 20-21! Come to see the leading minds and researchers in the green building field such as Eric Corey Freed, principal of organicARCHITECT and author of Green Building for Dummies; Michelle Moore, federal environment executive, CEQ, Executive Office of the President of the United States; Ari Kobb, director, Green Building Solutions, Siemens; and many more. Register now at More

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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