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Congress Asks, We Answer
Recently, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held the first hearing of its Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3's). While the focus was on the use of P3's in transportation projects, the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Bill Shuster, joined the hearing specifically to ask questions related to the benefits of design-build. In addition, Representative Tom Rice sought to clarify the difference between P3's and design-build.
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Funding Shortage Could Delay US Road, Rail Projects This Summer
U.S. transportation officials warned lawmakers that dwindling funds for highway and rail projects may cause delays in work this summer during the height of the construction season unless they quickly approve billions of dollars in new funding. The Highway Trust Fund, which receives money from a federal tax on every gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel sold in the United States, is expected to become insolvent by 2015.
Which Huge Contractor Will Build MGM National Harbor in Maryland?
Baltimore Business Journal
MGM National Harbor has retained a handful of local companies to perform various tasks related to the future $925 million resort-casino, including an architect of record and project manager, but the big hire is still to come: general contractor. There are only so many firms that have the capacity and experience to handle a huge job like this, and several of those that appeared at a pre-bid conference for general contractors fit the bill.
Can We Get to Where We Need to Go?
Harvard Business School
When Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria first moved from India to the United States more than 30 years ago, he was impressed with how well the highways and airports hummed along in this country. Yet Nohria said in recent years he has visited other countries with better airport operations and much bigger, "gleaming" roadways, and he feels a growing concern that America's transportation and infrastructure systems are lacking attention and falling behind.
Bidding Process Changing for Federal Road Projects in US Virgin Islands
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
The V.I. Public Works Department is planning to start using a different procurement method aimed at getting federal road projects in the territory from design to construction and completion more quickly. "It's set up to be a faster process. It gets you to construction much faster," said Wystan Benjamin, Highway Program manager for the V.I. Public Works Department.
Gray Construction of Lexington, Ky., Named Nation's Safest Construction Company by National Contractors Group
AGC of America
Gray Construction of Lexington, Ky., was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2013 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The association, which oversees the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted that 51 other companies were selected as winners for the quality of their safety programs.
SlipStone®™ is rapidly generating interest throughout the US. SlipStone Global, LLC has developed a proprietary method of building designed enhanced walls using a slip forming method. The alternatives of building similar architectural walls would be to use pre-cast walls, cast-in-place walls, or hand build block walls. Our technology can be used in a wide range of concrete construction, including but not limited to:
Welcome Individual and Industry Partner Representative Members
New member listing as of March 9-March 13, 2014.
- Daniel Babuca, Project Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Wash.
- Rabindra Choudhury, Project Engineer, W.M. Schlosser Company, Inc., Md.
- Brian Dersch, Principal, Dersch Design & Engineering, Calif.
- Aaron Garriott, Managing Officer, AIP Enterprises, Okla.
- Alan Gunnin, Director | Field Operations, Kitchell Contractors, Inc., Ariz.
- Steve Kari, Principal, USKH, Inc., Alaska
- James Klingensmith, Alberici Constructors, Mo.
- Hilda Lafebre, Manager | Capital Project & EP, San Mateo County Transit District, Calif.
- Chris Lawson, Chief Operating Officer, PSF Mechanical, Inc., Wash.
- Wayne Owen, Partner and Principal Mechanical Engineer, Conway & Owen, Inc., Ga.
- Sagar Pandey, Principal, S2 Engineering, Inc., Calif.
- Kelli Paskert, Marketing and Sales Director, Skold Companies, Iowa
- Steven Peterson, Professor, Weber State University, Utah
- Chuck Ruth, Principal Engineer, SC Solutions, Wash.
- Lars Traffie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hutter Construction, N.H.
- Monique Vutla, Facilities Sourcing Manager | Global Procurement, Nike World Headquarters, Ore.
- John Whitworth, Senior Project Manager, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., Ill.
- Matthew Wirtz, Deputy Director | Engineering, Fort Wayne City Utilities, Ind.
- Charles Wren, Senior Project Manager, Harris & Associates, Calif.
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Congress Asks, We Answer
Recently, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held the first hearing of its Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3's). While the focus was on the use of P3's in transportation projects, the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Bill Shuster, joined the hearing specifically to ask questions related to the benefits of design-build.
TRIDEC Chooses URS for Nuclear Power Study
URS Corp. has been picked by the Tri-City Development Council to study the possible benefits of building a small modular nuclear reactor system on leased land at Hanford, Wash. TRIDEC was awarded a state Department of Commerce grant of $500,000 for the study and related expenses, after Sen. Sharon Brown made a successful budget request last year. The study is expected to be completed in about five months.
House Votes to Limit Environmental Review
The House approved the latest Republican plan to jumpstart job creation — a bill that would set hard deadlines on environmental reviews that can delay construction projects for years. Members passed the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act, or the RAPID Act, in a 229-179 vote.
DBIA's 2014 "Design-Build Done Right" Webinars
April 22, Ten Operational Strategies To Make Your Design-Build Project More Successful
May 6, Design-Build RFPs – Acquiring Desired Results
May 20, Design Management – Designers
June 17, DBIA Contract Focus on the Sub-Prime Relationship: How the Design-Build Team Can Make or Break the Project
July 22, Design Management – Construction Trade
Sept. 23, Design-Management – Owners
Oct. 14, DBIA Contract Focus on Progressive Design-Build: What is it? Who Can Use It and How Owners Can Successfully Use Progressive Design-Build to Achieve Their Project Goals
Nov. 18, Post-Award for Owners
Mar. 28, Conceptual Estimating, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 31-Apr. 4, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 21-25, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Apr. 28-May 2, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
Apr. 30, Design Management, Dallas, Texas
May 2, BIM Execution Planning, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 5-9, Certification Workshop, Nashville, Tenn.
May 9, BIM Execution Planning, Kansas City, Mo.
May 12-16, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
May 16, Design Management, Columbus, Ohio
June 2-6, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 9-13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
June 23-27, Certification Workshop, Lansing, Mich.
July 7-11, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 21-25, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 1, Conceptual Estimating, Florence, Ky.
Aug. 4-8, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Inc.
Aug. 15, Design Management, Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 18, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19-21, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
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Region Events Calendar
May 8, Regional O.N.E Conference
April 8, Lunch Meeting, LEED 4 – ASHRAE 90.1
May 16, Maryland Chapter Golf Tournament
April 8, Oregon Breakfast Series, Lean Construction
June 10, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
May 1-2, Annual Conference, "Design-Build for the Future!"
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
April 1, 2014 Awards Competition Entries Due
May 22, 2014 Awards Ceremony
June 16, Bay Area Golf Tournament
July 17, San Diego Golf Tournament
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