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We've moved!
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On March 1, DBIA moved into its new headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue. The interior build-out is a design-build project led by DPR Construction; other team members are M.C. Dean, Shapiro and Duncan and Envision architects. Please note the new headquarters address: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. Our phone and fax numbers, website and email will remain the same. More

A discussion with DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington
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Up until nearly 20 years ago, project delivery methods in construction, such as design-bid-build and construction management were among the most used. Under these methods, design and construction aspects were each separate entities, separate contracts and separate work. Since that time, the "design-build" method has gained traction, allowing one unit - the design-build team – to work under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. More

Visiting Purchase, NY, Gov. Cuomo promises 'safe and better' Tappan Zee Bridge
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated his pledge to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge during a visit to Manhattanville College to promote the state budget, which was passed on time for the second year in a row. "Government has been paralyzed and frozen. Those days are over," he said. "We are going to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. We're going to do it now. We're going to create jobs, and we're going to make it safe and better for the people of the state of New York." More

Selection of finalists to build Kentucky portion of bridges project delayed
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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has postponed the planned selection of three finalists to build the Kentucky portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The reason for the delay, according to a news release, is that the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned last week without passing the two-year state transportation budget, which would provide the necessary funding to begin construction of a new Interstate 65 bridge between Louisville and Southern Indiana and the rebuilding of interstate connections on both sides of the Ohio River. More

Dam removal update: Find out what lies ahead for the highly anticipated project
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In light of the recent settlement between Cuyahoga Falls and the Beaver Excavating Company in Ohio, the completion of the dam removal project has been pushed back past the proposed late-July deadline. Right now, the city is preparing the proper documents for the rebid of the dam removal, said city engineer Tony Demasi. The initial paperwork should be sent out to potential bidders by late April. More

New Veterans Bridge in Portland, Maine, on schedule and under budget
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A lack of storms, mild temperatures and a well planned construction design are being hailed for work on the new Veterans Memorial Bridge being slightly ahead of schedule and under budget. "The state asked us for a bridge design with a 100 year life in a salt environment, and it had very strict stipulations about what was allowed and what wasn't allowed," explained Charlie Guerette, project manager for contractor Reed & Reed. More

Colorado Department of Transportation announces summer construction projects
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The Colorado Department of Transportation announced its plans recently for construction this summer in the Denver metro area, including the $310 million safety and capacity improvement project on US 36, which is the state's largest road construction project of the year, according to a media release. More

Lincoln, Neb., Mayor Beutler authorizes new construction method
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Lincoln, Neb., Mayor Chris Beutler recently authorized a process called design-build that the city can use when constructing buildings. This is the second new construction process Beutler has added to city policy in recent years, giving leaders more flexibility in deciding which construction company to hire. More

Florida moves ahead on Wekiva Parkway
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Florida has issued a request for proposals seeking a design-build contractor to handle construction of the first segment of the $1.7 billion Wekiva Parkway, a portion south of Sorrento. This initial $34 million contract involves construction of a four-lane divided (expandable to six-lanes divided) limited access toll road from east of County Road 435 (Mount Plymouth Road) to south of State Road 46. Included would be ramps connecting CR 435 to the Wekiva Parkway. More

Atlanta streetcar design-build phase begins
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On March 5, the MARTA board of directors unanimously approved the design-build contract for the Atlanta Streetcar Project. With that decision, officials have placed the most significant transportation initiative since MARTA onto what should be a relatively fast track to completion. More

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Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper applauds TriZetto's plan to build worldwide headquarters in Colorado, add up to 750 new jobs
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Trace Devanny, chairman and CEO of The TriZetto Group Inc., and Mike Fitzgerald, president and CEO of the Southeast Business Partnership, to announce that TriZetto will build a new worldwide headquarters in the Meridian International Business Center in Douglas County. The headquarters will immediately generate up to 500 construction jobs and later accommodate up to 750 new jobs at TriZetto over the next five years. More

Opus Group named contractor for 165 KSF build-to-suit office headquarters in Colorado
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While the real estate industry is improving, large-scale build-to-suit assignments don't pop up every day. However, one recently came along for Opus Development Corp., which just won the bid for the 165,000-square-foot build-to-suit contract for TriZetto Group Inc.'s new $110 million global headquarters in metropolitan Denver. More

Minnesota's Opus Design Build to build 95,000-square-foot center for local school
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Minnetonka, Minn.-based Opus Design Build LLC will build a 95,000-square-foot activities center for St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minn. The center will include two gymnasiums, including a competition gym with retractable bleachers. This gym will be able to hold 1,600 people. The center will also include a fitness center, weight room, locker rooms, health-education classrooms and offices for coaches and teachers. More

Dunn Building Co. ready to build $1.3 million headquarters in Avondale, Ala.
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Dunn Building Co. is poised to start construction on its new $1.3 million headquarters in Birmingham, Ala.'s Avondale neighborhood, a project that will complete a campus of Dunn companies there. Subject to the Birmingham City Council's final approval of $40,000 in sidewalk and infrastructure improvements, officials with Dunn Building said recently they are ready to break ground immediately and are prepared to move in by the end of the year. The 6,600-square-foot building is being built at 3905 Messer Airport Highway. More

H-board questions New Mexico's plans to raze casitas
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Santa Fe Historic Design Review Board members in Santa Fe, N.M., recently balked at a proposal to tear down four residences across Don Gaspar Avenue from the state Capitol to make room for a state office building. Board members postponed a decision on whether to change the historic designations of the "casitas," but told Peter Allen, a project manager for the state Property Control Division, they want more input into the new building's design. More

Rules muddle county's recycling center plans in Ohio
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Crawford County, Ohio, Commissioners are going with a design-build construction for their new recycling center. It's a unique method that is relatively new to public entities. Ohio just started using the largely private policy of design-build on March 9. More

TranSystems Corp and Dan's Excavating get piece of state contract to finish Ambassador Gateway in Detroit
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The Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to complete the $230 million Ambassador Gateway Project to Dan's Excavating Inc. of Shelby Township and Kansas City, Mo.-based TranSystems Corp. The design-build duo won with the lowest bid, at $9.3 million, and plan to start work soon with plans to finish the project in October, according to a statement from MDOT. More

Two new UC Merced buildings reach construction milestones
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The new Recreation Center North at the University of California, Merced, has been "topped out," whereby the final structural steel beam is now in place, says the builder, McCarthy Building Companies Inc. "On Recreation Center North, the need was immediate and 'value' was essential," says Tim Albiani, McCarthy's project director. More

Minneapolis firm chosen to build $340 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center starting this year
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Mortenson Construction, a Minneapolis-based construction company specializing in health care construction, has been selected to build the new $340 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center, the company said recently. Mortenson will partner with Nor-Son Inc. of Baxter, Minn., to build the center, which will be the largest in North Dakota. More

News from DBIA

See you in Phoenix!
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DBIA is looking forward to the 2012 Water/Wastewater and Transportation Conferences next week in Phoenix. Both events are shaping up to be the largest in history with over 630 confirmed participants each. Don't miss out - join your peers April 23-27. Register today! More

Reminder - 1 month to submit for the 2012 awards competition
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You have until May 14 to submit your projects for the 2012 awards competition. And, if you have someone you'd like to propose for a Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award, or the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, the deadline is the same - May 14. Questions? Email or call 202-682-0110. More

Do we have your current information?
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In order for you to receive the information so vital to our membership, we need to have your current (and correct) contact information. If you've moved, been promoted or had any other change in this information, let us know – check your member profile online by logging into the DBIA website and making any changes. If you have a problem, or need your login information, contact the Membership Department at or call 202-682-0110.

Do you know about all your member benefits?
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out – this e-newsletter is one source and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. One of these is access to epipeline – a source of information on upcoming government contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline, for information on accessing this information.

For example, if you're an Industry Partner member contact, you can nominate one owner for a free one-year individual membership. They'll receive all the benefits of DBIA membership – it's a good way to encourage an owner who already appreciates the benefits of design-build or educate one who's still undecided. And, for owners you'd like to encourage or educate or provide a networking opportunity, DBIA conferences offer some owners a scholarship to help them defray the costs of attending one of the conferences we offer every year.

Upcoming events
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April 23-25, 2012 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Phoenix
April 25-27, 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Phoenix
April 27, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, San Diego
May 4, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, St. Louis
May 7-11, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
May 11, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Indianapolis
May 21, Conceptual Estimating, Denver
May 25, Design Management Fundamentals, San Diego
June 4-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas
June 8, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Fairfax, Va.
June 15, Post Award Design-Build, San Diego
June 25-29, Certification Workshop, Atlantic City, N.J.
July 13, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Bethesda, Md.
July 16-18, Owner Boot Camp, Bethesda, Md.
July 16-20, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
July 27, Performance Requirements: Keys to Effective RFPs, Atlanta

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Region events
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April 19, DBIA-Florida Region, Central Chapter Luncheon, Wekiva Parkway: Delivery Decisions
April 20, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Michigan Chapter Spring Forum
April 26, DBIA-Florida, Northeast Chapter Luncheon, JAXPORT: Future Growth = Future Opportunities
May 8, DBIA-Florida Region, An Owner's Intro to Design-Build
May 9, DBIA-Northwest Region, Breakfast Meeting
May 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Lunch Program
May 11, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Utah DOT Design-Build, Lessons Learned and Ongoing Challenges
May 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Design-Build Data Centers 
May 15, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
May 22, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2012 Regional Conference: Design-Build – Full Speed Ahead
May 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Lunch Program
May 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Awards Banquet
June 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch Program
June 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Golf Tournament
June 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Water/Wastewater
June 21, DBIA-Northwest Region, 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
June 27, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 10th Annual Golf Tournament
June 28, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
July 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Golf Tournament
July 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Health Care
July 17, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
July 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Lunch Program

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have a calendar of Industry Events.

Project Leads

Project leads
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Remember to check out our Project Leads page - available to members only.

Construction proposals to be sought (Perry, Mo.)

Monmouth County, N.J., Request for Proposals #REC-2012-1 (RFP)
Monmouth County, N.J., is soliciting proposals for the design, construction and long-term operation and maintenance of a 150,000-gpd landfill leachate pretreatment facility and related improvements at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center located in Tinton Falls, N.J. The RFP may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, N.J. 07728, telephone number 732-431-7370, or at Sealed responses to the RFP must be received by 10:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on April 10, 2012.

Route 364 Page Extension Phase 3
$100 million project for right of way, utilities and design-build for eight-mile roadway of the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles County. Solicitation for Letters of Interest and issuing of Request for Qualification is currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2012. Design-build contractor will be selected in early 2013. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013 and completed by December 2014. Project website =; contact Project Director Mike Castro at email

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