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Quality over quantity: Working in tough economic times
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The construction market has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. Bids are coming in sharply lower, which should be good news for owners. But what new risks are components of this market? As a public agency responsible for the construction of educational and institutional buildings, the Washington State Dept. of General Administration feels fortunate the current market can deliver more for the money, but we are looking closely at alternative project delivery approaches that may help us minimize the risks. More

Road Warrior: Asphalt application gets cold cancellation
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Several readers, frustrated with all the road work they have endured, wonder why streets and highways remain rough after the project looks completed and the equipment is put away. Well, you are going to see more repaving work in the next few months and to explain why, let's lead off today with Edward's question: What's up with the newly constructed Pecos Road south of the Las Vegas Beltway. More

State sends out three Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel RFPs
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The state of Washington sent requests for proposals to the three teams that are vying to design and build the 1.7-mile deep-bore tunnel that would replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct. The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a design-build contractor for the $2 billion bored tunnel project. That figure includes the cost of construction, right-of-way purchase and design. The tunnel-boring construction itself is estimated to cost $350 million. More

Parsons awarded contract for Abu Dhabi wastewater services
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Parsons was selected by Abu Dhabi Sewage Services Company (ADSSC) to perform design and site supervision services of various projects with an expected total constructed value in the range of $160 million. Projects included under the contract will serve new development areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and consist of trunk sewers, treated sewage effluent pipelines, pumping stations, and similar related facilities. More

Portland State University Academic and Student Recreation Center submitted by Yost Grube Hall Architecture
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Portland State University held a design-build competition to determine the project team that would build its new Academic and Student Recreation Center. The university located in Portland, Ore., originaly requested that proposals called for a LEED silver design that incorporated ground-floor retail, classrooms and student recreation space in a 192,000-square-foot building. More

Interview with Mary Jane Augustine, chief negotiator and drafter of the design-build agreement with Skanska for the New Meadowlands Stadium
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Ms. Augustine, 62, is a managing partner in the New York office of the law firm McCarter & English, and a member of its real estate, construction and environmental group. She currently represents the Giants and Jets football teams in the New Meadowlands Stadium, which last week was awarded the 2014 Super Bowl. More

More design-build and alternative delivery methods expected in water sector
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The U.S. water and wastewater system is under great pressure: dilapidated infrastructure is polluting waterways and wasting clean water; municipal funds have run dry; federal contributions have stalled; tight regulations are stifling small utilities; and water use is escalating with a burgeoning population and boom in alternative energy. More

I-80 a tight squeeze just west of Reno, Nev.
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Traffic west of Reno is again being funneled between narrow cement barriers as the California Department of Transportation proceeds with a multimillion-dollar project to improve Interstate 80. To the east, Nevada transportation officials are preparing another major freeway upgrade where I-80 passes through the urban core of Reno-Sparks, with work to begin early next year. More

Effort to accommodate the community slows design-build project in Hawaii
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The following email from Hawaii Department of Water Supply was passed on to me by The Kona Blog. It outlines the entire timeline of the HOVE Water Facilities Project. Representative Herkes will be at the Ocean View Community Center to discuss the current state of the HOVE Water Facilities Project with community residence. More

Contractors cry foul on eve of $15 million job award
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It's not the most glamorous project in the world: Re-lining some four miles of the Magnolia Trunk sewer pipe running beneath the streets of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Westminster located in Santa Ana, Calif. But the money's not bad: The project should cost between $14 million and $20 million, according to the Orange County Sanitation District. And the folks who design it will also get to build it. More

The saga of Westlake Condominiums
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First, a little background. The project consists of two structures; a parking garage and a residential tower (hi-rise condos). The parking garage has four levels, with each level having a ventilation system consisting of intakes, exhaust fans, and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. The residential tower is 48 stories including the mechanical penthouse. The ground level is primarily lobby and dock areas. The second and third levels consist of equipment rooms, general offices, and amenities spaces such as a fitness center and a club room. More

Tunnel contract to offer bonus for protecting buildings
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More than 150 buildings sit above the path of the state's planned deep-bore tunnel beneath downtown Seattle, Wash. Thirty-seven are considered most vulnerable to the potential for shifting soil once tunneling begins, transportation officials said. Buildings at the south end of the tunnel's path present the most concerns. That's where the soil is most unstable. "Building mitigation is established in a couple of categories. More

RFP issued for short-listed Oakville Hospital builders
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A request for proposals has been issued to three consortiums short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain the new replacement Oakville Hospital in Ontario, Canada. The short-listed companies are: Hospital Infrastructure Partners Inc., Plenary Health, and Community Health Consortium. They have approximately six months to prepare and submit their bids to Infrastructure Ontario. More

Change your world. Forever.
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There are still spaces available for the Project Delivery Delegation to China, November 30 to December 11. Led by Tom Porter, JD, DBIA, the theme of the delegation will be project delivery strategies.


The 2011 Board of Directors Nomination Process is now open.

The Thrust II report from the DBIA/Pankow research project, "Influence of Project Delivery Methods on Achieving Sustainable High Performance Buildings" is available as of June 2.
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Member news - people and projects - is now only available online. This allows us to cover our members' activities in more depth and give more details. Look for an update at the beginning of every month.

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Courses for June are:
Principles - June 7-8, Costa Mesa, Calif.; June 10-11, Fairfax, Va.; June 24-25, Chicago
Fundamentals - June 25, Philadelphia; June 30, Columbus, Ohio
Certification Workshop - June 14-17, Sandy, Utah
Exam Prep and Administration - June 18, Seattle,
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