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DBIA Accepting 2016 Board Nominations – Nominate Someone Today!
On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA’s mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. You may view the current Board of Directors and their biographies here.
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DBIA IQ Magazine Wins EXCEL Award for Best Redesign
After launching a redesigned quarterly magazine almost exactly one year ago, DBIA, along with Hanley Wood and LTD Creative, announced recently that the new DBIA IQ magazine has won an EXCEL Award for Best Redesign. The Association Media & Publishing EXCEL Awards is America’s largest and most prestigious awards program that exclusively recognizes innovation and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communications. Among the more than 850 entries this year, only 218 of those were selected by judges as worthy of an EXCEL Award.
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Must-Pass Highway Bill Dominates Jammed July
With a month-long recess looming in August, Congress is going to try to pack as much as possible into July. In the next three weeks, members will have to contend with several pieces of must-pass legislation, meet a July 31 deadline to fill the nation's Highway Trust Fund, and lay the groundwork for even more critical legislation due in the early fall.
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OMB: Factor Climate Change in Budget Requests
The Hill
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the first time is asking agencies to submit budget plans next year that consider the effects of climate change on the construction and maintenance of federal facilities.
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Texas Reveals $370 Million in New Roadway Upgrades
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced 13 roadway projects approved for funding under Proposition 1, the 2014 ballot measure meant to grow the state's stressed transportation infrastructure. With the new projects, collectively billed at nearly $370 million, TxDOT has green-lighted 75 of 200 projects planned for Proposition 1 funding. If all the planned projects are approved, a TxDOT spokesman said, Texas would see over 800 miles of refurbished highway lanes, nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes, 114 widened bridges and 159 miles of new passing lanes on rural highways.
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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects
Burns & Levinson LLP via Lexology
This scenario of rising infrastructure needs coupled with declining government resources is playing out in cities and towns across the country. As part of the solution to this funding gap, states and municipalities have been looking to public-private partnerships, or P3s, as an alternative to traditional methods of financing and delivering public infrastructure projects, including projects in the water sector.
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Louisiana DOTD Signs Design-Build Contract for Geaux South Project
The Advertiser
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Monday that it has signed a design-build contract, as part of the Geaux South program, for the construction of the U.S. 90 (future I-49 South) at Louisiana 318 interchange project in St. Mary Parish. The design-build contractor is Gilchrist Construction Co., who has selected Stantec as its lead designer.
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$1.5 Billion Road Funding Plan Approved by Michigan Senate as Lt. Gov. Calley Breaks Tie to Raise Fuel Tax
Michigan's crumbling roads could see up to $1.5 billion a year in additional investments by 2018 under a plan approved by the narrowest of margins Wednesday in the Republican-led state Senate. The proposed fuel tax increase sets the Senate GOP plan apart from the $1.16 billion road funding package approved last month in the House. That plan relies primarily on existing revenues but would also scrap the Earned Income Tax Credit and cut funding for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder are expected to continue road funding talks this summer with hopes of ironing out differences between the two plans and finalizing a version that can pass both chambers by fall.
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A Tale of Two States: Comparing PPPs in North Carolina and Ohio
The Brookings Institution
As states struggle to build and renew their infrastructure assets, they are increasingly turning to the private sector for solutions. States like Virginia have used public-private partnerships (PPPs) for decades to collaborate with private firms to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain certain public infrastructure facilities. This procurement model was recently taken up for the first time by Ohio and North Carolina, with differing degrees of success.
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Fear of Longer Commutes Puts Pressure on U.S. Cities To Act
Journal Star
“If we don’t change, in 2045, the transportation system that powered our rise as a nation will instead slow us down,” the Department of Transportation said in report earlier this year titled Beyond Traffic. “Transit systems will be so backed up that riders will wonder not just when they will get to work, but if they will get there at all,” the report said. “At the airports, and on the highway, every day will be like Thanksgiving is today.”
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New Presidio of Monterey, Calif., Barracks Complex Contract Awarded
Monterey Herald
On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento district awarded the design-build contract to Tempe, Arizona-based Sundt Construction, according to a Corps release. The complex will include a dining facility and general administration building, and is designed to be used to house service members in “sustainable, modern living spaces comparable to living standards in the private sector.”
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Surveying for I-70 Bridge Replacement in Missouri Starts Monday
Columbia Daily Tribune
Parsons Transportation Group is partnering with Emery Sapp and Sons on the $18 million project that was coordinated via a "design-build" contract, which means MoDOT used one contract with the two companies that combined the design and construction phases to save time and resources. Emery Sapp and Sons will host a public input session on the project from 4 to 6 p.m. July 16 at its building, 2301 I-70 Drive N.W. The session will explain the project and how it will affect traffic.
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Twisted Architecture of Grove at Grand Bay's Towers is Tough to Resist
Engineering News-Record
For the general contractor of the $144-million project, the hardest part was making sure column slopes—ranging from 10˚ to 38˚—were "perfect," says Bud Phillips, project executive for Facchina Construction. Form adjustments had to be made even if a slope was off by only 1˚. Some forms were adjusted 10 or 15 times.
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Louisville Sluggers Construct $2.5-Billion Downtown Crossing
Engineering News-Record
By the beginning of 2017, after less than four years of design-build construction, the new 2,100-ft-long, three-tower cable-stayed structure is expected to open to traffic, taking 125,000 daily vehicles off the adjacent John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge; then, crews will retrofit the Kennedy bridge. The new bridge will serve six northbound lanes of traffic, and the Kennedy will serve six southbound lanes.
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Preston Haskell Honored
The Florida Times-Union
Preston Haskell has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. It honors Eagle Scouts, who at least 25 years later, have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. Haskell is founder and president of The Haskell Company, a leading integrated design-build firm in the United States. The award citation noted his legacy of volunteer service as chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cummer Museum of Art, the Alliance for World Class Education, the Schultz Center of Teaching and Learning, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, JEA, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the United Way of Northeast Florida; as a director of Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Health System; chairman of the Florida Government Accountability to the People Commission and the Florida Post-secondary Education Commission; and as a trustee of Princeton University and chairman of its Art Museum Advisory Council; and founding chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America, a news release said.
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Three Top Take Aways for Effective Construction Cost Planning
Construction Global
In today's fiercely competitive construction landscape, the critical issue is about how you manage your costs - not how much cash flows through your books. Any company without an effective cost planning strategy that provides full visibility of financial data should reconsider their approach.
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A Simple Design Innovation Let a Chinese Entrepreneur Build a 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days
Business Insider
Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese architecture company, recently constructed a 57-story, 800 apartment building in 19 working days. It's called Mini Sky City. The man behind it is Zhang Yue, a Chinese entrepreneur with an Elon Musk-ian streak for launching revolutions. As the BBC reports, Zhang wants to start a revolution in building.
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Design Disclaimers: Subtle Language Can Lead to Big Shifts in Risk
Ahlers & Cressman PLLC
Bidding contractors need to be aware that any language suggesting that a design may not be adequate for the item to function for its intended purpose may shift the entire risk of that design, including the costs to make the item function as intended, to the bidder.
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Managing Construction Risks - A Breakdown of 4 Problem Areas
Greenberg Traurig LLP via Lexology
Every project owner wants a successful construction project—one that finishes on time, on budget, without defects in design or construction and with minimum conflict among the project parties. To minimize problems and maximize the chances of success, owners must effectively manage four construction risks. The owner who fails to do so is more likely to have the trouble, delays, problems and headaches for which construction projects are renowned.
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How To Turn Environmental Compliance into a Competitive Edge
The high price of environmental consequences of compliance and safety failures highlight the value of improving environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance. If mitigating risk in an era of increasing complexity is a challenge, then exploring new technologies to achieve operational excellence is the next frontier.
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Integrated Project Delivery for Industrial Manufacturing Facilities
Area Development
With aggressive project schedules becoming the industry norm, efficiency is more important than ever. Recently, many industrial manufacturing companies have changed their approach to project delivery, drawing inspiration from the popularity of lean manufacturing processes. Integrated project delivery (IPD), in particular, is increasingly common. Under the IPD model, the owner, design team, procurement team, estimators, construction team, suppliers, and others come together early in the project. Everyone is a stakeholder and risks and rewards are shared. Collaboration is emphasized, and goals are developed jointly to optimize project results, minimize risks, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
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"Early Bird" Registration Deadline Closes Tomorrow for 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium!
Join DBIA and SAME for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! The 2015 Symposium will take place this Aug. 18-20, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Be a part of the hundreds of industry leaders and government agency personnel who attend, including from GSA, NASA, National Guard, Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. Register by this Friday, July 10, to receive our “Early Bird” registration rate for the Symposium. Pricing increases by $100 beginning July 11. Register Now!
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Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Due TOMORROW
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 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 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 – for the first time this year – 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 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact

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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Therese Bosnick, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Towson, Md.

Zachary Lyons, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Baltimore, Md.

Aaron Reynolds, SE, P.E., DBIA
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Los Angeles, Calif.

Christopher Schneider, DBIA
The Korte Company
Highland, Ill.

Assoc. DBIAs

Jose Alday, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Scott Parkinson, Assoc. DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Greenbelt, Md.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Industry Partner Members
  • Contract Land Staff
    Austin, Texas

  • Seamless Care, Inc.
    Riverside, Calif.
Individual and Industry Partner representative member
  • Patrick Haney
    Mortenson Construction
    Denver, Colo.
DBIA Contact: Membership

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event

DBIA-Mid-America Region
July 14, Ozarks Chapter Luncheon Event
July 16, Summer Social and BBQ Contest, Kansas City, Mo.
July 27, Lunch and Learn: Design-Build Done Right – Contracting for Design-Build Services
Aug. 6, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
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Aug. 12, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Aug. 21, Regional Awards Judging
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
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Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
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Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
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DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-New England Region
July 16, Massachusetts Advanced Energy Projects and Design-Build

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
July 30, Carolinas Chapter, The Future of Design-Build in North Carolina: Trends and Impacts on State Construction Projects, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 6, Breakfast Program, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 15, Minnesota Senate Building Tour and Happy Hour at Barrio
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DBIA-Western Pacific Region
July 14, Los Angeles morning event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
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July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Aug. 5, San Francisco Owners Luncheon Program, How to Innovate the Design-Build Process under Enabling Legislation
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Design-Build Municipal Complex
The Municipality of the County of Kings is seeking Design-Build proposals for the design and construction of a new Municipal Complex on municipally owned property in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Fond du Lac County Seeks New Proposals for University of Wisconsin Housing
The scope of work includes pre-design, design/build and ongoing management of the facility's operations. Full proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7. A mandatory Proposer's Conference for those submitting proposals will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 20, in Room A-219 at UW-Fond du Lac, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac. Inquiries regarding the RFP must be received in writing by 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 27. Inquiries can be sent via e-mail to or mailed to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, Inc., Vice President, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935, Attention: Student Housing RFP Inquiry.

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