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Aug. 22, WEBINAR, MOT/MPT Strategies on Design-Build Projects in Urban Environments
Aug. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug. 27-29, Certification Workshop, Apex, N.C.
Sep. 5, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sep. 11-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Houston, Texas
Sep. 17-19, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
SOLD OUT – Sep. 17-19, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 19, WEBINAR, Utilities in Transportation Design-Build Projects
Sep. 20, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Oakland, Calif.
Sep. 25, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 2-4, Certification Workshop, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Oct. 5, BIM Execution Planning, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 15, Conceptual Estimating, Worcester, Mass.
Oct. 15-17, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 17-19, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 24, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Charlotte, N.C.
A complete schedule for 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $4 billion in grant funding to help upgrade and rebuild rural water infrastructure throughout the nation. “USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building their futures,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. “All people — regardless of their zip code — need modern, reliable infrastructure to thrive, and we have found that when we address this need, many other challenges in rural places become much more manageable.”
Federal News Radio
Every year the Defense Authorization bill is filled with golden nuggets of little noticed provisions that make a big impact on the federal acquisition community. This year they range from a strong focus on making it easier for agencies to buy commercial items to mixed messages around the use of other transaction agreements to the ever increasing concerns about too many bid protests. This is, by far, not a comprehensive list, but several that most federal and contractor employees interested in acquisition should know about.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation began accepting applications for several Fiscal Year 2019 State Aid programs on July 26th, with applications being accepted from local municipalities though October 8th this year for four main programs. First, the state's $151 million Municipal Aid program is aimed at supporting walking and biking, with NJDOT's goal to award up to 10 percent of the those funds to projects such as pedestrian safety improvements, bikeways and streetscapes.
Halfway through, 2018 is shaping up to be a surprising year. Year-to-date nonresidential construction starts are down 5.5 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2017, and June 2018 compared to June 2017 starts are down by 6.3 percent. Although the weaker-than-expected commercial and institutional numbers (-23.7 percent and -12.3 percent, respectively) are a bit of a surprise, the bigger surprise, says ConstructConnect’s chief economist Alex Carrick, is the strength in industrial and engineering segments, which saw increases of 35 percent and 13 percent, respectively, according to ConstructConnect’s latest Construction Industry Snapshot.
The New Orleans Advocate
Starting early next year, New Orleans-area residents will be taking off for business trips and vacations from a sparkling new airport, a 35-gate, nearly one million-square-foot terminal, which city officials have touted as "a world-class facility." Relief is on the way. Plans are in the works to revamp the intersection, but the fixes won't be cheap or quick. Expected costs are well into nine figures, and even though the state Department of Transportation and Development plans to utilize a "design-build" process to speed things up, completion is at least 4½ years out.
New Hampshire Union Leader
State transportation officials held a public hearing about the preferred route for a new exit off Interstate 93 that will involve new roadways connecting motorists into downtown Derry. The design-build process uses fewer state resources and gets the project constructed faster by allowing for “sequential construction.”
“That’s one of the big advantages of the design-build process,” Cota said.
Rapid City Journal
The planning, design and construction team behind the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s new arena project said the planning phase was just over 10 percent complete at a brief working session meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Comprised of representatives from the construction team of J. Scull Construction Inc. and Mortenson, a design team of JLG Architects and Perkins + Will, and Tegra Group, the city’s representative for the project, the discussion centered on schematic designs for the arena. A bevy of city and civic center staffers, Mayor Steve Allender and Civic Center executive director Craig Baltzer were in attendance.
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After a selection process that began in November 2017, the Falls Church City School Board unanimously selected the design-build team of Gilbane, Stantec, and Quinn Evans Architects for the new $108 million George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Falls Church City Schools’ Superintendent Peter Noonan noted, “The design put forth by the Gilbane team is nothing short of brilliant. It is everything the community has asked for and more. I'm very excited as we now move into the home stretch with engagement between the architects and the community beginning in earnest.”
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Following continued acquisition and organic growth activity in global markets, Stantec maintained its status as top 10 global design firm in two key industry rankings, underscoring the firm’s commitment to client service in the communities where it operates. For the second year in a row, Stantec ranked No. 10 on the “Top 150 Global Design Firms” list by Engineering News-Record, one of the industry’s leading trade publications tracking construction and consulting activity worldwide. The firm also advanced to No. 9 on the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” list by Architectural Record, a premiere source of news and information on architecture and design. Both rankings are based on reported revenues from 2017.
Construction Equipment Guide
The Construction Management Association of America' New York/New Jersey Metro chapter has recognized STV's role supporting the New York State Department of Transportation in the construction of Phase 1 of the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, New York, with a prestigious Project Achievement Award in the Transportation category.
Delegated design comes into play in construction when a general contractor or subcontractor assumes responsibility for some aspect of a project’s design. This can occur with any project delivery type, and adds a new layer of responsibility — and potential liabilities — for construction companies. It is also not unusual, said Christopher Wilson, senior principal of architecture in Stantec's Sacramento, California, office, for a portion of the project's mechanical, electrical and plumbing work to be delegated to subcontractors because there is a close relationship between design documentation and fabrication of those systems.
A team from Washington State University wants to take one of the construction industry’s largest source of waste and turn it into a plausible building solution. And the project will next move beyond the laboratory and into scale with a demonstration structure. Roughly half of the construction industry’s waste stream comes from low-value drywall. A 2,000-sq-ft home can generate more than a ton of the gypsum board product. When put into landfills, it gets even worse, as soil bacteria decompose the gypsum and create a noxious gas. The Washington State University team in Pullman includes Taiji Miyasaka, professor in the School of Design and Construction; David Drake, adjunct faculty in the School of Design and Construction; and Robert Richards, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The group started developing drywall blocks in 2017 with a grant from the American Institute of Architects.
This summer heralds in a new and challenging phase of environmental health and safety regulation reporting. Starting in July 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require businesses across the U.S. to submit workplace illness and injury reports digitally. With non-compliance fines starting at over $10,000, it’s a problem that companies can’t afford to ignore. But compliance isn’t just a legal mandate; observing safety rules also creates a safer, healthier workplace culture for all—which equates to more productive and happier employees. But digital transformation can seem like a huge undertaking. Truth is, it doesn’t have to be an all-in approach. Today, out-of-the-box digital tools and processes take the hard work out of meeting OSHA’s new reporting requirements and move companies up the digital transformation maturity ladder, at a pace that works for them, with no coding.
Construction contract disputes across the world are getting longer, more complex and more expensive, according to the “Global Construction Disputes Report 2018” from design and consultancy firm Arcadis. The value of North American disputes — or total costs added to a project for the additional work being claimed — dropped for a fourth consecutive year to $19 million in 2017, compared with the $43 million global average, the report found. Meanwhile, the average length of North American disputes increased from 15.6 months in 2016 to 17.7 months last year, exceeding the global average of 14.8 months. Contract errors and/or omissions were the top cause of disputes in North America last year, followed by poor contract administration, which was trailed by failure on the part of an owner, contractor or subcontractor to understand or comply with contractual obligations. Social infrastructure and the public sector collectively saw the most disputes while the transportation sector saw the second most. Contract and specification review was the most effective technique for claims avoidance in 2017, the report found, while an owner or contractor’s willingness to compromise was most critical for mitigating or resolving disputes early on. Further, the report found that project teams that use early resolution techniques reach a settlement with 82 percent success.
Ousama H. Beydoun, PMP, DBIA
Illinois Department of Transportation
James Folgia, P.E., DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Heather Furey, P.E, DBIA
La Jolla, Calif.
Timothy Glessner, P.E., DBIA
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Camp Hill, Pa.
Chinu Kaushal, DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
Marvin Thad Brunson, Assoc. DBIA
John McLoughlin, Assoc. DBIA
Christina Park, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
Scott Wellerson, Assoc. DBIA
Paul Wilburn, Assoc. DBIA
State of California | Department of General Services
West Sacramento, Calif.
Jiankang Zhu, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
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George F. Young, Inc.
Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Mesa Energy Systems
Superior Wall Systems
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Kansas City, Mo.
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
New York, N.Y.
New York State Department of Transportation
Long Island City, N.Y.
Garden Grove, Calif.
Design/Build by Visner
Eagle River, Wis.
Archer Western Construction (a Walsh Group Company)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Aug. 16, Next Gen Networking Happy Hour
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
Aug. 15, Albuquerque Chapter Lunch Program, Design-Build Done Right
Aug. 29, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Lunch Program, DFW Design-Build Infrastructure Projects Summit
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Aug. 15, Young Professionals Lawn Bowling Evening Event
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 8, Bay Chapter Young Professionals Evening Program, Design-Build “Present and Future Outlook” Panel and Networking Mixer
Aug. 9, 2018 Owners Council Webinar Series #7, Design-Build Process Utilizing Negotiated Selection
Aug. 14, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, Design-Build Progress & Success in San Francisco; Update on Floating Fire Station 35 and Upcoming City of San Francisco Work
Aug. 16, Sacramento Chapter Lunch Program, Trade Partner Panel – Making Design-Build Successful
Aug. 17, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, A Day at the Races
Aug. 24, Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 10, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 20, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, Why Diverse Teams Help to Build Successful Projects
Oct. 19, Nevada Chapter Golf Tournament
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