This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.

Text Version  RSS  Unsubscribe  Archive  Media Kit |  Design-Build Insight Directory:

Home   Membership   Conferences   Education   Certification   Advocacy       August 06, 2015


Recruit New DBIA Members and Win Rewards!
From now until October 1, DBIA will give out rewards every week to celebrate members who recruit new members. Each week, DBIA will hold a drawing and reward one member who recruited a member in that week with a $25 DBIA reward! At the end of the campaign, additional prizes will be awarded based on how many new members you were able to recruit. Prizes include a two-year free membership, a $100 DBIA reward and a free registration to next year’s Design-Build Conference & Expo. Download this printable form and share it with your friends and colleagues who you think would enjoy DBIA membership benefits such as this newsletter, access to our Design-Build Manual of Practice, exclusive networking and online learning opportunities and discounts on DBIA contract documents, education programs and conferences.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Design-Build in Every State Begins Here
On Aug. 3, our very own Louis Jenny and Richard Thomas will represent DBIA at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Seattle, Wash. The Summit has become an annual event for us, because it attracts thousands of state legislators and their staff from across the country, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to key decision makers in state policy about the benefits of design-build project delivery. NCSL gives us the opportunity to discuss the benefits of design-build with various public servants through the circulation of our maps, best practices and fact sheets, as well as answer any project delivery questions legislators and their staff may ask.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Continued Coverage of 2015 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Awards
Burns & McDonnell Wins National Recognition for New Orleans Energy Plant (EIN Presswire)
UW Tacoma's New University Y Student Center Earns Accolades (The Suburban Times)
Swisslog Wins Award from Design-Build Institute of America (Modern Materials Handling)
DBIA Announces 2015 Design-Build Competition Winners (The Construction Specifier)

View all of the 2015 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Award winners at

Share this article:  



VIDEO: Obama Signs Three-Month Highway Funding Extension
Transport Topics
President Obama signed the three-month extension of funding for federal highways July 31, but criticized Congress for failing to agree on a longer-term solution. "It's a bad way for the U.S. government to do business," Obama said of the uncertainty states and municipalities face in the absence of long-range funding. He said his message for Congress is: "We should not be leaving all of the business of the U.S. government to the last minute." The $8 billion extension Obama signed extends infrastructure spending to Oct. 29.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

North Carolina Bill Aids Financing for Intake
Wilkes Journal-Patriot
A bill approved by the N.C. Senate Tuesday makes the proposed raw water intake project on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir easier to finance. Co-sponsored by Sen. Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro, House Bill 538 includes a provision allowing “tier one” towns on a drought vulnerability list to be approved for 30-year terms on loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which finances drinking water capital projects. Currently, the maximum term is 20 years.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

2015 State of the Water Industry Report: Infrastructure still tops list of concerns
American Water Works Association
Even as prolonged drought grips California, the state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Association’s 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.
Share this article:  
Promoted by American Water Works Association

Finding Money for Highways is Becoming a Bipartisan Project
The Modesto Bee
Seeking more state cash to patch up highway infrastructure is getting bipartisan support. GOP governors in Georgia, Iowa, South Dakota and Utah are among those who have approved road tax increases. Other Republican-leaning states, including North Carolina and Michigan, are still looking at ways to draw in more money for their roads.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Onondaga County, N.Y., Wraps Up New Amphitheater for Sept. 3 Concert, with a Little Help from Its Friends
Double shifts, fast-track legislation and a cooperative neighbor – those are some of the reasons Onondaga County has been able to transform a cliff made up of discarded soda ash into a stage and entertainment venue, overlooking a lake in the midst of being rescued from decades of pollution. One of the keys to the amphitheater’s quick construction was last year’s state legislation that allowed it to be a “design-build project.” That means contractors submit a single bid, instead of different parts of a project being bid out separately. It’s the first project of its kind allowed to use this protocol in the state. Syracuse-area Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli gets the credit for that.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Hot Commercial Sector Pushes Construction Forecast to $360 Billion
Memphis Business Journal
Overall spending on commercial construction — particularly for industrial facilities, offices and hotels — is up, while overall spending for institutional construction — particularly for public safety and religious facilities — is down. The American Institute of Architects’ released its Consensus Construction Forecast, showing healthy grow is expected for commercial construction this year. Despite adverse weather conditions that curtailed construction in the first quarter, the overall construction market is performing well to date, with total spending on commercial building increasing more than 7 percent for the year.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Highway Construction Plans Are Now Free and Available Online in Maryland
The Washington Post
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the state has stopped charging contractors to obtain engineering plans for highway-construction projects and that it instead will make the documents available free online. Hogan said the move helps fulfill his pledge to make the Maryland government more business-friendly, one of his rallying cries during the 2014 election.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

California's Cucamonga Valley Water District Receives Award from American Society of Civil Engineers
Fontana Herald News
CVWD, which serves some customers in Fontana as well as other nearby cities, received the award because of its recently completed Arthur H. Bridge Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Project by design-build delivery. This was the first design-build project for CVWD. The advantages of this were that it provided CVWD with a single point of responsibility for design and construction services along with the opportunity to select innovative and best-value solutions while reducing the overall duration of the project.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

University of Iowa Proposes Third New Residence Hall on West Side, Potentially Will Cater to Athletes
One week after dedicating its first new residence hall since 1968, and only months after proposing a second new dormitory on the east side of campus, the University of Iowa is asking to build a third new hall, enabling it to keep pace with a growing student body. UI officials want to use a design-build delivery method for both the proposed residence hall and new track facility. The university has completed two projects using the method, and its new east-side residence hall is proceeding via design-build. “Design-build would allow for a best-value selection of a contractor/architect team, while maintaining a selection process that includes construction price bidding,” according to the UI’s proposal. “This method would also allow for completion of construction in an accelerated manner, allowing for student occupancy of the residence hall by the earliest possible date.”
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Construction Wave Produces New and Improved Schools
District Administration
The first annual District Administration School Construction Survey gathered data from more than 1,000 school personnel this past spring. More than half of respondents said their district broke ground on a major building project in 2014-15. Of the 720 respondents engaged in construction during the past academic year, 42 percent said their schools recently completed or broke ground on major infrastructure renovations, such as roofing, windows, HVAC and technology upgrades. Forty percent of respondents stated they were expanding school buildings and 33 percent were constructing entirely new schools
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Illinois' Thornton Quarry Transformation Part of "Largest Civil Engineering Project on Earth"
The Times
Once it comes online, Thornton Reservoir will have the capacity to hold nearly 8 billion gallons of water. The untreated water will be fed by gravity through a series of tunnels from municipal sewer systems eventually to the former quarry, where MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos said she expects a constant level of about 10 feet of water to remain at all times.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Fluor's Eagle P3 Project Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility in Denver Awarded LEED Gold Certification
The commuter rail maintenance facility is part of Fluor’s Eagle P3 Project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain three commuter rail lines that are scheduled to open in 2016. “This facility will benefit the community for years to come,” said Terry Towle, Fluor’s Infrastructure president. “Fluor's collaborative approach to project development, execution and delivery enhanced the sustainable features of this facility, which is recognized by the achievement of LEED Gold certification.”
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Reveals New LaGuardia Airport Master Plan
After a seemingly never ending dance of “will they, won’t they,” New York Governor Cuomo on Monday finally revealed a unified master plan for a new LaGuardia Airport. The new LaGuardia is a nearly total rebuild, involving not only the Central a Terminal Building as previously planned, but also includes redevelopment of the current C and D terminals. LaGuardia Gateway Partners, which includes Walsh Construction, Skanska USA and Parsons Brinckerhoff, will work on the project
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Johnson County, Kan., Gateway Phase 2 Project Celebrates Dual Milestones
The Kansas City Kansan
With the new K-10 and Ridgeview Road interchange in Olathe serving as the backdrop, Secretary King, Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland, Gateway Interchange Constructors’ Bill Clarkson and KDOT Project Director Burt Morey cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the K-10 and Ridgeview Road diverging diamond interchange and College Boulevard improvements.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Denver RTD Awards $140 Million Contract to Extend Southeast Light-Rail Line
Denver Business Journal
The Regional Transportation District's board late Tuesday approved a $140 million contract with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. and partners to design and build an extension to RTD's light-rail line across Denver's southeast suburbs.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

City of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Given Keys to Canalta Centre
Medicine Hat News
The Canalta Centre is officially in the hands of the City of Medicine Hat. The handover of the building — constructed over the past two years — was officially set to occur at midnight on Friday between officials of PCL Construction and the arena’s private operator SMG-Canada.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Heritage and BIM
AEC Magazine
Many in the AEC arena will see new buildings as the main application for Building Information Modelling (BIM) but a considerable percentage of projects are refurbishments or part developments of existing buildings, many are listed. Heritage buildings pose two major issues — how do you bring the existing structure into the 3-D BIM process and the requirement to record and retain many architectural features.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Uber Model to Construction Equipment
Daily Commercial News
KWIPPED, a U.S. startup, intends to revolutionize equipment rentals by allowing companies in any industry — including construction — to both supply and rent equipment online. Launched in 2014, the company offers a digital business-to-business platform to empower companies to enter the rental marketplace. Suppliers and renters can join for free, while KWIPPED monetizes interactions by charging a fee to the supplier on each successful transaction.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

ENR Survey: The Clients and Clauses that Companies Avoid
Engineering News-Record
Better economic times have arrived in the U.S., and along with them have come ever-more aggressive efforts by developers and project owners to off-load risk. From designers to general contractors to niche subcontractors, everyone is fielding demands and contracts that require them to either work without compensation or take on liability far beyond their traditional or desired scope.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Contract Terms Always Have Price Implications
Daily Commercial News
Sadly, the contracts that tend to give rise to dispute are those which contain uncertain language, or that seek to impose a risk on one party to the contract that departs markedly from what would ordinarily apply. RFP and tender documents constitute some of the most important forms of business communication. Attention tends to be focused on including the right clauses in order to permit modifications to the original specifications, where additional needs are identified during the contract competitions; protect the issuer from the risk of litigation; or allow some flexibility in the selection of a supplier
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Insurers of General Contractors Can No Longer Hide Behind Business Risk in Refusing to Defend Their Insureds in Construction Defect Litigation
The National Law Review
Generally speaking, a contractor’s commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy is designed to cover personal injury or property damage caused by an accident resulting from the contractor’s work. The policy is not meant to be a guarantee of the contractor’s work and therefore does not cover damages to the work itself – instead, these are known as “business risk” damages. The concept that is inherent in every agreement for the performance of construction work is the risk that the work will be done improperly.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Seven Smart Ways To Leverage Social Data
Social media data is morphing into a new kind of ammunition for companies open to using it. Marketers have been monitoring the effectiveness of their social media campaigns and attempting to manage their companies' reputations. In addition to determining what customers and prospects like and dislike, the information has been used to optimize sales and marketing messages, minimize customer service issues, prioritize product development, and inform product management.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


DBIA Accepting 2016 Board Nominations
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.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Design-Build Done Right Webinars
Webinars are one of the simplest ways to receive the Continuing Education Units you need to maintain your DBIA, AIA or P.E. certification status. Lucky for you DBIA is hosting Design-Build Done Right™ webinars this Thursday and the following Tuesday! A key feature of our webinars is your ability to interact with live industry experts in real time, so join us to refresh or grow your expertise in design-build best practices with Robynne Parkinson JD, DBIA on Tuesday, August 11, and Daniel Rawlins, DBIA, RA, on Tuesday, August 18.

Visit our website for additional upcoming webinars and to register.

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Monday - Advanced Registration Deadline for 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium!
Join DBIA and SAME for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! The 2015 Symposium will take place this August 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 Monday, August 10, to receive our “Advanced” registration rate for the Symposium. On-site pricing will begin on August 11. Register Now!
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Call for Student Competition Teams
DBIA is currently seeking student teams to participate in the fourth annual National Design-Build Student Competition. The competition closely follows how real-life design-build projects are procured — it's a two-step competition, with teams responding to RFQs, short-listed finalists responding to RFPs, and a final in-person presentation at the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver. The Student Competition eligibility requires that teams include students who are enrolled in a college-level construction, design, or development curriculum. Four of the team members must be undergraduate students, with the option of one team member being a graduate student. The deadline to register is September 1, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Industry Partner members
  • BSE Structural Engineers, LLC
    Lenexa, Kan.

  • IBARRA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Dallas, Texas
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Bill Everest, P.E.
    East Orange County Water District
    Orange, Calif.

  • Mark Giuliani, AIA
    Giuliani Associates Architects, Inc.
    Alexandria, Va.

  • Andrew Moriarity, LEED AP BD+C
    Opus Design Build, LLC
    Minnetonka, Minn.

  • Josh Peters
    Opus Design Build, LLC
    Rosemont, Ill.

  • Bryce Simpson
    Western Washington University
    Bellingham, Wash.

  • John Treston, AIA
    Western Washington University
    Bellingham, Wash.

  • Andre Vite, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C
    University of Colorado Denver
    Aurora, Colo.
New member listing as of August 3, 2015.

DBIA Contact: Membership

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Registration Opens for 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo (DBIA)
Maximizing Project Success – A New Guide for Owners (JD Supra Business Advisor)
Four Common Sources of Contract Risk and How To Eliminate Them (Business 2 Community)
Presidio Parkway Opens in San Francisco (Lexology)
Fort Benning Project Delivery Team Shines with Delivery of Groundbreaking Hospital (DVIDS)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Upcoming Events
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sep. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Aug. 19, Breakfast Event, Jacksonville Transportation Authority: Moving Our Region Forward
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)

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

DBIA-Mid-America Region
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Aug. 12, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Aug. 21, Regional Awards Judging
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 16, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct 21, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 13, Young Professionals Event (with AIA)
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA-Southwest Region
Aug. 26, Dallas-Fort Worth Luncheon Event

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament

DBIA Contact: Membership

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Project Leads
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!

New RFP for LA Fire Museum

University of Cincinnati Looking to Build $135M College of Business

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Design-Build Insight

Contact DBIA:
Geoffrey Corey, Director, Communications & Special Projects,
Todd Rich, Manager, Web and Graphic Systems,

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Julie Bernhard, Executive Editor, 469.420.2647  
Contribute news

This edition of the Design-Build Insight was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here.

Recent issues

July 30, 2015
July 23, 2015
July 16, 2015
July 9, 2015

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063