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DBIA Announces 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners
DBIA has announced its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. This year, 25 projects in nine categories were awarded National Awards of Merit for demonstrating advanced and innovative design-build project delivery, in addition to achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations. One project in each of the nine categories will be named as a National Award of Excellence winner in an awards ceremony during DBIA's Design-Build Conference and Expo on Oct. 7 in Dallas, Texas. In addition, three National Awards of Excellence will be given for Design, Process and Teaming. The Project of the Year winner will also be announced at the awards ceremony.
Senate Sends Highway Bill to Obama
After the House rejected Senate changes, senators held their noses and voted 81-13 for a $10.9 billion bill to fund highway projects through May 2015. Earlier in the week, the Senate voted to amend the House-passed Highway Trust Fund bill, changing the length of the extension to December to pressure lawmakers to come up with a long-term solution after the midterm elections.
Senate Approves Victor Mendez, Peter Rogoff Nominations for USDOT Posts
The U.S. Senate late last week confirmed the nominations of Victor Mendez as deputy secretary of transportation and Peter Rogoff as under secretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
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Work on High-Speed Rail Moves Forward
The Bakersfield Californian
Construction in the Fresno area of the 114-mile-long California high-speed rail stretch to Bakersfield will begin by the end of the year, the Kern Transportation Foundation board of directors was told recently. The acquisition of property from Madera to Fresno is continuing, said Diana Gomez, Central Valley regional director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and some vacant structures have been demolished as part of the line from Madera to the southern edge of Fresno.
Construction Project Delivery Systems Vary Widely in Benefits for Owners, Architects & Contractors, According to New McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report
PRNewswire via The Wall Street Journal
New research from McGraw Hill Construction published in its Project Delivery Systems SmartMarket Report reveals that while owners, architects and contractors in the buildings sector all agree that the choice of a delivery system on a project impacts project cost, schedule and the potential for overall client satisfaction, perspectives on which of the three established delivery systems can best deliver these and other benefits often vary widely by player.
The BIM System Phenomenon
Contemporary computer technology changes rapidly, forcing people to adjust the way they work in accordance with accumulative modifications. Architectural design is one of the businesses affected by such change. From the process of manual drawing and drafting of 20 years ago, the profession has moved on and adopted CAD (computer-aided design) for the presentation and production of architectural documents, especially with construction drawings.
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From Design-Build to Design Excellence: Five Elements That Matter
Ideas + Buildings
The design-build delivery method is usually associated with cost- and schedule-driven projects on which architectural excellence is low on the list of priorities. In the traditional model, the lowest-cost team brings a completed design to the table that then forms the basis of a contract. The client is always asking for more and the builder works to deliver the minimum. The architect works for the contractor and can do little to address the owner's frustrations.
Officials Credit Innovation With Speedy I-495 Repairs
The News Journal
Dark and bright moments punctuated the near-lightspeed temporary repair that reopened I-495 southbound weeks ahead of expectations, DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt recalled hours after traffic returned to the roadway. Few were darker than the day in early June when "cold feet" set in among the few specialized drilling companies called in on short notice to punch holes 4-feet across and up to 140 feet down for 32 jumbo, underground concrete supports.
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DBIA Announces 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners
DBIA has announced its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. This year, 25 projects in nine categories were awarded National Awards of Merit for demonstrating advanced and innovative design-build project delivery, in addition to achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations.
How to Design and Build a Plastic Surgery Center in Less Than 5 Months
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
The process for health care construction projects is becoming faster, better and less expensive. Health care organizations need to take advantage of opportunities to increase and improve patient services, add new product lines, increase market share, maintain revenues, reduce the cost of delivery of medicine and better utilize their tight capital dollars.
GSA Task Force Plans for Future Net-Zero Buildings
Federal News Radio
The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September. The committee recently decided on a provisional definition of net-zero energy buildings to push them toward creating clear goals and guidance to agencies. The draft definition distinguishes between two different types of net- zero energy buildings.
Professor: Union Station Most Important Building in Denver
Colorado Public Radio
Union Station officially reopened in Denver, and University of Colorado Denver history professor Tom Noel says it's arguably the most important building in the city. The iconic building is again a center of transportation, offering bus, train and light rail connections. A hotel and shops have been added inside the building.
Opus Group Building Gander Mountain Stores
The Opus Group recently announced plans to build three 52,000-square-foot retail buildings for St. Paul, Minnesota-based retailer Gander Mountain. The new retail stores will be located in Augusta, Georgia; Newnan, Georgia and Algonquin. Construction on the Algonquin store started earlier this year. Opus has previously completed four retail buildings for Gander Mountain in Alabama and Georgia.
Advance Registration Rate for Federal Symposium Ends Monday!
There are only a few days left to take advantage of the advance registration rate for our upcoming 2014 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! Register by Monday, Aug. 11, online or via PDF download and save $100 on the cost of a full conference registration. Register today!
Call for Papers Opens for 2015 Transportation & 2015 Water Conferences
DBIA is seeking presentation proposals for the upcoming 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference that will take place March 9-13, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Presentation proposals must be completed online by Friday, Aug. 29. DBIA is seeking submissions on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: P3s, design excellence, early engagement of the team and writing the RFQ/RFP.
Aug. 11-15, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 15, Design Management, Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 18, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19-21, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 12, Conceptual Estimating, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 16, Conceptual Estimating, Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 22-26, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 3, Design Management, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 5, Design Management (Pre-Conference), Dallas, Texas
Oct. 6-8, 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Oct. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 17, Design Management, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 24, BIM Execution Planning, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 24, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Nov. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 13, BIM Execution Planning, Atlanta, Ga.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
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Region Events Calendar
Sept. 11, Design & Building Industry Mixer
Nov. 6, Annual Conference, Design-Build 2014
Sept. 9, Technology in Today's Industry – Owner's Tool Box
Sept. 26, Golf Tournament
Oct. 5, River Runners Biathlon
Oct. 23, Transportation Owners/Industry Dialogue
Nov. 20, Annual Meeting Dinner – PSU Design-Build Study
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Sept. 21, Oklahoma Chapter Dinner and Networking Event, Growing Design-Build Firms
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sept. 17, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 13, Arizona Chapter Reception
Aug. 28, Sacramento Lunch Program, Why Design-Build Has Been Successful for CDCR
Sep. 5, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sep. 15, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Sep. 16, Bay Area Lunch, Collaborative Delivery: Why, How and How Much?
Sep. 16, DBIA/AIA LA Breakfast, Design-Build Trifecta
Sep. 22, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Bay Area Networking Cruise
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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