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This year's National Design-Build Project/Team Award winners prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that design-build is changing the way America builds and delivering impressive results in communities from coast to coast. When you see this year's incredible list of design-build winners, it's easy to understand why design-build is sweeping the nation.
The Texas Health Recovery and Wellness Center in Mansfield has been named a winner in the health-care category of the 2018 Design-Build Project/Team Awards by the Design-Build Institute of America.
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.
Legislation that would provide $1 billion in infrastructure grants and would extend the electronic logging device waiver for livestock haulers for the next fiscal year easily passed the Senate on Aug. 1. The fiscal 2019 transportation measure that includes funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development was part of a $154.2 billion package approved 92-6. The package had the measures for the departments of Interior, and Agriculture, as well as financial and environmental agencies. The $1 billion for BUILD infrastructure grants, formerly TIGER grants, would require officials to award 30% of the grants for rural areas. Over the years, policymakers have applauded the grants for supplementing big-ticket projects of regional significance, which state and municipal officials noted they had struggled to fund. Recipients have included the Port of Baltimore and regional railways in Maine.
In its third round of US airport infrastructure grants, FAA has released an additional $770.8 million in funding, bringing the total airport improvement program (AIP) awards announced year-to-date to $2.1 billion. A total of $3.2 billion in AIP allotments will be distributed this year. Concurrently, FAA said it had signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to provide $180 million in infrastructure grants for the construction of two new perimeter taxiways at DFW. Under the LOI terms, DFW “may proceed with the project immediately and be reimbursed for the federal share in a series of grants over the next several years.”
Everybody agrees the United States needs better infrastructure — the question is how do we pay for it? ASCE estimates that by 2025 about $4.5 trillion will be required to upgrade surface transportation, wastewater infrastructure, power plans, airports, waterways and ports, dams, solid waste facilities, levees, public parks, rail, and schools. The Trump administration plans to release a new infrastructure proposal that is expected to move away from a “project-based” system in which the federal government provides funding for certain infrastructure projects. Instead, the plan will support the creation of public-private partnerships (PPPs), where states and private investors provide most of the funding for infrastructure projects. Any federal funding would serve as incentives to get private investors on board, or for special or “transformative” projects, such as high-speed rail.
Building Design + Construction
Airport operators everywhere are scrambling to keep pace. “Construction and expansion of airports is growing at a rate of 5–10% or more around the world,” says Jay Fraser, Vice President/General Manager of Turner Construction’s Aviation Group. Turner is adding a three-level, 50,500-sm international port at Cam Ranh International Terminal in Vietnam to handle 2.5 million passengers a year. ... AEC firms that practice design-build or integrated design delivery methods and are open to public-private partnerships are in the sweet spot for airport projects. “Clients are looking at delivery models that save money and time,” says Bijan Pashanamaei, PE, Director of AECOM Global Aviation.
Building Design + Construction
For 50 years, since its founding in 1965, the University of California, Irvine, stuck to a two-story, low-density campus housing paradigm appropriate to its suburban Orange County location. On January 20, 2016, that model was disrupted by an announcement from Janet Napolitano, President of the UC system, directing the 10 UC campuses to build a total of 14,000 new student housing units by 2020. ... UCI’s Pratt attributed much of the success of the Mesa Court project to the design-build team, led by architecture firm Mithun and design-builder Hensel Phelps. “We’re huge proponents of design-build,” said Pratt. “We’ve been doing it for 25 years.” He said he likes the “cost certainty” that comes with holding a design-build competition (“we know how much we have to spend”) and the speed of delivery (“much faster than what most of our peer institutions can deliver”). Mesa Court was completed in 28 months, from contract award to occupancy.
Out of a total of 121 entries submitted into ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2018 Best Projects competition, our team of judges selected 42 projects across 18 categories as the region’s best.
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The number of new rooms added to the Omaha, Nebraska, hotel market during the last five years has outdone the rest of the U.S., according to an Omaha World-Herald analysis of research firm STR's data. In that time period, the number of hotel rooms in Omaha has increased by 16% versus 7% nationwide.
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Construction specialists Balfour Beatty and Arcadis are teaming up with Ruhnau Clarke Architects to design and build the East Valley Water District’s new water treatment plant, the Sterling Natural Resource Center.
The $126 million recycling plant in Highland is expected to recharge the area’s groundwater basin with up to 10 million gallons of water daily and boost the region’s water independence in the event of another drought.
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WSP Global Inc., Montreal, has agreed to buy Berger Group Holdings Inc., parent of the group of companies operating under the umbrella name of Louis Berger, a Morristown, N.J..-based international professional services firm, for $400 million. The long-rumored sale of Berger, at a multiple of about 8.9 times earnings, now is set to close in the fourth quarter. It would add about 5,000 employees to the global giant's staff, with about 70% in the U.S., the firms said on July 30. WSP has 43,000 global employees, it said.
For the design and construction team behind the 12-story SOVA apartment building in Denver, however, these challenges presented an opportunity to lift prefabrication techniques to new levels, literally and figuratively. Along with prefab steel-stud wall panels that form the interiors of SOVA’s 211 units, exterior walls for the upper nine levels utilize locally manufactured load-bearing panels. By shifting an even greater share of field tasks to a controlled, off-site environment typical of prefab projects and then executing a meticulously planned site construction sequence, the team is helping Denver-based developer McWhinney meet the high demand for residences in the city’s Uptown district. The upscale building is set to open in February 2019.
About 10 years ago, engineers at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center developed Bridge-in-a-Backpack, an arch bridge system with components that can be hauled in a bag and quickly assembled to form a span that can reportedly last up to 100 years. But arch bridges represent only a small percentage of the aging bridges that need to be replaced in the U.S., according to Habib Dagher, executive director of the center.
So taking up a similar line of thinking, he and his team developed a composite girder bridge system — a more common type of bridge structure — that they say is easily transportable and more than twice as collapse-resistant as typical concrete or steel girder bridges.
Monsoons in India arrive with puddles and potholes blocking the streets and creating heavy traffic. While life comes to halt in Mumbai and Delhi during heavy pouring, business and work life tend to suffer. In a first, an intellectual brigade at Tarmac – a sustainable building materials and construction solutions firm -- has introduced a water absorbing cement.
With the PASS system allowing Tian and University students to create traffic simulations quickly and effectively, Reno commuters have a real chance to benefit from the outcome of the research.
"Signal re-timing is considered one of the most cost-effective traffic management strategies," Tian said. "For both personal vehicles and public transportation, well-timed signals means reduced stops, which reduces travel delays and back-ups, and lowers fuel consumption and emission. One of the first intersections we studied on was North McCarran Boulevard along Clearacre Lane and US 395, and we've found that the general benefit-cost ratio ranges between 30:1 to 300:1. So this system can help us create a very real and very tangible difference."
City of Wichita, Kan., RFP No. FP840055
Design, build and operate the Northwest Water Treatment Facility. Specifications and other information is available on the City of Wichita website at https://ep.wichita.gov/. Proposals are due prior to 3:00pm on Friday, September 7, 2018. One original and 20 copies of the proposal are required. Envelopes must be marked “Request for Proposal FP840055” and show due date and time to identify contents. "Request For Proposal" submittal letter must be signed and dated to submit a proposal.
It’s never too early to get your travel plans together for the 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo. Hotels are filling up fast so reserve your space today! DBIA has reserved blocks of rooms at several hotels conveniently located near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans, easily walkable from where you are staying. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be a DBIA Conference & Expo attendee to keep a reservation made using the DBIA discount. Visit designbuildexpo.com/handtravel.cfm for more details.
The 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo is shaping up to be one to remember, with an incredible lineup of speakers and sessions. From leadership to the latest design-build research or predicting the future of our industry, this year's 25th anniversary sessions promise to inspire. This year’s speakers include:
Visit Design-Build Done Right, DBIA’s blog, for more information about this year’s speakers.
- Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, well-known for being the Commander of Joint Task Force Katrine & Global Preparedness Authority
- The Founding Fathers Panel featuring the five industry leaders that founded DBIA back in 1993
- Researchers from FMI Corporation who will break down the latest design-build market trend data. Researchers Keith Molenaar (University of Denver) and Brian Franz (University of Florida) will also discuss new design-build cost and schedule data
- Rich Karlgaard, a publisher and futurist who is the author of two best-selling books on high-performance companies
Industry Partner Member
Hi-Tech Tilt (Park Avenue Construction Co., Ltd.)
ISE Logik Industries, Inc.
Truform Building Systems, LLC
Reiss Engineering, Inc.
G.W. Liles Construction Co., Inc.
BKT Construction, Inc.
Flower Mound, Texas
WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
Castle Pines, Colo.
Florida Concrete Pipe Association
Archer Western Construction (a Walsh Group Company)
Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects
Garrett Thiessen Construction, Inc.
Paso Robles, Calif.
New member listing as of August 6, 2018.
DBIA Contact: Membership
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. 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. 4, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 19, Nevada Chapter Golf Tournament
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