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Thirteen (13) industry leaders representing eleven (11) federal agencies gathered for a full day to challenge thinking and play a major role in affecting positive change. The leaders addressed imperatives that hinder the federal sector's ongoing ability to achieve optimal efficiency and performance in designing and constructing the built environment.
Time Warner Cable News
Time Warner Cable News in San Antonio briefly mentioned the Design-Build Institute of America during a local news report on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion winning a 2016 National Design-Build Project/Team Award. The project was San Antonio's largest single capital improvement project.
Aug. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Lakewood, Colo.
Deadline Extended! Aug. 19 - Submit your Presentation Idea for the 2017 Design-Build in Transportation or Water/Wastewater Conference
Aug. 31 – Deadline to submit for an Owner Scholarship to the Annual Design-Build Conference & Expo
Sep. 19 – Cut-off for the Early Bird registration rate for the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo
A complete list of educational and region events are below the news items, so keep scrolling for more information.
Forty transportation projects across a variety of modes have won grants totaling $484 million in the latest round of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
As with the previous TIGER rounds, the new group of winners emerged after an intense competition. DOT reported that it received 585 applications this year, seeking more than $9.3 billion.
McKinsey & Company
Despite significant investments in people and processes, the global construction industry has struggled to increase productivity. McKinsey Global Institute in partnership with the Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice is launching a major research effort to investigate labor productivity challenges in the construction sector. The research will identify organizations that have been able to achieve excellence in productivity, and will determine organizational, process, and technological innovations that have enabled that excellence. In support of the research, they are looking for your perspectives to help shape the dialogue. They are asking for your participation in a short survey to learn more about what you feel has been holding productivity back in your organization, how you’ve approached innovation, and where you’ve seen strides forward. You can access the short survey by clicking here. They encourage you to forward this to other leaders and project managers in your organization.
American Water Works Association
Even before the Flint crisis focused North America’s attention on lead service lines, pipes where top of mind for the water sector. Water infrastructure ranks as top concern in the 2016 State of the Water Industry Report.
July snapped a three-month streak of jobs losses for the U.S. construction industry with an increase of 14,000 workers. The industry’s unemployment rate fell for a fourth consecutive month in July from 4.6 percent to 4.5 percent. That is the lowest unemployment rate the industry has seen since October 2006.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Thursday, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will consider its list of projects over the next two decades, in which its biggest expense likely will be road maintenance.
The draft 2040 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan has $6.1 billion worth of projects, ranging from highway updates to bike lane construction and bus system operations. If approved Thursday, the 34-page list then will be prioritized, based on what’s financially feasible. The final list will be approved in June 2018.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered metal buildings & steel systems construction. Through the use of the company’s advanced engineering programming, Varco Pruden combines steel structural materials with virtually any exterior finish to create metal buildings that are energy efficient and provide years of trouble-free performance.
Building solutions...one relationship at a time.
The project south of Columbus is modeled in a different way than having an engineering company design the project, bidding it out to a contractor with the lowest bid and then building it.
Instead, Indiana DOT has three teams pairing up an engineering company with a construction company that will compete to deliver the best taxpayer-value project for a fixed price that will be set by INDOT later this year in a request for proposals, Wingfield said.
Journal of Commerce
Alberta has seen two of the worst natural disasters in the province's history within the last few years. The southern Alberta flood of 2013 and the fires that raged across Fort McMurray earlier this year both caused tremendous trauma to those affected and billions of dollars in damage. To share lessons learned from these events, experts from private industry, academia, the non-profit sector and the government addressed disaster resilience at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's Annual Summit (PNWER) this month in Calgary.
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The National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd. (NIDCO) on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure intends to design and construct the Churchill Roosevelt Highway Extension from Wallerfield to Manzanilla and a Bypass Road around Sangre Grande (CRHEM).
SmithGroupJJR, partnering with Skanska, will design and build a new 150,000-square-foot, six-story headquarters facility for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water).
The Sound Transit Board of Directors selected HDR Engineering, Inc., to provide final design services for the Tacoma Link Expansion and an expanded maintenance facility.
Miami-Dade County has awarded a contract for improvements to baggage-handling systems at Miami International Airport (MIA) to Odebrecht USA and its joint-venture partner, Parsons Corporation.
Pacific Business News
New York-based Macquarie Infrastructure Corp., the owner of the state’s largest gas utility, said it entered into an agreement this week to buy Critchfield Pacific.
The Washington Post
New guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality will ask agencies to actually quantify the climate impacts of their decisions, when possible, in the context of the environmental reviews that are already required by NEPA. It will also ask them to consider how to do things differently, in a way that could help prepare the U.S. better for a warming climate.
“What were once alternative delivery methods are more mainstream now, and many owners don’t have to accept the low bidder anymore,” he says. “How you play together matters. Smart contractors realize that relationships count.”
In its many studies on the benefits of building information modeling in construction, Dodge Data & Analytics has consistently demonstrated that larger companies are more likely to use BIM and to benefit from it than smaller ones. Therefore, in the latest BIM study—where we examined BIM success factors and modeling—responses were limited to general contractors, construction managers and trade contractors with $50 million or more in annual construction value. That’s because we wanted to hear from firms with the most BIM experience. This approach minimizes the likelihood of widely different responses due to company size and allows us to see the differences in BIM use among GCs, CMs and trade contractors. The study also examined factors that support the successful implementation of BIM and the overall prevalence of construction modeling as well as how firms are responding to other changing jobsite technology demands. Here are some highlights.
With the launch of DBIA’s Young Professionals (YP) program last year, the number of YPs participating at both the national and regional level have increased eight-fold. We welcome the next generation of design-builders and have several opportunities available for those new to the workplace as well as those about to graduate including a mentorship program, student mixer & career expo and our annual Student Competition. The top three competition teams will present live in Las Vegas where judges will determine this year’s winning team. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 1, 2016 for the 2016 Student Competition. Email email@example.com for more information.
Registration for the 2016 National Design-Build Student Competition is now open until Sept. 2, 2016. The two-phase competition brings together teams consisting of five students from diverse fields of study (two students must be from design or architecture program) collaborating on Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a parking facility on a liberal arts college campus in the United States. Finalists will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three shortlisted teams will present in person at DBIA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, click here.
DBIA will be exhibiting at this year’s PWX Conference hosted by the American Public Works Association. The event will take place this August 28-30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We invite you to be our guest to walk the trade show floor and visit our booth where we will be promoting design-build best practices to public works employees around the country. To register, use our Free Pass and mention that you are a guest of the Design-Build Institute of America in booth #1705. See you there!
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
New member listing as of Aug. 8, 2016.
- Vasileios Argyropoulos
New York, N.Y.
- Alberto Mezarina
City of Thornton
- Todd Predmore
Skanska USA Building
- Courtney Wester
Aug. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sep. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Lakewood, Colo.
Sep. 19-21, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 21-22, Offsite Construction Expo, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 23, High Performance Incentive Contracting, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep. 26-28, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 10-13, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 17-19, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Design Management Fundamentals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 2-4, 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 14-16, Certification Workshop, Raleigh, N.C.
Nov. 16, Performance Requirements: The Key to Effective RFPs, Worcester, Mass.
Dec. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Aug. 25, Afternoon/Evening Program and Networking Event, Design-Build Presented by Architects: Discover the Benefits of Design-Build Delivery
Oct. 13-14, Design-Build 2016
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 19, Clay Shoot Event in Fortville, Ind.
Sep. 13, Iowa Chapter, 8th Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 12, Sporting Clay Tournament
DBIA-South Central Region
Sep. 19, AEC MEGA Group Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 16, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, Reflections, Lessons Learned and Outlook for Public-Private Partnerships in Public Higher Education
Aug. 18, Sacramento Luncheon Program, Achieving Design Excellence with Design-Build Delivery (with AIA-Central Valley)
Aug. 23, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Federal Design Excellence Standards and Design Build Process: How the two combined have produced cost effective and award winning projects
Sept. 2, 6th Annual Hawaii Golf tournament
Sep. 12, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 6, Southern California (Irvine) Golf Tournament
Nov. 1, Nevada Chapter Golf Tournament
May 18, 2017, 1st Annual Design-Build Regional Conference
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects and some agency sites are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063