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DBIA's National Design-Build Student Competition provides young design-builders the opportunity to create a project as a team, present it to some of the industry's leading pros and earn national recognition for their hard work. Student teams first compete on a Regional level with first-place winners moving to the second phase of the competition. Teams earning a spot at the National Competition receive $1,500 in support of travel and expenses, including complimentary conference registration, to attend the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Philadelphia in November.
This year's National Design-Build Student Competition project is a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwestern United States. Registration is open until September 6 – register here today!
There are only a few more days left apply for an Owner Scholarship to the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo which provides complimentary registration and/or a travel stipend to the event. The goal of the fund is to advance the awareness, understanding and use of design-build among as many owners/government agencies as possible and assist agency personnel who may not otherwise be able to attend the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo. Applications must be completed online by Monday, August 21. Questions should be directed to Allison Leisner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 23, DBIA Webinar, How Small Is Too Small for Design-Build?
Sep. 6, Deadline for Student Competition Team Registration
Sep. 12-14, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
SOLD OUT Sep. 18-20, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 19, Design Management Fundamentals, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 22, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sep. 25-27, Certification workshop, Maryland Heights, Mo.
A complete schedule for 2017 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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Representative John B. Larson announced on Tuesday a $1 trillion proposal to improve the nation’s infrastructure. It’s called the America Wins Act, and Larson says it will create millions of jobs and not raise the national debt. ... An upstream tax on the carbon-content of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas could raise $1.8 trillion over ten years. That revenue would be placed in a trust fund and used solely for improving the nation’s infrastructure. American citizens would receive a tax rebate and carbon-intensive industries would receive dedicated funding.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) secretary Shawn Wilson has announced that the multi-million dollar design-build contract to widen Interstate-10 from four to six lanes has been signed. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018.
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MnDOT recently executed a contract with WSB & Associates Inc. to begin work on a research project titled “Bridge Construction Time and Costs.”
The research project will help the State of Minnesota’s Bridge Office develop a guidance document and a tool for bridge construction time estimation to be used by MnDOT District project managers and construction staff. The tool will provide a range of production rates based on specific design criteria, being more concise based on the level of information available and will aid in evaluating the potential benefit for accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques.
The New York Times
Government spending on transportation and other public works is in decline as federal funding stagnates and state and local governments tighten their belts.
Such spending equaled 1.4 percent of the nation’s economic output in the second quarter of 2017, the lowest level on record, according to Census Bureau data.
Leidos is seeking interested bidders for the Antarctic Infrastructure and Modernization for Science (AIMS) project, with an RFP anticipated in October. Read a Q&A with the project manager to learn what it’s like to do construction in Antarctica and request bid prequalification materials today.
Finance & Commerce
The group had just 20 months to design and build a structure that would house all 67 Minnesota senators, support public participation in the legislative process, and serve the public for a century. The building, which had to be ready for occupancy by January 2016 to accommodate that year’s legislative session, was completed on time.
Architects from St. Paul-based BWBR and Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton, a variety of engineers, and design-builder Mortenson Construction of Golden Valley met daily to collaborate on the design and assess progress.
The Architect's Newspaper
The new terminal is part of a $4 billion project to improve the airport, of which Delta will provide $3.4 billion with New York State filling in the rest.
The Washington Post
The District is set to begin its largest construction project in history: replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which opened in 1950 over the Anacostia River and is one of its busiest commuter gateways, carrying 70,000 vehicles each day. ... The city has awarded a $441 million design-build contract to South Capitol Bridgebuilders, a joint venture of Archer Western Construction and Granite Construction, with AECOM as the lead designer.
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The San Diego Union-Tribune
“The good thing about this campus is there’s a high level of concern for quality, but there’s also a high desire to be forward-looking and to do things that are cutting edge,” said David Harper, who leads HKS’ higher education practice and previously oversaw a similar but not as ambitious a project for The Ohio State University. “It really sets the tone and sets the standard that everybody’s going to have a hard time living up to and other universities will try. But it will be game changer.”
Off-site construction, also called prefabricated or modular construction, allows various building elements — anything from bathrooms to pre-wired light fixtures to exterior walls — to be built in a factory and transported to a construction site. “We’ve found it helpful to think about modular as a construction process rather than a specific type of building,” Hardiman said. “It describes how the building was constructed, not what the building is.” One downside to constructing off-site is decreased flexibility to update buildings in the field. “What we’re talking about doing is rethinking decisions that are made too late and advancing them upstream,” DPR Construction Project Executive and National Prefabrication Leader Zach Murphy said. “[Prefabrication] isn’t good for making last-minute changes, but it’s about making those decisions earlier.
With the increasing and immediate need for new facilities, upgrades and maintenance for existing infrastructure, coupled with a squeeze in public spending, public private partnerships have emerged to combine financing of public infrastructure by accessing private capital through various models and financing vehicles. While there are many variations of public private partnerships, one which is gaining popularity in the United States is referred to as the design-build finance operate maintain model (DBFOM). In this design-build model, the owner bundles the responsibilities for financing, design, construction, operations and long-term maintenance of the project to a private sector partner.
Well-meaning thoughtful leaders in the construction industry spend a great deal of time asking the question: What can we do to improve? Some important concepts have emerged from asking this question and these concepts have been transformed into meaningful action. There is incredible talent, knowledge, capability, and skill in the industry. There is no shortage of excellent ideas for changing processes. For example, modern project delivery methods like design-build and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD); new project management methodologies that incorporate lean principles; and new technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM) all provide opportunities to enhance integration in project teams and improve results. Yet despite the quality of thinking and the emergence of new and valuable tools, the construction industry remains one of the least productive industries in the world. United States construction-sector productivity is lower today than it was in 1968.
Daniel Augusti, P.E. CGC, DBIA
Stephen Andrew Cordts, DBIA
Flatiron Construction, Inc.
Joseph Hamed, P.E., PMP, CCM, DBIA
NXL Construction Services, Inc.
Jacks Earl, DBIA
LD Kems Contractors/Maska Builders
Eyal Perchik, AIA, ACHA, DBIA
Los Angeles, Calif.
Antonio Santoro, P.E., DBIA
Shaik Sihabuddin, E.I.T., DBIA
Gilbane Building Company
San Jose, Calif.
Anurag Tandon, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Jason Vines, CPE, DBIA
Nabholz Construction Services
Sean Donnelly, Assoc. DBIA
Jeff Scott Johnson, Assoc. DBIA
University of Washington
Andrew Dixon Kallam, Assoc. DBIA
Weldin Construction, LLC
Jeffrey Dallas Keiser, Assoc. DBIA, RCDD, PMP, RTPM
San Diego, Calif.
Jonathan Martin, Assoc. DBIA
WA State Department of Enterprise Services - Engineering and Architectural Services
Allen McCullough, Assoc. DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
Victoria Morris, Assoc. DBIA
University of Washington
Robert Charles Randolph, Jr., P.E., LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Stefan Rehnfeldt, Assoc. DBIA
Shane Ruegamer, Assoc. DBIA
University of Washington, Capital Project Department
Dustin Lee Shelton, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc DBIA
Howard S. Wright a Balfour Beatty Company
Piyawat Vorapani, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
DBIA Contact: Certification
Oct. 12-13, Design-Build 2017 Conference
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 12, Clay Shoot
Sep. 21, Iowa Chapter 9th Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 19, 2017 Region Awards Celebration
Aug. 24, Small Business Administration’s “All Small” Mentor/Protégé Program
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Sep. 20, Annual Owners’ Forum
DBIA-South Central Region
Sep. 19, 2017 MEGA Meeting
Aug. 22, Georgia Chapter Networking Event
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 18, San Diego Chapter, DBIA Day at the Races
Aug. 24, Sacramento Chapter Lunch Program, Progressive Design-Build Project (aka Collaborative Design-Build) Delivery - An Alternative Approach to Maximizing Design-Build Project Delivery
Sep. 1, Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 11, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, San Diego: The Innovation Economy’s Next Frontier (with SMPS)
Sep. 21, LA/OC Chapter Breakfast Program, Public-Private Partnerships: Developer Panel
Sep. 25, Bay Area Young Professionals Event – End of Summer Site Visit and Mixer
Oct. 5, Southern California Annual Golf Tournament
Nov. 3, Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
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