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Early Bird Registration Expires Monday for 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo!
Join DBIA this Fall for the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo being held Nov. 2-4 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of the year for the design-build market and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. It is the perfect opportunity to learn key aspects of design-build project delivery from experienced, knowledgeable and articulate industry experts who will highlight best practices, lessons learned, noted challenges, emerging trends, and so much more. Register by this Monday, Sept. 21 to receive our "early bird" registration rate – a savings of $100. Register Now!
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Ready for Some Football? Better Use Design-Build
Interested in building an NFL Stadium these days? Well, it will likely cost you upwards of $1 billion. And that’s just the baseline price; if you want to really get a picture of what it will cost, you’d have to figure in financing interest, which I will not venture into. The most recently constructed NFL venue, MetLife Stadium (pictured above), cost the New York Giants a whopping $1.6 billion to construct.
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2015 Merit Award Winners: Aviation Category & Civic/Assembly Category
Design-Build Done Right
In less than 7 weeks DBIA’s annual Design-Build Conference & Expo will feature an awards ceremony where we will honor the 26 Merit Award Winners, and announce 15 more award-winners on stage live. Hosted this year in Denver, Colorado, from Nov. 2-4, we hope you can join us by registering here. This week we recognize the Merit Award winners from our Aviation and Civic/Assembly categories.
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DBIA Names Three Healthcare Projects as 2015 National Awards of Merit Winners
The Design-Build Institute of America recently named three healthcare projects as 2015 National Awards of Merit winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in Design-Build project delivery, the projects were evaluated by a panel of industry experts. One project will be named National Award of Excellence winner in an awards ceremony during DBIA’s 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo on Nov. 3 in Denver, Colorado. In addition, four National Awards of Excellence will be given for design (one for architecture and one for engineering), process and teaming; and one project will be honored as National Project of the Year. The healthcare winners are listed here.
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Honolulu Rapid Transit System Changes Design Despite Previous Funding
The Associated Press via The Garden Island
Honolulu rail officials are having construction firms create their own design plans for the second half of the island's 20-mile transit project, despite having spent more than $100 million in final design plans. "It's still salvageable, but it would have been a lot better not going so far," said Rex Huffman, a Florida-based building industry consultant and member of the advocacy group Design-Build Institute of America, of the design work that's already been done. "It makes no sense. They're already designed, so what's the design-builder going to do?"
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  Polyurea Coatings Webinar with PDH Credit

"The Use of Polyurea Protective Coatings in Water & Wastewater Treatment Environments with PDH/CEU Credit.” This webinar sponsored by VersaFlex Inc, one of the leading technology providers of polyurea coatings and linings materials in the world In this webinar, we will discuss specific areas of application for polyurea in water and wastewater treatment facilities. Learn the problems and challenges that all coatings present in these environments, and the advantages that polyureas can deliver in each specific area.


Highway Deal Still Up in the Air
The Hill
The Transportation Department said this week that highway funding could last well into 2016, potentially giving Congress an extra half of a year to strike the long-term infrastructure deal that has long eluded Washington. But House Republicans, the driving force behind the efforts to use revenues from offshore corporate profits to pay for highway projects, say they don’t want the extra time. Congress might frequently need a deadline to pass important legislation, those Republicans acknowledge. But lawmakers also have no interest in pushing a highway deadline deep into a presidential election year, and House Republicans say waiting that long would also allow the Highway Trust Fund to dip to dangerously low levels.
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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.
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Type of Intersection at 50/USA Parkway in Nevada Topic of Talks
Reno Gazette-Journal
Lyon County Manager Jeff Page said the developers are not in favor of the currently proposed high-T intersection where USA Parkway would meet U.S. 50. Page said, as he understands, this would be like the U.S. 395 and Johnson Lane intersection in north Carson Valley, and he wouldn’t favor that type of intersection either for a four-lane roadway. He said the developers would prefer a high-speed roundabout intersection. The USA Parkway construction project is being advanced as a design-build project, and he said NDOT told them the type of intersection would be included as part of the design-building process.
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Golden's NREL Helps Federal Buildings Go Solar
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
With zero congressional wrangling, President Obama sent down an executive order in March — dubbed “Planning For Federal Sustainability In The Next Decade” — that mandates that federal agencies get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025. Engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden have the task of guiding building supervisors toward that goal. Andy Walker, principal engineer with NREL’s Integrated Applications Center, joined “First Take with Lando and Chavis” on KUVO recently to talk about the massive fast-track program.
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Florida in Middle of Airport and Seaport Constructing. Is It Enough for 100 Million Visitors?
With Florida on pace to host a record 100 million visitors this year, the state's tourism infrastructure is being challenged like never before. Florida's four large-hub airports and five major seaports are undergoing billions of dollars in renovations and construction, but some experts says Florida will have to adapt to even further increases in demand to remain competitive. Tourism is the state's biggest industry.
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Army Corps of Engineers Projects Prevent $13.3 Billion in Flood Damages
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood risk reduction projects in the south central and southwestern United States prevented an estimated $13.3 billion in damages to local communities and infrastructure during the May-June 2015 flood event, according to recent calculations by corps officials with the Southwestern Division in Dallas.
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Engineering Competency Model: Uses, Relations, Implications and Rodney Dangerfield
My purposes in writing this blog are threefold: introduce the recently released Engineering Competency Model, describe some of its immediate uses in engineering education and practice, and consider some of its long-term implications in relation to other efforts. The ECM includes five tiers, with essentially all of Tiers 1 through 4 intended to be applicable to all of engineering. Tier 5 is available for any engineering discipline that wants to add competencies specific to its specialized area. Note the breadth of technical and nontechnical topics and compare them with the education and prelicensure requirements of today’s engineers. Do you see a gap? I do.
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Drone Use Creates Opportunities for Contractors
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), commonly referred to as "drones," are valuable tools that often have a negative stigma attached due to media coverage of careless and illegal operation. But in reality, these small aircraft hold a lot of untapped potential with contractors constantly discovering new applications.
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Subcontractor Default Insurance: The Claims Process and "Other Insurance" Provisions
Ahlers & Cressman PLLC
Subcontractor Default Insurance ("SDI") continues to capture market popularity since its invention by the Zurich Insurance Company under the name SubGuard. SDI is an alternative to traditional surety bonding that provides the general contractor ("GC") protection from subcontractor default through a two-party contract (the GC and the insurer).
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DBIA's Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
DBIA Congratulates Rick Converse of Pinkard Construction Company as the second weekly winner of the campaign! As a weekly winner, Rick receives a $25 DBIA rewards certificate, good towards live DBIA education courses, conference registration fees or national membership.
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Design-Build Done RightTM Webinars
DBIA webinars provide you with a convenient and enjoyable way to obtain meaningful continuing education credit and to get timely information on the "design-build hot topic" issues that are important to you. Our webinars create a virtual classroom that comes to you. Learn about Design-Build Best Practices for the Transportation Industry from transportation experts Jim Avitabile, P.E., DBIA; John Bale, P.E., DBIA, MBA; and Shailendra G. Patel, P.E., DBIA, during the Sept. 22 webinar. Next month we start off on October 13 with Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA, presenting DBIA Contract Focus: The RFQ/RFP: The Owner’s Considerations.

All webinars provide 1.5 CEUs and cost $50.00.

Visit our website for additional upcoming webinars and to register.

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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Felipe Chuang, DBIA
Vanir Construction Management
Los Angeles, Calif.

Brian Earnst, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Hensel Phelps
Phoenix, Ariz.

Ryan Kennerly, CE, P.E., DBIA
Parkhill Smith & Cooper
Lubbock, Texas

Kevin McCarry, LEED GA, DBIA
Lydig Construction Inc.
Bellevue, Wash.

Thomas McKenna, P.E., DBIA
Allied Engineering Group, LLC
Tulsa, Okla.

Lance Ray, DBIA
Ray Architecture
Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Jack Reddehase, DBIA
Clark Construction Group
Clovis, Calif.

Charles Smith, Jr., AIA, NCARB, DBIA
New York, N.Y.

James Thompson, P.E., DBIA
Houston, Texas

Assoc. DBIA

Keith O'Connor, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Houston, Texas

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • John Briggs
    City of Greensboro, Water Resources Dept.
    Greensboro, N.C.

  • Margaret Crane
    District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)
    Washington, D.C.

  • Clayton Fraser
    Thompson Builders Corporation
    Novato, Calif.

  • Angela Fuerst
    Lisle, Ill.

  • Cosmo Guido
    Guido Brothers Construction Company
    San Antonio, Texas

  • Cheri Hance Staples
    District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)
    Washington, D.C.

  • Matt Lane
    McGranahan Architects
    Tacoma, Wash.

  • Chris Niedhammer
    ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, Inc.
    Downers Grove, Ill.

  • J. Michael Sawyers
    Triad Engineering, Inc.
    Ashburn, Va.

  • Frank Seales
    District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)
    Washington, D.C.

  • Joe Swank
    Portland, Ore.
New member listing as of Sept. 14, 2015.

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Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)

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

DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Oct. 6, Tri-State Chapter Breakfast Program, "Which Design-Build Contract is Right for You and Your Projects?"
Jan. 12, 2016, Tri-State Chapter Evening Program, "Public Use of Design-Build"

DBIA-Mid-America Region
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-Northwest Region
Oct. 27, Evening Program, “Design-Build Project Delivery Tools for Tri-Met’s Tilikum Crossing” (with CMAA Oregon Chapter)

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
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-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 22, San Francisco Luncheon Program, “Developers Doing Design-Build”
Sep. 30, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, "A Case Study in Design-Build: The City of Henderson's Journey from Selection through Construction"
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament

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The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy: RFP Design and Construction (deadline Sep. 25, 2015)

Finch LRT Contractor Sought (Ontario, Canada)
The government's public-private partnership agency, Infrastructure Ontario, has asked for interested companies to submit their qualifications for the design, build, finance and maintain contract. It also includes a maintenance and storage facility at Keele north of Finch.

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