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Design-build ban lifted after flood
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Tropical Storm Irene has washed away New York's famed and often debated Wicks law, or at least part of it, in a temporary action. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September quietly issued an executive order suspending regulations that mandate the hiring of separate design and construction firms for road and bridge projects. More

Virginia Department of Transportation issues request for proposals for Route 29 bypass
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The Virginia Department of Transportation recently advertised a Request for Proposals for the Route 29 Western Bypass in Albemarle County. VDOT is seeking proposals to build the new road using its Design-Build project development process. More

Military research lab completed in San Antonio
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Skanska USA's building business unit, a leading provider of construction management, preconstruction and design-build services, Sept. 15 joined officials from the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army to celebrate the completion of the Tri-Service Research Laboratory. The project began in 2009 as part of the transformation of Fort Sam Houston into a world-class center for military medical training. More

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Search for Amherst, Ohio, recreation and wellness designer approved
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Plans are underway to find a designer for a new recreation and wellness center Lorain County Metro Parks plans to build in Amherst, Ohio. Park commissioners Sherrill M. McLoda, Robert Campana and Fred Alspach approved a resolution allowing park Director-Secretary Dan Martin to advertise for design-build services for the center. More

Part of Route 50 expands to 6 lanes in Virginia
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Construction begins to widen Route 50 from four to six lanes between Poland Road in Loudoun County and Route 28 in Fairfax County in Virginia. The 3.7-mile design-build project will take three years to complete. Motorists will begin seeing construction equipment and work crews on Oct. 5, weather permitting. Through next spring, crews will be working only on westbound Route 50, restriping pavement and shifting lanes to make room for construction. More

Crews to divert traffic off I-15 for 2 nights at Russell Road in Las Vegas
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Traffic on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas will be routed off the freeway for a short distance soon. Crews will be installing girders at the Russell Road overpass those nights. To allow them to work in the needed areas, traffic will be diverted off the freeway, taking the Russell Road off-ramp and then returning directly to the freeway via the on-ramp. More

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West Central School begins construction on wind turbine in Indiana
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West Central School Corp has started construction on a utility-grade wind turbine project on the school's complex in the state of Indiana. WCSC will utilize the Northern Indiana Public Service Company feed-in-tariff program for renewable energy generation. The wind project will include one 321 feet high, 900kW, three-blade PowerWind turbine on school property. More


Republicans eye level funding of transport programs
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Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are willing to try and find more money for highway and bridge construction and transit upgrades as part of long-term transportation funding legislation. John Mica, chairman of the Transportation Committee, recently received a commitment from leadership to help identify new sources of funding to try to ensure that budgeting over a six-year period would at least meet today's spending levels, a senior congressional aide told Reuters. More

Member News

Denver AIA honors two design-build projects
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The Denver chapter of AIA has recognized two projects by RNL -the Denver Central Platte Campus received a Merit Award and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory a Citation, both in the Built Architecture category. More

HNTB names Northeast design-build officer
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James (Jim) Gordon has joined HNTB Corporation as a design-build officer for the Northeast division. More

News from DBIA

Advanced registration rate for DBIA Annual Conference expires tomorrow
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Registration rates for the 2011 Design-Build Conference & Expo will increase by $100 beginning Oct. 8. Submit your registration online or download our PDF version and return to by COB on Friday, Oct. 7 to obtain our discounted rates. Register Now!

Presentation proposals for 2012 Water/Wastewater and 2012 Transportation due Monday, Oct. 10
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Are you interested in submitting a presentation proposal for the 2012 Water/Wastewater Conference or 2012 Transportation Conference being held in Phoenix next April? Abstract proposals are due by Monday, Oct. 10 and will only be accepted via our online portal. Submit your topic today! More

Exclusive events for students and academia held at Annual Conference
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DBIA has scheduled four events at the 2011 Design-Build Conference & Expo that are just for students and academia. Kick off your networking experience by attending the Student Mixer/Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. Continue your experience on Thursday and Friday by attending our special Walt Disney presentation, our evening Mix & Mingle and our committee meeting just for academia. More

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Next featured book: Easy Scheduling
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The next in our featured publications is Easy Scheduling: A Construction Scheduling Resource Handbook. As the title indicates, it provides a set of scheduling tools tailored to the needs of small to medium sized construction businesses, ways to manage workload across several projects. Use this link to get your 10 percent DBIA member discount. More

Is your DBIA profile up to date?
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As a member organization that strives to provide the best service and most relevant information to our members, it is critical for us to have your current information. DBIA is asking you to log into your member profile on to review and update your information. Should you have any questions or need your password to log into your profile please contact the Membership Department at or by calling 202-682-0110.

Boost your IQ - You have the questions. We have the answers.
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DBIA always wants to know what challenges and opportunities practitioners and owners are facing. We listen for what's missing, what works and what doesn’t to allow us to more effectively serve the industry's needs.

A case in point is the feedback we've received to DBIA's completely revised contract documents, which were launched in June 2010. We received a variety of questions about the use of the current forms and addressed a few of these questions for your information. In addition, the DBIA Contract Document Taskforce has graciously agreed to provide additional forms based on feedback from DBIA members and customers. (This will not be a wholesale revision to the new documents.) The Taskforce will be led by Robynne Thaxton-Parkinson, DBIA, who served on the 2010 Task force that revised the documents. Your questions and her answers are on the DBIA website.

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epipeline for DBIA members
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An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline,, for information on getting access. More

IP Members - Do you have an owner you'd like to encourage?
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DBIA offers all Industry Partner member contacts, benefit recipients and additional contacts the opportunity to nominate one owner for a free one-year individual membership. They'll receive Insight every week, as well as other DBIA communications. This is a good way to encourage an owner who appreciates the benefits of design-build or educate one who's still undecided. See the details of this – and other IP member benefits – on our website.

The Design-Build Institute of America reminds you of another member benefit!
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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.

Upcoming events
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Oct. 13, Super-Charged Source Selection, Honolulu
Oct. 14, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Honolulu
Oct. 18, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 18, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 19-21, 2011 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 14, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Atlanta
Nov. 18, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Norfolk, Va.

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Region events
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Oct. 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 12, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Fourth Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 25, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Breakfast Program, Southern California
Oct. 27, DBIA-Southeast Region, 12th Annual Golf Tournament
Nov. 1-3, DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region, "DBIA Knows Public-Private Partnerships" 
Nov. 2, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, deadline for entries in Regional awards program
Nov. 9, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Chapter Program: Water/Waste Water
Nov. 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Evening Mixer in San Diego
Nov. 16, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Chapter Program: Management of Design in Design-Build
Nov. 16, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program: Sustainability
Nov. 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Annual Meeting and Dinner, Regional Awards presentation
Nov. 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program, Northern California
Dec. 1, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program: Southern California
Dec. 13, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owner and Practitioner Round Table Forum
Dec. 14, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2011 Annual Members' Meeting (with awards presentation)

DBIA knows public-private partnerships
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Join the Liberty Northeast Region on Nov. 1-3 in Atlantic City, N.J., for a conference dedicated to helping understand what public-private partnerships are, how they will improve the outlook for construction and engineering projects and teach you what businesses need to know to take advantage of the opportunity they offer. More

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations.

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