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Oct. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Greenwood, Village, Colo.
Oct. 24, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Raleigh, N.C.
Nov. 1-3, Certification Workshop, Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 7, Design-Build 101 Primer, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pre-Conference Course)
Nov. 8-10, 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Nov. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Miami, Fla.
Dec. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 8, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Honolulu, Hawaii
A complete schedule for 2017 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced it will take on private-sector partners to finish a $1 billion state highway modernization project in Oakland County, MI. Using the public-private partnership (P3) model to design, build, finance and maintain the remainder of the project, rather than waiting on public funds to become available, could shorten the construction schedule by up to a decade, The Detroit News reported. MDOT will issue requests for qualifications from potential private partners before the end of the year, and it anticipates the selection process will wrap up in the summer and fall of 2018. The winning teams will be reimbursed via annual payments.
The Baltimore Sun
When the state opened eight miles of express toll lanes on Interstate 95 in 2014, drivers questioned whether they would improve the flow of traffic or even be affordable for most motorists. … Now Gov. Larry Hogan wants to expand the program, spending $9 billion to add hundreds of miles of such lanes on the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 between Washington and Frederick, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to decrease congestion and collect more money.
The State Journal
[State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith] vowed to do his best to bring West Virginia’s crumbling highway system into the 21st century and make up for years of neglect brought on by tight budgets. Smith said the road bonds that voters will be asked to approve make up 60 percent of the governor’s “Roads to Prosperity” highway construction and maintenance program, an approximately $3 billion program Justice believes will help jump-start West Virginia’s economy, create hundreds of millions of dollars in spinoff revenue and put tens of thousands of West Virginians to work almost immediately.
A bipartisan group of Western senators has introduced a bill that would allow states affected by wildfire to tap into federal hazard recovery dollars, providing immediate assistance to help reduce the risk of flooding, erosion and future blazes. As it stands, states can receive hazard mitigation funding only after the president declares a major disaster. However, unlike destructive hurricanes, floods or tornadoes, most fires do not typically receive a major disaster declaration. The Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act would treat fires the same as other disasters, allowing states access to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The proposal comes after nearly 8 million acres of forest were consumed by fire this summer, including 678,000 acres in Oregon. The bill was announced Friday by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Michal Bennet (D-Colorado), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho).
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Times Free Press
In just over a year, motorists passing through Chattanooga on interstates 75 or 24 will start seeing orange barrels at the infamous traffic-snagging interchange at the Tennessee-Georgia state line known as the "Split."
State officials have issued a request for letters of interest from firms seeking to land a design-build contract for the long-awaited revamp of the interstate area, notorious for traffic backups and crashes for the past three decades. The project cost is estimated at $65 million, according to the IMPROVE Act list signed into law in April by Gov. Bill Haslam, who visited the interchange project site in June.
Commercial Property Executive
Simply put, the design-build model saves time and money. Construction can begin while the design process is being delivered, allowing the operator to do what it does best: maintain continuity while welcoming and impressing the guest through the full experience, without otherwise detracting from the guest’s expectations and the hotel’s bottom line.
When Mortenson Construction was founded more than a half-century ago, the company's founder questioned its ability to succeed. M.A. Mortenson began the business at 48 years old in Minneapolis, knowing the risks of starting a construction company in a saturated market following the post–World War II boom.
Sixty-three years later, that same company has made a name for itself among the nation's top contractors and has cracked Forbes' list of America's largest private companies multiple times, posting annual sales of $3.8 billion in 2016.
The Architects Newspaper
Three generations of Wight & Company have operated in the Chicago area for over 75 years. With a main office in the western suburb of Darien and an outpost downtown, the company employs over 175 architects, engineers, and builders. Even with this long history, Wight continues to evolve, and in recent years it has seen major changes. Perhaps the most drastic of these changes happened in late 2015 when renowned Chicago architect Dirk Lohan joined the office and brought his entire firm of Lohan Anderson with him. With the addition of Lohan, the company is now venturing in new directions while bolstering their existing repertoire. As Executive Vice President, Director of Design Kevin Havens put it: Wight is a “design-lead design/build practice.” While the company does not yet build everything it designs, the underlying goal is to recapture some of architecture’s legacy as a field of master-builders. In this, Wight and Lohan found a common value.
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Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Harbor Bridge Project developer Flatiron/Dragados, LLC gave a media tour at the precast yard in Robstown on Friday, where large concrete segments of the bridge are being constructed.
Project managers gave an update on the construction phase that is scheduled for completion of the $802.9 million bridge in Spring 2021.
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How to handle wastewater is an expensive conundrum for the oil industry: as much as eight barrels of wastewater are produced for every barrel of oil pumped out of the ground. Most of this wastewater eventually has to be moved, usually by truck, and injected into a disposal well. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that wastewater disposal costs oil producers anywhere from $1 to $8 per barrel of wastewater, making it one of the highest costs associated with oil production. In addition to the high cost for oil producers, wastewater injection into disposal wells has been linked to induced seismicity in some geologies.
Building Design + Construction
Projects are the backbone of the way you do business. Isn’t it time that you step up their analysis? After all, doing so is really the only way you can set concrete goals, ensure predictability, and grow your profits in a sustainable way. Clearly, then, you can’t neglect your metrics. The indicators I’m about to take you through comprise a potentially daunting list, but when you track them regularly, you’ll have the information you need to make the right decisions for your firm.
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The strategic application of new materials, effective construction techniques and comprehensive data capture are just a few of the tactics engineers today are using to increase bridges' lifespans. "The investment in infrastructure has to be significant, but it's not a four-year investment, it's a generational investment because, for a generation, we haven't paid too much attention to it," said Andrew Whittaker, director at the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) at the University at Buffalo, in New York. "[That investment] will take advantage of research that is underway now, that has just finished or is just getting started."
A radically different shear-wall core system for simpler and speedier construction of steel-framed high-rise office buildings is about to make its debut. The coupled steel-plate composite wall system —a sandwich of plates filled with concrete liberated of reinforcing steel — provides the strength, stiffness, safety and serviceability of a reinforced concrete core but is not burdened by rebar congestion and complex formwork, say structural engineers testing the system.
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.
Paul Biagiotti, DBIA
Brunswick County Public Utilities
Joseph Calagione, P.E., DBIA
Joshua Hunter, LEED AP, DBIA
PCL Civil Constructors
April Lenkey, AIA, DBIA
Culver City, Calif.
Derrick Bizicki, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Rebecca L. Cawyer, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Los Angeles World Airports
Los Angeles, Calif.
Kristian Fields, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Garrett Werlinger, Assoc. DBIA
Royal City, Wash.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Oct. 12-13, Design-Build 2017 Conference
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Nov. 2, Integration Station: Where Great Ideas and Networking Meet
Oct. 6, Ozarks Chapter Kick-Off Meeting
Oct. 18, St. Louis Breakfast Program, State of the Work Force Report (with AGC and SLCCC)
Oct. 19, 2017 Region Awards Celebration
Oct. 26, Kansas Chapter Evening Program, Alternative Delivery in Transportation
DBIA-New England Region
Oct. 26, Where’s the Water Flowing? Design-Build Moves Water!
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Oct. 17, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, Healthcare Reforms – Potential Impact on Design and Construction Delivery
Oct. 18, Nevada Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Nov. 3, Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
Nov. 14, Sacramento Chapter Annual Evening Mixer
Dec. 15, Presentation proposals for 2018 Regional Conference due
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
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