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Have you ever wondered about the benefit of using a design/build firm versus the traditional renovation method? As the name suggests, the firm takes care of the design as well as the construction phase of the project. According to the DBIA (Design-Build Institute of America), approximately 40 percent of commercial construction contracts are design/build. The reality is having a single source handle a project is often a better experience than the classic design-bid-build method. This also applies when renovating your corporate café, university dining hall, hotel restaurant and other dining locations. … “I’ve seen the result of the traditional method and it’s not always pretty. The design/build method fosters teamwork, lends itself to coordination and, in our firm, projects designed are buildable because you have experts from all teams working together from day one,” said Ivan J. Weiss, Executive Vice President & COO of elite|studio e.
The 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans is coming up and we want to see you there! The Design-Build Conference & Expo attracts more than 2,000 industry professionals across the A/E/C community and is the only industry event that provides a platform for experienced and knowledgeable design-build experts to talk about best practices, lessons learned, noted challenges and emerging trends. Register by Tuesday, October 30, to receive the Advanced rate, a savings of up to $100 per full conference registration. Visit www.designbuildexpo.com/online_registration.cfm to complete your registration today!
Hear about the founding of DBIA from the leaders who were there. The industry has come a long way in the 25 years since the first group of leaders met in Washington, D.C., to talk about forming a new design-build association. The Design-Build Institute of America started as just an idea. Thanks to the leadership of our five “founding fathers” – Preston Haskell, Jim Gray, Rik Kunnath, Don Warren and Kraig Kreikemeier – DBIA has transcended even their dreams for the organization. This month’s episode of the Design-Build Delivers podcast gives you an inside scoop of how DBIA came to be back in 1993. Featuring the “founding fathers” of DBIA, you’ll want to hear from them as they tell us how it happened – and where the industry is headed.
Nov. 6, Developing, Implementing & Participating in Effective, Diverse and Inclusive Business Enterprise Programs in Design-Build
Nov. 6, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build (Pre-Conference), New Orleans, La.
Nov. 7-9, 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo, New Orleans, La.
Nov. 7, DBIA 25th Anniversary Celebration Party
Nov. 8, 2018 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Dinner
Nov. 14, WEBINAR, Identifying a Viable P3 Project: Key Public and Private Sector Considerations
Nov. 14-16, Certification Workshop, Tampa, Fla.
Nov. 29, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Milpitas, Calif.
Dec. 4-6, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 13, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
Apr. 8, 2019, Design-Build for Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 10, 2019, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
A new water infrastructure bill has become law, authorizing $3.7 billion for a dozen new Army Corps of Engineers projects and $4.4 billion for drinking-water projects, but funds are subject to annual appropriations.
President Trump signed the measure, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, on Oct. 23 at the White House as lawmakers who played roles in crafting the bipartisan bill looked on.
Webber was named ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2018 Contractor of the Year and is a leader in transportation, waterworks and commercial construction. Catalyst Houston, a 28-story luxury apartment building built by Webber, was named an ENR Best Residential Project.
Learn more about building Downtown Houston's premier high rise, luxury apartments.
States play a central role in overseeing America’s infrastructure. They own roadways and many other transportation assets. They regulate a wide assortment of transportation, water, energy, and telecommunications systems. They manage billions in federal infrastructure funds and are increasingly looking to jumpstart new investments, while also choosing how and where to support local infrastructure efforts. That’s what makes 2018 such an important year. With 36 governor mansions up for grabs, a slew of new or incumbent executives will have four years to set their states’ infrastructure agendas. Issues such as roadway design, environmental resilience, and overall funding levels will all run through the offices of these new governors. But these infrastructure conversations and activities do not simply start after November 6. In many states, they have been a central feature of debates throughout a heated campaign season.
In addition to the platforms one might expect — Republicans advocating for deregulation and Democrats for a more active government role in the economy, for example — a number of candidates have stances on infrastructure funding, immigration and mega-projects in their districts. Below are the biggest issues this election season involving the construction industry.
(gas tax; immigration, border wall construction; environment versus growth; California bullet train, San Joaquin Delta projects)
The P3 Federal Conference
Taking place November 27-28, it offers education and networking opportunities to public agencies and industry professionals exploring P3s and seeking to better understand how alternative delivery can address their project needs. Join over 800 senior decision makers from industry and local, state and federal agencies for two days of in-depth networking, education and business development.
Traffic Technology Today
A new ‘America THINKS’ national public opinion survey shows that citizens across the USA believe congestion has increased over the past year and they would be willing to pay higher tolls and taxes for infrastructure improvements. Commissioned and published by the HNTB Corporation consultancy, the survey, ‘Funding Congestion Solutions-2018’ found that 61% of Americans believe traffic congestion is noticeably worse now than just a year ago, and more than 7 in 10 (73%) are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls to fund infrastructure maintenance or new construction to help reduce that congestion. If these higher taxes and tolls are guaranteed by law to be used only for infrastructure spending, support increases to 82%, according to the survey.
While Hurricane Michael was more destructive than hurricanes that have hit Florida in the recent past, much of what lies ahead will likely play out the same way as it did with lesser storms, leaving a roadmap of sorts for those contractors that will soon head to Northwest Florida to begin restoring what nature destroyed.
Officials with Rye Development of Boston say they are moving ahead with design plans for a hydroelectric power plant at Locks and Dam No. 2 on the Allegheny River, just below the Highland Park Bridge.
The $40 million to $60 million project could produce up to 11 megawatts, enough to provide power for 5,000 to 8,000 homes, according to company officials. The Allegheny River site is one of eight potential hydroelectric plants the company would like to develop in the Three Rivers region, including four on the Monongahela River and three on the Ohio River. “Our goal is to do all eight projects at once,” said Paul Jacob, chief executive officer of Rye Development. “It makes more sense to deal with these simultaneously.”
Roads & Bridges magazine has named metro Atlanta’s Northwest Corridor Express Lanes the No. 1 project of the year. The Top 10 Roads awards, created in 2000, recognizes the top projects in North America. Each year, nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, which determines the Top 10 list based on project challenges, impact to region and scope of work.
The Johnson County, Kan., Department of Health and Environment awarded Burns & McDonnell the contract to assist in developing a solid waste management plan (SWMP) to provide the vision and framework to guide future activities and develop the infrastructure, programs and policies needed to manage the county’s solid waste for the next 25 years.
Putting more sensors on a jobsite can tell you a lot about temperature, humidity, noise and vibration, but doing something useful with that data can be a daunting task.
“There are a lot of sensors out there, a lot of companies pitching their targeted solution,” says Mark Bryant, chief information officer for PCL Construction. “But we were looking at it and said we didn’t want to have to go to 15 different platforms to get the information we need.” Frustrated by the fragmented jobsite-sensor market, Bryant took matters into his own hands, sketching out an idea for a sensor analytics platform back in 2017. Eighteen months later, PCL has deployed its Job Site Insights platform on five major project sites, with more on the way. The system, based on Microsoft Azure cloud technology, ingests the readings from the hundreds or thousands of sensors on a jobsite, and blends it with traditional data sets like scheduling and financial data. The result is real-time reporting on conditions at the site, with the ability to generate alerts if something isn’t quite right.
It’s scary how many entrepreneurs play contract roulette. They sign a terrible agreement. Nothing bad happens. So they just keep signing until something blows up — like their business.
Some agreements go boom more often than others. Ever since Eve and the serpent signed that infamous catering agreement, the following five contracts have caused the most disasters.
Accounting software has evolved from providing a historical financial picture to offering a nearly real-time snapshot of everything from project progress to cash flow. Intuit’s recently introduced QuickBooks Assistant uses AI to answer questions, offer relevant financial data and even provide feedback. Other applications use AI and machine learning for multiple tasks, from automating expense reports to reconciling bank statements.
McKinsey & Company
Today’s corporate leaders navigate a complex environment that is changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Digital technology underlies much of the change. Business models are being transformed by new waves of automation, based on robotics and artificial intelligence. Producers and consumers are making faster decisions, with preferences shifting under the influence of social media and trending news. New types of digital companies are exploiting the changes, disrupting traditional market leaders and business models. And as companies digitize more parts of their organization, the danger of cyberattacks and breaches of all kinds grows.
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From Purdue University - Researchers have 3D-printed cement paste, a key ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various elements of infrastructure, that gets tougher under pressure like the shells of arthropods such as lobsters and beetles. The technique could eventually contribute to more resilient structures during natural disasters.
Timothy Albiani, DBIA
McCarthy Building Companies
Kevin Barb, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Adam Bennett, DBIA
Gilbane Building Company
Winchester Falbe, DBIA
Michael Baker International
David Kelly, DBIA
Virginia Department of Transportation
Erica Moser, DBIA
The RMH Group, Inc.
Robert Ridgell, DBIA
Virginia Department of Transportation
Nicholas Saponara, DBIA
New York, N.Y.
Steven Savoie, DBIA
Bradley Schulz, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Robert Smedley, DBIA
Stephen Stewart, DBIA
Matthew Wampler, DBIA
Matthew Burt, Assoc. DBIA
Randy L. Fransua, Assoc. DBIA, GRI
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
John Riggins, Assoc. DBIA
MEB General Contractors, Inc.
DBIA Contact: Certification
San Jose, Calif.
McGovern Legal Services, LLC
North Brunswick, N.J.
Turner Construction Company
Lefever Building Systems
San Antonio, Texas
New member listing as of Oct. 22, 2018.
DBIA Contact: Membership
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Nov. 2, Alleghenies Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot and Safety Celebration (with Keystone Contractors Association)
Nov. 15, Regional Awards Celebration
Dec. 12, Kansas City Chapter Holiday Program
Jan. 30, 2019, Annual Kickoff Event
Apr. 3, 2019, Regional Conference
May 17, 2019, Kansas City Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Oct. 27, Deadline for Submissions for Regional Awards Competition
Oct. 30, Houston Chapter Afternoon Program, Public Agency Design-Build Forum (Part 2)
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Oct. 26, Hawaii Chapter Lunch Program, Design-Build Delivery for New Hawaii State Hospital
Nov. 13, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, Contra Costa and Peralta Community College Districts – The When, What and Why of Utilizing Design-Build for Upcoming Projects
Nov. 13, Sacramento Chapter Fall Evening Mixer at Beatnik Studios
Nov. 14, OC/LA Chapter Evening Mixer, Building Strong Networks: Meet Top General Contractors in Social Mixer/Fund Raiser/Wine Tasting
Nov. 29, Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon Presentation, A Tale of Two Campuses – How UC and CSU Approach Design-Build Procurement to Build High Functioning and Collaborative Project Teams
Dec. 13, San Diego Chapter Annual Holiday Mixer
Dec. 13, Deadline for entries to Regional awards competition
May 16, 2019, 3rd Annual Regional Conference and Awards Program
DBIA Contact: Membership
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063