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Ohio bridges can be built with 75 cent tolls, coalition says
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A report commissioned by The Bridges Coalition shows that the Ohio River Bridges Project can be built with tolls for regular commuters as low as 75 cents per crossing, said David Nicklies, chairman of the nonprofit organization. Each scenario in the report includes 75 cent tolls for regular commuters, who would have to equip their vehicles with special transponders to qualify. More

Green roofs are starting to sprout in American cities
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The biggest green roof in New York City and one of the largest in the country, the Morgan facility's verdant covering was completed in December 2008 and has thrived since. As the inscription above the landmark James Farley Post Office might have it, the roof has been affected by "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night," and has flourished through freezes and thaws, through summer rooftop temperatures that reach 150 degrees, and through weeks of drought and torrential summer storms, despite never being watered, weeded, or fertilized. More

Despite delays, biosolids plant still scheduled to be open by 2012 in Canada
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It was identified by Mayor Marianne Matichuk of Ontario, Canada, as one of most pressing issues facing council this term, and sure enough it will be the first item at their first regular meeting. The $30 million to $40 million biosolids plant that must be built by December 2012 will pass several important milestones in 2011, beginning in January, council will hear. The city is required to find a permanent solution for dealing with the sludge produced by its wastewater treatment plants. More

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ROI for early ergonomic intervention
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The application of ergonomic and accessible design has considerable positive value when done in the early phases of a design/build, an office renovation project or equipment purchase - including IT purchase of hardware and software. However, despite the excellent business case for the early use of ergonomics in the design phase, we still get resistance from other professionals responsible for the tasks outlined above. More

Ground breaks on $534 million Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas
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Federal, state and local officials will gather for the construction start of the 947,000-square-foot Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, a $534 million project on the grounds of the old Fort Hood Stadium in Texas. The complex will feature a six-story hospital, three outpatient clinic buildings and three parking garages. The project is the U.S. Department of Defense's largest design-build for medical space in its pipeline and largest one financed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. More

Leawood, Kan., OKs $1.96 million in energy upgrades
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The Leawood, Kan., City Council is moving ahead with $1.96 million in energy upgrades to city-owned facilities next year. The council authorized Mayor Peggy Dunn to execute a design build contract with Burns & McDonnell to complete the work on City Hall, the Ironhorse Golf Maintenance Facility, the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility, the Aquatic Center, Ironhorse Golf Club and The Lodge. More

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Hill & Wilkinson breaks ground on new facility in Wylie, Texas
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Hill & Wilkinson recently announced that the firm will break ground on a new 100,000 square-foot, design-build manufacturing facility in Wylie, Texas. The firm will break ground on the new structure the week of Dec. 20. According to Sam Satterwhite, Executive Director of the Wylie Economic Development Council Corporation (WEDC), "We are seeing momentum in this marketplace for new manufacturing facilities. As the owner and developer of this project with a long-term lease in place, the WEDC believes this public-private partnership is a 'win-win' for our community." More

McCarthy Building, Clark Construction tapped for naval hospital in California
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Costa Mesa-based Clark Construction and Newport Beach-based McCarthy Building Cos. broke ground on the new $394 million naval hospital at Camp Pendleton Marine base, located in North San Diego County in California. The new facility will offer inpatient medical services with 54 rooms and up to 60 beds, ancillary departments, primary and emergency care, specialty clinics and support areas and facilities for overnight patients. It's expected to receive LEED gold certification when complete. More

WSDOT requests proposals for SR 520 floating bridge
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The clock starts for three pre-qualified teams who want to design and build the new SR 520 floating bridge, estimated to cost $600 million to $750 million. The new bridge will replace the existing vulnerable floating bridge with a six-lane facility that will help improve travel between Seattle and Redmond, Wash. The teams have until spring 2011 to submit their bids and proposals for the new floating bridge. More

SunPower to design, build Italian solar plant
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SunPower Corp. said it has signed a contract to design and build a 3.4-megawatt solar power plant in the Lazio region of Italy. The solar products manufacturer will begin construction on the ground-mounted plant this year, with completion expected in April. More

Next step: Construct stadium in Sugar Land, Texas
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Construction of a ballpark for the just-named Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team in Texas may begin as early as March. The city of Sugar Land is scheduled to pick a design-build contractor by the end of January out of five bidders for the $33 million project, which is planned near the old Imperial Sugar refinery northeast of Texas 6 and U.S. 90A. The city's project partner, Opening Day Partners of Lancaster, Pa., began selling season tickets last week for the team's 2012 inaugural season. More

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If you need to renew and are an Individual Member, log in using the "Login" link at the upper right of any page on the DBIA website. Then go to "View Profile" and select "My Dues." If you don't have your login information, contact the Membership Department,, or call 202-682-0110.

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Upcoming events
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Jan. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Atlanta
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Jan. 28, Design-Build Sustainability, Bethesda, Md.

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Region events
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Dec. 16, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Annual Members' Meeting
Jan. 13, DBIA-Ohio Valley Region, Project Showcase: Wastewater Engineering and Education Center for MSDGC

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