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CALL FOR DATA - Single-Step vs. Two-Step Design-Build
(Responses needed by January 15, 2014)
Throughout 2013, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) has been conducting a national research effort on design-build procurement. The goal of the study is to evaluate the resource expenditure and efficiency impact of single-step as compared to two-step design-build procurement. Arizona State University (ASU) is collecting and analyzing project data for this study.
So far, the preliminary results are very promising and show sizeable differences between the procurement cost and schedule of single-step and two-step design-build. These early results help quantify the inefficiency of single-step procurement that industry has been discussing for years.
However, these results are preliminary and cannot be used to make generalized conclusions because they are still based on a small sample of projects. In order to use these results to inform procurement legislation with large owners, the observed differences must be validated statistically.
We need your help!
The DBIA/ASU team currently needs procurement data from single-step and two-step projects in order to statistically validate the preliminary results of the study and render them defensible to serve DBIA members and industry. Therefore, ASU has developed a survey that is available both online and through this PDF to collect project information related to the timing and cost of procurement for your design-build projects.
Please follow the survey link to participate and complete the questionnaire for a least one single-step project or one two-step project. The survey should take around 20-25 minutes, and the ASU research team will follow-up with you to provide assistance if needed.
Feel free to contact Dr. El Asmar at email@example.com or 408-727-9023 for any questions.
The received responses will remain strictly confidential; the data will be anonymously reviewed solely by ASU researchers and a copy of the national report will be provided to you upon publication of the research findings.
Responses are due no later than January 15, 2014.
Thank you very much for your help and support.
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DBIA's CEO Lisa Washington Remembers
Lisa Washington joined DBIA in 2004 and quickly rose to become Executive Director/CEO. She is a Certified Association Executive and has been working tirelessly over the last nine years to grow DBIA into the organization it is today. We sat down with her recently to discuss some of her contributions to the organization.
California American Water Selects CDM Constructors, Inc., to Design and Build Monterey Desalination Facility
After a nine-month procurement process, California American Water has selected CDM Constructors, Inc. to design and build the desalination facility proposed as part of its $320-million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. CDM Constructors ranked highest of the four finalists on a combined business, technical and price evaluation. CDM Constructors submitted a proposal of $86 million for the desalination facility portion of the project, which is consistent with earlier estimates from a consulting engineering firm. CDM Constructors' bid was the lowest of the four proposers, with other proposals ranging from $90-110 million.
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Lawmakers OK $100 Million Bond to Help Untangle the Spaghetti Bowl in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Nevada Transportation Department request for authority to use $100 million in bond proceeds to buy right-of-way for the Interstate 15 widening project called Project Neon won approval recently from lawmakers. The approval came despite questions and skepticism from some lawmakers about the public-private partnership the agency would enter as a way to speed construction and build the project in four or five years, with completion in 2020.
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Opus Design Build Wraps Construction on 41,000-Square-Foot Warehouse Expansion for Iron Company in Minnesota
Opus Design Build, L.L.C. recently completed construction on a 41,872-square-foot warehouse expansion for Chicago Tube & Iron in Eagan, Minn. Located near Lone Oak Road and Interstate-35, the addition provides Chicago Tube & Iron more space for its expanding operations in the metropolitan area.
Pump Station Gets Passing Grade for School's Design-Build Project
Hazelwood West High School, located outside St. Louis, Mo., serves approximately 2,400 students and 300 faculty and staff. When the school first opened, it included an underground dry-pit pump station that conveyed sewage from its campus to the public sewer. The pump station consisted of a buried wet well connected to a buried pump vault with duplex, centrifugal pumps. Occasional sewage backups from the aging equipment led to a decision by school officials to replace the original station nearly 40 years later. Original specifications demonstrated pumping conditions of 400 gpm (25 lps) at 60 feet (18 m) TDH.
SlipStone®™ is rapidly generating interest throughout the US. SlipStone Global, LLC has developed a proprietary method of building designed enhanced walls using a slip forming method. The alternatives of building similar architectural walls would be to use pre-cast walls, cast-in-place walls, or hand build block walls. Our technology can be used in a wide range of concrete construction, including but not limited to:
Sturdisteel products are made of the highest quality materials – engineered for strength, installed with superior fit and finish, and guaranteed for reliability. Sturdisteel utilizes the finest and most up to date methods of steel and aluminum fabrication. Conforming to strict AISC standards, our controlled system ensures efficient production from the receipt of raw materials to the finished product.
The Motion J3400 is a rugged and powerful, all-in-one tablet PC that is the ultimate computing tool for field professionals in service, sales, government and healthcare who need a robust device for indoors, but even more importantly, for outdoors. The J3400 is the first to combine the Motion View Anywhere® technology with the Hydis AFFS+ LED Backlight, wide screen display for superior outdoor viewing capabilities. More info
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program
Port Authority of NY & NJ
The Bayonne Bridge, a historic civil engineering landmark designed by Othmar H. Ammann, is the fourth longest steel arch bridge in the world, and was the longest in the world at the time of its completion. It connects Bayonne, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York, spanning the Kill Van Kull. Construction began in September 1928 and was completed in 1931. The primary purpose of the bridge was to allow vehicular traffic from Staten Island to reach Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel.
Detroit River Train Tunnel Chugs Closer to Construction Start
Crain's Detroit Business
Backers of the proposed $400 million Canadian effort to build a larger commercial train tunnel underneath the Detroit River said that they will soon have all financing and approvals in place, and construction will begin in the second or third quarter of 2014. The project still lacks half its estimated funding needs and some of its regulatory approvals.
New Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Timeline
The Hudson Independent
Envision yourself four years into the future. It is late in 2017. Both spans of the new Tappan Zee Bridge are completed. But even before that, in December, 2016, westbound traffic moving on the present bridge toward Rockland County will have been diverted to the newly constructed north span with its four available lanes.
Vikings Officially Break Ground on New Stadium
Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis recently for the formal groundbreaking for the new billion dollar Vikings stadium. Construction crews were poised to begin significant excavation in the Metrodome's parking lot. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the day was a long time coming.
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Construction Projects for 2030 Total $1 Trillion
More than 117 major construction programs, worth $1 trillion, are planned for 2030 across the GCC region, according to a report from EC Harris. The projects span retail, real estate, leisure, health, education and transportation as revealed in "Middle East Major Construction Programs: Mitigating the Delivery Risk." And at the heart of driving these forward is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, which will be on show at this year's Big 5.
John Stuckey of Stuart & Branigin LLP Speaks on Design-Build
Lafayette Journal & Courier
John Stuckey, a partner at Stuart & Branigin LLP, recently served as a panelist for a discussion about how public-sector architects and engineers perceive the design-build method for new construction. The Central Indiana chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America — Great Lakes Region, appointed Stuckey to the panel based on his familiarity with design and construction law. Stuart & Branigin LLP has provided legal services since 1878.
Minnesota Roads and Transit: Pay Now - Or Suffer Later
Over the past couple of construction seasons, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has rebuilt portions of Interstate 35 between Forest Lake and Duluth and repaved others. It took a lot of time and cost a lot of money, but the result is a smooth ride for motorists traveling between the Twin Ports and the Twin Cities and should serve them well for years to come.
McKinsey: The World Needs $57 Trillion to Keep Growing
Management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. believes massive sums of capital will be needed to keep up with the world's economic development—and private firms like Morgan Stanley and BlackRock are lining up to make money from the demand.
"We basically need to replace all the infrastructure stock on the face of the planet. It's an enormous amount—and then some," Robert Palter, co-head of McKinsey's global infrastructure practice, said at the Infrastructure Investor's LP Summit in New York City.
$2.6 Billion I-94, I-75 Widening Projects in Detroit and Suburbs Move Forward; Still Long Way To Go
The plans began during John Engler's governorship in the 1990s. In another decade or so, they could come to fruition. Not all are pleased with the progress. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Commission voted 24-7 to move forward on a $2.3 billion project to add a traffic lane to Interstates 94 from Conner west to I-96, and I-75, from Eight Mile north to M-59.
House Bill Seeks to Increase Gas Tax by 15 Cents Per Gallon
The Washington Post
With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill introduced Dec. 4 would raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to close the gap. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., announced the proposal at a news conference, flanked by an array of labor, construction and business leaders. It would raise the federal tax on gas to 33.4 cents per gallon and on diesel to 42.8 cents.
New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board Contemplates a $723.4 Million Building Budget for 2014
The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board unveiled its plans to spend $157.6 million on operations and a whopping $723.4 million on repairs and improvements to its crumbling infrastructure next year as the first of eight years of water and sewer rate increases comes to a close. Deputy Executive Director Bob Miller tried to assure the small assembly at the Port of New Orleans that the money is there: The water board's aspirations are fully financed through a combination of federal aid, revenues and borrowed cash, he said.
The Future of Infrastructure
As the U.S. looks for ways to rebuild and improve weakening infrastructure, technology solutions offer a means to complete the work more efficiently. That’s one of the predictions from a recent report on the nation’s infrastructure, which also says public engagement is important to rebuilding efforts.
Call for Nominations: 2014 Transportation Leadership Awards!
If you know an owner organization or individual in the transportation field who uses design-build as a project delivery method and has made significant contributions to advancing design-build awareness and understanding, consider nominating them for a 2014 DBIA Transportation Leadership Award. Nominations are being accepted through January 20 and should be sent to Stephenie Zvonkovich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New DBIA Course Offering: Integrating Energy Efficiency Performance Specs into Design-Build Acquisition and Delivery
Hear experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory explain why aggressive energy efficiency is a necessary and achievable goal for commercial buildings and how this can be accomplished through design-build. In this 2.5 CEU online course offering, participants will learn how to:
Sign up today and take the course at a time convenient to you!
- Define the most important attributes of an acquisition process that will ensure aggressive energy performance
- Understand how to define whole building and subsystem energy goals
- Write draft contract language that will help balance cost and energy performance
- Integrate measurable energy use requirements into the design-build delivery process
To register: http://www.dbia.org/education/continuing-education/Pages/Online-Course-Offerings.aspx
DBIA Owner Hotline
DBIA is the source of information for design-build done right. DBIA's new Owner Hotline gives public agencies and private project owners direct access to information on design-build project delivery.
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source of industry information and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. Project leads, access to epipeline, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, discounts on DBIA events and materials and many more are all benefits DBIA offers its members. Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!
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Jan. 7, Design Management, Atlanta, GA
Jan. 13-17, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Denver, CO
Feb. 10, BIM Execution Planning, Bethesda, MD
Feb. 24-28, Certification Workshop, Orlando, FL
Mar. 3-5, Owner Boot Camp, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7, BIM Execution Planning, St. Paul, MN
Mar. 10-14, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, VA
Mar. 17-19, 2014 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, San Jose, CA
Mar. 19-21, 2014 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, San Jose, CA
Mar. 28, Conceptual Estimating, Portland, OR
Mar. 31-Apr. 4, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, CA
Apr. 21-25, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, MO
Apr. 30, Design Management, Dallas, TX
May 2, BIM Execution Planning, Virginia Beach, VA
May 5-9, Certification Workshop, Nashville, TN
May 9, BIM Execution Planning, Kansas City, MO
May 12-16, Certification Workshop, Seattle, WA
May 16, Design Management, Columbus, OH
June 2-6, Certification Workshop, Dallas, TX
June 23-27, Certification Workshop, Lansing, MI
Region Events Calendar
Feb. 11, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, DBIA Oregon Annual Owners' Forum
April 8, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, Lean Construction
June 10, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 12, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 24, 2014, Region Award Competition Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 6, 2014, Evening Mixer in Orange County
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