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Denver Union Station
DBIA’s 2014 Project of the Year, the Denver Union Station Transit Improvements Project, transformed 20 acres of blighted former rail yards into the vibrant centerpiece of a bustling downtown Denver, adding an iconic, eight-track commuter rail train hall, new light rail station and an airy, airport-like underground bus concourse. This public-private partnership spanned 20 acres and seven city blocks, making it the largest multimodal project to seek LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Two-Step Reform Passed by Congress
Design-Build Done Right
The 113th Congress has officially adjourned, and at the last minute came an important victory for the design-build industry. The final negotiated National Defense Authorization Act contains a design-build provision which requires written justification by the “head of contracting activity” when more than five finalists are shortlisted in a two-step design-build defense contract of more than $4 million.
Major Policy, Funding Provisions of 41.1T Omnibus Spending Bill
The Associated Press via StarTribune
Top lawmakers recently released a massive 1,603 page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill funding every government agency but the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30. The measure also contains dozens of policy provisions affecting financial regulations, the environment, school lunches, and new regulations requiring truckers get more rest.
Highway Funds Fall Low Enough That Republicans Seek Taxes
Falling fuel prices, crumbling roads and bridges and a gridlocked Congress have U.S. states, even those run by Republicans, debating higher taxes. States including Iowa, Michigan and New Jersey are considering higher levies at the pump, borrowing more or other money-generating maneuvers to improve infrastructure. Prices at the pump falling by more than $1 per gallon since April may help ease opposition.
Feds OK Beach Replenishment for Long Beach Island
The Associated Press via The Record
The federal government has approved $128 million for the latest beach replenishment project on Long Beach Island. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has awarded a contract for 12.7 miles of beach widening and dune restoration in four municipalities: Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and a small section of Surf City. The work should be finished by May 2016, and is fully paid for with federal funds under the Superstorm Sandy aid bill.
Construction Players and Health Regulatory Agency Pilot Real-Time Paperless Plan Review
California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development is piloting real-time electronic plan review and submittal for two San Francisco hospital projects, which have a combined price tag of $2.7 billion and are scheduled for completion in 2018.
The State of Pennsylvania's Bridges, Part 1: How Are They Holding Up?
If you drive in Pennsylvania, you've probably crossed a structurally deficient bridge. Maybe you're driving over one right now. Pennsylvania has more than 30,000 bridges. Some span rivers, like the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, and others are much smaller, crossing rural creeks and highways. More than 6,000 of these bridges are structurally deficient.
The State of Pennsylvania's Bridges, Part 2: Rebuilding Them Faster
Twenty-three percent of Pennsylvania's bridges are structurally deficient, and many need to be replaced. But between permitting, design, and construction, building a new bridge takes years. That's why the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is trying to speed things up.
How Public-Private Partnerships Can Help with Public Building Projects
Building Design + Construction
The University of California, Merced is the newest campus in that state’s higher education system, and yet already it needs to grow: It has an ambitious plan to double its size over the next six years, with a building program that involves some 1.9 million square feet of academic, housing and research uses.
Interlake Tunnel Project Gets Green Light
One of the biggest water projects in the Salinas Valley in decades got the go-ahead when the Monterey County, California Board of Supervisors approved the initial steps in punching a tunnel between the two south county reservoirs that will add billions of gallons of available water to a thirsty county.
Louisiana Has Ambitious $50 Billion Plan to Fight Wetlands Erosion, but Will It Work?
As Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca wrapped up his 32-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in August, he contemplated the key to Louisiana’s massive, 50-year, $50 billion effort to prevent the southeastern portion of the state from being swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico. DeLuca, an expert on the many threats facing the coast, said: “It will take a moon-shot type of investment in the science.”
Emerging Trends in Project Delivery: Design-Build Maintain Contracting for Transportation Projects
Association of Corporate Counsel
In the modern U.S. history of public-private partnerships, the prevailing project delivery models have been the toll concession and the availability payment contract. In both cases, the private party raises equity and debt financing and takes responsibility and risk for completing design, constructing and providing long-term operations and maintenance.
Congress Passes Spending Bill; Cuts Billions from Federal Construction Accounts
Two days after the legislation was passed by a tight vote in the House, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night that includes both good and bad news for federal construction accounts in 2015.
The bill keeps the government funded through September, when the fiscal year ends. The Senate passed the spending package 56-40 while the House passed it 219-206. A recent passage came at the end of an odd day for legislators which you can read more about in a report from the New York Times.
U.S. Construction Spending to Rise 7%
Fitch Ratings has just released its annual outlook report for the U.S. building materials industry and projects strong growth in overall construction spending during 2015. The private sector should be particularly strong and help boost construction spending by 7 percent. “Public construction spending remains constrained and is expected to increase only slightly next year,” Fitch researchers say.
High-Speed Passenger Rail Planned from Twin Cities to Duluth (Minnesota)
Some 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day make the drive up Interstate 35, between the Twin Cities and Duluth.
They are largely students, business people and tourists heading up to the North Shore.
Nancy Lara is among them and says at times the drive can is congested in the summer and slippery in the winter.
Interlake Tunnel Project Gets Green Light (California)
One of the biggest water projects in the Salinas Valley in decades got the go-ahead Tuesday when the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the initial steps in punching a tunnel between the two south county reservoirs that will add billions of gallons of available water to a thirsty county.
The Interlake Tunnel Project is designed to move water, which ordinarily would spill from Lake Nacimiento, over to Lake San Antonio, which has unused storage capacity of roughly 60,000 acre feet, or 19.6 billion gallons.
Maryland Delays $2.5 Billion Purple Line P3 Bids
The Bond Buyer
The Maryland Transit Administration will delay the deadline for private-sector bids on its $2.45 billion Purple Line light-rail project for two months to give newly elected Gov. Larry Hogan time to evaluate the proposed public-private partnership.
The bids from the four international consortiums on the selected short list are now due March 12 rather than Jan. 9 as originally scheduled.
Corps: U.S. Falling Behind on Water Levees, Dams
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
The nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors and needs to get creative as it seeks ways to pay for the critical projects, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commander general said.
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick told reporters that finishing all the projects that have been authorized would cost about $23.5 billion but that that corps’ annual budget for the work usually hovers around $1.5 billion.
Winning Bid for Next Piece of High-Speed Rail in California Comes in Under Cost
The Fresno Bee
The apparent winning bid to build the second section of high-speed rail in the central San Joaquin Valley was announced — and it came in under the state’s original cost estimate. Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick submitted a bid of $1.23 billion to design and build the 65-mile stretch from the south end of Fresno to near the Tulare-Kern county line and was deemed the "apparent best value" bidder by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
"Face of Justice" Set for Review
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis City-County Council President Maggie Lewis says members will be "thorough, thoughtful and transparent" throughout the review process for the planned $400 million Marion County Justice Center. The city has chosen WMB Heartland Justice Partners as the preferred bidder to build, manage and operate the center. Indianapolis Mayor's Office Communications Director Marc Lotter says the selected bid came in lower than the city anticipated, and the yearly cost would be more than $3 million less than the city is paying now.
Skanska Awarded $10M Contract for Osceola's Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (Florida)
Orlando Business Journal
The Osceola Board of County Commissioners has awarded a $10 million design and building services contract to Skanska USA's Orlando office for work connected to the planned Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Other national companies that competed for the contract included Hensel Phelps, Barton Malow and DPR Construction.
DBIA Member/Customer Survey: Seeking Your Feedback
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Check Out DBIA's 2015 Events and Annual Sponsorship Opportunities
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New Offering from DBIA and The Charles Pankow Foundation
Available for purchase through DBIA’s online bookstore, the just-released Professional's Guide to Managing the Design Phase of a Design-Build Project is a step-by-step guide to managing every step of the design phase of a design-build project. The Professional’s Guide is a follow on to the original Design-Build Management Guide. For more information or to order a copy today, please visit our online bookstore.
New Members of the Class of 2014 DBIA Credential Holders
Michael Bantz, P.E., DBIA
CDM Constructors, Inc.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Anthony Piscielli, DBIA
Pennoni Associates Inc.
Joseph Rahn, DBIA
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Rajinder Brar, Assoc. DBIA
Peggy Delach, Assoc. DBIA
Delach Development Resources
Mike Gales, P.E., CCM, Assoc. DBIA
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members
- Baxter & Woodman, Inc.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Turner Construction Company
- Victoria Buker
Sellen Construction Company
- Christopher Colley, LEED AP
Forma Construction Company
- Sara Cramer
Metropolitan Sewer District
- Richard Holzer, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
- David Hove, P.E.
Collins Electrical Construction Co.
St. Paul, Minn.
- Robert Judge, P.E.
Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
- Thomas Kapels, AIA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate
Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Richard Loope
HL Design Build, LLC
- Andrew Masters
Crossland Construction Company, Inc.
- Janine Mejia-Diaz
Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Greg Pheneger
Collins Electrical Construction Co.
St. Paul, Minn.
- Greg Smith, DBIA, CMAA
Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
New member listing as of Dec. 15, 2014.
- Scott Zola, DBIA
St. Louis, Mo.
DBIA Contact: Membership
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