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Join us for the DBIA 2018 Design-Build in Transportation and Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conferences March 19-23, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. Registration and Housing are both open! DBIA has secured discounted rooms at several hotels conveniently located to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Take advantage of these savings and book your hotel room before the February 23 cutoff date.
The Portland International Airport (PDX) is approximately 9 miles/20 minutes from the Convention Center and DBIA suggested hotels. You’ll love Portland’s airport for its convenience, amenities and great local food and drink. Check it out: https://www.travelportland.com/article/portland-international-airport-pdx/.
Jan. 10-12, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
Jan. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Puyallup, Wash.
Feb. 5, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Feb. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Centennial, Colo.
Feb. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, Calif.
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
The Bond Buyer
The first sweeping tax overhaul bill in three decades brings holiday gifts to the municipal bond market with the full preservation of private activity bonds, after the House has initially proposed terminating them at the end of the year.
The White House is still considering raising the federal gasoline tax to pay for President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, despite resistance from Republicans, according to the Republican chairman of a House subcommittee. The administration, which is preparing to unveil its long-awaited infrastructure proposal on Capitol Hill next month, has been scrambling to identify potential offsets for the massive rebuilding effort. President Trump met with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and other key transportation leaders in the Oval Office this week to discuss the infrastructure plan. One funding idea that has been floated by the White House is raising the federal fuel tax — a politically risky move that hasn’t been done in more than 20 years. Influential conservative groups and many Republicans remain staunchly opposed to any increase.
The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win — but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate. The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this week, telling POLITICO that a wide variety of projects — from bridges to broadband — would have to compete for federal assistance, while showing they're prepared to put their own money on the table.
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To combat congestion on the Stevenson Expressway, Gov. Bruce Rauner and IDOT last year proposed adding one express toll lane in each direction for the 25-mile stretch between I-355 and I-90/94, to be built by private companies. … The new plan would be more attractive to developers, who could pay for all or part of the construction through a public-private partnership, which would have to be approved by the Illinois General Assembly, explained IDOT project manager Steve Schilke. The Assembly never voted on the initial, one-lane proposal. The Illinois Tollway would have the right of first refusal on the project.
Jamey Barbas is project director of the New NY Bridge, the 3.1 mile span that connects Westchester and Rockland Counties. “I think the biggest challenge on this project really is due to its scale because it’s such a big project both in dollar but in length, it’s over three miles long,” says Barbas. “So it really is an orchestration of different activities that need to happen at the right time. And when you’re dealing with such scale, it means that the difficulty is multiplied.” But there is one aspect that helps. Barbas believes the bridge is on budget and on time due, in part, to the design build procurement method, which provides certainty about the basic project cost, an all-inclusive cost.
New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York’s Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak’s aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line.
The University of Houston will lead a new Gulf Coast hurricane research institute to examine flood mitigation, hurricane modeling and public policy as part of a multi-state effort to respond to damages wrought this year by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Seven universities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana — including Rice University — will contribute a combined $1.87 million to finance collaborative projects, with additional funding expected from external grants.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
Siphonic education session to explain the possible benefits of siphonic drainage on the roof and on parking decks. Take advantage of this educational session that we have offered through our DBIA partnership to educate you and your team on a state-of-the-art software program. READ MORE
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Currently, there is not one department or entity responsible for the commercial, industrial and multifamily sectors so in order to try and get a better idea of what other peer cities have done to try and increase data collection and transparencies on things like rates, the city called upon engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm Burns & McDonnell in 2016 to complete a Commercial Waste Collection Evaluation Study. The study, which was released in May, includes research on possible pathways to increase diversion of commercial, industrial and multifamily waste through alternative commercial collection programs and approaches.
A team of engineering and contracting firms has won the $129.7 million contract to design and build another section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop in Robeson and Cumberland counties in North Carolina.
The 6.1-mile section will eventually be part of the future Interstate 295, a 39-mile freeway by Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. The team consists of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., Branch Civil Inc. and STV Engineers Inc., a Wilmington-based joint venture, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Designs are expected to be completed in January. After that, NCDOT will begin buying land for the freeway section. Construction is scheduled to be completed in July 2021. Construction of all sections of the loop are scheduled to be completed by 2022.
Design firm Stantec and its partner Amec Foster Wheeler have secured a contract to provide technical assistance for Metrolinx’s Bowmanville Rail Expansion project in Ontario, Canada.
The scope of the contract is set to include the provision of advisory, design and construction support services for the development.
A summary of issues and the impact of regulations and legislation on the industry.
Building Design + Construction
From emergency departments to microhospitals, to the amenities in and locations of hospitals, the year ahead will see continued changes in how healthcare providers are designing and equipping their facilities.
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Gramazio Kohler Research is developing robots designed to perform different construction tasks with various materials, according to Architect Magazine.
The technology aims to automate onsite construction tasks like stacking materials in nonstandard arrangements.
Robots designed to work with timber construction and mesh mold metal will use cameras to process data and then work to arrange materials on site.
Construction contracts greatly determine how a project is going to play out, whether the agreements are between owners and general contractors or subcontractors and general contractors. They can be fair, one-sided or even downright oppressive, depending on the terms. And once it is signed, that’s it, which is why it’s important to have an attorney look over it prior to final execution.
Virginia DOT Seeks Qualifications from Private Firms on Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Project
VDOT has formally initiated procurement and will begin searching for a private sector partner to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project.
Following a briefing to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on December 6, 2017, and concurrence from the Transportation Public-Private Partnership Steering Committee on December 12, 2017, VDOT has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested teams to share their capabilities and experience to best deliver the HRBT as a design-build contract under the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA). The current project planning estimate is between $3.3 and $3.8 billion, which will be refined as the scope is more fully developed.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
Jason Carey, P.E., DBIA
John Daoulas, P.E., DBIA
Virginia Department of Transportation
Philip Glenn, DBIA
Eric Hirani, CCM, DBIA
Infinite Consulting Corp
Jeffrey B. Lannigan, P.E., DBIA
Washington State University
Roxanne Malek, AIA, DBIA
San Francisco, Calif.
Eugene Pesant, DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Bradley Weidenhammer, P.E., DBIA
Virginia Department of Transportation
Steve Anderson, Assoc. DBIA
Nelson Howard Cook, Jr., Assoc. DBIA, LEED AP
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Viry Martino, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
San Diego, Calif.
Thomas Soohoo, Assoc. DBIA
San Francisco, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Jan. 31, 2018, Kick-Off Event at Lockton-Kansas City
April 5, 2018, 2018 Regional Conference
Jan. 18, 2018, Annual Business Dinner and Awards Night
DBIA-New England Region
Jan. 18, 2018, Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
DBIA-Ohio Valley Region
Jan. 11, 2018, Cincinnati Mixer
April 26-27, 2018, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 19, 2018, Submissions for Regional Awards Competition Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 5, 2018, Proposals for Regional Conference Presentations Due (extended deadline)
Jan. 8, 2018, LA/OC Chapter Evening Mixer
Jan 24, 2018, Regional Awards Entries Due
Jan. 25, 2018, Arizona Mixer and Kick-Off Meeting
Apr. 26, 2018, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
DBIA Contact: Membership
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