Design-Build Insight
Jan. 16, 2014

Looking Ahead - 2014 Federal Advocacy
As DBIA ramps up our federal advocacy efforts, we’re excited to look ahead to what’s in store for 2014. This year, since it is a Congressional election year, and Members of Congress want time to campaign, there will be a shortened congressional calendar. This means that there are only 29 working weeks to pass what are generally considered the “must pass” bills. These include, finishing Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations and passing all of Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations, raising the debt ceiling, finishing a water bill, renewing surface transportation funding and considering the usual defense authorization bill. Further, there are many other issues each party would like to deal with including immigration reform and tax reform. The bottom line is the likelihood of them passing everything they’d like to and need to is slim to none, but we’re working hard to ensure legislation we support become priorities.More

DBIA in the News: Daytona Beach Projects Draw Statewide Interest
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
With roughly $1 billion being spent on Daytona Rising in Florida, One Daytona and interstate work that will reshape I-4 and I-95 near International Speedway Boulevard, design and building firms from across the state hope to get in on the action. At Daytona International Speedway recently, more than 150 contractors, subcontractors, engineering and surveying representatives attended a panel discussion on the highlights of the ongoing projects. More

Last Chance to Nominate for 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 Jan. 20 and should be sent to Stephenie Zvonkovich at

Did You Know? DBIA Regional Membership is included in your national dues
Membership in one of DBIA's 14 regions is included with your national dues at no additional cost. DBIA’s regions actively work to support their specific markets which have an impact on local design and the construction community. Regions also offer committee volunteer opportunities, educational programs, networking events, legislative efforts and owner education and outreach.

Northwest Southwest Southeast
Western Pacific Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic
Rocky Mountain Ohio Valley Liberty Northeast
Upper Midwest South Central New England
Mid-America Florida

Interested in connecting with design-build professionals in your state? Be sure to connect with your region today!More

DBIA Welcomes Our Newest Individual and Industry Partner Representative Members
* Lyle Dietrich, Director of Construction, Edifice Studio, Md.
* Bruce Lanyon, Director of Construction Management Services, Calif.
* Stan Meyers, Project Manager, City of Topeka Department of Public Works, Kansas
* Bradley Miller, Vice President, Building Crafts Inc., Ky.
* Ana Taroco, Senior Project Manager, Manhattan Construction Company, Ga.
* Randy Flint, Project Manager, Community College District, Calif.
* Forrest McMullen, Principal, HMC Architects, Calif. More

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:

  1. Define the most important attributes of an acquisition process that will ensure aggressive energy performance
  2. Understand how to define whole building and subsystem energy goals
  3. Write draft contract language that will help balance cost and energy performance
  4. Integrate measurable energy use requirements into the design-build delivery process
Sign up today and take the course at a time convenient to you! More

Kansas DOT Selects Design-Build Team for Johnson County Gateway Project
Gardner EDGE
Congestion relief for the Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange is one step closer as the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has selected Gateway Interchange Constructors (GIC) to complete the Phase 2 Design-Build portion of the Gateway Project.More

Balfour Beatty Wins £154m Olympic Stadium Conversion in London
The Construction Index
Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £154m contract to carry out the full transformation works to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. This new contract includes the £41m stadium roof contract that Balfour Beatty was awarded last summer. (See previous report here.) The contract was awarded by park operator E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council.More

Parsons' Albrecht Elected 2014 President of Water Design-Build Council
Pasadena Business Now
Parsons is pleased to announce that Andrew C. Albrecht, senior vice president, has been elected president of the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) for 2014. Founded in 2006, the WDBC advances the development and rehabilitation of the nation’s municipal water and wastewater systems through the use of the design-build and construction management-at-risk methods of project delivery. Mr. Albrecht previously served as 1st vice president/treasurer of the WDBC.More

Notable Architect is New Architecture, Design Director of Student Services at the University of Tennessee
Tennessee Today
Julie Beckman, the award-winning designer of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial, has been appointed director of student services for UT’s College of Architecture and Design. As a practicing architect, she will translate her professional experiences into helping students with advising, career development, internships, and job placement upon graduation. Her appointment aligns UT’s goals for enhancing the student experience and its quest to be a Top 25 university.More

Louisiana Proposes Spending $668 Million on Coastal Restoration, Levees in 2015
The Times-Picayune
The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is recommending that the state spend $668 million on coastal restoration and flood protection projects in fiscal year 2015, according to the authority's proposed annual plan released recently. The biggest expenditures in 2015 will be aimed at rebuilding barrier islands and headlands and beginning the design and construction of sediment diversions, using money the state will receive from legal settlements involving the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.More

Sequim's Civic Center in Washington Takes the Next Step
Sequim Gazette
Sequim City, Wash., councilors approved a contract with Lydig Construction/Integrus Architecture not to exceed $11.85 million to design-build Sequim's new police station and city hall. They approved the decision in a morning meeting unanimously along with an additional contract worth up to $200,000 for Optimum Building Consultants LLC, to continue consulting on the project through its completion tentatively set for April 29, 2015.More

Transformation of North San Jose into Urban Tech Hub Underway
San Jose Mercury News
For decades a zone of low-slung research-and-development buildings, North San Jose is being transformed into an urban transit village and tech hub. City officials envision thousands of new housing units, millions of square feet of new office and research spaces and additional retail, restaurants and recreation spaces – all served by BART and light rail. Their hope is that North San Jose will become the bustling heart of Silicon Valley.More

Last Chance to Nominate for 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.More

ENR Announces National Best of the Best Projects Winners
Scott Blair writes, "It's my pleasure to present ENR's Best of the Best Projects winners for 2013. This announcement culminates a 7-month effort to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. among projects completed between July 2012 and June 2013."More

DBIA's Richard Thomas in the News
Deep Foundations
Design-build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services from initial concept through completion.More

U.S. Oil, Gas Industry to Invest $890 billion in Infrastructure
St. Paul Pioneer Press
The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing confidently in infrastructure the near future, according to a recent report on infrastructure investments. Those investments, of a projected $890 billion over the next 12 years, will pump the national economy with hundreds of thousands of jobs along with the ripple effects of a workforce with more spending money. More

Upcoming Events
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 More

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Feb. 4, Economic Forecast

DBIA-Northwest Region
Feb. 11, Oregon Breakfast Series, DBIA Oregon Annual Owners' Forum
April 8, Oregon Breakfast Series, Lean Construction
June 10, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 22, University of Minnesota Capital Planning and Student Update
Jan. 24, Region Award Competition Entries Due

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 21, Los Angeles Breakfast, Los Angeles World Airports and Design-Build
Feb. 6, San Diego Luncheon, Design-Build Delivery at California State University Schools for 2014 and Beyond
Feb. 11, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Kaiser Permanente's Perspective on Design-BuildMore

Project Leads
DBIA members – sign in on our website to see members-only content, including project leads, in the Resources section. More