DBIA Design-Build Insight
March 3, 2011

Minneapolis' Opus Design Build tackles renovation project at Iowa college
RE Journals
Minneapolis-based Opus Design Build will renovate two residence halls on the Decorah, Iowa, campus of Luther College. This is a two-phase renovation project in which residential towers Miller Hall and Dieseth Hall will receive upgrades. Design preparations for the $7.5 million project are under way. The Miller Hall renovation is scheduled to start in May of 2011 and conclude in late August. Dieseth Hall is scheduled to undergo renovations next summer and be completed for the start of the fall 2012 academic year.More

Grand Parkway in Houston gets green light for design work
Houston Chronicle
The state Transportation Commission granted the Texas Department of Transportation authority to begin design work and negotiating contracts to build a key segment of the Grand Parkway in Houston. The unanimous vote did not, however, authorize funds to start work on Segment E of the tollway, which would link the Katy Freeway to the Northwest Freeway, just west of Fairfield.More

CDM acquires Wilbur Smith Associates
Aviation News Today
CDM announced that it has acquired Wilbur Smith Associates. The combined organization expands both firms' global, full-service capabilities in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities. The addition of WSA's expertise in transportation enhances CDM's service portfolio and extends the firm's presence in Asia and the Middle East.More

Lessons learned
The Wall Street Journal
When the first employees moved into the Department of Energy's new research facility here last summer, a whole lot of people were watching - with a whole lot of anxiety. Planners of the $64 million facility, part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, set out to make it the greenest office building in the nation. But no one was certain the building would perform as efficiently as its designers hoped.More

Ontario, Canada, embraces 7-year pavement warranty program
Journal of Commerce
The Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Canada, says its seven-year pavement warranty program - the only program of its kind in North America - will provide an ongoing model for future paving contracts. The warranty program has undergone a five-year trial phase and combines design-build contracting and multi-year warranties on hot mix paving. More

Design-build a laundry? Yes, if you're willing to think outside the box
American Laundry News
Are you familiar with the design-build concept? Design-build is a method of project delivery, as described by the Design-Build Institute of America, in which one entity works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. Is it possible to design-build a laundry? Absolutely, if you're able to think outside the box and forget traditional construction and systems-procurement methods.More

California judge dismisses engineer union's lawsuit on P3 project
ENR California
An Alameda County Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought on by the Professional Engineers in California Government to halt the Department of Transportation's plan to use a public-private partnership for the second phase of the $1 billion Presidio Parkway project in San Francisco.More

Design-build book of the week
The book of the week for next week is the Seventh Edition of Design-Build Essentials by Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA. This volume shows you how all the various players associated with delivering a design-build project can work together. As always, DBIA members get a 10 percent discount.More

A reminder of a benefit for our Industry Partner members
In an effort to expand the pool of educated owners, DBIA offers Industry Partner members the opportunity to nominate one public or private owner for individual level membership. See details of the program - and other IP member benefits - here.More

The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit!
The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit www.1800members.com/DBIA. If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to saveonfreight@1800members.com and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.More

Upcoming events
March 7-11, Certification Workshop, Seattle
March 11, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, St. Louis
March 14-18, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
March 14-19, LAUSD Certification Boot Camp (contact Pat Cardenas at LAUSD to register - patricia.cardenas@lausd.net)
March 21-26, LAUSD Certification Boot Camp (contact Pat Cardenas at LAUSD to register - patricia.cardenas@lausd.net)
March 25, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Dallas More

Industry Events Calendar
We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations. More

One of these is Green Building Focus
Green Building Focus
Green Building Focus is pleased to announce the East Coast Regional Green Building Focus Conference & EXPO will be hosted in Charlotte, N.C., on April 20-21. Over the course of two days, the world's top professional experts, leading researchers and most respected educators will gather at the Charlotte Convention Center to engage and educate regional built environment professionals, government representatives, investors and entrepreneurs. The event will feature 20 CEU accredited practical, case-study based presentations and breakout sessions, an exhibition of over 100 green building products and services, an interactive demonstration stage, networking opportunities and special events.More

Region events
March 4, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, 9x9x9 - 9 Campuses 9 Buildings 9 Architects, Los Angeles Community College District
March 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owner Program: USACE Baltimore District, VA and GSA
March 15, DBIA-Northwest Region, Joint DBIA-NW ACEC Washington Meeting
March 16, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Owners' and Practitioners' Forum
March 16, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Awards Ceremony
March 31, DBIA-Northwest Region, Critical Skills Series, "Infant to Adolescent - Stages of Design-Build Awareness" with guest speaker Barbara Jackson More

Project leads
Remember to check out our Project Leads page - available to members only.

Kialegee Tribal Town invitation to bid - 3,600 s.f. design-build administrative office building (Wetumka, Okla.)

Village of Vinton, Texas, RFQ for design-build services for a multi-purpose center More