Design-Build Insight
May. 21, 2015

Infrastructure Week Includes Project Delivery Discussion
Infrastructure Week kicked off this year with a serious focus on federal surface transportation funding. While financing infrastructure projects was the big topic at Infrastructure Week forums in Washington, D.C., there was also some discussion on the importance of project delivery, and DBIA continues to work to make sure Design-Build Done RightTM is encouraged in any transportation funding reauthorization.” I’ll make the change on the DBDR website too.More

DBIA's Vice-Chair Discusses His New Book "A Young General and the Fall of Richmond" on C Span
G. William Quatman talked about Union Army Major General Godfrey Weitzel and his role in the fall of Richmond and the end of the U.S. Civil War. Born in Germany, Godfrey Weitzel immigrated to the U.S. and attended West Point in the 1850s before joining the Civil War. On April 3, 1865, Major General Godfrey Weitzel marched his troops into Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, capturing the city for the Union and precipitating the eventual collapse of the Southern states rebellion.More

House Passes 12th Temporary Fix in Six Years to Keep Highway, Transit Aid Flowing to States
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday, the 12th such temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers' lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes. The bill was approved by a vote of 387 to 35. The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week.More

GOP Senator Introduces Bill to Create Infrastructure Bank
The Hill
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., has introduced legislation to create a national infrastructure bank as lawmakers are struggling to come up with a way to pay for an extension of federal transportation funding. The legislation, which has been dubbed the “Build USA Act,” would create a new infrastructure bank to provide funding for states to apply for loans at low interest rates. More

Gov. Rendell and Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald Help Launch National Campaign to Push Feds for More Transportation Funding
Under the Liberty Bridge was the setting as former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called on federal lawmakers to increase funding for the nation’s roads and bridges. Rendell joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania in the request, which is part of a new campaign from the Associated General Contractors of America. It’s an advertising, community outreach and social media campaign.More

ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development
ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016) invites you to submit an abstract and be a part of ASCE's next major event for transportation and development professionals. The conference will be held from June 26-29, 2016 at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Abstracts to be considered for the various speaking opportunities are due by June 29, 2015.

ASCE ICTD 2016 will cover transportation and development planning, financing, functional design, construction operation, and management: how practitioners are improving performance to meet the critical mobility, safety, sustainability and developmental challenges of a changing operational and competitive environment. Papers and presentations are sought to address transportation applications, innovations, and critical needs. Approved papers will be published in ASCE conference proceedings.

Submission options include Podium Presentation Only, Podium Presentation with Paper, Poster Presentation, Poster Presentation with Paper, and Full Session Proposal. For more details and to submit an abstract, visit the conference website at

The P3 Wars
The National Law Review
As you may know, a budget released earlier this year by the White House included a provision that would expand the availability of tax-exempt financing in public-private-partnerships ("P3s") by creating Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds ("QPIBs"). The limited availability of tax-exempt financing in P3 structures has often been cited as one reason why P3s have not taken off in the United States ("U.S."). More

President Obama and OFCCP: Looking Ahead to 2015 and Beyond
In our last two posts, we examined key actions taken by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in 2014 through the lens of President Obama’s ambitious agenda. While some OFCCP actions have reflected Mr. Obama’s priorities, others have actually resulted directly from Executive Orders. Between the OFCCP’s actions, Mr. Obama’s Executive Orders and statements of his priorities, what can we project for the federal contractor community in 2015 and beyond?More

These Three Florida Projects Show Infrastructure Can Be Done Creatively
Jacksonville Business Journal
When it comes to utilizing technology in infrastructure, Florida is [very] good. In a recent report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Florida projects feature in 3 of 25 case studies highlighting innovations in transportation infrastructure.More

Design-Build: What Are Its Advantages over Traditional Approaches
At Neptune Towers, a 152-unit co-op in Long Beach, the emergency generator failed in the midst of Superstorm Sandy. The generator had been there since the property was built in 1968, and "it was due for a replacement," recalls manager John Wolf, president of Alexander Wolf & Company.More

A New Kind of Emergency Preparedness
Global climate change is a major and unprecedented public health threat...Hospitals are adapting by combining infrastructural improvements, environmentally friendly practices, and predictive climate awareness. By building a more sustainable infrastructure, or retrofitting what already exists, hospitals can add a significant buffer against these anticipated disruptions.More

How Transit Agencies Are Trying to Attract Millennial Riders
Progressive Railroading
Millennials — defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34 — are members of the largest and most diverse generation in American history. Their adroitness at using technology and their predisposition for living in urban neighborhoods and taking a train or bus to get around is already influencing trends in the transportation field. That's what the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) concluded in its 2014 report, "Millennials & Mobility: Understanding the Millennial Mindset."More

Harness the Connection between Managing Risk and Increasing Profitability, Part 1
Building Design+Construction
As an architect or engineer, it’s important to anticipate potential issues and problems that can—and usually do—arise during the construction phase of a project. As you probably know by now, issues don’t typically arise during the design phase, when you have the most control and the best leverage with the owner. Unfortunately, problems usually happen when you have less control and when other parties try to make their problem, your problem. Fortunately, when you take control of the flow of information on a project and effectively manage your risk exposure, you can actually increase your profitability. More

New Battle of the Brains Will Be Part of Science City Expansion in Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
Greg Graves paused to take photos with his phone of smiling kids in bustling Science City as he passed through the other day. Nothing pleases the chairman and chief executive officer of Burns & McDonnell more than to see future engineers excited about the sciences. To encourage that enthusiasm, the Burns & McDonnell Foundation will invest more than $1 million in additional money to fund a third Battle of the Brains competition this fall. The first two rounds have resulted in three new exhibits at Science City based on concepts developed by students in elementary and higher grades.More

Keene, Texas Council Seeks Open Communication with Design-Build Team
Keene Star
A discussion by the Keene, Texas City Council May 7 about building a new City Hall didn't address costs, but did give each council member an opportunity to add his or her 2-cents worth. “I think it's important to use local contractors as much as possible to return money to our local economy,” Mayor James Chapline said, looking at audience member Louie Speyer Jr., a member of the design team of architects Callahan & Freeman, who were selected April 23 along with contractor Speed Fab-Crete to be the design-build team.More

Five Construction Teams Invited to Bid for Next High-Speed Rail Contract in California Valley
The Fresno Bee
Five teams of contractors will be invited later this month to compete for a contract to design and build the third segment of a high-speed rail route through the San Joaquin Valley. The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors, meeting Tuesday in Sacramento, approved the overall term sheet and authorized the issuance of a formal request for bids from contractors for its Construction Package 4, a 22-mile stretch of the proposed bullet-train line in northern Kern County, from about a mile north of the Tulare-Kern county line to Poplar Avenue in Shafter.More

DBIA's Federal Best Practices Document Now Open for Comment
The last document in DBIA’s series of market-sector best practices has just been released for industry comment. Recognizing the real-world differences between design-build market sectors, DBIA’s market sector committees have developed a second tier of DBIA Best Practices related specifically to the federal, water/wastewater and transportation sectors. After lengthy internal review and stake-holder comment, Design-Build Done Right for the Federal Sector is now open for comment. The best practices in this new document are in compliance with FAR and OMB guidelines.Those wishing to provide input relative to additional best practices and techniques specific to the federal sector may submit them to In your response please indicate you are commenting on the Federal Sector Best Practices.More

Registration Is Open for 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium!
Join DBIA and SAME for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! The 2015 Symposium will take place this Aug. 18-20, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. Be a part of the hundreds of industry leaders and government agency personnel who attend, including from GSA, NASA, National Guard, Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. Register by June 29 to receive our “Early Bird” registration rate for the Symposium. Pricing increases by $100 beginning June 30. Register Now! More

Submissions for 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Due Next Friday!
DBIA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. We will again be recognizing exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, has resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Rigorously judged by a jury of industry experts, the selected award-winning projects showcase design-build best practices, exemplary collaboration and integration in addition to exceeding owner expectations.

Click Here to Begin the Online Submission for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards

Before you begin, download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.More

Nominations for Six Categories of Design-Build Leadership Awards Now Being Accepted
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.

The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.

Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact

New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Bill Adams, LEED AP, DBIA
Zachry Construction Corporation
San Antonio, Texas

Wylie Bearup, Ph.D., P.E., DBIA
Alliance for Construction Excellence
Tempe, Ariz.

Josh Chrisman, DBIA
Apollo Mechanical Contractors
Kennewick, Wash.

John Halleran, DBIA
Seattle, Wash.

Tim Hampton, P.E., DBIA
The City of Pomona
Pomona, Calif.

Russell Kent, P.E., LEED AP, CFM, DBIA
MacArthur Associated Consultants LLC
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Achyut Patel, P.E., DBIA
Clark Nexsen
Virginia Beach, Va.

Kimberly Pemberton, P.E., DBIA
TREKK Design Group, LLC
Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Ruffino, DBIA
Mortenson Construction
Minneapolis, Minn.

Assoc. DBIAs

Carl Arevalo, LEED AP, STS, Assoc. DBIA
Swinerton Builders
Sacramento, Calif.

Brian Baldwin, Assoc. DBIA
Mortenson Company
Plymouth, Minn.

Paul Buckley, Assoc. DBIA
Simplus Management Corporation
Los Alamitos, Calif.

Dennis Denby, Assoc. DBIA
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.
St. Louis, Mo.

Arturo Diaz, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Montana Dugger, Assoc. DBIA
Oklahoma Military Department
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Joseph Hawkins, CM-BIM, Assoc. DBIA
Jaynes Corporation
Albuquerque, N.M.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson More

We would like to welcome our newest members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members

New member listing as of May 18, 2015.

DBIA Contact: MembershipMore

Upcoming Events
June 8-11, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 15-18, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 29-July 2, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.

July 6-9, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 17, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 7, BIM Execution Planning, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, High-Performance Incentive Contracting, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sept. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sept. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sept. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-Northwest Region
June 4, Inland Northwest Spring Social
June 11, Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sept. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 15, Tour (TBD)
Sept. 16, Breakfast meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
May 21, 2015 Regional Design-Build Awards Program and Dinner
June 2, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 2: Design-Build … In the Eye of the Beholder
June 10, Arizona Design-Build Transforming Industries (one-day seminar)
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
June 25, Sacramento Luncheon Event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sept. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament

DBIA Contact: MembershipMore

Project Leads
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!

Industry Forum for RFP for Design-Build Contract Services for Construction Package 4 (California High-Speed Rail Authority – June 10, 2015, Wasco, Calif.)

DBIA Contact: Todd RichMore