Design-Build Insight
May. 29, 2014

House DOD Bill Includes Design-Build, Individual Sureties Amendments
Engineering News-Record
A House-passed Defense Dept. authorization bill has two provisions that would alter federal construction contracting policies. The bill, which the House cleared May 22, includes an amendment that aims to ensure design-build shortlists are short. It requires two-step procurement for federal DB contracts of $1 million or more. Groups including the Design-Build Institute of America and American Institute of Architects backed the provision. They say one-step DB leads to long shortlists, requiring teams to prepare costly proposals while facing long odds of winning the job.More

H.R. 2750 Advances on Two Fronts
On May 21, we saw important advances on two fronts for H.R. 2750, the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act. As we've written before, this bill would encourage Design-Build Done Right through better use of two-step design-build in federal contracts and limit the use of single-step or turnkey proceduresMore

Senate Approves $12-Billion Water-Resources Package
Engineering News-Record
The Senate overwhelmingly has approved a major new water-resources measure that would authorize more than $12 billion in new Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, launch a new federal loan program for Corps and Environmental Protection Agency projects and mandate faster Corps project reviews.More

How We Build Infrastructure and Keep America Competitive
The Hill
Recently, Congress is taking a major step in addressing an all too common problem: the red tape and bureaucracy that make it practically impossible for the federal government to effectively carry out one of its fundamental responsibilities.More

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways 'One Big Pothole' at ALK Summit
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."More

Long Beach, California, Courthouse Named Best Public Project
Correctional News
The project team that designed the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, California, earned the Los Angeles Business Journal's Commercial Real Estate Award for the 2014 Best Public Project earlier this year.More

Cities of DC, Atlanta to Receive Major Innovative Wastewater Treatment Facilities
PC Construction, a company specializing in general contracting, construction management and design-build work, will provide its services to complete a $60-million filtrate treatment facility at the DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C., as well as a $28-million water reclamation facility located in the city of Suwanee, Georgia.More

Miami-Dade Awards Contentious Sewer-Repairs Contract
Miami Herald
Miami-Dade County commissioners awarded a heavily lobbied contract to a firm to oversee $1.6 billion in sewer pipe repairs. AECOM Technical Services was hired for the $91 million, five-year contract, with two five-year extension options, over competitor CH2M Hill. The unanimous commission vote marked the end to a nearly year-long saga to select the project and construction manager for the federally mandated upgrades to pipe and pump stations. More

Sixth Street Landslide: Early Work Begins on Minnesota Stabilization Project
Crookston Times
A project to stabilize the landslide area near Highway 2 (West Sixth Street) in Crookston is slated to begin this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The project area is located between Groveland Avenue and Pine Street in the city of Crookston. Survey crews were on the site collecting data.More

Senate Approves $12-Billion Water-Resources Package
Engineering News-Record
The Senate overwhelmingly has approved a major new water-resources measure that would authorize more than $12 billion in new Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, launch a new federal loan program for Corps and Environmental Protection Agency projects and mandate faster Corps project reviews.More

Moving Transportation Projects into the Fast Lane
State and local leaders know firsthand that transportation improvements are a key economic-development tool. A carefully designed and executed project can spur growth, improve quality of life and rebuild communities.More

Foxx: Senate Transportation Bill Too Small
The Hill
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the Senate's version of a $302 billion transportation bill that has been proposed by president Barack Obama does not contain enough funding for road and transit projects.More

Fictional Hurricane Phil Tests Levee Officials Days Before 2014 Season Begins
The Times-Picayune
Hurricane Phil, a fictional storm used by the Army Corps of Engineers and local and state levee officials on (May 19) to test their strategies for operating the New Orleans area hurricane levee system, was designed to create trouble. The scenario contains twists and turns only too familiar to long-time New Orleans area residents. More

New York Medical Campus Building Boom Underway
The Buffalo News
Western New Yorkers are captivated by the development activity along Buffalo's waterfront, but more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in other construction work is underway 10 blocks up Main Street. Work on Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s new Conventus medical building on Main Street is nearly half-done and on schedule, with the two-level concrete underground parking ramp largely complete and most of the steel now erected for the seven-story structure taking shape above it. More

Tronnes Surveys Uses LiDAR to Help Realize a Beautiful Building
Point of Beginning
Tronnes Surveys has practiced in Alberta, Canada, for more than 40 years. President Stephen Tronnes took over from his father, not without a little resistance; "I went into it kicking and screaming," he said, laughing. "And now I've been here 20 years." Before joining the family business, Tronnes majored in computer science and said he was "a tech guy, a bit of a programmer and a database designer, and I also took survey law."More

Registration Now Open for Federal Symposium
Registration for the DBIA/SAME Federal Project Delivery Symposium is now open! Join hundreds of government and industry leaders Aug. 19-21 in Washington, D.C., to learn about trends, opportunities and challenges facing the federal sector. Advance registration rates are in effect until July 7. Group discounts are also available.More

Project/Team Award Entries Due June 2
There are only a few days left to enter your project for the 2014 awards competition. Don't miss the deadline and a chance to show off your design-build project! Full details are available on the DBIA website. Deadline is Monday, June 2.More

Leadership Award Nominations Due July 10
Nominations for the Design-Build Leadership and Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Awards are due Thursday, July 10. These awards recognize the organizations and individuals who have advanced the use and practice of design-build project delivery. See the DBIA website for details and nomination forms.More

Upcoming "Design-Build Done Right" Webinars
Tuesday, June 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
The Owner's Role in Executing Water and Wastewater Projects
Speakers: John A. Giachino, Haskell and DBIA Water Markets Committee Thought Leader; Colin D. Groff, P.E., JEA; Douglas Herbst, DBIA, MWH Constructors
Cost: $50.00
Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Tuesday, June 17, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)
DBIA Contract Focus on the Sub-Prime Relationship: How the Design-Build Team Can Make or Break the Project
Cost: $50.00
Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Speaker: Robynne Thaxton Parkinson, JD, DBIA, Thaxton Parkinson, PLLC

DBIA Contact: Erin LeahyMore

We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members

Individual and Industry Partner representative members New member listing as of May 19-22, 2014.

DBIA Contact: Amber Johnson More

Upcoming Events
May 12-16, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
June 2, 2014 DBIA-National Award Competition Deadline
June 2-6, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 9-13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif. - SOLD OUT
June 23-27, Certification Workshop, Lansing, Mich.
July 7-11, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 14-18, Certification Workshop, Nashville, Tenn.
July 21-25, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 1, Conceptual Estimating, Florence, Ky.
Aug. 4-8, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Inc.
Aug. 15, Design Management, Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 18, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19-21, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 12, Conceptual Estimating, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 16, Conceptual Estimating, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 22-26, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 29-Oct. 3, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 3, Design Management, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 5, Design Management (Pre-Conference), Dallas, Texas
Oct. 6-8, 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Oct. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 17, Design Management, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 24, BIM Execution Planning, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 24, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Nov. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 13, BIM Execution Planning, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson More

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
June 18, DBIA-SMPS Joint Meeting

DBIA-Mid-America Region
June 25, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Program, Design-Build MoDOT Style
July 8, Ozarks Chapter Breakfast Program, Geotechnical Considerations in Design-Build Contracting and Other Delivery Methods

DBIA-Northwest Region
June 10, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 3, Los Angeles Luncheon, LA Community College District $6.2B Bond Program Update and Pathway to the Future
June 10, Orange County Lunch Program, Innovation and Creativity - How to Make Your RFP Unique!
June 16, Bay Area Golf Tournament
July 8, Bay Area Luncheon, Design-Build Deliveries in Bay Area Higher Education
July 17, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 5, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sep. 15, Sacramento Golf Tournament

DBIA Contact: Anieca LordMore

Project Leads
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board: RFQ from Design-Build Entities for Design-Build of Electrification (San Carlos, Calif.) deadline July 17, 2014

RFQ for Design-Build Task Order Agreement (NREL, Golden, Colo.) deadline June 16, 2014

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich More