DBIA Design-Build Insight
June. 17, 2010

Important Reminder
Design-build perspectives on BIM use needed
DBIA has joined other leading U.S. construction organizations to support McGraw-Hill Construction in an industry-wide survey of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on sustainable or "green" projects. The survey will be one of the most comprehensive looks at BIM usage on sustainable projects to date.

We strongly encourage design-build professionals to lend their perspective to the survey by participating in this important project.

* If you are not currently using BIM on sustainable projects, you will be asked what enhancements in BIM software would increase its value on these projects.

* If you currently use BIM on sustainable projects, you will be asked what aspects of BIM are most useful on these projects and what needs improvement.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and results are strictly confidential.

The survey is online at: http://www.kadquest.com/link/b4 Please enter your information before June 22.More

$23 million 'design-build' contract for Sonoma Valley Hospital
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Valley Hospital located in California officials signed off on a $23 million design-build contract for seismic upgrades at the 83-bed acute care hospital, making it the first public health care district in the state to utilize a process more commonly employed by private health facilities. The contract, approved by the board of directors, stipulates that the cost of improvements and expansion that will satisfy state safety standards will not exceed $23 million, a price far lower than what was originally expected, according the Carl Gerlach, chief executive officer of the hospital. More

Construction underway on weapons Armament Technology Center at China Lake
PR Log
KMA Architecture & Engineering (KMA) announced that construction is underway on the P-745 Weapons Armament Technology Center at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake in Ridgecrest, Calif. Construction is expected to be complete on the $68 million project by July 2010. In a design/build partnership with Barnhart Balfour Beatty, KMA designed the 177,718-square-foot research and development facility for the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake in the Mojave Desert.More

Anaheim City Council approves two charter amendments for the Nov. 2 general municipal election
The Anaheim City Council approved and adopted two charter amendments for the November 2 general municipal election, giving residents the opportunity to vote on the future of red light cameras and design-build decisions in the city. The city council approved and adopted a resolution ordering the submission of a proposed amendment to the city charter, to authorize the use of design-build procurement by competitive negotiation in public works contracts. If the charter amendment is approved, the city could potentially achieve significant cost savings in the construction of future public improvements.More

DOE selects SmithGroup for $135Million, 175,000 square feet energy facility
City Bizlist
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a contract with the design build team of JE Dunn and SmithGroup to begin design and construction for the latest research building on the NREL campus. The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will be the nation's only facility that can conduct integrated megawatt-scale testing of all components and strategies critical to deploying renewable energy and other energy-efficiency technologies into the nation's electric grid at utility scale.More

Use design-build model of bidding for bridge
Winona Daily News
Alaska boasts the bridge to nowhere. Winona seems to be able to boast their bridge really is going nowhere. Despite the best efforts of the natural elements to rot the Interstate Bridge in Winona to nothing, repair crews slapped another piece of metal on the bridge and declared it "operational." Again. For the third time in two years, officials found structural problems with the bridge, which doesn't seem to be aging gracefully. Despite what an engineer might tell you, the problem with Winona's bridge isn't steel. It's time.More

Council's committee recommends adopting design-build policy
Columbus Telegram
The City Council's Committee of the Whole passed a measure recommending adoption of a policy to streamline the design and building of projects except for roads, streets, highways, water, sewer, utility and wastewater projects. Called the design-build and construction management-at-risk models, they have been in use by school districts across the state for some time. The new policy was made possible with the passage of Legislative Bill 898 by the state legislature in 2008.More

Virginia company given Rockview contract
Central Daily Times
A $174 million contract to build a new medium security prison near the Rockview state prison is headed out of state. The commonwealth's Department of General Services announced it is awarding the general construction contract for the new State Correctional Institution at Benner Township to Hensel Phelps Construction, of Chantilly, Va. Hensel Phelps was selected over two other finalists, Walsh Construction, of Canonsburg, Pa. and Keating Building Co., of Philadelphia. According to a department bid summary, Hensel outscored the other two firms on its design-build rating and was rated second in terms of both costs and technical scoring.More

Oceanside, Calif., looks to spread wings with charter status
The San Diego Union- Tribune
With Oceanside voters adopting a charter, the city will set its sights on taking advantage of its new, more autonomous status. Proposition K, the charter proposal, passed with 54 percent of the vote. A charter gives a city more authority over such areas as contracting out services, self-governing and conducting elections. The debate over whether to approve the charter revolved around prevailing, or union, wages. The charter exempts the city from paying the prevailing wage on city projects.More

The next Cornelius Vanderbilt?
Green Growth Cascadia
Do you have what it takes to become a railroad baron? Well, two consortiums vying for the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) FasTracks Eagle P3 project in Denver believe they do. Mountain Air Transit Partners and Denver Transit Partners are the two groups competing to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Eagle P3 commuter rail line. More

Three teams competing to build 520 from Bellevue to Medina, Wash.
Seattle Pi
Three teams will compete to design and build the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project. The project will include approximately $325 million to $425 million in highway and environmental improvements from Medina to Bellevue, Wash. The work is expected to break ground in 2011. The three prequalified teams are Skanska-Flatiron Joint Venture, Eastside Corridor Constructors and Kiewit/Atkinson Joint Venture. WSDOT selected the design-build teams based on Statements of Qualifications submitted in recently. More

News From DBIA
Design-Build Certification board call for nominations
The Design-Build Certification Board is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to serve on the Board. Terms are for three years, the next term will begin January 1, 2011. More information is on the DBIA website.More

From the DBIA Bookstore
The Summer Sale is here! From now until August 31, 2010, you can save 10 percent on all your purchases from the DBIA Bookstore by entering Promotional Code S2010. In addition, you will receive free Shipping and Handling. Questions? Call the DBIA Bookstore at 202-454-7501.More

Project leads
Design-build services for city of Tucson solar projects (deadline July 1)

Design-build project ... U.S. General Services Administration National Capital Region )deadline June 28)

Design-build Los Padres Ranger Stations (deadline June 21)

Design-build services for U.S. General Services Administration National Capitol Region - New Carrollton (MD) Building

Presolicitation: design-build exterior and interior repairs to naval Operational Support Center, Tucson, AZ More