Design-Build Insight
Jun. 19, 2014

Metcalf v. U.S.: What Does It Mean for Design-Build and Federal Contractors?
DBIA's Integration Quarterly Magazine
The United States Federal Court of Claims decision in Metcalf v. U.S., 107 Fed. Cl. 786 (2012), dramatically altered the risk for differing site conditions in a design-build project, which is why DBIA led the charge to urge the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to overturn the decision. The conduct of the naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) during the project at issue in the Metcalf decision was certainly concerning to the construction industry.More

DBIA Behind the Scenes: Redesigning IQ and Launching a News Site
DBIA Design-Build Blog
In this series, staff at the national headquarters of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) discuss the details of their efforts to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build. In this post, DBIA's Director of Public Relations, Shannon Eckhart, describes how the recent redesign of DBIA’s Integration Quarterly (IQ) magazine and the launch of this news site came to fruition, and the reasons behind it.More

Anxiety Grows as Trust-Fund Deficit Looms
Engineering News-Record
House Republicans propose bolstering trust fund with revenue saved by cutting Saturday mail deliveries.More

Construction Spending Depends Heavily on GROW America or "Devolution"
In Washington, Congress is trying to find a way to close a shortfall in transportation funding that is estimated to be as high as $15 billion before the Department of Transportation runs out of money for its Highway Trust Fund, which budget analysts have said could happen in August without congressional action.More

DOT Blog: Fix the Trust Fund
U.S. Department of Transportation
Patrick Natale writes, "When I go to Capitol Hill, too many Congressmen tell me they aren't hearing from their constituents on infrastructure issues. I then ask, 'But are they calling about losing their jobs? Or not being able to make ends meet?' The Congressmen always reply, 'Of course.'"More

Bill before N.Y. Legislature Would Fast-Track Onondaga County Amphitheater Project
The Post-Standard
A bill before Albany, New York, lawmakers would fast-track plans to put an amphitheater on the western shores of Onondaga Lake. The legislation would allow Onondaga County to use "design-build" bidding procedures for the project. With the legislation, the county could hire a single bidder to design and build the amphitheater on the western side of Onondaga Lake. Without the legislation, the county would have to hire a firm to first design the project, then a second to build it.More

Gilbane Chooses CH2M Exec as President as Buro Happold CEO Takes New Laing O'Rourke Role
Engineering News-Record
Gilbane Building Co. has chosen its first non-family member—who also is a company outsider—as its next president and chief operating officer, contractor Chairman and CEO Tom Gilbane confirmed on June 11.More

New Performance-Based Design Guide Now Available
National Performance-Based Design Guide
The National Performance Based Design Guide establishes performance-based requirements to be used in the programming, design, and documentation of new buildings, major and minor alterations and work in historic structures of all kinds.More

Memorial Bridge Designer Amazed by Reaction
Memorial Bridge designer Ted Zoli of HNTB Inc. said the accolades keep coming for the innovative bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine over the Piscataqua River — but he admitted to a group of industry professionals it was a challenging venture that had to be pulled off perfectly.More

Kansas Bill Redefines Architecture, Engineering and Landscape Architecture
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 349 into law on April 18, 2014. The bill, which goes into effect July 1, updates the state’s licensing statutes for architects, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, and geologists.More

Alternative Project Delivery on the Rise
Engineering News-Record
The prolonged recession hit the industry hard over the past few years. But for firms offering alternative project delivery, the recession took an additional toll. Many owners, seeing designers and contractors scrambling for work, decided to forego alternative project delivery in favor of hard-bid design-bid-build, believing it was the best way to get rock-bottom prices for projects.More

Report: Nearly $8 Billion in Health Care Construction Underway in Northeast
Globe St.
There are currently $7.9 billion in health care construction projects in the ground or in late planning totaling 8.9 million square feet in New York, Connecticut and the remainder of New England, according to Revista, a real estate data information firm.More

DelDOT Making Fast-Track Repairs to Closed I-495 Bridge
Engineering News-Record
Delaware scrambles to shore up key north-south crossing and reopen to traffic by Labor Day.More

How Health Care Construction is Boosting Safety through Technology
D Magazine
Sometimes the construction industry gets accused of using the same technologies as it did when the Pyramids were built. This may have been true years ago, but today we are seeing new developments in many aspects of health care construction, with prefabrication and safety being two areas where there has been substantial change.More

Memorial Bridge Designer Amazed by Reaction
Memorial Bridge designer Ted Zoli of HNTB Inc. said the accolades keep coming for the innovative bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine over the Piscataqua River — but he admitted to a group of industry professionals it was a challenging venture that had to be pulled off perfectly. Fortunately, it worked, but not without some nervous moments for all parties involved, he said.More

DBO Water Contracts Increasingly Popular
Public Works Magazine
Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency (WDCWA) and CH2M Hill employees gathered at the recent groundbreaking for a new regional water treatment plant to replace deteriorating groundwater supplies with more-reliable surface water from the Sacramento River in Oregon.More

Ultimate Makeover of Florida's I-4 a Complex Financial Venture
Orlando Sentinel
A consortium led by the international Swedish construction firm Skanska is finalizing a deal with the state for the so-called "ultimate" remake of Interstate 4 through downtown Orlando in what promises to be the largest public works project in Central Florida history.More

AECOM Design Partnership Awarded Contract for Region of Waterloo Light Rail Transit Project in Canada
The Wall Street Journal
AECOM Technology Corporation, the world's No. 1-ranked engineering design firm, announced that GrandLinq, a public-private partnership in which it participates, has been awarded a contract by the Region of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The GrandLinq PPP will design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new at-grade light rail transit system between the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener. The contract is expected to be worth approximately $23 million to AECOM.More

Clayco Begins Construction on Nation's First Virtual Care Center in Missouri
St. Louis Construction News and Review
Clayco, a national innovator in the design-build industry, broke ground on the nation's first virtual care center in Chesterfield, Missouri. Mercy's virtual care center will be a four-story, 120,000-square-foot facility that will house approximately 300 co-workers consisting of physicians, nurses, specialists, researchers and support staff. Forum Studio, Clayco's architectural subsidiary, is the designer. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.More

KAI Design & Build Utilizes Disaster Recovery Expertise to Rebuild City of West, Texas
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In April 2012, the City of West, Texas experienced a tragic fertilizer plant explosion that leveled the plant and several surrounding neighborhoods. Soon after the incident, Mayor Tommy Muska, along with city officials, began seeking opportunities to improve the town by spurring economic growth and supporting new residential areas. They hired KAI Design & Build to work with sister company KAI Texas to develop a master plan for the damaged areas, shepherd the town's redevelopment and augment its economic expansion.More

Contracts Awarded for Kosciuszko Bridge Reconstruction in New York
The Greenpoint Gazette
Contractors for the long-awaited Kosciuszko Bridge replacement project were announced last week – signaling the start of the 5 year project that is expected to be completed in early 2018. A city-based construction firm, Skanska, will manage the project along with three other design and construction firms from different parts of the country.More

Federal Symposium Owner Education Scholarships – Deadline Tomorrow
If you're an owner/agency representative and are interested in attending the 2014 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, DBIA encourages you to apply for our Owner Scholarship Fund to help cover the cost of travel and attending the Symposium. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, June 20. All applications must be submitted online. Complete your application today!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, July 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
How to Choose a Delivery Method
Speaker: Daniel D. Rawlins, RA, DBIA, InterDesign

Tuesday, July 22, 1:30pm-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Design Management – Construction Trade
Speaker: Gregory R. Gidez, AIA, DBIA

DBIA Contact: Erin LeahyMore

We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner member

Individual and Industry Partner representative members New member listing as of June 9-June 15, 2014.

DBIA Contact: Amber Johnson More

Upcoming Events
June 23-27, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
June 24, Post-Award, Honolulu, Hawaii NEW
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, Ind.
Aug. 11-15, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
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-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-New England Region
June 19, Bringing P3 to New England

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

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 16, Regional Meeting and Project Tour
Sep. 17, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 25, Sacramento Evening Mixer
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
Oct. 16, Bay Area Networking Cruise

DBIA Contact: Anieca LordMore