Design-Build Intelligence
Aug. 22, 2013

Balfour Beatty plc: Balfour Beatty Construction/Gensler project recognized with top honor
Northwest Housing VIIIA, a student residence hall built by Balfour Beatty Construction and designed by Gensler for George Mason University, has recently earned a top award from the National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). More

Tunneling begins on HNTB-designed SR 99 tunnel with launch of world's largest tunnel boring machine in Seattle
Tunneling recently began on the SR 99 Tunnel, which at 57.5 feet excavated diameter, will be the world's largest TBM-bored tunnel. HNTB Corporation is lead designer for the Washington State Department of Transportation project as part of Seattle Tunnel Partners, a joint venture of Dragados USA and Tutor Perini Corporation. More

San Diego's 'The Green Build' utilizes leading-edge BIM technology
The Daily Transcript
"The Green Build," the largest construction project in the San Diego International Airport's history, is nearly complete. Celebrating its grand opening Aug. 8, The Green Build includes a three-story, 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2. The project began construction in 2009, and will be completed on time and under budget.More

Opus Group to build student housing development at UW-Madison
Milwaukee BizTimes
The Milwaukee office of The Opus Group announced that it is part of a collaboration with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm, to develop and construct Varsity Quarters, a new student housing development adjacent to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The project is a joint-venture partnership.More

Vikings stadium design OK'd by Minneapolis Planning Commission
Star Tribune
Development of the $975 million new home for the Minnesota Vikings moved ever so slightly closer to reality recently when the Minneapolis Planning Commission signed off on the stadium's bold and glassy design.More

SOM breaks ground on Los Angeles' courthouse
Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of Los Angeles, as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait.More

Nor-Son announces merger with Eskuche Associates and expansion of Wayzata office
Brainerd Dispatch
Nor-Son, Inc., the design-build firm in Baxter recently announced a merger with Eskuche Associates, a Minneapolis architecture firm noted for its luxury custom homes. Nor-Son is an integrated consulting, design and construction services firm specializing in homes, hospitality, healthcare and commercial sectors. Eskuche Associates is a boutique residential architectural firm noted for designing award-winning luxury custom homes.More

$1 billion DFW Connector project in Grapevine, Texas, almost finished
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
For nearly four years, Grapevine, Texas, resident Angela Gair has felt like a prisoner in her own neighborhood. Since late 2009 and early 2010, residents such as Gair have been boxed in by the DFW Connector, a $1 billion makeover of the 8-mile stretch of Texas 114/121 that forms the main path into and out of the city. Because of the work, motorists encountered confusing detours, and traffic often stacked up for miles.More

High-speed rail agency says fed law trumps California environmental rules
The Fresno Bee
An appellate court brief in a high-speed rail lawsuit from California's Bay Area could have far-reaching implications in the rest of the state - including the San Joaquin Valley, where the first stretches of the statewide bullet-train network are supposed to be built.More

Florida gets federal grant to study sinkhole activity
Property Casualty 360
The Florida Geological Survey and the state's emergency department are receiving a $1.08 million federal grant to study sinkhole vulnerability, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced. More

In demolition, Cal State East Bay structure teaches a final lesson
San Francisco Business Times
Warren Hall, a 13-story beacon on the hill of California State University, East Bay, came down Saturday in a mix of smoke, dust and memories. Fittingly for an academic building, it taught one last lesson, too.More

DBIA launches 'Design-Build Done Right' webinar series
DBIA is introducing a series of webinars on best practices. Upcoming webinars include "DBIA Contract Documents" on Aug. 27, presented by G. William Quatman, Esq., FAIA, DBIA; "Developing Acquisition Strategies" on Sept. 11, presented by Craig Unger, DBIA; and "Running a Design-Build Business: Profit, Risk and Leadership" on Sept. 17, presented by Tom Porter, J.D., DBIA. Each will be presented 1:30-3 p.m., Eastern time, and will also be made available as recordings. More

DBIA Milestone: The Maps
Today, DBIA's maps illustrating design-build laws across the United States are some of the most popular materials we produce. This resource first came about when we created the state statute report.More

DBIA Owner Hotline
As a feature of DBIA's commitment to making access to information easy, we are introducing our Owner Hotline. The Hotline will give public agencies and private owners quick, direct access to information on design-build project delivery. See the DBIA website for details.More

Do you know about all your member benefits?
As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source of industry information and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. Project leads, access to epipeline, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, discounts on DBIA events and materials and many more are all benefits DBIA offers its members.

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Upcoming events
Aug. 27, DBIA Webinar – Contract Documents
Sept. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 11, DBIA Webinar – Developing Acquisition Strategies
Sept. 13, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 16-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sept. 17, DBIA Webinar – Running a Design-Build Business: Profit, Risk & Leadership
Sept. 20, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 30-October 4, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nov. 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 4-6, 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov.15, , Design Management Fundamentals, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 18-22, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo. More

$1 billion DFW Connector project in Grapevine almost finished
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
For nearly four years, Grapevine, Texas, resident Angela Gair has felt like a prisoner in her own neighborhood. Since late 2009 and early 2010, residents such as Gair have been boxed in by the DFW Connector, a $1 billion makeover of the 8-mile stretch of Texas 114/121 that forms the main path into and out of the city.More

Using design-build to streamline healthcare renovation
Healthcare Design Magazine
Feeling the impact of healthcare reform and the recession, many hospital owners are faced with the difficult task of driving down costs, which can include choosing between building new facilities or renovating existing ones.More

Five firms in running to build $46 million museum expansion
Dayton Daily News
Five companies will compete to build a new $46 million aircraft and space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, an expansion the museum's leader says will boost tourism to the major Miami Valley attraction.More

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Aug. 29, Design-Build Risk Allocation and Legal Lessons Learned
Oct. 3, Annual Conference

DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sept. 17, Annual Awards and Golf Outing

DBIA-Mid-America Region
Sept. 12, Iowa Chapter 5th Annual Nine-Hole Golf Tournament
Oct. 3, Iowa Chapter, Iowa State University Networking Event and New Facility Tour
Dec. 5, Iowa Chapter, Revised Energy Code and Project Rebates

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sept. 17, Owners Only: Design-Build Transportation Forum
Sept. 17, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Transportation
Oct. 8, Fall Fundraiser, Golf
Nov. 19, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Renovations and Design-Build in Energy/Utility Projects
Dec. 5, Annual Business Meeting: Design-Build in Education, Design-Build Awards, 2014 Elections

DBIA-Northwest Region
Oct. 8, Oregon Breakfast Series, Conceptual Estimating
Dec. 10, Oregon Breakfast Series, Case Study: TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
Feb. 11, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, DBIA Oregon Annual Owners' Forum
April 8, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, Lean Construction
June 10, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Sept. 9, Lunch Program, Transportation
Oct. 30, Lunch Program, Water/Wastewater
Dec. 12, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
Sept. 23, Golf Tournament and Evening Social
Oct. 3, Breakfast and Panel Session, Atlanta Hot Projects
Nov. 7, Breakfast and Panel Session, Owners' Panel/Emerging Markets
Dec. 5, Luncheon and Annual Project Awards Ceremony

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sept. 18, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting
Nov. 20, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sept. 6, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sept. 17, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Oct. 7, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 10, Bay Area Networking Cruise
Oct. 10, Hawaii Evening Mixer
Oct. 21, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 24, Sacramento Lunch Program
Nov. 12, San Diego Luncheon/Mixer
Nov. 19, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Nov. 21, Sacramento Evening Mixer
Dec. 5, San Francisco Evening Mixer
Dec. 6, Board/Annual Membership Meeting (Bay Area) More

Project leads
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Quantification of cost, benefits and risk associated with alternative contracting methods and accelerated performance specifications More