Design-Build Insight
Sep. 12, 2013

North Carolina authorizes design-build and P3 project delivery
One of the nation's most progressive design-build laws has been signed into law by the Governor of North Carolina (HB 857) to grant state and local government authorization to pursue design-build and public-private partnership project delivery. In addition, passage of the law is a great step forward for qualifications-based selection in the state.More

DBIA milestone: Social media
The power of social media has grown rapidly since Facebook and Twitter were first launched. LinkedIn has also emerged as a powerful business tool in the A/E/C industry. DBIA has embraced the most popular social networks to communicate with our members and the larger public. We recently revamped our social media strategy by creating a more active Facebook page, a more engaged Twitter presence and an increasingly popular blog.More

Open for industry input - Design-build best practices
DBIA views this document to be the first of many iterations of best practices. The evolution of this document will be based on input from a broad spectrum of industry including DBIA members. We fully expect that the concepts expressed here will be refined and modified over time. The term "best practices" itself connotes an evolving process.More

Lisa Cooley of RSMeans presents to design-build community at DBIA Federal Sector Conference
Reed Construction Data
RSMeans’ Lisa Cooley spoke to the DBIA Federal Sector Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Her presentation, “Design-Build Downsized,” highlighted ways federal owners can use the design-build method of construction for small projects and explored Multiple Award Contracts and Job Order Contracts (JOCs) that leverage RSMeans pricing data.More

Balfour and Gensler pair up for Mason Uni housing in Virginia
Construction Digital
Balfour Beatty Construction has been chosen by Virginia's George Mason University to lead the design-build team for new student housing. This is the fourth project and second housing facility Balfour Beatty has worked on for the university.More

Project team's playbook focuses on lean construction
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, built out several spaces at the newly renovated Husky Stadium, including the 30,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle. Completed in July, the facility is underneath the stadium's south stands and features 39 exam rooms, four treatment rooms, two X-ray rooms, 21 office and consultation rooms, and rehabilitation space. More

Skanska invests $94 million in Houston office
Construction Digital
Skanska is investing $94 million in a new office building in The Energy Corridor in Houston, home to several major players in the industry. The total leasable area will be approximately 30,000 square meters.More

Parsons celebrates Thousands Islands Bridge's 75th anniversary
Parsons was pleased to attend an international gathering to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Thousand Islands International Bridge, which crosses the St. Lawrence Seaway at Collins Landing, Alexandria Bay, New York. The bridge connects U.S. Interstate 81 and Canada’s Highway 401 and is also known as the Capital Corridor linking Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario.More

Pasadena, Sylmar firms to design, build first segment of California high-speed rail line
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Two Southland firms will be involved in the design and construction of the first leg of California’s 800-mile, high-speed rail system. Tutor Perini Corp. of Sylmar and Parsons Corp. in Pasadena are part of the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture, which has secured a $985 million contract with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to build the initial 29-mile stretch running from Madera to Fresno. The third partner is Zachry Construction Corp. of San Antonio.More

Parsons wins Delma Port consultancy contract
Parsons announced that it was recently awarded a consultancy contract by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) to manage the development of Delma Port, located about 40 km off the coast of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).More

Improving commercial construction projects with design-build
The Passiv Report
Adam writes, "As a builder and architect, I’ve been doing design-build work for 30 years. I grew up building, so I’m a builder at heart. Later I got my architect’s degree and license, but the reason I don’t just practice architecture is that I want my designs built right. At my company Structures Design/Build, design-build ensures that our projects gets delivered to both the owners’ and my specifications. If something gets installed wrong during the course of construction, it is our responsibility – and ours alone – to fix it. Passiv Science was established to help teams of designers and builders repeat our firm’s success delivering fully integrated design-build projects in commercial construction."More

Shuster: Transportation investment is tied to the nation's economic competitiveness
Progressive Railroading
Improving and maintaining American transportation infrastructure is critical to the nation remaining economically competitive in a global marketplace, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told a gathering of community and business leaders in Cleveland earlier this week.More

Public-private partnership created substantial savings for the citizens of Santa Paula, Calif.
Digital Journal
In 2007 the City of Santa Paula, Calif., voted to proceed under a public-private partnership to replace its noncompliant wastewater treatment plant. The City entered into an agreement with Santa Paula Water, LLC to design, build, operate and finance a new water recycling facility. At the same time, Santa Paula Water LLC entered an agreement with PERC Water Corporation to design, build and operate the new facility. More

Across US, bridges crumble as repair funds fall short
Los Angeles Times
Engineers think that three of the bridges closest to Dave Wisler's home are about ready to collapse. One, a picturesque one-lane structure built in 1893, became so perilous it was closed last summer, and the county doesn't have the money to fix it. Another bridge, just down the road, is well-known for the concrete that chips off the bottom as children play in the creek below — it's currently under repair.More

Precise building strategy lifts Army hospital project
Engineering News-Record
In the fall of 2009, before construction had even begun, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' first design-build hospital project, sited in Fort Benning, Ga., had become a contracting nightmare. The two losing bidders for the $333-million Martin Army Community Hospital (MACH) - a McCarthy/Hunt joint venture and a team of Harbert Construction and Brasfield & Gorrie - were filing lawsuits relating to the selection of Turner Construction Co. and Ellerbe Becket/RLF Architects. By February 2010, the Corps was ordering Turner Construction Co. and EB/RLF to halt work.More

Early Bird Registration for 2013 Annual Conference ends tomorrow!
Register for the 2013 Design-Build Conference & Expo by tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13 take advantage of our “Early Bird” registration rate. Individuals who register before COB Friday will save $100 off a full conference registration. Sending a large group? DBIA has group rates for organizations sending 10 or more from the same organization. View our special group rate pricing and other registration fees at Register now before prices increase!More

DBIA launches 'Design-Build Done Right' webinar series
DBIA is introducing a series of webinars on best practices. The last new webinar is "Running a Design-Build Business: Profit, Risk and Leadership" on Sept. 17, presented by Tom Porter, JD, DBIA. Each will be presented 1:30-3 p.m., Eastern time; the webinars presented live earlier are available as recordings. More

Get a fast estimate you can count on
The new 2014 McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets Unit Cost Guide is out and it has up-to-date cost information for 14,000 tasks and materials used in construction. The book retails for $99.95 but use the link or coupon code EG38 and get it for 10 percent less.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

Open for industry input - Design-build best practices
DBIA views this document to be the first of many iterations of best practices. The evolution of this document will be based on input from a broad spectrum of industry including DBIA members. We fully expect that the concepts expressed here will be refined and modified over time. The term “best practices” itself connotes an evolving process.More

Using design-build to streamline healthcare renovations
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

Checking all the boxes
CE News
Bernie Siben, CPSM writes, "Sometime around 2000, I became a big fan of checklists. Before that time, I didn't think I needed them. Then I submitted a proposal missing one signed form and my firm was thrown out for being "non-responsive."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. Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!More

Upcoming events
Sept. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
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. 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

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 3-4, Design-Build 2013, 8th Annual Conference of the DBIA-Florida Region

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

DBIA-Mid-America Region
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-New England Region
Sept. 19, How to control costs on your next design-build project
Oct. 17, 2013 Design-Build Project Award entries due

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
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. 17, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Sept. 25, Sacramento Luncheon, SMUD East Campus Operations Center – Net Zero, No Added Cost
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
DBIA members – sign in on our new website to see members-only content, including project leads, in the Resources section.More