Design-Build Insight
Nov. 14, 2013

Congratulations to the DBIA Class of 2013!
The Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB) is pleased to have bestowed the DBIATM and Assoc. DBIATM to more than 300 highly qualified individuals this year — further evidence of the continued growth of design-build as a project delivery method of choice. Individuals holding either of the DBIATM certifications have demonstrated mastery of Best Practices in Design-Build project delivery. They have completed DBIA’s core education requirements and have passed the comprehensive DBIA Certification Exam. Credential holders who display “DBIA” or “Assoc. DBIA” after their names are not only committed to the concept of design-build but also to mastery of Design-Build Best Practices that result in truly integrated delivery of capital projects.More

DBIA Student Competition Winners
A team of future design-builders from California State University - Sacramento won the 2013 DBIA Student Competition. The team of four students worked collaboratively to develop a design and construction plan for a $29-million, 80,000-square-foot residence hall. Following the two-step selection process, the teams submitted their proposals and a national jury short-listed three teams. At the final phase of the competition, the students responded to an RFP and presented their proposals to the jury. Auburn University was the second-place winner and Colorado State University came in third.More

DBIA Milestone: Location, Location, Location
As architects know, work environments have a profound impact on productivity, employee morale and an organization’s brand. DBIA has been located in Washington, D.C., since its founding but at four different locations, always outgrowing each one.More

Hensel Phelps Receives 5 DBIA Awards for Exemplary Collaboration and Integration
Hensel Phelps sweeps the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) 2013 Design-Build Project Awards program with five projects representing a diversity of projects across the Nation. Hensel Phelps has been recognized as one of the nations’ premier design-builders, with 33 national design-build awards, exceeding any other design-build firm. The 2013 Design-Build Award Winners are recognized for "Exemplary Collaboration and Integration in Project Delivery." More

Upcoming 'Design-Build Done Right' Webinars


Fentress Architects Wins AIA/LA Building Team of the Year for Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX
Interiors and Sources
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles chapter has recognized the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, designed by Fentress Architects, as the 2013 Presidential Honoree Building Team of the Year. The annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards and Exhibit honors excellence in work by Los Angeles architects and is one of the most prestigious awards a designer can win in the Los Angeles design community. More

Firm Chosen to Build North Metro Rail Line
RTD staff recommended to the RTD Board of Directors Tuesday night to move forward with a proposal from Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Constructors to design and build the North Metro Rail Line to 124th Avenue. The proposal commits to completing construction of the line to 124th by January 2018. GBBH has proposed building out the complete North Metro Line to 162nd, but RTD staff is recommending that the first phase of the project be built to 124th with the funding that is currently available.More

26 Lead the Way
Twenty-six innovators. Twenty-six different approaches to construction. One common thread: technology. The 2013 Constructech Vision Award winners are not only a group of forward-thinking organizations with a vision for how technology can be adopted on a construction projects; they are also impacting the future of construction technology.More

New York's Tappan Zee Bridge Sound Wall Removal to Begin in South Nyack
Crews have begun work to install a new permanent sound barrier on the New York State Thruway near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Portions of the existing 1,100-foot noise wall along the northbound lanes will come down, after a week of preparations. About 300 feet of the barrier, which ranges from 15 to 22 feet in height, will be removed to improve a nearby access ramp and relocate underground fiber optic cable, project officials said.More

Tennessee DOT Chief Says $8 Billion Wish List Has Department in Bind
The Tennessean
State Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says his department faces a years-long backlog of road projects totaling $8 billion and the possible loss of funding from the U.S. Highway Trust Fund. Schroer brought up the backlog and the “pretty good chance” that federal highway dollars could dry up in two years’ time during a session this week outlining ways to jump-start the long-stalled western extension of Mack Hatcher Parkway around Franklin.More

Minneapolis Building Boom Tops $1 Billion for Second Year in a Row
The Star Tribune
Minneapolis has surpassed the $1 billion mark in the value of construction projects for the second year in a row. This year and last year were the first billion-dollar construction years since 2000. The milestone was reached at the end of October, a month earlier than in 2012. There have been 10,371 building permits issued to date for new buildings, additions, remodels and miscellaneous work.More

Renovation Projects Worth the Effort Despite Common Challenges
Businesses looking for new space shouldn’t discount renovation projects involving tired, old buildings. That’s according to contractors and architects who say crews today are much better at working with clients and preparing for the unexpected challenges that arise when opening up old facilities.More

Navy Window Renovations Completed at Historic Structural Shop Building 155 in Pearl Harbor
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii recently completed a design-build project at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard/ Interm-ediate Maintenance Facility’s (PHNSY/IMF) building 155 while maintaining the structure’s historic window features. "Prior to this window replacement project, building 155 was not only aesthetically unappealing, but it was a safety hazard due to broken glass and the inability to open the windows for ventilation," said Jonathan Mizushima, PHNSY/IMF shop 11 branch head.More

BIM Helps Design Green Convention Center in 48 Hours
Designing a whole building in 48 hours is a somewhat daunting task. And when the design team of 60 people is scattered across the globe, the complexity of this task is raised a notch. Yet the winners of the world’s leading collaborative design competition have shown how a clearly defined Building Information Modelling (BIM) execution plan can successfully meet the challenge.More

Congratulations to the DBIA Class of 2013!
The Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB) is pleased to have bestowed the DBIATM and Assoc. DBIATM to more than 300 highly qualified individuals this year — further evidence of the continued growth of design-build as a project delivery method of choice.More

Auburn University is Finalist in Design-Build National Competition
Opelika-Auburn News
Auburn University is a finalist in the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2013 National Design-Build Student Competition. Auburn’s Design-Build team, Tiger Building Company, will compete against teams from Colorado State University and California State University-Sacramento at the DBIA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.More

Design-Build Team Qualifies for Nationals
After a dramatic win at regionals, the team representing Sacramento State’s student chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America is headed to Las Vegas as one of the three finalists in DBIA’s national design-build competition.More

Design-Build Best Practices — Comments Close Tomorrow
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

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. Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!More

Upcoming Events
Nov. 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 19, Webinar, Design Management in the Design-Build Environment
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.
Dec. 3, Webinar, BIM for Design-Build Projects: Successful Implementation for the Project Team and Owner
New! Dec. 9-13, Certification Workshop, DBIA National Headquarters, Washington, DC
New! Dec. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Oakland, CAMore

Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Mid-America Region
Dec. 5, Iowa Chapter, Revised Energy Code and Project Rebates

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
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
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
Dec. 12, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
Dec. 5, Luncheon and Annual Project Awards Ceremony

DBIA-Southwest Region
Dec. 4, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Luncheon

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 20, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting - "Target Field Station" formerly known as "The Interchange", Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 24, 2014, Region Award Competition Entries Due

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Nov. 14, San Diego Luncheon/Mixer
Nov. 19, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, LAUSD and Design-Build
Nov. 21, Sacramento Evening Mixer
Dec. 4, Bay Area Chapter Holiday Party/Mixer
Dec. 5, San Francisco Evening Mixer
Dec. 6, Board/Annual Membership Meeting (Bay Area)More

Project Leads
DBIA members – sign in on our website to see members-only content, including project leads, in the Resources section. More