DBIA Design-Build Insight
Dec. 16, 2010

Design-Build Institute of America to issue new publication in 2011
Comprehensive quarterly journal will replace Design-Build Dateline as DBIA's official publication.More

Autodesk's digital prototyping enables innovation beyond 3D
ARC Advisory Group
At the recent Autodesk Analyst Day, Autodesk provided industry analysts with an overview of the company's product technology, market strategies, and vision of the design/build environment for a range of industries as it advances into the next era of innovation and new products development. Relative to product design and manufacturing, Autodesk's message was clear: 3D is not enough. Further, it maintained that to move beyond just 3D design applications to true product innovation, it is necessary to integrate multiple engineering disciplines. According to the company, moving beyond 3D to Autodesk's Digital Prototyping development strategy would enable product designers and manufacturers to address all phases of the development process and validate the products and processes in a digitally simulated environment.More

Arizona's Pima County OKs $164 million contract for sewer plant
The Explorer
The Pima County Board of Supervisors awarded a $172.2 million contract for the design and construction a new wastewater treatment facility in Tucson, Ariz. Denver-based CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., won the contract, handing in the lowest bid, well below the county's spending cap of $240 million. The company would design, build and operate the new facility in a 15-year public-private partnership. Throughout the agreement, the county maintains ownership of the facility.More

Balfour Beatty Construction leading a design-build team for and sponsoring BIMStorm Washington, D.C.
Balfour Beatty Construction's collaboration leadership will be on full display as the firm leads a design-build team in the BIMStorm Washington, D.C. event for the second year. Additionally, Balfour Beatty is a platinum sponsor of BIMStorm, further demonstrating its commitment to spearheading collaborative actions and developing technological solutions. BIMStorm is a mostly virtual exercise between design-build teams, which utilize building information modeling (BIM) and cross-discipline interactions to develop solutions to a theoretical building project.More

Building on solid foundations
The competition in the construction industry has never been so tough. Big-time designers and developers are shrugging off financial crisis talk, picking up the pieces and starting over. And, this time they mean business. Already, the sector is showing signs of growth. In the U.K., much of the economic boost came from construction in the second quarter of this year; the sector added 4 percent to the 9.5 percent jump in the overall economy as it recovered from the slump.More

Indiana's Tippecanoe Valley awards contract for wind project
Recently, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board in Indiana awarded Performance Services Inc. the contract for its wind power project. The board also approved a resolution to the state legislature regarding school funding inequities. Superintendent Brett Boggs reminded the board that on July 12 the board appointed InterDesign as the design criteria developer for Valley's wind power project. On July 26, the board passed a design-build resolution and appointed members of the technical review committee.More

New Hampshire Liquor Commission and Pro Con Inc. break ground for environmentally friendly liquor and wine outlet
Boston/SF News
A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to celebrate the start of construction of New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet store in Nashua, N.H., which will offer a widely expanded selection and reach a new eco-friendly green standard. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H., is the architect and general contractor for the $3.3 million design build project. The new Outlet will be located behind an existing state liquor store at 27 Coliseum Avenue, which will be demolished after the new store is built.More

The Corps: It's not just for dredging in Savannah, Ga.
Savannah Morning News
Mention the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, especially in Georgia, and the almost automatic association is with the Savannah River. After all, in addition to its regular maintenance of local waterways, the corps is spearheading the pending and very public $500 million civil works project to deepen the Savannah River from 42 to 48 feet. But the corps isn't just about dredging.More

Korte kicks off $4 million Fort Campbell, Ky., project
St. Louis Business Journal
The Korte Co. said it started work on a $4 million addition at Fort Campbell, Ky. The St. Louis construction company was awarded the design-build project through the U.S. Corps of Engineers. When completed in the summer of 2011, the project will add 11,000 square feet to an existing facility medical center.More

Tricks of the trade from a contractor's point of view
RE Journals
Considering the current state of the economy, every little advantage helps. These tricks or secrets of the trade are coveted possessions typically held under lock and key, not to be shared with anyone. So when James Brucato was approached to write an article that would reveal these little known secrets to success, he hesitated. With the holiday season approaching his compassionate side compelled him to go ahead and share some of the techniques he has amassed over the years that he has spent in the design/build construction field.More

Milton-Madison Bridge Project starts in Ohio
Construction of the Milton-Madison Bridge Project has started following a special ground breaking ceremony attended by U.S. state Governors Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is described by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as a "unique effort" to replace the deteriorating US 421 Ohio River bridge between Milton, Kentucky, and Madison, Indiana. The project's design-build contract was awarded to Walsh Construction in September 2010. More

Smashing trends: The wonder of glass
Unlike steel and concrete, glass is a relatively new material in the construction sector. Romans began using glass for architectural purposes by casting windows in around AD100, but it wasn't until the latter part of the Industrial Revolution that scientific research started to reveal the exciting functions and properties of glass. For a long time, glass was cast in buildings for the sole purpose of letting light in and keeping the weather out. It was widely believed - and is still to an extent - that too much of the transparent material wouldn't be strong enough to guard a property from vandalism and destruction; it wouldn't be sturdy enough to withstand a hurricane; and is too transparent to protect a building from heat gain. More

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