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Now’s the time to take advantage of early bird registration rates and hotel discounts to secure your spot at the best sector specific design-build events of the year.
The Design-Build Institute of America’s 2018 Design-Build in Transportation and Water/Wastewater will be in Portland, Oregon, and is the only place you can you attend two full design-build conferences in one location. Attendees will enjoy more than 20 educational programs and networking opportunities – all geared to help you save time, money and improve the quality of our nation’s transportation and water/wastewater projects through Design-Build Done RightTM. This year's conference also marks DBIA's 25th Anniversary and we hope you'll join us for the celebration.
2018 Design-Build in Transportation
2018 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater
Feb. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Centennial, Colo.
Feb. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, Calif.
Mar. 2, Conceptual Estimating, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mar. 5-7, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Rochester, N.Y.
Mar. 12-14, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 13, Conceptual Estimating, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 15, BIM Execution Planning, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 16, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Worcester, Mass.
Mar. 19-21, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 21-23, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Portland, Ore.
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
President Trump called on Congress to pass an infrastructure bill costing at least $1.5 trillion during his inaugural State of the Union address on Tuesday night, hoping to breathe some life into one of his long-stalled campaign promises. Trump’s rebuilding plan, which is expected to be a core part of his 2018 agenda, will be divided into two major goals: rebuilding U.S. infrastructure and speeding up the permit approval process.
Norfolk Daily News
Ricketts said ground will be broken on the 275 expansion segment between Scribner and West Point in January 2019, which is also the state’s first-ever design-build project.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The BQE rehab can only be completed by 2026 if the state authorizes the city’s use of a streamlined bidding process called “design-build,” which will allow the work to be completed as many as two years faster and $113 million cheaper. DOT must issue a Request for Qualifications no later than this spring to begin procuring a design-build team. Governor Andrew Cuomo, however, did not include design-build authority for the BQE Reconstruction Project as one of his legislative priorities this session. In June, the state Senate ended its session having failed to authorize its use. The Assembly has passed the measure.
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Roads & Bridges
Texas State Highway 288 (SH 288) is a critical north-south transportation corridor for the greater Houston metro region, and it is under the strain of the region's tremendous growth. Because of this, a section of SH 288 is experiencing severe congestion, resulting in safety issues, and the community needed a solution. Enter the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) latest P3 undertaking — the SH 288 Toll Lanes project. Its essential goal: build capacity on a busy Texas highway to accommodate evacuations and increased growth. Getting there, however, involves a fascinating tale about innovative bridge design and intricate coordination to facilitate standardization.
Highland Township is shopping around for a company to design and build two new fire stations. ... The finalist would work with the township in shaping a plan to replace Fire Stations No. 1 and No. 2 with new buildings at new sites. If the board likes the plan, the design/build team would construct the new facilities. “Through this process, you’ll get a variety of different (cost) numbers and a variety of different solutions. You can supply the criteria to the design/builder you select,” David Gassen, a principal in Partners in Architecture, told the board. The township hired Partners in Architecture for $1,600 in August 2017 to assess fire department facilities and to suggest changes to bring them up to current firefighting standards.
Boston Real Estate Times
Green Leaf Construction was honored last week by the New England Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) with a Silver Award, recognizing the recently completed Central Distribution Facility for F.W. Webb Company.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
Siphonic education session to explain the possible benefits of siphonic drainage on the roof and on parking decks. Take advantage of this educational session that we have offered through our DBIA partnership to educate you and your team on a state-of-the-art software program. READ MORE
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Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn has awarded Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Company the general construction contract for its new $10 billion factory in Mount Pleasant, WI, according to BizTimes. Neither Gilbane nor Foxconn has officially announced the deal, but Foxconn said an announcement on the selection of a general contractor is forthcoming, pending finalization of the necessary agreements.
Wicked Local Cambridge
The city made its first financial contribution to the Green Line Extension Project this week. The City Council approved an $5 million appropriation toward the project Monday night. Cambridge agreed to fund about $25 million of the project, though DivcoWest, which is developing the NorthPoint Project near Lechmere, has agreed to pay about $12.5 million of the city’s totally contribution, according to City Manager Louis DePasquale. The city of Somerville is also contributing $50 million to the project. Both cities were asked to contribute funds last year in order to help close a billion-dollar budget gap.
Spending on the construction of sports stadiums and arenas will reach nearly $6 billion in 2019, with more than $11 billion allocated for venues set to open next year or later, according to the Chicago Business Journal. Sports construction spending in 2018 is expected to total $4.1 billion, a nearly $3 billion drop from 2017. That amount represents just one year in a three-year period that should reach almost $17 billion spent for new venues and renovations. The cost of new construction and upgrades to college sports facilities should add up to $1.5 billion this year.
In Virginia, the new bond legislation reduced financial burdens on contractors which were otherwise required to demonstrate a certain amount of net worth. In Oregon, a surety bond requirement was introduced for all contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects above $100,000. Read on for an overview of both legislative changes, and what these mean for contractors in these states.
Most instances of fraud go undetected, according to Frances Haynes, attorney at law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Phoenix office, and only are detected when there are money problems or a dispute toward the end of a construction project. “That’s typically when you find out something’s gone wrong,” she said. “Problems become more magnified.”
Plus, said attorney Kevin Kolton, deputy group leader of the construction practice at Schiff Hardin in Chicago, “In good times, money hides a lot of problems.”
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Trent Barnes, E.I.T., DBIA
Austin Bridge and Road
Mohamed Cherrabi El Alaoui, P.E., DBIA
Urbacon Trading and Construction
Taylor Christianson, DBIA
Architectural Glass & Aluminum
Fernanda Freitas, RA, PMP, LEED GA, DBIA
Long Beach, Calif.
Roger Hyun, P.E., DBIA
Los Angeles World Airport
Los Angeles, Calif.
Jason Kacamburas, P.E., CCM, DBIA
City of Alexandria
Jon Mihkels, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA
Nelson Montecillo, P.E., DBIA
New York, N.Y.
Jedadiah Myers, DBIA
Austin Bridge and Road
Mika Reckers, LEED AP, MBA, DBIA
Roebbelen Contracting,, Inc.
El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Brian Weinbaum, DBIA
Austin Commercial, LP
Los Angeles, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Certification
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Feb. 6, Tri-State Chapter Philadelphia Breakfast Program, Design-Build and LEAN: A Good Match
Feb. 9, Ozarks Chapter, What’s New in Public Construction
Feb. 14, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Program, Johnson County’s Journey to Selecting a Courthouse Team
April 5, 2018 Regional Conference
Feb. 8, Central Virginia Chapter Evening Kickoff Meeting – Richmond
Feb. 13, Portland Chapter Breakfast Program, Annual Owners’ Roundtable Discussion
Feb. 14, Western Washington Chapter Breakfast Program, Approved Design-Build Guidelines for Washington State
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Feb. 13, Design-Build Done Right Best Practices Series Part 1: Procuring Design-Build Services
April 26-27, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Feb. 9, Bay Chapter Young Professionals Tour and Mixer
Feb. 15, Sacramento Chapter Luncheon Program, Advancing the UC Davis Mission with Design-Build
Feb. 22, LA/OC Chapter Young Professionals Evening Event, Clark Construction – Long Beach Civic Center Project Tour
Mar. 13, Bay Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build in Higher Education and the Comparisons between the Different Agencies
Apr. 26, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
DBIA Contact: Membership
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