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DBIA/SAME Seeking Presentations for 2015 Federal Symposium
DBIA and SAME will host the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium this Aug. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. We are seeking presentation submissions covering various aspects of the design and construction process, ranging from topics on acquisition strategies to post-award and operations. Exploration of best practices and lessons learned by use of case studies and panel discussion of why things worked well or failed to meet expectations are encouraged. Submissions that explore these projects from the various stakeholders’ perspectives including the federal owner, architect and builder are encouraged. Sessions aimed at marketing products and services will be rejected. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2015. For more information and to submit:
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Don't Block Design-Build, New York
Citizens Budget Commission
New York State has been a laggard in adopting innovative approaches for completing public capital projects. While other states partner resourcefully with the private sector on major infrastructure and building projects, New York’s arcane statutes limit its ability to complete major public works efficiently. Design-build contracting adds flexibility to the public procurement process, allocates risks more efficiently, and has been demonstrated to be an effective approach for completing capital projects on time and on budget.
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Highway Advocates Decry "Dangerous" Calls to Scrap Gas Tax
The Hill
A coalition of 37 transportation advocacy organizations said that Congress should reject proposals from conservative groups to eliminate the federal gas tax, calling the plan “dangerous.” Conservative groups have pushed lawmakers to eliminate the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax — used to raise money for transportation projects — to transfer responsibility for the nation’s road and bridges to state governments.
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GOP Budgets Quiet on Highway Fix
The Hill
Budgets that were released recently by Republicans leaders in the House and Senate offer little relief for a transportation funding shortfall that is threatening to stall construction projects this summer. Lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a way to pay for an extension of a transportation funding measure that is currently scheduled to expire in May.
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Dems Warn of Highway Shutdown Consequences
The Hill
Democrats on the House Transportation Committee warned Republicans of the consequences of allowing federal infrastructure funding to dry up this summer. Lawmakers are meeting to search for a way to pay for an extension of the surface transportation bill that is currently scheduled to expire in May.
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    PBBC Golf Outing
    Performance Based Building Coalition
    The Performance Based Building Coalition is proud to announce that its First Annual Golf Outing and Dinner on June 8. Join them for a day of golf — or just for dinner — the day before InfraAmericas at the only tournament-quality course in New York City, the brand new Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. With perfectly manicured conditions, world-class hospitality and breathtaking views at every turn, an unforgettable day is inevitable.

    For the tournament brochure, schedule of events and registration form, please visit:

    For more information or to reserve your foursome, please contact John Beadle at

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    Biggest Hartford Stadium Construction Challenge: Transparency
    The Hartford Business Journal
    What's the biggest challenge in building a baseball stadium in Hartford? It's not so much the physical difficulties. After all, construction companies are used to building in challenging environments. Nope, the biggest challenge is the increased scrutiny. Every step of the way this project is going to be under a microscope.
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      Spec Formliners: Architectural Formliner Manufacturer

    Spec Formliners is a leading manufacturer of formliners for use in concrete forming systems. Spec specializes in producing custom patterns. By working closely with engineers to turn their vision into a physical 3D mold and with the ability to laser-scan physical objects and reproduce them on any scale, Spec is miles ahead of the competition.

    Port Canaveral Looks at $47 Million Cruise Terminal Upgrades
    Florida Today
    Port Canaveral officials recently began a process that could lead to major upgrades at two existing cruise terminals and help put the seaport on course to become the world's busiest cruise hub. The projects at Cruise Terminals 5 and 10 would cost $40 million to $47 million, according to Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh.
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    Cleveland Groups Plan Commission Reschedule Construction of Iconic Lakeshore Bridge to 2017
    The Plain Dealer
    The iconic lakefront pedestrian bridge planned by Cuyahoga County, the city of Cleveland and the nonprofit Group Plan Commission will take at least a year longer to build than expected and won't be finished in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The partners in the $25 million project formally announced Tuesday that the new target for completion of the project would be 2017, a year later than the previously announced deadline of 2016.
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    Innovations Featured in Oregon Bridge Replacement
    Engineering News-Record
    Sellwood project uses prefabrication and nitrogen-cooled concrete.
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    DBIA is Saddened to Note the Passing of A. James Clark, Founder of Long-Time Member Clark Construction
    A. James Clark, who built one of the country’s largest private construction companies, died recently in his home. He was 87 years old. The billionaire died of congestive heart failure in Easton, Maryland, the Washington Post reported. Dubbed the King of Concrete, Clark amassed his fortune building some of the most recognizable landmarks in Washington D.C., including FedEx Field, Nationals Park and the Verizon Center.
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    $1.5-Billion Light Rail Line Takes Shape in Los Angeles
    Engineering News-Record
    Design-build helped expedite Expo route, officials say.
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    Glass Walls Open to Bring the Outdoors in Spokane Convention Center
    Daily Journal of Commerce
    The Spokane Convention Center completion project represents the culmination of an ambitious program to create a cohesive campus including exhibit, meeting and ballroom facilities, along with the INB Performing Arts Center. Building on the existing facility’s economic success, the project completes the expansion that began with the opening of new exhibit halls in 2006, adding function spaces that will allow the center to attract major national events to Spokane.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority Receives Qualifications from Five Design-Build Teams
    Progressive Railroading
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority last week received statements of qualifications from five teams interested in designing and building the next segment of the high-speed rail route in California's Central Valley. Submitting the statements were California Rail Builders, Central Valley Connection Builders, Dragados/Flatiron JV, Salini Impregilo/Security Paving JV and Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, according to an authority press release.
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    Architect Peter Gluck to Present "What's Wrong with Us?" Lecture in Fayetteville, Little Rock, Arkansas
    University of Arkansas
    Peter L. Gluck will present a lecture titled "What's Wrong with Us?" at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture lecture series.
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    Arizona Department of Transportation Shortlists Three Teams for the South Mountain Freeway P3 Project
    JD Supra Business Advisor
    The Arizona Department of Transportation (“ADOT”) announced recently it has shortlisted three developer teams vying for the $1.9 billion design-build-maintain contract for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Project.
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    DBIA and Coalition Partners Petition for Funding of Change Orders
    DBIA, with eight other associations representing construction contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals petitioned the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to modify the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to "make explicit" that before ordering a change to a construction contract the contracting officer must assure that funds are available to pay for additional work being ordered.
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    Memorial Service for Shannon Eckhart

    The entire DBIA staff, Board of Directors and Region leaders are sending prayers and positive thoughts to the family and friends of DBIA’s Director of Media/Public Relations, Shannon Eckhart, after she passed away on March 13, 2015.

    Shannon’s family will be holding a memorial service on Saturday, April 18, to share memories of her life. It will be held 1-4 p.m. at Top of the Town, 1400 North 14th Street, in Arlington, Va. Please RSVP to Cherie Pleasant at if you plan to attend.
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    2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Now Open for Submissions!
    DBIA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. We will again be recognizing exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, has resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Rigorously judged by a jury of industry experts, the selected award-winning projects showcase design-build best practices, exemplary collaboration and integration in addition to exceeding owner expectations.

    Click Here to Begin the Online Submission for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards

    To learn more, download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.

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      Irving, Texas
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      Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Lydig Construction Inc.
      Spokane, Wash.
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      Jackson, Mo.
    • Sequoyah Electric, LLC
      Redmond, Wash.
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      Englewood, Colo.
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      Ledcor Management Services Inc., Legal
      San Diego, Calif.
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      Laketown Electric Corporation
      Waconia, Minn.
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      US Army Corps of Engineers
      Auburn, Ala.
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      Winchester, Va.
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      Olsson Associates
      Lincoln, Neb.
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      Ashland, Va.
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      Moore's Electrical & Mechanical Construction, Inc.
      Altavista, Va.
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      West Chester, Pa.
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      Dare County Water Dept.
      Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
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      The Kenrich Group
      Chicago, Ill.
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      San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
      San Francisco, Calif.
    • Paul Devereux, CEng, MIEI, LEED AP
      Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Martin Grem
      Waxhaw, N.C.
    • Donald Grody, AIA
      Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects
      Denver, Colo.
    • Whitney Hanscom
      Homeland Contracting Corp.
      Chesapeake, Va.
    • Ivan Hansen
      Public Building Commission of Chicago
      Chicago, Ill.
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      The Miller Group Companies, Inc
      Virginia Beach, Va.
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      Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction, Inc.
      Appleton, Wis.
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      Stanford University
      Stanford, Calif.
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      San Luis Obispo, Calif.
    • Philip Horsey, P.E.
      Pennoni Associates Inc.
      Newark, Del.
    • Kenneth Hume, P.E.
      KEH & Associates, Inc.
      San Marcos, Calif.
    • Gregory Ingalls
      California Institute of Architecture
      Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Matthew Lewis, P.E.
      Moore's Electrical & Mechanical Construction, Inc.
      Altavista, Va.
    • Houman Makarechi, P.E.
      Kleinfelder, Inc.
      Irvine, Calif.
    • Rich Merrill, P.E.
      Wyoming Military Department
      Cheyenne, Wyo.
    • Mark Minieri, LEED AP
      Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
      La Jolla, Calif.
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      Cal Poly Pomona
      Yorba Linda, Calif.
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      Turner Construction Company
      Chicago, Ill.
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      Hoffman Construction
      Portland, Ore.
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      New School of Architecture and Design
      San Diego, Calif.
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      JE Dunn Construction Omaha, Neb.
    • Kelly Rubino, P.E., CBC
      EG Solutions, Inc.
      Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
    • Russell Sheppard
      CRB Builders
      St. Louis, Mo.
    • Kevin Spady, AIA
      Cannon Design
      Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Zane Truman
      CRB Builders
      St. Louis, Mo.
    • Richard Zimmerman
      American Bridge Company
      Overland Park, Kan.
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    Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build

    DBIA-Western Pacific Region
    Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
    Apr. 7, Hawaii Lunch Program, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build
    Apr. 23, San Francisco Luncheon, Project Delivery in the Biopharmaceutical and Lab Industries (with ISPE)
    May 21, 2015 Regional Design-Build Awards Program and Dinner
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    Design-Build Team Sought for New Shoreview Library (Minnesota)

    DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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