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Thank you!
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DBIA extends a special thanks to the 1,300 industry professionals who joined us in Kansas City from March 28 – April 1 to make the Design-Build in Transportation and Design-Build for Water/Wastewater and Conferences overwhelming successes. Record-breaking attendance included over 120 public owners representing state DOTs, as well as local and state water utilities. Session highlights included riveting general sessions by the Honorable Jim Oberstar; well-known author and professor of law and public policy, Dr. Robert Glennon; and industry expert Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, well known for his book series on design-build lessons learned. More

Connecticut Department of Transportation wants consolidated design-build procedure
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The construction industry is split on whether Connecticut should pursue a streamlined contracting process for some transportation projects that is gaining momentum in other states. Under design-build plans elsewhere, states award a single contract for project architecture and engineering services, followed by one for actual construction; rather than putting the design and construction phases out to bid separately. More

Eastward, ho! Memorial to build 94-bed hospital in Shiloh, Mo., to supplement Belleville facility
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Memorial Hospital is planning to expand with a new $118 million, 94-bed acute-care facility in Shiloh, Mo. Hospital President Mark Turner announced the plans at a news conference at the hospital. The new facility will include a cardiac catheterization unit. Turner said the Belleville hospital filed a Certificate of Need application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which must approve the plans. The new hospital will be built on 100 acres at Frank Scott Parkway East and Cross Street. The hospital acquired the land in 2008, which includes the former O'Fallon Sportsmen's Club. More

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Bonds, other funds for US 35 in West Virginia to be spent elsewhere
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After months of legal wrangling, legislative jockeying and passionate town hall debate, the U.S. 35 toll project in West Virginia appears all but belly-up. Recently, in light of rising interest rates on bonds, state Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox directed the state Parkways Authority to reject the $187 million design-build contract for the 14.6 miles of unfinished road, which spans portions of Mason and Putnam counties. Transportation officials have warned for months that tolls were the only viable funding source to complete the final $80 million of the U.S. 35 puzzle. State officials had already set aside $80 million in federal GARVEE bonds and another $30 million in congressional earmarks for the road's construction. More

Light rail takes 2 more steps toward Santa Monica, Calif.
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Opening the door for construction of the Expo Line through Santa Monica, Calif., the board of directors of the Expo Construction Authority approved a pair of agreements worth about $1.5 billion on March 18. However there is some debate among members of the Santa Monica City Council as to whether the announced plans fit within the City's vision for sustainable growth. Approving a $1.5 billion phase two funding agreement, the Authority also signed off on a $541.7 million deal granting Skanska/Rados a design-build contract to execute the construction of the Expo Line through the city. The $1.5 billion amount is inclusive of the $541.7 million design-build agreement with Skanska/Rados. More

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Report outlines 40 road projects to boost economy, but money is lacking
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You've got to spend money to make money. That was the conclusion of a national transportation research group that released a report outlining the top 40 transportation projects that would support economic growth in Nevada. Call it a wish list for the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which unveiled the study's findings at a news conference, alongside Will Wilkins, executive director of the nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based group TRIP. More

Problem with new NC 73 interchange?
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The good news: the clogged four-lane stretch of Interstate 85 in North Carolina should be widened to eight lanes within a few years. The bad news: Doing so may cause more headaches for local commuters. At the recent Kannapolis City Council meeting, Public Works Director Wilmer Melton unveiled a proposal to use a new type of intersection and traffic control at the N.C. 73 exit. The south campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and a number of businesses are located nearby, at N.C. 73 and Trinity Church Road. More


Major victories in New York and Ohio
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Two state budget bills have expanded design-build authorization in these states. More

News from DBIA

epipeline for DBIA members
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An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline,, for information on getting access. More

Book of the week
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The book for next week is the Seventh Edition of Design-Build Essentials by Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA. This volume shows you how all the various players associated with delivering a design-build project can work together. As always, DBIA members get a 10 percent discount. More

A reminder of a benefit for our Industry Partner members
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In an effort to expand the pool of educated owners, DBIA offers Industry Partner members the opportunity to nominate one public or private owner for individual level membership; this benefit applies to each Industry Partner member contact, benefit recipient or additional contact. See details of the program - and other IP member benefits - here. More

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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit!
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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.

Upcoming events
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April 8, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Fairfax, Va. 
April 8, Super-Charged Source Selection, St. Paul, Minn.
April 11-15, Certification Workshop, Denver
April 11-16, LAUSD Certification Boot Camp (contact Amy Meenan at LAUSD to register - or 213-241-6547)
April 19, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Birmingham, Ala. 
April 27, Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 
May 2-6, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif. 
May 13, Design-Build Sustainability, Indianapolis, Inc.

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Region events
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April 11, DBIA-Western Pacific, Deadline for applying for scholarships 
April 12, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Chicago Chapter, "Insurance and Bonding for Design-Build Projects"
April 13, DBIA-Northwest Region, Breakfast Series, "Sustainability" 
April 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Legal Issues in Design-Build
April 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program, Northern California
April 26, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Breakfast Program, Southern California 
April 27, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Chapter Program: Colorado Bridge Enterprise
April 28-29, DBIA-Southwest Region, 7th Annual Conference
May 3, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Water/Waste Water Regional Conference 
May 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program: San Diego

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations.

Green Building Focus
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Come to Green Building Focus Conference and Expo in Charlotte on April 20-21 to take part in the greenest week of the year! Come to see the leading minds and researchers in the green building field such as Eric Corey Freed, principal of organicARCHITECT and author of Green Building for Dummies; Shawn Martin of ICC speaking about the International Green Construction Code; Ari Kobb, director, Green Building Solutions, Siemens; and many more. Register now at More

7th Annual US P3 Infrastructure Forum
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The 7th Annual U.S. P3 Infrastructure Forum will be held June 14-15 in New York.

2011 ACE Mentor Annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast
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2011 ACE Mentor Annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast 
May 25 - National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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