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A DIVERGING diamond interchange in Northern Virginia earned a project of the year award recently. ... The project was honored by the Design-Build Institute of America, which also picked the project for a pair of other national awards in 2018.
Tomorrow, April 12, is the final day to submit to present at the 2019 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. DBIA is looking for experienced, knowledgeable and well-spoke industry experts who can present lessons learned, noted challenges and strategies to achieving optimal outcomes in design-build project delivery. Learn more about presentation guidelines and submission details by visiting the Call for Presentations page.
The year of education on Progressive Design-Build Done Right™ got off to a great start with a sold-out class on March 28 in Portland. Due to the strong positive response of the PDB class, we have decided to add an additional class on Progressive Design-Build set for May 7 in Seattle, Washington. For more information on the Seattle class and the five other PDB classes in 2019, please visit the Progressive Design-Build Education page on our website.
Apr. 15–17, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
Apr. 16–18, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Apr. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 3, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
NEW! May 7, Progressive Design-Build Done Right, Seattle, Wash.
May 7, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8–10, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
May 14–16, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
May 15–17, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
May 21–23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
June 3-5, Certification Workshop, Boston, Mass.
June 5-7, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 10-12, Certification Workshop, Milpitas, Calif.
June 17-19, Certification Workshop, Ontario, Calif.
June 26, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, New York, N.Y.
NEW! June 27, Progressive Design-Build Done Right, Baltimore, Md.
The complete schedule for 2019 education opportunities is online. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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Core & Main is excited to be participating at the DBIA Water/Wastewater Conference, booth 507.
A key legislative panel Monday signed off on initial plans to build a $30 million flyover to College Drive from Interstate 10 west. The work will be done using a process called design/build, which employs a team of highway designers and builders in one step to speed construction. Shawn Wilson, secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said the process will allow work to be finished in 2023 rather than 2026.
How do you keep infrastructure projects funded in this country is the multitrillion dollar question policymakers on Capitol Hill have yet to answer. ... As he explained, the proposal would replace the Highway Trust Fund structure with something that would emulate conventional retirement accounts. Kind of like a 401(k). Doing so, he argued, could help achieve the long-term sustainable funding required to bring the transportation system to a state of good repair.
Construction posted upbeat employment results in March as its jobless rate dropped to 5.2% from February's 6.2% and was a striking improvement from the year-earlier level of 7.4%, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.
Long ago, project roles were well defined. Architects and engineers designed, contractors built, and owners wrote the checks. Over many decades, however, the lines defining those roles have blurred, with contractors increasingly handling or overseeing elements of design. And it's a trend that's accelerating. More than 43% of contractors are gearing up to perform design work in-house, a 5% increase from 2018, with another 25% considering such a move in the near future, according to the "2019 AGC/FMI Risk Management Survey" from Associated General Contractors of America and FMI Corp.
Building Design + Construction
A new study shows benefits to government agencies when using qualifications-based selection (QBS) for design services. A Dodge Data & Analytics survey of government clients found that a majority found a few significant benefits. More than half of the respondents were satisfied with the following when using a QBS method for design services: ... By contrast, less than 20% of respondents who used a fee-based system were satisfied with their design firm’s performance on the matters listed above.
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The New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) mission is to increase opportunities for low and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. NYCHA's Capital Projects Division (CPD) is committed to preserving and modernizing public housing for NYCHA residents by providing professional design and construction services efficiently and with the highest level of safety and quality.
CPD is seeking proposals for an Owner's Advisor on Design-Build and CM at Risk project delivery methods. In addition, the Authority is seeking proposals for legal services and guidance for Design-Build and CM at Risk project delivery methods for the Capital Program. We are pleased to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for these services.
NYCHA published the RFPs in the NYC City Record on March 22, 2019. Qualified candidates and firms are encouraged to submit a proposal on NYCHA's iSupplyer system.
OWNER'S ADVISOR FOR DESIGN-BUILD AND CM AT RISK PROJECT DELIVERY METHODS
LEGAL SERVICES FOR DESIGN-BUILD AND CM AT RISK PROJECT DELIVERY METHOD
NYCHA PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Number: 67952.1 SMD_Owner's Advisor for Design-Build and CM at Risk Project Delivery Methods
Number: 67953 SMD_ Legal Services for Design-Build and CM at Risk Project Delivery Methods
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact NYCHA’s Procurement Department, Meddy Ghabaee; 212-306-4539; firstname.lastname@example.org
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich (email link: email@example.com)
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The new Center for Accelerated Training (CAT) facility at Valencia College's Kissimmee campus offers students access to accelerated skills training programs and nationally recognized industry certifications in Osceola County. Designed by DLR Group, the 14,700-square-foot center houses short-term training courses to support local workforce needs. This is the third CAT facility to open at Valencia College; DLR Group designed the original CAT prototype facility, which opened on the Poinciana Campus in 2017. Sanford, Florida-based Wharton-Smith, Inc. Construction Group served as the general contractor for the project.
St. Joseph News-Press Now
On Monday, the City Council will vote on a contract with Garney Cos. for just under $2.4 million to construct the plant. A separate vote will execute a work order with Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. for construction phase services for an additional $96,671.
For many contractors, financing existing jobs while investing in new work is a big balancing act that forces them to constantly weigh one financial obligation — i.e. payroll, taxes, subcontractors, material suppliers — against another. And the star of that act is cash.
Risk & Insurance
America has entered the era of the "mega project." While the term is notably rather loose in industry definition, it generally refers to projects in excess of $1 billion and encompasses large-scale infrastructure work, such as airports, bridges, tunnels and highway systems, power and rail, to commercial use structures like skyscrapers and hospital complexes. ... Risk on these complex projects is exponentially higher, with a myriad of issues, impacts and damages that can and often do arise in orchestrated, multiparty settings moving at an accelerated pace. Risk management and proper allocation of risk is a paramount theme, not only at time of contract negotiation and formation but also throughout project execution and close-out.
The National Law Review
In summary, while the economic loss rule does not provide an absolute defense to all tort claims, it must certainly be considered in litigation that involves claims sounding in both contract and tort. More importantly, the protection of the economic loss rule begins with the contract itself. Creating, maintaining, and properly executing well-drafted contracts is a foundational requirement to controlling and allocating risk in the construction industry. If you give less attention to your contracts than you do other details of a project, you are placing your company at risk, as you may find yourself defending both contract and tort claims.
DBIA's national awards competition honors the best design-build projects across all sectors, sizes and types from coast to coast. If you have a project that exemplifies the collaboration, innovation, cost and schedule savings central to Design-Build Done Right®, we urge you to share those successes by entering the 2019 National Design-Build Project Awards competition. The awards are a tradition of excellence — a way to celebrate some of the best design-build projects in the nation. Submit your project today!
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El Paso, Texas
Iowa State University/FPM
Cal Poly Pomona
La Verne, Calif.
University of Nevada, Reno
Burgess & Niple, Inc.
BBH Management Solution, LLC
Expedited Concrete Scanning
Santa Ana, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
Independence Excavating Inc.
City of Charlotte
George Butler Associates, Inc.
Woods & Aitken LLP
New member listing as of April 5, 2019
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Apr. 25, Northeast Florida 9th Annual UNF Clay Shoot (with ASHE Jax)
May 3, Setting the Stage for Design-Build Success
May 23, Design & Building Industry Mixer
Oct. 2–4, Design-Build 2019, DBIA-Florida Region Annual Conference
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Apr. 17–18, Region Conference
Apr. 17, 7th Annual Pittsburg, Kan., State University School of Construction Expo
Apr. 18, Next Gen Evening Networking and Executive Round Table Program
Apr. 23, Iowa Chapter, 111 East Grand Project Tour
Apr. 24, Nebraska Chapter Afternoon Program, State Capitol – Stewardship and Restoration
Apr. 24, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Program, New Tools DBIA Offers to Help Local Design-Build Efforts, with Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO
May 17, 2019, Kansas City Golf Tournament
May 17, St. Louis Chapter Sporting Clays Event
May 17, Oregon Chapter Golf Tournament
June 7, Region Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Apr. 24, Collegiate Fundraiser Ping Pong Tournament, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
May 23, Annual Regional Conference, The Listening Tour
Apr. 25–26, 15th Annual Conference, Design-Build: Making the Move to Innovation
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Apr. 18, Young Professionals Escape Room Event
Apr. 23, TopGolf Fundraiser
May 22, Breakfast Program, Design-Build Trends Every Owner and Practitioner should Know, with speaker Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Apr. 12, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, The Evolution and Role of the Builder’s Design Manager on Design-Build Projects
Apr. 18, Owners Council Webinar Session #3, Developing Performance Based Requirements for Design-Build Projects
Apr. 25, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 1, LA/OC Chapter Young Professionals Demonstration (Mechanical Fabrication) and Mixer
May 15–17, 3rd Annual Regional Conference and Awards Program
June 10, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
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