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Submissions for 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Due in Two Weeks!
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

Before you begin, you may want to download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.

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Surety Bond Forms Specifically for Design-Build Projects Now Available
Building Design+Construction
A task force within the Washington-based DBIA, chaired by G. William Quatman, the general counsel for Burns and McDonnell, worked over the past year on forms that are tailored to this sector. The coauthors of the forms include designers and builders. The National Association of Surety Bond Producers and the Surety & Fidelity Association of America have endorsed the documents.
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White House: Prepare for Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning
The Hill
The Obama administration is convening local and state leaders and experts Tuesday to encourage infrastructure planning to incorporate climate change preparation. The administration is hoping that along with factors like population and economic growth, local and state governments can think of a changing climate when they build highways, bridges, transit and other projects.
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Building for the Future: A New Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design
The White House
Recently, the White House is convening the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help communities seeking to expand their pipelines of well-designed projects, the Administration is also releasing a Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design.
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ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development
ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016) invites you to submit an abstract and be a part of ASCE's next major event for transportation and development professionals. The conference will be held from June 26-29, 2016 at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Abstracts to be considered for the various speaking opportunities are due by June 29, 2015. For more details and to submit an abstract, visit the conference website at
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    Transport Infrastructure – A Hot Ticket: Despite Political Uncertainty, Interest in Rail and Road Projects Remains High
    Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
    MCC interviews Susan H. Lent, a partner in the Transportation Policy and Regulation practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Ms. Lent represents public- and private-sector entities in the transportation and infrastructure sectors, and she formerly served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and as counsel for investigations and oversight to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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    Morningstar Relatively Bullish on Highway Trust Fund and Road, Bridge Construction Through 2024
    Associated General Contractors of New York State LLC
    General consensus in the building industry predicts high-single-digit to low-double-digit growth for nonresidential construction over the next few years, but Kristoffer Inton, a basic materials analyst with Morningstar and Daniel Rohr, a director at the same company, disagree. The authors of “U.S. Nonresidential Construction Outlook: Spending Will Disappoint as Key Sectors Do More With Less” expect only a 2 percent increase in the annual real growth rate for the nonresidential sector over the next decade, below their estimate of a 2.25 percent real increase annually in gross domestic product.
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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.

    Details on Business 40 Work Schedule, Noise Walls Revealed
    Winston-Salem Journal
    The contract for renovations to North Carolina's Business 40 downtown will be awarded in July 2016 and noise wall locations have been finalized, state highway officials said. Still to come are final decisions on what kind of cosmetic improvements civic leaders in Winston-Salem want to make, as they consider ways to make the freeway an attractive gateway to the city.
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    U.S. Needs Hybrid Infrastructure Financing Approach
    The Bond Buyer
    Washington policy makers are lumbering toward a funding solution to address the massive backlog of U.S. infrastructure needs — a discussion likely to continue well into the next Presidential administration. Underlying this funding issue is an equally important debate focused on advancing a financing model — not to be confused with securing more funding — the proper resolution of which is critical to the prudent expenditure of whatever amount of additional revenue is forthcoming.
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    Differences between Engineer-Procure-Construct and Design-Build Delivery
    (Please note that EPC projects are eligible to win DBIA’s National Design-Build Project/Team Awards). EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct) and Design-Build have both existed as mainstream delivery methods for decades, but what’s the difference between the two? If anything, they seem to share critical similarities. In both cases, the owner has a single point of contact on the construction side. In both cases, the contractor is responsible for the design. In both cases, the contractor takes on more risk than a traditional design-bid-build delivery.
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    Builders Turn to "Greywater" at Construction Sites
    Sacramento Business Journal
    New mandates to cut water use already are being felt at construction sites. But many people may not notice. While residential building sites are still likely to have roaming trucks spraying water to reduce dust, it’s less likely they’re using potable water to do so. Barry Grant, Northern California division president for Meritage Homes, said many builders are trying to find sources of reclaimed water — also called "greywater" — instead.
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    Caterpillar Invests in, Adds Dealer Inventory to Yard Club, an Online Contractor-to-Contractor Equipment Rental Service
    Equipment World
    Most contractors outside of San Francisco have likely never heard of Yard Club. But thanks to an investment from and substantial partnership with Caterpillar, that’s about to change. Caterpillar announced that it has entered into an agreement that will greatly expand the startup equipment rental service, founded in 2013. Much in the same way as Material Tracker allows contractors to connect for purchasing or offloading materials, Yard Club is a peer-to-peer rental service that allows contractors to login and rent idle heavy equipment from one another.
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    Parsons to Design, Manage Expansion of O'Hare Airport Rail System
    The Pasadena Star-News
    Parsons Corp. announced that it has been selected by Chicago's Department of Aviation to replace and expand O’Hare International Airport's Automated Transit System on a design-build basis. The ATS is a three-mile, dual-lane, fully automated, driverless rail system that operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week among the airport’s four airline terminals and Parking Lot E.
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    VIDEO: Texas DOT Selects Company to Design-Build New Harbor Bridge
    Two companies that specialize in large transportation projects will team up to build the next harbor bridge. Flatiron-Dragados was selected by the Texas Transportation Commission to design, construction, operate, and maintain the new bridge. Flatiron-Dragados is a joint venture of the two individual companies.
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    Mortenson Construction Signs Contract to Build Shannon Wind Farm
    Mortenson Construction's Wind Energy Group announced that it entered into a contract for construction of the Shannon Wind Project located near Windthorst, Texas, which is owned and managed by Alterra Power Corp. Vancouver-based Alterra acquired the project from Horn Wind, LLC, a north Texas wind developer that has successfully developed two other wind projects in the region - both constructed by Mortenson. This will be the second wind farm Mortenson will construct with Alterra following the completion of the Dokie Wind Project located in Chetwynd, British Columbia, in 2011.
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    Colorado State University Gets Guarantee on $220 million Price Tag for Stadium
    The contractors who will build CSU's new on-campus stadium have guaranteed that it won't cost the university more than $220 million. Cost overruns, which stadium critics say are inevitable and could top $100 million, will be covered by the contractors involved and not the university — unless CSU were to "change the scope of the project" along the way, said Mike Harms, senior vice president for Icon Venue Group, the project manager for the stadium.
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    Presentation Proposals Now Accepted for 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo!
    DBIA is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo which will be held Nov. 2-4, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. The Design-Build Conference & Expo is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. All applications must be submitted online to be considered and must be completed by June 17, 2015. Details on suggested topics and requirements can be found on our website.
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    Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Open
    DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.

    The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.

    Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact

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    We would like to welcome our newest members
    Industry Partner members
    • Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
      Atlanta, Ga.
    • The S/L/A/M Collaborative
      Glastonbury, Conn.
    Individual and Industry Partner representative members
    • Steve Burns, LEED AP, DBIA
      Pinkard Construction Company
      Lakewood, Colo.
    • Joe Korte
      Portland, Ore.
    • Bret Necessary
      MW Builders, Inc.
      Temple, Texas
    • Carl Overaa
      C. Overaa & Co.
      Richmond, Calif.
    • Brian Petersen
      Petersen Custom Homes, LLC
      Plano, Texas
    • Scott Wingrove
      Knutson Construction Services
      Minneapolis, Minn.
    New member listing as of May 11, 2015.

    DBIA Contact: Membership

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    Upcoming Events
    May 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Portland, Ore.
    June 8-11, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
    June 15-18, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
    June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
    June 29-July 2, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
    July 6-9, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
    July 17, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
    July 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
    Aug. 7, BIM Execution Planning, Orlando, Fla.
    Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
    Aug. 17, High-Performance Incentive Contracting, Washington, D.C.
    Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
    Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
    Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
    Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
    Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
    Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
    Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
    Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
    Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
    Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
    Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
    Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.

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    Region Events Calendar
    DBIA-Florida Region
    Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

    DBIA-Mid-America Region
    May 15, Kansas City Golf Tournament

    DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
    May 15, Second Annual Maryland Chapter Golf Tournament
    Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

    DBIA-Northwest Region
    June 4, Inland Northwest Spring Social
    June 11, Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

    DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
    May 15, Regional Conference
    June 26, Golf Tournament
    Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
    Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
    Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

    DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
    May 20, Breakfast Meeting, The Responsible Contractor Law - What It Means and How Do We Work with It?
    July 15, Tour (TBD)
    Sep. 16, Breakfast meeting

    DBIA-Western Pacific Region
    May 19, LA Breakfast Event, Design-Build Best practices
    May 21, 2015 Regional Design-Build Awards Program and Dinner
    June 2, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 2: Design-Build … In the Eye of the Beholder
    June 10, Arizona Design-Build Transforming Industries (one-day seminar)
    June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
    June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
    July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the good, Bad and Ugly
    July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
    Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament

    DBIA Contact: Membership

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    Project Leads
    Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!
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