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Senate Cloture vote stalls action on tax measure containing highway increase
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congressional efforts to make technical changes in the highway program, including two formula corrections, and to extend government subsidies for Build America Bonds failed as the tax-extenders bill containing the transportation provisions remains mired in Senate gridlock. Senators voted 57-41 to end debate on the legislation, three shy of the 60 yeas required. It was the third time a motion to advance the legislation failed. More

Bill to aid Highway 91 expansion passes committee
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A state bill meant to eliminate any legal roadblocks to a major expansion of Highway 91 passed its first committee, with proponents continuing to negotiate with the union representing state engineers. The legislation would make it clear that the Riverside County Transportation Commission has the authority to use the same firm to design and build the $1.5 billion expansion and avoid any lawsuits. More

Construction sector facing long road to recovery
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Times are tough in the construction sector and any real turnaround could be a year or more away, a pair of industry experts agree. CIVIL 1 Engineers founder and President Curt Jones sees the glass as half-full. He says he sees signs an economic recovery is on the horizon as Connecticut’s housing market and construction industry shed high-debt mortgages. More

Design build construction comes of age, by default
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Design-build has been around for years, millennia actually, but during the past century of building it has played only a minor role. Frequently, during the past couple of decades articles would herald that the design-build delivery system was about to become mainstream. It never really happened. Design-build has been embraced for infrastructure projects and has gained significant market share in select market segments, but for commercial and institutional work it has remained on the sidelines. More

Design-build a solution for today's challenges and tomorrow's projects
Urban Land Institute Los Angeles program    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The combination of staff reductions, available financing, market demand and constricted budgets infringing on both the private and public sector have significantly delayed, stalled and halted even some of the best development projects. Project teams are proactively finding ways to adapt their project delivery model to respond to today's client challenges while assisting with moving delayed and stalled projects forward. More

Centre Pointe project no closer to reality
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It has taken three weeks to get around to writing about the proposed new design for the stalled Centre Pointe project downtown. The chances of the old or new designs being built any time soon are right up there with pigs flying. The only reason a new design was made public June 9 is that developer Dudley Webb's city permission to build expires July 8. He must go before the Courthouse Area Design Review Board in the council chambers to seek new permission. More

Finding a fitting future for stadiums
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As the knockout stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup begin, it's not only the teams dropping out of the tournament. Two new stadiums in South Africa have also finished their work. Having hosted just four matches each, the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit now face an uncertain future as organizers attempt to secure a financially viable future for the 40,000-seat arenas. More

Hialeah OK's bond measure for new water plant
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Hialeah, Fla., is moving forward on its new water treatment plant, a nearly $100 million project being built with Miami-Dade County. The city is getting a $50 million bond to pay for half of the cost, after the city council approved the bond measure at its meeting recently. Miami-Dade County is paying the other half of the plant's cost. More

Nevada I-80 design-build project
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Thank you for your interest in the Nevada Department of Transportation's proposed I-80 Design-Build Project in Reno, Nev. NDOT invites you to explore this website by accessing the links listed above and to the right and provide us with feedback or ask questions. This website provides visitors the opportunity to review the project, contact the team, ask a question, and review project maps and photos. More

Ohio DOT alters criteria for awarding $1 million stipends to teams bidding for new Inner Belt Bridge
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The three design/build teams competing to build the new Inner Belt Bridge must document the cost of preparing their project bids in order to qualify for a stipend of up to $1 million for each unsuccessful team.  More

Ohio defends payment plan on bridge project
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Ohio's highway agency defended its plan to award up to $1 million apiece to two bidders that submit designs for a major new bridge in Cleveland but don't win the contract, payments questioned by a government watchdog.  More

Ohio DOT amends stipend procedures following pressure from Inspector General
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The Ohio Department of Transportation responded to concerns from Ohio Inspector General, Thomas P. Charles, regarding stipends for losing design-build teams on the $450M I-90 Inner Belt Bridge Project. More

Texas DOT tapping the private sector to build public infrastructure
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While many states have tapped private capital to build roads and bridges, Texas has shown less enthusiasm for alternative funding mechanisms, allowing expiration of the Dept. of Transportation's and Regional Mobility Authorities' right to enter into new comprehensive development agreements (or CDAs). More

Singapore looks to ensure water sustainability into the future
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The growth of cities and mega-city regions has accelerated in recent years at an unprecedented rate. In 1950, the world knew only two megacities – New York and Tokyo – each with more than 10 million people. In 2009, there were 21 megacities. By 2025, 15 years from now, the world can expect 29 megacities. Besides the emergence of megacities, second and third tier cities are also building up rapidly in developing countries. More

US team wins bid to build solar house
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A team of U.S. students has won a competition in Madrid, Spain to design and build the best house run only by solar energy, the organisers said. The "Lumenhaus" of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University beat 16 other competitors from seven countries to win the Solar Decathlon Europe award. More

Winnipeg's new PPP model: design-build-assist
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The Canadian city of Winnipeg agreed in a council meeting to hire Veolia Canada to both design and build upgrades for its sewage treatment plant, and to assist it in the running of the plant for 30 years. In the spirit of Canada's traditional reluctance to embrace private sector participation, however, the city bent over backwards to emphasise that the responsibility for operating the plant will remain in the hands of the city. More

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Region News
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DBIA-Florida Region Central Chapter Lunch Meeting Alternative Project Delivery Methods: county, State and Federal Perspectives and Trends

The July 14 program will feature a panel discussion with perspectives from public officials at different levels. Scheduled panelists include Ken Atkins, former Osceola County Public Works Administrator; Frank O'Dea, FDOT District 5 Construction Engineer; and Joseph Angell, who leads VHB's DOD Design-Build Practice. Register before July 9.

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2010 annual conference addresses current views on design-build from across the industry
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During General Session, leaders from various industry organizations representing general and specialty contractors, architects, engineers and owners will have a candid discussion about their views on design-build and other integrated delivery methods. Industry leaders from ASA, AIA, COAA, AGC, ABC and ACEC will represent views of their constituencies. Audience participation and feedback will be encouraged. Don't miss this great opportunity to help shape the industry by engaging in dialogues with organization that are leading the way. Register Today

From the DBIA Bookstore
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From now until August 31, 2010, save 10 percent when you purchase any books, DBIA Contracts or the Online Subscription to the DBIA Manual of Practice by entering Promotional Code S2010. Visit the DBIA Bookstore or call DBIA at 202-454-7501. In addition, you will receive free Shipping & Handling on all your book orders.

Revised set of DBIA contract documents just released
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DBIA Contract Documents have proven their worth over the years and are known as a fair basis for successful projects. Now, DBIA's team of legal experts have completed a significant revision to the full set of DBIA Contract Documents and Exhibits, with updates that reflect today's concerns about electronic data handling, insurance and bonding, schedule changes and many other issues. Exhibits pertaining to BIM and sustainable project goals have been revised and insurance exhibits are now expanded to cover the entire design-build team. DBIA Contract Documents are downloadable Word documents and can be edited as needed to fit the specifics of your project. Purchase individual contracts or download the complete set. More

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