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DBIA Announces 2015 National Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, today announced its 20th annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts.
Presidents, the Beatles, and the Federal Project Delivery Symposium
On August 18-20, DBIA and SAME will host the annual Federal Project Delivery Symposium at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for an invaluable collaborative event. Whether it’s the exposure to federal officials or the lessons learned from best practices and stories shared, the Federal Symposium is rich with opportunity around each corner. The Omni Shoreham Hotel is no stranger to providing a fulfilling experience to its guests. A long-time host of presidential inaugural balls and many priceless political moments, the Omni Shoreham draws guests each year interested in experiencing Washington, D.C. at a whole new level. As the Federal Project Delivery Symposium seeks to do much of the same for its attendees, we think it appropriate to discuss this event through highlighting some of the Omni’s greatest moments.
METRO Magazine: Design-Build Group Releases 'Choosing a Project Delivery Method' Primer
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announced the release of a new brochure as part of their Design-Build Done Right™ Primer series. Choosing a Project Delivery Method provides a concise overview of design-build versus other common delivery methods, and provides owners with factors to consider when choosing the method best suited to their needs.
Filling the Infrastructure Pothole with Public-Private Partnerships
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) have come up with a proposal to provide some of the funding for the Highway Trust Fund through investments in public-private partnerships (P3s). This proposal, referred to as the Move America Act, was the impetus for their discussion last Wednesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center that was titled Innovative Financing: Filling the Infrastructure Pothole. During the discussion, the Senators championed their proposal, boasting bipartisan support and a rave review from a congressional tax review committee.
Senate Considers Obama Highway Chief Pick Greg Nadeau
President Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will face his first Senate test. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Obama's appointment of acting Highway Administrator Greg Nadeau to a full term atop the nation's road agency.
American Water Works Association
Even as prolonged drought grips California, the state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Association’s 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.
Reliable Infrastructure and a Skilled Workforce Are Vital for Prosperity
Here is where the two issues come together: Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) have proposed attaching that targeted high-skilled immigration reform to the must-pass transportation-funding bill. Modernizing our employment-based immigrant-visa system will help attract and keep the world’s best and brightest here in the U.S. Passing the SKILLS Visa Act would have the added benefit of being a revenue raiser — nearly $120 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, at a time when our national debt is now at $18 trillion.
The Infrastructure Conundrum: Increasing Productivity
McKinsey & Company
From now through 2030, the world will need to spend at least $57 trillion to build the ports, power plants, rails, roads, telecommunications, water systems, and other infrastructure that the global economy needs. For advanced economies, the priority is to renew aging and dilapidated infrastructure; for emerging ones, it is to build the structures required to support growth—this is the larger part of the total bill.
DOT Releases Damaging Road and Bridge Condition Data
Land Line Magazine
As the July 31 expiration date for the Highway Trust Fund looms, Congress is trying to agree on a new bill. Meanwhile, the nation’s roads are deteriorating. The U.S. Department of Transportation has compiled a table revealing road and bridge conditions for each state. According to the table, Indiana appears to be in the best shape with only 17 percent of roads in poor or mediocre condition. Conversely, Connecticut and Illinois are tied for the highest percentage of roads in poor/mediocre condition at 73 percent.
Valdosta, Ga. Reports No Sewer Overflows
The Valdosta Daily Times
The city of Valdosta has reported no sewer overflows during recent heavy rains, and Utilities Director Henry Hicks said the lack of problems is largely due to work performed by the Utilities Department. The Force Main project – as well as the Wastewater treatment plant – is months ahead of schedule due to a design-build approach to the projects, rather than a design-bid-build approach, Hicks said.
New Knox County Middle Schools Process Begins in Tennessee
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knox County has begun the behind-the-scenes work necessary to begin construction on new middle schools in the Hardin Valley and Gibbs communities. As part of that agreement, both schools will be built using a public design-build procurement process which means the county will enter into a single contract for the design and construction of the schools. Holt said the design-build model is more fluid and will help them save some money on the projects while still maintaining the quality of the buildings. "One of the things that I like about it the most is the single contract because there's less opportunity for disputes," he said. "It's one contract and I'm going back to the [general contracto]) and he's accountable for it."
Mountain States Health Alliance Buys Land for New Erwin, Tenn. Hospital
The hospital project is using a design-build delivery process and is currently out for bid. Mountain States plans to select the architectural and design firms this winter, followed by design completion in the spring of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2016, with the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital expected to be complete in the spring of 2018.
Energy Infrastructure Building Booming Despite Oil's Collapse
As long as money remains cheap and the economy continues to improve then builders will keep building said Chris Daum, president of investment banking at FMI. "We are in the fourth year of a continuous recovery," said Daum. "Total infrastructure construction is about 5 percent of GDP. Historically it is about 8 percent of GDP. The reality is that as long as the economy continues to grow and recover there is plenty of upside for infrastructure building across the entire industry."
Officials Say Roundabouts Make Intersections Safer, Despite Driver Confusion
As vehicles pass through Lake County's newest roundabout like cars on a merry-go-round, some disgruntled drivers navigating the intersection of county roads 455 and 561 swerve out of the way of those confused with how traffic is supposed to flow through the circle. This controversial way of controlling traffic is the latest trend at the Florida Department of Transportation, which says the number of traffic circles across the state will grow because of safety benefits. Some motorists are pleased with the circles, but other drivers feel they pose a threat for accidents because folks aren't accustomed to them.
Clark Construction Wins $470 Million Seattle-Tacoma Airport International Terminal Contract
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is getting a new International terminal and Clark Construction will build it. The construction company won the contract, which could be worth as much as $470 million when it's finally negotiated, according to a report by the Daily Journal of Commerce. Clark also built Concourse A in 2004, according to the DJC.
Skanska To Build New $281 Million Office in Boston
World Construction Network
Skanska is investing $281m to build a new Class-A office building in the Seaport District in Boston, U.S. Skanska USA Building will serve as the construction manager for the project. The new building will span across 17 stories, which includes two floors of retail space and two below grade parking levels. The structure, having a total leasable area of nearly 37,000 square metres, will incorporate sustainable features targeted at LEED Platinum.
Work Begins on New Medical Clinic at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
Albuquerque District Public Affairs via US Army Corps of Engineers
“This $45 million-dollar project represents a partnership between Holloman Air Force Base, the 49th Medical Group, Gilbane Federal Joint Venture and the Corps of Engineers. When it’s completed in the winter of 2018, the replacement medical clinic will provide outpatient primary and selected specialty-care clinics,” Dagon said. The Albuquerque District is the construction agent for this Military Construction Program-funded design-build project.
Revealed: How BIM Can Help Procurement Managers
Construction Week Online
Building information modeling (BIM) can help construction companies quantify their project's demands, thus reducing monetary and time wastage, if used in the project's planning and pre-construction stages, an industry expert told Construction Week. Peter Cheney, managing director at Construction Computer Software (CCS) said BIM is a "powerful control machanism" which can help contractors and developers for processes such as tendering and material procurement.
The Top 10 Priorities for Your Information Governance Program
JD Supra Business Advisor
The title, of course, begs the question: does your business even have an Information Governance Program? If not, you should get one—quick.
An integrated Information Governance Program is considered a “best practice” to help your business “protect, detect, restore and recover” from significant data loss incidents. Just having a “policy,” or a form employees sign without more, or relying on your IT Department for privacy & security compliance, are recipes for disaster. In addition, your business may already be required by law to have several elements of an Information Governance Program — one that addresses both data privacy and information security.
An Apple Construction Worker Told Us the New Spaceship HQ May Change Building Standards in the U.S.
Construction is well underway on Apple Campus 2, Apple's planned new Cupertino headquarters. No expense is being spared on the futuristic building, nicknamed the "spaceship" and costing an estimated $5 billion. Due to be completed at the end of 2016, it will accommodate 12,000 employees and features a $161 million auditorium, as well as a vast leafy green space at the center of the site. Business Insider recently talked to someone who has worked on the project. The person gave us an insight into just how far Apple's exacting standards go and why Apple Campus 2 has "raised the bar for construction standards" in America.
VIDEO: This Magic Exoskeleton for Industrial Workers Is the Future
Ars Technica UK
Wearing Ekso Bionics’ forthcoming exoskeleton for construction and industrial workers is probably the closest that I will ever come to having a real physical superpower. Through the magic of gravity and amazing industrial and mechanical design, a 40-pound industrial tool that I was holding became totally weightless. After just a few minutes, I quickly figured out that if I let the tool go it would fly off into space, as if gravity had no effect on it at all.
DBIA Accepting 2016 Board Nominations
On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA’s mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. You may view the current Board of Directors and their biographies here.
Introducing the Emerging Technologies Marketplace!
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is proud to introduce our new Emerging Technologies Marketplace at the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo being held this Nov. 2-4 in Denver, Colorado! Technology is constantly evolving and shaping the way we do business. DBIA's goal is to provide our attendees with top-notch educational sessions and innovative ways to enhance their business practices. The Marketplace is a way for technology suppliers to share their innovations with attendees in a face-to-face environment beyond their exhibit booth. This opportunity is restricted to 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo exhibitors and sponsors. DBIA is accepting applications for the Emerging Technologies Marketplace until July 20, 2015. Download the Application Now.
Call for Student Competition Teams
DBIA is currently seeking student teams to participate in the fourth annual National Design-Build Student Competition. The competition closely follows how real-life design-build projects are procured — it's a two-step competition, with teams responding to RFQs, short-listed finalists responding to RFPs, and a final in-person presentation at the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver. The Student Competition eligibility requires that teams include students who are enrolled in a college-level construction, design, or development curriculum. Four of the team members must be undergraduate students, with the option of one team member being a graduate student. The deadline to register is Sept. 1, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
Lisa Decker, LEED AP, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Andrew Lylo, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Brian Maximuk, DBIA
Douglas Ruth, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Jason Schroeder, CM-BIM, DBIA
Alison Bailey, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Chaney, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Curtis Lester, Assoc. DBIA
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
Gary Nicholson, Assoc. DBIA
Visioneering Studios, Inc.
Michael Richards, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Industry Partner Members
Individual and Industry Partner representative member
- ARC Design-Build
- Hankins and Anderson
Glen Allen, Va.
- Schnabel Engineering, Inc.
Los Angeles, Calif.
- Tunista Construction, LLC
Federal Way, Wash.
New member listing as of July 13, 2015.
- Robert Alonso
- Keith Anderon
Harris & Associates
- Brandon Davis, DBIA
St. Paul, Minn.
- Don Hynes
- Ben Schultz
Kansas City, Mo.
- John Teetsov
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
DBIA Contact: Membership
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, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, 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. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
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.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event
July 27, Lunch and Learn: Design-Build Done Right – Contracting for Design-Build Services
Aug. 6, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Aug. 12, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Aug. 21, Regional Awards Judging
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 16, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct 21, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
July 20, Young Professionals Night at Nationals Park
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 13, Young Professionals Event (with AIA)
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
July 30, Carolinas Chapter, The Future of Design-Build in North Carolina: Trends and Impacts on State Construction Projects, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 6, Breakfast Program, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 26, Dallas-Fort Worth Luncheon Event
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
July 21, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Leon Construction and Partnering in the Design-Build Industry
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Aug. 5, San Francisco Owners Luncheon Program, “How to Innovate the Design-Build Process Under the Enabling Legislation"
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
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!
Illinois Tollway Seeks Design, Construction Proposals for $109 Million in Move Illinois Contracts
The Illinois Tollway is seeking design and construction management services proposals for nine contracts estimated at $109 million for projects part of the Move Illinois program.
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