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Five Things Owners Should Consider When Choosing the Best Project Delivery Method
A new brochure from DBIA, entitled Choosing a Project Delivery Method, provides owners with five factors to consider when choosing the project delivery method best suited to their needs. “Choosing a Project Delivery Method very purposely does not encourage one project delivery method over others,” says Lisa Washington, Executive Director and CEO of DBIA. “It is important to choose a delivery method that best meets the unique needs of each owner and their project.”
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House GOP, Dems Voice Strong Opposition to Senate Highway Bill
The Hill
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday signaled the Senate’s six-year highway funding bill is a non-starter. McCarthy listed several House GOP gripes with the legislation, even as House Democrats complained about offsets the Senate bill would use to pay for $50 billion in highway funding for the next three years. Rank-and-file Republicans also offered grumbles, and voiced support for the five-month highway bill already approved by the House. The Senate highway bill includes approximately $47 billion in revenue from other areas of the federal budget to supplement gas tax revenue that is used to pay for transportation projects.
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House Appropriations Subcommittee Endorses Design-Build

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its draft committee report for fiscal year 2016 with an endorsement of design-build project delivery. The report states, “The Committee encourages the Department to use the design-build method of project delivery when appropriate.”

The House Subcommittee has inserted this language in the annual report in recent years at DBIA’s request so design-build can more easily be utilized in the department’s Rural Development and other similar programs.

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House Passes Five-Month Transportation Funding Extension
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-month transportation funding extension last Wednesday aimed at avoiding an Aug. 1 road construction slowdown but that does nothing to revive the idled U.S. Export-Import Bank. House Republicans passed the measure less than 48 hours after its introduction in a move that conservatives in the party said would give them an advantage over Ex-Im backers in the Senate, who aim to use their version of the bill as a vehicle to renew the trade bank's charter, which expired on June 30.
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Washington Governor Inslee Signs Transportation Package with Gas Tax Hike
The Spokesman-Review
A package of transportation bills that include an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase and some $16 billion worth of projects around the state became law Wednesday. The first 7 cents of the new gasoline tax starts Aug. 1, the projects stretch into 2031.
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2015 State of the Water Industry Report: Infrastructure still tops list of concerns
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.
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Kansas DOT Approves $73.4 Million in State Highway Projects
Better Roads
The Kansas Department of Transportation approved $73.4 million in bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in its June lettings. These projects range in size from several thousand dollars, to more than $6 million.
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Challenges Facing P3s are Political and Structural
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) convened its 27th annual Public Private Partnership Conference in Washington D.C. last week, and DBIA had the privilege of being an exhibitor during the event. Through discussions with attendees and information gleaned during sessions, the conference revealed some of the key challenges facing the P3 industry today.
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Liberty, Mo., Wastewater Treatment Plant Model for Design-Build Example
Liberty Tribune
The future wastewater treatment plant in Liberty is the first design-build project in the state of Missouri to utilize state revolving funds for financing. With this project, the state and especially the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will keep a close eye to see if the process can be used for future projects...Assistant City Manager Dan Estes said the Design-Build Institute of America will follow the project, as the organization has helped set up the requirements of what is needed. The estimated yearly cost to operate the planned city-owned treatment plan is $1.5 million. Estes said the city paid $4.2 million to Kansas City for wastewater treatment, and an estimated $5 million is on tap for 2015.
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Nearly $223 Million in New California Transportation Funding Approved
Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated nearly $223 million to 108 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking.
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Design-Build Approach To Be Used for Missouri Highway 141 Project To Ease Congestion
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Missouri Department of Transportation is using a design-build approach — in which the agency sets a project’s goals and budget, and the contractor who best meets those goals within budget will craft its design and schedule — for a $25 million project on Highway 141 near Interstate 44.
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Multnomah County, Ore., Hires Design-Construction Team for New Courthouse
Portland Tribune
Multnomah County has selected a familiar design-construction team to design and build the new downtown courthouse. They have hired SRG Partnership for architecture and engineering services, and Hoffman Construction for the Construction Manager/General Contractor contract.
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P3s: Managing Risks and Rewards
Thompson Coburn LLP via Lexology
Successful P3s — Public-Private Partnerships — can be blessings for state and local governments searching for new ways to finance many types of critical infrastructure—roads, schools, prisons, and more—and control operating costs. In typical government contracting arrangements, the governmental entity designs and bids an infrastructure project and the successful private bidder only builds it for governmental operation. In contrast, a typical P3 involves a design-build or design-build-operate arrangement where the government cedes control of an initiative’s design, construction and/or operation to a private contractor—albeit with specified performance parameters—in exchange for reduction in construction cost, operating cost, or financing risk.
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Jacobs Wins $1.2 Billion High-Speed Rail Contract
L.A. Biz
Pasadena-based Jacobs is the lead designer for the joint venture for the design-build contract and is responsible for the infrastructure design. The venture includes Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spain’s Grupo ACS and Dragados S.A., and Flatiron West Inc. of San Marcos. The Construction Package 2-3 is expected to provide 65 miles of infrastructure improvements required for the future high-speed rail, including 10 million yards of new high-speed rail embankment, 23 high-speed rail structures and 32 new roadway grade separations.
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Design Work Begins on Expansion and Renovation of East Halls at Penn State
Penn State
Clayco Inc. of St. Louis is the project builder, with DLA of Pittsburgh and Mackey Mitchell Architects as building designers. The design-build team, approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2014, is currently working with Penn State on the building and landscaping plans. The entire first phase of the project, which includes construction of the new residence hall, renovation of five existing buildings and landscaping improvements, will cost an estimated $152 million.
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Utilities Seeking EPC Contractors Should Carefully Examine Many Unseen Traits
Breaking Energy
As power, oil and gas, water and wastewater utilities begin the process of exploring how to build their next large infrastructure project, the most important decision in the entire process may rest with the selection of the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor. While many EPC providers exist, they operate in varied fashions – and some of those characteristics are unseen. Black & Veatch EPC/design-build experts were polled to find out some of the key characteristics that utility owners should examine that are sometimes overlooked or are not obvious. Some of these traits are not evident by visiting a website or reading a qualifications and experience cut sheet. They may be undetected, yet they are as vital to the project’s success as the materials and skilled labor that will go into constructing a project.
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Construction Executives Discuss the Main Challenges Their Teams Face
In a recent article in Construction Dive, Sharon O’Malley discusses some of the reasons why certain construction projects fail. KPMG’s 2015 Global Construction Survey investigated the topic, finding that 60 percent of the organizations that spent at least $10 million on capital construction projects reported one project failing. Oftentimes, this was due to personnel issues.
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OSHA Announces "Temporary Enforcement" on Construction Confined Space Rule
OSHA on July 9 announced a 60-day "temporary enforcement policy" for its confined spaces in construction standard, which becomes effective Aug. 3. "The agency is postponing full enforcement of the new standard to Oct. 2, 2015, in response to requests for additional time to train and acquire the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard," its announcement said.
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Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules Adopted by American Arbitration Association
The National Law Review
American Arbitration Association, AAA, issued revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules which took effect July 1, 2015. There are significant changes in the new rules which are intended to make the arbitration process more efficient and cost-effective. The changes include several completely new rules which provide expanded authority to the arbitrator to control the course of the arbitration.
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Navigating the Risky Business of Data Center Construction
The Data Center Journal
The data center construction market and America’s favorite pastime have a few things in common. In both, the teams most likely to achieve long-term success and hold winning records recognize that not every pitch hit—or every project tackled—will be a home run. Project teams, like batters, will likely face a few curveballs that require them to adjust their approach to get on base or, better yet, knock one out of the park. And just like a strikeout against a tough pitcher, the lessons learned from highly challenging data center projects are often as important, if not more important, to a long-term success as the easy wins.
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Cleveland To Bring New Tech Tools to the Fight against Blight
Next City
When dealing with blighted properties, most cities have a standard checklist to make sure they have done everything they must before swinging the wrecking ball. Accela’s Rob Cassetti says they received a lot of interest from other cities after presenting their Cleveland work at a 2014 Conference of Mayors meeting. Cities are exploring varied approaches to dealing with vacant and blighted properties, and better layering of data has been seen as key in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia.
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Industry Focus: Construction Hardware Connected
Connected World
A number of verticals are leveraging M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) including healthcare, energy, and transportation, just to name a few. However, even construction—an industry once considered a technology laggard—is now leveraging IoT more readily. M2M, IoT, RFID (radio-frequency identification), LBS (location-based services), and other connected hardware technologies are beginning to be used more often in the construction industry.
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Six Game Changers: A Green Building Pioneer's Guide to Disruptive Technology
Multi-Housing News Online
When green building pioneer, architect and entrepreneur John Picard, founder, John Picard & Associates, Sonoma, California, decided to put down roots in Silicon Valley, he quickly got busy looking to connect with the most innovative companies. After surveying about 2,000, he saw that while many of the Valley’s tech companies boasted inventions, only a few were involved in creating truly disruptive technology.
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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.
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Last Chance to Reserve your Hotel Room for 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium
DBIA and SAME have secured discounted rooms at our host hotel, the Omni Shoreham. You may reserve your room online at or call the Omni directly at (202) 234-0700. The deadline to reserve your room is July 24, 2015. Rooms are available at these rates on a first-come, first-served basis.
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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 September 1, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.
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Webinars Back by Popular Demand
Now entering its third year, DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right Webinar series is back and better than ever! Featuring design-build experts in all sectors and stages of delivery, these webinars are the fastest, most efficient way to refresh or grow your expertise in design-build best practices. In fact, they’re even worth continuing education credit for Assoc. DBIA, DBIA, P.E., AIA, or other credential holders.

A key feature of our webinars is your ability to interact with live industry experts in real time. You can ask questions, make comments, engage in interactive exercises and enjoy the feedback that comes from your peers' questions and comments. Our webinars create a virtual classroom that comes to you.

Visit our website for more info and to register.

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We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • James Drummond
    TruNorth Solar
    Edina, Minn.

  • Jeremy Flowers
    Grafton Staffing
    Leawood, Kan.

  • Mark Froehlich
    Auburn University
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Drew Hecht, AIA, LEED ® Green Assoc.
    University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, Calif.

  • Kyle Lunke
    BWBR Architects, Inc.
    St. Paul, Minn.

  • Kirk Paul
    Auburn University
    Portland, Ore.

  • Donna Russsell
    Las Vegas, Nev.
New member listing as of July 20, 2015.

DBIA Contact: Membership

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Upcoming Events
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.

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Aug. 19, Breakfast Event, Jacksonville Transportation Authority: Moving Our Region Forward
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event

DBIA-Mid-America Region
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

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
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

DBIA-Southeast Region
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.

DBIA-Southwest Region
Aug. 26, Dallas-Fort Worth Luncheon Event

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
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

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