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DBIA Action Alert: Write Your Senators!
DBIA needs your help! The U.S. Senate is at a critical juncture with important legislation that would improve federal project delivery procedures for design-builders. The legislation would require agency heads to better justify and report when their agencies short-list more than five finalists on a specific project in the two-step process. It would also limit the use of single-step design-build to projects that are less than $750,000.
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U.S. House Passes VA Design-Build Bill
The U.S. House Of Representatives on Tuesday passed Veterans Affairs legislation with an important endorsement of design-build. The bill, the VA Construction Assistance Act (H.R. 3593) would implement various medical facility construction reforms, and also includes language instructing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to use design-build “to the extent practicable.” After a disturbing report last year on the VA’s history of delayed and over-budget projects, Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced this bill, and during drafting DBIA’s team – headed by Craig Unger, DBIA’s Federal Sector Outreach Committee Thought Leader – worked with Rep. Coffman to include language encouraging the use of design-build. The bill now moves to the Senate, which has until the end of the year to consider it.
High Energy, Low Usage
DBIA's Integration Quarterly
As part of federal initiatives to increase the energy efficiency of government buildings, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) invested $72 million to revamp an old industrial site and build a new headquarters for the Seattle, Wash., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The location, classified as a brownfield site, was previously occupied by a warehouse built in the 1940s by the USACE, which had gone through several private owners before being returned to the government. This left the design-build team of Sellen Construction and ZGF Architects LLP with the task of not only creating a 21st Century office building, but bringing the site up to environmental standards.
Meeting Your Representatives
Design-Build Done Right
DBIA's Geoff Corey writes, "Each August I travel with DBIA's Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs, Richard Thomas, to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The gathering attracts thousands of state legislators and their staff from across the country, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to key decision makers in state policy about the benefits of design-build project delivery."
GSA Seeks to Modernize its Approach to Buildings' Design and Construction
As the General Services Administration waits to see how much construction funding congressional appropriators will provide for FY2015, the reality of a more austere overall budget environment is reshaping the way GSA works with the architecture-engineering-construction industry, says Michael Gelber, deputy commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service.
Feds Award $600 Million in Transportation Grants
The Department of Transportation is awarding $600 million worth of grants to 72 infrastructure construction projects in 46 states and Washington, D.C., the agency announced recently. The grants, from the agency's 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, were awarded to projects that were selected from 779 applications from 49 states, the DOT said.
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Federal Highway Administration Publishes New Rule for Value Engineering
JDSupra Business Advisor
On Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published its final rule for Value Engineering (“VE”) for road and bridge projects. The new rule implements changes made to VE requirements under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (“MAP-21”), the last surface transportation authorization law that was signed into law in July 2012.
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Giving Onondaga County Design-Build Authority on Amphitheater Project
Onondaga County can now have the same company design and build the Onondaga Lake Amphitheater to meet "an aggressive construction schedule." Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation granting the design-build authority that Onondaga County had requested, Cuomo's office said in a news release.
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Meeting Your Representatives
Design-Build Done Right
DBIA’s Geoff Corey writes, “Each August I travel with DBIA’s Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs, Richard Thomas, to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The gathering attracts thousands of state legislators and their staff from across the country, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to key decision makers in state policy about the benefits of design-build project delivery.”
DBIA's 10 Best Practices in 10 Post
High Performance Outcomes
Now that the design and construction 'world' is taking in Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA) 10 Best Practices for Design-Build, I want to take time and convince all that this "living" document of practices is, indeed, a sort of magic. I say 'magic', because to follow these practices is to transform an otherwise adequate outcome into a High Performance Outcome...and that is what I'm here to advance.
Accelerating U.S. Coast Guard Delivery
DBIA's Integration Quarterly
In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security launched an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) National Design-Build Multiple Award Construction Contract (MAAC) program to renovate, construct and historically restore facilities throughout the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
U.S. Takes Halting Steps to Plug Infrastructure Funding Gap
The Obama administration recently announced a series of measures to help shore up crumbling U.S. infrastructure, including half a billion dollars in loans for the electric grid. The moves are part of the administration's efforts to address what it says is a $1 trillion funding gap for transportation, water and electricity needs over the next six years.
New York to Build New Thruway Complex
The Cuomo administration and the New York State Thruway Authority, still pre-election mum on their financial plan for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, are barreling ahead on building a joint headquarters for the Thruway Authority and the Department of Transportation.
LEED Project Review Process Simplified
For all of its many benefits, LEED certification is not an easy goal to achieve – the application process can be arduous and review times can be significant. LEED Proven Provider, a new tool provided by the Green Building Certification Institute and the USGBC, is designed to help building owners and facility managers choose organizations with consistent LEED-certification project management experience to help expedite the process.
Moody's: U.S. is Poised to Become Largest Public-Private Partnership (P3) Market in the World
Given the sheer size of its infrastructure and growing urban population, the US has the potential of becoming the largest market for public-private partnerships (P3s) in the world, says Moody's Investors Service in its "Global P3 Landscape" report. An increasing number of US states are authorizing the use of P3s for transportation projects, typically the first type of P3 project in a new market, and the use of P3 models has been steadily increasing over the last five years.
Osceola, Florida's Advanced Manufacturing Research Center Seeks Design-Build
Orlando Business Journal
Osceola County, Florida plans to issue a request for qualifications in the next 30 days for a design/build team for the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center. The contract represents a $50 million opportunity for a design-build team, and will provide work for 350-450 construction workers. Additionally, it means officials are moving forward with a project that could create 20,000 direct jobs in a decade.
Gov. Cuomo Announces Start of $12.8 Million Design-Build Project to Replace Carlls Straight Path Bridge Over the Long Island Expressway
Governor's Press Office
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of construction on a $12.8 million project to replace the aging Carlls Straight Path Bridge over the Long Island Expressway, or LIE/I-495, in Dix Hills, Suffolk County. The project, which involves designing and building the bridge, will improve the safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and approximately 180,000 motorists who use the section of the Long Island Expressway each day.
Dramatic Cantilevers, Glass Façade Define Hospital
At the edge of the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, near the White River, the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital serves a vital mission in the city's health care system. The structure’s bold, cantilevered rectangles of blue vertically striped glass—evocative of DNA marker slides—enhance the city’s architecture as well. But creating this dramatic structure presented engineers with formidable challenges.
HDR Part of Design Joint Venture Delivering I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida
HDR is on the I-4 Mobility Partners team that was selected by the Florida Department of Transportation for the I-4 Ultimate Project, which will transform mobility in central Florida. HDR is teamed with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. in the design joint venture tasked with leading engineering for I-4 Mobility Partners. The joint venture is responsible for delivering final designs of the project, including roadway/traffic control, drainage, structures, intelligent traffic systems, signing and signalization, lighting and landscaping/aesthetics.
Generational Expert Hannah Ubl to Close 2014 Annual Conference
More and more companies are facing the challenges of having multiple generations working side by side. This year's Closing General Session on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m., will feature Generational Expert Hannah Ubl. She will identify critical generation gaps that can lead to turnover and dissatisfaction, explore how the generations act and react to growth and change and present solutions for communication, engagement, team synergy and motivation that will help attendees work together more effectively.
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Industry Partner members
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Menlo Park, Calif.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
- Allison Bujacich
University of Puget Sound
- Edwin Dean, P.E., SE
- John Doherty, PMP
Siemens Industry, Inc. Building Technologies
Buffalo Grove, Ill.
- Johnny Gaffney, DBIA
Hoey Construction Co.
- Joseph Hawkins, CM-BIM
- Douglas Herbst, DBIA
Freese and Nichols
- Karen Hogan, LEED AP, DBIA
Kansas City, Mo.
- Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA
University of Denver
- Mark McAbee, CSI, CDT
- Andrew Phillips, LEED AP
Forma Construction Company
- Redha Salman
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Cortlandt Sener, PMP
World Water Relief
New member listing as of Sept. 15, 2014.
- Michael Tarle, AIA, DBIA
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Upcoming "Design-Build Done Right" Webinars
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1:30-3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Design Management for Owners
Speaker: Gregory R. Gidez, AIA, DBIA, HENSEL PHELPS
DBIA Contact: Erin Leahy
Sept. 22-26, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 3, Design Management, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 5, Design Management (Pre-Conference), Dallas, Texas
Oct. 6-8, 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Oct. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 17, Design Management, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 24, BIM Execution Planning, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 24, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Nov. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 13, BIM Execution Planning, Atlanta, Ga.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Nov. 6, Annual Conference, Design-Build 2014
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 6, Fall Event
Dec. 3, Region Annual Meeting
Oct. 16, Regional Design-Build Awards Banquet
Sep. 26, Golf Tournament
Oct. 5, River Runners Biathlon
Oct. 23, Transportation Owners/Industry Dialogue
Nov. 20, Annual Meeting Dinner – PSU Design-Build Study
DBIA-New England Region
Sep. 18, Dinner Program, Conquering MassDOT's Burn Bridge Replacement Project
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 22, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 3, with CMAA, Design-Build Done Right
Oct. 16, Bay Area Networking Cruise
Oct. 20, Hawaii Lunch Program, Design-Build in Hawaii: Case Studies
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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