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The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announced its 2017 Design-Build Project/Team Awards at its annual conference last week. These annual awards recognize highly successful projects executed with a design build construction approach that have met or exceeded cost and schedule goals — as well as exceeding owner expectations. DBIA is an industry organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design build.
“Whether it’s a beautiful public facility, small commercial building, bridge or transportation project, America’s design-builders are showing in a big way how the power of integrated delivery and collaboration is delivering real value to their communities,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA. “This year’s DBIA National Design-Build Project/Team Award winners are truly the best of the best. Their projects will not only improve the lives of millions of Americans they’ve also delivered innovative projects which provide time and cost savings at the same time. DBIA is thrilled to honor this impressive list of design build projects and their contributions to improving our nation’s infrastructure.”
Competing in front of a live jury and audience at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, the shortlisted teams from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Oklahoma and Washington State University defended their design and construction plans for a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwest United States. A jury of eight judges evaluated teams based on their delivery solutions and demonstration of team collaboration and synergy to solve design-build problems. The finalists varied in their solutions to approaching the project, but the overall scores were extremely close — a three point difference between first and third place.
The team from Washington State University, competing under the name Alliance Construction, was named the winner of the 2017 competition. Milwaukee School of Engineering placed second and University of Oklahoma placed third.
Dec. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 8, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 10-12, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
Jan. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 5, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Feb. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Centennial, Colo.
Feb. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, Calif.
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
House tax-writers declined to restore an infrastructure financing tool that was cut out of the GOP tax bill, while the Senate has not yet decided how to treat the issue in its own tax package.
In a party-line vote on Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee rejected a Democratic amendment that would have kept the deduction on tax-exempt private activity bonds, which are used by public-private partnerships to back a wide range of infrastructure projects around the country. The House GOP tax plan, which is expected to get a final committee vote on Thursday, eliminates the program for private activity bonds. Doing so would save $38.9 billion, according to a summary sheet.
Traffic Technology Today
The USA trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), has released its much-anticipated assessment of the country’s transportation investment options, with an increased gas tax the leading choice. The report, A Framework for Infrastructure Funding, concludes that the only meaningful mechanism for attaining the administration’s vision for a large-scale infrastructure program is through a federal fuel tax increase.
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Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer calls the intersection of Interstate 24 and Interstate 75 in Chattanooga "probably the worst intersection we got in the state at the moment," and says he's making fixing the issue a priority for his department. ...Region 2 Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn tells us the I-24/I-75 interchange project will be done as a Design-Build project. Design-Build is a project method that combines all or parts of the design and construction phases of a project into a single contract.
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority on November 8 issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Alignment Design-Build Project for the next segment of the Foothill Gold Line light rail in Southern California. The RFQ announcement will kick off a year-long process to hire the design-build team that will build the $1.5 billion, six-station rail extension from the cities of Glendora to Montclair. The RFQ is the first of a two-step, competitive process, that will result in a short-list of the "most qualified" teams to compete for the work. The RFQ requires interested teams and/or firms to detail their qualifications to complete all elements of the light rail project. This includes detailing their experience in completing similar projects, credentials of their key personnel, a staffing plan and their expected main subcontractors. The interested parties must also demonstrate financial and legal qualifications to conduct the work.
I-66 Express Mobility Partners LLC (EMP) today announced the financial close for the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project. The project is a public-private partnership (P3) between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and EMP and is designed to relieve traffic congestion, improve safety and increase efficiency along 22.5 miles of the I-66 corridor from I-495 to Gainesville, Virginia. It is the largest public-private infrastructure partnership in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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The Lewisville Texan Journal
Huerta said most of the work was done at night to minimize disruption, and that the time investment was minimized by doing a design-build, or beginning the build process before the design is complete, and by dividing the project into three segments and working on all of those segments at once instead of one at a time. Huerta said the project could have taken as long as eight to 10 years, but has been completed in four while keeping full highway closures to a minimum.
Commercial Property Executive
Balfour Beatty landed a contract with the Texas Facilities Commission to serve as the construction manager-agent for the first phase of the State of Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, a $581 million office and promenade project in Austin. Balfour will advise TFC on the various aspects of the construction process for the Page Southerland Page-designed initial phase of the Capitol Complex, including planning, design, procurement, construction and commissioning. It’s no simple undertaking.
AECOM is among the biggest players in the AEC space. In the past year it has made a strategic acquisition with Shimmick Construction, has launched a federal contracting division and is preparing itself to be a leader in infrastructure, in part by announcing an initiative to hire 3,000 workers throughout a six-month timeframe. Its success can be attributed to its diverse portfolio and saturation through many markets, including commercial, infrastructure, power plants, stadiums, government and more. But its the people behind the company who are at the core of its accomplishments. One such company leader is 30-year AECOM veteran Dan McQuade, president of the company's construction services business. McQuade recently spoke with Construction Dive about AECOM's project load, how it hopes to maintain its positive trajectory and the direction it's headed next.
Mass Transit Magazine
STV was the lead designer for California’s newest commuter rail service, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, which recently went into revenue service and is expected to be a more environmentally friendly alternative for commuters along the US 101 corridor in the North Bay area. As part of the design-build team led by the Stacy & Witbeck/Herzog joint venture, STV provided engineering services for all rail, civil, and structural improvements for SMART’s 43-mile initial operating segment connecting the Sonoma County Airport to San Rafael, California. STV’s portion of the $120 million initiative included the rehabilitation or replacement of 41 miles of track that is being shared with the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, as well as 25 bridges and numerous grade crossings and alignments. The firm also designed the boarding platforms for the segment’s 10 stations, and is currently engaged in final design of the line’s first planned extension, to Larkspur Ferry Terminal, which will provide a link to San Francisco Bay Area destinations.
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A Saxonburg, PA, construction firm has developed a new autonomous robot that can tie rebar to form bridge decks, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Under the supervision of only one worker, the robot, dubbed Tybot, can expand on a frame up to 140 feet across a bridge's width. The company estimates the robotic arm can halve labor hours and reduce injuries workers incur while straddling rebar frames. The robot which will reduce the number of required laborers, speed up work and reduce costs, can tie intersections at any time, freeing limited crews to focus on other work.
| DESIGN-BUILD INSIGHT DIRECTORY|
Although offsite construction has long been used by developers across the globe, the delivery method is only now beginning to gain more popularity in U.S. markets — and for good reason. Budgets are tight, qualified workers are becoming increasingly difficult to find and the need to finish projects in a short time with such limited resources will only grow more critical to a firm’s success. For those reasons, offsite construction and investment in the delivery method has been a key trend throughout this year. It’s likely that prefabrication will only become more widely accepted as construction companies grapple with the need to retool the ways in which they’ve always done business.
Engineering school was a valuable learning experience that provided me with a wealth of knowledge. But school can only prepare a student so much for an engineering career and looking back, there are a number of key things I wish I had known seven years ago.
Engineers at Heriot-Watt University have designed a ‘sacrificial device’ for buildings that absorbs the impact of earthquakes or explosions to prevent or reduce damage. The inventors say that their steel frame design could not only prevent collapse but also reduce the damage and residual drifts that can render buildings uninhabitable in the event of a quake or blast.
Two design-build opportunities as part of Phase 2 of the Dulles, Va., Corridor Metrorail Project:
* Furnishing and Installing Dulles Airport Metrorail Station Windscreens (Package G)
* Stormwater Management Facilities (Package P)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Dec. 5, Hosting Integration Station Chicago
DBIA-New England Region
Dec. 15, Submissions for Regional award competition due
Jan. 18, 2018, Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
Nov. 30, Holiday Social
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 8, Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Nov. 28, Georgia Chapter Evening Networking Event
April 26-27, 2018, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Dec. 7, Young Professionals Volunteer Event at Feed My Starving Children
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Nov. 28, Arizona Chapter Luncheon Program, University of Arizona South Parking Structure – Why Design-Build Was the Right Solution
Nov. 30, Annual Membership Meeting, with presentation by Geoffrey Neumayr, Progressive Design-Build, an Alternative Look at Design-Build Done Right
Dec. 8, Bay Area Chapter Young Professionals Mixer
Dec. 8, Hawaii Chapter Luncheon Program, An Owner’s Perspective of Design-Build
Dec. 15, Presentation proposals for 2018 Regional Conference due
Apr. 26, 2018, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
DBIA Contact: Membership
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