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As 2011 comes to a close, DBIA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Design-Build Insight, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

Why design-build is so good
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Sept. 15, 2011: We're often asked about the advantages of design-build over the conventional system of architect and general contractor. It's a great question and with over a decade of design-build experience under our belts, we feel like it's a good time to call out our top ten reasons why the design-build system is so good. More

New report describes time and cost savings from design-build project delivery
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June 16, 2011: The design-build (project delivery method was found to provide cost savings of up to 43 percent and reduced project schedules by as much as 33 percent when compared to the conventional Design-Bid-Build approach for water and wastewater treatment projects. The results are described in a peer-reviewed paper authored by Smith Culp Consulting that will be published in July by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More

Ohio passes comprehensive design-build law
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July 7, 2011: DBIA scored one of its biggest legislative victories ever recently with the enactment of a compressive design-build law. After two decades of legislative defeats design-build advocates finally prevailed in overhauling Ohio's archaic construction procurement laws that have remained relatively unchanged over the last 134 years. The bill Gov. Kasich signed into law; HB153 brings sweeping changes to the way Ohio delivers projects. More

Integrated Marine Solutions: Engineering through Construction
The Castle Group combines the knowledge and skill of a leading structural & marine engineering firm with the know-how of an underwater contractor. From design & analysis to repair & construction, we offer the most comprehensive design/build solutions. MORE

Why design-build is turning heads
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Jan. 13, 2011: The design-build method, sometimes referred to as integrated project delivery, is based on the age-old practice of the master builder accepting full responsibility for designing and constructing a project from conception to completion. While this method has been around since ancient times, it has experienced resurgence in recent years as it provides a unique set of client advantages not available in other delivery systems. More

The Tappan Zee is falling down
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June 2, 2011: Last October, more than a year into his $787 billion stimulus program, President Barack Obama concluded in a New York Times Magazine interview that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects." To learn why America can't build stuff quickly (or even slowly), Obama should take a rush-hour ride over the Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects Rockland and Westchester Counties over the Hudson River in New York, just north of New York City. More

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bidding process rejected by high court
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March 17, 2011: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cannot circumvent the normal construction bidding process by creating a "short list" of preapproved design and contracting firms, then inviting those short-list firms to submit bids, the state Supreme Court said in affirming the Commonwealth Court's preliminary injunction on the matter. More

Editorial: Corps of Engineers contract for New Orleans pumps raises concern
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Aug. 25, 2011: New Orleans will have to wait longer for permanent pump stations to be built on its three outfall canals - but while the delay is worrisome, the reasons behind it are more so. Two losing bidders for the $700 million contract protested the corps' decision to award the contract to CBY Design Builders. The General Accounting Office, which reviewed the protests, agreed that the corps failed to properly evaluate the winning contractor's design to ensure that it can withstand the force of a storm surge. More

A tale of 2 U.S. government data center projects
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Sept. 22, 2011: This is a story of two federal government data center projects: One, undertaken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), met its schedule and budget. The other, a U.S. Air Force initiative, went over budget and was late. How did this happen? What was different about the projects and the approaches that led to different outcomes? More

After 17 years, Pentagon renovation is complete
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June 23, 2011: The last construction barriers have been removed, the pneumatic hammers have fallen silent, and the final displaced employees have returned. After 17 years, the job of renovating the Pentagon is complete. Little remains to be done but the paperwork closing out the $4.5 billion program, which when it began was the world's largest reconstruction project. More

Project 'fine print' manages risk
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Jan. 20, 2011: Significant resources are used to manage the soft parts of a project to keep the project on time and on budget. Owners execute protracted RFQ / RFP processes with short-list interviews and selection committees trying to pick the right team out of a bunch of suits. Owners ask designers and builders how they manage quality on their jobs. Owners present a budget and then ask the team how they can creatively shave dollars off. At times this can be a little circuitous. If an owner really wants to manage project risk, the best way to achieve this with a tight contract - the hard part of the project. More

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