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As 2010 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 DBIA Insight, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

Design-Build boom: AECOM acquires Tishman
Bim The Built Eniviroment & Stuff    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
July 22:  Many suggest that the optimum work flow could be architects focus on the design, not construction docs or the BIM, but the design and then consult during the actual engineering and BIM process, that way it minimizes redundant efforts especially in regards to BIM creation. This process also would suggest the rise of design-build firms. More

8 trends in hospital design and development
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Nov. 18:  Proficient health care design gives hospitals the buildings and framework to help them gain efficiency and avoid risks associated with health care reform. Doug Strout, health care practice leader for KMD Architects, explains recent trends in hospital design along with tips for hospitals considering future development. More

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Design-build: Getting it right - the first step is training
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Aug. 5:  A number of articles have been written that address the progress made in establishing design-build as a viable alternative to design-bid-build for public sector work. The desire is for public entities to obtain best value. In some cases, design-bid-build is very appropriate.  More

High Court upholds I-35W bridge contract in Minnesota
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Nov. 4:  Good news for the builders of the span that replaced the collapsed I-35W bridge - the state Supreme Court has ruled that the construction contract was valid. The high court affirmed a couple of lower court rulings in favor of the bridge contractor, Flatiron-Manson, but declined to clarify the legal question regarding the correct standard to apply in determining if a bidder has complied with a request for proposal in a design-build best-value bidding process. More

Why DBB - design-bid-build is dead - or should be
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July 22:  Facilities "Sustainability" must be viewed from two perspectives simultaneously - environmental and economic. In higher education, just as an example, colleges and universities need to change their "facilities business model" just to survive. Colleges and universities must reduce their carbon footprint to deal with global climate change; however, they also need to address total cost of ownership to survive financially. More

California supes pinch off another sewer update
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Oct. 14:  The San Luis Obispo County Government Center in California was about as restrained as the House of Commons at the Board of Supervisors' Oct. 5 meeting. The topic: the Los Osos Wastewater Project. The outcome: $750,000 was added to the budget, residents will soon decide how they want to bill themselves, and the contract bidding process was flipped on its head. More

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Quality over quantity: Working in tough economic times
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June 3:  The construction market has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. Bids are coming in sharply lower, which should be good news for owners. But what new risks are components of this market? As a public agency responsible for the construction of educational and institutional buildings, the Washington State Dept. of General Administration feels fortunate the current market can deliver more for the money, but we are looking closely at alternative project delivery approaches that may help us minimize the risks. More

Contractors cry foul on eve of $15 million job award
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June 10:  It's not the most glamorous project in the world: Re-lining some four miles of the Magnolia Trunk sewer pipe running beneath the streets of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Westminster, Calif. But the money's not bad: The project should cost between $14 million and $20 million, according to the Orange County Sanitation District. And the folks who design it will also get to build it. More

Highway 91 project clears hurdle; Corona-Irvine tunnel nixed in California
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Sept. 2:  The California Assembly unanimously passed legislation Friday to let the Riverside County Transportation Commission use design-build construction on its $1.3 billion project to expand Highway 91. The vote came the same day officials pulled the plug on studies examining the possibility of digging a tunnel through the Cleveland National Forest as an alternative to the traffic-choked highway. More

Integrated-project-delivery boosters ignore many flashing red lights
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May 13:  More than five years into a collaborative building-production movement called integrated project delivery, warnings abound: Don't try this with strangers. New risks replace old ones. Beware of waivers of claims. Get ready to open your books. Expect lengthy contract negotiations. Prepare to share any profits. Understand that multiparty contracts have not been tested in court. More


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