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Design-Build Continues to Grow Throughout U.S.
Facility Executive
The Design-Build Institute of America has released research findings indicating that for the first time more than half of projects above $10 million are being completed through design-build project delivery. The study confirms that the use of design-build has remained steady since its growth spurt at the end of the last decade. In addition, the study finds that Oregon and the military sector are leading with the most dollars being spent on design-build projects.
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Billions Flowing to Miami-Dade
DBIA's Integration Quarterly Magazine
If there’s any region today that consistently generates enthusiasm from the water/wastewater design-build community, it’s Miami-Dade County. Since the 1920s, Miami has seen remarkable growth, to the point that winter visitors felt the city changed so much from one year to the next, it was like magic. Miami is now nicknamed The Magic City, and its growth still hasn't slowed down.
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CBO: Feds Spent $96 Billion on Infrastructure in 2014
The Hill
The federal government spent $96 billion on infrastructure projects, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that was released recently. The figure, which includes water projects, is dwarfed by a total of $320 billion that was spent on infrastructure by state and local governments, according to the report.
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Floating road makes bridge repair possible: Big challenges. Bigger solutions.
Mabey Inc.
A temporary road was constructed on the Connecticut River to repair a pier foundation on the historic Willimansett Bridge. Working with contractors, engineers and Mabey’s matting installation team, the road supported excavators and trucks that moved over 1,000 tons of rip-rap to the site. Read about it here.
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Texas Bill Would Block Federal Funds for Local Rail Transit Projects
Government Executive
Legislation recently introduced by a conservative Texas state senator would effectively tie the hands of local government leaders in the Lone Star State with a bill mandating that the state's Department of Transportation, "a local governmental entity, or another political subdivision of this state may not use money provided by the Federal Transit Administration for a mass transit passenger rail project."
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Colorado Turns to Toll Roads to Make Up Highway, Construction Funding Gap
As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls. The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials.
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San Bernardino County, California, Adopts Conflict of Interest Policy
The Alpenhorn News
Recently the San Bernardino County, California Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a conflict of interest policy to align with new state legislation. Senate Bill 78 was adopted by the legislature last October, signed into law by Gov. Brown and became effective Jan. 1, 2015. The legislation resolved a number of problems and inconsistencies with previous design-build statutes and combined them into a single law.
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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015
Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers. The Georgia-based group's quarterly forecast suggested lower domestic energy prices and declining overseas competitive advantages make the U.S. "an attractive destination for high value-added manufacturing." Firms bringing jobs back to U.S. shores, CMD predicted, will spur increased demand for manufacturing space and lead to greater construction activity.
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  Natural Ventilators - Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Natural ventilation is a cost effective and energy efficient means of climate control. Now available from The Bilco Company are a number of natural ventilator systems, including the Firelight that can be installed in a glass atrium or directly on the roof of a building.

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Plans Start for New Hospital in Marinette, Michigan
Bay Area Medical Center’s board gave the unanimous go-ahead in late February to begin steps to explore construction of a new hospital in a new location. Ed Harding, BAMC president and chief executive officer, said the administrative staff will immediately begin a process to hire an architect/construction manager to analyze the plans and determine preliminary cost estimates.
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Pacific Grove, California, Eyes Approving Design-Build for Water Project
Monterey Herald
Hoping to save money and time, the Pacific Grove City Council will consider adopting an ordinance that allows using a design-build approach on its local water project. That approach puts the project under one entity that contracts with the project owner to provide design and construction services. It replaces the traditional method of contracting work out to multiple vendors or the design-bid-build approach.
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  Spec Formliners: Architectural Formliner Manufacturer

Spec Formliners is a leading manufacturer of formliners for use in concrete forming systems. Spec specializes in producing custom patterns. By working closely with engineers to turn their vision into a physical 3D mold and with the ability to laser-scan physical objects and reproduce them on any scale, Spec is miles ahead of the competition.

Cold Calculations
As with CAD and other applications before it, the widespread use and adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the construction industry is now seen as an inevitability, and its most eager proponents see the software as nothing short of revolutionary in terms of its impact.
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Lockheed Sees Shift in Focus on Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, said it has seen a "sea change" in demand for cybersecurity services in critical infrastructure areas such as energy, oil and gas, and financial institutions over the past 18 months.
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Century-Old Oak Street Senior Apartments Construction Receives Build Michigan Award
The rebuilding of a century-old school building in Flint was announced as a recipient of a 2014 Build Michigan Award from the Associated General Contractors of Michigan. During the Associated General Contractors of Michigan annual meeting on Feb. 20 in Detroit, officials announced the award for the Oak Street Senior Apartments, which reached capacity soon after it opened.
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Pinellas County, Florida, Moves Forward on Jail Improvements
Tampa Bay Newspapers
After years of discussion and planning, Pinellas County, Florida is finally moving forward with the first phase of a much-anticipated jail improvement project. County Commissioners approved the final negotiated agreement with Moss & Associates of Tampa Feb. 24 for design-build services for Phase 1 of the jail campus improvements.
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Promise of New Mercy Hospital Joplin is Delivered as Hospital Opens in Record Time
Demolished in the May 22, 2011, EF-5 tornado – the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1947 – the new Mercy Hospital Joplin is set to open its doors to patients on March 22, 2015. The $465 million (total project cost), 205-private room hospital replaces the former St. John’s Mercy Regional Medical Center.
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University of Puget Sound to Open Athletics and Aquatics Center in Fall 2016
University of Puget Sound is moving forward with plans to enhance its athletics facilities, including the addition of a new aquatics center and an expansion of the fitness center. Complementing the existing Memorial Fieldhouse, built in 1949, the $19.4 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2016 and will serve the needs of Logger athletic teams, as well as campus members, academic programs, and local community programs.
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Inflatable Dams Tapped for Arkansas River
Tulsa World
The public got a sneak peek recently at the dam designs a group of engineers are working on to estimate the costs of building several low-water dams on the Arkansas River. While their full report isn’t coming until the end of April, the City Council’s Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force got an update on the design plans, including the type of dam the engineers are pitching: It's inflatable.
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2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Now Open for Submissions!
DBIA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. We will again be recognizing exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, has resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Rigorously judged by a jury of industry experts, the selected award-winning projects showcase design-build best practices, exemplary collaboration and integration in addition exceeding owner expectations.

Click Here to Begin the Online Submission for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards

To learn more, download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.

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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Steven Bonicatto, P.E., CPC, CPE, LEED AP, DBIA
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sacramento, Calif.

Paul Cooley, P.E., DBIA
rggroup global, inc.
Corona Del Mar, Calif.

Raymond Deering, DBIA
Gannett Fleming
Fairfax, Va.

Kimberly Dixon, P.E., DBIA
Fort Worth, Texas

Stephen Gotschall, LEED AP B+C, DBIA
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Kerry Hart, DBIA
Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio

Leonard Hayden, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA
Swinerton Builders
San Francisco, Calif.

Daniel Keim, DBIA
M. A. Mortenson Company
Kirkland, Wash.

Roberto Loya, DBIA
Los Angeles World Airports
Los Angeles, Calif.

Gwen McCullough, DBIA
City of Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

Brenda McMillan, P.E., DBIA
Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
Denver, Colo.

Terry Midgley, DBIA
The Korte Company
Highland, Ill.

Kenneth Reed, DBIA
MI - National Guard MI-ARNG
Lansing, Mich.

David Reinhardt, P.E., MBA, LEED AP, DBIA
McCarthy Building Companies
Phoenix, Ariz.

Edward Slater, Jr., DBIA
Slater Builders Inc.
Costa Mesa, Calif.

J. Mark Taylor, LEED AP, DBIA
Auburn University
Auburn, Ala.

Durant Walters, P.E., DBIA
Facchina Construction Company, Inc.
La Plata, Md.

Colin Winters, LEED AP, DBIA
Momentum Inc
Seattle, Wash.

Associate DBIAs

Craig Barnes, Assoc. DBIA
Southland Industries
Tempe, Ariz.

Brian Bowers, AIA, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Adam Cleveland, Assoc. DBIA
Saunders Construction, Inc.
Englewood, Colo.

Christopher Colley, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Forma Construction Company
Seattle, Wash.

Paul Crovella, P.E., LEED AP BD+C. Assoc. DBIA
Syracuse, N.Y.

Alexander Greene, Assoc. DBIA
M.A. Mortenson Company
Kent, Wash.

Patrick Kiernan, Assoc. DBIA
K-Con, Inc.
Charleston, S.C.

Matthew Magnasco, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
City of Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Mar. 18, Region Awards Presentation

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 12, San Diego Luncheon Program, Zen and the Art of Design-Build Teambuilding
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Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
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June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
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