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Deadline Extended!
We are extending the deadline to apply for an Owner Scholarship for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium to Friday, June 5. The 2015 Symposium will take place this Aug. 18-20, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Individuals can apply for complimentary registration and/or travel assistance to the event. Apply Today
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VA Must Find Millions to Finish Troubled Denver Hospital
The Associated Press via Engineering News-Record
Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100 million , enough to continue work for three weeks. The House approved the measure Thursday.
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Congress Sets New Deadline on Highways
This Hill
Before scuttling out of town for the Memorial Day recess, Congress met a key deadline by passing a short-term extension of federal highway funds. The punt by lawmakers means they’ll have to pass another bill by July 31 to keep road and infrastructure projects funded, however. And it won’t be as easy then to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for the projects.
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Texas Senate Approves $3 Billion in Bonds for Universities
Houston Chronicle
For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for construction headed their way. The Texas Senate approved roughly $3 billion in bonds for universities, which have seen rapidly swelling student populations in recent years but haven't had money from the state to expand since 2006.
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The Case for Increased Private Sector Participation
The New Journal
Traditional infrastructure development contracts involve the private sector having the limited role of construction according to design specifications of the government in design-bid-build contracts. In public-private partnerships, private sector partners are allowed to perform varying roles during design, construction, operation and maintenance. P3 alternatives should be considered more in Delaware as it has several inherent benefits when the due diligence is done before agreements are finalized.
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U.S. 36 Manager Hits Back at Myths (Colorado)
The Denver Post
Plenary Roads Denver is emerging from the background to explain its role in the redevelopment of U.S. 36, including how it hopes to raise its profile in the United States, and do some myth-busting along the way. Closures over the weekend and more scheduled this week signal the pending June 22 opening of the stretch from Interlocken to Interstate 25. Plenary is hoping the project will build its reputation as a leader in forming public-private construction projects with local and state governments in this country.
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Virginia Announces Funding Options to Transform I-66 and Save Taxpayers Millions
Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne announced today the initial results of the Commonwealth’s analysis of procurement options for the Transform I-66: Outside the Beltway project. The analysis demonstrated that of the several available options for procuring the project, a publicly-financed design-build project may save taxpayers between $300 million and $600 million and provide for up to $500 million to be used for future transportation improvements in Northern Virginia.
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Alexandria, Virginia Chooses Location for Potomac Yard Metro Station
The Washington Post
A new Metrorail station at Potomac Yard should be built close to the existing shopping center, the Alexandria City Council unanimously decided recently as members waxed nearly poetic about the economic development they say it is expected to bring.
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Non-Traditional Insurance Risks for Non-Traditional Project Delivery Methods
Non-traditional project delivery methods are being increasingly used in construction projects, and these delivery methods can bring non-traditional insurance risks. Non-traditional project delivery methods may require project participants, such as designers, contractors and owners, to hold additional types of insurance to guard against risks that their typical insurance does not cover.
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10 Reasons to Avoid Overtime and the New DOL Laws That Increase Its Cost!
The new overtime rules that the Department of Labor have proposed from its authority under the Fair Labor Standards Act will cause for changes in our industry. But the years of studies of the negative effects that overtime creates still remain unchanged. The loss of productivity far exceeds any value from the overtime.
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New York Building Congress Honors Industry Leaders
Real Estate Weekly
Nearly 1,100 men and women from the design, construction, and real estate community gathered on May 13 to pay tribute to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, Skanska USA President and CEO Richard Cavallaro, and Milstein Properties Chairman and CEO, during the New York Building Congress 94th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown.
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Hebron, Nebraska School Board Chooses Design-Build Method
The Hebron Journal-Register
After considerable discussion at the May school board meeting, members voted 4-2 to go with the design-build format for future construction and renovations at Thayer Central. “[With design-build] you will know exactly how much the project costs,” said Ayars & Ayars representative Randy Wilson. “Design-build projects get done about 30 percent faster.” “The thing I like about design-build is that the architect, engineer and contractor are all working together,” said Curt Mumm, school board president.
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TOMORROW! Submissions for 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Due
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 to exceeding owner expectations. You may pay an additional $100 fee to extend the deadline by one week.

Before you begin, download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.

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

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Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Are Open
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.

The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.

Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? Contact

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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders


Hilda Bliss, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Austin Commercial, LP
Los Angeles, Calif.

Richard Bowen, DBIA
The Korte Company
Highland, Ill.

Ryan Cunningham, DBIA
Barton Malow Company
Charlottesville, Va.

Joseph Fragale, PE, DBIA
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
Lorton, Va.

Eric Siler, AIA, DBIA
LWPB Architecture
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Charles Westover, DBIA
Bellevue, Wash.

Assoc. DBIAs

Steven Brenson, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Duy Doan, Assoc. DBIA
Cumming Construction Management Inc.
Anaheim, Calif.

Byanka Gaxiola, Assoc. DBIA
Vanir Construction Management
Bakersfield, Calif.

John (Jamie) Kraynek, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Vera Rangel, CM, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Jose Rodriguez, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Jennifer Wilson, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Long Beach, Calif.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-Northwest Region
June 4, Inland Northwest Spring Social
June 11, Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 15, Tour (TBD)
Sep. 16, Breakfast meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 2, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 2: Design-Build … In the Eye of the Beholder
June 10, Arizona Design-Build Transforming Industries (one-day seminar)
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
June 18, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build, an Owner’s Perspective: UNLV Campus Development and Design-Build Past, Present and Future
June 25, Sacramento Luncheon Event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build ... the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament

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Design and Construction of the Interstate 405 Improvement Project through a Design-Build Contract; Orange County, Calif. (deadline 7/22/2015) The Orange County Transportation Authority invites Supplements to existing Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) or new SOQs from qualified vendors to provide design and construction services for the Interstate 405 improvement project through a design-build contract.

Supplements/new SOQs are due no later than 2:00 P.M., July 22, 2015.

A copy of the Revised RFQ 4-1595 can be downloaded at

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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