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Design-Build Provision Moving Forward in Defense Bill
Design-Build Done Right
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote as early as today on a final negotiated Defense Authorization bill that contains a design-build provision. The provision requires written justification by the “head of contracting activity” when more than five finalists are shortlisted in a two-step design-build defense contract of more than $4 million. Under current law, the contracting officer alone could short-list more than five finalists in any contract, with little or no justification required.
This is clearly a step in the right direction and the result of DBIA’s hard work with our coalition partners supporting H.R. 2750, the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act. However, we are disappointed that provisions included in H.R. 2750 clearly limiting single-step or turn-key design-build did not make it through negotiations and neither did some more robust reporting requirements we had sought.
Again, the U.S. House is scheduled to consider the bill today, and the Senate is to follow next week. Then it will go to the President for his consideration.
DBIA and our coalition partners are already discussing and planning ways to expand on this win, including extending the provisions to civil contracts and limiting single-step/turnkey design-build. This will have to take place with new legislation in the new year.
P3s for Buildings Conference Held in Miami
Design-Build Done Right
Design-build is an inherent part of a successful public-private partnership. Due to this close alignment, DBIA helped get the word out during the inaugural P3s for Public Buildings conference recently held in Miami.
Transportation Secretary: U.S. Needs Major Highway Bill
The nation's transportation system is threatened by short-term federal funding measures and will be "in trouble" unless it gets more money, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said recently. Uncertainty resulting from the lack of a long-term transportation bill has cost jobs and has left state and local transportation officials unsure how to finance projects that will take years to complete, he said.
Reps Enlist Reagan to Sell Gas Hike
A bipartisan pair of House members are using former President Ronald Reagan to build support for a potential increase in the federal gas tax. The tax, which pays for federal transportation projects, was increased in 1982, just two years into the Reagan administration, which remains very popular with modern conservatives.
Report: Just Six Percent of 2013 Federal Aid Funding Went into New Roads and Bridges
States used just under 6 percent of the contract authority received on construction projects to build new roads or bridges, according to a detailed breakdown of 2013 federal highway funding obligations by the Government Accountability Office.
America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy
The Huffington Post
America's focus seems to be on individual spending, not investment in community resources. We refuse to tax ourselves and the signs of neglect are everywhere. Our airports are second-rate, our roads are crumbling, our rail system is a joke, and our power grid is inefficient and a long way from the smart grid we will need to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
I-70 in Maintenance Mode (Missouri)
Columbia Business Times
Commuters who have long awaited a rebuilding of the busy Interstate 70 corridor through Columbia, Missouri, will have to keep waiting because the Missouri Department of Transportation doesn't have funding for an overhaul through at least 2017. But in the meantime, the agency has made it a priority to fix some aging local bridges.
Syracuse Mayor Releases $1 Billion Wish List (New York)
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
The mayor of Syracuse, New York, recently announced a $1 billion list of projects intended to address long-term infrastructure needs and vowed to aggressively lobby Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature for state support.
California High-Speed Rail Authority Appoints CAO; Issues RFQ for Third Phase of High-Speed Rail System
The California High-Speed Rail Authority named Deborah Harper chief administrative officer, where she will oversee CHSRA's administrative operations, which include the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Business Services/Facilities and the Office of Information Technology.
Refurbished Port of Anchorage Cost Estimated at $485M (Alaska)
Alaska Journal of Commerce
It will likely cost nearly another half a billion dollars to upgrade the Port of Anchorage, according to the project managers. The Anchorage Port Modernization Project team revealed its concept design selection to Anchorage Assembly members at a Nov. 21 work session.
Bay Bridge Project Lauded (California)
The New East Span project has received numerous recognitions, the most recent being the International Road Federation's 2014 Global Road Achievement Award for Design.
Skanska to Print 3-D Concrete Products
Skanska and Loughborough University have signed a deal to develop the world's first commercial concrete printing robot. The contractor hopes to be using printed concrete products on sites within 18 months, and the project is also being backed by Foster + Partners, Buchan Concrete, ABB and Lafarge Tarmac.
Coming Up: Authority Chooses Downtown Developer, Plans Negotiations over TIF
The Journal Record
The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is prepared to work with the city staff to bring Clayco Inc.'s design to the southern half of a site at W. Reno and S. Hudson avenues. OCURA chose Clayco as the conditional redeveloper for the 3.15-acre property during a meeting in late November.
Registration Opens for 2015 Water & Transportation Conferences in San Antonio
Registration is open for the 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference being held March 9-13, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Organizations sending four or more paid full conference registrants are eligible for discounts starting at 15 percent off. DBIA encourages you to do so by Jan. 26 in order to take advantage of our "Early Bird" discount rates. Pricing will increase beginning Jan. 27, 2015.
Check Out DBIA's 2015 Events and Annual Sponsorship Opportunities
DBIA sponsorship opportunities include conferences, events, exhibits, advertising and much more throughout 2015. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer exceptional educational offerings for the benefit of our membership and our industry. Learn more.
New Offering from DBIA and The Charles Pankow Foundation
Available for purchase through DBIA's online bookstore, the just-released Professional's Guide to Managing the Design Phase of a Design-Build Project is a step-by-step guide to managing every step of the design phase of a design-build project. The Professional's Guide is a follow on to the original Design-Build Management Guide. For more information or to order a copy today, please visit our online bookstore.
Don't Miss the Last Certification Workshop of 2014!
DBIA is offering one final Certification Workshop in 2014 — Dec. 8-12 at DBIA's headquarters office in Washington, D.C. This is the last chance to fulfill the requirements for certification this year. Register today!
We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Dennis Burns
Crossland Construction Company, Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.
- J. Wes Nicholson, DBIA
- David Rakvica, Assoc. DBIA
WM Schultz Construction
Ballston Spa, N.Y.
- Steve Van Loan, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA
M3 Engineering & Technology Corp.
New member listing as of Dec. 1, 2014.
- Guy Wright
Kansas City, Mo.
DBIA Contact: Membership
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Dec. 8-12, Certification Workshop, DBIA Offices, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 12-15, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Jan. 26-30, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 2-5, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Feb. 9-11, Certification Workshop, Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 9-11, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 27, Design Management Fundamentals, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 2-5, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
Mar. 9-11, 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 11-13, 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 18-20, Owner Boot Camp, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Dallas, Texas
Mar. 25-27, Owner Boot Camp, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 2, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 3, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Apr. 6-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Apr. 20-23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 22, Conceptual Estimating, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 27-30, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 5, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Portland, Ore.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 23, 2015, Region Award Entries Due
Mar. 18, 2015, Region Awards Presentation
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Dec. 5, Annual Membership Meeting
Dec. 11, Bay Area Holiday Party/Mixer
Jan. 12, 2015, Orange County Mixer
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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