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Two decades of DBIA - one milestone
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On Jan. 2, 1997, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended to reflect design-build procurement procedures. The amendment, which took effect immediately, brought the FAR in compliance with the Clinger–Cohen Act of 1996. That act allowed agencies to use design-build, if appropriate, and established a two-phase source selection procedure.

The 1997 amendments contained in FAR 36.3 guide government acquisition of design-build services. The first phase of the selection aims at identifying the most highly qualified competitors. Initial evaluation factors include, "specialized experience and technical competence; capability to perform; past performance of the offeror's team (including the architect-engineer and construction members)": and any other factors deemed "appropriate." Cost or price related factors are specifically excluded by the FAR in phase one as a means of limiting the cost of proposing.

These 1997 changes to the FAR codified a two-phased best value selection of design-build services by the federal government, which continues its trickle down to the state level.

The purchase of integrated design and construction services through best value rather than low bid has been called the single most important industry development of the last two decades.

Industry poll: Majority of Americans want more infrastructure funding
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A large majority of U.S. residents what Congress to spend more money on transportation infrastructure, according to poll conducted on behalf of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. More

DART secures $120 million for Orange Line project in Texas
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The Federal Railroad Administration approved a nearly $120-million loan that will enable Dallas Area Rapid Transit to advance construction on the third phase of its Orange Line extension project. More

Smart design and super materials are stretching bridges
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In December, the world's widest cable-stay bridge, weighing more than 72,000 tons and measuring more than 213 feet wide, opened to traffic. Port Mann Bridge, outside Vancouver, British Columbia, is the second-longest cable-stay span in North America at 2800 feet, but this is no suspension bridge as is the Brooklyn Bridge or the Golden Gate. Port Mann is the evidence of cable-stay bridges taking over - and doing the job for less - where once only suspension bridges came to play. More


Shuster: Strengthen our transportation network
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Transportation is important. It's about people and how they live their lives. How they get to work; get their children to school; go to stores to buy food, clothing and other necessities; and how they visit family and friends. More

Washington reaches a deficit deal
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On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" for now avoiding the "fiscal cliff," which would have raised tax rates and deeply cut government spending across the board. This automatic sequestration would have triggered a 9 percent cut in federal funding split between domestic and military spending respectively and would have a chilling effect on the military construction industry, of which design-build makes up an 80% market share. While automatic spending cuts have been delayed for now, Congress has less than 60 days to resolve the issue. More

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Member News

Louis Jenny joins Design-Build Institute of America
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The Design-Build Institute of America is pleased to announce that Louis J. Jenny has assumed the position of Vice-President of Advocacy and Outreach. In this role he will strengthen the organization as the preeminent resource for leadership, education, and objective expertise in the integrated delivery of capital projects. More

Cobb Superior Courthouse in Georgia named for 'Best Design'
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The Design-Build Institute of America honored the Cobb County Superior Courthouse in Marietta, Ga., with its Southeast Region 2012 Best Design Award. Projects deserving the Southeast Chapter Design Build Award best exemplify the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation and problem solving that characterize the design-build delivery. More

Swinerton Builders: Design-build contract for repeat client Douglas County, Calif.
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The Douglas County Robert A. Christensen Justice Center Expansion team kicked off their recent design-build project win with a strategic partnering and planning workshop in August. Led by Swinerton, the workshop was attended by numerous representatives from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Facilities Management and other County user groups, design partners Klipp, a division of gkkworks; Ricci Greene Associates; and additional major stakeholders. Goals of the workshop included team development and protocols, establishing trust, buy-in, and communication; and gaining additional understanding of the client's project goals and program. More

Mike Van Sickel, Assoc. DBIA, named Barton Malow Director
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Construction firm Barton Malow announces that Mike Van Sickel, Assoc. DBIA has joined its Eastern Region operation as a Director. Mike will primarily focus on developing business in Virginia. More

PC Construction names Kevin McCarthy President/CEO
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PC Construction is promoting Kevin McCarthy to president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2013 when Peter Bernhardt steps away from the day-to-day leadership of the company. McCarthy, who joined PC Construction in 1998 and currently serves as executive vice president, will become a member of the employee-owned company's board of directors and a trustee of the employee stock ownership plan. More

News from DBIA

George Hawkins, DC Water, confirmed for Water Conference Closing General Session
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On Friday, March 22, Mr. George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water, will address attendees at the Water/Wastewater Conference Closing General Session starting at 11 a.m. With an operating and capital budget of nearly $800 million dollars, DC Water provides drinking water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment for a population of more than 600,000 in the District of Columbia, as well as the millions of people who work in or visit the District. More

Do we have your current information?
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In order for you to receive the information so vital to our membership, we need to have your current (and correct) contact information. If you've moved, been promoted or had any other change in this information, let us know - check your member profile online by logging into the DBIA website and making any changes. If you have a problem, or need your login information, contact the Membership Department at or call 202-682-0110.

Do you know about all your member benefits?
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. One especially useful benefit gives you discounted shipping with select FedEx, UPS and YRC. If you'd like to compare the discounted rates with your current costs, read more about how to get an estimate.

Another benefit is GiftBridge. GiftBridge cards are unique themed rewards cards that give you a way to say thank-you to a client, reward and recognize employees, impress customers at trade shows and much more.

Upcoming events
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Jan. 14-18, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Feb. 4-8, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Feb. 11-15, Certification Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Feb. 15, Conceptual Estimating, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 22, Conceptual Estimating, Orange County, Calif.
Feb. 25-March 1, Certification Workshop, Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 26-28 and March 12-13, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
March 4-8, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
March 18-22, Certification Workshop , NYC/Rockland, N.Y.
March 18-22, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Orlando, Fla.
March 20-22, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Orlando, Fla.
April 1-5, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
April 5, Conceptual Estimating, Birmingham, Ala.
April 15, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Dallas, Texas
April 17-19, Owner Boot Camp, Honolulu, Hawaii
April 22-26, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
April 22-26, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
May 14, Conceptual Estimating, Los Angeles, Calif.
May 15-17, Certification Workshop (Part 1), San Diego, Calif.
May 20-21, Certification Workshop (Part 2), San Diego, Calif.
May 17, Design Management Fundamentals, Denver, Colo.
May 20, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 24, Conceptual Estimating, Seattle, Wash.
May 31, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Orange County, Calif.
June 3-7, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 10-14, Certification Workshop, Rochester, N.Y.
July 9, Design Management Fundamentals, Los Angeles, Calif.
July 12, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, St. Louis, Mo.
July 15-19, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
July 22-26, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
July 26, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 6, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Los Angeles, Calif.
Aug. 12-16, Certification Workshop, Trenton, N.J.
Aug. 20-22, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, National Harbor, Md.
Sept. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 13, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 16-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sept. 20, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nov. 4-6, 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 15, Design Management, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 18-22, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.

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Region events
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Jan. 15, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Los Angeles Area Breakfast: Balancing Risk in the Design-Build Team, I-405 Sepulveda Widening Project
Jan. 16, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, breakfast featuring Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin
Jan. 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Luncheon: The Advantage that Design-Build Brings to an Urban Transportation Project
Jan. 24, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Annual Kickoff and Membership Meeting at Lockton – must register online to attend
Jan. 25, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, deadline for entries for the 2013 Region awards
Jan. 25, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Luncheon: Design-Build Basics for Owners (Owners and Public Agencies only)
Jan. 30, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Nebraska Chapter Kickoff Breakfast Program featuring DBIA-National Executive Director Lisa Washington – Updates and strategies from DBIA-National - expanding the reach
March 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Luncheon

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have a calendar of Industry Events.

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Project leads
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Remember to check out our Project Leads page - available to members only.

RFP: Design-build of the Tule River Justice Center (Porterville, Calif.)

Sources Sought: Port Arthur resident office replacement, Jefferson County, Texas, design-build

Presolicitation: Design-build construction regional IDIQ SATOC (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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