Project 'fine print' manages risk
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Significant resources are used to manage the soft parts of a project to keep the project on time and on budget. Owners execute protracted RFQ / RFP processes with short-list interviews and selection committees trying to pick the right team out of a bunch of suits. Owners ask designers and builders how they manage quality on their jobs. Owners present a budget and then ask the team how they can creatively shave dollars off. At times this can be a little circuitous. If an owner really wants to manage project risk, the best way to achieve this with a tight contract - the hard part of the project. More
NREL proving it's possible to save with an energy efficient design build plan
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Drew Detamore, the Director of the Infrastructure and Campus Development Office for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discusses the energy efficient design build plans that NREL incorporated into their new 220,000 sq. ft. office facility in Golden, Colo. More
Minnesota's Opus keeps land deal all in the family
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The site of the old Powers department store that once graced Nicollet Mall has changed hands, from one Opus entity to another. The downtown Minneapolis property is part of a 74-acre package that Opus Northwest has sold to a new Opus entity. The sale is the latest in a series of twisting maneuvers as the collapsed Minnetonka, Minn.-based developer struggles to dismantle and rebuild itself out of the ashes of the commercial real estate crash. Terms of the cash deal, announced recently, were not disclosed. More
Schuff Steel in Ottawa, Kan., moving ahead with wind tower manufacturing plans
Schuff Steel Company, a subsidiary of Schuff International, Inc., a leading family of steel companies providing fully integrated steel construction services, is moving ahead with preparation of construction documents for a new wind tower manufacturing plant planned for Ottawa, Kan. "We are currently building a first article prototype wind tower at our plant in Ottawa, Kan., and are pursuing opportunities for volume manufacturing of the tower," said Dennis Randall, executive vice president of Schuff's Midwest Division. According to Randall, "Volume manufacturing of this new type of wind tower would require construction of a new plant due to its uniqueness." More
Architecture that looks like what it's doing
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There was a big paradigm shift that occurred for architecture in the last 50 years. So big, in fact, that it permanently changed the way most architects think. No, it's not that they started drinking more; they were always doing that. It has to do with how people live and how architects design. It used to be that an architect composed the façade of a building relatively independent of what was going on inside. There are a wide range of architectures that do a good job of illustrating this and the examples go back as far as the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Medieval Times Dining franchise. But as much as we'd love to give our thesis dissertation on classical architecture, we're going use something a bit more relevant for the comparison; we're going to pick on American Colonial Architecture from the late 1700s. More
Sunset Road bridge in Las Vegas brings new option for crossing I-15
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Las Vegas residents have a new option for crossing the valley thanks to the opening of a bridge connecting Sunset Road over Interstate 15. Officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bridge recently and it opened to traffic about noon. The bridge offers a new east-west route across I-15 but doesn't have access to the freeway. It will be an increasingly important path as work on the interstate continues and restricts traffic on other east-west routes in the area, at Russell and Warm Springs roads. The bridge is part of the massive Interstate 15 South Design-Build Project to widen the freeway between Blue Diamond Road and Tropicana Avenue. More
2nd International Conference on Transportation Construction Management
The International Conference on Transportation Construction Management (TCM) is planned and hosted by a working group of federal and state transportation officials, academia and industry, with a shared goal to strengthen transportation construction management practices. TCM invites you to be a part of the 2nd International Conference in Orlando, Fla. More
Famed author to speak as 2011 Water/Wastewater Conference keynote
Dr. Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It, will speak on Thursday, March 31 at the 2011 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Glennon, whose work includes Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters, has contributed commentary and analysis to various television and radio programs, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Diane Rehm Show, C-SPAN2's Book TV, and numerous National Public Radio shows. Read More...
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RFP issued for Ga. 400/I-85 interchange
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