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Design-build teams around the country deliver some of America’s best projects and now is the chance to honor them. Each year we recognize the best design-build projects in the country of all sizes, types and sectors. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn national recognition for a project that exemplifies Design-Build Done Right™. Projects are eligible to be entered into one of eleven categories and every entry will also be included in our Design-Build Projects Database. It’s not too early to get started! Learn more about the DBIA Awards and start on your Award Entry before the May 22nd deadline.
You’ve got a couple more weeks to save hundreds of dollars with Early-Bird rates for DBIA’s targeted design-build sector conferences this spring. Whether it’s the Design-Build for Transportation & Aviation Conference or the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, we have a packed schedule at the best design-build events in the nation April 8-12th . It’s going to be another exciting event and we hope you can join us in Cincinnati! Early bird ends February 15th so don’t delay!
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 11-13, Certification Workshop, Albuquerque, N.M.
Feb. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, Lakewood, Colo.
Feb. 28, Conceptual Estimating, Rochester, N.Y.
Mar. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 11-13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 14, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 18-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mar. 19-21, Certification Workshop, Roseville, Calif.
Mar. 25, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build, Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 27-29, Certification Workshop, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Apr. 8, Design-Build for Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 10, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 15-17, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
Apr. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Apr. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
The complete schedule for 2019 education opportunities is online. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
The 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has ended — though just for a little while — as President Trump signed a three-week stopgap funding bill after the Senate and House approved the measure. ... Although U.S. DOT was covered by the partial shutdown, funds continued to flow for its largest construction program, federal-aid highways, because it draws from the Highway Trust Fund not the general fund.
Pursuing a federal infrastructure package is a top priority for mayors this year, according to Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C. Benjamin, who kicked off the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting Jan. 23, identified infrastructure, innovation and inclusion as the three pillars that make up the organization’s most pressing goals.
Democrats in Congress say they want to do it. President Donald Trump says he wants it, too. But if a major transportation bill is going to happen this year, the ranking Republican on the House committee that would write it says Trump needs to get his own party on board, and that starts with State of the Union speech.
On Thursday the de Blasio administration announced a new comprehensive plan that will transform the processes through which DDC projects must pass to be realized. Called A Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence, the plan will ensure that critical infrastructure projects are finished faster and within budget by offering contractors more incentives to meet deadlines. It will also put more onus on DDC staff in terms of making decisions and responding to changes with flexibility. A few key points the plan addresses include streamlining the process of procuring contractors (which as of now can take over nine months), exploring new projective delivery methods including expanding the Design-Build practice, doing more front-end planning to minimize late-stage changes that often hold projects up, and taking a more proactive approach to community outreach. The plan can be read in its entirety here.
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The dollar volume of ConstructConnect’s ‘grand total’ construction starts in full-year 2018 was -5.0% compared with full-year 2017. The percentage change for nonresidential work was -2.0%. How significant were the largest project initiations in those overall percentage changes? Each month, to update clients on showcase project activity, ConstructConnect publishes a Top 10 groundbreakings list. The summation of the Top 10 projects for every month in 2018 (i.e., 120 projects in total) was $85.4 billion, +1.3% versus 2017’s comparable figure of $84.2 billion.
Massachusetts General Hospital says it will spend more than $1 billion to expand its Boston campus to address growing capacity challenges. In an email sent to employees Tuesday, MGH president Peter Slavin announced the hospital plans to build a 12-story structure for 450 single-bed rooms housed in a pair of connected towers. The new building is a “much-needed, vital structure that will enable the MGH to deliver 21st century care in a 21st century environment,” Slavin wrote.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) started construction Tuesday on the $4.7 billion Phase II of a 16-mile, six-station extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service from North San Jose, California, through downtown and into the city of Santa Clara, NBC Bay Area reported. ... The VTA contracted with the joint venture of HNTB Corp. and WSP to oversee the project under an $88 million, four-year program management contract. The authority is not expected to start major construction on Phase II until 2020.
The Oakland Press
In September 2017, MDOT announced plans to utilize a new design-build-finance-maintain (DBFM) contract model for this southern segment of the project in order to leverage more capital funding upfront. This funding method allowed MDOT to combine five project segments into one and will speed up the overall project by 10 years.
A precast concrete system is more than a material. It’s a solution. Versatile and resilient. Efficient and durable. With precast concrete, your vision can go far outside the box.
The Dallas Morning News
A Dallas-based engineering firm is being tapped to help design California's plan to bolster its water supply system. Jacobs' initial $93 million contract is for preliminary and final engineering design of a 15-year program known as California WaterFix. The Golden State's largest water conveyance project carries a $17 billion pricetag. WaterFix, slated to begin this year, will upgrade 50-year-old infrastructure dependent on levees, which the state said puts clean water supplies at risk from earthquakes and sea-level rise.
Risk & Insurance
I recently had the opportunity to help a (recovering) lawyer friend land her first true risk-management gig. She asked for advice on building a list of priorities that could help her focus and improve the performance of the company. This made me think: After 20+ years serving mid-size companies, what wisdom do I have to share? Here is my list.
McKinsey & Company
The construction business faces a major productivity challenge. While labor productivity in the global economy has increased by an average of 2.8 percent a year over the past two decades, and in manufacturing by an impressive 3.6 percent, the construction sector has registered a mere 1 percent annual improvement. As the capital-project partners responsible for execution, engineering and construction (E&C) firms are well positioned to drive changes that can help close this troubling gap. To do so, some are turning to data-driven solutions that have already revolutionized many other corners of the economy. These techniques are emerging as vital tools for improving capital project outcomes and reducing risk. By enabling E&C companies to leverage the vast amounts of data they already collect, analytics can uncover critical insights that both speed up and improve the quality of management decisions. In particular, they can help project teams assess market conditions, portfolio composition, and individual project performance.
The strategy chief for surety construction services talks about having the right people to prevent failures ... The issue second to people is public spending. The current environment is inconsistent in how it’s impacting our clients, with our heavy civil clients feeling the hurt much more than our general contractors. The private sector spending has been elevated the past few years, which has been good for our GC’s, but the lack of progress in overall public spending has made it hard for many firms, especially heavy/civil, to plan appropriately for their business.
The DBIA National Board of Directors invites you to nominate DBIA members in good standing to the 2020 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA’s mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. In filling board vacancies, DBIA strives to represent diverse segments of the industry, diverse geographic regions, as well as to ensure gender and racial diversity. Such broad diversity will help ensure a cross section of unique skills, wide-ranging expertise, and the varied perspectives needed to help DBIA achieve its strategic goals. Please submit nominations by March 5, 2019.
Shawn Albert, P.E., DBIA
Atkins North America
Marko Bradica, Jr., P.E., DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
Brandon Braley, P.E., DBIA
Carollo Engineers, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Regina Coony, NCARB, DBIA
Skanska Building USA
Derek Duval, P.E., DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Diana Johnson, DBIA
Jerry Langston, DBIA
Joseph Milicia, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Jeremy Sanchez, DBIA
Felipe Serrano, DBIA
The Beck Group
Stacy Shewell, DBIA
OAC Services, Inc.
Derek Brown, EIT, Assoc. DBIA
Countywide Mechanical Systems, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
Neil R. Bakke, Assoc. DBIA
Monarch Paving Company, Division of Mathy Construction
Matthew Green, Assoc. DBIA
Carolina Civilworks Inc.
Steven Hilderhoff, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Dewberry Engineers Inc.
Mark Koenigsknecht, Assoc. DBIA
Dylan M. Noceti, Assoc. DBIA, LEED GA
Shiven Jiten Sompura, Assoc. DBIA
Rosario Valvano, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
Christopher Windley, Assoc. DBIA
Fan Zhang, Assoc. DBIA, Ph.D., LEED GA
University of Southern Mississippi School of Construction
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner Member
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Glen Allen, Va.
Brunswick County Public Utilities
C.M. Architecture P.A.
Schuff Steel Company
Yearout Mechanical, Inc.
Andrea Daly de Guiardinu
Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects
San Diego, Calif.
Hernandez Consulting & Construction, LLC
New Orleans, La.
National Glass & Glazing, Inc. (NGG, Ltd.)
Saint Louis, Mo.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Ballard Marine Construction, LLC.
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
San Francisco, Calif.
COWI North America Ltd.
Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)
Greenfire Management Services
Oregon City, Ore.
United Infrastructure Group, Inc.
New member listing as of Jan. 28, 2019.
DBIA Contact: Membership
Apr. 25, Northeast Florida 9th Annual UNF Clay Shoot (with ASHE Jax)
Jan. 31, Deadline for presentations for Regional Conference
Feb. 12, Iowa Chapter Winter Golf Social
Feb. 13, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Program, Fundamentals of Design-Build Pursuits
Feb. 27, Nebraska Chapter Program
Mar. 17, Kansas City Chapter Golf Tournament
Mar. 27, Nebraska Chapter Program, Engineering Trends in Construction (joint program with AGC)
Apr. 3, 2019 Regional Conference
May 17, 2019, Kansas City Golf Tournament
May 17, Oregon Chapter Golf Tournament
June 7, Region Golf Tournament
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Feb. 7, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, A Tale of Two Campuses – How UC and CSU Approach Design-Build Procurement to Build High Functioning and Collaborative Teams
Feb. 7, Owners Council Webinar Series, Session #1 – Progressive Design-Build
Feb. 20, Bay Chapter 2019 Kick-Off Party
Feb. 26, LA/OC Chapter Breakfast Program, Progressive Design-Build
Feb. 28, San Diego Chapter Young Professionals Project Tour (San Diego State University Resident Hall) and Mixer
Apr. 25, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 15-17, 3rd Annual Regional Conference and Awards Program
DBIA Contact: Membership
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