Bill would encourage Washington State Department of Transportation to use design-build contracting more often
The Bellingham Herald Share
One may remember that the Washington State Department of Transportation is using the design-build type of contracting for its large project to rebuild northbound Interstate 5 between Burlington and Lake Samish. Apparently, some legislators like that method of contracting, where the company designs the project and builds it (as opposed to state engineers designing it and then putting only the construction out to bid). More
Cost for second phase of North Carolina I-85 project half what was projected
The Salisbury Post Share
The second phase of the Interstate 85 Corridor Improvement Project in North Carolina will cost half what the state thought it would and finish five months sooner, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced recently. The North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a $65.5 million contract after originally estimating the construction would cost $120 million-$130 million. More
More construction ahead in northern Virginia
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The data center building boom in northern Virginia appears likely to continue, as Grubb & Ellis reports that several new construction projects may be in the works. "Virginia has seen increasing design-build interest from the user community, with a number of operators rumored to be shopping for land to accommodate future data center campuses," writes Bill Moser of Grubb & Ellis on the company's Data Center Practice blog. "Both DLR (Digital Realty Trust) and DBT Development are rumored to be moving forward with design-build solutions in Ashburn for single tenant transactions of 150,000 square feet." More
$126 million in highway work on tap
The Journal Share
The West Virginia Department of Transportation released its statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) to residents that runs from 2011 through 2016, said Anthony Carovillano of the WVDOT Program Planning and Administration Division in a recent telephone interview. One project includes adding a southbound and northbound lane to Interstate 81 between the W.Va. 9 interchange and the U.S. 11 interchange at Marlowe to expand about eight miles of I-81 to six lanes, and replacing the bridge carrying I-81 over U.S. 11 with a six-lane bridge are both the big ticket items in Berkeley County, Carovillano said. The total cost of the projects comes in at about $31.5 million, according to the STIP. "This is a design/build project, which is a little new to us," he added. "Hopefully it will save some money." More
Obama spotlights energy efficiency work at Penn State
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Jim Freihaut thinks he might be on the verge of one of those "Sputnik moments" that President Barack Obama referred to in his State of the Union speech. The Penn State scientist wants to transform the building industry by making energy-efficient renovations more affordable. The administration is so interested that Obama plans to get a firsthand look at Freihaut's lab during a scheduled stop in State College. The project aims to "change the design-build paradigm," said Freihaut, an associate professor of architectural engineering. "Either we're going to be buying this technology and expertise from (foreign countries), or take a Sputnik-type approach and get there first." More
LaHood: Bill can be done by August
AASHTO Journal Share
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told an audience in Atlanta recently that he is confident a multiyear bill to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation programs can be passed by Congress and signed into law before the congressional summer recess begins in August. LaHood said he's positive that the timetable can be met even with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and pledges of spending austerity from many members of Congress. That's because Congress recognizes that transportation funding is a bipartisan issue that benefits the nation through improved infrastructure and enhanced job-creation, LaHood said, according to a report from the trade publication DC Velocity. More
House to vote soon on reducing federal spending to '08 levels
AASHTO Journal Share
The House Rules Committee approved a resolution recently that would authorize the chairman of the House Budget Committee to set reduced spending levels for the remainder of the federal fiscal year. Under the House rules package adopted Jan. 5, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was given the power to set a limit on Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations in the House in lieu of a budget resolution. More
After 20 years of debate, contract signed to replace viaduct with tunnel in Seattle
The Daily Weekly Share
Come hell or high water, it looks like a deep-bore waterfront tunnel will be built to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. Recently, the Washington Department of Transportation signed a $1.09 billion contract with Seattle Tunnel Partners, an international construction consortium scheduled to complete the project by December 2015. More
Once a vision, Rancho San Diego, Calif., sheriff's station now reality
Mount Helix Patch Share
Public safety is one of the priorities of Supervisor Dianne Jacob. It was true back in November 1997, when she, along with now-retired Sheriff Bill Kolender, had the vision and inspiration to win the County Board of Supervisors' approval to build a sheriff's station in Rancho San Diego, Calif. More
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Owner/Public Agency Boot Camp introduced at 2011 Kansas City Conferences
Based on feedback from the 2010 Owners Forums, DBIA is hosting an "Owners Boot Camp" at our upcoming Transportation and Water/Wastewater Conferences. These four hour workshops will begin with an education overview of design-build best practices including performance requirements, source selection, and awards and incentives. The session will end with an educational forum. Learn More...
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Feb. 7-11, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 11, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Norfolk, Va.
Feb. 17, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 23-25, Owner Boot Camp, Bethesda, Md.More
Feb. 28, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 28, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Exton, Penn.
March 2-4, Owner Boot Camp, Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 3, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region Water/Wastewater Lunch Program
Feb. 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region Vertical and Horizontal Design-Build Case Studies
Feb. 17, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Central Indiana Chapter Indiana's Public Design-Build Statute
Feb. 17, DBIA-Ohio Valley Region, Design-Build with the Kentucky National GuardMore
Feb. 23, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program: U.S. Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building