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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Prepared to Meet Challenge of Long-Term Transportation Bill
The Ripon Advance
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently said Congress must focus on passing bipartisan legislation to provide long-term funding for repairing and rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure.
Feds to Spend $232 Million on Emergency Bridge Repairs
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is preparing to spend $232 million on repairing roads and bridges that have been damaged by recent storms, the agency announced recently. The funding, from Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program, is being distributed to 26 states and Puerto Rico, according to the department.
Rhode Island DOT Director Lewis Steps Down
The Valley Breeze
Gov. Gina Raimondo recently announced that Michael P. Lewis, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, will resign from his post effective Feb. 27. She also announced new leadership changes at RIDOT to ensure a smooth transition.
Iowa Lawmakers Try to Nail Down Construction Procedures
The Des Moines Register
As Iowa lawmakers continue to dig into the multimillion-dollar mess at the Fort Madison prison, they're also unearthing concerns about construction procedures at state universities. A bill moving in the Iowa House and Senate would eliminate an exemption for the Board of Regents to the state law governing notice and bidding requirements for public construction projects. The exception means the Regents may use construction management practices that are used in many other states but are illegal for other state agencies in Iowa.
Understanding the 4 "P's" Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)
JD Supra Business Advisor
Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce public financial resources to pay for construction of new facilities is fostering a new spirit of innovation — out of necessity, rather than desire. Public-private partnerships (P3) is a tool that is being considered and implemented in California and elsewhere for economic development, real estate asset monetization and regional- and local-serving infrastructure.
An historic tunnel in Richmond California needed rehab on its concrete lining, surface, joints and chemical grouting due to cracks on the 101-year-old Dornan Drive Tunnel. During inspection, it was discovered that structural failures at the tunnel lining were a focus of the rehab project. The tunnel liner was arched and would require a custom form built to support the liner while they filled the 163 square foot void with concrete grout. The contractor was having trouble coming up with a solution to safely support the tunnel while repairs were made. That is where Mabey came in…see the solution here.
Route Selection Narrowed for High-Speed Rail from Dallas to Houston
Houston Business Journal
The Texas Central Railway has recommended a route to the Federal Railroad Administration for a proposed high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston. The bullet train will follow a utility corridor, TCR officials announced recently. Previously, TCR had proposed using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe right-of-way. No matter which route gets picked, the high-speed train would follow roughly the same path through Dallas County on its way to the proposed station site near downtown Dallas.
Infrastructure Megaprojects: Looking for Legacies
Building public trust while building transportation is more vital than ever in tough era of funding challenges.
Deal for Round-the-Clock Construction on New St. Louis Football Stadium Could Save $45 Million
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Area construction unions have agreed to forgo overtime pay during round-the-clock construction of a football stadium proposed on the riverfront, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced recently. The labor agreement calls for three eight-hour shifts, at straight time, which officials said would reduce overtime costs on the up-to-$985 million stadium while speeding up construction, Nixon said in a press conference at the electricians training center on Hampton Avenue.
ABC Economist: Year-End Construction Backlog Drops 1 Percent, But Still Outpaces 2013
According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the fourth quarter of 2014 declined 0.1 months, or 1 percent. Despite the quarter-over-quarter decline, backlog ended the year at 8.7 months, which is still 4.4 percent higher than one year ago.
Rising Nonresidential Construction Index Comes with Struggles, FMI Reports
The Nonresidential Construction Index from FMI rose two points in Q1. This normally is a positive economic sign. However, construction companies are facing the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing backlogs, warns Phil Warner, researcher for FMI.
Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board Awards Contract for Route 29 Corridor Improvements
Major projects for the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County moved forward recently. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded a $116.7 million contract to Lane/Corman Joint Venture for the Route 29 Solutions improvement package, and construction should start soon.
2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Now Open for Submissions!
DBIA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. We will again be recognizing exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, has resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Rigorously judged by a jury of industry experts, the selected award-winning projects showcase design-build best practices, exemplary collaboration and integration in addition exceeding owner expectations.
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2015 Water & Transportation Conference Advance Registration Deadline Ends Monday!
Register Now for the 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference being held March 9-13 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration may be completed online or via downloadable PDF form. Organizations sending four or more paid full conference registrants are eligible for discounts starting at 15 percent off. But no matter how you register, DBIA encourages you to do so by March 2 in order to take advantage of our Advance discount rates. Pricing will increase beginning Tuesday, March 3.
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Feb. 27, Design Management Fundamentals, Cypress, Calif.
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. 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. 8-10, Owner Boot Camp, Cypress, Calif.
Apr. 20, Design Management Fundamentals, St. Paul, Minn.
Apr. 20-23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 22, Conceptual Estimating, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 27-30, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
New Date - May 4, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Portland, Ore.
June 8-11, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 29-July 2, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
July 6-9, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 17, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 7, BIM Execution Planning, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, High-Performance Incentive Contracting, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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Region Events Calendar
Apr. 9, UNF Clay Shoot Fundraiser
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Mar. 5, New York City Chapter, Dispute Resolution in Design-Build Projects
Apr. 22, Blue Scope Steel Factory Tour; Evening Networking Event (with Pennsylvania AWWA)
Mar. 25, Project Delivery Methods: The Design-Build Option (with SLCCC)
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 15, Regional Conference
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 2, Panel discussion, The Benefits and Uniqueness of Design-Build
Mar. 18, Region Awards Presentation
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 12, Nevada Chapter Evening Mixer
Mar. 12, San Diego Luncheon Program, Zen and the Art of Design-Build Teambuilding
Mar. 18, Region Awards Entries Due
Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
Apr. 7, Hawaii Lunch Program, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
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