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We've moved!
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On March 1, DBIA moved into its new headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue. The interior build-out is a design-build project led by DPR Construction; other team members are M.C. Dean, Shapiro and Duncan and Envision architects. Please note the new headquarters address: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. Our phone and fax numbers, website and email will remain the same. More

Companies may now submit proposals to build new TZ Bridge
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The New York team leading the effort to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge released its final request for proposals document on March 16. The four design and construction bidders will have until July 27 to submit final proposals. More

Hurricane Katrina efficiency measure endorsed
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New Orleans area parishes and others hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita should be able continue to use an expedited process to award public works contracts, according to a bill approved recently by a Louisiana Senate committee. More

California High-Speed Rail Authority moves forward with construction and development plans
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced it has approved terms and conditions to be issued with a Request for Proposal (RFP), a process that allows Design-Build teams to bid on construction of the first high-speed rail project in California. More

Million dollar tests for new TZ Bridge to continue into summer
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Though ground-breaking for the new Tappan Zee Bridge isn't expected to take place until late summer, about 20 workers are on the Hudson River each day, gathering soil samples and running tests in the current crossing's shadow. More

Michigan Department of Transportation opts for design-build to complete Gateway project
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The Michigan Department of Transportation recently announced it will pursue a design-build procurement process to complete the remaining work on the Gateway project in southwest Detroit. This announcement comes five days after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards directed the Detroit International Bridge Co. to cede control of their portion of the $230 million Gateway project and ordered MDOT to complete the remaining work. In the March 8, 2012, Opinion and Order issued by Judge Edwards, the DIBC is to pay $16 million into an account to fund construction by MDOT. More

Mesquite, Nev., City Council approves design-build for MISC
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In a sometimes contentious atmosphere, the Mesquite City Council of Mesquite, Nev., voted 3-2 to approve two teams who will create a design for the proposed Mesquite Indoor Sports Concept (MISC) located adjacent to the existing Mesquite Sports and Event Complex. More

Member News

DBIA-Great Lakes Region announces new officers
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The Design-Build Institute of America-Great Lakes Region recently elected its 2012 officers. They include: Pam McNealy, president; Blake Wagner, vice president; Sean DeVenney, secretary; and Bill Shepler, treasurer.

Clark/Balfour Beatty receives multiple high honors at Associated General Contractors of America's 93rd Annual Convention
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The joint venture team of Clark/Balfour Beatty received high honors on two projects at the Associated General Contractors of America's 93rd Annual Convention recently. The national industry association honored the NGA Campus East project at Fort Belvoir, Va., with a prestigious Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, and with an Alliant Build America Award. The association also honored the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. with an Alliant Build America Merit Award. More

Alliant announces winners of 2012 Build America Awards
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Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., the nation's largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, and the Associated General Contractors of America recently announced the winners of the 2012 Alliant Build America Awards. The Build America Awards recognize the nation's most impressive construction projects. Nominees and their projects are evaluated for state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, safety record, client service, community relations, and environmental sensitivity. More

T.Y. Lin International hires Russell E. Tripp, P.E., as Chief Airfield Engineer
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T.Y. Lin International, a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announced recently that Russell E. Tripp, P.E., has been named Chief Airfield Engineer, with responsibility for overseeing the planning, design, programming, and construction management of aviation infrastructure and facilities projects. More

GAI Consultants buys Oviedo structural engineering firm
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GAI Consultants Inc. added a local structural engineering firm to its fold, its second acquisition of a Central Florida company this year. The Homestead, Pa.-based civil engineering firm bought Oviedo-based Metz and Associates LLC for an undisclosed price to expand services in the transportation industry and strengthen its design-build capabilities, said a news release. Metz and Associates, founded in 1995, specializes in design-build, value engineering and specialty engineering markets, the release said. More

Straub Construction, Inc., earns national award from Associated Builders and Contractors
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Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Straub Construction's work on the Design-Build Human Resource Services Center SW project at the Marine Corps Air Station - Miramar, in San Diego has earned the company a Pyramid Award in the Institutional - $10-25 million category of ABC's Excellence in Construction Awards. Straub Construction representative, Bob Felix, received the award Feb. 22 during the 22nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. More

AECOM joint venture awarded $62.3 million contract for work on 2 water treatment plants in Rhode Island
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AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 130 countries around the world, announced that a joint venture in which it participates has been awarded a $62.3-million design-build contract for Rhode Island's Lawton Valley Water Treatment Plant and upgrade of the state's Station No. 1 plant in Newport. More

Ghafari Associates standardizes on Bentley's ProjectWise for BIM-enabled design-build and IPD workflows
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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced that Ghafari Associates, a leading full-service architecture and engineering organization with offices in the U.S., the Middle East, and India, has standardized on ProjectWise for collaborating on all of its Building Information Modeling-enabled design-build and integrated project delivery workflows. More

St. George City Council to consider designs for complex in Utah
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St. George, Utah, City Council members were going to consider approval of the indoor sports center during their Jan. 24 regular meeting, but Cheryl Hunt, city attorney, said staff had to round up more information – particularly in regard to funding sources for the project – and asked council to table the item. Council can either select the two to four most qualified design-build teams or deny selection of design-build teams and direct staff to no longer pursue the project. More

News from DBIA

Secretary Sherri LeBas, Louisiana DOTD to address transportation attendees in April
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Join us on Thursday, April 26 at the Transportation Conference when Secretary LeBas will offer lessons learned from the LA DOTD's design-build program including Louisiana's legislative/industry approach, case studies of current and completed design-build projects, and a look at what the future holds for the program. Learn More

2012 Annual Conference Call for Presentations due in 2 weeks
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DBIA is accepting presentation proposals for the 2012 Design-Build Conference & Expo to be held Nov. 7-9 in New Orleans. DBIA encourages submissions covering various aspects of the design and construction process, ranging from topics on acquisition strategies to post-award and operations. Other suggested topics can be found online at The deadline to submit is April 9.

Sustainability Committee outreach - students welcome!
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The DBIA Sustainability Committee wants to expand its membership base for 2012. All members – including students – are welcome to participate. There are periodic conference calls; if you're interested in participating, please contact Susan Hines,, to be included in the next call.

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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March 26-30, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
March 26-30, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
April 5, Performance Requirements: Keys to Effective RFPs, Minneapolis
April 6, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Birmingham, Ala.
April 18, Design Management Fundamentals, Atlanta
April 23-25, 2012 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Phoenix
April 25-27, 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Phoenix
April 27, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, San Diego
May 4, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, St. Louis
May 7-11, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
May 11, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Indianapolis, Inc.
May 21, Conceptual Estimating, Denver
May 25, Design Management Fundamentals, San Diego
June 4-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas
June 8, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Fairfax, Va.
June 15, Post Award Design-Build, San Diego
June 25-29, Certification Workshop, Atlanta

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Region events
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March 23, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, The Value of Subcontractors in Design-Build
March 29, DBIA-Florida Region, Design-Build, Love it or Leave it? An Owner's Perspective
March 29, DBIA-New England Region, Rhode Island Chapter, Presentation of regional winners of the Associated Schools of Construction's 22nd Annual Design-Build Competition
April 11, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch Program
April 12-13, DBIA-Southwest Region, 8th Annual Conference: "Design-Build Goes Green"
April 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Energy and Sustainability 
April 17, DBIA-Northwest Region, Joint ACEC/DBIA-NW Meeting
April 18, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Collegiate Awards Bowling Scholarship Fundraiser
May 9, DBIA-Northwest Region, Breakfast Meeting
May 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Lunch Program
May 11, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Utah DOT Design-Build, Lessons Learned and Ongoing Challenges May 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Design-Build Data Centers
May 15, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
May 22, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2012 Regional Conference: Design-Build – Full Speed Ahead
May 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Lunch Program
May 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Awards Banquet
June 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch Program
June 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Golf Tournament
June 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Water/Wastewater
June 21, DBIA-Northwest Region, 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
June 27, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 10th Annual Golf Tournament
June 28, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program

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

Project Leads

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

Design-build project for new committal shelter at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis

Design-build MATOC IDIQ for BIA (multiple locations)

Monmouth County, N.J., Request for Proposals #REC-2012-1 (RFP)
Monmouth County, N.J., is soliciting proposals for the design, construction and long-term operation and maintenance of a 150,000-gpd landfill leachate pretreatment facility and related improvements at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center located in Tinton Falls, N.J. The RFP may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, N.J. 07728, telephone number 732-431-7370, or at Sealed responses to the RFP must be received by 10:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on April 10, 2012.

Route 364 Page Extension Phase 3
$100 million project for right of way, utilities and design-build for eight-mile roadway of the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles County. Solicitation for Letters of Interest and issuing of Request for Qualification is currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2012. Design-build contractor will be selected in early 2013. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013 and completed by December 2014. Project website =; contact Project Director Mike Castro at email

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