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Home   Membership   Conferences   Education   Certification   Advocacy May 26, 2011


US highway head wants roadwork to be done faster
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The head of the federal government's highway construction agency brought a message to state officials recently: build things faster. "We want to get smarter, faster and better," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor M. Mendez, who was in Rhode Island to meet with state and industry officials. The program he was urging is called "Every day counts." It's intended to address the public's biggest public complaint about highway projects - that they seem to drag on forever. Mendez said Congress raises the same issue with him. More

City of Phoenix and University of Arizona reach deal to build $135 million downtown cancer center
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The Arizona Cancer Center has reached a preliminary agreement with Phoenix to build a downtown cancer center. The Phoenix City Council will be asked to approve $14 million to contribute toward the design and financing costs for the $135 million outpatient center. The planned six-story building would be at the northwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh. More

Senate Finance Committee weighs several options to pay for reauthorization
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The Senate Finance Committee examined numerous proposals to increase federal revenue for transportation projects during a recent hearing, but no consensus appeared to come from the discussion among committee members. Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said in prepared remarks that the Highway Trust Fund faces significant challenges. He noted the fund relies on fuel taxes for 90 percent of its revenue, but high gas prices and fuel-efficient vehicles have reduced consumption and thus excise taxes collected per gallon. More

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Design contract approved for Austell Senior Center in Georgia
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After having two senior centers close recently due to the county's budget shortfall, seniors can rejoice as they get one step closer to having one more county senior center. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners in Georgia approved the $281,000 design/build contract to Choate Construction for the new Austell Senior Center at their recent regular meeting. More

Hensel Phelps, Jacobs complete Navy's first 'Gold' LEED energy efficient, eco-friendly building on Guam
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One of the nation's top 50 design-build teams cut the ribbon on their first-ever project in Guam for the U.S. military recently, after working together for a quarter of a century across the country. The design-build team of Jacobs and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. completed the handover of Naval Base Guam's first LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environment Design - Gold building, an energy efficient, multi-story, 280-room Bachelor Enlisted Quarters that will house up to 420 sailors. The team worked to meet U.S. Green Building Council requirements, installing such features as a geo-exchange well, photovoltaic field and a solar hot water field. The 99,460 square-foot facility is valued at $56.1 million. More

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Federal Symposium schedule and presenters confirmed
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DBIA is extremely pleased to join forces with SAME to host the 2011 Federal Project Delivery Symposium. The Symposium will be highly educational in focus, and will provide opportunities for networking as well as exploration of best practices and lessons learned. Via case studies, roundtables and open discussions, attendees will hear perspectives provided by Department of Defense and other federal agencies, designers, builders and other members of the project delivery team. Register today!

DOD Tri-Service Design-Build Total Ownership Cost (TOC) Template Industry Forum
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The one day forum will be held June 2 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va., and will include the full spectrum of design-build providers as well as key Tri-Service representatives involved in the development of the TOC Template. The goal of the forum is to explain the intended use of the TOC Template in DB best value source selections and to identify ways it can be improved to make it more effective and efficient in evaluating the life cycle cost of competing DB proposals. Attendance is geared to principals, project managers, and professionals working on DB projects (i.e. designers and construction managers). We welcome an open exchange, and are interested in having you participate and share your views. Attendance will be limited, so we are requesting that no more than two participants register from firms attending. 

Attendance will be by registration in advance, by close of business May 19. To register please send your name, title, company name, address and phone number to Carolyn Wilber at, using the subject line "DB TOC Template Industry Forum." You will receive notification of registration via email. A limited number of reduced rate rooms are guaranteed through May 13 at the Hyatt on a first come/first served basis under group name "NAVFAC." Make reservation online at or by calling 888-421-1442.

Boost your IQ
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DBIA's begun a new journal, Integration Quarterly. Read a little about it - we'd like your comments and input as to what we can do to make IQ relevant to your needs and interests. More

epipeline for DBIA members
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An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline,, for information on getting access. More

Book of the week for May 31
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Looking for the right words? Next week's book, Business Letters for the Construction Industry can help you find not only the words, but set the tone for your correspondence to state your case and protect yourself legally. More

IP Members - Do you have an owner you'd like to encourage?
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DBIA offers all Industry Partner member contacts, benefit recipients and additional contacts the opportunity to nominate one owner for a free one-year individual membership. They'll receive Insight every week, as well as other DBIA communications. This is a good way to encourage an owner who appreciates the benefits of design-build or educate one who's still undecided. 

The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce another member benefit!
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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.

Upcoming events
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June 2-3 and June 22-24, Certification Workshop, Pittsburgh 
June 6-10, Certification Workshop, Dallas
June 9, Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management, Bethesda, Md.
June 13, Super-Charged Source Selection, Denver
June 17, Design-Build Sustainability, Des Moines, Iowa 
June 21, Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management, Birmingham, Ala.
June 24, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Oakland, Calif.
June 30, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Honolulu

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Region events
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May 26, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California, The Magic of Design-Build Awards Banquet
June 3, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Deadline for Region award entries
June 9, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Water/Wastewater Regional Conference 
June 15, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Chicago Chapter: Introducing the Design-Build Delivery Method - Joint Event with AIA Chicago
June 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Golf Tournament
June 21, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, owner Program: DC Water, Fairfax Water and WSSC
June 22, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Golf Tournament 
June 23, DBIA-Northwest Region, Golf Tournament and Award Banquet
June 28, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owner and Practitioner Round Table Forum June 28, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program

2011 DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Regional Water/Wastewater Conference and Seminar
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Industry Events Calendar
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We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations.

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


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