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MEMBERS: Could you answer this question?
In what instance is design-build clearly the right choice for an owner, as opposed to Construction Manager at-Risk and/or IPD?

Answers to this question will be featured in the Perspectives section of DBIA Integration Quarterly magazine. This quarter’s edition will be distributed to all of DBIA’s members, as well as attendees of the Federal Project Delivery Symposium and the National Design-Build Conference & Expo. Please email your responses to no later than Monday, June 8.

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DBIA Releases New Document on Choosing a Project Delivery Method
Continuing our Design-Build Done Right Primer series, this new brochure entitled Choosing a Project Delivery Method provides a concise overview of design-build versus other common delivery methods, and provides owners with factors to consider when choosing the method best suited to their needs. It is an excellent resource for anyone in the industry, whether practitioner, owner, student, educator or simply interested. The document defines and describes the most commonly used project delivery methods, and details key considerations owners must make when choosing between each one. Those owner considerations fall into five categories: owner control, owner relationships, project budget, project schedule, and owner risk. DBIA has made the document available for free here.
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Practicing What We Preach: Hiring Using DBIA Best Practices
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is pleased to announce that we have hired Andrew Ausel, a graduate of Messiah College in Pennsylvania and former Fellow in the Pennsylvania State House, to be our new Manager of Legislative and Public Affairs. Andrew joins us with a passion for legislative affairs, an interest in procurement and project delivery policy, and a belief in the power of team-based working environments. When determining how we would make this hire, we followed hiring best practices that just about everyone uses and realized that they mirror DBIA’s own best practices for design-build procurement.
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Texas Removes Expiration Date for TxDOT Design-Build Authority
The Design Build Institute of America celebrated the recent passage of HB 1 and HB 20 in Texas this week. Passage of the bills allows TxDOT to more easily plan for the future, and continue to successfully use the design-build project delivery method. Design-build has been a valuable tool for TxDOT to meet the growing transportation needs in Texas. Failure to reauthorize design-build legislation would have been a major setback for an agency that has had a very successful design-build program.
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Obama Signs Short-Term Highway Funding Extension
The Hill
President Obama recently signed a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House announced in an evening statement. The measure, dubbed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, extends several aspects of infrastructure funding through the end of July.
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  Natural Ventilators - Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Natural ventilation is a cost effective and energy efficient means of climate control. Now available from The Bilco Company are a number of natural ventilator systems, including the Firelight that can be installed in a glass atrium or directly on the roof of a building.

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Louisiana House Approves Construction Spending Plan
The Advocate
The Louisiana House recently approved a construction spending plan that includes $330 million more in projects than dollars available. The measure, House Bill 2, won House approval 99-0. It next faces action in the Senate. Most of the discussion focused on amendments aimed at adding even more projects to the list, including a failed bid to add $1.1 million for work on the campus of Southern University.
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Editorial: Public-Private Deal Appears Best for Ohio Bypass Project
The Herald-Dispatch
A report out recently regarding the costs associated with the Portsmouth Bypass project in Scioto County, Ohio, no doubt raised some eyebrows. The project, which involves a 16-mile four-lane, divided, limited-access highway that would link U.S. 23 and U.S. 52, is the first public-private partnership on a road project undertaken by the state of Ohio. Ohio transportation officials announced last year that the cost of construction was $429 million.
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  Spec Formliners: Architectural Formliner Manufacturer

Spec Formliners is a leading manufacturer of formliners for use in concrete forming systems. Spec specializes in producing custom patterns. By working closely with engineers to turn their vision into a physical 3D mold and with the ability to laser-scan physical objects and reproduce them on any scale, Spec is miles ahead of the competition.

Construction Manager at Risk Held to Assume the Risk of Design Changes on Massachusetts Public Construction Project
AGC's Law In Brief & Labor News
The case has far-reaching implications because if the decision is upheld, a Construction Manager at Risk in Massachusetts will assume much if not all of the liability for the design of the project, even though the design is furnished by a third party Designer under contract with the Owner. The upshot of this is that either there will be fewer bidders on construction management at risk contracts, or bidders will include a substantial premium in their bids to account for the additional risks.
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The $6.5 Billion, 20-Year Plan to Transform Rochester, Minnesota
Fast Company
The Mayo Clinic is located in the small city of Rochester (pop. 111,000), about a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota. And it is, right this minute, competing fiercely for a small-but-extremely-lucrative slice of the global medical tourism industry. The wealthy American, European, east Asian, and Gulf Arab patients who have been the clinic’s bread and butter have been instead choosing to get treatment abroad or at domestic rivals like Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University or the Cleveland Clinic. But that may be changing—and the reason, if not the construction, is simple: the Destination Medical Center.
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Chicago Is Hoping to Retire the Word "Waste"
Next City
When it comes to managing city sewage, Chicago is hoping to redefine the word waste. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s new five-year strategic plan expands on the work the agency has been doing on everything from flood mitigation to infrastructure maintenance, and focuses on making wastewater management more productive.
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Configuration Management Can Stave off Scope Creep
Engineering News-Record
Construction mega projects are complex undertakings, prone to scope creep and schedule and cost overruns. Configuration Management (CM)—the detailed recording and updating of project information—can help organize a mega project and fend off cost overruns. CM establishes a project baseline, a clearer definition of project responsibilities and paper work flows, and a way to track and monitor project changes to prevent scope creep.
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Desalination: The Quest to Quench the World's Thirst for Water
The Guardian
The average Briton uses 150 liters of water a day; the average American gets through 570 liters of the stuff. The world is getting thirstier and the global demand for fresh water is rising by 640 billion liters a year. Population growth is one factor, not only the need for drinking water and sanitation but also the need to produce more food. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of water use.
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How Engineers Are Building Skyscrapers That Seem Physically Impossible
Stephen DeSimone, president of DeSimone Consulting Engineers in New York, is engineering a new kind of skyscraper. He’s working on structures unlike anything else in the world: Supertall buildings with unusually small footprints. A huge building boom is underway along a few blocks of Midtown Manhattan. A perfect storm of economic circumstances are producing very tall buildings that are also very, very thin. And this year has felt like a race to see which outrageously pricey supertall building could sell the most expensive penthouse.
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FAA Grants First Vermont Commercial Drone Permit to Burlington Startup
Vermont Public Radio
A Burlington company that develops software and hardware for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is the first company in Vermont to get a federal permit allowing the use of drones for commercial purposes. “Our main focus area is commercial and industrial,” he said. “Energy plants like solar and wind systems that are difficult to access or are large areas, for instance, that need to be checked is a great example. And then there’s construction projects that need constant documentation, whether it’s a bridge project or a large commercial building that’s going up that needs to be managed from a building information standpoint, so those are the sort of low-hanging fruits that we’re looking at: energy, transportation and construction.”
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What China Can Teach the U.S. About Infrastructure Investing
As one of the greatest nations on the planet, the United States excels in a number of areas, innovation and entrepreneurship foremost among them. But something you might be hard-pressed to find at the top of anyone’s best-of list is infrastructure—specifically roads, rail and mass transit.
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Two Cranes Tag Team to Place Steel Connecting Bridge
Crane service provider Toggenburger + Co used a Terex CC 2400-1 and CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler cranes to lift and place a 974-ton, 531-foot-long steel bridge connecting two buildings at the Coop distribution center in Schafisheim, Switzerland. “The individual bridge components had enormous gross weights of up to 303 tons and required us to use working radii of up to 95 feet, which made it absolutely necessary to use the largest crawler cranes available in all of Switzerland — our Terex CC 2400-1 and CC 2500-1 duo,” explains Toggenburger Project Manager André Huber.
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DBIA-Southwest: University of Arizona Old Main Building Wins Several Awards
The planning, design and construction team responsible for the most comprehensive renovation of Old Main in the building's history received four awards during May. On May 15, the team was presented with a 2015 Governor's Heritage Preservation Award, which is granted in partnership by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona State Parks in recognition of those that "represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona's prehistoric and historic resources."
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DBIA-Mid-America: Photo Gallery: 2015 Kansas City Golf Tournament
Take a look at all of this year's happenings at the 2015 Kansas City Golf Tournament.
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$581 Million Design-Build Contract Awarded to Fluor-led JV for 183 South Toll Road Project in Texas
Community Impact Newspaper
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority awarded its largest design-build contract for the 183 South toll project that would help improve access to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Mobility Authority board awarded the design-build contract to Colorado River Constructors, a team of several design and engineering consultants led by Fluor Corp. and Balfour Beatty Construction. Other companies on the team include Austin-based MWM DesignGroup and Beverly Silas & Associates, the public involvement/public affairs group owned by Silas, who sits on the Capital Metro board of directors.
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VIDEO: DBIA member Ehrlich Architects wins 2015 Architecture Firm Award
DBIA member Ehrlich Architects wins 2015 Architecture Firm Award. Check out the video here.
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The Beck Group Takes First Place in the 2015 AGC Build Georgia Awards for Lenox Square Renovation
The Beck Group, a worldwide, integrated architecture, construction and technology firm, has earned first place honors in the 2015 AGC Build Georgia Award Program for its renovation of Lenox Square®, A Simon Mall, in the heart of Buckhead. Beck won in the Design-Build category for projects costing $20 million to under $50 million. Beck used an integrated design and build approach, which means that it was both the architect of record as well as the general contractor on the project.
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Team Selected for LaGuardia Redevelopment Includes Skanska and HOK
The Wall Street Journal
La Guardia Airport's operator selected a development team to replace an aging terminal building, a major step as officials said they would consider increasing the cost of the delayed project by hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for a grand entryway.
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Research Results from CII/Pankow Study to Headline the Federal Symposium
The Charles Pankow Foundation and the Construction Industry Institute have recently published the result of a two-year research project entitled Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide. The largest and most comprehensive study since the 1998 CII/Penn State study on project delivery methods, the goal of this research was to provide owners with empirical evidence and practical guidance for making project delivery decisions. Join members of the research team and advisory panel for a discussion of how to apply the most important findings from this research during the General Session on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium. Register Now!
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Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Are Open
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.

The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.

Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact

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We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members
  • Anderson Hydra Platforms
    York, S.C.

  • Anning-Johnson Company
    Wilsonville, Ore.

  • Pittsburg State University, School of Construction
    Pittsburg, Kan.

  • S/L/A/M Construction Services
    Glastonbury, Conn.

  • Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
    Atlanta, Ga.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Casey Alcantar
    Hilliard Energy, Ltd.
    Midland, Texas

  • Craig Capano
    Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, Miss.

  • Kamal Dixit, P.E.
    The Neel Company, T-Wall®
    Springfield, Va.

  • Ryan Kennerly, CE, P.E.
    Parkhill Smith & Cooper
    Lubbock, Texas

  • Vincent Lai, LEED AP BD+C
    Bernards Construction
    San Fernando, Calif.

  • Robert Lechner
    HRI, Inc.
    State College, Pa.

  • Casey Long, LEED GA, DBIA
    Milford, Mich.

  • John MacWilliams
    Southbury, Conn.

  • Chris Millette
    Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Northampton, Mass.

  • E. Clifton Nelson
    Johnson Controls, Inc.
    Mobile, Ala.

  • Jay Pich
    Performance Contracting, Inc.
    Anaheim, Calif.

  • Fred Rothauge
    Hydro Resources
    Fort Lupton, Colo.

  • Earl Thomas
    The Milnes Co., Inc.
    Tunkhannock, Pa.

  • Max Wurster, LEED GA
    Student, University of Kansas
    Indianapolis, Ind.
New member listing as of June 1, 2015.

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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.
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Aug. 17, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
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Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Mid-America Region
July 16, Summer Social and BBQ Contest, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-Northwest Region
June 11, Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
June 18, Networking Happy Hour, Charlotte, N.C.
July 30, Legislative Program, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 6, Breakfast Program, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 15, Tour (TBD)
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 10, Arizona Design-Build Transforming Industries (one-day seminar)
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
June 18, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build, an Owner’s Perspective: UNLV Campus Development and Design-Build Past, Present and Future
June 25, Sacramento Luncheon Event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 16, Hawaii Luncheon Program, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament

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Project Leads
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!

Design and Construction of the Interstate 405 Improvement Project through a Design-Build Contract; Orange County, Calif. (deadline 7/22/2015)
The Orange County Transportation Authority invites Supplements to existing Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) or new SOQs from qualified vendors to provide design and construction services for the Interstate 405 improvement project through a design-build contract.

Supplements/new SOQs are due no later than 2:00 P.M., July 22, 2015.

A copy of the Revised RFQ 4-1595 can be downloaded at

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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