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Whoa, We're Halfway There: Design-Build Legislation 2015
Halfway through 2015, and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has already seen some major success in our efforts to authorize design-build project delivery in every state, and codify DBIA Best Practices. While we still have half the year left, the heavy lifting is almost over, as most states end their legislative sessions in June.
Action Alert for DBIA Members
Write Your Senator Supporting Portman/Hirono S. 1526
We need your help to get Congress to pass an important bill improving federal project delivery procedures. All you have to do is write to your United States Senator. Includes the bill, a template with suggested language and a link to a directory of U.S. Senators.
Arkansas I-30 Project Allows for "Gap Financing"
The contractor eventually selected for the project to improve the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock also would bankroll part of the work under an option approved by state highway officials Wednesday. The department has said it has up to $450 million set aside for the project, but it could cost more. The five-member Arkansas Highway Commission unanimously approved an order Wednesday to allow the contractor to provide for the balance of the project's cost the state cannot cover with the understanding the contractor would be paid back the money over several years after the work is completed. The order the commission approved Wednesday allows Bennett to request and evaluate proposals and to recommend either a design-build contract or a design-build-finance team. The I-30 job also would be the first project on which the department has employed a design-build concept for construction.
GOP, Obama See Common Ground on Energy Infrastructure
GOP leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that they are largely in agreement on the need to improve pipelines, electric transmission lines, energy storage and other pieces of infrastructure. “Many people are even asking — not surprisingly — is there enough common ground between our efforts and the Obama administration to enact meaningful energy legislation,” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the energy and power subcommittee, said at the Tuesday hearing. “I do believe that this question was answered with a clear ‘yes’ when the Department of Energy’s first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review was released last April,” he said.
U.S. Shifts to Strong Support for Public-Private Infrastructure Deals
The Wharton School
Federal support for public-private partnerships (P3s) has taken a surprising turn recently. At the Wharton conference, “Investing in America’s Public Water Systems — Making Public-Private Partnerships Work,” the general consensus was that Washington would not be playing much of a role in P3s for water infrastructure projects anytime soon. That was in early May, 2014. In June, the situation began to change when a new federal loan program passed both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support and was signed by the president. Just a few months later, Obama proposed a budget for 2016 that includes strong support for P3s.
Modernizing, Maintaining Facilities Drives Building Activity for West Michigan Universities
MiBiz convened stakeholders from universities, contractors and architecture firms for a roundtable discussion on real estate and development topics in higher education. When asked about the broader trends in general contracting affecting higher education, a panelist responded, “There’s always this pendulum in construction delivery, design-build versus pure general contracting. The concept of picking a team and who you’ll be working with and communicating to those people that they’ll have work in their pipeline so they can plan around that, there is merit to that approach.”
Northwest Corridor Project Makes History in Georgia
Construction Equipment Guide
As the most expensive highway project in Georgia’s history, the nearly $1 billion Northwest Corridor project will add nearly 30 mi. (48.2 km) of reversible toll lanes along interstates 75 and 575 through Cobb and Cherokee counties.
Construction Risk Management Boosts Profits
Construction Informer Blog
For everyone in a construction business, risk is like a hot potato and it’s handled that way. So construction has more than its fair share of companies taking responsibility for risks not directly under their control. But, there are ways to come out on top.
Making the Most of Public-Private Partnerships
The Wharton School
It may not be common knowledge, but private companies have been helping cities manage public water systems for some time. According to the National Environmental Services Center, a process known as design-bid-build is the traditional method employed by water utilities throughout the U.S. Over the past 25 years, however, a new kind of partnership has developed in which the public and private sectors share the risks and rewards involved in building, maintaining and operating public water systems.
The Different Warranties Covering a Contractor's Work
A general's or subcontractor's job is far from over when it receives final payment on a construction project. Rather, final payment begins a new phase of the project, the warranty phase, which may last years. This is true even where the owner/contractor contract calls for a one-year period for the contractor to return to the site and repair “warranty” items. This article addresses some of the warranty obligations that are created by contract and law.
America's Neglected Water Systems Face a Reckoning
The Wharton School
Vast networks of underground pipes, often dating back to the 19th century, are nearing or are already past the end of their useful lives. But unless a water main breaks or a street caves in, it is all too easy to ignore the invisible infrastructure slowly crumbling beneath our feet.
NREL's Economic Impact Tops $872 Million
The economic impact of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. The study estimates NREL’s impact to Colorado’s economy totaled $701 million, a decline of 1.6 percent from the prior year.
Turner Project Levi's Stadium Recognized as Sports Facility of the Year
The team — led by a Turner-Devcon joint venture — used a design-build approach to accelerate the construction process and deliver on a promise to turn over the stadium in time for the 49ers' first 2014 preseason game – a mere two years after the start of schematic designs.
Construction Firms Continue Their Comeback on Milwaukee's Future 50
Design-build firm MSI General Corp., which is making its first appearance on the list, offers a glimpse into some of the reasons behind this renaissance. The Nashotah company designs and builds everything from smaller renovations to entire buildings for industrial and office uses.
High-Speed Rail Agency Approves $700 Million Deal for Consultant
The Fresno Bee
Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. wins seven-year contract with California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Yukon Government Unveils Design for Whitehorse Hospital
Yukoners got a first look today at the conceptual design for a new hospital wing at Whitehorse General Hospital. Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski was joined by Yukon Hospitals' Board of Trustees Chair, Craig Tuton, and the project's design-build partner, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. at a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction.
Sacramento State's CM Program Builds a National Reputation
CM won the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2013 national championship. Only three of 40 schools qualified for the final round, in which Sac State dominated over Auburn University and Colorado State University with its RFQ, RFP, and oral presentation.
Owner Scholarship Available for 2015 Annual Conference
DBIA is happy to announce that we are accepting scholarship applications for the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo being held this November 2-4, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. Eligible individuals may apply for complimentary registration and/or partial travel costs. All applications must be completed online by September 1, 2015. For more information and to apply visit our website: http://www.dbia.org/Conferences/expo/Pages/Annual-Owner-Scholarship.aspx.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
Richard Allen, P.E., DBIA
Quinn Consulting Services, Incorporated
Jeffrey Austin, P.E., DBIA
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
Rory DeJohn, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
New York, N.Y.
Andrew Lehane, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
City of San Jose
Santa Clara, Calif.
Michael Martin, Assoc. DBIA
Freeman Concrete Construction
Silas Nigam, LEED Green Associate, Assoc. DBIA
Elk Grove, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner member
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- D2C Architects
New member listing as of June 15, 2015.
Grand Prairie, Texas
Golden Valley, Minn.
David Franklin, DBIA, AIA, LEED AP
County of Fairfax
Falls Church, Va.
Vincent Galletto, LEED AP, DBIA
New York, N.Y.
University of California RIverside
Joseph Lutz, P.E., DBIA
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
San Francisco, Calif.
Foster Pepper PLLC
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The PENTA Building Group
Las Vegas, Nev.
DBIA Contact: Membership
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June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Noblesville, 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, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, 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.
NEW – Sep. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
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.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)
June 24, Nebraska Chapter, Omaha Public Schools 2014 Bond Program
June 28, Lunch and Learn, Design-Build Done Right: Procuring Design-Build Services
July 8, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
July 9, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
July 14, Ozarks Chapter Luncheon Event
July 16, Summer Social and BBQ Contest, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 6, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Aug. 12, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Aug. 21, Regional Awards Judging
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 16, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct 21, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
July 30, Carolinas Chapter, The Future of Design-Build in North Carolina: Trends and Impacts on State Construction Projects, 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 24, Hawaii Luncheon Event, Delivering Successful Design-Build Projects (with SMPS Hawaii)
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
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
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