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Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Due in Two Weeks!
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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Senate Panel Approve $275B Transportation Plan
The Hill
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which is charged with overseeing the nation's infrastructure, on June 24 approved a plan to spend $275 billion on roads over the next six years, but lawmakers will still have to come up with a way to pay for it. The measure, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, calls for appropriating nearly $43 billion per year to the federal government's highway program. The spending is contingent upon lawmakers coming up with a way to pay for it, but the sponsors of the proposed legislation said Wednesday that its approval is a first step toward solving the nation's infrastructure funding problems.
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Rep. Paul Ryan Takes Gas Tax Hike Off Table; Says Short-Term Highway Fix Inevitable
The Bond Buyer
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has ruled out raising the federal gas tax to support a multiyear transportation funding bills and says another short-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund is inevitable. Congress could pave the way for more transportation public-private partnerships by doubling the cap on transportation-related private-activity bonds to $30 billion and providing more money for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans, said Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation.
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Feds Warn of Highway Funding Cutoff
The Hill
The Obama administration is warning state transportation departments that it will have to stop authorizing payments for construction projects on July 31 unless Congress reaches a deal to extend federal infrastructure funding. The current transportation funding measure is scheduled to expire on that date, and lawmakers are struggling to come up with a way to pay for an extension.
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Missouri Senators Back Infrastructure Bill
Missouri’s two U.S. Senators are backers of an effort to encourage the use of more private dollars to support road, bridge, sewer, and other infrastructure projects. Senators Roy Blunt (R) and Claire McCaskill (D) are both supporting a bill that would create an infrastructure financing authority. It would offer loans and loan guarantees to help states and local governments fund infrastructure projects. Blunt sees it as being less of a highway and bridge bill. “Principally it would be looking at infrastructure projects that relate to water and sewer and wastewater facilities and energy, as opposed to transportation infrastructure,” said Blunt. “You know in St. Louis, a part of the wastewater system was built when Abraham Lincoln was president. It’s amazing how long wood will last when you keep it perpetually under water, but it’s not going to last forever.”
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Booker/Wicker Bill Makes Passenger Rail Funding Plot Thicker
Railway Age
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act” on June 19, 2015. The senators say the bill is written to “improve passenger rail safety, reauthorize Amtrak services and improve existing rail infrastructure.”
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ASCE ICTD Presentation Abstracts Due Monday, June 29
ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016) invites you to submit an abstract and be a part of ASCE's next major event for transportation and development professionals. The conference will be held from June 26-29, 2016 at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Abstracts to be considered for the various speaking opportunities are due by June 29, 2015.

ASCE ICTD 2016 will cover transportation and development planning, financing, functional design, construction operation, and management: how practitioners are improving performance to meet the critical mobility, safety, sustainability and developmental challenges of a changing operational and competitive environment. Papers and presentations are sought to address transportation applications, innovations, and critical needs. Approved papers will be published in ASCE conference proceedings.

Submission options include Podium Presentation Only, Podium Presentation with Paper, Poster Presentation, Poster Presentation with Paper, and Full Session Proposal. For more details and to submit an abstract, visit the conference website at

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Non-Residential Starts Climb 30 Percent in May
Heavy engineering and industrial projects had the highest one-month gain in construction starts, led by road construction and water/sewage work, the report showed. The building of hospitals continued to decline, while most other commercial and industrial categories “are on flat paths for the most part,” the study said.
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New York Energy Week: Fusion Energy Sooner and Cheaper?
Breaking Energy
Finally, Whyte discussed how all of these breakthroughs [advances in materials] come together to allow for a modular design that will speed up the design-build process for a new fusion reactor. This will allow scientists and engineers to accelerate the maintenance and upgrade cycles.
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One Step Closer to P3 Schools in Canada
The StarPhoenix
The provincial government is one step closer to inking a deal to build new schools in Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman by 2017. Under the public-private partnership (P3) agreement, six companies are teaming together to build schools in Saskatoon's Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood and Stonebridge neighborhoods.
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Jerdon Completes Renovations for Clean Channel HQ
Lehigh Valley Business
Jerdon Construction Services of Upper Macungie Township completed the 20,000-square-foot design-build renovation project for Clear Channel’s new corporate site in the Iron Run Corporate Center...The company completed all construction in a 10-week intensive fast-track schedule. The final contract cost was $920,000 for design and build. “We spent about six months in the design phases,” Jerdon said. “Upper Macungie Township was very cooperative in working with us through the approval process. The end result is, it has a lot of high-end finishes.”
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Flatiron Secures $1.2 Billion California High-Speed Rail Project
The California High Speed Rail Package 2-3, a design-build project, was awarded to joint venture team of Dragados USA and Flatiron by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The project runs through California’s Central Valley and includes construction of at-grade and aerial sections of high speed train infrastructure, grade separation structure, relocation of 5.5 miles of existing tracks, waterway and wildlife crossings, as well as roadway reconstructions, utility relocations, and other related improvements.
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Colorado DOT Taps Kiewit Team to Rebuild Mountain Road Washed Out by 2013 Floods
Denver Business Journal
Kiewit also did the temporary repairs immediately after the flood to get the road open before the end of 2013. “Kiewit completed those repairs in 59 days – 10 days ahead of the Governor’s Dec. 1 deadline,” said Scott Ellis, CDOT project director. “Now it’s time to go back and turn those temporary fixes into permanent repairs. After doing such an outstanding job in 2013, we were excited to see their proposal for the permanent repairs. They did not disappoint, showcasing how they will help us meet our project goals."
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Risk Transfer is Value Threat, Ex-URS Chief Tells Investor Group
Engineering News-Record
A growing trend of “aggressive risk transfer” to engineering and construction firms may hurt company valuations and the industry’s appeal in future investment, former URS Corp. Chairman and CEO Martin M. Koffel told E&C sector investors at a June 4 conference in New York City held by Credit Suisse.
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A Dreaded Gate at DCA Will Go Away, Eventually
Washington Business Journal
A timetable has not been announced, but one of the first contracts as part of a $1 billion construction program at Reagan National Airport has been awarded that will, among other things, address the airport’s unpleasant Gate 35X. Architectural and engineering firm AIR Alliance, a joint venture between AECOM and PGAL, has been awarded a contract worth up to $75 million for design and program management of a new pier that will replace the 14 outdoor boarding positions with indoor gate access. More than 5,000 passengers a day go through Gate 35X.
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At Long Last, a New Bonner Bridge Will Be Built in North Carolina
Island Free Press
DOT awarded a $215.54 million contract to the design-build team of PCL Civil Constructors Inc. and HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas in July 2011, just weeks after the environmental groups filed their lawsuit in federal court. Construction was never started because of the legal challenge. The new bridge will cost more than $215 million, but state officials were not sure how much more yesterday. The 10-year transportation plan recently released by the Board of Transportation includes $435 million for the Bonner Bridge replacement. The new bridge, the Secretary said, will take about three years to complete
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New Champlain Bridge Construction Begins with $4.2 Billion Price Tag
Montreal Gazette
Marc Brazeau, the general manager of New Bridge for the St. Lawrence, a federal corporation, explained that the transfer of risk is where the savings really come into play. Because the private consortium is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the bridge, it will make sure it is built properly the first time, he said. “We get a lot more out of them, because they build the infrastructure, so they’re on the hook if something goes wrong,” Brazeau said. “It’s all about risk. When you retain risk, suddenly quality becomes more important.”
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Want Your Employees to Be Able to Work from Home? Five IT Areas to Address
Business 2 Community
Even just 15 years ago, the idea of “working from home” (WFH) was reserved for writers, artists, and other siloed professions that didn’t rely much on regular collaboration. In the corporate landscape, remote working was rarely considered, and in most cases not even possible. But with the vast range of hardware and software designed to allow employees to work from home now available, it’s no longer uncommon for companies to consider this route. In some cases, it may be their only option. There are a number of common situations that may cause an organization like yours to consider the work from home – or remote – option.
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The Concrete Constructable Model: What's In It For You?
For Construction Pros
New advances in BIM technology allow concrete contractors to build constructable models that can streamline internal processes to improve efficiency and productivity throughout the project lifecycle.
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Construction Corner: What Is the Future of Metamaterials?
Daily Commercial News
So far, metamaterials haven't made much of an inroad into the construction industry. There are sensors used mainly for infrastructure monitoring, and not much else. That could be about to change because of work on two fronts — roofing and photovoltaic cells. Materials scientists at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, believe they have made a breakthrough with a surface they've developed that will stay cooler than the air around it, even under the heat of a mid-Australian summer. If their work results in a commercially available roofing product, it would reduce the heat load in urban areas — often called simply the "urban heat island effect." That would reduce energy use for cooling and, as a result, a reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Dassault Systèmes Introduces Civil Design for Fabrication
AEC Magazine
Based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform (CATIA), Civil Design for Fabrication industry solution provides civil engineers a holistic view of civil infrastructure engineering activities within a large-scale scene of up to 200 km. Applications such as geolocation and terrain preparation, reusable adaptive 3D templates, automated layout of structural components, data import and weight analysis provide the capabilities needed to quickly design and tailor building information modeling (BIM) structures that are fully compliant with AEC industry data formats, including IFC and Omniclass.
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What Makes an Intelligent Infrastructure Asset?
What would it take to empower an asset to 'take care of itself'? Work with Boeing in the 2000s, developing software environments to enable aircraft parts to schedule their own repair and replacement, extended the notion of a self-aware asset to propose a definition and set of characteristics for an intelligent infrastructure asset: A self-contained infrastructure element linked to its own monitoring, diagnostic and maintenance strategy and with the ability to guide, influence or direct its own use, maintenance and support.
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Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaches for 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium!
Join DBIA and SAME for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! The 2015 Symposium will take place this August 18-20, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Be a part of the hundreds of industry leaders and government agency personnel who attend, including from GSA, NASA, National Guard, Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. Register by this Monday, June 29, to receive our Early Bird registration rate for the Symposium. Pricing increases by $100 beginning June 30. Register Now!
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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Robert Austin Christensen, P.E., DBIA
CRB Builders LLC
Kansas City, Mo.

Chris Hartson, LEED AP, DBIA
Howard S. Wright Constructors
Portland, Ore.

Greg Schnitzker, DBIA
MacDonald Bedford LLC
Alameda, Calif.

Scott Shaw, AIA, NCARB, DBIA
Tacoma, Wash.

Assoc. DBIAs

Adam Bird, Assoc. DBIA
Webcor Builders
San Francisco, Calif.

Maura Donoghue, JD, Assoc. DBIA
City of Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

Robert Lux, Assoc. DBIA
Montgomery County (Texas) Municipal Utility
The Woodlands, Texas

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members
  • Clark Sullivan Construction
    Sparks, Nev.

  • Soltek Pacific Construction
    San Diego, Calif.

  • TERPconsulting
    Las Vegas, Nev.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Scott Arfsten, MBA
    CSI Electrical Contractors
    Auburn, Calif.

  • Matt Collins, P.E.
    Goodfellow Brothers Inc.
    Maple Valley, Wash.

  • John Metoyer
    ETC Building & Design, Inc.
    San Diego, Calif.

  • Fabian Nitrosso, P.E.
    NJS Consultants
    Portland, Ore.

  • Todd Rowe
    Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Issaquah, Wash.

  • Donna Walton
    ETC Building & Design, Inc.
    San Diego, Calif.

  • Travis Widmer
    ETC Building & Design, Inc.
    San Diego, Calif.

  • Chelsea Wright
    Dynalectric (LA)
    Los Alamitos, Calif.
New member listing as of June 22, 2015.

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Upcoming Events
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.

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event

DBIA-Mid-America Region
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

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

DBIA-New England Region
July 16, Massachusetts Advanced Energy Projects and Design-Build

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
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, Minnesota Senate Building Tour and Happy Hour at Barrio
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 9, Long Beach morning event, Design-Build from All Angles (with CMAA Southern California)
July 16, Hawaii Luncheon Program, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build
July 21, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Leon Construction and Partnering in the Design-Build Industry
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament

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