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Design-build proves effective on Florida HDD project
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In April, the Mears Group, Inc. completed a design-build project in Jacksonville, Fla., to allow a regional energy producer to expand its natural gas pipeline to serve new facilities. To complete the project, Mears drilled a 7,400-foot pilot hole at a depth of 130 feet beneath the St. John's River bottom to install a 16-inch steel pipe. More

College of San Mateo's Allied Health and Wellness Building in California achieves LEED Gold status
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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., in conjunction with architectural firm Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, earned a coveted LEED-Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Institute for the College of San Mateo's Allied Health and Wellness Building. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The 88,000-square-foot project, part of the San Mateo Community College District, was completed earlier this year, and incorporated a number of sustainable design and construction elements to qualify for a LEED-Gold rating. More

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Bids are in to build new Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul, Minn.
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A Wisconsin construction firm apparently submitted the low bid to replace the ailing Lafayette Bridge, which carries 90,000 vehicles daily on Hwy. 52 over the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn. Lunda Construction Co. said it could do the work for about $130.4 million. The price beat out five other contractors and was lower than the Minnesota Department of Transportation's earlier estimate of $190 million. More

Crumbling Long Beach, Calif., bridge's $1 billion replacement nears
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Caltrans and the Port of Long Beach, Calif., are gearing up for construction to begin a replacing a crumbling bridge near the Queen Mary with a soaring new landmark that will cost almost $1 billion. The agencies will show off plans for the new bridge at a dockside event today under the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge, a structure that is so decrepit that nets are slung under it to catch the chunks of concrete that frequently fall from it. More

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New renderings, time line for minor league baseball stadium
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Sugar Land, Texas, recently began the process to select a final design-build contractor for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 59. A final decision is expected in late January. Architectural renderings have been prepared and are available at the city of Sugar Land's website. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2011 to have the stadium ready for opening day in April 2012. More

South Layton, Utah interchange nearly done
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After nearly 16 months of construction, the South Layton Interchange in Utah is less than a week away from completion. The biggest road project in Layton city's history is on schedule to be substantially complete, said Utah Department of Transportation officials. "We will still have a few minor things that will need to be finished," said UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders. "But it will be open to vehicles soon." More

Tear down Traffic Bridge, build modern replica: city report recommends in Saskatoon, Canada
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A city report recommends tearing down the Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon, Canada, and replacing it with a modern steel truss structure. The highly anticipated report, released recently and set for debate by council, says the bridge should be replaced with a similar-styled steel truss bridge with wider lanes, at a cost between $27 million and $34 million. More

A dimensional shift
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The road to a successful construction project can often be blocked by disjointed lines of communication and fragmented, unreliable data. If a fluid process isn't created from the beginning, miscues are bound to occur. Whether or not the project goes smoothly starts with the surveyor, a highly skilled technician capable of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them. Accurate point lists, plat maps and topographical plans are essential to modern-day architects and contractors, who prefer integrative digital collaboration and a more team-oriented approach to data collection and delivery. More

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DBIA opens registration for 2011 Transportation and Water/Wastewater Conferences
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Join DBIA March 28-April 1 in Kansas City, Mo., for our 2011 Design-Build in Transportation and 2011 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conferences. Register today by visiting and receive our "Early Bird Discount" - a savings of $200!

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Are you maximizing your Member Benefits?
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Visit the member benefits page of DBIA to learn about all that membership has to offer!

Have you renewed your membership?
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If you need to renew and are an Individual Member, log in using the "Login" link at the upper right of any page on the DBIA website. Then go to "View Profile" and select "My Dues." If you don't have your login information, contact the Membership Department,, or call 202-682-0110.

If you are an Industry Partner member, please contact Michelle Johnson, or 202-454-7511, to renew your membership. All DBIA membership dues are non-refundable.

Upcoming Events
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Nov. 29, Design-Build Contract and Risk Management, Oakland, Calif.

Registration for 2011 Education Tour courses is now open.

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Region events
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Nov. 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Breakfast Program
Dec. 2, DBIA-Southeast Region, Annual Awards Luncheon
Dec. 7, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, "The New Normal in Banking"
Dec. 8, DBIA-Mid-America Region, St. Louis Chapter, Chapter Awards Program
Dec. 8, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Board/Annual Meeting
Dec. 16, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Annual Members' Meeting

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