LCSC opts for design-build method for upcoming project
After tabling the item at last week's meeting, the Lebanon, Ind., Community School Corporation school board of trustees met in a special session to finish the business of selecting which method will govern the process of the corporation-wide building renovation project. The extra time was needed to finish up some research and tie up what Bob Ross, executive director of resource and operation, called some "very prevalent loose ends." More
Norm Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation, defends earmarks, questions some defense spending
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Norm Mineta served as Secretary of the Department of Transportation in both the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations. Lately, Mineta's been teaming up with Republicans and Democratic department of transportation secretaries in the hopes of convincing Congress to make major new transportation investments, including a $50 billion infrastructure bill championed by President Obama. More
Land for animal shelter passes first test
Based on the initial engineering report, land owned by Bristol, R.I., near the compost facility looks it will be a good spot to build a new animal shelter. After reviewing the phase one engineering plan presented by Site Engineering, the Animal Shelter Capital Project Committee at its last meeting discussed three potential locations, all in the same area, that would support construction. More
Washington state proposes $23.4 million for cities, counties, ports to plan, build stormwater control projects
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The Washington State Department of Ecology has announced the proposed list of 43 local governments and ports that are poised to receive a share of $23.4 million to plan, design and build stormwater retrofit or low-impact development facility projects. The projects will boost local economies by providing immediate good-paying jobs while protecting streams, lakes and Puget Sound from polluted stormwater runoff – the number one water pollution problem in the more populated areas of the state. More
Changing of the guard
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Change is in the air as longtime leaders in the correctional industry begins looking toward stepping back — eventually to retirement — and a new group of managers prepares to fill rather big shoes. At PSA-Dewberry, for example, Ron Budzinski, who is senior principal for criminal justice architecture and a 40-year industry veteran, is scaling back his hours to only 30 per week as his protégé, Gerry Guerrero prepares to take over. More
New library will sport solar panels
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A change order to the design-build contract for the new Ramona, Calif., branch library will allow for solar panels. The county supervisors' 5-0 vote appropriated $447,138 of Community Services Group general funds to pay for the 30-kilowatt photovoltaic energy system and declared additional frontage along 13th Street as a public road. During peak times the solar panels are expected to provide approximately 25 percent of the building's total energy needs. More
MHCP project moves ahead this week
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Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene (MHCP) and Infrastructure Ontario announced this week that Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is the preferred proponent selected to design, build, finance and maintain a new, state-of-the-art forensic mental health facility. Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene and Infrastructure Ontario are in the process of negotiating with ITS, a final contract which will be entered into by MHCP and ITS. More
Florida State outlines official plan for indoor practice facility: here are the highlights
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The Florida State University's plan for an indoor practice facility has been posted online. Highlights include an estimated cost of $17.8 million (planning: $1.2 million, construction: $16.5 million, furnishings/equipment: $50,000). To pay for the estimated $17.8 million facility, Florida State will use athletic department funds and private funds, which Seminole Boosters, Inc., is still raising. More
Commentary on design-build
In the modern industrialized world, construction usually involves the translation of paper or computer based designs into reality. A formal design team may be assembled to plan the physical proceedings, and to integrate those proceedings with the other parts. Under this system, once the design is completed by the design team, a number of construction companies or construction management companies may then be asked to make a bid for the work, either based directly on the design, or on the basis of drawings and a bill of quantities provided by a quantity surveyor. Following evaluation of bids, the owner will typically award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder. More
2011 Transportation Leadership Award applications available
The Transportation Conference Committee requests nominations for awards recognizing individuals and organizations actively promoting design-build project delivery in the transportation sector. Both the Transportation Leadership Award and the Owner Organization of the Year Award pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to advancing awareness, understanding and use of the design-build project delivery method. Awards will be presented March 28-30, in Kansas City, Mo. Learn More...
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Design-build replacement for Hangar E280 at Ellington Field (Texas)
RFP: Design-build for skatepark (Hailey, Idaho) More