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DBIA Elects Peter M. Kinsley 2015 National Board Chair
Design-Build Done Right
Peter M. Kinsley has been elected to serve as 2015 National Board Chair. Mr. Kinsley leads the Government & Public Services Group for Haskell and is a Designated Design-Build Professional™.
Thought Leadership: A Conversation with Peter Kinsley
DBIA's 2015 National Board Chair talks priorities and challenges for the coming year.
New Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region President to Focus on Cutting Waste from Traditional Project Delivery
David Umstot, PE, has assumed the leadership of the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region as President in 2015.
ENR 4th Quarter Confidence Index: Execs Are Bullish on the 2015 Market
The construction market has been growing steadily for several years, slowly recovering from the depths of the 2008 recession. The good news is that most industry executives believe this trend will continue into 2015, but a majority polled by ENR also believe that growth will moderate by 2017.
For Highway Innovation, 2014 Was a Very Good Year
United States Department of Transportation
Innovation and investment in infrastructure doesn't take a holiday. Throughout 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been relentless in working with state DOTs to save time, save money and save lives, by encouraging the use of innovative technologies and methods to build roads, bridges and highways better, faster and more cost-effectively.
Missouri DOT Details Options to Toll Interstate 70
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission issued a report in response to Gov. Jay Nixon's request that they detail options about how to pay for the costs of rebuilding one of the state's busiest interstates, Interstate 70.
PPP Pays Off Early for West Virginia Division of Highways
West Virginia MetroNews Network
The West Virginia Division of Highways awarded its first contract under the Public Private Partnership option last week but state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox says the option won't be overused. Lexington, Kentucky-based Bizzack Construction has been awarded a $45.2 million contract to build three miles of the Coalfields Expressway in southern West Virginia. The project will complete the link from the West Virginia Turnpike at Sophia to Mullens.
Public Investment – Minus the Politics
Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. This milestone, which helps ensure that clean, fresh water flows from every tap in America, was created by a shared sense of political vision. Today, that progress is at risk from lack of political ambition to finance infrastructure projects.
Las Vegas Paving Gets $225 Million Bypass Contract
Boulder City Review
The Regional Transportation Commission awarded its portion of the Boulder City bypass to Las Vegas Paving Corp. on Dec. 11, signifying the next step of linking Phoenix and Las Vegas by interstate. Las Vegas Paving beat out Ames-Fisher Joint Venture and Eldorado Mountain Constructors after the commission brought in evaluators to examine each company's proposal. In April, the commission approved a $350,000 stipend to the two losing contractors for costs accrued and time spent during the planning phase.
Hays, Kansas, Eyes New Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Hays Daily News
The wastewater treatment plant for the city of Hays, Kansas, is in need of replacement, and the city commission will discuss the issue at its regular meeting at City Hall. The plant was built in 1953, and standards have become more stringent since that time. "The reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant is necessary to meet the Kansas Department of Health and Environment permit requirements for 2018," said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager.
The New N.Y. Bridge Progress Report
Progress on The New NY Bridge Construction project continues to run smoothly. Carla M. Julian, the Community Outreach/Diversity Manager for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC said that, "One of the world's largest floating cranes, the Left Coast Lifter (A.K.A. I Lift NY), will make the first pick-up of the larger approach span pile caps early next year. Pile cap and pier installation is ongoing."
New $375 Million Arena on Las Vegas Strip Beginning to Take Shape
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Only four months ago, construction workers were boring holes 70 feet deep and preparing to pour concrete for a foundation. But recently, the ovular skeleton of the $375 million, 20,000-seat arena was taking shape, with the steel work even showing the first signs of the suite level.
Officials OK $1.25-Billion Midfield Terminal and Transit Links at LAX
Los Angeles Times
The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step recently when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel. City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning and the environmental review for about $4 billion in projects included in the ground transportation plan for LAX.
Black & Veatch: Growing Market for Single-Point Solutions in Design-Build Arena
Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch recently announced that Blake Childress has rejoined the company as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas Design-Build group in the water business. He is based in Atlanta and will help guide further expansion by the company in a growing market.
Registration Is Open for 2015 Water & Transportation Conferences in San Antonio
Registration is open for the 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference being held March 9-13, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration may be completed online or via downloadable PDF form. Organizations sending four or more paid full conference registrants are eligible for discounts starting at 15 percent off. But no matter how you register, DBIA encourages you to do so by Monday, Jan. 26, in order to take advantage of our "Early Bird" discount rates.
Check Out DBIA's 2015 Events and Annual Sponsorship Opportunities
DBIA sponsorship opportunities include conferences, events, exhibits, advertising and much more throughout 2015. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer exceptional educational offerings for the benefit of our membership and our industry. Learn more.
We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members
- Apollo Mechanical Contractors (a DBA of Apollo Sheet Metal, Inc.)
- CES Consulting LLC
- Electrical Associates
Layton Construction Company, Inc.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
Millennium Fire Protection Corporation
- Steven Davis
Teamwork Structures, LLC
Prakash Donde, P.E., FASCE
St. Charles, Ill.
Spencer Reed Group
Overland Park, Kan.
Absher Construction Company
Lydig Construction Inc.
New member listing as of Jan. 5, 2015.
Abraham Thomassian, Assoc. DBIA
Los Angeles Unified School District
DBIA Contact: Membership
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Jan. 12-15, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Jan. 26-30, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 2-5, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Feb. 9-11, Certification Workshop, Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 9-11, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 27, Design Management Fundamentals, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 2-5, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
Mar. 9-11, 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 11-13, 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 18-20, Owner Boot Camp, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Dallas, Texas
Mar. 25-27, Owner Boot Camp, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 2, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 3, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Apr. 6-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Apr. 20-23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 22, Conceptual Estimating, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 27-30, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 5, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Portland, Ore.
June 8-11, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, 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.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 23, Region Award Entries Due
Mar. 18, Region Awards Presentation
DBIA-Upstate New York Region
Jan. 27, Breakfast Program, The Bridging Method of Design-Build: Opportunities and Challenges
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 12, Orange County Mixer
Jan. 20, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, How Design-Build Accelerates Water Projects to Respond to the California Drought
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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!
RFQ: City of Bellflower Fire Museum and Event Center (due 1/27/2015)
RFQ: Owner Representative Professional Services During Procurement and Construction, Hays Wastewater Treatment Plant (SOQ due 2/4/2015; pre-submittal meeting 1/14/2015)
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