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Which party is best suited to handle right-of-way acquisition on a design-build project?
Answers to this question will be featured in the Perspectives section of DBIA Integration Quarterly magazine. This quarter's edition will be distributed to all of DBIA’s members, as well as attendees of the Design-Build in Transportation and Design-Build in Water/Wastewater Conferences in Charlotte, N.C. this April (registration open now!). Please email your responses to email@example.com no later than Monday, Jan. 18.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the State of New York will pursue a public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop Penn Station into a modern train terminal. In the press conference, Cuomo announced that he will propose “the biggest construction program in the state’s history” in this year’s State of the State address. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that Governor Cuomo is making construction one of his largest priorities for his second term.
Gov. Pete Ricketts urged state lawmakers Thursday to greenlight a $150 million proposal he said would help Nebraska’s expressway system cross the finish line sooner. A forthcoming bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion will propose transferring $150 million from the state’s $728 million rainy-day fund to create a “transportation infrastructure bank.”… Smith’s bill also would authorize the Roads Department to use the design-build process, which allows the design engineer and contractor to be selected simultaneously. The state currently uses a design-bid-build process in which the designers and builders can be separate contractors.
A pair of House Democrats is pushing the Obama administration to allow states to search for alternatives to the 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax that is currently used to finance federal transportation projects. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that states should begin experimenting with new infrastructure funding mechanisms now, despite the fact that Congress just passed a five-year, $305 billion highway bill last year.
JD Supra Business Advisor
Last month, President Obama signed into law the “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act,” Public Law 114-94 ("FAST Act"). As finally enacted, the FAST Act exceeds 400 pages in length. This paper reviews those provisions related to the environment.
There is so much to see and do at Autodesk University 2015, especially if you are in the construction industry. We’ve put together some of our top reasons why we think you should come see us at the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Check out the reasons why!
The construction industry saw plenty of opportunity and its share of challenges in 2015. In the first of a two-part series on the state of the construction industry, we asked leading industry economists to comment on the market potential for general construction, as well as ongoing trends in labor and material cost inputs likely to affect the cost of building in the months to come.
The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed building two new state office buildings in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, part of a $1.5 billion infrastructure plan that would also remodel a portion of the Capitol. The plans, part of Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget, were hailed as a shot in the arm for the central city, which has seen little in the way of new office development in spite of a rejuvenation sparked by construction of Golden 1 Center.
You can be fairly certain that as soon as your new space is up and running, a staffing change or technology upgrade is just around the corner. Now you’re confronted with adapting to change with as little disruption and loss in productivity as possible. One decision, early in the design process, can make change tolerable, affordable and less impactful to productivity. That decision is Gridd™.
The Business Journal
A broadly based coalition led by the California Chamber of Commerce is mounting an aggressive campaign to defeat an upcoming November 2016 ballot measure that the chamber claims threatens to “significantly disrupt” infrastructure development around the state as well as employment and the overall California economy. The proposed ballot initiative, which is being championed by wealthy Stockton-area farmer and food processor Dean Cortopassi, seeks to amend the state Constitution in order to require voter approval for revenue bonds issued by the state and used to finance future California infrastructure projects exceeding $2 billion.
St. Louis Business Journal
McCarthy Building Cos. has been awarded a $62 million design-build seismic renovation job of the Robert A. Young Federal Building located in downtown St. Louis. According to the company, the project will include a seismic retrofit of the building along with the seismic bracing of ceilings, partitions and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. With the New Madrid fault located about 166 miles southeast of St. Louis, building officials wanted to enhance the safety for tenants in case of an event.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered metal buildings & steel systems construction. Through the use of the company’s advanced engineering programming, Varco Pruden combines steel structural materials with virtually any exterior finish to create metal buildings that are energy efficient and provide years of trouble-free performance.
Building solutions...one relationship at a time.
The Construction Index
The total contract value for the work at Lafayette Elementary School is $72 million. The latest work, which is worth $51 million, follows an initial $21 million phase that was included in Skanska's order bookings for the third quarter 2015.
The Denver Post
Denver Water awarded the construction contract for the project to MWH Constructors, a subsidiary of MWH Global. The work will involve replacing the Hillcrest Reservoir Tank and Pump Station, which is near Interstate 25 and I-225 in Denver.
It’s no longer a secret that most companies struggle with strategy execution. McKinsey research tells us, for example, that 70 percent of change efforts fall short of desired results. The financial losses implied by statistics like these are massive, and corporate leaders have taken notice. Today’s senior leaders realise that implementation is at least half of the leadership challenge when it comes to improving performance via strategic change. Too frequently, however, they seek solutions in the wrong place.
JD Supra Business Advisor
California’s competitive bidding laws require that a public works contract be awarded to the “lowest responsible bidder.” However, as we’ve mentioned before, there are two requirements which must be satisfied for a bidder to be determined to be the lowest responsible bidder: (1) the awarded bidder’s bid must be “responsive”; and (2) the awarded bidder must be “responsible.” In a case decided this past month, DeSilva Gates Construction v. Department of Transportation, Case No. C074521 (December 14, 2015), the California Court of Appeals for the Third District addressed the first of these two requirements, whether two bids on $34 million highway widening project were responsive, which in turn involves a two-step process: (1) whether the bids were responsive or not; and (2) if not, whether the variance in the bids were “material” or “immaterial.”
Contractor ICA Construction used two Aquajet robotic hydrodemolition machines to clear surplus concrete from the top of a 120m high bridge pylon in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Thank you to all members who participated in the 2015 DBIA Membership Campaign! The final drawings have been made – the winners are:
Andrew Moriarity, Opus Design Build, LLC: Two Year Free DBIA National Membership
Amanda Faith, MEP Engineering: Free Registration to the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada
Thanks again to all who participated.
Registration is open for the 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference being held April 18-22, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. 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 March 4 in order to take advantage of our Early Bird discount rates. Prices will increase beginning March 5, 2016.
DeAnna Andrews, CPC, DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Lisa Choplin, DBIA
Design-Build Institute of America
Christopher Clinebell, CHC, DBIA
Trane US Inc. (A subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand)
Suzanne Dawson, DBIA
The Walsh Group
Sean Falvey, DBIA
William Fiorillo, DBIA
Hunt Valley, Md.
Stephen Roberts, P.E. DBIA
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
John Shrewsbury, P.E., DBIA
Cave Creek, Ariz.
Stephen Skippen, DBIA
Facchina Construction Company, Inc.
La Plata, Md.
Scott Thibault, P.E., DBIA
Metcalf & Eddy | AECOM
Erik Thomas, DBIA
Marc Boulland, Assoc. DBIA
San Francisco, Calif.
Charles Cima, Assoc. DBIA
PC Construction Company
Megan Cook-Eichelberger, CE, Assoc. DBIA
M. A. Mortenson Construction
Mireya Cudemus, Assoc. DBIA
Gilbane Building Company
Kaitlyn Evarts, Assoc. DBIA
Ryan Farrar, Assoc. DBIA
Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
James Maher, Assoc. DBIA
Walled Lake, Mich.
Peter Wisell, Assoc. DBIA
PC COnstruction Company
South Burlington, Vt.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- 7Gen Construction, LLC
South Bend, Ind.
- Crossland Heavy Contractors
New member listing as of Jan. 11, 2016.
- Jason Babbidge
- Cameron Bourne
New York, N.Y.
- Gregory Cashman
Cashman Associates, Inc.
Sun Prairie, Wisc.
- Kevin Choy
- Eric Forsyth
Port of Portland
- Amanda Fry
- Donald Gaitten
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
- Raymond Goral
Martinez Services, Inc.
Merritt Island, Fla.
- Joe Grosshart
Good & Roberts
- Samantha Haas
Wealth Strategy Partners
- Mary Haight
Bonneville Power Administration
- Cory Howell
Crossland Construction Company
Spring Hill, Kan.
- Ronald Maier
Kenron Industrial Air Conditioning Inc.
- Celeste Martinez
- Matt McCalla
M.E. Group, Inc.
Overland Park, Kan.
- Sherrie Montgomery
Western Washington University
- Matt Morris
University of Colorado at Boulder
- Stephen Mutch
Simplus Management Corporation
Los Alamitos, Calif.
- David O'Connor
- Tom Palansky
American Bridge Company
Downers Grove, Ill.
- John Puls
- Jeffrey Rank
San Diego, Calif.
- Elliott Smith
San Jose, Calif.
- Christopher Sube
Baker Klein Engineering
Fort Worth, Texas
- Kody Tunison
DBIA Contact: Membership
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Miamisburg, Ohio
SOLD OUT Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Bellevue, Wash.
Feb. 8-10, Certification Workshop, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Mar. 7-10, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Mar. 14, BIM Execution Planning, Worchester, Mass.
Mar. 18, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Mar. 21-23, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 28-29, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 4-6, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
Apr. 18-20, 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 20-22, 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 25, BIM Execution Planning, Dayton, Ohio
Apr. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 9-11, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
May 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oakland, Calif.
May 16-18, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
May 20, BIM Execution Planning, Portland, Ore.
May 23-25, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 6-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 13-15, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 27-29, Certification Workshop, Laurel-Brooklyn, Md.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Feb. 18, Central Indiana Chapter Meeting
Jan. 28, Annual Kick-Off Event
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 20, Breakfast Program, An Introduction to Level of Development (LOD) Frameworks in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and 2016 Executive Council Elections
Jan. 22, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Jan. 21, Nevada Chapter Las Vegas New Year Evening Mixer
Feb. 4, San Diego Luncheon Program, The ABCs of Integrated Design-Build
Feb. 23, Bay Area Luncheon Program, An Owner's Approach to Key Trade Partner Selection
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
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