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Thanks to DBIA's members, board and regions for a great 2015. In case you missed it, check out this short look back on some of our top accomplishments from 2015.
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Atlanta Business Chronicle
Gov. Nathan Deal announced a $10 billion, 10-year transportation investment plan Tuesday to be financed through a $900 million transportation funding bill the General Assembly passed last year.
Within the plan is an 18-month list of road resurfacings and bridge repairs and replacements that will cost $2.2 billion. New construction, including interstate express lanes and improvements at interstate interchanges across metro Atlanta, will come later.
Gov. Jerry Brown has revived a proposal to help fix California’s crumbling roads and bridges with a $65 annual fee. Lawmakers put the brakes on the proposal last year, but the proposal being revved up again. “The roads we have to deal with. They’re just there, they cost money,” Brown said during last week’s budget news conference. The fee would apply to all cars, trucks and motorcycles, raising about $2 billion a year.
Lexington Herald Leader
Senate Republicans again are trying to exempt school and university construction from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law, which generally sets higher wage rates for public works projects.
In past legislative sessions, the Democratic-led House, backed by labor unions, has thwarted Republican efforts to weaken the prevailing wage. But this time, the GOP has a new governor — Matt Bevin — and it hopes to wrest control of the House from Democrats by year’s end, if not sooner. The Senate budget committee voted 10-to-1 on Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 9 and send it to the full Senate, where it could receive a floor vote by Friday.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published its proposals for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
The proposals are the result of a public process to identify potential code improvements, and represent the final versions which will be submitted to the IECC development process administered by the International Code Council (ICC).
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!
Real Estate Weekly
Two days before the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, his secretary, Bill Mulrow, announced that Cuomo’s infrastructure program will cost $100 billion, making it one of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the state’s history. In his speech, the closest Mulrow got to providing specifics in terms of funding sources related to public private partnerships. “We’re going to use private-public partnerships. We’re going to do design-build contracting. It’s going to be community-involved like we’ve never done before,” he said. The ambitious program, which revives infrastructure projects that have stalled for years, reiterates Cuomo’s focus on infrastructure.
On Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, the Census Bureau revised 10 years’ worth of construction spending figures after redoing the weighting for residential improvements. The largest revisions came in the last two years and were largely upward.
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™.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be strongly supporting this effort, bringing its unique array of experts and resources together to participate in 48 of the 88 awarded projects announced today.
The U.S. economy expanded across most of the country in the past six weeks as the job market showed strength that’s failing to stoke broad wage pressures, a Federal Reserve survey showed.
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.
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Dominion Virginia Power said Tuesday that it plans to invest nearly $2 billion per year through 2020 to add new, clean generation — including solar energy — and to secure and upgrade the electric grid in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
Dominion said the planned $9.5-billion spend builds on a record of new capital investment by the company in recent years with spending on electric infrastructure designed to meet growth, enhance reliability and promote cleaner air and water. The company made $1.8 billion in similar investments in 2015.
Albany Times Union
Public officials must harness existing resources to have the greatest possible impact. One strategy makes taxpayer dollars go further and reduces the costs of these projects — using a proven construction procurement method called design-build. To take advantage of design-build-techniques, the state Legislature must make it possible for all state agencies and local governments to fully benefit from this method.
Traditional government procurement for construction projects is "design-bid-build," meaning the design contractor is selected first, and then its design is used to solicit bids from construction contractors. Design-build simplifies the process and saves taxpayers money by making a single entity responsible for both design and construction. Currently, 41 states, including California and Texas, have authorized broad use of design-build as a cost-savings technique. New York must build upon their experience and adopt this emerging national procurement standard.
Businesses that develop a solid plan before acting can double their chances of success. Similarly, planning in the early stages of a build project, although intuitively necessary, when done right can reap substantial rewards. When the design team considers a cellular raceway system for wire management during the initial planning stage it improves the likelihood of success and provides many meaningful benefits. By considering a cellular raceway system early, Design/Build Firms can realize the best return for their money. Quality solutions are those that will save them money, and deliver long-term value for their clients. Our raceway systems are designed to do just that for designers and their clients who plan ahead.
Fluor Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas, announced that it was named to the 2016 list of Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine.
Fluor was number 13 (out of 40) on the list and the only publicly-traded engineering-construction company recognized.
The Seattle Times
What do you do? My title is virtual design and construction (VDC) manager for Skanska USA Building in the Seattle region, but not many people understand what that means. VDC is part of Skanska’s Innovative Construction Solutions Group, which probably defines what I do a little better. Essentially, my team uses software and processes to ensure that all conflicts in the building design are resolved well ahead of the start of construction...
The absolute best part of my job is assisting Skanska project personnel to mitigate risk on their projects by utilizing VDC processes, and create positive outcomes that save the project time and money. This might include using 3-D to model a complicated area of the building, coordinating the building systems virtually to ensure there are no conflicts, or developing a 4-D model that combines the 3-D model and the project schedule, and shows the construction of the building in the computer.
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“The one thing that stuck out was we liked the concept of design-build,” Hurst said. “We thought the cost was reasonable and we felt comfortable with them.” The firm operates on a design-build method of construction. The firm handles the design of any facilities they build, but they also take responsibility over the contractors. They give the board recommended contractors for jobs and allow them to choose, but the district doesn’t have to worry about handling any problems as they arise with contractors.
For the construction industry, BIM creates both challenges and opportunities. One of the biggest challenges, perhaps, is the lack of a tangible, concrete ROI (return on investment). As such, what is ultimately going to have to drive BIM—and has driven BIM in the past and in other countries—is a mandate from either government or project owners to implement BIM on specific construction projects.
Best Practices Construction Law
In 1991, after defense contractor scandals, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued sentencing guidelines for corporations. For a corporate compliance program to be effective, the guidelines provide it must, as a minimum, include the following elements.
Lawrence McLaughlin, a partner and chair of the Real Estate Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, said the increase in large projects is one of the realities of a recovering industry. "What we have been seeing over the last couple of years is ramping up of the construction industry and projects after a bit of a lull. So we are seeing more activity," he said. And the dollar value of these projects keeps increasing as well.
In today’s litigious world, limiting liability is of paramount importance. It does not matter whether the contractor is handling a large multi-unit project or smaller job, taking steps to limit liability can mean the difference between obtaining a significant profit or being the defendant in a civil lawsuit.
The most common construction lawsuits arise out of work product issues; injuries, property damage and other negligence; delays and other breaches of contract; and pricing disputes. How can contractors protect themselves and their company against liability?
To err is costly in the construction world. Although contractors continue to improve their focus on risk management, accidents happen daily at construction sites all over the country, some resulting in tragic loss of life.
At a hearing before federal labor regulators in December, company officials with Quicken Loans voiced publicly what many workers — let’s be honest — privately think about those employee handbooks they receive. “It was an afterthought at best after it was distributed,” attorney Russell Linden reportedly told an administrative law judge at National Labor Relations Board offices in Detroit, according to The Detroit Free Press. Chief Marketing Officer Joanna Cline chimed in as well, telling the judge she put hers in a drawer and later threw it away.
The testimony was part of a case in which the Detroit-based lender was accused of violating both the First Amendment rights of employees and their protections under the National Labor Relations Act to discuss salary and benefits information, discussions that could lead to the formation of a labor union.
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Transportation Leadership Awards. Award are given to individuals and public agencies that have made significant contributions in advancing the awareness, understanding and use of the design-build project delivery method. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2016. Complete your nomination now!
Dennis Berlien, DBIA
Aaron Braun, DBIA
Howard S. Wright Constructors
Vincent Lai, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
San Fernando, Calif.
Mark Minieri, LEED AP, DBIA
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
La Jolla, Calif.
Melinda Peters, P.E., DBIA
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Joseph Daigneault, Assoc. DBIA
PC Main Office
Debra Delzell, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
WA State DES Engineering & Architectural Services
Nathan Nichols, Assoc. DBIA
Brandon Sapp, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Navy Federal Credit Union
Samuel (Sam) Wengryn, Assoc. DBIA
The Walsh Group
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Butler-Cohen LLC
- City and County of Denver/Denver International Airport
- RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
New member listing as of Jan. 19, 2016.
- Jeff Blakeman
City of Olathe, Kansas
- Nolan Cannon
- Bob Colasuonno
Las Vegas, Nev.
- Cameron Donegan, EIT, LEED AP
HVAC Solutions, Inc.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
- David Glenn
The Sextant Group
Falls Church, Va.
- John Lucey, Jr.
McKim & Creed, Inc.
- Stanley Manlove, Assoc. DBIA
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Newport News, Va.
- Matthew Raines
M.C. Dean, Inc.
- Loryn Riggiola
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
- Heidi Roge
University of Colorado at Boulder
- Steven Savage
The Pike Company
- Eric Scheidlinger
Reno Contracting, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
- Calvin Seifert
- Christopher Snider
Oklahoma city, Okla.
- Lucas Souhrada, P.E.
Merrick & Company
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
- Russell Walters
University of Florida
- Christopher Woods
U.S. Navy CNIC Facilities & Acquisitions Branch (N944)
- Thomas Young
Virginia Department of Corrections
- Leyland Zumwalt
LCG Pence Construction
- Jacob Zwaagstra
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, 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. 22, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
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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