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There are so many ways that we at DBIA engage our members and the public in order to promote Design-Build Done RightTM. Whether it’s through market research, outreach to regions, interactive webinars or legislative efforts, DBIA is devoted to effective communication and outreach. But with the industry constantly growing and design-build changing before our eyes, it has become increasingly important to allow the inverse interaction to occur. Having members and the public interact with us keeps our content relevant and our efforts sharp enough for the task at hand. So whether you are a member or just like learning about design-build and innovative project delivery, hopefully this post can help you to interact with us more!
A U.S. Senate Committee has unanimously passed a DBIA supported bill – S. 1526 – that, among other things, puts limits on single-phase/turn-key design-build selection procedures in civil projects. Sen. Portman (R-OH), the sponsor of the bill, said during committee debate that S. 1526 is “good government” bill that will increase efficiency.
The Associated Press via Insurancenewsnet.com
President Barack Obama is ordering all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes. Obama signed an executive order recently creating a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard. The White House says the standard will improve federal buildings' resilience to earthquakes, making them safer and lowering the costs for recovering from a quake.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said that he wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to use a public-private partnership to add lanes to a busy stretch of Interstate 55 in the Chicago area.
Pacific Business News
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation plans to expedite the bid process for the last two construction contracts for the city's rail transit project now that the extension of a surcharge on Hawaii's general excise tax has cleared the way for the release of $250 million in federal funds.
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 Detroit News
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller is seeking $1 billion in emergency federal funding to replace Flint’s underground pipeline system because of the lead contamination crisis. Miller’s proposal is separate from a $600 million package proposed by Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township as well as U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township.
Federal P3 Summit
The NCPPP 2016 Federal P3 Summit will take place March 17-18 in Washington, D.C. As the only national conference of its kind to focus on federal P3 matters, the Summit is the centerpoint for conversations about how Washington conducts P3s and what needs to be done to encourage great application of partnerships to meet federal needs. Early bird rates end on Feb. 17, so register soon to take advantage of this discount.
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™.
Two construction activity forecasts issued today cite positive short term outlooks, while indicating concerns for long-term sustained growth. Wells Fargo announced that its Construction Optimism Quotient (OQ) index for 2016 fell to 108 from its 10-year peak of 130 in 2015. Wells Fargo says the 108 figure is still "highly optimistic," a ruling indicated by any OQ number above 100. The index has been above 100 since 2011 and the 2016 figure is the fourth highest in the past five years.
South Bend Tribune
The private company that operates the Indiana Toll Road will spend $200 million over the next two years to improve a 73-mile stretch of the highway. The recent announcement is the second largest investment that ITR Concession Co. has announced since IFM Investors acquired the company out of bankruptcy last year. The earlier announcement came in September, when ITR unveiled a $30 million plan to demolish and rebuild eight rest plazas along the highway.
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.
A design-build project to replace the 88-year-old Champ Clark Bridge was approved recenbtly by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. In a design-build project the Missouri Department of Transportation will set project goals. A team that includes engineers, designers and contractors then compete for the construction project, using unique schedules and groups of workers. The team awarded the contract has the sole-source responsibility for the project.
In order to eventually have a flowing diverging diamond pattern, mini-projects must happen first. A steel structure sitting on the interstate was rolled between the interstate overpasses while residents slept. The overall project is ahead of schedule.
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.
Your city is crumbling. Years of corruption and deception have left the infrastructure of this once-booming town in shambles.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to step into the shoes of an ordinary structural analyst who’s having a rather unordinary day. You will be exploring abandoned factories and tunnels and structurally unsound buildings in your city and its surroundings…Don’t eat the glowing mushrooms.
Building Design + Construction
A study of six major metropolitan areas concludes that nonresidential construction costs, on average, will rise between 3 percent and 4 percent this year.
The Construction Cost Index report, released quarterly by Mortenson Construction, measures construction costs by pricing representative nonresidential construction projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Denver, and Seattle.
The new design will echo the arches of the old, with curving supports that resemble the trajectory of a rubber ball bouncing the length of its 3,500ft span. “As you drive across it, the space should unfold in a cinematic way,” said architect Michael Maltzan, “so the experience of the new bridge is a kind of equivalent to the films and TV shows that were made on the existing one.” Conceived by Mr Maltzan and the engineering firm HNTB, the so-called “Ribbon of Light” design includes expanded pedestrian and bike pathways, to reflect the rise of cycling and walking in what was once the quintessential car city. Beneath it, instead of the current concrete, brownfield and warehouses, there will be eight new acres of green public space.
The Zachry-Odebrecht team challenged its design and construction members to develop a design and project approach that was innovative and tailored to meet TxDOT's specifications, as well as address congestion in highly populated areas. The result was a value-added concept that brought solutions and cost reduction through the implementation of alternative technical concepts.
JD Supra Business Advisor
From 2014 to 2016 there has been an explosion of labor & employment “laws” through Executive Orders, new regulations and proposed regulations. Some of the requirements apply to all employers, while those issued by Presidential Executive Order and related regulations apply to federal government contractors and sub- contractors. In this article, we provide, in summary fashion, an update on the status of the 2014-2016 laws and regulations.
JD Supra Business Advisor
In yet another case from Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Acme Abatement Contractor, Inc. v. S&R Corp. found that a general contractor was justified in not paying its subcontractor, even after the subcontractor had performed the majority of its work, because of the subcontractor’s refusal to perform work that it believed fell outside of its scope of work.
JD Supra Advisor
In other words, an unlicensed contractor is an employee of the hirer, and the hirer is liable for the conduct of the unlicensed contractor, whether or not the hirer knew or should have known the contractor was unlicensed.
DBIA is still accepting nominations for the 2016 Transportation Leadership Awards, but not for much longer. Awards 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!
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Labella Associates
- Mona Electric Group, Inc.
- Perera Construction & Design, Inc.
New member listing as of Feb. 8, 2016.
- Gregory Ball
Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc.
- Becky Barnhart
- Scott Cline
- Steven DeWitt
ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.
- Robert Dowling
- Jamison Fair
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
- Marco Ferrara
- Curt Gear
- Kellie Humphries
Boyd & Jenerette, P.A.
- Kari L. Kennedy
Town of Longboat Key
- A. Eric Kishel
- Tony Lesch
Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Q. Tuyen Mai
Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
- Antonio Marinucci
- Neil Nance
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
- Beth Ott
United Excel Corporation
- Brad Reinhardt
Johnson County, Kansas
- Kacy Simonsen
CAS Constructors LLC
- Aaron Toppston
The Walsh Group
- Craig Wilson
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
DBIA Contact: Membership
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.
Feb. 29-March 2, Certification Workshop, Kirkland, Wash.
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, Minneapolis, Minn.
Mar. 28-30, 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.
NEW May 9-11, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
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.
July 15, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 18-20, Certification Workshop, Mobile, Ala.
July 22, Conceptual Estimating, Kansas City, Mo.
July 25-28, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 8, BIM Execution Planning, Austin, Texas
Aug. 8-10, Certification Workshop, D.C. Metro Area
Aug. 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Aug. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Tampa, Fla.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Apr. 27, Design-Build and Higher Education
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Feb. 18, Central Indiana Chapter Meeting
Mar. 3, Chicago Chapter Meeting
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Mar. 9, Seminar, The Bridging Method of Design-Build
Feb. 18, Iowa Breakfast Program, Successful AV Integration Using a Design-Build Approach
Feb. 19, Deadline for presentation ideas for 2016 O.N.E. Conference
Apr. 21, O.N.E. Conference
Feb. 25, Networking Night
Mar. 10, Seattle Chapter Meeting
Apr. 12, Oregon Chapter Meeting
Apr. 13, Seattle Chapter Meeting
May 11, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 8, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 9, 6th Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Feb. 12, Design-Build Best Practices Series: Design-Build Done Right Part 1 (with AGC Colorado)
Mar. 10-11, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's 25th Annual Land Use? Conference
Mar. 11, Design-Build Best Practices Series: Design-Build Done Right Part 2 (with AGC Colorado)
Apr. 15, Design-Build Best Practices Series: Design-Build Done Right Part 3 (with AGC Colorado)
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 20, 2016 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
June 24, 14th Annual Golf Tournament
Mar. 3, Breakfast Meeting
Apr. 20, "Howl at the Moon" Networking Reception
May 5, 2016 Annual SW Region Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 16, Breakfast Meeting and Awards Recognition
May 18, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Feb. 18, Sacramento Luncheon Program, PG&E and Dignity Health - Lessons Learned and Best Practices (with SMPS)
Feb. 23, Bay Area Luncheon Program, An Owner's Approach to Key Trade Partner Selection
Mar. 10, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Mar. 24, Nevada Luncheon Program
Apr. 14, Orange County Luncheon Program
May 3, San Diego Luncheon Program
May 19, Sacramento Luncheon Program
May 26, Region Awards Banquet
June 2, Nevada Luncheon Program
June 9, San Diego Golf Tournament
June 16, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
June 27, Bay Area Golf Tournament
July 14, Hawaii Luncheon Program
July 19, Orange County Luncheon Program
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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