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DBIA recently worked with market sector experts and other industry trade groups to develop design-build best practices related to three specific markets: federal, water/wastewater and transportation. This effort resulted in the release of a new document, “Water/Wastewater Design-Build Best Practices,” in December 2015, in collaboration with the Water Design-Build Council. It offers detailed guidance on how to put design build best practices and techniques to work efficiently and effectively in the water/wastewater market. Prepared by DBIA’s Water/ Wastewater Markets committee, the document’s chief authors were Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, president and CEO of Capital Project Strategies LLC, and Douglas Herbst, DBIA, collaborative project delivery advisor for Freese and Nichols Inc. Herbst served as vice chair of DBIA’s Water/Wastewater Markets committee during the production of the water-specific best practices document. In a recent interview, Herbst provided insight into specific elements of the document in the following Q&A.
Water sector interest in non-traditional construction procurement methods has grown substantially over the past decade. Aging systems, regulatory issues, and capacity demands are requiring public and private water utility owners to employ delivery methods that provide quicker delivery times and higher quality solutions and results, as well as earlier knowledge of construction costs. Owners are more often turning to alternative delivery approaches, including design-build.
With One Week Left for conference Early Bird rates, the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, hosted by DBIA, AWWA, WEF and WDBC, is the only event dedicated to enhancing the use and delivery of design-build in the water and wastewater sector. The event will take place April 20-22, 2016, in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. In addition to networking with over 900 key players and decision-makers here are the top three reasons for joining DBIA and our partners in Charlotte this Spring!
“If not for design-build, the project may not have advanced as it did,” said James Avitabile, P.E., DBIA, while discussing his reasons for supporting the project’s nomination for Excellence in Engineering. “The design-build team used a high degree of innovation to develop a new interchange layout that improved traffic operations and level of service, reduced the structure height and improved aesthetics. While achieving each of these benefits, the overall cost was reduced and the North Carolina DOT was pleased with the results. A project outcome like this is exactly what design-build is all about." Just another reason you should consider attending DBIA’s Design-Build for Transportation Conference in Charlotte.
Citizens Budget Commission
New York State’s authorization of design-build contracting in 2011 was limited and did not extend to local governments; New York City officials, including the Mayor, NYCDOT Commissioner, and Budget Director, have asked the Legislature to grant the City this authority. The legislature should honor this request and include design-build authority for NYCDOT in the budget bills. The State’s experience indicates that NYCDOT can benefit significantly from design-build by completing a greater number of projects on time and on budget. If it realized savings on par with the State’s experience, the City could save $2 billion over 10 years.
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 Washington Post
Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced a transportation agenda designed to shed light on funding decisions and make suburban jobs more accessible to workers who live in cities and don’t own cars.
The legislative package, unveiled by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), would also require the state to replace an aging and frequently congested Potomac River bridge crossing in Southern Maryland and create a citizen-oversight board for the Maryland Transit Administration.
City and county leaders are seeking permission to pursue a more flexible, multi-stage approach to fixing the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority’s wet weather sewage overflow problems that focuses on a $1 billion treatment plant expansion and utilizing “green infrastructure” improvements.
The idea of using a raised access floor for wire and cable management has been around as long as people have had technology to manage. But the methods for managing wiring infrastructure have undergone a seismic change. The traditional methods merely contained cables, the FreeAxez Gridd™ system delivers Adaptive Cable Distribution. Here’s a quick look at how traditional raised access flooring systems and other approaches to cable management stack up with today’s new method of cable management.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Some states, recognizing the economic and environmental costs of such delays, are starting to use financial incentives, heightened public scrutiny and design-build strategies to increase the likelihood that projects will come in on time and on budget. This article from Pew Charitable Trusts looks at several projects and their progress.
Detroit Free Press
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Tuesday outlined an estimated $55-million public works project expected to begin within a month to remove Flint's lead-contaminated pipes from the water distribution system. First priority will be given to high-risk households with pregnant women and children, Weaver said at a news conference at City Hall.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has offered technical assistance from the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Lansing has removed about 13,500 lead pipes in the city. The Fast Start plan will require extensive coordination between city, state and federal officials, Weaver said. She was joined Tuesday by retired National Guard Brig.
More Flint news:
Flint Mayor Opposes No-Bid Contract
Focus on Lowest Cost Led to Flint Water Crisis
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.
Niagara Falls Review
It’s a type of contract that concerns some people.
But it’s also a deal that governments continue to make across Canada and around the world.
On Wednesday, Niagara Regional councillors were presented with information about public-private partnerships.
Capital Public Radio
Cleaning so much wastewater is a multi-stage process that requires 900 acres of land. The plant, with its tanks, concrete towers, underground passageways, and miles of pipes was built in the early 1980’s.
Every day, it treats enough sewage to fill 227 Olympic-sized swimming pools. And almost all of it ends up in the Sacramento River.
System 160 Shoring System is a flexible system, used for needling and jobs with confined spaces. It’s ideal for façade retention and building restoration with a variety of extensions and screw assemblies to accommodate all height requirements. It has a high load capacity of up to 45 kips to substantially reduce the number of components needed, reducing assembly/disassembly times. See more photos
This year, the January river flood was months earlier than expected and has led to significant shoaling in the Head of Passes and Southwest Pass. That shoaling, or underwater accumulation of dirt, will continue for as long as the water in the Mississippi River is elevated.
On Jan. 14, the Associated Branch Pilots of the Port of New Orleans reduced the allowable draft of vessels — how far they extend below the surface of the river — from 47 feet to 43 feet. That draft restriction was reduced again Jan. 29 to 41 feet, according to the industry group Big River Coalition.
At the end of the two-year preliminary engineering contract, the 6-10 project will be 30 percent designed and the consultant will help the state seek bids for a contractor to build the project under a design-build contract. The contract limits the consultant to charging no more than 125 percent of overhead.
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.
June 14-15, 2016, SAME’s Savannah Post is co-chairing an Industry Day. All the southeastern Corps of Engineers offices, NAVFAC Southeast, the Georgia Port Authority and the Department of Transportation will be briefing their FY 2017 contracting opportunities. For information, contact Sally Riker at 770-857-8426 or Gwen Parker at 912-704-3526.
For Construction Pros
“In my opinion, the future of construction technology all comes down to analytics because we have such a workforce shortage right now,” says Dustin Burns, IT director with Kansas-City-based general contractor McCownGordon Construction. "And there’s so much waste in construction when you compare it to healthcare and manufacturing, the focus is going to be on becoming as efficient as possible in construction.
Major pipeline industry associations on Feb. 18 announced their support for a program to ensure that all pipeline inspectors doing work for the trade groups' members are certified by 2018.
Texas engineers have developed a taller, heavier bridge rail to help prevent vehicles from rolling off overpasses.
Now that the construction industry is finally in sustainable recovery, it's time to look beyond survival at how the industry can develop and grow. There are numerous challenges ahead. Does the solution to many of these challenges lie in technology? It seems likely.
Let’s look at five trends that have the potential to transform the industry.
Register now and save! The Early Bird registration rates for the 2016 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference expire Friday, March 4. Both conferences are being held April 18-22 in North Carolina at the Charlotte Convention Center. Pricing will increase beginning March 5, so don’t delay!
Milutin Backovich, P.E., DBIA
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Matthew Erwin, DBIA
Crystal Lee, P.E., DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Eric Meister, P.E., DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
Christopher Wilson, DBIA
Gilbane Building Company
San Jose, Calif.
Ian Knowles, Assoc. DBIA
Wyatt Naegle, Assoc. DBIA
Patrick Zaharako, P.E., B.C.E.E., Assoc. DBIA
City of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Ind.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- BRW Construction
- Butte County-General Services Department
- Hunt Electric, Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah
New member listing as of Feb. 22, 2016.
- Brian Arman
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
- Joseph Clem
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
- Robert Colasurdo
Department of Enterprise Services, Engineering and Architectural Services
- William Eller
- David Gasson
Redcom Design & Construction LLC
- Gregory Martin
Martin | Hild, P.A.
- Miranda Ory
Roeslein & Associates, Inc.
- Vicky Redrick
- Gordon Rogers
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
- Michael Russell
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
- Michael Tungsvik
- Ali Tweel
I-DBO Resources, LLC
- Alexander Walker
McGuire & Walker
- Chris Walters
DBIA Contact: Membership
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
Mar. 3, Chicago Chapter Meeting
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Mar. 9, Seminar, The Bridging Method of Design-Build
Apr. 21, O.N.E. Conference
Feb. 25, Networking Night
Mar. 1, Maryland Chapter Luncheon Program, Progressive Design-Build for Transportation
Apr. 21, Maryland Chapter Luncheon Program, discussion of the use of IPD
May 15, Maryland Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
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
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)
Mar. 24, Breakfast & Learn Program: Colorado DOT Presentation
Mar. 24, Young Professionals Presents Networking Happy Hour at Wynkoop Brewing Co.
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
Mar. 10, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, Lean, Integrated Project Delivery and Design-Build - Next Gen Office Case Study for IPD Deliveries (with LCI)
Mar. 23, Tempe (Arizona) Owners Only Luncheon Program, Maximize Success in Integrated Projects - An Owner's Guide
Mar. 24, Nevada Luncheon Program
Apr. 1, Applications for Scholarship Program Due
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.
RFP – Architectural Design and Construction Services for Multi-Tenant Retail Center (Tahlequah, Okla.)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063