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Thought Leadership: Public-Private Partnerships and DBIA
DBIA's Integration Quarterly Magazine
According to several industry sources, the pent-up demand for infrastructure in the U.S. is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars. Roads, bridges, schools, courthouses, jails, utility systems, the list goes on and on. Public-private partnership (P3) enabling legislation is beginning to take hold in many state houses and municipal governments where the capital project need far exceeds the budget’s ability to buy.
New University of Iowa Dorm to be Larger Than First Planned
Updated plans for a new University of Iowa residence hall have it housing 200 more students and standing two to five stories taller than originally proposed, which would make it the largest student housing facility on campus, according to newly released documents.
Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia needed to install a new storage tank system to address issues created by heavy rainfall as part of the advancement of Atlanta’s infrastructure project. During heavy rainfall, the sewers become overloaded and the excess rainwater floods the rivers and streams causing damage and posing safety concerns to residents. The pit measured 102’L x 57’W x 24’D and had a 71’ concrete sewage pipe running through it. Installing a new system wasn’t going to be easy. See how this story ends.
Making the Business Case for Design-Build
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Vipal Monga (Feb. 24, 2015), “Neglected Roads and Bridges Take Toll on U.S. Economy,” expertly discussed how neglecting much-needed infrastructure improvements can hurt the economy just as much as investment can help it. “Transport is one of the weakest links in the corporate supply chain,” Monga explained. “Mile after mile, America’s crumbling infrastructure adds to the cost of moving parts, equipment and inventory across the country.” In other words, time is money, and this is where design-build becomes an important part of the solution.
Bridge Bill Passes, Tolls Not Banned in Kentucky
The controversial bill that would allow private companies to partner with Kentucky on major highway projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge passed through the state House Wednesday, but without the anti-tolling provisions that doomed the legislation last year.
That passage came with hours of debate and the introduction of six amendments by state Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, including three that were passed.
How Oregon's Pioneering Road Usage Fee Will Work
Jim Whitty is the evangelist for Oregon's pioneering road user fee pilot program which begins on July 1. Other states are watching how Whitty and Oregon conduct a 5,000-vehicle pilot program in which volunteers will pay a road usage charge of 1.5 cents per mile for the number of miles they drive, instead of the fuel tax. Drivers will get a credit on their bill to offset the fuel tax they pay.
Construction Leader Wins Seat in Texas
The Chairman of the Board of the Associated General Contractors Austin Chapter, John Cyrier, will be sworn in soon as a State Representative in the Texas House. That's after narrowly winning a special runoff election recently.
Ky. Legislature's P3 Bill Falls on Those Without Interest in Brent Spence Project
Tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge are driving a bill through the Kentucky Legislature, but the final decision on whether it becomes a law will most likely lie with those who have no interest in the bridge project. House Bill 443 is also known as P3 because it allows public and private partnerships. "I think P3 legislation is another tool we can use to fund projects around the state, whether it’s a road or a bridge or a municipal building," Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Ernie Harris said.
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Amick: Let's Examine Whether New Jersey Can Get Better Mileage Out of Its Transportation Spending
The New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, which pays for roads, bridges and mass transit, is billions of dollars in debt and will run out of cash and borrowing capacity this summer. Replenishing the fund is essential to the economic growth and quality of life of this crowded little corridor state. But a closely related issue has come to the fore. Is New Jersey spending more than it should to build and maintain its highways? It's a big question, because the needs are enormous and every dollar counts. But it's important for another reason, as well.
2015 Design-Build Forecast for Suburban Boston Market
2014 saw the continued return to healthy occupancy rates across the commercial market sectors in the suburban Boston market. There are build-to-suit, ground-up projects in construction for the office, R&D and laboratory markets. Ground-up manufacturing and full building renovations are underway with more in the permitting and planning stages. The high-bay distribution market has come back strong with over 1.5 million s/f under construction with up to 2 million s/f to break ground in 2015.
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Oakland Area Poised for Biggest Construction Spending Surge in a Decade
San Francisco Business Times
The East Bay area will see its largest jump in construction spending in at least a decade this year, according to a new forecast from the construction research firm CMD. The firm expects the Oakland, Fremont and Hayward metro area to get about $4.8 billion in new construction spending this year, a 42 percent surge from its level in 2014.
Health Care Construction Booms in Houston
Houston Business Journal
While turmoil in the energy sector has been cooling off most of the commercial real estate market, the health care industry shows no signs of slowing down, according to a recently released report by Colliers International. The Houston medical office market had nearly 706,000 square feet of positive absorption in 2014, Colliers reported, including nearly 195,000 square feet of Class A space. That's up from 662,000 square feet of positive absorption in 2013.
Vendors Serving Construction Comment on Cybersecurity Concerns Today
The evolution of cybercrime has executives on edge, particularly as construction increasingly uses electronic data and hosted services. ENR asked an array of vendors serving the industry how they assure customers their data is secure and their services will not become a vector for the next cyberattack.
Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction
Construction Informer Blog
Construction firms that regularly skirt labor law to gain unfair competitive advantages by misclassifying workers and hiring people who aren’t legally allowed to work in the U.S., are going to face closer scrutiny this year, according to a report published in the National Law Review.
Trustees Select Design-Build Teams for New Building
West Side Leader
Three design-build teams are on the Richfield Township, Ohio Board of Trustees’ short list to create the township’s new service and office building. At the Feb. 19 meeting, trustees chose the team of FMC Architects and the Ruhlin Co., the team of RWL Architects and Seitz Builders, and the team of Four Points Architectural Services and Cavanaugh Building Corp.
How to Preserve Rainwater for Paving
For Construction Pros
How much water does your company use each day? John Poblocki, owner of Poblocki Paving Corp. in West Allis, Wisconsin, estimates that his company paid to use 20,000 to 30,000 gal. of treated water a day in their paving, milling and landscaping operations. He looked around and thought: There has to be a better way.
Construction Spending up 1.8 Percent in January from Year-Earlier Level
Construction spending climbed 1.8 percent in January on a year-over-year basis, to an annual rate of $971.4 billion, but it was down 1.1 percent from December's total, the Commerce Dept. has reported. The latest monthly report on the value of finished construction projects, which Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau released on March 2, also showed that January’s private construction rose 0.5 percent from its year-earlier level, to a $697.6-billion annual rate, but slipped 0.5 percent from December’s level.
State DOTs Plan Ways to Cope with Uncertain Federal Funds
With federal highway authorizations due to expire in three months, and no replacement bill even introduced yet in Congress, some state agencies are postponing highway contract bid lettings, and others are drawing up contingency plans that could delay project starts, officials say. The search for a new surface transportation bill was front and center at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) annual winter meeting, held Feb. 24-27 in Washington, D.C.
Benefits of the Design-Build and Design-Assist Delivery Methods
The Daily Transcript
Every construction project starts with a vision and ends with a finished and improved product. What separates one project from another is the process of how the owner, designers and contractor interact with one another to achieve a common goal. The stage for the overall “process” and experience is set at the onset of the project when the owner decides which project delivery method will be implemented.
CBO: Feds Spent $96 Billion on Infrastructure in 2014
The federal government spent $96 billion on infrastructure projects, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that was released on Monday. The figure, which includes water projects, is dwarfed by a total of $320 billion that was spent on infrastructure by state and local governments, according to the report. The CBO said 57 percent of the money that was spent by governmental agencies was used for operating expenses and maintenance of existing infrastructure, while 43 percent was spent on new construction.
Five Highlights from High-Speed Rail Project Update
Sacramento Business Journal
The California High-Speed Rail Authority released its biannual update to the Legislature recently. Here are five highlights.
Cobb Chooses Firm to Design Braves Bridge
The Cobb County Commission recently approved a Los Angeles-based firm as the county's top candidate to design and engineer a double-decker bridge over Interstate 285, linking the Galleria area with SunTrust Park and the Braves proposed mixed-use development.
Mortenson Construction to Build Slate Creek Wind Farm in Kansas
Mortenson Construction’s Wind Energy Group announced its selection as EPC contractor to build the Slate Creek Wind Project by long-term partner, EDF Renewable Energy. Located in Geuda Springs, Kansas, the Slate Creek Wind Project will consist of 75 Vestas 2.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbines. The project marks the 26th wind project Mortenson will construct for California-based, EDF Renewable Energy, and its sixth project to be built in Kansas.
2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Now Open for Submissions!
DBIA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. We will again be recognizing exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right™ that, at a minimum, has resulted in highly successful design-build projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Rigorously judged by a jury of industry experts, the selected award-winning projects showcase design-build best practices, exemplary collaboration and integration in addition exceeding owner expectations.
Click Here to Begin the Online Submission for the 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards
To learn more, download the full submission requirements and entry instructions here.
Project Tour Offered at DBIA Transportation Conference
Are you arriving in San Antonio early? Then join DBIA and the City of San Antonio for a walking tour of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion and earn an additional 2 CEU credits! The tour will take place on Monday, March 9, from 8 a.m.-10: a.m. and will guide the audience through lessons learned as the City executed one of its first and the largest-ever design-build project, the $325 million expansion of the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. Additional Fee Required. Register now.
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Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Travis Boyd
State College, Pa.
- David Ensinger
Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction
Santa Clara, Calif.
- Daphne Faulkner
Del Mar, Calif.
- Reem Hashem
Orange County Transportation Authority
- Marcus Malich
- Andy Morris
- JR Robl
Hutton Construction Corporation
New member listing as of March 2, 2015.
- Scott Smiley, P.E.
Archer Western Construction, LLC
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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. 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. 8-10, Owner Boot Camp, Cypress, Calif.
Apr. 20, Design Management Fundamentals, St. Paul, Minn.
Apr. 20-23, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 22, Conceptual Estimating, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 27-30, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
New Date - May 4, 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.
Aug. 7, BIM Execution Planning, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, High-Performance Incentive Contracting, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Apr. 9, UNF Clay Shoot Fundraiser
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Mar. 5, New York City Chapter, Dispute Resolution in Design-Build Projects
Apr. 22, Blue Scope Steel Factory Tour; Evening Networking Event (with Pennsylvania AWWA)
Mar. 25, Project Delivery Methods: The Design-Build Option (with SLCCC)
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 15, Regional Conference
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 18, Region Awards Presentation
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 12, Nevada Chapter Evening Mixer
Mar. 12, San Diego Luncheon Program, Zen and the Art of Design-Build Teambuilding
Mar. 18, Region Awards Entries Due
Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
Apr. 7, Hawaii Lunch Program, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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