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It’s not too late to sign up for DBIA’s big events in Portland and save big at the same time! Sign up for the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater or Design-Build for Transportation Conference by March 12 to receive the advanced registration rate. You don’t want to miss out on one of the biggest events in the design-build industry and the chance to learn and network with hundreds of design-build professionals.
DBIA sponsors a mentorship program at each of our conferences which partners young professionals with experienced design-builders. When registering for the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater or Transportation Conferences in Portland, select the Mentorship Program and DBIA will play match-maker to connect new design-builders with experienced professionals. The DBIA Mentorship Program is a win-win for our participants and the growth of design-build nationwide. The registration deadline for the mentorship program is March 12, 2018.
SOLD OUT – Mar. 12-14, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 13, Conceptual Estimating, Spokane, Wash.
Mar. 14, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Inspiring Leadership, The Leadership Matters Series
Mar. 16, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Worcester, Mass.
Mar. 19-21, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 21-23, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 28, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Preparing and Delivering Powerful Presentations
Apr. 3-5, Certification Workshop, Sandy, Utah
Apr. 4-6, Certification Workshop, Milpitas, Calif.
Apr. 10, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
Apr. 10, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu, Hawaii
Apr. 10-12, Certification Workshop, Alpharetta, Ga.
Apr. 17-19, Certification Workshop, Bellevue, Wash.
Apr. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Union City, Calif.
Apr. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
Apr. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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New York Daily News
The state is suggesting the city seek design-build authority on a project-by-project basis — saying it’d support efforts to use the streamlined process to rebuild a portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, to create new jails to replace Rikers Island and to fix up public housing, according to a letter obtained by the Daily News. The proposal is one of several outlined by Gov. Cuomo’s counsel Alphonso David in a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson ahead of the state’s budget deadline on April 1 and the end of its legislative session in June. Backers of design-build say it speeds up the process and reduces costs by combining the planning and construction phases of capital projects — and Cuomo has touted its successful use in rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge.
As questions persist about funding for a major infrastructure bill and the congressional schedule remains tight, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) says action on a measure to increase investment in highways and other public-works programs may have to wait until a possible lame-duck session.
The Connecticut Mirror
Connecticut could implement a “strategic and incremental” widening of Interstate 95 to relieve congestion along the state’s shoreline without having to take huge swaths of private property by eminent domain, a game-changer for breaking gridlock in Fairfield County, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday. But the governor, who cited the results of a new Department of Transportation feasibility study, said the undertaking — which probably would cost more than $4 billion and take at least eight years to widen various sections of the highway — has no chance of proceeding until legislators stabilize Connecticut’s cash-starved Special Transportation Fund.
Times Free Press
The project cost is estimated at $65 million, according to the IMPROVE Act list signed into law in April 2017 by Gov. Bill Haslam. A final cost won't be known until the final design work is done. The act and some one-time funding increases combined to move several key transportation projects forward, including others in Blount, Knox, Davidson and Shelby counties. To streamline the project, the state is using a new approach called "design-build," a project delivery method that combines in a single contract all or some parts of the design and construction phases, including design, right-of-way acquisition, regulatory permit approvals, utility relocation and construction. However, the project is a little behind the original schedule, which planned for the work to start by fall, officials said.
International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
Building the first major new New York City subway line in decades in a demographically, geologically and politically challenged environment was no easy feat for the team that completed phase one of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS). ... Recent analyses by The New York Times and the Regional Plan Association, a New York City region advocacy group, propose steps they say could cut costs on rail megaprojects such as SAS by 25 percent to 33 percent. These include a temporary “special purpose entity” in MTA with sole project delivery authority, design-build for all new rail lines and extensions, streamlined labor practices, and performance bonuses for workers and contractors, which, they claim, can deliver lower-cost projects such as those abroad.
Officials at Johns Hopkins' Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore have filed a certificate of need with the Maryland Medical Health Care Commission requesting authorization to embark on a $469 million renovation and expansion project, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Johns' Hopkins wants to overhaul two existing hospitals and build a new seven-story inpatient hospital, which would include 158 private rooms, four new operating rooms, a helipad, a more spacious obstetrics unit, a burn unit with a rehabilitation gym, a parking garage, a chapel and a retail pharmacy. In addition, all existing Bayview patient rooms will be converted to private in order to increase patient satisfaction, reduce the risk of infection and provide additional space for family members, and to accommodate special equipment.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
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Though the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge between Iowa and Illinois is still three years from completion, people can now see what it will be like to actually drive across the future span.
The Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University have collaborated to create a virtual reality video that not only shows what it will be like to drive over the bridge but also what’s been going on beneath the surface of the water to protect sensitive aquatic life. The video uses 3D models by Alfred Benesch & Co. engineering consultant team and is being shown on virtual reality headsets provided to the public through May. Funding came from state and federal sources.
Tampa Bay Times
Construction on $971 million in upgrades at Tampa International Airport is all but done, so the airport moved Thursday to set the stage for a major piece of the next phase of its ambitious expansion program. ... With the board’s vote, airport officials will negotiate a design contract with Hensel Phelps Construction, the highest ranked of the four firms that bid on the work. That design contract is expected in June, with a construction contract anticipated in the fall of 2019. If negotiations with Hensel Phelps don’t pan out, the airport will negotiate with the next highest ranked contractor, Clark Construction Group, followed by Suffolk Construction and Kiewit Infrastructure South.
Traffic Technology Today
Engineering and planning consultancy Michael Baker International (MBI) has announced completion of the second phase of the Mountain View Corridor project on State Route 85 to the west of Salt Lake City in Utah. MBI, as part of the Ralph L Wadsworth/Staker Parsons Companies design-build team, served as the lead designer for the second phase of the project, which included the full design and construction of a new greenfield segment of the corridor, including a roadway, structures and a shared-use path, to allow for future growth and mobility in the Salt Lake City metropolitan region.
Dewberry has obtained a design-build contract for MTA Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) second track expansion project on the Ronkonkoma Branch.
The firm will serve as the lead designer on L.K. Comstock & Co. Inc.'s design-bid-build and design-build team for the project. The design-build portion of the project includes major updates to two stations.
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The Daily Reporter
The most important thing to keep is that the right form has to be found for whatever job you are working on. And if the document is modified, that has to happen in a way that complies with the law in whatever state your project is in. The more complex the project, or the more expensive, the more important it is to review and customize the forms to fit the needs of the job. It is also important to keep the forms up to date. Most standard forms go through significant rewrites every 10 years, but even in the interim laws change and clauses may become unenforceable or worse and can subject a party to unforeseen liability.
A lab at Montana State University has developed a super concrete. Researchers at MSU made a concrete that can carry up to 20,000 pounds, which is five times stronger than regular concrete.
The concrete is so powerful that it has been purchased by the Montana Department of Transportation and incorporated into some bridges being built in the state. The downside to this concrete is that before the MSU engineers took over it was very expensive to make. After some experimenting, the engineers found a way to make the product cost-effective. Now, cities like Kalispell are looking to help MSU make the concrete in large quantities for numerous construction projects.
Strategy + Business
A pervasive event such as passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides opportunities to bring an often overlooked but essential discipline to the forefront of the corporate leadership agenda: integrating tax considerations into business decisions. If there are two enduring certainties for companies, they are restructuring and taxes. And although restructuring, reorganizing, realigning — or whatever other term you assign it — is on the front lines of corporate life, taxes are often an afterthought. And that can be a costly mistake. Already, too many executives do not restructure their companies correctly. They choose to cut a percentage of costs across the board instead of focusing on their strengths. And even when executives do restructure in a way that’s smart, they overlook important tax implications. At best, this weakens the impact of a restructuring; at worst, it negates the impact altogether, leaving companies weaker than when they started.
The impact on water resources caused by municipal wastewater discharges has become a critical and ever-growing environmental and public health concern. So far, interventions have been positioned largely ‘at the end of the pipe’, via the introduction of high-tech and innovative wastewater treatment technologies. This approach is incomplete, inefficient and expensive, and will not be able to address the rapidly growing global wastewater challenge. In order to be able to efficiently address this problem, it is important to adopt an integrated approach such as the three-step strategic approach (3-SSA) consisting of (1) minimization and prevention, (2) treatment for reuse and (3) stimulated natural self-purification. In this study, the 3-SSA was validated by applying it to the Upper Cauca river basin, in Colombia and comparing it to a conventional strategy.
Kristine Anderson, AIA, LEED BD+C, DBIA
Tacoma Public Schools
Ken Lee, P.E., PMP, DBIA
Erik Nakamura, DBIA
Kiewit Building Group, Inc.
Sadia Ali Sylla, DBIA
Quinn Consulting Services, Inc.
Christopher Vicencio, AIA, DBIA
JK Architecture Engineering
Moe M. Wadda, P.E., PMP, DBIA
Metropolitan Washington Authority (MWAA)
Tully Wyatt, LEED AP, DBIA
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Bryan Barnson, Assoc. DBIA, P.E., CCM
CES Consulting LLC
Andrew Bright, Assoc. DBIA
Jessica Heitman, Assoc. DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
John Komaromi, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Kansas City, Mo.
Erick Lowe, Assoc. DBIA
Crossland Heavy Contractors
Kansas City, Mo.
Karl R. Nottelmann, Assoc. DBIA, STSC
Elk Grove, Calif.
Michael Olson, Assoc. DBIA
RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
Nicholas A. Ulliman, Assoc. DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
Nathaniel William Wiemers, Assoc. DBIA
RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
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Apr. 26, 8th Annual UNF Clay Shoot – Jacksonville
Apr. 26, Gulf Coast Chapter Evening Program, Leveraging Design-Build Best Practices in a Vertical Market
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Apr. 5, Alleghenies Chapter Inaugural Evening Event
Apr. 5, 2018 Regional Conference
Apr. 11, Missouri Design-Build Delivery Education Session
May 17, Maryland Chapter Annual Golf Tournament
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
Mar. 14, Western Washington Chapter Breakfast Program, Seattle Construction Market and Design-Build Delivery
May 4, Oregon Chapter 1st Annual Golf Event
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Mar. 20, Design-Build Done Right Best Practices Series Part 2: Contracting for Design-Build Services
Apr. 10, Design-Build Done Right- Best Practices Series Part 3: Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
Apr. 19, Collegiate Awards Bowling Fundraiser
May 24, Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
Apr. 26-27, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Mar. 21, 10th Annual Design-Build Project Awards Ceremony
Apr. 19, Young Professionals Event – WhirlyBall
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 13, Bay Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build in Higher Education and the Comparisons between the Different Agencies
Apr. 5, Deadline for submitting applications for 2018 DBIA-Western Pacific Region Design-Build College Scholarship Program
Apr. 26, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
DBIA Contact: Membership
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