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On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA’s mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. In filling board vacancies, DBIA strives to represent diverse segments of the industry and diverse geographic regions, as well as to ensure gender and racial diversity. Such broad diversity will help ensure a cross section of unique skills, wide-ranging expertise and the varied perspectives needed to help DBIA achieve its strategic goals. Nominations are due by April 29, 2016.
Submissions are well underway for DBIA's 2016 Design-Build Project/Team Awards. With just a couple months left to pull together all the letters, data and information necessary for submission to the premier design-build award program in the country. Have questions? We've put together a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
Alabama, one of just four states with serious restrictions on design-build, saw very quick movement on important legislation this week. The Alabama State Senate took an important step forward to promote design-build authority for the construction of women’s and regional prison facilities. The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee passed SB 287 by a 15-1 vote in favor of the legislation. Specifically, the bill (and its counterpart in the House, HB 313) would allow the Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority to construct new women's and regional prison facilities using various types of construction agreements. Passing the legislation would be a big victory for Alabama residents, updating their procurement practices to be more open and allow more options that fit the market. DBIA’s Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs Richard Thomas, in conjunction with Alabama-based members of DBIA’s South Central Region, will be in Montgomery next week to meet with legislators and legislative staff to answer any questions they may have about design-build.
Although the design-build process of construction has been used throughout the world for thousands of years — think the master builders of ancient Greece and Egypt — contractors often think of it as a "new" alternative to more familiar ways of contracting, such as the design-bid-build project delivery method.
So what's the difference? Simply put, rather than an owner hiring an architect to perform project design and produce a full set of plans and specifications before a project begins — then putting that out to bid to different contractors to come up with a price acceptable to the owner — the design-build method turns those separate entities into a collaborative team that tackles the entire project, design and construction, together.
Last week New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation into law that would allow the New Mexico Department of Transportation to utilize design-build for road and highway projects on Federal-aid highways. HB 206 and SB 215 passed both chambers by near unanimous approval on their way to the governor’s desk. In the press release regarding the signing of these bills, Governor Martinez’s office stated, “This allows one company to design and construct these projects, saving valuable time, resources, and money, while further improving New Mexico’s roads and highways.”
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The typical design-build process sees an owner contract with one party, usually a contractor, to design and build a project, rather than split up those aspects by using an architect for design and a contractor for only the construction phase. Proponents say design-build can save money and time, speeding up a project as much as 33%, as it makes the procurement process more efficient and curbs design conflicts, Richard Thomas of the Design-Build Institute of America told The Real Deal.
The Department of Transportation on March 11 announced the availability of $1.4 billion in credit assistance over the next five years for critical infrastructure projects nationwide, using Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act funding. The TIFIA program allows states and cities to submit letters of interest for direct loans, loan guarantees and standby lines of credit authorized by the FAST Act. The amount of available loan funding will increase from $275 million in fiscal 2016 to as much as $300 million by fiscal 2020. But the amount of TIFIA funding authority available in any given year may be less than the amount authorized, DOT said.
Whole Building Design is a new way of thinking about how we design and construct buildings. The idea is to think about the building as a fully functioning system rather than the sum of various components. Gridd™’s adaptive cable distribution system is a great example of how one product can impact the design/build process at every stage.
Florida legislators sent a message to voters Friday that they are committed to funding the state’s ailing Everglades ecosystem and polluted springs and passed legislation that will carve out at least $250 million a year for those purposes for the next 20 years. The bill, known as the Legacy Florida Act, builds on Amendment 1 which voters approved by a 75 percent margin in 2014, by earmarking a portion of that money to be spent on the state’s most fragile ecosystems. “This is an historic commitment by the Florida Legislature,” said Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, sponsor of the bill. “Tell my constituents, help is on the way.” Under the amendment, lawmakers are obligated to devote one-third of the revenue from the documentary stamp tax on real estate transactions to the Land Acquisition Trust fund to pay for land and water conservation programs.
JD Supra Business Advisor
The Administration's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request includes an innovative infrastructure finance proposal that may gain traction in the 114th Congress — a new federal credit program within the Department of the Treasury to support public-private partnerships, known as the Financing America's Infrastructure Renewal (“FAIR”) program. The FAIR program could open up an attractive new financing opportunity for critical transportation, water, energy, broadband, and social sector infrastructure.
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.
Alabama's plan to build four new prisons for $800 million took it's first step Wednesday when it passed a Senate committee 15-1."We have to do this as quickly as possible with the building process, and we have to save taxpayers as much as we can and try to do it as inexpensively as possible," Gov. Robert Bentley said.
To accomplish that goal, Bentley said a design build is necessary. Senator Cam Ward, who championed last year's Prison Reform Act, agrees. Although, he understands some of the concerns.
A design flaw that led to an $832,000 increase in the cost of a new interchange demonstrates a flaw in how the City of Saskatoon takes bids on infrastructure projects, Coun. Charlie Clark says.
Clark said after the meeting that this shows the advantages of design-build contracts.
MAT75/125 Propping System provides the most versatility in propping as it is made for medium-to-heavy loads such as temporary bridge piers, access platforms, bridge support projects and heavy duty falsework. MAT75/125’s connections are bolted, so your crew doesn’t need to do any welding Screw adjustments allow for fine-tuning of height, making the system adaptable for any job. See more photos >
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Fresh off a road trip to Denver to see that city's growing light-rail system, members of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada say they’d be the best agency to take the next step in developing a Southern Nevada system. A group of 46 community leaders earlier this week toured rail facilities at downtown Denver’s Union Station (DBIA 2014 Project of the Year) and a new station at Denver International Airport that will open next month, creating a 23-mile rail link between the airport and downtown.
GSA awarded the design-build contract to Yates Construction in April 2015. Hartman Cox’s Lee Becker and Mary Kay Lanzillotta are lead designers on the new courthouse and renovation projects, respectively. URS/AECOM is the architect and engineer of record.
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.
Parsons has announced that its portfolio of solar projects for California’s Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) are scheduled for completion in April 2016. Parsons provided engineering services for the projects—part of EMWD’s Sustainability and Green Energy Initiative—including a feasibility study, preliminary design, coordination with Southern California Edison, construction management, and construction inspection. To meet the deadlines required to achieve the California Solar Initiative incentives, the projects were performed on an accelerated schedule and procured using the design-build project delivery method. This suite of solar projects will offset traditional energy use at the water reclamation facilities and will constitute a significant portion of EMWD’s renewable energy portfolio.
Glumac has developed more than 300 critical facilities that include data centers, network operation centers, and electronic switching stations. The company creates green data centers, which includes features such as waterside economization, airside economization, indirect and direct geothermal cooling, evaporative cooling, solar power, wind turbines, heat recovery, forced ventilation, alternate distribution topologies, flywheel UPS technology, and efficient transformers.
Smart-glass tinting technology is not necessarily new. It has been used for decades in products ranging from airplanes to sunglasses, but with mixed results, which gave self-tinting glass a less-than-stellar reputation. That is changing now, though, with the emergence of new generations of technologies and the ability to manufacture larger panes of smart glass. This has led architects, spurred by building codes and building owners that demand greener designs, to increasingly incorporate smart windows in the sun-facing facades of commercial buildings. This trend has the potential to transform traditional window treatment designs, basically eliminating the need for outdoor louvers and angled baffles, as well as indoor blinds and shades.
Safety engineering is about designing buildings that reduce the negative effects of accidents and attacks. The basic concept is straightforward: it takes a while after an incident before a structure collapses. If you can design it so that the time for everyone to flee is shorter than the time it takes to collapse, you save lives. This is the standard approach for big or complex structures in many countries, including the UK, US, Japan, Sweden and Italy.
But how long does it take to evacuate a building? It depends on the building and the escape routes, but crucially also on how people behave. To estimate the time it would take for everyone to flee – the "egress time" as we call it – safety engineers use computer simulations in which people evacuate after an incident and react to whatever happens around them.
David Koechley, DBIA
Steve Larson, DBIA
Steven Ponce, PMP, DBIA
State of Oregon - Planning and Construction Mgmt
John Reich, DBIA
The Beck Group
Paul Casazza, Assoc. DBIA
Posillico Civil Inc.
James Creech, Assoc. DBIA
Joshua Kiel, Assoc. DBIA
RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
Cori Palmer, Assoc. DBIA
Jeffrey Purtell, Assoc. DBIA
Veronica Willigar, Assoc. DBIA
Charles Pankow Builders
San Francisco, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner member firms
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Department of Veterans Affairs | Construction & Facility Management
- E.T. Gresham Company, Inc.
- Pevida Highway Designers, PLLC
- Sarasota County Government
New member listing as of March 14, 2016.
- Paul Casazza
Posillico Civil Inc.
- Luciana de Cresce El Debs
- Alex Delimont
J.E. Dunn Construction Company
- Daniela Deutsch
New School of Architecture and Design
- Colin Groff
Boynton Beach Utilities
- Carleen King
Posillico Civil, Inc.
- Muruganandam Mohanamurthy
- Dolores Montenegro
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
- Mark Shaurette
- Bridgette Slater
College of Southern Nevada
- Jacob Upton
California Polytechnic State University
- Steve Wagner
DBIA Contact: Membership
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, Alpharetta, 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 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.
Sep. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 19, Conceptual Estimating, Lakewood, Colo.
Sep. 19-21, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 23, High Performance Incentive Contracting, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep. 26-28, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Apr. 21, Northeast Chapter, 6th Annual UNF Clay Shoot (with ASHE Jax)
Apr. 27, Design-Build and Higher Education
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Apr. 28, Central Indiana Chapter Afternoon Program, Design-Build vs. Design-Bridge Build
Apr. 21, O.N.E. Conference
Apr. 21, Maryland Chapter Luncheon Program, discussion of the use of IPD
May 15, Maryland Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
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. 24, Breakfast & Learn Program: Colorado DOT Presentation
Mar. 24, Young Professionals Present 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
Apr. 20, "Howl at the Moon" Networking Reception
May 5, 2016 Annual SW Region Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
May 18, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 23, Regional Awards Competition Entries Due
Mar. 23, Tempe (Arizona) Owners Only Luncheon Program, Maximize Success in Integrated Projects - An Owner's Guide
Mar. 24, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, The Henderson Hospital - A Design-Build/Lean Construction Project Solution Overview (with LCI)
Apr. 1, Applications for Scholarship Program Due
Apr. 14, Orange County Luncheon Program
Apr. 15, Early Bird deadline for June 27 Bay Area Golf Tournament
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
Sep. 12, Sacramento Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
Pre-Solicitation, Seattle/Bellevue, Wash. - Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility for Light Rail Vehicle fleet. Project will be advertised in the second quarter of 2016.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063