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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Shannon Eckhart, DBIA’s Director of Media/Public Relations, passed away peacefully over this past weekend. Shannon came to DBIA nearly two years ago with a love for the building industry, which she first realized in her seven years working for Turner Construction Company. Her enthusiasm and constant smile spread through any room she was in.
Shannon had an incredible impact on DBIA’s work. She launched DesignBuildDoneRight.com in order to create a central hub for design-build news and DBIA updates and blog posts. She also spearheaded the redesign of DBIA Integration Quarterly Magazine, enhancing its content, style and reach. She worked diligently to redesign the DBIA Project Awards program to simplify the application, revamp the scoring criteria and put greater emphasis on the design-build team in addition to the project. She did this all while increasing coverage of DBIA in major media outlets such as ENR and local business journals, as well as online outlets such as Building Design+Construction and WaterOnline.
Outside of work, Shannon was dedicated to her many friends and had an extremely close relationship with her family. She loved walking to work and went to Jazzercise classes for fun. She had a deep appreciation for the arts, always recruiting her friends to join her at museums, exhibits and the Kennedy Center. She also volunteered with the Women’s Foreign Policy Group to promote women’s participation in international affairs.
The entire DBIA staff, Board of Directors and Region leaders are sending prayers and positive thoughts to Shannon’s friends and family at this heartbreaking time. A memorial service will be held in Rosslyn, Virginia on April 18. Details will be on the DBIA website as soon as they are available. She will be sorely missed, but her impact on the design and construction industry, as well as on her DBIA family, will not be forgotten.
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Draper Light Rail Extension
DBIA Integration Quarterly Magazine
The Draper Light Rail Transit project in Draper, Utah, involved constructing 3.8 miles of electrified double track, two sidings, seven at-grade crossings and six traffic-signal-controlled pedestrian crossings to connect the Sandy/Draper rail system. To accomplish this, the project required extensive coordination and communication with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Sandy City, Draper City, WaterPro, Inc., and the Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA).
The State of the P3 Discussion
In recent weeks, I attended two conferences on public-private partnerships (P3s). The first, sponsored by the National Council on Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), focused on federal issues. The second, held in Dallas, was sponsored by the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) and focused on broader issue-areas. From the many informative sessions I attended, I pulled together a few takeaways.
Transportation Leaders Honored for Advancing Innovation in Project Delivery, from Faster Completion To Higher Quality
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Leadership Awards. The DBIA awards serve to honor the agencies and individuals from across the country that have made critical strides to advance and expand design-build project delivery through Design-Build Done Right™ within the transportation sector, resulting in enhanced project delivery ranging from faster completion to higher quality projects.
White House Not Ruling out Executive Steps on Taxes
The Obama administration is not ruling out using executive powers to also address the tax code. With Senate Democrats openly pushing the administration to take its own action on the tax front, the White House is not shooting down the idea. “The president certainly has not indicated any reticence about using his executive authority to try to advance an agenda that benefits middle-class Americans,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Monday.
Bridge repair work on a bridge in Indian Head, Pennsylvania resulted in unexpected cracks in the structure and forced the bridge to close to all traffic. Mabey Inc. was called to help restore emergency access to the Indian River Creek bridge and relieve residents of the 13-mile detour that plagued them over the three weeks of the bridge closure. Read how they did it.
Public Construction Bid Proposal in Alabama House Controversial
Legislation prefiled in the House of Representatives could bring back a heated debate between lawmakers and the construction industry about how public construction projects should be bid. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Mark Tuggle, R-Alexander City, would allow public entities to begin a form of bidding known as construction manager/general contractor and design-build.
Iowa Transportation Commission Approves $33 Million in New Highway and Bridge Projects
The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a 2015 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP) amendment to add highway and bridge projects for fiscal year 2015, a move made possible by the recent 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax approved by Gov. Terry Branstad. The new projects total $33.2 million, which is the amount expected to be collected for FY 2015. The projects will begin in calendar year 2015.
Pennsylvania Flush with Cash for Transportation Projects
The Associated Press via Construction Equipment Guide
While other states struggle to pay the upkeep on their highway systems, Pennsylvania is implementing a multifaceted, multibillion-dollar blueprint designed to accelerate road and bridge projects, improve mass transit systems and increase subsidies to local governments.
Turnpike Authority Unveils $300 Million Widening Project in Bayonne, N.J.
The Associated Press via NorthJersey.com
Motorists used to long waits to get through the New Jersey Turnpike tolls in Bayonne will get some relief from a widening project at Exit 14-A. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday unveiled plans for the estimated $310 million project. The interchange connects the Turnpike's Newark Bay-Hudson County extension with Route 440 and Port Jersey Boulevard in Bayonne.
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Using IPD and Lean in Building Design
When we think of the best way to deliver a product, some of us might think of the UPS slogan, "We Love Logistics." But how often do you think about the logistics involved with delivering building projects more effectively? Many of us think about the manufacturing industry as a way to streamline production. The Toyota Production System focuses on the elimination of waste. It is not important how many cars are produced,but rather that the best car is produced.
Caterpillar is Quick on the Uptake
Caterpillar Inc.’s recent announcement that it is investing in Chicago-based technology startup Uptake is a strong signal of the construction industry’s current appetite for data analytics. Contractors, rental companies and others who use heavy equipment have for years had the ability to collect data from their fleets. But much of that data is based on history—things that have already happened on a construction project.
Spec Formliners is a leading manufacturer of formliners for use in concrete forming systems. Spec specializes in producing custom patterns. By working closely with engineers to turn their vision into a physical 3D mold and with the ability to laser-scan physical objects and reproduce them on any scale, Spec is miles ahead of the competition.
Trends Driving Airport Construction
American airports remain some of the busiest in the world, with nearly half of the world’s 30 busiest airports within the U.S. and domestic air travel at an all-time high of 743 million passengers taking flight in 2013. However, upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport traffic or even at a level sufficient to accommodate the life cycle of our many dated terminal facilities. Until now.
Lloyd District Tower Might Be First to Use "Peer Reviewed" Design for Earthquake Resilience
Oregon building codes outline exactly how skyscraper should be built to ensure it will keep standing in an earthquake. A 32-story tower proposed in Portland's Lloyd District won't be be built according to the method outlined in the building code. And that's OK, the City of Portland says -- provided the design goes through a rigorous peer-review process.
Six Myths of Sustainable Design
The Huffington Post
A couple of weeks ago, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce published an opinion piece titled, "Why green building has hit the wall, and what to do about it." The author, long-time green building advocate Jerry Yudelson, laments the relatively low rate of green building certification and asks, "Why hasn't the current system had more marketplace success?" The answer, he claims, is that the most popular rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, is too complicated and costs too much.
Top 10 Construction Apps
Technology is gradually making its way into the building industry with an emphasis on slick and light mobile apps. There are building apps for almost everything these days and these are some of the favorites.
Arizona's Loop 202 South Mountain Extension Gets Federal Green Light
Phoenix Business Journal
Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, rolling from Interstate 10 at 59th Avenue to I-10 Loop 202-Pecos Road interchange has received the required federal sign-off, and it's time for the Arizona Department of Transportation to implement its decision to go with the public-private partnership.
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions Selected to Design, Build, and Finance Housing Project for University of Houston-Victoria
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market, announced today it has been selected to design, build, and finance a $20M on-campus housing project for the University of Houston-Victoria through a public-private partnership.
Two PCL Design-Built Hospitals Achieve LEED Silver Certification
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) is pleased to announce that two of its projects have achieved LEED® Silver certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), surpassing intended classification as LEED Certified buildings. "Our team was able to maximize value for our clients and achieve a higher level of intended certification," said PCL executive vice president Chris Gower. "This stands as a testament to the value of strong partnerships and close collaboration, and I congratulate all of our project partners for this achievement."
World-Class Design Firm to Build Mackay's Ring Road
AECOM has been involved in rebuilding America's One World Trade Center and the construction of skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. Now they will design Mackay's ring road. The global company's Brisbane-based team had won the tender for the detailed design of the massive project, Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said.
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 to 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.
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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.
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
May 5, Lunch presentation, Alternative Delivery and Procurement Methods
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Apr. 22, Blue Scope Steel Factory Tour; Evening Networking Event (with Pennsylvania AWWA)
Mar. 25, Project Delivery Methods: The Design-Build Option (with SLCCC)
May 15, Second Annual Maryland Chapter Golf Tournament
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
Mar. 25, Dallas-Fort Worth Luncheon, Integrated Design-Build Methods and the DFW Connector
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Apr. 3, Arizona Golf Tournament
Apr. 7, Hawaii Lunch Program, Lean Project Delivery Through Design-Build
Apr. 23, San Francisco Luncheon, Project Delivery in the Biopharmaceutical and Lab Industries (with ISPE)
May 21, 2015 Regional Design-Build Awards Program and Dinner
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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