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DBIA Milestone: DBIA.org
DBIA
It can be hard to remember a time when the internet wasn't a part of everyday life. Just for context, bear in mind that the White House created its website in 1994 and the Vatican launched its website in 1995. DBIA's Web presence dates to 1996. Longtime DBIA staff member Todd Rich recalls that when she arrived at DBIA in October 1997, the website consisted of four pages, not particularly unusual at that time.

She remembers that one of the first tasks she undertook was to create a calendar for the website and include the program for the November conference. A company in Mexico came across the conference information the day before it started and immediately sent some of its staff. The website continued to grow and include more and more information, with incremental redesigns.

The website was redesigned and upgraded several times over the years. A major update took place in 1999, another in 2002 and again in 2007. Each time the goal was to increase content and functionality. Now it is possible to register for courses and conferences, join DBIA and take continuing education courses online. Members can even download the Manual of Practice, now an entirely electronic document, from dbia.org.

This spring, DBIA will launch its most ambitious redesign and upgrade yet. The newest version of DBIA's website will provide a framework for new and improved content aimed at our mission of educating practitioners and owners in design-build best practices and will include videos, discussion boards and other capabilities while streamlining navigation. Our goal is to completely transform the user experience. Wish us luck, and as always, let us know what you think.

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Kansas Department of Transportation releases RFQ for JOCO Gateway design-build project
GardnerEDGE
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) released the Request for Qualifications (RFQ, Wednesday, March 20, for the Johnson County Gateway. KDOT will use a two-step process to select a design-build team. Step 1: KDOT releases the RFQ. They will review and evaluate the SOQs received and will shortlist up to four of the most qualified teams. The shortlist will be announced Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Step 2: KDOT will release a Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to the shortlisted teams on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
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Civil project pain prescription: Mobile devices and cloud-based software can make all the difference in a project's success
CE News
If you were asked about the most frustrating aspects of working on civil engineering construction projects, what are the couple of pain points that you would do just about anything to eliminate? Likely, you would end up railing against some aspect of the constant changes and common disorganization of data that breeds project delays and cost overruns. Additionally, you struggle with the timely and accurate reporting of your project status to all project stakeholders. The status quo has been both inefficient and costly, but there's good news on the horizon. Emerging technologies promise increased resource efficiency and on-time completion. The solution you're seeking is mobility.
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Engineers, architects ensure new uses for old structures
Finance & Commerce
Structural engineers and architects who have been in the business awhile aren't strangers to working on old buildings. The rehab business is good, accounting for 75 percent of the work at some Twin Cities firms. It also generates some of the toughest assignments.
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DBIA Owner Hotline
DBIA
DBIA is the source of information for design-build done right. DBIA's new Owner Hotline gives public agencies and private project owners direct access to information on design-build project delivery.
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LEGISLATION AND ADVOCACY


Water infrastructure bill could hit Senate floor in April
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Senate Democrats recently that he would bring a large infrastructure authorization bill to the floor as early as April, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told reporters in a conference call.
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Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown
Reuters
The Senate recently approved legislation to avert a government shutdown next week, freeing Democrats and Republicans to spend the next few months arguing over deeply divided strategies to shrink longer-term budget deficits.
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West Virginia Senate committee amends pilot program to become permanent
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
A pilot program that helps to build infrastructure across the state is up for renewal. It received a major amendment in committee when one senator proposed ending the pilot provision to make the program permanent.
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P3 bill in New Mexico
New Mexico Legislature
On March 15, Rep. Larry Larranaga introduced HB 405, the Public-Private Partnerships Act, to authorize the use of P3s for state projects. Citing the economy which has hit the state's construction industry, he argued that P3s would assist in creating jobs and helping small businesses.
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MEMBER NEWS


Firestone-based Flatiron Construction Corp. honored for performing some of the industry's best charitable work in 2012
AGC of America
Firestone-based Flatiron Construction Corp. was honored today for its efforts to build three much-needed footbridges in Nicaragua as part of the Bridges to Prosperity program. As a result, the construction firm was one of eight organizations nationwide to win the AGC in the Community Award from the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, AGC Charities, Inc.
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AGC honors Kiewit
AGC of America
The Associated General Contractors of America awarded Kiewit its Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for its work on Orem's (Utah) State Route 114 Geneva Road project.
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NEWS FROM DBIA


National Design-Build Awards Competition for 2013 is open
DBIA
We've streamlined the process to make it easier to complete entries and added a Team Performance section, so read the information for entering carefully. Projects must have been completed and occupied by the owner after March 31, 2010. Entries from outside the U.S. - both projects and firms - are welcome. The deadline for entering is May 21, 2013.
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Will your current information appear in the 2013 Member Directory?
DBIA
We are in the process of updating our database so that this year's Directory will be as up to date as possible. If you've moved, been promoted or had any other change in your information, let us know - check your member profile online by logging into the DBIA website and making any changes. If you have a problem, or need your login information, contact the Membership Department at membership@dbia.org or call 202-682-0110. Directory updates close on April 5.
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Do you know about all your member benefits?
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source of industry information and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. Project leads, access to epipeline, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, discounts on DBIA events and materials and many more are all benefits DBIA offers its members.

Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!

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Can fixed-price contracts be fairly priced?
ConstructionPro
Project owners are drawn to the design-build method of construction procurement for good reasons. A single source of design and construction allows fast-tracking of projects - commencement of early phases of construction before design details have been completed for later phases.

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Reasons to use a design-build project delivery system
Lehigh Valley Business
Glenn Ebersole writes, "We hear the term 'Integrated Project Delivery' used in the construction world today. And in my opinion, 'Design-Build' is the original and stands as the most consistently successful form of integrated project delivery for construction."

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Design-build construction projects continue to gain popularity in Wichita, Kan.
Wichita Business Journal
The desire for one-stop shopping extends to the construction industry. Design-build construction jobs continue to gain popularity in Wichita, Kan., and across the nation as more customers seek a simpler way to get their building projects from start to finish.

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Upcoming events
DBIA
April 1-5, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
April 5, Conceptual Estimating, Birmingham, Ala.
April 15, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Dallas, Texas
April 17-19, Owner Boot Camp, Honolulu, Hawaii
April 22-26, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
April 22-26, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
April 29-May 3, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
May 8-10, Transportation Owner Boot Camp, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 14, Conceptual Estimating, Los Angeles, Calif.
May 15-17, Certification Workshop (Part 1), San Diego, Calif.
May 20-21, Certification Workshop (Part 2), San Diego, Calif.
May 17, Design Management Fundamentals, Denver, Colo.
May 20, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 24, Conceptual Estimating, Seattle, Wash.
May 31, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Irvine, Calif.
June 3-7, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 10-14, Certification Workshop, Rochester, N.Y.
July 9, Design Management Fundamentals, Los Angeles, Calif.
July 12, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, St. Louis, Mo.
July 15-19, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
July 22-26, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
July 26, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 6, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Los Angeles, Calif.
Aug. 12-16, Certification Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa.
Aug. 20-22, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, National Harbor, Md.
Sept. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 13, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 16-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sept. 20, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 30-October 4, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nov. 4-6, 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov.15, Design Management, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 18-22, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.

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Region events
DBIA
April 1, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Regional award entries due
April 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Regional award entries due
April 16, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Assist Subcontractors and Data Centers
April 16, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program
April 17, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Collegiate Awards Bowling Fundraiser
April 19, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Orange County/LA Lunch Program, "New Projects and New Delivery Trends on the Horizon in Riverside County"
April 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Owner's Event
May 3, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Regional Conference
May 9, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Lunch Program
May 10, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Spring Fundraiser, Sporting Clays
May 14, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Lunch Program
May 15, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program
May 16-17, DBIA-Southwest Region, Annual Conference
May 21, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Transportation Mega Projects
May 21, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
May 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Awards Banquet
June 17, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Laboratories
June 26, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 11th Annual Golf Tournament
July 16, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Healthcare Projects and Lean in Design-Build
July 17, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Project Tour and Program
July 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sept. 10, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Annual Awards and Golf Outing
Sept. 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owners Only: Design-Build Transportation Forum
Sept. 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Transportation
Sept. 18, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program
Oct. 8, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Fall Fundraiser, Golf
Nov. 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Renovations and Design-Build in Energy/Utility Projects
Nov. 20, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program
Dec. 5, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Annual Business Meeting: Design-Build in Education, Design-Build Awards, 2014 Elections

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Industry Events Calendar
DBIA
We also have a calendar of Industry Events.
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PROJECT LEADS


Project leads
DBIA
Kansas DOT announces RFQ
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, for the Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange Phase 2 design-build project. The RFQ is available at: http://www.jocogateway.com.

RFQ for design-build firms – interior office space renovations (Refugio County Appraisal District, Texas)


Presolicitation: Norris Cotton design-build boiler replacement (Manchester, N.H.)

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