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Be a 2018 DBIA Conference Presenter. Do you have a design-build story to tell or "lesson learned" that you can share with the industry? Thousands of industry professionals spanning the architecture, engineering or construction community attend Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) conferences each year and we're looking for presenters for our special 25th Anniversary Celebration of Collaboration at DBIA's 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans. The deadline is Monday, March 26, so submit your presentation idea NOW.
Mar. 28, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern), Webinar: Preparing and Delivering Powerful Presentations
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.
SOLD OUT – 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 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Albany Monday afternoon to push for a major infrastructure proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the Corning Preserve.
Flanked by local officials and union workers, with the Livingston Avenue Bridge as a backdrop, the Democrat promoted his recently unveiled $1 trillion infrastructure plan. He says adjusting federal tax rates could be key to addressing the Capital Region’s water and sewer infrastructure. "Guess what would happen if this bridge, 115 years old, were to fail, Amtrak passenger service west and north of the Albany Rensselaer station would be gone. And a whole regional economy would collapse. So you can't keep ignoring this. We've seen in place after place bridges, roads get damaged and the whole economy is suffering."
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In a dramatic confrontation in Albany on Wednesday, state Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Brooklyn Heights-Greenpoint-Lower Manhattan) demanded that Senate Republicans explain why they were holding hostage a bill crucial to Brooklyn — and the entire metro area — in the budget negotiation process. The bill in question, S. 7508-B, would authorize "design-build," a quicker, cheaper method to carry out the upcoming $1.8 billion rehabilitation of a decrepit length of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). While the Assembly bill authorizing design-build is clean, the sponsor of the Senate bill, state Sen. Marty Golden, included last-minute add-ons that will likely snarl its passage.
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Congressional leaders and top White House officials are clearing the way for a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, scrapping several last-minute attempts to tack on controversial policy riders ahead of a Friday deadline to fund the government.
Earlier this month, Purdue University issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain two new undergraduate student housing facilities on the West Lafayette campus under a public-private partnership. A public-private partnership (P3) allows for more innovation in project design and execution, allowing projects to be completed on a shorter timeline. ... Design and construction teams must submit proposals by noon April 20. The university will then evaluate the submissions and determine the preferred proposal. Additional Board of Trustees approvals will be sought if the submitted proposals meet the university’s initial qualifications and expectations. It is anticipated that commercial close will occur in October 2018 with construction beginning shortly thereafter.
Traffic Technology Today
For 12 months, 2,000 volunteers will participate in the pilot in order to experience the replacement of the gas tax by a pay-per-miles travelled charge. Drivers will simulate paying for the miles they drive rather than the gallons of fuel they buy at the pumps. The results of this year-long trial will help shape Washington state’s future transportation funding policy. The service delivery and technology division of Abertis, one of the world’s leading highway management companies, Emovis has now launched the initiative, which seeks to explore new ways of providing sustainable transportation revenues to maintain critical road infrastructures in the USA.
The first set of general obligation bonds approved by voters last year will go on sale in May, as the state Department of Transportation works with the Department of Administration to get underwriters for putting the bonds on the market. The bonds are part of the “Roads to Prosperity” amendment, which voters passed in October and will fund $1.6 billion worth of road construction projects in West Virginia. ... As for related work, Smith said progress is going to depend on the project. A majority of larger projects are design-build projects, in which the state allows a contractor and consultant team to design the project, which will create a delay.
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.
New England Real Estate Journal
After approximately seven months of planning, the development team secured not only Wellesley Town Meeting approval, but no less than five intertwined local and MA DOT regulatory approvals. The overall cost for the project was realized and Dacon was awarded the design/build project in its entirety to complete engineering and construct the building.
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Williamsburg-based GuernseyTingle was honored for the design of the church by the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate at the 21st annual Excellence in Development Design Awards Program and Hampton Roads Design Build Institute of America on March 9. The design firm’s work on the church won an award in two separate categories. The award from the HRACE was in its excellence category and the DBIA award won as project of the year.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
Siphonic education session to explain the possible benefits of siphonic drainage on the roof and on parking decks. Take advantage of this educational session that we have offered through our DBIA partnership to educate you and your team on a state-of-the-art software program. READ MORE
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The California Department of General Services has selected a Turner Construction-AC Martin team to design and build a “net zero energy” office building for the state’s environmental agencies. The 20-storey tower will be situated in Sacramento and accommodate more than 3,500 employees from the state departments of Natural Resources, Water Resources and Forestry and Fire Protection as well as the Wildlife Conservation Board, Turner said Friday.
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Friday morning, the utility confirmed they’ve signed a $1.6 billion contract with Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership for the generating station and spillways. In a statement, B.C. Hydro said this “includes the delivery of civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes.”
Daily Commercial News
A new bridge will be built in California this summer. That’s hardly earth-shattering news. But this one will be different. Thanks to the work of researchers at Purdue University, this bridge will use concrete that has been infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood. The idea is that the nanocrystals will make the concrete stronger so that less of it is needed. The nanocrystals are a byproduct generated by the pulp and paper industries, among others.
Public Works Magazine
More DOTs are specifying longitudinal diamond grooving for asphalt as well as concrete pavement. The Ohio DOT (ODOT) has specified longitudinal diamond grooving for concrete bridge decks, both new construction and overlays, since 2012. Cutting narrow grooves into pavement reduces hydroplaning risk, increases drainage at the tire/surface interface, and improves vehicle control. Statistics show a clear relationship between longitudinally grooved surfaces and a reduction in accident rates.
Michigan isn’t alone in the struggle to repair crumbling roads and bridges. … Victor Li may have the key to solving this nationwide struggle. The University of Michigan civil and environmental engineering professor has invented self-healing concrete. It can bend, and if it cracks, it can repair itself.
Carpenters pass tools and material all the time, whether it’s hand to hand, using a bucket and rope or even by using a pallet. The crews assembling a bridge last week over Little Raccoon Creek in Washington County as part of the construction of the $800 million Southern Beltway are taking that concept to a larger scale: passing 123-foot-long, 75-ton precast concrete beams from one crane to another using a 2-foot welded steel triangle and a couple of Kevlar straps to put them in place. The innovative process involves two cranes because the beams are too long and heavy to use just one. And the crane-passing isn’t a one-time thing because the bridge in Robinson Township requires 42 beams to build separate spans in each direction. The load triangle is a relatively new construction tool approved two years ago for use on projects by the state Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Alvarez Inc. of Canonsburg became the first company in the state to use this method, which replaced a time-consuming process that involved sliding beams across a greasy piece of steel.
RFP: Design-Build for New Hampshire Pump Station Upgrade
(deadline April 25, mandatory pre-proposal meeting on April 6)
The work involves the following: Assessment of the existing pump station and existing plans available by the Town of Hudson, Assessment of the existing and future flows. Coordination with NHDES and other applicable stakeholders, Prepare all permitting documents and acquire all permits required for construction (fees to be paid by the Town), Prepare complete design, construction plans and cost estimates, using Gorman Rupp pumps, and Construct the approved construction plan.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
Stephen Ballard, DBIA
Balfour Beatty Construction
Robert Bean, P.E., PMP, DBIA
John Griffin, LEED, ID+C, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
New York, N.Y.
Jeffrey Keller, P.E.
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
Kansas City, Mo.
John William Allen Brinkley, Assoc. DBIA
Black & Veatch
Christopher Cook, Assoc. DBIA
Jason Michael Harrison, Assoc. DBIA
Sellen Construction Company
Brian Kemper, Assoc. DBIA, P.E., AIA, Ph.D., P.E.
Maria del Pilar Mendez, Assoc. DBIA, Assoc. AIA, LEED A
Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevin Meyer, Assoc. DBIA
Gresham Smith & Partners
Blue Ash, Ohio
DBIA Contact: Certification
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-Great Lakes Region
Apr. 10, Wisconsin Chapter Evening Program, How Does MSOE Use Design-Build Curricula to Educate Future Design-Build Professionals
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 10, Evening Networking Event Focusing on Professional Workforce Issues
May 17, Maryland Chapter Annual Golf Tournament
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
May 4, Oregon Chapter 1st Annual Golf Event
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
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
Apr. 19, Young Professionals Event – WhirlyBall
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Mar. 28, Arizona Chapter Evening Program, Why Leadership Matters in Successful Design-Build
Apr. 3, LA/OC Chapter Breakfast Program, How to Be Successful and Win Design-Build Projects in Private Development
Apr. 5, Deadline for submitting applications for 2018 DBIA-Western Pacific Region Design-Build College Scholarship Program
Apr. 17, Nevada Chapter Spring Mixer
Apr. 26, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
July 9, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
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