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True design-builders think differently. There is a specific type of thinking that is required for us to get beyond our discipline biases which is required to be truly innovative. On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Barbara Jackson from the University of Denver will present Adaptive Intelligence and Integrative Thinking to both Transportation and Water/Wastewater conference attendees at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Together, both conferences offer over 40 educational sessions and up to 24 hours of continuing education credit. These events will take place this April 18-22, 2016. To register, visit www.DBIA.org/conferences.
DBIA is looking forward to two record-breaking conferences this April in Charlotte, N.C.! To accommodate all of our attendees, DBIA has secured room blocks at several Charlotte hotel properties including: Westin Charlotte, Omni Charlotte, Hyatt Place Charlotte, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown and Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown. Each hotel has a different reservation cut-off starting with Friday, March 25. To make your reservation(s) please go online and view instructions for each hotel property. Book your room now!
DBIA celebrated the codification of Senate Bill 465 in Virginia on Monday, March 21, which allows for design-build proposals to include Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs), a recommended best practice in design-build project delivery for the transportation sector. Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs) are technical ideas that are developed by proposers, typically during a design-build or Public-Private Partnership (P3) procurement, that deviate from the Request for Proposal (RFP) criteria for a given project. ATCs are allowed on design-build projects in neighboring North Carolina, which recently used an ATC on the I-485/I-85 project to achieve an impressive $30 million in cost savings.
The Wichita Eagle via The Kansas City Star
The vice president of the Kansas Contractors Association is blasting state lawmakers for cutting road and bridge spending, which he said has led to a drop in construction jobs.
“More than $2.1 billion has been diverted from Kansas’ transportation program over the past six years,” Bob Totten said. “It’s frustrating.
“We’re taking money out of a program that has been very good, and concerns the safety of our citizens, to make it so that folks get a tax break.”
A proposal to allow public-private partnerships for transportation projects in Tennessee is advancing in the state Legislature after sponsors said it would no longer apply to highway or bridge construction.
Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said the measure would now only apply to mass transit projects like light rail. Ketron said that highways and bridges were removed from the legislation at the behest of the roadbuilders' lobby.
There is so much to see and do at Autodesk University 2015, especially if you are in the construction industry. We’ve put together some of our top reasons why we think you should come see us at the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Check out the reasons why!
The benefits of the design-build process have a broad appeal across just about every sector, from retail to higher education, but the place where those benefits may be most directly felt is in the manufacturing industry. Today’s stringent economy means constantly squeezed margins and ever-tightening production timelines. With so little fat left to trim, manufacturing companies, especially those committed to American-made products, must constantly seek innovative solutions for cost cutting. This is where design-build really shines.
The District of Columbia recently launched an executive office to specifically focus on leveraging public private partnerships in service of funding infrastructure projects. In a high growth city like this one, there is an incredible urgency to secure resources for both existing and new infrastructure. After recently launching the Office of Public Private Partnerships, the challenge now is to figure out how to prioritize projects, quickly identify opportunities for innovative partnership, and execute projects. The City Accelerator would help the District focus on a single class of projects to test whether an interagency planning and prioritization process leads to the identification and acquisition of executable financing options.
You can be fairly certain that as soon as your new space is up and running, a staffing change or technology upgrade is just around the corner. Now you’re confronted with adapting to change with as little disruption and loss in productivity as possible. One decision, early in the design process, can make change tolerable, affordable and less impactful to productivity. That decision is Gridd™.
The unfolding water contamination issue in Flint, Mich., which led to the declaration of a federal emergency, is the latest example of the challenges we are seeing across many of our nation’s cities when it comes to aging infrastructure. From transportation and stormwater to broadband and energy efficiency, cities are juggling limited resources to build and maintain vital capital assets to meet even the most basic needs of residents, especially in low-income communities. It is estimated that the growing demand for infrastructure improvements totals more than $60 trillion globally. Increasingly, cities and states have to cover these costs on their own, requiring enormous coordination and new financing mechanisms to address that large and growing need.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Metro unveiled an ambitious transportation plan Friday, proposing to use $120 billion from a possible future sales tax to build numerous projects, including a rail line to Las Vegas, extension of the Gold Line Foothill to Claremont and a train or freeway tunnel under Sepulveda Pass.
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.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
When the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meets Thursday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a proposal to build a $1.2 billion domed football stadium will be aired in a room full of people with differing priorities on local tourism amenity needs.
Even though committee members aren’t expected to reach any final conclusions at the meeting, their tone and the direction of their questions could show which way they’re leaning on a project that, as currently proposed, includes a public funding component.
North Carolina voted overwhelmingly last week to borrow $2 billion to pay for a laundry list of infrastructure projects.
About two-thirds of the bonds will go toward new buildings, repairs and renovations at all University of North Carolina system and community college campuses. The rest would go for local government water and sewer projects and construction money for parks, the North Carolina Zoo, the National Guard and the Department of Agriculture.
Mabey’s structural shoring fits any job, including facade retention or needling for restoration, retention or demolition projects. We also support bridge jacking and temporary bridge projects. Our equipment can handle loads from 45 – 500 kips with modular designs to makes transport, assembly and disassembly easy. All connections are bolted so no welding is necessary. See how here.
The Dallas Morning News
A Las Colinas mixed-use project would add millions of square feet of office space, shopping, apartments and hotel rooms if Irving’s City Council approves a change in zoning this week.
Planned by Verizon Corp. and developer KDC, the $1.5 billion, 158-acre development has been in the works since last year. Architect Gensler has designed the campus on Verizon’s property and done preliminary concepts of buildings. “We are taking what was built as a very exurban campus and working with them to build in a neighborhood center and amenities for what will be sites for several headquarters properties,” said Gensler’s Barry Hand.
The Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It evaluates, grades and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle. Skanska’s involvement with the Envision program started four years ago when Ryan Prime, Skanska project engineer, cold called Harvard University’s Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure to receive more information.
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.
Vietnam's Dragon Bridge, owned by the Da Nang Department of Transportation, and designed by Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney, was named the recipient of the 2016 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award during the annual Outstanding Projects And Leaders Gala, March 17, in Arlington, VA.
The Milwaukee Bucks confirm to CBS 58 that Mortenson Construction has been named as the construction manager for the new multi-purpose arena to be built in downtown Milwaukee. The 714,000-square-foot facility, which is the result of a historic public-private partnership between Bucks ownership, Senator Kohl, and the city, county and state, will anchor a new sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee that will transform 30 acres of vacant land into a new vibrant, urban neighborhood activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses.
The National Law Review
Two seemingly unrelated developments in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will affect employers in 2016: The First, the over 100 percent proposed increases in threshold amounts of salaries that qualify for “salaried exempt” status under the FLSA; The Second, congressionally mandated increases in OSHA penalties at a minimum of 80 percent by Aug. 1, 2016.
Heat stress is a growing safety concern in the building industry and now an innovative smart vest has been developed to monitor the health of construction workers in real time.
Developed at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the vest uses sensors to measure a worker's body temperature and heart rate and sends the data wirelessly to a smartphone app, which instantly alerts users to any anomalies.
Caterpillar Inc. recently conducted a production study at their proving grounds in Peoria, Ill., that once and for all put new technology to the test against traditional road building methods. They built identical roads side by side – one with integrated technology and one without – to measure differences in job time, work hours, machine hours and fuel burned. The goal was to give a visual demonstration to show how this technology can improve the workflow on the jobsite.
John F. Baker, DBIA
M. A. Mortenson Company
Jignesh Desai, P.E., PMP, LEEP AP, DBIA
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
San Francisco, Calif.
Joseph Kantor, P.E., DBIA
Molly Perrigo, DBIA
Vermont Agency of Transportation
John Petty, P.E., DBIA
San Jose, Calif.
Charles Pruitt, CCM, PSP, PMP, DBIA
Derek Schmidt, P.E., DBIA
WSB & Associates, Inc.
Yaniv Zimber, DBIA
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lourdes Bonifacio, Assoc. DBIA
Michelle Carroll, Assoc. DBIA
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colo.
Julian Fentress, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. DBIA
Terrie McKinney, Assoc. DBIA
RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
Julie Mellett, JD, Assoc. DBIA
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Camp Hill, Pa.
Chris Offe, Assoc. DBIA
RockSol Consulting Group, Inc.
Dean Papajohn, P..E, Assoc. DBIA
Arizona State University
Alejandro Rodriguez, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner member firm
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Notkin Mechanical Engineers
New member listing as of March 21, 2016.
- Tashanna Barrera
Wakefield Beasley & Associates, Inc.
- KK Clark
Clark Construction Group, LLC
- Sonia Coopwood
The Boldt Company
- Brandon Hiatt
- Charles Jabara
- Kurt Keith
Phillips & Jordan
- Beth Linn
City of Edgerton
- Jared McGrath
- Raksha Machamada Nanaiah
University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Douglas Omichinski
Bechtel Global Corporation
- Scott Pinkerton
- Patrick Simpkins
Graham Construction & Management, Inc.
- Eugene Torone
S/L/A/M Construction Services
- Theresa Yee
County of San Mateo
DBIA Contact: Membership
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
Mar. 30, Orlando Afternoon Program, Design-Build Best Practices: A Focus on Effective DBE/SBE/MBE Outreach & Utilization
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
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
Extended Deadline: Mar. 30, Regional Award Entries Due
Apr. 1, Applications for Scholarship Program Due
Apr. 7, Arizona Afternoon Program, A DBIA National Award Winner and the Collaborative Process; A Case Study
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.
RFQ/RFP for design-build general contractor for the upcoming McMillan Infrastructure Project (Washington, D.C.)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063