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Design-build, in which the design-build team works under a single contract with the owner, gets a project done 33% faster than other project delivery methods, said Lisa Washington, executive director and CEO of the Design-Build Institute of America. She attributes that efficiency to the overlap of design and construction. The team, which frequently involves the owner, designer, contractor and key specialty trades, meet early on discuss how best to use the budget to achieve the owner's goals while addressing challenges and constraints. This allows for more design flexibility that the more prescriptive design-bid-build approach. "Building on the expertise of all the key players, including the owner, they find the best solution within the budget the owner feels has addressed their goals and challenges," Washington said. "That's where the innovation and collaboration in design-build really kick in and bring value."
Thanks to the record-breaking number of attendees who joined us at the 2018 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater and Transportation Conferences in Portland. It was a landmark event in many ways, providing the best of the best in design-build resources, education and networking. We’re already planning our next event -- the Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans, November 7-9 – where we’ll celebrate 25 years of design-build successes with an anniversary party to remember!
The Design-Build Institute of America-Upper Midwest Region held its 10th Annual Awards Ceremony on March 21, 2018, at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. All project teams were honored for their regional projects that exemplified the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation, and problem-solving that characterize design-build delivery. Representatives from each team presented their projects and discussed the significance the design-build process had on their success. Listed below are the honored projects and teams.
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.
May 2-4, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
May 8-10, Certification Workshop, Pocono Manor, Pa.
May 10, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Birmingham, Ala.
May 17, Design Management Fundamentals, Oakland, Calif.
May 22-24, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
A complete schedule for 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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President Trump has signed, somewhat reluctantly, a $1.3-trillion fiscal 2018 spending package that features a $21.2-billion increase for an array of federal infrastructure programs, including highways, airports, drinking-water and wastewater-treatment plants and veterans' health facilities.
Detroit Free Press
It’s time to raise the federal gas tax to help fix Michigan’s ravaged roads, Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday.
Snyder, a Republican who is under fire along with state lawmakers over the shape of Michigan’s roads, said the state has taken steps to increase road funding and can do more, but it’s also time for the federal government to step up.
He said the state has increased road funding more than $1 billion annually since he took office, but federal road funding has decreased $250 million a year during that time.
The government agency overseeing a $1.2- billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s far West Side took an unconventional route for a major New York City project: It bid its two-city-block-size effort as a design-build job. The atypical move almost immediately led to major program changes to the four-level truck marshalling facility that makes up half of the 1.2-million-sq-ft expansion, scrapping deeper foundations and switching the superstructure from steel to cast-in-place concrete. Those changes saved time and money compared with the original plan, while also improving key features of the overall project, which was ranks No. 5 on ENR New York’s Top Starts list. That was the whole idea, to tap into the collaborative thinking that design-build can afford, says David Thurm, executive vice president and Javits Center project lead at Lehrer, which is serving as owner’s representative for the Convention Center Development Corp.
A recent Moody's Investment Services report suggests that President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan could result in more private investment through public-private partnerships (P3s), but that state and local governments will have to rethink their revenue policies in order to attract investors. Moody's gives the Trump plan points for allowing more federal agencies – therefore a wider variety of projects – to use P3s and for providing financing options like low-cost loans and private activity bonds. The investment group also applauded the administration's push for a more streamlined permitting process. The growth of P3s, Moody's said, is largely dependent on whether state and local governments will be willing to embrace new revenue streams, like those from tolling, in the face of public opposition to those kinds of fees. Moody's also said that the suggested limited environmental reviews could cause problems for project owners and operators in the long term, and that the president's plan lacks funding details, particularly in the identification of long-term revenue for the Highway Trust Fund.
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.
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.
Commercial Property Executive
Skanska goes all in at Fifth + Broadway, a $430 million downtown Nashville mixed-use project currently under development. The company has increased its contract with developer OM-SE, a joint venture of OliverMcMillan and Spectrum | Emery, as general contractor for the property. The contract extension is valued at $163 million, with the overall construction cost topping out at approximately $300 million.
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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Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. said on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway completed in early March.
The 1,450 feet long wall, drilled 35-65 feet into bedrock, is one preventative measure against the type of erosion that occurred there last year, should the emergency spillway ever be used again.
The Construction Index
The US state of California has appointed a team of Hochtief subsidiary Turner Construction and designer AC Martin for the new headquarters of its environmental agencies. The design-build team will deliver a 20-storey ‘net zero energy’ office tower in Sacramento. The tower will be a new home for more than 3,500 employees across a number of state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Wildlife Conservation Board.
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Roads & Bridges
When a contractor encounters differing site conditions on a project, an equitable adjustment for additional costs and/or time can more often than not be justified under the Differing Site Conditions contract provision. Frequently, however, the unanticipated conditions result in the highway department making changes in the work; for example, by altering the paving section, rerouting or adding drainage pipes or requiring undercut excavation. In such an instance, the contractor will likely be paid under the contract Changes clause. On one hand, the contractor should not care whether the highway department characterizes the matter as constituting a differing site condition or a change in the work. Indeed, getting paid and receiving additional contract time, if appropriate, is most important. On the other hand, however, if other work on the project is impacted as a result, the contractor might want to avoid claiming under the Differing Site Conditions clause and seek to characterize the matter as a change in the work under the Changes clause. Why . . . and in what instance?
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David Hewett, head of Marsh’s U.S. surety practice, has had a 20-year-long career in surety that includes senior positions at XL Caitlin and Zurich. A graduate of Johns Hopkins’ Carey School of Business, Hewett also has held positions at USI Holdings and USF&G. He recently spoke with ENR Correspondent Scott Van Voorhis about how the hot market has caused trouble for some contractors, recent accounting rule changes and the rising costs to sureties of curing defaults.
Daily Commercial News
Expansion joints are a fact of life whether you’re building a rail line, a building facade or a bridge. ... But a research team at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) has developed a system that doesn’t use conventional expansion joints. Instead, there is a transition zone at each end of the bridge that is a few metres long. The system has been patented and built and has passed its first winter of service on an Austrian autobahn with flying colours.
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
Apr. 12, Kansas Chapter Breakfast Program, Subcontractors/Vendors Role in Design-Build
May 10, GMU Evening Networking Event Focusing on Professional Workforce Issues
May 17, Maryland Chapter Annual Golf Tournament
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
Apr. 10, Portland Chapter Breakfast Program, Progressive Design-Build at Portland International Airport
May 4, Oregon Chapter 1st Annual Golf Event
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Ohio Valley Region
Apr. 10, Columbus Mixer
May 17, Morgantown Mixer
June 14, Cincinnati Mixer
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
May 15, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
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
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