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New York Extends Design-Build Authority
We are excited to report that around 3 a.m. on April 1, the New York State Legislature passed a budget for 2015-2016 that included a two-year renewal of design-build authority for select agencies. The Governor’s office released a statement saying, “this important re-authorization allows the State to continue to accelerate project delivery schedules, reduce project costs, create jobs for New Yorkers and fully engage private sector efficiencies in the development of public infrastructure projects.” Thank you to everyone who worked hard on this, in particular DBIA Liberty Region leaders Andrew Claus and Steven Ruether, and DBIA’s Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs Richard Thomas. This story is still developing, and we will keep you updated as we find out more information.
Design-Build Efficiency & Jobs Act Reintroduced in the House
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) has reintroduced the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act. The new bill, introduced March 26, is substantively similar to the last version introduced in 2013. Like the previous iteration, this new bill – H.R. 1666 – seeks to encourage better of use of two-step design-build selection procedures by requiring contracting officers to get approval when short-listing more than five finalists.
Movement in Congress to Let Cities and Towns Access Federal Transpo Funds
Finally, proof that Congress is capable of crafting smart transportation legislation and not just zany ways to avoid raising the gas tax. A bipartisan coalition of 10 lawmakers is supporting the Innovation in Surface Transportation Act, which would help cities, counties, and other local governments directly access federal funding for transportation projects, according to Transportation for America.
Feds Launch Audit of State Highway Funding
The Department of Transportation is launching an audit of state highway spending. Officials with the agency’s inspector general (IG) said the review is intended to make sure federal funding that is allocated to states is being properly used. The IG noted that the Federal Highway Administration’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) provides more than $37 billion annually for road and bridge construction.
Mayors Press Congress to Pass Highway Bill
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging Congress to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown in transportation funding this summer. Lawmakers are struggling to come up with a way to pay for an extension of the current transportation funding measure, which is scheduled to expire in May. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was time for Congress to end the uncertainty about the availability of federal transportation funding.
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Proposed Bill Could Tighten University of Iowa Board of Regents Bidding
When the Board of Regents decided this month to go ahead with a $95 million residence hall at the University of Iowa, it turned to an increasingly popular way of launching projects without going through a traditional bidding process — one that some legislators say is an inappropriate way of spending public money.
Senators McCain, Flake Amendment Puts Border-to-Border Interstate 11 into Motion
Phoenix Business Journal
The CanaMex Interstate 11 freeway study corridor has officially been extended from Wickenburg to Nogales. U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both R-Ariz., added the corridor extension to the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015. The extension takes the freeway's corridor – no specific route is designated – and extends it from Wickenburg through the Buckeye-Tonopah area, south through Tucson to Nogales.
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27 Proposed Highway Projects for the Draft Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Two Year Program
This graph is a list of 27 proposed highway projects for the DRAFT NVTA 2-year program. The ones listed in yellow are recommended.
Design-Build Project Delivery Method Has Gained Momentum As a Client-Preferred Model
Over the past decade a common thread has been established among the booming life science and pharmaceutical industries here in the Northeast. There has always been a constant need to provide a flexible work environment to support healthy and growing business models for these industries to stay ahead of the competitive curve and adapt to new technologies.
Pennsylvania Sets Precedent with P3 Deal for Bridges
The Bond Buyer
Pennsylvania set out to fix a major statewide problem: structurally deficient bridges. Its solution could set a precedent. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, Pennsylvania's first public-private partnership, is also the first P3 in the U.S. to bundle multiple bridges into a single procurement.
Texas Could Save $1 Billion Per Year: The Biggest Reform You've Never Heard of
Texas lawmakers are fixing to allocate billions more dollars to transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the state’s third-largest agency. Spending on roads and bridges will push past $11 billion this year. But, without a few simple procurement reforms, Texans may miss out on a $1 billion per year in savings.
Atlanta Public Sector Project Skyrocket
Atlanta saw almost 1,800 construction projects released for bid in 2014, with a total contract value of $4.47 billion. Who’s building what?
General Manager: Charleston, West Virginia, Civic Center Project Unique
The Charleston Gazette
Dozens of attendees heard details of Charleston’s Civic Center project at the West Virginia Design Expo recently. John Robertson, general manager of the Civic Center, said the project is unique in that at least a year went into the planning stages of its renovations. Consultant Odell Associates developed preliminary designs and specs for the project that design teams could reference when pitching their ideas.
How Kansas City, Kansas, Is Fixing Its Sewers
Kansas City, Kansas, like so many other cities that have aging infrastructure, has been working to fix a big problem: its combined sewer system. Such systems carry both stormwater runoff and raw sewage to water treatment plants. But during times of heavy rainfall, when the combined sewer system can’t handle the amount of water, overflows will send untreated sewage into local waterways— in this case, the Kansas and Missouri rivers, which meet at Kansas City.
Mind-Bender in Upper Manhattan
Find the load paths. That could have been structural engineer Daniel A. Sesil's mantra while seeking support for the daring southern portion of Columbia University Medical Center's 15-story Medical and Graduate Education Building in Upper Manhattan.
Engineering News-Record Recognizes HNTB-Designed Terminal Expansion as National Best of the Best Projects Winner for 2014
The San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Building and Airside Expansion Project, designed by HNTB Corporation, has been named as Best of the Best Projects winner for 2014 by Engineering News-Record, an industry-leading publication that reports on design and construction. The airport took top national honors in the Airport/Transit category.
Skanska Hosts Three-Week "Hackathon" to Find Architect for Seattle Tower Development
To select an architect for our latest Seattle commercial development project – a tower called 2&U – we thought about what we really needed in our design partner, and how we could best uncover those qualities. We knew we didn’t want to approach this procurement the way our industry traditionally does it: using a process based on RFQs and RFPs that demands significant time and resources from everyone involved with first creating, then submitting, and finally reading all the proposals.
Syska Hennessy Group Forms Strategic Partnership with KaTO
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., a global consulting, engineering and commissioning firm, is announcing it has formed a strategic partnership with KaTO, a nonprofit design-build studio which engages new students of architecture, engineering, and building construction to design and construct schools in developing countries.
New $2 Billion California Bay Area Hospital "Tops Off" Its Steel Skeleton
San Francisco Business Times
Stanford Health Care topped off its $2 billion new hospital structure Monday, placing a 30-foot-long, 3,400-pound beam atop the facility's 18,000-ton steel skeleton. Hundreds of construction workers and roughly 500 Stanford employees, doctors, community members, donors and elected officials attended a "topping off" ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony celebrated the lifting into place of the structure's final beam.
CH2M HILL Welcomes Government Announcement to Boost Skills for Major Infrastructure Projects
BusinessWire via StreetInsider.com
CH2M HILL has welcomed the announcement this week from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that firms who bid on major government infrastructure projects will be required to show their commitment to developing skills through the provision of apprenticeships and training opportunities.
It's Nearly Halftime in Vikings Construction Bowl
A year after the Metrodome was demolished, the new Vikings stadium is almost halfway complete. Mortenson Construction, the lead contractor for the new stadium, says it will reach that milestone by the end of April. The stadium has been under construction since Dec. 3, 2013, and is scheduled to open in July 2016.
AECOM's Edward J. Schmeltz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCE
AECOM (NYSE:ACM), the world's No. 1-ranked engineering design firm, announced today that Edward J. Schmeltz, senior vice president and director of maritime and special projects, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for design from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as part of the society's Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) program at an awards dinner in Arlington, Va.
Call for Presentations – 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium
DBIA and SAME are accepting proposals for sessions to be presented at the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium. Presentations should cover various aspects of the design and construction industry for the federal sector. Topics can range from the initial acquisition through construction to long-term operation. In-depth discussions of best practices and lessons learned as demonstrated in case studies, focusing on what made a project successful or, if instructive, unsuccessful are of interest. Examining projects from all stakeholders' perspectives – owner, designer, builder – is a plus. Presentations must be submitted online; the deadline is April 30.
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.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
Ken Bailey, DBIA
Rockford Construction Company
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kirk Brewer, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
David Goodenow, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, CDT, DBIA
Diversified Advantage Group, Inc.
James Long, III, P.E., DBIA
Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District
Virginia Beach, Va.
Brandon Potts, LEED AP, DBIA
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Del Mar, Calif.
Matthew Sanborn, DBIA
Peter Stringer, P.E., DBIA
John Tarascio, P.E., DBIA
Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation
Christopher Vine, LEED AP, DBIA
Algynon Collymore, P.E., PMP, Assoc. DBIA
DC Water and Sewer Authority
Golnaz Camarda, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
City of Seattle
Julie Garcia, Assoc. DBIA
Garret Ross, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Bureau of Reclamation
Tamera McCuen, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
University of Oklahoma
Brian Saunders, Assoc. DBIA
S. B. Ballard Construction Company
Virginia Beach, Va.
John Watkins, Assoc. DBIA
Vanir Construction Management
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
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Apr. 6-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
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)
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
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
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!
Colorado Invites Companies to Qualify for I-70 Improvement Project
East Hampton Council Creates Police Station Building Committee (Connecticut)
Tyler, Texas, Council Seeks Design-Build Firm for Center, Amends Parade Applications
Council OKs $5.3M Vacaville Fire Station (California)
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