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Lisa Washington is the Executive Director/CEO of the Design-Build Institute of America, where she has worked since 2004. She spoke recently with ENR Deputy Editor Richard Korman about design-build’s record on project cost, research on project delivery methods and progress on state-level enabling legislation to allow alternatives to traditional project delivery.
Nebraska this week saw passage of the Transportation Innovation Act (L960), a bill that increases funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorizes design-build project delivery, Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery and the use of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) for transportation projects. “This legislation will fundamentally change Nebraska’s Department of Roads for the better,” said Oretta Smith, Executive Director of the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-America Region.
It’s hard to say that Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s) have only become a trend in 2016. According to our P3 map based on state statutes, P3s are widely permitted in 10 states and are authorized for one primary sector in 15 others. However, legislation expanding or granting P3 authorization is undoubtedly trending this year. Many states came into 2016 with infrastructure improvements as a high priority, and turned to P3s as their solution, which has peaked DBIA’s interest since almost every P3 is delivered using design-build. Distinct from traditional design-build due to the financing and maintenance components, P3s can offer states a more comprehensive solution to delivering large projects that may be outside of their budgetary capabilities.
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Thursday announced a 2016 to-do list that includes 246 new and continuing projects valued at $1.04 billion, but the activity is down from recent years. In 2014 and 2015, MnDOT tackled roughly 300 projects each year with values of $1.1 billion in 2014 and $1 billion last year. That includes multiyear projects, but the values are based on spending in that year alone. Much of the focus this year is on preserving existing roads and bridges.
LEEDv4 is here and one goal of the new standards is greater transparency and more detailed reporting in the Materials and Resources (MR) category. According to the USGBC website, MR credits “encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its Notice to Proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta. The $800 million price tag includes right of way acquisitions, preliminary engineering, designs and environmental studies, among other costs. GDOT says more than 420,000 vehicles travel through the corridor surrounding the interchange, which is also near a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail line.
And, for information on the project, see the project’s page.
Announcing the new Department of Transportation and Public Works, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said the merger would improve agency collaboration, citing a “lack of coordinated effort” in the past. Alice Bravo, director of the new joint department and former director of Miami-Dade Transit, said, “For many years we’ve had basically two different … transportation groups, and they each take a different approach to a certain issue. By unifying the two departments now there’s a common mission. That mission is: improve mobility.”
Mass 25 Propping System maximizes flexibility with a compact 7” square leg with adjustable ends and pivot connectors. Mass 25 can be used as individual shores or built into towers and trusses. It features standard angle, truss and frame bracing to connect directly to the flanges of the props. Grillage beams spread the load across props or can provide base spreaders. See more photos >
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved more than $1.3 billion to be spent on improving facilities and building new ones over the next five years, including libraries and government administration buildings, a fire station, sheriff's sub-station, new crime lab and residential crisis center.
The Real Deal
The state is seeking a development team that can design and build the $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Area residents packed the Cole Memorial Building in Pequot Lakes on Friday to hear about the $49.9 million Highway 371 four-lane expansion project that's designed to improve safety and traffic mobility...Schmidt explained the design-build aspect of the project, which means designers work on little pieces at a time and the contractor starts working on each piece when the design is final. This means the project moves along faster.
American Water Works Association
If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground.
The Orange County Register
In recent years, Australia has come up with an alternative to tax increases that’s worth exploring in this country. As in the United States, most Australian infrastructure is the responsibility of the individual states, which have been taking an active role. But Australia’s federal government is giving them an incentive to do even more. The key concept is what the Aussies call “asset recycling.” What that means is a state or local government leases (for 50 to 99 years) existing revenue-producing infrastructure assets (airports, seaports, toll roads, electric utilities, transmission grids, etc.) to investment funds and pension funds—and uses the proceeds from the lease to pay for needed new infrastructure projects. Thus, the asset value that is liberated from existing infrastructure is recycled into much-needed new infrastructure, such as schools and other public buildings.
Parsons is pleased to announce that the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently honored the corporation with the Alliant Build America Award in the civil construction management category for its work on the Houston Metro Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. The design-build project—the largest public works program in the city’s history — extended Metro’s 7.5-mile rail service by 15 miles with the addition of three new rail lines through downtown Houston, TX.
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.
Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that a design-build team of Turner and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been selected to deliver the latest addition to the campus of the United States Naval Academy: the Center for Cyber Security Studies. The $114 million Center is a 206,400-square-foot academic building, dedicated to the education of midshipmen in all areas of cyber warfare, and will include classrooms and lecture halls, teaching and research laboratories, a research and testing tank to support the engineering and weapons laboratories, an observatory, offices, and multi-purpose collaborative space for students and faculty. Situated between Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall, the Center will be surrounded by elevated hardscape terraces continuous with those of the adjacent buildings.
The 1,300-ft-long historic crossing is the largest of five megaprojects in the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation’s accelerated bridge program. Crews finished construction of the six-lane northbound side last November—"the greatest milestone" for the $292-million design-build project, says Chris Daigle, assistant project manager with the design-build joint-venture team of Walsh Construction and McCourt Construction. HNTB led the design to replace the 65-year-old twin-barrel steel-arch truss bridge with a network tied-arch bridge—the only one of its kind in the state—plus several other overpasses along a 3.5-mile corridor of I-95.
The U.S. construction industry often boxes itself in when facing obstacles or uncovering the newest emerging trends, while similar situations are occurring in nations across the globe. That international perspective can offer unique solutions and a sense of camaraderie as industry professionals attempt to solve problems and improve efficiencies. A prime example of this exchange of international perspectives occurred last week during the RICS Summit of the Americas and World Built Environment Forum in Washington, D.C.
"They look at scope, price and insurance, and that’s it," said Andrew Richards, co-managing partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck. Richards noted that many times, a client will come to him seeking advice after the contract has been signed and when there's already a problem arising from the language in the general conditions. The fine print can contain potential land mines for contractors, as it includes vital information that can spur legal battles during or after a project. All parties involved with a contract need to pay attention to these general condition clauses, as they can have a major impact down the line.
In most states, a contractor is precluded from bringing direct claims against the project engineer in the absence of privity of contract. Until recently, California, like other states, applied the economic loss rule and required privity to bring suits in the commercial construction setting. Beginning with Beacon Residential, however, California courts have begun to look closer at whether a legal duty is owed by an engineer and contractor in the absence of privity. This shift in analysis has resurrected claims against unwitting design professionals.
The AWARE system is a radar-based system that can detect a potential work zone intrusion from multiple vehicles, and, simultaneously, warn the errant driver and workers who may be in harm’s way, says Nathan Creech, president of the Southwest Division of Oldcastle Materials Inc. The system consists of a sensor that includes electronically-scanned radar, high-precision differential GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers for position and orientation sensing, explains Creech. High-definition video and several wireless interfaces are used to monitor traffic in the area. All of this is to broadcast a warning when an intrusion is detected.
Do you have a design-build project that exemplifies exactly why design-build is a growing preferred delivery method in the United States? As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, being recognized by DBIA is a top honor. Illustrate how your team's collaborative processes resulted in exemplary projects by applying to DBIA's 2016 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards. See the video. Read the list of award-winning projects from past years. Then enter your best design-build project now!
As part of the new committee structure, DBIA has developed an International Committee to determine methods by which DBIA can expand our footprint and our reach to encompass international design-build. Ultimately DBIA wants to be recognized for Design-Build Done Right™ worldwide, educating those in emerging markets and collaborating with those in more developed markets. In order to enhance opportunities for members currently or interested in working in the international marketplace and partner with international organizations of architects, engineers and contractors to reach new markets, we must first determine where we stand in the international market. We'd like to start this endeavor by developing a database of DBIA members that are working or have the goal of working internationally. We ask that you take a few moments to participate in this survey.*
*The deadline to participate in the survey is April 30.
Registration for the 2016 National Design-Build Student Competition is now open until September 2, 2016. The two-phase competition brings together teams consisting of five students from diverse fields of study (two students must be from design or architecture program) collaborating on Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a parking facility on a liberal arts college campus in the United States. Finalists will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three shortlisted teams will present in person at DBIA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, click here.
Michael Cromer, P.G., DBIA
Pennoni Associates Inc.
West Chester, Pa.
Aladdin Daouk, P.E., PMP, CCM, DBIA
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Edd Hamzanlui, LEED AP, DBIA
Micah Leadford, DBIA
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Peter Livermore, LEED AP, CHC, DBIA
KPRS Construction Services
Karl Schaefer, DBIA
Buzz Oates Construction, Inc.
Erica Ceder, LEE AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.
Andrew Moriarity, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Opus Design Build, LLC
DBIA Contact: Certification
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, Raleigh, 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. 5, Conceptual Estimating, Honolulu, Hawaii
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.
Oct. 10-13, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 17-19, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Design Management Fundamentals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 2-4, 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 14-16, Certification Workshop, Raleigh, N.C.
Nov. 16, Performance Requirements: The Key to Effective RFPs, Worcester, Mass.
Dec. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Apr. 27, Design-Build and Higher Education
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Apr. 28, Central Indiana Chapter Afternoon Program, Design-Build vs. Design-Bridge Build
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
May 10-12, Water Section Meeting with AWWA Pennsylvania
May 11-12, Annual Conference
May 13, Kansas City Chapter Golf Tournament
May 15, Maryland Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-New England Region
May 12, Evening Program, The Incredible Tappan Zee Bridge Project - Design-Build at its Most Amazing!
May 11, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 8, Seattle Chapter Meeting
June 9, 6th Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Apr. 22, Collegiate Bowling Fundraiser
May 20, 2016 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
June 24, 14th Annual Golf Tournament
Apr. 28, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Networking Mixer
May 5, 2016 Annual SW Region Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
May 18, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Apr. 26, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Maximizing the Benefits of Design-Build for Justice Facilities
May 3, San Diego Luncheon Program
May 5, San Diego Luncheon Program, Disrupting the Design-Build RFP Process
May 19, Sacramento Luncheon Program, PG&E's Focus on Design-Build Best Practices for Its Capital 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
Nov. 1, Nevada Chapter 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.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063