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DBIA Behind the Scenes: The Annual Design-Build Student Competition
In this series, staff at the national headquarters of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) discuss the details of their efforts to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build. In this post, DBIA’s Director of Communications & Special Projects, Geoff Corey, interviewed Anieca Lord, DBIA’s Region Relations Manager who has been coordinating the Annual National Design-Build Student Competition for the past three years.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Offers Highway-Funding Fix with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, is teaming up with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on legislation to tax up to $2 trillion in corporate revenue currently stored in foreign banks to pay for domestic infrastructure projects. The measure would offer companies a 6.5 percent tax rate on profits they return voluntarily to the U.S., known as repatriation, to boost federal transportation funding that is currently scheduled to expire in May.
On the Frontlines of Innovation
Road users in the United States value personal mobility and freedom of movement, so they expect a lot from their highway system. They want it to be safe, accessible, and convenient. They want to experience minimum traffic congestion. And they want the best value for the tax dollars that support the building and repair of roads and bridges.
How NDAA Design-Build Bidding Reform Helps Contractors
Did you know that bidders on federal design-build contracts spend, on average, roughly $260,000 just to participate in the procurement process? Concerned that the high price of admission is dissuading qualified contractors from bidding, legislators recently enacted several reforms intended to make the bidding process more efficient. Among them is Design-Build Bidding Reform Section 814, enacted on Dec. 19, 2014, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
CMD Charts Show Trends in Non-Residential Construction Starts
Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words. Below are six graphs recording 12-month moving averages of CMD's non-residential construction starts.
When the value of the current month is higher than for the same month a year ago, the line will turn up; when lower, it will dip.
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Iowa DOT Plans Record $700 Million in Road Construction
The Des Moines Register
Iowa motorists will soon see benefits of a 10-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase, although extra caution will be required while driving through a maze of highway work zones. The Iowa Department of Transportation says it plans to spend a record $700 million this year for construction on state and interstate highway projects.
New Construction on I-49 South to Begin Soon in Louisiana
With more than 100 miles already completed or under construction, the 160-mile I-49 South project continues to move forward with another key component ready to begin construction soon. Price proposals are set to open by the State next week for the $50-70 million design-build project that would involve constructing an interchange at U.S. 90 and La. 318 in Jeanerette, Louisiana.
Spec Formliners is a leading manufacturer of formliners for use in concrete forming systems. Spec specializes in producing custom patterns. By working closely with engineers to turn their vision into a physical 3D mold and with the ability to laser-scan physical objects and reproduce them on any scale, Spec is miles ahead of the competition.
Break Out the Orange Barrels: Detroit Road Projects on Tap
Detroit Free Press
Get ready for the season of orange barrels and deep breaths. Road projects totaling more than $300 million are already under way or planned across metro Detroit and will bring lane closures and work crews to nearly every major highway in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Livingston counties this year.
Testing of New Technology for Construction is Critical Step to Implementation
Suffolk Construction's R&D group controls the throttle on new technology testing by managing experimentation as a series of approved projects.
Mobile Crane Standard Addresses Overloads
The latest revision of the American national standard for mobile cranes, ASME B30.5-2014, brings major changes to the rules governing how crane users are to work within a lifting machine's capacity range, or load chart, and offers new guidance for inspection, maintenance and testing procedures.
Living Building Challenge Energy and Water Documentation Now Satisfies LEED Requirements
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that projects certified under the Living Building Challenge (LBC) can automatically earn most of the points available under its LEED rating system for energy and water efficiency. The alignment could have practical implications for project teams, but it is at least partly symbolic.
3-D Building Models Help Bring Sustainability into Construction
For years, construction was an analogue world: bricks and mortar; pen and paper. Buildings were designed and planned using traditional two-dimensional drawings, with errors or miscalculations sometimes only discovered once the structure was already forming on the ground. But thanks to advances in digital technology, the days of poring over crumpled rolls of complex blueprints is over.
HNTB's Ananth Prasad Appointed to Board of TRIP
Ananth Prasad, PE, HNTB national transportation practice leader and senior vice president, has been appointed to the board of TRIP. The organization’s mission is to build public and legislative support for improving our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. HNTB has been represented on the board of TRIP since the 1980s.
Gray Construction Provides Office Anchor for Revived Theater District
Birmingham Business Journal
Gray Construction was first drawn to Birmingham in 2002 after a series of manufacturing economic development projects were announced across the Southeast in the years prior. With Alabama landing a number of those economic development victories, the design, engineering and construction firm, which specializes in providing design-build services to manufacturing facilities, wanted to be in the heart of the Southeast - Birmingham.
Minnesota DOT: $162 Million Winona Bridge Project on Schedule
A major step in the new interstate bridge construction began last week when demolition crews went to work on the old AmericInn building along the Mississippi River. The Minnesota Department of Transportation started demolition April 6 on the 27 properties it has acquired in recent months to make room for the $131 million bridge, according to MnDOT project manager Terry Ward.
Gilbane Building Company Opens New Office in the Heart of Downtown Chicago
Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, announced the opening of a new office in the heart of downtown Chicago across from the Merchandise Mart. It joins the firm's other Chicago office conveniently located by the airport. The new office is in the high profile 225 West Wacker Drive tower and is part of Gilbane's continued commitment to serving the Chicago community.
Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Open
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.
The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.
Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Week Left To Submit your Presentation for the 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.
Submissions for 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards Due Next Month
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.
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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.
Sept. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sept. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sept. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
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Region Events Calendar
May 5, Lunch presentation, Alternative Delivery and Procurement Methods
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
May 7, Dispute Review Board Process for Design-Build
May 15, Kansas City Golf Tournament
Apr. 29, Young Members Wastewater Job Site visit and Networking Event
May 15, Second Annual Maryland Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District
June 4, Inland Northwest Spring Social
June 11, Fifth Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
May 15, Regional Conference
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
May 7, Breakfast Event, Atlanta Falcons Stadium Project
Apr. 23-24, Annual Conference, The Magic of Design-Build
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
May 20, Breakfast Meeting
July 15, Tour (TBD)
Sep. 16, Breakfast meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Apr. 23, San Francisco Luncheon, Project Delivery in the Biopharmaceutical and Lab Industries (with ISPE)
May 19, LA Breakfast Event, Design-Build Best practices
May 21, 2015 Regional Design-Build Awards Program and Dinner
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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