Project labor agreement bill clears senate with broad support
The Senate approved a bill on May 2 giving municipalities the option to negotiate project labor agreements for public construction projects. The permissive language, which allows labor unions to negotiate working conditions, was added to a bill allowing construction companies to both design and build highway projects. More
Design-build under Ohio construction reform
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Design professionals and contractors are usually very good at their jobs. When everyone performs well, as they do on the vast majority of projects, all of the various project delivery models we have discussed in past issues of this publication produce good results. More
Granite resolves issues related to US 20 project in Oregon
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Granite Construction Incorporated announced that the company's joint venture, Yaquina River Constructors, and the Oregon Department of Transportation have resolved their claims in a settlement that includes a mutually agreed termination of the ODOT-YRC design-build contract on the US 20 Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project. More
Virginia Department of Transportation extends deadline for Western Bypass price proposals
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently announced that the deadline for submission of the price proposals for the Western Bypass has been extended from May 3 to May 9. The price proposals from the responsive design-build teams will be opened at 9 a.m. on May 11 in Richmond. More
Carrier's sustainability symposiums deliver green building training and continuing education
Contracting Business Share
Carrier is launching its third Sustainability Symposium series in May, providing consulting engineers, design-build contractors and facility managers a one-day course on emerging trends and technologies associated with sustainable, high-performance buildings, as well as continuing education credits. More
Tappan Zee bridge team expected to be chosen this summer
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The design-build team for the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee bridge replacement project will be chosen this summer, said Thomas Madison, executive director of the NYS Thruway Authority. Transportation officials hope that the selected team, which will be chosen from four that were shortlisted on Feb. 7, will start construction by year-end, said Madison, who spoke at a lecture sponsored by The Moles on May 2. More
Joint venture team picked for Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in California
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A joint venture team is the "best value" bidder with a $649.5 million proposal for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project design-build contract, Long Beach Port and Caltrans, Calif., officials said. Major members of the joint venture team include Shimmick Construction Company Inc., FCC Construction S.A., Impregilo S.P.A., Arup North America Ltd. and Biggs Cardosa Associates Inc. More
Department of Energy finds performance issues at Hanford vit plant, raising concerns about Bechtel management in Washington
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Significant performance issues at the Hanford vitrification plant have raised serious concerns about Bechtel National's management system, according to a newly released Department of Energy report. The concern came to light in the most recently released weekly staff report of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which said that Department of Energy had identified a Priority Level 1 finding "associated with the potential breakdown in contractor management and their less than adequate performance." More
Achieving high performance LEED/green buildings using design-build
Achieving high performance LEED/green buildings using design-build, by Julie Walleisa - a slideshow presented at the 2012 DBIA Conference. More
Still no final design as Virginia's Charlottesville bypass approaches construction
Bacon's Rebellion Share
James A. Bacon writes, "I'm back from Vegas (nothing happened there that had to stay there, by the way), and I'm catching up on what I missed while I was gone. It seems that the Charlottesville Bypass had one of its periodic flare-ups, as many citizens got it into their heads that they should be able to comment upon the final Bypass design before the estimated $245 million project enters the construction phase." More
House and Senate to conference on Transportation Bill
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Conferees from both the House and Senate are scheduled to meet soon to begin formal negotiation toward a surface transportation reauthorization proposal. The 14 senators chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the 33 representatives appointed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will attempt to work out the differences between the House and Senate proposals. More
Green light to spend triggers $17 million contract in Ontario
The Record Share
Waterloo Regional council in Ontario can start spending big on rail transit, after getting the green light from senior governments. After completing reviews of the project, the federal and provincial governments have agreed in principle to share costs incurred after April 1. Senior governments have pledged up to $565 million toward the $818 million project, the largest public work ever undertaken in the region. More
HDR named ENR Texas and Louisiana's Design Firm of the Year
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Based on its strong steady growth in both its architecture and engineering practices, ENR Texas & Louisiana named HDR its 2012 Design Firm of the Year. Despite a soft economy, the firm has more than doubled its regional revenue in the past five years, propelling it to the upper ranks of our annual Top Design Firms Survey. HDR has seen solid returns in a wide variety of sectors, including general building, health care, transportation, power, correctional, landscape and water/wastewater. More
WE Energies plans new powerhouse at Twin Falls, Wis.
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WE Energies is currently moving forward with plans to replace its 100-year-old powerhouse at the Twin Falls Dam on the Menominee River in Wisconsin. If all goes as planned, WE Energies will submit applications for the project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by September. More
Designers tabbed for Richlands and WSU Wine Center in Washington
The Wine Science Center Development Authority conducted a request for qualifications process and interviewed four candidates. The WSCDA will be recommending FLAD Architects, a San Francisco firm along with Meier Architects from Kennewick to the Richland City Council in Washington for their consideration and final approval. If approved FLAD and Meier would lead the pre-design and programming efforts of the Wine Science Center (WSC) to be built on Port of Benton property adjacent to the WSU Tri-City Campus. More
Contract includes 6 new secondary road bridges in Wilkes County, NC
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North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $9.6 million design-build contract to replace six secondary road bridges in Wilkes County, four in Avery County, two each in Ashe and Watauga counties and one in Caldwell County. The contract was awarded to Crowder Construction Co. of Charlotte. Work can begin as early as May 29 and must be completed by Nov. 1, 2015. More
Hayes a finalist
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Sean Hayes, president of Lifecycle Construction Services, LLC, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 program in Greater Washington. The award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in their businesses. The award will be presented at a special gala on June 21.
Rosendin adopts highway section
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In honor of Earth Day, the Oregon regional office of Rosendin Electric has adopted a section of Oregon Highway 26 west of Portland. Participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program is part of the company's Green Team initiative, in line with Rosendin's commitment to community service and environmental responsibility and preservation.
DBIA National to host 'D.C. Major Project Pipeline' industry event
DBIA National to host 'D.C. Major Project Pipeline' industry event - Members Only
Registration opens for 2012 Federal Sector Conference
The 2012 Federal Sector Conference will take place Aug. 21-23 at the Crystal City Gateway in Arlington, Va. Register by July 13 and save $100 on the cost of a full conference registration. Group Rates are available for industry organizations sending six or more or government agencies sending three or more. To receive the Group Discount, all individuals must register and submit payment at the same time. In addition, Owners may apply for DBIA's Owner Scholarship which provides complimentary registration and travel costs. Learn More at http://www.dbia.org/conferences/federal/2012/
Reminder - the deadline for submitting for the 2012 awards competition is getting closer
You have until May 14 to submit your projects for the 2012 awards competition. And, if you have someone you'd like to propose for a Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award, or the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, the deadline is the same – May 14. Questions? Email email@example.com or call 202-682-0110. More
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As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out – this e-newsletter is one source and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. One especially useful benefit gives you discounted shipping with select FedEx, UPS and YRC. If you'd like to compare the discounted rates with your current costs, read more about how to get an estimate.
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May 21, Conceptual Estimating, Denver
May 25, Design Management Fundamentals, San DiegoMore
June 4-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas
June 8, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Fairfax, Va.
June 15, Post Award Design-Build, San Diego
June 25-29, Certification Workshop, Atlantic City, N.J.
July 13, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Bethesda, Md.
July 16-18, Owner Boot Camp, Bethesda, Md.
July 16-20, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
July 27, Performance Requirements: Keys to Effective RFPs, Atlanta
Aug. 6-10, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis
Aug. 10, Post Award Design-Build, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 17, Conceptual Estimating, Tampa, Fla.
Aug. 20, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Arlington, Va.
Aug. 21-23, 2012 Design-Build Federal Sector Conference, Arlington, Va.
Aug. 27-31, Penn State University Boot Camp, State College, Pa.
Aug. 31, Post Award Design-Build, Kansas City, Mo.
Sept. 10, Post Award Design-Build, Pittsford, N.Y.
Sept. 17-21, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 27, Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Honolulu
Sept. 28, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu
May 11, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Utah DOT Design-Build, Lessons Learned and Ongoing Challenges
May 15, DBIA, SMPS and CMAA Hard Hat Tour of Georgia Tech's Hank McCamish Pavilion
May 15, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Design-Build Data Centers
May 15, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
May 16, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Current Transportation Projects in Minnesota: An Owner's Perspective
May 22, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2012 Regional Conference: Design-Build – Full Speed Ahead
May 22, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Lunch Program
May 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Awards Banquet
May 25, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Deadline for submitting projects for the Regional Awards competition
June 13, DBIA-Northwest Region, Oregon Chapter Breakfast Meeting
June 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch Program
June 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Golf Tournament
June 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Water/Wastewater
June 21, DBIA-Northwest Region, 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
June 27, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 10th Annual Golf Tournament
June 28, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
July 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Golf Tournament
July 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: Health Care
July 17, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
July 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Lunch Program
Aug. 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sept. 5, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Evening Mixer
Sept. 7, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, 2nd Annual DBIA Scholarship Golf Tournament
Sept. 12-13, DBIA-Florida Region, Annual Conference
Sept. 13, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Lunch Program
Sept. 18, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Meeting: GMU Student Night
Sept. 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Breakfast Program
Sept. 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Northern California Breakfast Program
Sept. 26, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Lunch ProgramMore
ACE Scholarship Awards Breakfast
May 15, ACE Scholarship Awards Breakfast, Washington, D.C.
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Design-build services for a new vocational annex at the Alaska Job Corps Center located in Palmer, Alaska
Route 364 Page Extension Phase 3
$100 million project for right of way, utilities and design-build for eight-mile roadway of the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles County. Solicitation for Letters of Interest and issuing of Request for Qualification is currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2012. Design-build contractor will be selected in early 2013. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013 and completed by December 2014. Project website = www.modot.org/Route364; contact Project Director Mike Castro at email email@example.com More