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The New Master Builders
Fact or fiction, it is a common perception that the design and construction process is plagued with problems: cost and schedule overruns, under-detailed design drawings, shoddy workmanship, disputes, and litigation. Some architects have been pursuing a remedy for this fraught situation—the project delivery method known as design-build. Until recently, most practitioners were reluctant to be too involved in construction. But that may be changing, with new approaches that make design-build a more viable alternative—one that gives the architect more control over the building process and the completed project.
Federal Transportation - How Far We've Come
This week the key bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., Tom Carper, D-Del., and John Barrasso, R-Wy., introduced a critical bill renewing transportation programs and funding in the United States (S. 2322). DBIA worked with the respective offices to retain language from the corresponding 2012 Act which singled out design-build as an innovative project delivery method. We're pleased to report that language was retained in this bill, and we're (cautiously) optimistic it will survive through the legislative process.
Obama, at Tappan Zee Bridge, Pushes Transportation Funding
With the new Tappan Zee Bridge taking shape behind him, President Barack Obama urged Congress to inject billions of dollars in the nation's transportation infrastructure to keep Americans working and encourage businesses to stay. During his first visit to Westchester as president, Obama praised the progress on the new $3.9 billion crossing, which is replacing the 58-year-old crumbling structure.
Senate Unveils $265 Bill Transportation Bill
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a six-year $265 billion transportation bill late Monday. The measure reauthorizes the expiring 2012 transportation bill and includes approximately $44 billion per year in road and transit funding.
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Agreement Reached on $8.2 Billion Waterways Bill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate said that they have reached an agreement on an $8.2 billion bill to boost U.S. ports and waterways. A bicameral conference committee has been haggling over the bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act, for the better part of six months. The lead negotiators said that they would bring their agreement to the floors of the House and Senate this week.
Idaho DOT's First Design-Build Project Wins Engineering Excellence Award
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The reconstruction of Idaho 44 from Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane, completed in October 2013, won an award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho at their Engineering Excellence awards luncheon April 14 in Boise. It was the Idaho Transportation Department's first design-build project. Central Paving was the contractor and Horrocks was the lead designer.
DOT Chief: Highway Fund Bankruptcy Would Cost 700,000 Jobs
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that a bankruptcy in the Department of Transportation's Highway Trust Fund would cost the U.S. 700,000 construction jobs. Lawmakers are grappling with a Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorizing the federal government's surface transportation bill, which provides funding for road and transit projects across the country.
Quality, Speed and Value Drive the Site Selection Process
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As a solution, manufacturers, developers, and other commercial entities increasingly are choosing a design-build provider as a strategic partner in the location process. They realize that design-build minimizes risk, eliminates change orders, speeds time to completion, and reduces the cost, ultimately delivering a high-performance facility on a shorter delivery cycle.
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How Your Firm Can Gain an Edge on University Projects
The last decade has been a period of robust construction activity for American colleges and universities, but many institutions of higher learning are now tapping lightly on the cap-ex brakes. To take the pulse of campus activity, Building Design+Construction spoke with top capital development executives at five prominent universities: Cornell University, Gonzaga University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. With one exception, their campus building booms are past their peak, yet all five still have significant projects under construction and in design.
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Agreement Reached on $8.2 Billion Waterways Bill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate said that they have reached an agreement on an $8.2 billion bill to boost U.S. ports and waterways. A bicameral conference committee has been haggling over the bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act, for the better part of six months.
Whoa, We're Halfway There
The fifth month of the year (yes, it's already May) seems like a strange time to call a halfway point, but since it's an election year, legislative calendars around the country are much shorter. Some legislative sessions will be wrapping up in June, but they may re-open after the election.
Designing a Winning Sports Venue: Sustainability
Sports and entertainment arenas are more than just seats and a playing field; they are highly complex structures bringing in thousands of fans—and millions of dollars—every year. Sustainability and energy efficiency are key factors.
Delivery of Long Beach Courthouse Balances Global Team Effort
The $490-million project is the first in the United States to use a performance-based infrastructure approach.
New York Gov. Cuomo Announces Official "Start" of $1.5 Billion Goethals Replacement
Staten Island Advance
The official start of construction on a $1.5 billion public-private partnership to replace the Goethals Bridge with a state-of-the-art, cable-stayed bridge was announced by the Cuomo administration. The replacement bridge – expected to have a 100-year service life – will connect Staten Island with Elizabeth, N.J.
Kana Engineering Group Teams Up with URS Corporation and BKT in Barstow, California
Barstow, California's City Council approved the contract award of the Soap Mine Road Area Groundwater Cleanup Design & Build Project to Kana Engineering Group earlier last month. This Contract would allow the City to begin operating a groundwater cleanup program by Nov. 10 to reduce Nitrate-N concentration levels.
Renovation Projects to Improve Student Life and Learning at Penn State
Penn State University
The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning recommended for approval a variety of renovation projects designed to provide extra swing space for laboratories and enhance the student experience at Penn State's University Park.
The Opus Group to Renovate 280,000-Square-Foot Space at Plainfield Business Center in Indiana
The Opus Group has been hired to make improvements on a 280,000-square-foot space in Airwest Building 9 at the Plainfield Business Center in Plainfield, Indiana. The space will be occupied by Ford Motor Company. "We're thrilled to be completing the improvements on Airwest Building 9 as Ford Motor Company expands its presence in Indiana," said Manish Gandhi, director of project management of Opus Design Build, L.L.C., in a written statement. "Plainfield Business Center is in a prime location and offers ideal space for the automotive manufacturer's motor parts distribution business."
Deadline Two Weeks Away: 2014 National Design-Build Project Awards Competition
DBIA is again this year recognizing exemplary application of design-build project delivery that, at a minimum, resulted in highly successful projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. For 2014, the Design-Build Project/Team Awards program and scoring criteria have been revamped, with a greater emphasis on the team as well as the project. Winners must not only achieve budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrate advanced and innovative application of total integrated project delivery, including design-build best practices.
The submission period for the 2014 Design-Build Project Awards will remain open until Monday, June 2.
Don't miss the deadline. Submit your entry today!
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Seeking Presentations: 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
DBIA is seeking presentation proposals for the 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo taking place Oct. 6-8 in Dallas, Texas. DBIA is interested in submissions on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: P3s, design excellence, early engagement of the team and writing the RFQ/RFP. Presentation proposals must be completed online by Wednesday, May 21. Learn more and submit at https://www.designbuildexpo.com/call_for_presentations.cfm.
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Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- City of Grandview, Grandview, Mo.
- McCown Gordon Construction, L.L.C., Kansas City, Mo.
New member listing as of May 5-May 11, 2014.
- Edward Burns, President, Mech Tech HVAC, Inc., N.Y.
- Lloyd Dixon, Senior Coordinator | Capital Projects, City of Seattle, Wash.
- Edward English, Principal Architect, Studio E2 Architecture, Hawaii
- Michael Hernandez, Manager | Operations, Baker Concrete Construction, Fla.
- Moira Holland, Manager | Project Development, McCown Gordon Construction, L.L.C., Mo.
- Gwendolyn Samuels, Product Promotions and Development, Trinity Highway Products, LLC, Ohio
- Ellen Sanders-Pelstring, President, The BOW Group, Va.
- Jaclyn White, Assistant City Engineer, City of Grandview, Mo.
- Rodger Williams, Manager | Construction, Vanir Construction Management, La.
DBIA Contact: Amber Johnson
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Upcoming "Design-Build Done Right" Webinars
Tuesday, May 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Design Management for Designers
Speaker: Gregory R. Gidez, AIA, DBIA, HENSEL PHELPS
Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
The Owner's Role in Executing Water and Wastewater Projects
Speakers: John A. Giachino, Haskell and DBIA Water Markets Committee Thought Leader; Colin D. Groff, P.E., JEA; Douglas Herbst, DBIA, MWH Constructors
Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs
DBIA Contact: Erin Leahy
May 12-16, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
June 2, 2014 DBIA-National Award Competition Deadline
June 2-6, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 9-13, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif. - SOLD OUT
June 23-27, Certification Workshop, Lansing, Mich.
July 7-11, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 14-18, Certification Workshop, Nashville, Tenn.
July 21-25, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
May 16, Maryland Chapter Golf Tournament
June 10, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
May 22, Oklahoma City Chapter Presentation and Networking Event, Securing Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities with Design-Build Delivery
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
May 21, Breakfast Program, Owner Trends in the Marketplace
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
May 21, Lunch Program with Orange County Water Association, Design-Build in the Water/Wastewater Industry – A Panel Discussion with Owners
May 22, 2014 Awards Presentation
June 3, Los Angeles Luncheon, LA Community College District $6.2B Bond Program Update and Pathway to the Future
June 10, Orange County Lunch Program, Innovation and Creativity - How to Make Your RFP Unique!
June 16, Bay Area Golf Tournament
July 17, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 5, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sep. 15, Sacramento Golf Tournament
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