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General Counsel, Tom Porter, JD, DBIA released a new book on the business of construction and design-build.
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Public Building Commission Board approves design-build teams for 2013 school investment program in Chicago
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Recently, the Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago approved the appointment of 17 design-build teams to support the 2013 School Investment Program on behalf of Chicago Public Schools.
Is it design-build...or design-assist?
Steve Murphy writes, "In my role at Blach, I've worked on several projects in which Blach was asked to provide 'Design-Assist' mechanical, electrical and plumbing services. What does this mean? How does this differ from true 'Design-Build?' After spending 13 years as a Design-Build mechanical contractor, and 15 years as a consulting engineer in the HVAC business, I'm supposed to know, but sometimes I feel that I'm as confused as the next guy when it comes to the fine print. What's up with that?"
Engineering tackles sinkholes in Florida
Sinkholes have made a surprising amount of news in recent months, and it reminds us of the importance of being able to deal with them from an engineering standpoint. Bill Bracken, Bracken Engineering, Tampa, Fla., is a structural engineer who's worked with many organizations. He explains that, thankfully, most sinkholes are much less severe than those making headlines.
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PG&E and AIA SF announce opening of competition for zero net energy building designs
Pacific Gas and Electric Company joins American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter, in partnership with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, to announce the opening of the third annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs. ZNE buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of designed energy efficiency and on-site, grid-tied renewable energy production.
Is design-build your specialty? Prove it!
ContractingBusiness.com started the design-build awards almost 20 years ago, to honor the finest examples of commercial design-build HVAC mechanical systems installations across the U.S. design-build is still going strong, and each year we feature some of the best projects from the nation's best commercial HVAC contractors. But we need to hear from you by July 12.
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DBIA Owner Hotline
As a feature of DBIA's commitment to making access to information easy, we are introducing our Owner Hotline. The Hotline will give public agencies and private owners quick, direct access to information on design-build project delivery. See the DBIA website for details.
Obama accelerates permits for infrastructure projects
President Obama recently signed a memo aimed at speeding up the federal permitting process for construction of infrastructure projects designed to boost local economies and create jobs.
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Senators approve funds for water, flood projects in 83-14 vote
The Senate voted 83-14 for a water infrastructure bill recently, the first such bill the upper chamber has moved since 2007. Despite strong support in the Senate, the bill faces an uncertain future in the House, where lawmakers have raised concerns about allowing the Obama administration to pick the water facilities that would be boosted.
Bill rolls back energy efficiency standards for builders in North Carolina
News & Observer
A House committee solidly approved legislation recently that would roll back energy efficiency requirements in newly constructed commercial buildings by 30 percent in North Carolina. Supporters of the measure in the House Committee on Commerce and Job Development said that slashing conservation mandates will reduce construction costs and spur economic activity.
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Pankow celebrates 50th anniversary
Shaping the skylines in California and Hawaii for half a century is an accomplishment worth celebrating, especially for a company that values volunteerism.
Buried bridges elevate Fort Lauderdale, Fla., runway
Engineering News Record
Creating a mechanically stabilized mountain and building a pair of massive, buried bridge structures are all part of a day's work for the crew working on the elevated and sloping runway project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
Vikings stadium: Big, bold, glassy
The nearly billion-dollar Viking stadium that will rise from the ruins of the old Metrodome will be big and bold, and it will put fans closer to the action than any other venue in professional football.
Merit shop contractors deliver award-winning large-scale federal project for NAVFAC
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A joint venture between two quality merit shop federal contractors, Straub Construction, Inc. and Martin Harris Construction, successfully designed and built a parking facility and Bachelor Enlisted Quarters for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Music City Center took coordinated construction effort
More than 7,300 workers and 400 contractors were involved in bringing Music City Center from the drawing boards to reality.
The task of coordinating the construction of the largest municipal project in Nashville history fell to three men: Gary Schalmo of Clark Construction Group, Kevin Keller of Bell & Associates Construction LP and Don Hardin Jr. of Harmony Construction Group LLC.
Finalists chosen to build Atlanta Falcons stadium
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Five finalists are in the running to build the new $1 billion stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, including the same contractor that built the home of this year's Super Bowl.
Skanska is among the finalists the Falcons named recently. It has worked on several large projects, including MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. MetLife Stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII.
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DBIA-Western Pacific Region announces the winners of its 2013 design-build college scholarships
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
The Western Pacific Region is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the $5,000 2013 DBIA-WPR Scholarship Program.
PR/Press professional sought
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeking a dynamic, experienced public relations and communications professional to increase the visibility and recognition of DBIA and design-build project delivery across all media platforms.
The incumbent will work closely with the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach to develop and execute proactive communications and public affairs plans and strategies. The position will also provide oversight and management to the production of DBIA's quarterly magazine and other publications.
The successful candidate will:
* Possess top notch written and oral communication skills, with an ability to clearly and concisely express complicated concepts to a general audience,
* Be able to develop and execute medium and long-term strategic plans in the relevant fields,
* Have demonstrated success in obtaining placements.
The position reports directly to the Vice President, Advocacy and Outreach and will be located at the DBIA National headquarters in Washington, D.C. Bachelor's degree required; degree in communications or related area is desirable. Design and construction industry knowledge strongly preferred. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to email@example.com.
2013 leadership and Brunelleschi award nominations
Each year, DBIA acknowledges those who have made significant contributions to the industry. DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards and the 2013 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award. Details are on the DBIA website; the deadline for submitting nominations for both is June 17,2013.
Teaming surveys due May 31!
If you've entered a project in the 2013 National Design-Build Award competition but haven't completed your teaming survey, please do so soon. The deadline for surveys is May 31 - a week away.
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May 24, Conceptual Estimating, Seattle, Wash.
May 31, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Irvine, Calif.
May 31, Design Management Fundamentals, Nashville, Tenn.
June 3-7, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 10-14, Certification Workshop, Rochester, N.Y.
June 10-14, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
June 24-28, Certification Workshop, North Salt Lake City, Utah
July 9, Design Management Fundamentals, Los Angeles, Calif.
July 12, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, St. Louis, Mo.
July 15-19, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
July 22-26, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
July 26, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 6, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Los Angeles, Calif.
Aug. 12-16, Certification Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa.
Aug. 19, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, National Harbor, Md.
Aug. 19, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, National Harbor, Md.
Aug. 20-22, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, National Harbor, Md.
Sept. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 13, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sept. 16-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sept. 20, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build Projects, Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 30-October 4, Cal Poly State University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nov. 4-6, 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov.15, Design Management, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 18-22, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.
May 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Awards Banquet
June 6, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, Lessons from Legends #2
June 6, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 11th Annual Golf Tournament
June 12, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Kansas City Chapter, Design-Build in Municipal Streets
June 12, DBIA-Southwest Region, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, Chapter Networking Mixer
June 13, DBIA-Northwest Region, 3rd Annual Golf Tournament
June 17, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Laboratories
June 20, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Orange County Lunch Program
June 26, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 11th Annual Golf Tournament
June 27, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
July 10, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Kansas City Chapter, Commercial Real Estate Update
July 16, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Healthcare Projects and Lean in Design-Build
July 16, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
July 17, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Project Tour and Program
July 18, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Golf Tournament
July 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Bay Area Lunch Program
July 24, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program, Transportation
Aug. 9, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 8th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament
Sept. 6, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sept. 9, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program, Transportation
Sept. 12, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter 5th Annual Nine-Hole Golf Tournament
Sept. 17, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, Annual Awards and Golf Outing
Sept. 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Owners Only: Design-Build Transportation Forum
Sept. 17, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Transportation
Sept. 17, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Sept. 18, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting
Sept. 23, DBIA-Southeast Region, Golf Tournament and Evening Social
Sept. 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 3, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, Iowa State University Networking Event and New Facility Tour
Oct. 3, DBIA-Southeast Region, Breakfast and Panel Session, Atlanta Hot Projects
Oct. 7, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 8, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Fall Fundraiser, Golf
Oct. 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Hawaii Evening Mixer
Oct. 21, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 24, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Lunch Program
Oct. 30, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Lunch Program, Water/Wastewater
Nov. 7, DBIA-Southeast Region, Breakfast and Panel Session, Owners' Panel/Emerging Markets
Nov. 12, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Diego Luncheon/Mixer
Nov. 19, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Renovations and Design-Build in Energy/Utility Projects
Nov. 19, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Nov. 20, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting
Nov. 21, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Sacramento Evening Mixer
Dec. 5, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, Revised Energy Code and Project Rebates
Dec. 5, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Annual Business Meeting: Design-Build in Education, Design-Build Awards, 2014 Elections
Dec. 5, DBIA-Southeast Region, Luncheon and Annual Project Awards Ceremony
Dec. 5, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, San Francisco Evening Mixer
Dec. 6, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Board/Annual Membership Meeting (Bay Area)
Dec. 12, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
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