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The demand for DBIA Certified Professionals continues to grow! DBIA will be releasing updated core curriculum and certification exam in September 2018 for those seeking DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ certification. The new materials will help ensure our industry meets the growing demand for Design-Build Done Right™ professionals well-versed in the full scope of design-build best practices. To help us ensure the new coursework reflects the full scope of design-build practice and that the examination is defensible, psychometrically valid and fair, DBIA is offering candidates a significant discount for participation in the beta test of our new Certification Workshop and Exam. Participants will receive a 50% discount on the new Certification Workshop and Exam offered in July. You can get all the details here.
June 4-6, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 11-13, Certification Workshop, Boston, Mass.
June 14, Design Management Fundamentals, Jacksonville, Fla.
June 18-20, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
June 27-29, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
July 16-18, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug. 27-29, Certification Workshop, Raleigh, N.C.
A complete schedule for 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
Roads & Bridges
The House Appropriations Committee recently released the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. In total, the bill reflects an allocation of $71.8 billion in discretionary spending — $1.5 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $23.8 billion above the request. The allocation reflects the second year of the bipartisan budget agreement, and again targets resources to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, including airports, roads, bridges, and rail.
The Mercury News
The last time California voters passed a statewide ballot measure to provide funding for parks, beaches, wildlife and forests, it was 2006. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his first term as governor, Twitter was a fledgling app, and the iPhone hadn’t been invented yet. Since then, California’s population has grown from 36 million to 39.5 million — the equivalent of adding a new San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. So environmentalists say it’s time for voters to pass Proposition 68, a $4.1 billion bond measure to spruce up run-down parks, upgrade water projects and protect scenic open space from sprawl development.
Washington just might be persuaded to help pay for the new I-10 bridge because their part of the tab could be much less than expected.
A local delegation just got back from the nation's capital meeting with staff members from President Trump's office and the office of the Secretary of Transportation trying to get federal money for the bridge.
One member said he's optimistic because the federal government is not being asked for as much money as it had been originally.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The California Transportation Commission has approved $351 million to add express lanes on 101 from Highway 237 to Interstate 380, rebuild the 101-237 interchange at Mathilda Avenue, begin plans for new ramps at 101-25 south of Gilroy, widen the Marin-Sonoma Narrows bottleneck and fund a pilot express bus line on 101 in San Mateo County. The 101 express lane work is expected to be under design this summer. The 64 miles of toll/carpool lanes could open in the summer of 2021.
A new study by Portland State University researchers finds billions of dollars could be saved if the nation's aging dams are removed rather than repaired, but also suggests that better data and analysis is needed on the factors driving dam-removal efforts. The study, published online in May in the journal River Research and Applications, analyzed the best available national data to compare the trends and characteristics of dams that have been removed with those that remain standing.
The Jackson Board of Aldermen at its last meeting approved a motion authorizing city staff to issue a Request for Qualifications under the design-build method for the police station building project, as required under Section 67.5060 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
The Real Deal
The top 20 general contractors with permits for new buildings issued in the last year. #1 - AECOM Tishman; #3 - Gilbane Building Company; #8 - Turner Construction.
Car-centric Los Angeles will see even more transit-related construction over the next 12 months under a record $6.6-billion budget approved on May 24 by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The 2018-2019 spending plan, which begins July 1, calls for nearly $2 billion in construction, with the majority directed to rail and transit expansions...Topping the list at more than $980 million is the nine-mile, seven-station Westside Subway extension of the Purple Line. A design-build joint venture led by Skanska USA Civil, Traylor Bros., Inc. and J.F. Shea Co. is expected to begin tunneling beneath Wilshire Boulevard for the project’s 3.92-mile, $1.6-billion first section in the coming weeks, with a scheduled 2023 completion date.
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Gilbane Building Co. has turned one of its projects, the first new academic building at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 45 years, into a hands-on construction and design learning experience for some students there. During construction of the Wentworth building, students have so far amassed 4,500 learning hours through site tours, evening lectures about construction and design topics and guest lectures. Some subjects Gilbane has presented, in association with construction industry partners, include the LEAN construction method, construction risk management and environmental engineering. Gilbane, according to Wentworth officials, has also made available its staff to discuss real-world applications for topics students are learning at the technical institute.
Risk & Insurance
Building is booming in the United States. Billion-dollar projects are no longer unusual. The trend toward larger projects is mostly a boon to contractors and to the surety-bond underwriters who back the developments, but the volume and size of the work is becoming a matter for concern for some underwriters. “It is a very different thing for a general contractor to do $800 million in revenue from two $400 million projects or from 100 $80 million projects,” said Geoff Delisio, senior vice president of surety, Berkshire.
Roads & Bridges
The Laurel Street Overcrossing (OC) is the first in a series of multi-span accelerated bridge construction (ABC) pilot projects that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is building to assist in the mainstreaming of ABC into its project delivery system. … Pilot projects are a key step in moving from the theoretical to the practical. Caltrans examines what works well and what needs improvement by focusing on performance, reliability and constructability issues. Information collected during the pilot projects is used to develop standardized guidance and design details to provide improved efficiencies and reduce the risks typically associated with new construction methods. These projects are not built under the pressure of an accelerated schedule. Time will be provided for thoughtful planning, review and continual improvement. After the methods have been standardized, subsequent projects will be built quickly resulting in significant savings in the number of on-site construction days and construction-related impacts.
Las Cruces Sun News
His research is focused on developing novel approaches and methods to monitor structure health using sensing systems that gather and communicate sound and visual information to computers, in real time, detecting cracks, corrosion and critical stresses and other deficiencies. The new generation of smart structures can be designed to include these systems. Older structures that are not equipped with structural monitoring equipment require an approach that will not interrupt their use. Advanced nondestructive testing methods such as ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic particle and visual testing should be developed to inspect or evaluate materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system.
June 4, Kansas Chapter Social Networking Event
June 13, Maryland Chapter Lunch Program, P3 Hot Topics
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
June 8, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Ohio Valley Region
June 14, Cincinnati Mixer
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 29, Annual Golf tournament
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 25, Afternoon/Evening Allianz Field Project Tour
Aug. 15, Young Professionals Lawn Bowling Evening Event
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 5, OC/LA Chapter Breakfast Program, Design-Build in Aviation: An Alternative Look at Design-Build Done Right
June 7, Region Owners Council Webinar Series #5, Design-Build Insurance and Bonding – An Owner’s Perspective
June 12, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery
June 14, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, Trends in Virtual Reality and Technology … and How It Can Help You
June 21, Sacramento Chapter Lunch Program, California DGS State Project Infrastructure Fund (SPIF) Program Overview
June 26, San Diego Young Professionals Tula Community Center Tour
July 9, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 10, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
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