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Failing infrastructure could cost US businesses $1.2 trillion by 2020
TriplePundit
"We're all paying for a first-rate infrastructure but we're getting a third world infrastructure." Speaking as one of six panelists at a recent Infrastructure and Climate Change Town Hall in Warren, Mich., Michael Langford, national President of the Utility Workers Union of America, vowed to take the message of America's deficient infrastructure and its ramifications for our cities, jobs and businesses on the road nationwide.
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Fast track: Temporary replacement of Skagit River I-5 bridge in Washington
Islands Weekly Reporter
"Like pieces for a gigantic erector set," thousands of steel beams, connectors, supports and fasteners have already arrived and are being assembled into a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash.
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iPads supplanting blueprints boosts builder productivity
Bloomberg
As the wind whips through the top floor of an unfinished eight-story office building a block west of the White House, Steven Denbow points to metal air ducts as an example of work that wouldn't need to be redone.
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DBIA Owner Hotline
DBIA
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.
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LEGISLATION AND ADVOCACY


Bill focuses on New Orleans projects
The Advocate
The Louisiana Senate advanced legislation recently that would extend the use of design-build on six projects in Orleans Parish. House Bill 559, sponsored by state Rep. Jared Brossett, D-New Orleans, returns to the Louisiana House for concurrence in Senate changes that specified the projects for which the design-build method could be used. Design-build is construction process that gives one contractor responsibility for all of the work on a project.
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Texas governor signs bill key to $2 billion water plan
Reuters
Texas Governor Rick Perry recently signed into law a bill creating a fund to finance water infrastructure projects in a state suffering from two years of widespread drought. The measure, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature, sets up a system for Texas to provide loans for projects such as reservoirs, wells and conservation efforts. Lawmakers passed a separate proposal to draw $2 billion from the state's rainy-day fund to help finance the loans.
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Bill would mandate contractors use subs identified in bids on federal projects
Building Design + Construction
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., filed a bill in May that would require prime contractors that bid on federal construction projects over $1 million to list each subcontractor they plan to use for $100,000 or more of work. After the contract award, if a prime contractor replaced a listed subcontractor without the permission of the contracting officer, the prime contractor would be subject to penalties.
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Dem lawmaker calls for hearing on bridge safety
The Hill
A Democratic member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is calling for Congress to hold a hearing on bridge safety after they return from recess next week. The request, from Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., follows a pair of recent high-profile accidents involving bridge collapses.
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Essay: Georgia leaders move to meet state transportation needs
Savannah Morning News
In today's economic environment, meeting our transportation needs is one of the most difficult challenges for elected and civic leaders. While Georgia is home to the world's busiest airport and the fastest growing port on the east coast, we also face declining motor fuel revenue and the arrival of three million more Georgians by 2030.
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Pankow wins multiple awards at 2013 DBIA-Western Pacific Region awards ceremony
Pankow
On May 23, Pankow received multiple prestigious awards from the 2013 Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region's (DBIA WPR) Design-Build Awards Competition held at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.
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Groundbreaking on Stillwater bridge in Minnesota-Wisconsin
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments will broke ground on the new St. Croix River Bridge on Tuesday, May 29 at Lowell Park in Stillwater. Construction of the $629 million bridge began last year under the direction of Omaha, Neb.-based engineering firm HDR. The new four-lane bridge will replace the current Stillwater Lift Bridge and will connect Oak Park Heights, Minn., to St. Joseph, Wis.
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DC Water awards Parsons massive tunnel design-build contract for Clean Rivers Project
WaterWorld
DC Water awarded Parsons' Impregilo-Healy-Parsons joint venture a $254 million design-build contract to design and construct the second portion of the massive tunnel system that will bring relief from combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia River in Pasadena, Calif.
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ASME Video: Working with virtual design and BIM, Part 1
ASME
Jay Mezher, director of virtual design and construction for global engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, discusses the development and use of CAVE, a computer analysis and visualization environment technology platform, in infrastructure planning, design, and information management.
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Inside view: Mike Pedersen, Mortenson Construction
Star-Tribune
It's no coincidence that Mike Pedersen, the new health care market sector leader for Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction, chose health care construction as a career. The Decatur, Ill., native says he practically grew up in hospitals where his mother was a nurse and his father suffered from Type 1 diabetes.
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Take a tour of Baxter's work site in Georgia
Cov News
Construction continues to ramp up at Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus on the Newton-Walton county, Ga., border, and a handful of senior officials toured local media around the sprawling worksite recently.
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iPads supplanting blueprints boosts builder productivity
Bloomberg
As the wind whips through the top floor of an unfinished eight-story office building a block west of the White House, Steven Denbow points to metal air ducts as an example of work that wouldn’t need to be redone.

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Design-build competitions rise in Washington
Spokane Journal
Two multimillion-dollar Spokane, Wash., construction projects that emerged this spring began their conception in a design-build contest format relatively new to the Inland Northwest.

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Obama nominee vows to work with Congress to fund transportation
Reuters
President Barack Obama's choice to be transportation secretary promised to work with Congress to figure out how to fund U.S. transportation needs during a time of tight budgets and faced lingering Republican anger over recent air traffic controller furloughs.

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NEWS FROM DBIA


'Early Bird' Registration cut-off this Monday for 2013 Federal Symposium
DBIA
There are only four days left to take advantage of the "Early Bird" registration rate for the 2013 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! Register by Monday, June 10, and save up to $100 on a full conference registration (includes education sessions and exhibit hall). Prices increase June 11. Register now.
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2013 leadership and Brunelleschi award nominations
DBIA
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.
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Do you know about all your member benefits?
DBIA
As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source of industry information and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. Project leads, access to epipeline, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, discounts on DBIA events and materials and many more are all benefits DBIA offers its members.

Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!

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Upcoming events
DBIA
June 3-7, Certification Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas
June 10-14, Certification Workshop, Pittsford, 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.

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Region events
DBIA
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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Project leads
DBIA
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Design-build construction of the Mission Launch Control Center, Wallops Flight Facility (Wallops Island, Va.)

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