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Design-build is the fastest growing and most popular method of delivering nonresidential and non-building projects, according to “Design-Build Utilization: Combined Market Study,” prepared by construction-wise management consultant and merger & acquisition specialist FMI and posted here. ... "This research is incredibly important as design-build transitions from what used to be considered an 'alternative delivery' process, not so many years ago, to the preferred delivery method for a growing number of public and private owners,” says Design-Build Institute of America CEO Lisa Washington. “Collaboration and innovation are delivering better projects that also achieve cost and schedule savings, which is especially important as cash-strapped states and communities have to do more with less."
Each year DBIA recognizes industry leaders who have contributed to the practice of Design-Build Done Right™.
All award winners will be acknowledged at the 2018 Design-Build Conference in New Orleans.
- If you know an individual owner, young professional, industry professional, legislator, student or faculty member that has demonstrated leadership in the advancement of effective design-build practices and in the promotion of the use of design-build, nominate them for the 2018 Distinguished Design-build Leadership Awards.
- And if you know an individual who has 25 years or more of well-documented contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery, nominate them for the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, DBIA’s highest award.
- We are accepting Brunelleschi and Distinguished Design-Build Leadership award nominations for 2018 through July 10.
DBIA’s website provides the design-build industry a unique opportunity to showcase successful design-build projects. Owners and practitioners from around the country utilize DBIA’s Project Database to see the latest design-build projects across all sectors, sizes and types. View different projects or share your own and get a leg up on next year’s annual Design-Build Awards Competition when you visit the Project Database.
July 11, WEBINAR, Turning Obstacles into Opportunities While Developing a Design-Build Market
July 16-18, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
Aug. 8, WEBINAR, MOT/MPT Strategies on Design-Build Projects in Urban Environments
Aug. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug. 27-29, Certification Workshop, Apex, N.C.
Sep. 5, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sep. 11-13, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Houston, Texas
Sep. 17-19, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
Sep. 17-19, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 19, WEBINAR, Utilities in Transportation Design-Build Projects
Sep. 20, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Oakland, Calif.
Sep. 25, Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Denver, Colo.
A complete schedule for 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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The Assembly Democratic Office
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Speaker Craig Coughlin permitting certain government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking certain building and highway infrastructure projects advanced out of the full Assembly 72-3 on Monday.
As part of a sweeping federal government reorganization proposal, the White House has recommended shifting the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil-works operation to the Dept. of Transportation and the Dept. of the Interior.
The Trump administration proposal, which the Office of Management and Budget unveiled on June 21, has many provisions that would require approval by Congress, including the envisioned breakup of Corps nonmilitary duties. Although some House members have advocated moving Corps civil works out of its long-time home at the Dept. of Defense, that proposal would face a long, difficult path on Capitol Hill.
The Mercury News
From Oakland to San Jose, pavement crews are already at work repairing roads and tackling long-deferred maintenance of city streets. Caltrans contractors earlier this month started grinding and repaving a 104-mile swath of Interstate 880 in the East Bay, a freeway one commuter called “the crappiest in all of California.” All that work is partially funded from the state’s new gas taxes and registration fees, which will generate more than $3.1 billion for Bay Area highway repairs and public transit upgrades over the next several years, along with nearly $496 million cities and counties are slated to receive this year to repair local streets.
But now, with the release of a Los Angeles Times and USC poll last month showing more than half of California voters would repeal those taxes and fees, it’s looking more likely that many of the newly funded projects are at risk of being delayed or eliminated.
The state is seeking a few big construction firms to build multiple large-scale marsh creation and ridge restoration projects in the Barataria Basin, coastal authority officials said Friday (June 22). It's the first time that the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will use a method called "outcome based performance contracting," which allows the state to enter into a single contract to have a company finance, design, build, monitor and maintain a project, with payment made by the state only when the work is substantially completed.
Infrastructure is among health care, immigration, trade and other pressing topics on the American political agenda that need immediate attention. It’s also one of the most difficult problems to solve because it’s expensive, divisive and downright complicated. Nevertheless, Wharton finance professor Robert Inman makes a compelling argument for why government officials need to make infrastructure a priority. He was part of a recent Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative seminar on Capitol Hill on the topic and joined the Knowledge@Wharton radio show, which airs on SiriusXM Channel 111, to discuss what it would take to finance improvements, and the role government should play. An edited transcript of the conversation follows.
After months of debate, the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett appear ready to compromise on how to handle the awarding of contracts for stormwater management projects in the future. On Tuesday, council President Hans Riemer unveiled a new proposal that would implement Leggett’s plan to hire one contractor to design, build and maintain several stormwater projects. The proposal would also enable the council to appropriate additional money to the contractor if needed, create an environmental advisory group to provide input on those projects chosen for construction and require contractors to build projects seen as most beneficial to the environment.
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Roads & Bridges
The I-85 Corridor Bridges project will fully replace bridges in service for over 55 years and enhance safety by increasing lane width and adding shoulders to travel lanes. These replacements are part of a larger Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) effort to improve bridge infrastructure statewide. ... These projects are being executed through design-build (DB) methodology. Benefits of this model include combining pre-construction related services, such as processing permits and design, with construction services into one contract. Additionally, DB allows the contractor to participate in the project’s design in an effort to reduce costs, improve communication, and expedite project delivery. The contract was awarded to Georgia Bridge and Concrete LLC of Tucker last year. The project will utilize both state and federal funds and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2020.
Work will soon begin on a design for the new Seaplane Base and Marina to replace the facilities destroyed by Hurricane Irma last September. The Haskell Company, a design, engineering and construction firm based in Jacksonville, was chosen by city staff in March to design and build the new facilities. Last week, City Council members gave the go-ahead for City Administrator John Drury to finalize a $732,940 contract allowing Haskell to begin drawing up plans.
Building Design + Construction
Virginia Commonwealth University’s VCU Health broke ground June 22 on the largest capital construction project in its history, a $349.2 million outpatient facility on the university’s Richmond campus that, upon completion in the summer of 2020, will consolidate most of the VCU Massey Cancer Center’s outpatient services within 16 stories and 603,000 sf. ... Sandy Tkacz, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, health principal with HDR, the project’s designer, notes that the ambulatory tower “will not only allow patients to have all of these services integrated in the same location for easy navigation, but also change the Richmond skyline and the face of the city.”
The Orange County Sanitation District has hired Black & Veatch to design the overhaul and upgrade of Wastewater Plant No. 2 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The new facilities will replace units built in the 1970s and will facilitate the increase in the Orange County Water District groundwater replenishment system plant’s capacity from 100 million gallons per day (mgd) to 130 mgd. The project will require replacing four primary clarifiers and upgrading 10 existing clarifiers. Investigations during the design phase uncovered two earthquake faults beneath the plant that the sanitation district had not known about. The discovery led to a decision to relocate the new clarifiers. The estimated construction cost will be $120 million, and work is expected to start in 2021. The upgrades will improve the plant’s ability to provide source water for the county’s groundwater replenishment system. The system, the world’s largest for indirect potable reuse, takes highly treated wastewater from throughout the county and further treats the water before injecting it back into the ground for a seawater-intrusion barrier or to increase the local drinking-water supply.
Two hundred years after the birth of the abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass, construction has begun on a $441-million replacement for a 68-year-old bridge that carries his name. The replacement — which retains the honorific — is rising 100 ft south of the existing bridge. The design strives to honor the black civil rights hero’s legacy by creating a “grand urban boulevard” to link a formerly gritty industrial area on the east side of the Anacostia River with Washington, D.C.’s core. The unusual design features a series of above-deck arches with no external bolted connections. ... South Capitol Bridge Builders, a joint venture led by Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction Inc. and Atlanta-based Archer Western, holds a design-build contract — with AECOM as lead designer — to construct the three-span, 1,600-ft-long bridge with three sets of parallel white arches. The bridge will have six traffic lanes and a bicycle/pedestrian path on both sides. An esplanade will grace the Anacostia River’s south bank. Traffic ovals will be created at each end and sections of South Capitol Street will be re-created as a scenic boulevard. Reconstruction of the interchange with the Suitland Parkway and Interstate 295 also is included. The desire of lawmakers and community stakeholders to have the new bridge be a truly iconic structure drove the process from concept to design to procurement.
The University of Maine (UMaine) reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) plans to give it as much as $14.2 million over a period of five years to lead a coalition in the creation of the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC). The goal is to save taxpayer dollars by extending the life of transportation infrastructure, including bridges, roads, and rail.
San Francisco-based startup UpCodes this month launched UpCodes AI, a software plug-in which uses artificial intelligence to run a “spell check” on a BIM model’s code compliance by flagging violations, TechCrunch reported.
Because building codes are frequently updated and amended, new requirements can be missed by architects, leading to costly project delays. CEO Scott Reynolds said the beta product identifies an average of 27 code violations per project. UpCodes AI uses natural language processing, which helps computers understand human writing, to draw from the company’s database of regulations from 26 states and the District of Columbia, which is reportedly updated in near real-time. The program is compatible with Autodesk Revit and will integrate with ArchiCad, SketchUp and IFC in the future, according to TechCrunch.
Kelly J. Kinzer, an executive vice president in Willis Towers Watson’s Minneapolis office, was recently named the company’s North American construction specialties broking leader. Kinzer spoke to ENR Correspondent Scott Van Voorhis about builders’ risk coverage after last year’s hurricanes, where deductibles are up or down and how coverage is even available for contract liability penalties.
But a Canadian startup has invented a new system for making concrete that traps CO2 emissions forever and at the same time reduces the need for cement. CarbonCure's system takes captured CO2 and injects it into concrete as it's being mixed. Once the concrete hardens, that carbon is sequestered forever. Even if the building is torn down, the carbon stays put. That's because it reacts with the concrete and becomes a mineral.
Registration is open for the 2018 Design-Build Conference & Expo and it’s time to book your New Orleans hotel! DBIA has reserved blocks of rooms at three hotels conveniently located near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, all of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis ending on October 15. For more information on hotel reservations, visit our conference travel page.
DBIA is proud to announce the creation of a new certification status recognizing the achievements of our most accomplished Designated Design-Build Professionals. Nominations for the historic 2018 Class of Fellows are now being accepted. A DBIA Fellow has at least 10 continuous years as a Designated Design-Build Professional™ as well as 10 continuous years of membership in DBIA, notable career contributions to the design-build profession and the Design-Build Institute of America. You can see more details and download the nomination form on DBIA’s website. We will accept nominations through June 30.
Terry Anson, P.E., DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Elliott Disney, DBIA
Stephen Ignatosky, DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Issa Jafar Ramaji, Ph.D., P.E., DBIA
University of North Florida
Sarah Joos, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Joseph Lawton, AIA, CCM, DBIA
Matthew Severson, P.E., DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Sharafeddin Shaklawun, P.E., DBIA
Washington State Department of Transportation
Mandhir Singh, DBIA
Elizabeth Young, AIA, EDAC, DBIA
HGA Architects and Engineers
Michael Allen, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
Linsey Renae Boraud, Assoc. DBIA
Austin Commercial, LP
Patrick Chevalier, Assoc. DBIA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Pranoy Choudhury, Assoc. DBIA
EBA Engineering, Inc.
Dione Francis, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Damon Gardella, Assoc. DBIA, PMP
OAC Services, Inc.
Andrew Karlovich, Assoc. DBIA
AECOM Technology Corporation
New York, N.Y.
Mattison Ly, Assoc. DBIA, AIA, LEED AP
Charles Henry Mroz, Assoc. DBIA
Howard S. Wright a Balfour Beatty Company
Morakinyo Anthony Oyewole, Assoc. DBIA, LEED AP
Forest Payne, Assoc. DBIA
Western Washington University
Sarah Perrino, Assoc. DBIA
Makoto Sakagami, Assoc. DBIA
Absher Construction Company
Angel Torres, Assoc. DBIA, LEED GA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
San Diego, Calif.
Frederick Weinert, Assoc. DBIA
New York Power Authority
White Plains, N.Y.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Sep. 21, Region Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-New England Region
June 28, Lunch and Learn Series, Responding to Design-Build Procurement Offerings
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
July 9, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
July 19, 2018 Owners Council Webinar Series, Session #6, Design-Build Acquisition and Contract Incentives – An Owner’s Perspective
Aug. 24, Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 10, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
Oct. 19, Nevada Chapter Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
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