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Crain's New York
"Considering the amount of traffic that goes through that corridor and the general public living next to it, time is of the essence," said Richard Thomas of the Design-Build Institute of America, which advocates for the policy around the country. "I just don't understand why you wouldn't want to give the city this kind of tool."
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July 17-19, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
July 24-26, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 7, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Aug. 17, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Laurel, Md.
Aug. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
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In 2013, the most recent year surveyed, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) found that 16 percent of the nation's highways were in poor or mediocre condition and needed repaving or larger repairs.
Agencies in three states are in the beginning stages of changing how large-scale road projects like these will someday be done and redone, moving away from traditional paper plans, onsite staking and employee-based monitoring to automate processes and enhance precision and safety with smart devices. They're already seeing returns on investment — in the case of an Idaho pilot, saving one construction season and several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in California and Colorado, working to keep employees safe, virtually monitor drivers and fully integrate GPS.
U.S. News & World Report
Pending one final approval from the federal government, construction on a $725 million Utah freeway will begin in less than three years. Federal and state highway officials Thursday released an environmental analysis identifying the route for the proposed 19-mile West Davis Corridor designed to serve commuters in the Salt Lake City area.
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.
Washington Business Journal
D.C. Water has awarded its largest contract to date — a $580 million design-build plan for a 5-mile tunnel that will help avoid combined sewer overflow into the Anacostia River. A joint venture of Salini Impregilo and S.A. Healy will design and construct the tunnel. Work is expected to begin in September with a completion date of 2023. Along with controlling sewer outflow, the tunnel construction is expected to reduce the chance of flooding in the areas it serves, including flood-prone sections of Rhode Island Avenue.
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San Diego Union-Tribune
In all, 130 hotels in California, accounting for 18,271 rooms, were under construction as of the end of June, a 17 percent increase over the same period in 2016, according to a mid-year development report prepared by the Orange County hotel brokerage firm, Atlas Hospitality Group.
For the latest addition to its growing campus, the University of Denver is using a new tactic to accelerate the process. The university opted for the design-build style of construction with a new administrative building, which will be completed in April. The building, at 2601 E. Colorado Ave., will cost $14.5 million.
Winner of the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award was the new SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle (2016 DBIA award winner), designed by HDR. This dynamic new 1.5-mile span is the world’s longest and largest floating bridge. The superstructure is supported by 21 of the heaviest, widest and deepest longitudinal pontoons ever built, each weighing nearly 11,000 tons.
Healthcare Design Magazine
The Don Knabe Wellness Center & Plaza design-build team of Taylor Design, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., SmithGroupJJR, and Los Angeles Department of Public Works was recently honored at the 47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) on June 22 at the Beverly Hilton. The Don Knabe Wellness Center & Plaza design-build team received the award in honor of its design excellence and innovation.
Engineering giant Aecom has agreed to buy Shimmick Construction, a leader in the California and Western U.S. heavy civil construction market, for $175 million. Los Angeles-based Aecom(NYSE: ACM) said the deal, which it expects to close in its fiscal fourth quarter, will provide the company with leading civil construction capabilities across the Western U.S., which is set to benefit from several years of expected growth from nearly $180 billion of recently approved ballot measures.
The Construction Index
Caterpillar has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with a specialist developer of robotic bricklaying technology.
The Post and Courier
Walk down the halls of the Home2 Suites when it opens this fall in Mount Pleasant, and it won't seem much different than any other hotel. But just beneath the surface, the hotel is breaking new ground, developers say. Its corridors will be supported by cross-laminated timber, a relatively new form of lumber that hasn't been tried before in a commercial building in South Carolina.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are using a novel form of x-rays to detect corrosion, the primary danger threatening the health of the steel framework within the nation’s bridges, roads, and other aging physical infrastructure. This noninvasive “spectral fingerprint” technique reveals the corrosion of concrete-encased steel before it can cause any significant degradation of the structure it supports. This could help in defining the Trump administration’s proposed $1 trillion project to rebuild and maintain U.S. infrastructure.
Oct. 12-13, Design-Build 2017 Conference
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 12, Clay Shoot
July 20, Summer Social and BBQ
Sep. 21, Iowa Chapter 9th Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 19, 2017 Region Awards Celebration
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 11, 12th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament
Aug. 17, Carolinas Chapter Networking Event
Aug. 22, Georgia Chapter Networking Event
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 19, TH169 Nine Mile reek Bridge Replacement Tour
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
July 18, LA/OC Chapter Breakfast Program, Smart Cities: Innovative Building for the Future
July 27, Bay Chapter Golf Tournament
Aug. 10, OC Chapter Lunch Program, Design-Build in Community Colleges and K-12s
Aug. 15, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, Integrated Project Leadership
Aug. 18, San Diego Chapter, DBIA Day at the Races
Sep. 1, Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 11, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
Nov. 3, Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
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