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In Honor: Passing of Lou Martinez
DBIA
Many DBIA members knew Lou Martinez personally as he has been a long-time supporter of DBIA. Sadly, Lou passed away from a heart attack on Sunday, July 27. Lou spent countless hours helping to prepare programs and training sessions for DBIA and has made a huge impact on our organization. Not only has Lou been one of DBIA’s most reliable instructors, but he has been very active at the Region level in Florida. Lou was serving as President of the DBIA Florida Region this year and had been a member of the Region's Annual Conference planning committee since 2008, chairing the committee in 2013. Lou also served as Secretary of the DBIA Florida Region for two years and as Vice President in 2013. He is a Designated Design-Build Professional and a Certified Instructor for DBIA.

Prior to becoming President of Martinez Engineering & Management Services, Lou served 26 years in the U.S. Army, initially as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor, then completed his Army service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upon his military retirement, he worked another 23 years for KBR.

Friends of Lou say he possessed the rare parallel gift of being a great storyteller as well as a great listener. He spent much of his free time doing volunteer and charitable work, including water purification projects in Central America and holding an annual wine-tasting fundraiser for his local library. He loved Latin music and would occasionally hold impromptu salsa classes for his colleagues over the lunch hour. A humble extrovert, he never met a stranger. His greatest joy was his family, of whom he spoke of frequently and proudly.

A memorial service for Lou will be held on Monday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 Wickham Road, Melbourne, Fla.

He will be missed greatly, both personally and professionally. Lou and his family are in DBIA’s thoughts.

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Educating the Educators
Design-Build Blog
Specifically tailored for educators, DBIA will host a Design-Build Educator Workshop Aug. 4-8 to help university faculty understand the key elements and value of design-build, as well as ways to incorporate important DBIA best practices into their existing curriculum.
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Nominations for DBIA Board of Directors Accepted Through Aug. 15
DBIA
On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2015 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA's mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. Nomination deadline: Friday, Aug. 15.
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Owner Scholarship Applications Due this Friday for 2014 DBIA Conference & Expo
DBIA
DBIA is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2014 Owner Scholarship. The Owner Scholarship is for public and private owners considering the use of design-build as a project delivery method or who have utilized this method in the past. Those eligible may be considered for complimentary registration, hotel and/or travel. Applicants must complete an online application by Aug. 1 for consideration. Apply Now!
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LEGISLATION AND ADVOCACY


U.S. Senator Fischer (R-NE) Introduces Key Design-Build Bill
DBIA
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) has introduced a Senate version of H.R. 2750, the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act. The Senate bill number is S. 2652. This follows U.S. House of Representatives action on the provision in the spring.

DBIA has been working closely with a large coalition of A/E/C associations, particularly AIA and AGC, to support and move this legislative project through the process. While there are slightly different versions of the legislation, they all share the goal encouraging the better use of two-phase design-build by:

1. Requiring federal agency contracting officers to justify to superiors when more than five finalists are short-listed
2. Limiting single-phase design-build to projects of no more than $750,000
3. Requiring that agencies report on these activities.

The House has passed a version of the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which it considered and passed in May. The full Senate has yet to consider NDAA, but plans to do so in some fashion this fall. DBIA will continue actively working with Sen. Fischer and our coalition partners to assure the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act is part of that final bill. The process, however, could take well into the fall and even into December. DBIA will keep members informed on the bill's progress.

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Advocates Rally Behind Senate Highway Bill
The Hill
Transportation advocates are rallying behind a temporary highway funding extension that was approved by the Senate recently that would force lawmakers to revisit the issue of infrastructure spending before the end of the year.
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Boehner: House Will Address Government Funding Measure in September
The Hill
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently said he expects the House will consider a stopgap funding measure to avoid a government shutdown when it returns from recess in September. House leaders had discussed voting on a short-term spending bill, also known as a continuing resolution. Boehner said he expected the funding bill would keep the government operating into the lame-duck session after the midterm elections.
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DOT Blog: Western States Speeding up Transportation Projects; Future Gains Rely on Long-Term Certainty
U.S. Department of Transportation
Greg Nadeau writes for the U.S. Department of Transportation: "Earlier this week, while in Albuquerque taking part in the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials 2014 meeting, I had a great opportunity to see firsthand what New Mexico and the 17 other WASHTO member states are doing to get projects done sooner. Their work can be summed up in two words — innovation and investment. Those words are also the cornerstone of the Federal Highway Administration's 'Every Day Counts' program to promote state-based project delivery efforts."
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INDUSTRY NEWS


The 2014 Top International Design Firms
Engineering News-Record
More large international design firms are going shopping in emerging markets, looking for the kind of robust growth opportunities that still elude traditional markets, such as Europe. As a result, new competitive hot spots are sprouting up in some global regions while firms wait for better days in Europe and beyond.
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How to Design and Build a Plastic Surgery Center in Less Than 5 Months
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
The process for health care construction projects is becoming faster, better and less expensive. Health care organizations need to take advantage of opportunities to increase and improve patient services, add new product lines, increase market share, maintain revenues, reduce the cost of delivery of medicine and better utilize their tight capital dollars.
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GSA Task Force Plans for Future Net-Zero Buildings
Federal News Radio
The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September. The committee recently decided on a provisional definition of net-zero energy buildings to push them toward creating clear goals and guidance to agencies. The draft definition distinguishes between two different types of net- zero energy buildings.
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Guest Blog: 6 Ways to Control Rising Commercial Construction Costs
Columbus CEO
The good news for the Columbus, Ohio, region is that the construction industry is back! The not-so-good news is a backlog of projects in this growing economy has led to rising construction costs, but the impact can be minimized through a combination of best practices and targeted planning strategies.
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Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces Final Selections for Design-Build and Construction Services Contract
Imperial Valley News
The Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has selected 25 firms for an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity worldwide design-build and construction services contract. The IDIQ selections include set asides for 8(a) firms; HUBZone businesses; service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses; women-owned businesses; and small businesses; as well as full-and-open competition. The contract duration is one base year, with four option years.
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MEMBER NEWS


Planned LAX Terminal Will Provide More Room for Wide-Bodied Jets
Los Angeles Times
The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued recently with the approval of a new $900 million terminal that will add gates for wide-bodied aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers.
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Annapolis, Maryland, Breaks Ground on $35 Million Water Treatment Plant
Annapolis Patch
Annapolis leaders broke ground recently on a $35 million water treatment plant project, the largest construction project in the city's history, updating aging infrastructure with a new state-of-the-art facility.
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Nominations for DBIA Board of Directors Accepted Through Aug. 15
DBIA
On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2015 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates who understand and support DBIA's mission and goals and who are committed to advancing the understanding and use of design-build project delivery across all sectors and markets. Nomination deadline: Friday, Aug. 15.

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Saving Money with Design-Build
Crain's New York Business
The de Blasio administration wants the state to give it permission to build major infrastructure projects faster and cheaper by bundling design and construction bids into a single contract. A 2011 bill authorizing design-build procurement for some state projects is credited with helping trim $1.7 billion off what is now an estimated $3.4 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project. The state has calculated that design-build projects are 27 percent less costly.

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Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in the U.S. – June 2014
Reed Construction Data
There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when job-site work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding.

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LACMTA's Board OKs Purple Line Extension Contract
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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board recently approved a $1.6 billion contract with the Skanska, Traylor and Shea joint venture to construct the 3.9-mile first phase of the Purple Line Extension subway. The project's first phase, with a total budget of $2.7 billion, is anticipated to open in 2023, LACMTA officials said in a blog post on the agency's website.
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BD+C: Top Construction Management Firms
Building Design+Construction
Jacobs, Barton Malow, Hill International top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest construction management and project management firms in the United States.
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Five Finalists Selected for ASCE's Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award; Pankow Award Winner Named
American Society of Civil Engineers
Five remarkable projects have been selected as finalists in the competition for the American Society of Civil Engineers' prestigious 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award: the Colton Crossing Flyover in Colton, California; the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project in Los Angeles; the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station in Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica; the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span in San Francisco and Oakland, California; and the Ward County Water Supply Project, running through Monahans and Odessa, Texas.
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AECOM-URS Deal: The Challenge of Profitable Growth
Engineering News-Record
AECOM's $6 billion acquisition of URS, creating the second largest construction services company, continues the trend of consolidation among construction services players. The 10 largest design and engineering firms have tripled in size since 2003 — largely through mergers and acquisitions.
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AECOM Announces Deal to Buy Hunt Construction
Engineering News-Record
AECOM Technology Corp. recently announced its acquisition of Hunt Construction Group, Inc., which boosts the design giant's construction capabilities now provided through its Tishman Construction unit that was purchased in 2010.
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NEWS FROM DBIA


New Members of the Class of 2014 DBIA Credential Holders
DBIA
DBIAs

Kevin Carpenter, LEED AP, MBA, DBIA
McCarthy Building Company
Los Angeles, Calif.

Nancie Constandse, Ra, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, MBA, DBIA
Jeff Katz Architecture
San Diego, Calif.

Michael Hernandez, P.E., DBIA
Baker Concrete Construction
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Aaron Hoelscher, DBIA
Aaron Hoelscher
Belton, Texas

Andrew Hoenig, P.E., DBIA
Georgia Dept. of Transportation
Atlanta, Ga.

Jason Stern, P.E., DBIA
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI)
Babylon, N.Y.

Assoc. DBIAs

Stephen Campion, Assoc. DBIA
Swinerton Builders
San Diego, Calif.

Ryan Childs, Assoc. DBIA
Pacific Building Group
San Diego, Calif.

Jesse Ellison, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.

Adam Quinlan, Assoc. DBIA
Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC
Arlington, Va.

Brandon Stevens, Assoc. DBIA
Pacific Building Group
San Diego, Calif.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Upcoming Events
DBIA
August
Aug. 11-15, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 15, Design Management, Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 18, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19-21, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
September
Sep. 12, Conceptual Estimating, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 16, Conceptual Estimating, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 22-26, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 29-Oct. 3, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
October
Oct. 3, Design Management, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 5, Design Management (Pre-Conference), Dallas, Texas
Oct. 6-8, 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Oct. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 17, Design Management, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 24, BIM Execution Planning, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 24, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
November
Nov. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 13, BIM Execution Planning, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA
DBIA-Florida Region
Sep. 11, Design & Building Industry Mixer
Nov. 6, Annual Conference, Design-Build 2014

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Aug. 5, Young Professionals Night at Nationals Park
Sep. 9, Technology in Today's Industry – Owner's Tool Box
Sep. 26, Golf Tournament
Oct. 5, River Runners Biathlon
Oct. 23, Transportation Owners/Industry Dialogue
November Program: Update on USACE Program/Fort Meade
Nov. 20, Annual Meeting Dinner – PSU Design-Build Study
December, Annual Meeting Dinner

DBIA-Northwest Region
Aug. 12, Oregon Breakfast Series Event

DBIA-Southwest Region
Sep. 21, Oklahoma Chapter Dinner and Networking Event, Growing Design-Build Firms

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 17, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 13, Arizona Chapter Reception
Sep. 5, Hawaii Golf Tournament
Sep. 15, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Sep. 16, Bay Area Lunch, Collaborative Delivery: Why, How and How Much?
Sep. 16, DBIA/AIA LA Breakfast, Design-Build Trifecta
Sep. 22, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Bay Area Networking Cruise

DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord

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PROJECT LEADS


Project Leads
DBIA
These and other opportunities are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.

RFQ: Onondaga County Lakeview Amphitheater (New York) (deadline: Aug. 19)

RFQ Issued for Route 29 Improvement Projects (Virginia)

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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