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Less Than One Month to Register your Student Competition Teams
DBIA is currently seeking student teams to participate in the fourth annual National Design-Build Student Competition. The competition closely follows how real-life design-build projects are procured — it's a two-step competition, with teams responding to RFQs, short-listed finalists responding to RFPs, and a final in-person presentation at the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver. The Student Competition eligibility requires that teams include students who are enrolled in a college-level construction, design, or development curriculum. Four of the team members must be undergraduate students, with the option of one team member being a graduate student. The deadline to register is September 11, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.
Lisa Choplin Named Deputy Executive Director of DBIA
DBIA is proud to announce the selection of Lisa Choplin to fill the newly created Deputy Executive Director position. Choplin will be a thought partner to DBIA’s Executive Director/CEO, with a primary focus on working in close partnership with DBIA’s Regions and Chapters to lead the development and implementation of strategies to grow membership and industry engagement with DBIA. As an experienced public owner utilizing design-build, a former member of the DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region’s Board of Directors and a co-founder of the DBIA Maryland Chapter, Choplin is uniquely qualified for this role.
Continued Coverage of 2015 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Awards
DBIA Recognizes Ohio District for Separation Sewer Project Efforts (WaterWorld)
Y Student Center in Tacoma Wins Award (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Swisslog Wins Award from Design-Build Institute of America (Better Roads)
View all of the 2015 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Award winners at www.DesignBuildDoneRight.com.
State Financing Authority Votes To Issue $1.75 Billion in Bonds for All Aboard Florida
A private corporation planning a 235-mile passenger rail system from Miami to Orlando has been given the green light by a state financing authority to fund the project through the sale of tax-exempt bonds.
U.S. Fed Officials' Comments Suggest Interest Rate Hike
Two officials of the U.S. Federal Reserve gave strong indications that an interest-rate increase is imminent. Dennis Lockhart, president of the Atlanta Fed, said "liftoff" for a return to more normal rates was at hand. Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said the low inflation can be attributed to a temporary drop in commodity prices.
American Water Works Association
Even as prolonged drought grips California, the state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Association’s 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.
Los Angeles Maps Out Sweeping Transportation Overhaul
Los Angeles Times
Now the Los Angeles City Council is embarking on a new and controversial exercise in behavior modification: Getting more Angelenos to give up, or at least reduce their reliance on, the automobile. Council members are on the verge of approving a sweeping new transportation policy, one that calls for hundreds of miles of new bus-only lanes, bicycle lanes and "traffic calming" measures over the next 20 years. The initiative, dubbed Mobility Plan 2035, has sparked a debate over the ramifications of redesigning major corridors such as Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Economists Hedge Their Bets on Prospects for Nonresidential Construction
Kermit Baker, Ph.D., of the American Institute of Architects, Alex Carrick of CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data), and Ken Simonson of the Associated General Contractors of America shared their prognostications in a webcast April 30. The next day, the Census Bureau released its estimates for the value of nonresidential construction put in place for March 2015—up 4.7 percent from the same month a year earlier, to an annualized $611.8 billion.
Hospital and Medical Office Construction Facing a Slow but Steady Recovery
Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, as healthcare systems vie for patients who want the latest and most convenient services and technologies. Hospital construction revenue should grow by 3.8 percent this year, to $20.3 billion, according to market research firm IBISWorld. Renovation and expansion projects will account for about 73 percent of total healthcare-related construction.
How To Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory
The New York Times
The elaborate system of walls, pumps and gates is still not everything the Crescent City needs; some flooding of streets in heavy storms will always be a fact of life. But it goes a long way to fulfilling a promise by federal and state officials that the kind of widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst disasters in United States history, will not happen again.
Innovation, Quick Completion Earn Kentucky-Indiana Bridge Project SASHTO Award
The Lane Report
With a low bid of $103 million—20 percent below the original estimate—Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago began building the new bridge in the spring of 2011. Due to the use of innovative bidding, design and construction methods, Walsh’s design-build proposal called for the bridge to be closed for 10 days during construction, rather than the anticipated yearlong closure.
Kiewit's Quick-Fix Scheme Swaps out Nashville Spans
Kiewit Infrastructure Group beat the clock for a second time, as it demolished and replaced an Interstate 40 bridge in Nashville in less than 58 hours, using accelerated bridge construction to minimize traffic impact in a heavily traveled area.
San Francisco's Willie Brown Middle School Set for Debut
For the first time the district decided to do a design-build process in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity, in contrast to the traditional design-bid-build process. Using the design-build process, carried out by architecture and planning firm WRNS Studio, allowed the campus to open a full school year early.
Ownership Involvement, Choice of Contract Have Direct Impact on EPC Project Success
Utilities that are considering new large infrastructure projects should carefully evaluate whether to put the bid out for a lump sum contract, or whether they want to use an open book arrangement. Both methods have their advantages, depending on the owner’s circumstances, and matching the best style for the given project can make a major impact on a project’s success.
Lee County, Florida, Selects CH2M HILL for Reclaimed Water ASR Projects
Florida Water Daily
This project awards a Design-Build Agreement for RFP 150142 Gateway Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project – Design Build to Cardinal Contractors, Inc., for the Guaranteed Maximum Price of $3,127,470. The Design-Build team will provide permitting and construction services necessary for repair and rehabilitation of the existing 1.0 MGD Davco Field Erected Dual Path Wastewater Treatment Unit within the Gateway Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Design-Build team will also provide design, permitting and construction services for an operations control and laboratory building.
21 Practice Management Innovations from Architecture Giants
Design firms have gone all out with management innovations in the last year. Check out which ones might work for your firm.
Five Innovative Technologies Changing the Construction Sector in 2015
Technology is helping to improve a number of different industries and the construction industry is no exception.
When equipped with the right technology, construction companies across the globe are able to work safely and more efficiently.
With better-built technology in mind, here are a number of tech gadgets and apps that are changing the construction landscape for the better.
Maximize Construction Bidding Success by Minimizing Your MOD Rate
The experience modification (MOD) rate plays a critical role in a number of U.S. commercial construction bidding scenarios. Although the MOD rate is primarily used to calculate workers' compensation insurance premiums, it has been widely adopted by federal, state, and local agencies as a method to evaluate the job site safety records and risk potential of contractors and construction companies that are bidding on projects. Many government agencies require documented proof of the MOD rate for bid submissions and use it as a factor in the selection process. Even more important, a high MOD number may disqualify contractors from submitting a bid in the first place.
Five Lessons for Achieving Construction Success
National Real Estate Investor
When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or — worse — expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a “minor” mistake, like using the wrong waterproofing caulk, can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess that’s ready for the wrecking ball — or at least a multi-million dollar rehab. So, whether you’re constructing an apartment building, the alterations for your new office space or a custom home, learn from the painful lessons of others.
Holograms Add New Dimension to Construction
Fifteen years into the 21st century, construction-related technology has yet to produce jetpacks, ironworker robots and other items predicted by science fiction. But one futuristic product is already available—three-dimensional holographic prints that provide unique visualizations of project designs and concepts for collaboration.
Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission to Kick-Off 2015 Conference & Expo
On Monday, November 2, Capt. Mark Kelly will open the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo with an inspirational and motivational presentation. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, to the personal tragedy that exposed how love and devotion to family is paramount, Kelly offers insights drawn from his various and extensive experiences that are truly out of this world. Hear this Opening Keynote and more - Register for the Conference Now!
See you in Washington, DC!
This is your last chance to join DBIA and SAME for the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium! The 2015 Symposium will take place next week, August 18-20, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. Be a part of the hundreds of industry leaders and government agency personnel who attend, including from GSA, NASA, National Guard, Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. Register Onsite!
DBIA Accepting 2016 Board Nominations
On behalf of the DBIA National Board of Directors, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit nominations for the 2016 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. You may view the current Board of Directors and their biographies here.
Design-Build Done Right Webinar Series
Need continuing education credit and timely information on the "design-build hot topic" issues that are important to you? Lucky for you DBIA is hosting the Design-Build Done Right™ webinar series! You can ask questions and enjoy the feedback that comes from your peers' questions and comments. So join us to refresh or grow your expertise in design-build best practices with Robynne Parkinson, JD, DBIA on Tuesday, August 11, and Daniel Rawlins, DBIA, RA, on Tuesday, August 18.
Visit our website for additional upcoming webinars and to register.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
Leonel Almanzar, DBIA
Stephen Clouten, DBIA
Cody Flamm, LEED AP, DBIA
Layton Construction Company, Inc.
Rob Foster, DBIA
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Douglas Hague, DBIA
Upper Occoquan Service Authority
James Holcomb, DBIA
Short Muntain Engineering, LLC
Ryan Horne, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA
The Beck Group
Waleed Jouzy, DBIA
Citadel CPM, Inc.
Michael Polito, P.E., DBIA
Hatch Mott MacDonald
Jacob Price, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Jason Robison, AIA, NCARB, DBIA
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Bruce Shepheard, DBIA
W. M. Jordan Company, Inc.
Newport News, Va.
Antonino Adamo, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
David Burger, AIA, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Jack Garrett, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Douglas Lester, IV, Assoc. DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Arghavan Pajouhandeh, Assoc. DBIA
Steven Palmer, Assoc. DBIA
San Fernando, Calif.
Tracy Seymour, Assoc. DBIA
Straughan Environmental Inc.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Industry Partner member
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Department of Veterans Affairs
New member listing as of August 10, 2015.
- Jose Acosta, P.E.
Chen Moore and Associates
- Atul Apte, LEED AP, CMAA
APSI Construction Management
- Brad Crow
P.E., LEED AP, QCxP
- Andrew Gerlach
- Thomas Kooiker, DBIA
- David Mendez
Hoefer Wysocki Architecture
- Michael Mohnacs, LEED AP
- Lane Reeder, LEED AP
Reeder General Contractors
Fort Worth, Texas
DBIA Contact: Membership
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sep. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Aug. 19, Breakfast Event, Jacksonville Transportation Authority: Moving Our Region Forward
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 16, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct 21, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District
Sep. 17, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 26, Dallas-Fort Worth Luncheon Event
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting, Minnesota State Economic Outlook
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 18, Irvine Luncheon Program, "The Role of Trade Contractors in Design-Build Projects" (with ASA)
Aug. 27, Sacramento Luncheon Program, "Lessons Learned and Best Practices When Considering Enhanced Collaboration with Incentives"
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!
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