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Enjoy Dinner and a Show at DBIA's Annual Awards Dinner
Join us for an evening of good food, good friends and great projects on Tuesday, November 3 as we recognize the recipients of the 2015 National Design-Build Awards, celebrate the convocation of the Designated Design-Build Professional™ Class of 2015, and pay tribute to the this year’s Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. The evening’s entertainment is local artist, Maestro Hughes, born in Denver, twenty-six year old violinist and producer, Jeffrey Hughes, combines classical violin, soul, funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to create a unique and original sound. Register today.
Why DBIA Cares So Much About Regions
Over the past quarter, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has taken strategic steps to foster coordination and enhanced communication to its 14 Regions and local chapters. In the process of implementing this strategy, I can’t help but notice the tapped potential for state policy. States love to do what their neighbors have already done.
GOP Senator, Foxx Push for Bipartisanship on Highway Funding
Sen. Den Fischer (R-Neb.) and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are pushing for lawmakers to "work together" to pass a long-term highway bill when Congress returns to Washington in September. Fischer and Foxx wrote in an op-ed in the Lincoln Journal-Star that "investing in our transportation infrastructure is vital to our nation’s economic health and global competitiveness."
Indiana Broken Bridge Could Prompt More Road Funding
Gov. Mike Pence said that he may be willing to spend part of the state surplus to improve roads.
It’s a reaction to the closure of the Lafayette bridge on I-65. It may also be a reaction to Indiana Democrats, who again accused the Republican governor of ignoring problems that include the Lafayette bridge.
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.
Major Deals Hinting at Rise of Infrastructure in U.S.
Pensions & Investments
Investment professionals believe infrastructure deals in the U.S. could finally be gaining ground after years of fits and starts, pushed along by stressed and distressed infrastructure assets coming to market. “The U.S. market is evolving ... and we are optimistic that the (U.S. infrastructure) market will continue to grow,” said Marietta Moshiashvili, managing director and group head of energy and infrastructure private markets at TIAA-CREF Asset Management, New York.
Divergent Diamond Design Aims To Alleviate Traffic Congestion in Haymarket, Va.
The Virginia Department of Transportation expects work to begin in a couple of weeks to reconstruct the conventional crossing of on and off ramps with an innovative design — a diverging diamond interchange.
Design-Build Agreements for P3s: Panacea or Problem?
Real Estate Weekly
There are many advantages to P3s, including providing greater access to financing sources that might otherwise be unavailable, allowing the public sector to avoid adding to its already-high long-term debt, allowing the private sector expertise to “think outside the box” instead of bidding within a confined set of drawings and thereby to be as creative as necessary, and, ultimately, creating a better value for the public at large than a purely public – or a purely private – project might provide.
University of Michigan's $1.6 Billion Construction Bill is Higher Than 18 Countries' GDP
The Ann Arbor News
The university has 30 significant projects approved or under construction, all of which carry price tags of at least $2 million, and the scope ranges from roof repairs to the construction of a $261 million, state-of-the-art, 300,000-square-foot biological sciences building that will replace the 113-year-old North Hall and the century-old Museum Annex.
Level 10 Construction Named Contractor of the Year by ENR California
Level 10 Construction announced today that Engineering News-Record California (ENR California) has selected the firm as 2015 Contractor of the Year.
The Weitz Company Selected as Design-Builder for Expansive Texas A&M Student Housing Complex
The Weitz Company, a leading national design-build and construction firm, announces its selection as the design-builder for a new student housing project at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The design/build construction portion of the $360 million project is $245 million.
Building Design+Construction Giants 300 Report:
Top 56 Engineering Firms (Building Design+Construction )
Top 36 Engineering/Architecture Firms (Building Design+Construction)
Top 64 Architecture/Engineering Firms (Building Design+Construction)
Top 100 Contractors (Building Design+Construction)
Top 106 Architecture Firms (Building Design+Construction)
Beyond Design-Bid-Build: Issues To Consider in Alternative Delivery Systems
The decision as to which project delivery system is optimal is a complex one, and much has been written to advise owners on how to select from among the available options. From the contractor’s perspective, the rewards of working under an alternate delivery system may be attractive if the associated risks can be appropriately managed. This briefing is intended to give a high-level overview of the most common project delivery systems, and highlight some of the issues contractors should consider when bidding on and working under an alternate delivery system.
The Quest for a Sustainable Highway
The Mission Zero Corridor Project in Troup County West Georgia is trying to build a ‘green highway.’ The travel corridor would, according to Innovia Technology, who has been commissioned for the project, rethink the purpose and function of infrastructure to generate social, environmental and economic value.
Increase Surety Capacity by Working with a Professional Construction CPA
In most cases, sureties are the largest extenders of credit to contractors in the construction industry. Working with a professional CPA significantly increases the chances of a contractor obtaining surety credit, which can empower a business to take on bigger projects. Here’s how a good construction CPA can help a business prosper and receive more surety credit.
Hands-On Training Opportunities Create Interest in Construction Jobs
For Construction Pros
Construction employment is up and the unemployment rate is dropping. Yet even with these positive numbers the construction industry is still facing a real threat of worker shortage with the lack of skilled laborers entering the industry. Nationwide programs and initiatives are working to recruit, educate and train the next generation of construction workers.
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.
Generational Experts, Hannah Ubl & Scott Zimmer, to Headline General Session in Denver
More and more companies are facing the challenges of having multiple generations working side by side. This year's General Session on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. will feature two Generational Experts: Hannah Ubl and Scott Zimmer. They will identify critical generation gaps that can lead to turnover and dissatisfaction, explore how the generations act and react to growth and change and present solutions for communication, engagement, team synergy and motivation that will help attendees work together more effectively. Register Today.
Design-Build Done Right Webinars
Webinars are one of the simplest ways to receive the Continuing Education Units you need to maintain your DBIA, AIA or P.E. certification status. Lucky for you DBIA is hosting Design-Build Done Right™ webinars this Thursday and the following Tuesday! A key feature of our webinars is your ability to interact with live industry experts in real time, so join us to refresh or grow your expertise in design-build best practices with Stephen M. Reams, Esq., on Sept. 1 for “Managing the Design-Development Process on Design-Build Projects to Maximize Satisfaction with the Completed Project and Minimize Disputes” and Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, on Sept. 15 for “Progressive Design-Build: Examining the Structure, Procurement and Contracting Principles.”
Visit our website for additional upcoming webinars and to register.
Call for 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 has been extended to Sept. 11, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
William Amrhein, P.E., SE, DBIA
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Elizabeth Hawkins, DBIA
San Diego, Calif.
Darren Wagner, LEED AP, DBIA
Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
Michael Gilmore, Assoc. DBIA
P2S Engineering, Inc.
Long Beach, Calif.
Benjamin Miller, Assoc. DBIA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Jeffrey Rank, Assoc. DBIA
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
Tully Wyatt, Assoc. DBIA
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
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We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
New member listing as of Aug. 17, 2015.
- Yong Han Ahn
- Don Archibeque
SEH Design-Build, Inc.
Vadnais Heights, Minn.
- Brian Carroll
- Venu Kumar Dorapally, DBIA, CPE
- Yashar Hooshvar, P.E., PMP, CCM, LEED AP
- Kenneth Lewis, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Wyoming Military Department
- Curtis Lipsey, P.E., LEED AP
Department of Defense Facilities Engineering
- Alex Lord
Opus Design Build, LLC
- Jeffrey Marcum
Boca Raton, Fla.
- Salima Moore
Dal Tech engineering
- Angela Serravo
Tangram Design LLC
DBIA Contact: Membership
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. 26, Breakfast Program, “Alternative Project Delivery Methods: An In-Depth Look into Lean Construction and Integrated Project Delivery”
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
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
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Aug. 27, Sacramento Luncheon Program, "Lessons Learned and Best Practices When Considering Enhanced Collaboration with Incentives"
Sep. 10, Southern California Luncheon Program, “Flight Plan to Terminal 1 San Diego International Airport”
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Sep. 22, San Francisco Luncheon Program, “Developers Doing Design-Build”
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
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