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DBIA, along with the Society of American Military Engineers, recently hosted a second Federal Owners’ Forum. The day-long discussion involved leaders from eight federal agencies and focused on the challenges owners face delivering high-quality federal projects. The just-released report summarizes the discussions and includes potential solutions.
DBIA's National Design-Build Student Competition provides young design-builders the opportunity to create a project as a team, present it to some of the industry's leading pros and earn national recognition for their hard work. Student teams first compete on a Regional level with first-place winners moving to the second phase of the competition. Teams earning a spot at the National Competition receive $1,500 in support of travel and expenses, including complimentary conference registration, to attend the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Philadelphia in November.
This year's National Design-Build Student Competition project is a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwestern United States. Registration is open until September 6 – register here today!
Sep. 6, Deadline for Student Competition Team Registration
Sep. 12-14, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
SOLD OUT Sep. 18-20, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
Sep. 19, Design Management Fundamentals, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 22, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sep. 25-27, Certification workshop, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Oct. 2-4, Certification Workshop, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 6, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 11, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Oct. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Greenwood, Village, Colo.
Oct. 24, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Raleigh, N.C.
A complete schedule for 2017 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to award $162.4 million in airport infrastructure grants through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grants will affect 72 airports in 31 states.
A Democratic lawmaker is renewing a push for an infrastructure and tax reform package this fall, hoping to seize on the fact that the Trump administration has not figured out how to pay for its $1 trillion rebuilding plan yet.
Rep. John Delaney (Md.) has long advocated for bipartisan legislation to use the revenues from overhauling the international tax code to make massive infrastructure upgrades around the country.
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President Trump's decision to shut down an announced but not yet active infrastructure advisory panel isn't expected to have a major impact on his still-unreleased proposal to add $1 trillion over 10 years for highway, rail, water, energy and other projects, industry officials say.
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A strategic P3 approach can potentially mitigate the overruns and schedule delays that plague traditional infrastructure project delivery by clearly delineating governance, allocating shared risk, integrating resources, applying best practices, and establishing a life cycle-long perspective of costs and accountability. In our experience, institutions face eight recurring challenges with their capital project portfolios, often unrelated to financing. P3s can potentially address each of these pain points to varying degrees depending on the project.
Leidos is seeking interested bidders for the Antarctic Infrastructure and Modernization for Science (AIMS) project, with an RFP anticipated in October. Read a Q&A with the project manager to learn what it’s like to do construction in Antarctica and request bid prequalification materials today.
The 3-mile-long bridge linking Westchester County to the New York State Thruway across the widest point in the Hudson is one of the largest public infrastructure projects underway in the U.S. and a model of the latest engineering. It will take more than 50 million vehicles a year across the river, from Manhattan commuters to truckers looking to skirt the traffic-choked city 25 miles to the south.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission awarded a $939-million contract to joint-venture partners MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders to replace biosolid digester facilities at the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant, in San Francisco. The construction manager-general contractor team—working with lead designer Brown & Caldwell, with Black & Veatch and CH2M—will modernize the existing 60-plus-year-old treatment system using the Cambi thermal hydrolysis process. The system will produce higher-quality biosolids, capture and treat odors, and maximize biogas use and energy recovery. Demolition and site prep is scheduled to begin in summer 2018, with full operations coming on line in mid-2025.
In a city whose official seal boasts a train as a symbol of progress, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Texas Central railroad company reached agreement today to work together on an economic development and jobs-creating plan for a bullet train that will revolutionize travel in the state.
Construction has started on the $1.6 billion conversion of New York City's James A. Farley Post Office Building into Moynihan Train Hall, according to Curbed New York.
The new 255,000-square-foot hall will feature nine train platforms, 17 tracks and a 92-foot-tall skylight, as well as 700,000 square feet of retail, dining and other commercial space. ... In September of last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the joint venture of Related Cos., Vornado Realty Trust and Skanska USA would carry out the Moynihan conversion under a fixed-price, design-build contract. The joint venture put $630 million into the project for operating rights upon completion.
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Cairo-based contractor Orascom Construction has said that the Weitz Company, its design-build contracting business based in Iowa in the United States, has completed a project to build the biggest student housing complex in the country. The Park West project contains 2.2 million square feet of buildings on a 50 acre plot in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The campus was built under a public-private partnership deal between Weitz, the university and Texas-based developer Servitas.
A warranty is meant to protect a purchaser from any faults or defects in goods or services purchased. But warranties are as different as the products and services that they protect. What’s more, because courts interpret warranties in widely different ways — as either a creature of tort, contract or a mixture of both ― there exists no “one size fits all” approach1. As such, it’s important for both owners and contractors to know what the warranty they are receiving or issuing is worth. What is and is not covered? What are the gaps in coverage that could lead to future disputes?
There are two general categories of warranties issued in typical construction projects: express and implied.
Avoiding the game of float promotes an environment of trust and cooperation between owner and contractor. Such an environment will increase the chances of successfully delivering the project on time and on budget. It allows both sides to focus on real impediments to progress. Float sequestration has the opposite effect because it creates an environment of mistrust. It diverts attention away from the real issues affecting progress and toward manipulating the schedule for financial gain.
Within any business, management of operations is a vital step to improve the chances of success. It’s no different within the construction sector. Even if success is attainable, mismanagement of employees and resources can result in failure. If you’re looking at ways to improve your construction workforce management, we’ve got actionable, practical ideas for you to implement across your business. Implementing these four ideas and ways of working could be just what you need to kick-start a better way of working that will see you reap the benefits.
Los Angeles Mainline and Trunk Line Replacement Design-Build: Contractor RFQ
Mandatory pre-proposal conference on Aug. 24, 2017
Notice of Invitation for Design-Build Input Restroom Facilities (Jacksonport, Wisc.)
Meeting on September 11, 2017
The Town of Jacksonport is seeking qualified design/build firms to discuss and ultimately bid on architectural, engineering, and specification writing services; as well as the construction of its proposed Changing/Restroom Facility at Lakeside Park.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
Kevin Halfhill, DBIA
William Hearon, P.E., DBIA
Alexander Lanari, DBIA
St. Louis, Mo.
Lawrence Pitkin, SE, DBIA
John A. Martin & Associates
Los Angeles, Calif.
Eric Sender, P.E., DBIA
Wallace Montgomery & Associate, LLP
Hunt Valley, Md.
Brian Stitt, P.Eng, DBIA
Coral Gables, Fla.
Scott Wolf, FAIA, DBIA
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLC
Jeff Angeley, Assoc. DBIA
University of Washington
Jeff Fowler, P.E., CCM, Assoc. DBIA
City of Seattle - Seattle Public Utilities
Ashnil Girish, Assoc. DBIA
Joshua Lee Jackson, PMP, DBIA Assoc.
City of Seattle -Seattle City Lights
Julie Marshall, Assoc. DBIA
Nick Molin, Assoc. DBIA
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Oct. 12-13, Design-Build 2017 Conference
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 12, Clay Shoot
Sep. 21, Iowa Chapter 9th Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 19, 2017 Region Awards Celebration
Sep. 15, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Sep. 20, Annual Owners’ Forum
DBIA-South Central Region
Sep. 19, 2017 MEGA Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 1, Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 6, Owners Council Webinar, Design-Build with Your Eyes Open - How an Underground GIS Helps Solve Complex Design-Build Challenges
Sep. 11, Sacramento Chapter Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, San Diego Chapter Lunch Program, San Diego: The Innovation Economy’s Next Frontier (with SMPS)
Sep. 21, LA/OC Chapter Breakfast Program, Public-Private Partnerships: Developer Panel
Sep. 25, Bay Area Young Professionals Event – End of Summer Site Visit and Mixer
Oct. 5, Southern California Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 18, Nevada Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Nov. 3, Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
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