White House announces steps to expedite high impact infrastructure projects to create jobs
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President Barack Obama is asking his administration to identify high priority infrastructure projects the federal government can jumpstart to create more jobs. This order comes in advance of Obama's Sept. 7 speech where he will unveil his latest job plans before a joint session of Congress. More
USGBC announces 10,000th LEED-certified building
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The U.S. Green Building Council has announced a major milestone: The Green Building Certification Institute has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project. "Business leaders around the globe are using LEED to design, build, maintain and operate their buildings," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Ten thousand commercial certified buildings stand as a powerful example that a strong triple bottom line translates to real, tangible success." More
Contractors being interviewed to build bridges in Maine
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Maine Department of Transportation officials are working on design plans for temporary bridges to allow traffic to flow on Route 27, spokesman Mark Latti said recently. In addition, two permanent bridges would be constructed where they were washed out recently, he said. More
Crenshaw Line's final environmental report includes new 405 bridge in Los Angeles
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The Crenshaw light rail line in Los Angeles stepped a bit closer to reality with the recent release of a final environmental impact report. No big surprises inside - though there's this glimpse of a very high bridge over the 405 - but it's good news for those hoping to see this thing open by 2016 or '17. There's no final word on a station in the heart of Leimert Park Village - neighborhood activists want a Leimert stop and others are pushing for the undergrounding of the light rail in Park Mesa Heights, as the Crenshaw Line moves north to meet with the Expo Line. More
Interchange project seeking design-build teams in Minnesota
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The Interchange project, the future transit hub adjacent to Target Field in Minnesota, will be built utilizing the design-build construction process in order to hit a 2014 completion deadline. The design-build process, which was also used for the reconstruction of the I-35W Bridge, streamlines the development process by setting basic design parameters and seeking a team to complete the design and construction. More
Latest DBIA member news
Skanska USA has hired Russ Alcorn as a vice president for the company's Federal Center of Excellence. Alcorn will employ his 33 years of experience in federal construction to help identify federal pursuits, review federal solicitations and assist with proposals and presentations.
Gannett Fleming Inc. has named Sheldon S. Kauffman, DBIA, vice president. Kauffman will serve as international development director and vice president for Gannett Fleming International, responsible for the development and implementation of the international business plan, coordinating and tracking the firm’s international activities and engaging the legal counsel on international contracts and agreements.
H&A Architects & Engineers has announced a number of new corporate title recipients: Director of Embassy Programs Benjamin Lilly, P.E., senior vice president; Human Resources Director Patricia Davison, SPHR-CA, vice president; Steven Applegate, P.E., Lisa Bilski, CPA, Jared Jamison, P.E., Catherine Gettys, Patrick Markley, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, RCDD, and Charles Richardson, P.E., senior associates; and Jeremy Kappes, Susan Brain, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, PMP, LaTonya Whitaker, Kevin Kosker, Katherine Lester, Jonathan Gray, Erich Flessner, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Wendi Scott, Elizabeth Goetz, SPHR-CA, Daniel Layou, P.E., Carey Kentrick, Brian Stanley, P.E., and Adam Mease, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, all associates.
Black & Veatch has expanded its utility finance and rate analysis expertise with the addition of Brian Jewett as principal consultant.
CDM has acquired E3 Consulting Australia Pty Ltd, an established environmental science and engineering consultancy with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Gray Construction received two marketing awards from The Society for Marketing Professional Services.
Gray Construction received first place for its 50th anniversary book, "Building on a Legacy," and second place in the external newsletter category for its 2010 series of The GrayWay.
World Water Week, sponsored by the Water Environment Federation, took place in late August in Stockholm, Sweden. Among those presenting were representatives of Black & Veatch: James Clark, senior vice president for global water business, moderated and Ralph Eberts, executive vice president for Black & Veatch Water, was a speaker.
M.C. Dean, Inc. to sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011
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M.C. Dean, Inc., the nation's leading engineering and technology firm for mission critical systems and facilities, has announced its sponsorship in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. The Solar Decathlon, which will be held at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and visually appealing. More
DBIA Committees meet face-to-face in October
Committees are where much of the most important work is done in any association and DBIA is no different. During our yearly face-to-face meetings, committee members identify and develop committee goals and priorities for the upcoming year, do long-term planning and continue the hands-on work of this organization. Committee meetings are open to all DBIA members whether you are a regular participant or are looking to get involved for the first time. Learn More...
The Sept. 14 book of the week
Next week's featured book is the 2012 Sweets Green Building Square Foot Costbook, a comprehensive collection of 59 recent LEED and sustainable building projects with their actual square foot costs, broken down by CSI MasterFormat section. All costs have been adjusted for 2012. More
Is your DBIA profile up to date?
As a member organization that strives to provide the best service and most relevant information to our members, it is critical for us to have your current information. DBIA is asking you to log into your member profile on www.dbia.org to review and update your information. Should you have any questions or need your password to log into your profile please contact the Membership Department at email@example.com or by calling 202-682-0110.
Boost your IQ - You have the questions. We have the answers.
DBIA always wants to know what challenges and opportunities practitioners and owners are facing. We listen for what's missing, what works and what doesn't to allow us to more effectively serve the industry's needs.
A case in point is the feedback we've received to DBIA's completely revised contract documents, which were launched in June 2010. We received a variety of questions about the use of the current forms and addressed a few of these questions for your information. In addition, the DBIA Contract Document Taskforce has graciously agreed to provide additional forms based on feedback from DBIA members and customers. (This will not be a wholesale revision to the new documents.) The Taskforce will be led by Robynne Thaxton-Parkinson, DBIA, who served on the 2010 Task force that revised the documents. Your questions and her answers are on the DBIA website.More
epipeline for DBIA members
An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information on getting access. More
IP Members - Do you have an owner you'd like to encourage?
DBIA offers all Industry Partner member contacts, benefit recipients and additional contacts the opportunity to nominate one owner for a free one-year individual membership. They'll receive Insight every week, as well as other DBIA communications. This is a good way to encourage an owner who appreciates the benefits of design-build or educate one who's still undecided. See the details of this - and other IP member benefits - on our website.
The Design-Build Institute of America reminds you of another member benefit!
The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.
• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA
Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit www.1800members.com/DBIA. If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to email@example.com and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day. More
Sept. 16, Design-Build Contract and Risk Management, Oakland, Calif.
Sept. 19-23, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 23, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Texas
Sept. 26, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Seattle
Sept. 26-30, Cal Poly University Bootcamp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 3, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Salt Lake City
Oct. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Minneapolis
Oct. 13, Super-Charged Source Selection, Honolulu
Oct. 14, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Honolulu
Oct. 18, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 18, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 19-21, 2011 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 14, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Atlanta
Nov. 18, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Norfolk, Va.More
Sept. 13, DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region, Funding Seminar
Sept. 20, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, George Mason University Student Night ESPC Presentation
Sept. 21, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2011 Regional Conference
Sept. 21, DBIA-Upper Midwest Region, Breakfast Program, The Current State/Use of Design-Build for Minnesota Governmental Agencies
Sept. 26, DBIA-New England, Golf Tournament
Sept. 27, DBIA-Northwest Region, Owners' Forum
Sept. 27, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Oakland Lunch Program: Anxiety and Design-Build from the Owner's Perspective
Oct. 3, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 4, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Virginia Tech Student Night in conjunction with Career Fair
Oct. 10, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 18, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Fourth Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 25, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Breakfast Program, Southern California
Nov. 1-3, DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region, "DBIA Knows Public-Private Partnerships"
Nov. 9, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Chapter Program: Water/Waste WaterMore
Industry Events Calendar
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Remember to check out our Project Leads page - available to members only. More