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Introducing the Emerging Technologies Marketplace
Technology is constantly evolving and shaping the way we do business. DBIA’s goal is to provide our Design-Build Conference & Expo attendees with top-notch educational sessions and innovative ways to enhance their business practices. Demos will take place inside the exhibit hall in a 20'x20' classroom – make sure to stop by! The Design-Build Conference & Expo is Nov. 2-4, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. View the floor plan and schedule now.
California Legislature Expands Design-Build for Schools
On Sept. 2, 2015 the California Legislature successfully passed AB 1358 authorizing school districts, until 2025, to procure design-build contracts for public works projects in excess of $1 million. The bill also enacts a DBIA Best Practice and authorizes school districts to award design-build contracts to either the low bid or the best value bidder. The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Jerry Brown (D) who has signed both of the design-build friendly bills that have been sent to his desk this session.
Military Services Moving Toward Net Zero, When It Makes Sense
DOD services are taking a more holistic approach to resiliency and energy and water efficiency, officials said at the 2015 DBIA/SAME Federal Project Delivery Symposium.
"The Use of Polyurea Protective Coatings in Water & Wastewater Treatment Environments with PDH/CEU Credit.” This webinar sponsored by VersaFlex Inc, one of the leading technology providers of polyurea coatings and linings materials in the world In this webinar, we will discuss specific areas of application for polyurea in water and wastewater treatment facilities. Learn the problems and challenges that all coatings present in these environments, and the advantages that polyureas can deliver in each specific area.
Recapping the 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium (with photos!)
After three days of in-depth education and training sessions during the 2015 SAME/DBIA Federal Project Delivery Symposium, the final takeaway is clear: better integration and cohesion does not guarantee success….but it does better enable successful project delivery.
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.
2015 Merit Award Winners: Industrial, Process and/or Research Facilities Category
In less than 8 weeks DBIA’s annual Design-Build Conference & Expo will feature an awards ceremony where we will honor the 27 Merit Award Winners, and announce 15 more award-winners on stage live. Hosted this year in Denver, Colorado, from Nov. 2-4, we hope you can join us by registering here. This week we recognize the Merit Award winners from our Industrial, Process and Research Facilities Category.
Pennsylvania's Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Does Not Apply to Public Projects
JD Supra Business Advisor
Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) is a powerful tool for contractors and subcontractors to ensure that they receive prompt payment for their work and may entitle them to expansive remedies, such as attorneys’ fees and penalties. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that this Act does not apply to construction projects where the owner is a governmental entity.
States Seek To Reduce Regulatory Burdens of Licensing
American Society of Civil Engineers
A recently defeated proposal in Indiana to end the practice of licensing professional engineers highlights a growing trend toward reexamining the purpose and extent of occupational licensing. The growth in the number of individuals and professions subject to occupational licensing requirements has prompted a movement on the part of some state legislators to try to restrict the power of states to impose such requirements, says Aaron Castelo, ASCE's director of state and local government relations.
Design-Build Success in Queens, but Facing an Uncertain Future
A system used in the construction industry called design-build and widely considered a success in Queens as part of the Kosciuszko Bridge project is being closely watched by city officials, organized labor and the construction industry.
Op-ed: The Private Sector Is the Answer to America's Huge Transportation Infrastructure Problem
In an era when the public and many elected officials are ever more skeptical about the ability of government to deliver projects and services effectively, the task of gaining public support for essential projects would be greatly facilitated. Were the public confident that money would not be wasted, that government agencies could successfully complete such projects on time and under budget, it is also much more likely to support the future infrastructure mega projects required to create a world-class transportation system. Unfortunately, the history of mega projects in the US and around the world is not reassuring. They tend to exceed their original budgets, come on stream later than anticipated and prove their original projections to have been exaggerated.
Arkansas Says 27 Stalled Highways Projects Back On
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The state Highway and Transportation Department announced Tuesday 27 road and bridge projects it postponed earlier this year will go out for bids in October, including two in Northwest Arkansas. The total is about one-third of the 87 projects worth $411 million that the department had pulled because of uncertainty over federal transportation funding.
Los Angeles County Supervisors Move Ahead with $2-Billion Jails Plan
Los Angeles Times
In the end, the board opted for the 3,885-bed facility focused on psychiatric treatment, a smaller jail plan than that recommended by two consultants. Board members said they expected to divert at least 1,000 mentally ill arrestees from jail to treatment programs, reducing the need for lockup beds.
Members also approved a plan to renovate the now-vacant Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster into a 1,600-bed women’s facility. It will replace an aging and overcrowded women’s jail in Lynwood.
SMART Track Completed in Marin, California
Marin Independent Journal
“The track has all been laid,” said Judy Arnold, Marin supervisor and chairwoman of the SMART board. “It’s an example of how the design-build process has worked toward getting this project opened sooner.” The design-build model uses one contractor to design and then build the work rather than have separate firms to design and then construct a project.
Tab for Arkansas I-30 Project Closes in on $600 Million
The "30 Crossing," as the department now calls it, will be the first road and bridge construction project in Arkansas to employ both the design-build method and gap financing, underscoring the complexity of the project to ease congestion through the corridor.
Clearfield (Pa.) Municipal Authority Wants Bonding Company To Pay for Delay-Related Costs
The Clearfield Municipal Authority on Tuesday decided to inform Liberty Mutual that it is responsible for any cost overruns due to construction delays at the wastewater treatment plant. The CMA is in the process of constructing a new wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $35 million, but earlier this year, original contractor NVP of Jeannette defaulted on the project. Because of the default, Liberty Mutual, NVP's bonding company, is now responsible for completing the project.
Plans To Make Over New York's Aging LaGuardia Airport Are Revealed
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, unveiled the airport’s comprehensive redesign, devised by a panel of architects, engineers, planners, and lawmakers that was chaired by Dan Tishman, vice chairman of AECOM Technology and chairman and CEO of Tishman Realty and Construction.
U.S. Auto Manufacturing Through the Eyes of Design-Build Contractor – Stephen Gray
“Though the industry has changed and is continuing to do so, automotive manufacturing is strong. Our customers, which consist of automakers, assemblers, and tiered suppliers, indicate that growth is still very much on the horizon. Expansions are being projected for existing locations, and supplier networks are growing as the supply chain becomes much more complex. Volkswagen, for instance, is one example of an OEM that continues to expand its footprint at its existing location in Chattanooga, Tenn., in order to accommodate new product lines and increasing volumes."
The Huffington Post
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.
Six Hospital Construction/Renovation Guidelines Promote Sound Control
Since its founding in 1998, the Facilities Guidelines Institute has been developing, revising, and publishing guidelines for the construction and renovation of hospitals and outpatient facilities. In 2010, it came out with guidelines that specifically addressed noise and vibration. Last year, it published guidelines for residential healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers. The newly revised guidelines touch on six factors that affect a hospital’s soundscape.
Experts Discuss How Airports Can Manage Growth
To explore these questions, last February engineering giant Arup conducted a “salon” in San Francisco on the future of aviation. Invitees were a diverse mix of 22 experts representing airport operators, planners, developers, engineers, and manufacturers, including some—like representatives from Autodesk, Intel, and Visa—who offered a broader context.
How Model-Based Engineering Cuts Waste
The concept is that there will be only one electronic 3-D CAD file with all information included, eliminating the need to maintain and update separate files, to translate drawings between 2-D and 3-D and to provide other separate information and materials in a format that manufacturers and others currently require. Most, if not all, of the work that has been needed to translate design requirements into manufacturing features and operations will be done once and shared in a collaborative environment.
Saul Ewing Top Ten Construction Clauses: Substantial Completion
JD Supra Business Advisor
The principal triggering event for substantial completion is the owner’s ability to “use and occupy” the premises. Consequently, substantial completion is often tied to the issuance of a Use & Occupancy permit. However, courts are increasingly holding that U&O permits alone do not render the project substantially complete, and owners are contracting around the use and occupancy phraseology in the contract in order to provide themselves with greater discretion in deciding when their projects are substantially complete.
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 RightTM Webinars
DBIA webinars provide you with a convenient and enjoyable way to obtain meaningful continuing education credit and to get timely information on the "design-build hot topic" issues that are important to you. Our webinars create a virtual classroom that comes to you. That’s why we’ve added another webinar this month! Hear from Progressive Design-Build expert Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA Tuesday, Sept. 15, and learn about Design-Build Best Practices for the Transportation Industry from transportation experts Jim Avitabile, P.E., DBIA; John Bale, P.E., DBIA, MBA; and Shailendra G. Patel, P.E., DBIA, during the newly added webinar on Sept. 22.
All webinars provide 1.5 CEUs and cost $50.00.
Visit our website for additional upcoming webinars and to register.
Call for Student Competition Teams – Due Tomorrow
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 was extended to Sept. 11, tomorrow. For more information and to register, click here.
New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders
Richard Holzer, P.E., LEED AP BD+, DBIA
Garden Grove, Calif.
Mitchell Miller, LEED AP, DBIA
The Korte Company
Daniel Shirkey, EIT, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego, Calif.
Andrew Nash, Assoc. DBIA
University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors (CA)
El Cajon, Calif.
Joel Webb, Assoc. DBIA
Anthony Wilson, Assoc. DBIA
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
We Would Like to Welcome Our Newest Members
Industry Partner member
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Greenlee Textron
New member listing as of Sept. 8, 2015.
- Tammi Bailey
Primus Design Services, LLC
- Henry Koffman
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Calif.
- Austin Marshall
University of Texas - El Paso
El Paso, Texas
- Mohammed Mehany
Missouri State University
- John Patterson
- Omidreza Shoghli
Western Carolina University
- Pramen Shrestha
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev.
- Eric Spaeth
- Jeffrey Trefz
Pinkard Construction Company
DBIA Contact: Membership
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Sep. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
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.
Plan Ahead for DBIA’s 2016 Conferences!
Apr. 18-20, 2016, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 20-22, 2016, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Oct. 6, Tri-State Chapter Breakfast Program, "Which Design-Build Contract is Right for You and Your Projects?"
Jan. 12, 2016, Tri-State Chapter Evening Program, "Public Use of Design-Build"
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. 17, Annual Golf Tournament
DBIA-New England Region
Sep. 16, Evening Program, “Demystifying the Adaptations of Design-Build”
Oct. 27, Evening Program, “Design-Build Project Delivery Tools for Tri-Met’s Tilikum Crossing” (with CMAA Oregon Chapter)
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.
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Sep. 17, Los Angeles Breakfast Program, “Civic Environment Culture Change: Alternative Deliveries“
Sep. 22, San Francisco Luncheon Program, “Developers Doing Design-Build”
Sep. 30, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, "A Case Study in Design-Build: The City of Henderson's Journey from Selection through Construction"
Oct. 1, Irvine Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
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