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Texas limits the use of design-build project delivery, which has been at the heart of modern-day disaster reconstruction from hurricanes to the Pentagon rebuild after 9/11 and the Minneapolis Interstate 35 bridge collapse in 2007. Design-build isn’t new and it’s not radical; however, it does require public owners — such as cities, states and the federal government — to provide flexibility in the procurement process by allowing designers and builders to collaborate earlier in the process. This creates projects that allocate risks more efficiently and improving delivery time and budget. That authority is lacking in Texas.
Design-Build Institute of America CEO Lisa Washington said the design-build process is more cost-effective, faster and produces high-quality projects. On average, the design-build process saves 6% of the total project cost. Early collaboration means fewer change orders and a faster project, further lowering the cost. As a result of the collaborative process, design-build projects also see far less litigation. ... The design-build process was essential to recovery after Katrina, Irene and Sandy. After Katrina, the design-build process was used to rebuild the levees and the St. Bernard Parish pumping station. Much of the road construction after Irene and Sandy was completed with design-build.
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.
RESCHEDULED, Oct. 10-12, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
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. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $1.2 trillion bill to fund most government activities in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, knowing the Senate will disagree with many controversial elements and force a negotiation that could stretch into December.
Republican New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio appear to have common ground on at least one issue — a proposed change to state law that would allow the city to streamline the process it uses to design and build projects.
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The man tasked with overseeing Texas' Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as "future-proofing" before the next disaster, but he isn't empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state's vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006. Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp will face the same political and bureaucratic challenges that have long stalled meaningful improvements in storm protections, and some doubt that even Harvey's record flooding and huge price tag will bring about real change.
The Detroit News
State transportation officials plan Monday to announce that the $1 billion Interstate 75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in Michigan to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned. ... By adopting a new design-build model, in which construction teams foot the cost of materials, construction and maintenance, officials expect to speed up the project, MDOT said. The first of eight segments of the project was completed last month between South Boulevard in Bloomfield Township and Coolidge Highway in Troy.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning to celebrate the completion of the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project. The $2.1 billion dollar project created a new two lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River, upgraded the Midtown and Downtown tunnels and extended the MLK Expressway.
Forsyth County News
“We were able to open this project up to traffic in sections which was a great way to help ease congestion,” said Brent Cook, district engineer of GDOT’s Gainesville office. “This project it is not a typical design bid build project; it’s an innovative design build concept and it allows the contractor to design the project while construction is ongoing.”
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.
Despite not having total funding in place, Amtrak officials said the $13 billion Hudson River tunnel project could begin as early as March 2018, when the environmental reviews are complete, according to Curbed New York. The project faces pressure from the Hudson Yards project finishing up near a critical juncture for the rail. ... The tunnel is part of the projected $30 billion Gateway Program, which aims to ease rail congestion through a series of major capital projects, including the $1.6 billion conversion of the James A. Farley Post Office to the Moynihan Train Hall and the $1.5 billion replacement of the North Portal Bridge, which spans the Hackensack River in New Jersey.
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Designed by AECOM, One Light Street will rise 28 stories at the corner of Light and Redwood Streets, topped by 10 floors featuring 280 luxury apartment units above nine floors of premier office space totaling 252,200 square feet, 155,000 square feet of which have been claimed by M&T Bank under a 15-year lease. “We congratulate Madison Marquette on securing the M&T Bank prelease and for having the conviction to begin construction with equity, prior to securing the full capital stack…that is what made this [bridge financing] transaction possible,” Mark Remington, managing director with HFF, said in prepared remarks.
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Winners of Modern Healthcare's 32nd annual Design Awards are at the forefront of two major industry trends: building flexible spaces that can withstand dramatic changes to the healthcare delivery model and re-connecting patients and their providers to nature in environmentally friendly facilities.
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced its selection of KMP to lead a public -- private partnership that will design, build and finance the Central 70 Project, which includes the reconstruction and expansion of ten miles of Interstate Highway I-70 north of Denver and the operation and maintenance of the project for 30 years. The Central 70 Project includes new express lanes in each direction, the lowering of a 2 ½ mile portion of the highway and the addition of a 4-acre park covering the lowered portion of the highway.
Liberty Mutual and Ironshore’s dedicated construction practices have introduced an Integrated Primary Wrap Up/Project Specific program offering general liability (GL) and professional liability (PL) protection for medium and large construction projects developed through design-build or integrated project delivery (IPD). Workers’ compensation (WC) coverage will be available as a separate policy. The new product helps better manage risk for projects that leverage design-build and IPD systems by offering an integrated policy addressing the GL and PL exposures inherent with these approaches.
According to Aldo Fucentese, vice president, National Insurance Specialty Construction, the new integrated product helps remove the potential gaps in coverage intrinsic to the design-build and integrated project delivery methods.
The future of solar generated electricity is about to make a jump. A U.S. company called SolarWindow Technologies is coming up with solar power window application for high-rise buildings. Once the solar transparent coatings are applied, the formerly passive windows will generate a good amount of the building’s electric needs, while being able to bank energy at the same time. SolarWindow could offset 30 to 50 percent of the energy demand of a 50 story building.
The United States is increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) to tackle infrastructure projects. However, despite studies that point to a more successful schedule and budget outcome when using a P3 versus traditional contract delivery methods, governments are still hesitant to hand over major projects to the private sector. That's primarily due to uncertainty and misperceptions about the process, according to a recent McKinsey report.
Some contractors also might be unsure about what to expect from the P3 process. However, there are ways for them to estimate whether a project carries with it the likelihood of success under the emerging financing and operations format.
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Join DBIA this November 8-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia for the 2017 Design-Build Conference & Expo! The event will draw over 2,000 design-build professionals in the A/E/C community who share the common goal of achieving on-time and on-budget projects. Sessions will focus on a variety of hot topics including the Role of the Owner’s Rep, Progressive Design-Build, P3s and the roll-out of DBIA’s New Standard Form of RFQ and RFP. Register by Monday, September 25, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern to receive the Early Bird rate – a savings of up to $100 per full conference registration. Visit http://www.dbia.org/Conferences/expo/Pages/register.aspx to complete your registration today!
Oct. 12-13, Design-Build 2017 Conference
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 12, Clay Shoot
Sep. 22, 2017 Clay and Trap Shoot
Oct. 6, Ozarks Chapter Kick-Off Meeting
Oct. 19, 2017 Region Awards Celebration
Sep. 25, Progressive Design-Build Luncheon with Mike Loulakis
DBIA-New England Region
Oct. 26, Where’s the Water Flowing? Design-Build Moves Water!
Sep. 28, Western Washington Young Professionals Fall Social
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Se[. 26, Utah Chapter Breakfast Program, Successfully Executing Complex Projects through Design-Build
Oct. 10, P3 101: They When, Why and How
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Oct. 10, Building Engineering Construction Conference (co-hosted with ACEC/MN)
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Sep. 25, Bay Area Young Professionals Event – End of Summer Site Visit and Mixer
Oct. 5, Southern California Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 17, Bay Chapter Lunch Program, Healthcare Reforms – Potential Impact on Design and Construction Delivery
Oct. 18, Nevada Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Nov. 3, Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
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