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What is Design-Build?
DBIA
As a concise explanation of what design-build is and how it works, DBIA has created the primer, What is Design-Build? Download it from the DBIA website and share it with owners, prospective clients and even your own staff.
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McGraw Hill SmartReport: Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction
DBIA
DBIA was one of the main sponsors of this new study, which focuses on industry-wide concerns. The intent of the study was to gain greater insight on what project teams can do to identify, anticipate and mitigate the conditions and factors that drive uncertainty, and how owners can adjust their expectations of project team performance to benefit the project. We encourage DBIA members to review the report and share it with colleagues.
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California Reforms Infrastructure Delivery with Sweeping Design-Build Authorization
Design-Build Done Right
SB 785, which was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 30, streamlines California design-build laws and provides clarity and increased opportunity for project owners and practitioners. SB 785 is the eighth bill passed in California in the past year expanding design-build authority.
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DBIA Announces 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition Finalists
Design-Build Done Right
Student teams from Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Oklahoma and University of Washington will advance to the final round of DBIA's 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition taking place on Oct. 7 in Dallas, Texas.
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U.S. Department of Transportation P3 Panel Calls for Central P3 Office
JD Supra Business Advisor
On Sept. 17, 2014, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, a special panel of the US House of Representatives, issued a report in which it made several findings and recommendations related to the use of public-private partnerships ("P3s") in the United States. Most significantly, the Panel recommended the creation of a central office to facilitate the use of P3s by federal and state governments by simplifying and standardizing P3 procurement practices and agreements. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will use the Panel's recommendations as a resource when considering future legislation.
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Assemblyman Luis Alejo: Build Interlakes Pipeline
Monterey Herald
The largest and most important water storage infrastructure project for the Salinas Valley, California is the subject of my legislation, AB 155, which currently sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk awaiting a signature. With our state's extreme drought, this $25 million project is critical to furthering regional water storage, local agriculture, the environment and thousands of jobs in the Salinas Valley. The bill will essentially fast-track the project and saves millions of taxpayer dollars by utilizing an efficient process called "design-build" for the construction of an eight-mile underground pipeline between Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio.
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Major Step Forward for California Design-Build: SB 785 Signed Sept. 30, 2014
Infra Insight
With the enactment of Senate Bill 785, the State of California has taken a major step forward in authorizing state and local agencies to use design-build. Although many California agencies have the ability to use design-build without the need for specific enabling legislation, other agencies require specific design-build legislation in order to be able to use design-build effectively, either because they are precluded by law from using a best value selection process for design-build or do not have the ability to bundle design and construction into a single contract.
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New York DOT Commissioner: "Disgrace" if State Design-Build Law Lapses
City & State
It’s still unclear where all of the funding will come from to pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, but officials overseeing the project have touted an estimated $1.5 billion in savings thanks to the state’s design-build law. But with state lawmakers failing to renew design-build legislation earlier this year, the law is set to expire at the end of December—and state officials are worried that they will lose a valuable cost-saving tool for road and bridge projects across New York.
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U.S. House Endorses Design-Build for the VA
Design-Build Done Right
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed important pro-design-build legislation. The bill, H.R. 3593, The VA Construction Assistance Act, directs the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use design-build “when practicable,” among other provisions. The House passed the bill on September 16th on a voice vote, following a similar clear endorsement of the bill by the House Veterans Affairs Committee a week earlier.
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What is Design-Build?
DBIA
As a concise explanation of what design-build is and how it works, DBIA has created the primer, What is Design-Build? Download it from the DBIA website and share it with owners, prospective clients and even your own staff.

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House Panel Calls for Steps to Improve Infrastructure P3s
The Hill
Recommendations include a new U.S. DOT office to develop performance standards for P3s and other project-delivery methods.

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NJTransit Gets $1.27 Billion in Federal Funds to Speed Recovery from Superstorm Sandy
The Record
NJ Transit will receive $1.27 billion from the federal government for five projects that will help the agency recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and prepare for future storms, according to Governor Christie's office.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


More than 500 Bridges in Pennsylvania to be Replaced
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More than 500 of Pennsylvania’s worst bridges will be replaced under an innovative program that uses a private consortium to finance, design and build the bridges and then maintain them for 25 years. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Monday released the final list of 558 state bridges in the Rapid Bridge Replacement Public-Private Partnership, including 53 in Allegheny County.
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Report: Infrastructure Investment Will Boost Jobs, Growth and Wages
The Hill
Boosting long-term investment for the nation’s aging infrastructure will grow jobs, the economy and wages, a new study showed recently. Budget cuts over the past decade are hampering economic growth and manufacturers are urging Congress use the fresh data to campaign for more spending on everything from roads and bridges to ports, inland waterways and the electrical grid.
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DOT Awards $3.59 Billion to Add Resilience after Sandy, Mitigate Climate Change Effects
US Department of Transportation
Since Hurricane Sandy, we've made great progress rebuilding critical transit connections. But as we grapple with the impacts of climate change and the potential for stronger storms in the future, we want to make sure no one pays for these repairs twice. So today, DOT announced that 40 projects in areas affected by Sandy have been selected for $3.59 billion in grants to help public transportation systems become stronger and better able to withstand future storms.
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Pew Report: Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The United States is facing major challenges in maintaining investments in the country’s highways and transit systems, which will require policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead. These decisions will be made not just at the federal level, but also at the state and local levels. This report examines the role that each level of government plays in paying for highway and transit infrastructure, the key problems facing this multilayered system of funding, and their causes. In addition, it identifies central principles that policymakers need to consider as they weigh options and consider solutions.
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Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Proposes Parking, Gate and Security Changes, Hotel
St. Paul Pioneer Press
More gates, more parking ramps, better security lines and an on-site airport hotel are all on the drawing board for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, an official said recently. At the MSP Airport Luncheon in Minneapolis, Jeff Hamiel, chief executive of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, previewed changes that are moving forward at MSP, although none is finalized. If approved by the board, many of these changes would occur in 2016.
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Three Bid to Design, Build S.R. 56 Extension to U.S. 301 in Florida
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa, Florida-based Pepper Contracting is one of three Florida construction companies bidding to build the $60 million State Road 56 extension in southern Pasco County. The Florida Department of Transportation has allocated $33 million toward the construction of the 6.7-mile extension, which connects the highway to U.S. 301 just south of Zephyrhills. DOT spokeswoman Kris Carson said District 7 Secretary Paul Steinmann and the rest of the selection team will announce the winning bid Oct. 13.
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Grunley, Shalom Baranes Tapped for Next Phase of DHS Consolidation
Washington Business Journal
The General Services Administration has picked a team to build the next phase of the Department of Homeland Security's ambitious consolidation at St. Elizabeths, a $4.5 billion project in Southeast D.C. plagued by congressional funding issues but considered critical by some lawmakers for national security.
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Video Blog: the Balance Between Innovation and Standardization – How DPR Construction Achieves Both
Building Design+Construction
Sasha Reed, "I’m always interested in learning how companies become successful. Having worked for small companies for the majority of my career, I’m keenly aware of the struggle to establish commercial success when growing from a small to medium firm, one job at a time. Over the years, I’ve discovered the primary driver for success lies in a company’s ability to find the right people and put them in the right role."
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See You Next Week for the 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo!
DBIA
DBIA is excited to host the 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo next week, Oct. 6-8, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel! If you are not currently registered for the event, please complete our on-site registration form and bring it with you to the DBIA Registration Desk located in the LoneStar Preconvene. We look forward to seeing you there!
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NEW MEMBERS 


We would like to welcome our newest members
DBIA
Industry Partner member
  • Mahlum
    Portland, Ore.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Oluwasegun Abegunrin
    SAA Associates
    Altadena, Calif.
  • Kathleen Brenes-Morua, CPPO, ARM
    City of Portland
    Portland, Ore.
  • Eric Burdine
    Carroll County Government/Bureau of Building Construction
    Westminster, Md.
  • Stephanie Craft, CPSM
    MARKETLINK
    Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Philip Damuth
    Damuth Trane
    Chesapeake, Va.
  • Fredrick Gerheiser
    Allen & Shariff Construction
    Columbia, Md.
  • Lisa Gramp
    City of Portland
    Portland, Ore.
  • Martin Harsin
    Origin 8 Architecture, Inc.
    Sparks, Nev.
  • Norbert Kuhn
    City of Virginia Beach
    Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Danielle McGuire, AIA
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
    San Francisco, Calif.
  • Jon Reynolds, P.E.
    City and County of Denver
    Denver, Colo.
  • Michael Turner, AIA
    Cognitio Consulting LLC
    Oologah, Okla.
New member listing as of Sept. 22, 2014.

DBIA Contact: Membership

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Upcoming "Design-Build Done Right" Webinars
DBIA
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)
Design-Build Contracts: DBIA/AIA/ConsensusDocs/EJCDC
Speaker: Robynne Thaxton Parkinson, JD, DBIA

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1:30-3:00pm (Eastern Time)
Preparing for Procuring and Executing a Design-Build Project: An Owner’s Introduction

DBIA Contact: Erin Leahy

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Upcoming Events
DBIA
October
Oct. 5, Design Management (Pre-Conference), Dallas, Texas
Oct. 6-8, 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Oct. 15-17, Owner Boot Camp, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 17, Design Management, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 24, BIM Execution Planning, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 24, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
November
Nov. 3-7, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 13, BIM Execution Planning, Atlanta, Ga.
December
Dec. 8-12, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA
DBIA-Florida Region
Nov. 6, Annual Conference, Design-Build 2014

DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 6, Fall Event
Dec. 3, Region Annual Meeting

DBIA-Mid-America Region
Oct. 16, Regional Design-Build Awards Banquet

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Oct. 23, Transportation Owners/Industry Dialogue
Nov. 18, USACE Program Update, Fort Meade
Nov. 20, Annual Meeting Dinner – PSU Design-Build Study

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Oct. 3, with CMAA, Design-Build Done Right
Oct. 16, Bay Area Networking Cruise
Oct. 20, Hawaii Lunch Program, Design-Build in Hawaii: Case Studies
Jan. 12, 2015, Orange County Mixer

DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord

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Project Leads
DBIA
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.

Helsinki High-Rise – Design-Build Competition for Finland's Prime Location

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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