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A list of shutdown resources
DBIA
In light of the federal government shutdown, here are some resources you might find useful regarding the impact on the design and construction industry. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Design Excellence Survey
DBIA
We are asking for industry feedback on the state of design excellence in design-build project delivery and challenges we need to overcome. The 10-question survey just takes a few moments to complete and will provide extremely valuable feedback to help inform our findings.
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Next webinar on DBIA Certification on Oct. 15
DBIA
The next webinar in DBIA's "Design-Build Done Right" series will be presented live on Oct. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Presented by the Certification Board, it will discuss the growing demand for design-build and DBIA Certification on projects.
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Former DBIA Chair Don Warren remembers
DBIA
In 1998, Don Warren, President & CEO of Suitt Construction Company, took over as the fifth Chairman of DBIA. At that time, design-build was only permitted in a handful of states, but DBIA had just come off a major victory at the federal level: amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to allow design-build projects to receive federal funding. While DBIA continued our efforts to authorize design-build in every state, Don Warren pushed the organization to expand involvement from architects, engineers, trade contractors and private sector owners. He also wanted to refine the resources DBIA offered to ensure they were up to date and most effective. We sat down with him recently to discuss his successful tenure as Chairman.
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ICA Fluor wins Pemex contract to build gas compression system in Mexico
Globe Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
Fluor Corporation announced recently that its ICA Fluor industrial engineering-construction joint venture with Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. was awarded a new contract by Pemex for the construction of a gas compression system to service the Dos Bocas Marine Terminal located in Paraiso, Tabasco, on the Gulf of Mexico. Fluor will book its $54 million share of the contract in the third quarter of 2013.
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Parsons employees play active role in IBTTA's annual meeting
Parsons
Parsons is pleased to announce that several of its employees played an active role in the development and delivery of the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association's (IBTTA's) 81st Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which was held from Sept. 22–25 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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High-speed rail design team opens office in Fresno, Calif.
The Fresno Bee
Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, the team of firms hired to design and build the first 29 miles of high-speed rail in the Fresno-Madera, Calif., area, was welcomed to downtown Fresno with an open house recently.
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Denver RTD to evaluate four proposals to build North Metro Line
Progressive Railroading
The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) recently received proposals from four design-build teams for the North Metro project that eventually will extend commuter-rail service north from Denver. The four teams are a Bechtel/Herzog joint venture; Graham, Balfour Beatty Hamon Contractors; North Metro Transit Solutions, a Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck joint venture; and URS Energy and Construction Inc., RTD officials said in a press release.
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Parsons hosts event to facilitate partnership between United Way and local business community surrounding veteran hiring
Parsons
Parsons recently hosted representatives from Los Angeles area companies at its Pasadena corporate headquarters as part of the United Way's veteran job development initiative, known as Hiring Our Heroes, to Create Pathways Out of Poverty. Event participants represented more than 40 companies across all industries, including financial institutions; public utilities; healthcare providers; courier service providers; media, entertainment, and technology companies; retailers; universities; aerospace companies; and engineering and construction firms.
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Sustainable construction opps offered by green BIM
Environmental Leader
International construction giant Skanska has deep ambitions to work with its customers and project stakeholders towards the delivery of future proofed Deep Green projects – high quality buildings and infrastructure with nearly zero environmental impacts. Encompassed by the contractor's Journey to Deep Green, the sustainable vision is being supported with Building Information Modelling (BIM).
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SAIC Inc.'s Board of Directors approves spin-off of its services business
SAIC
SAIC, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved the separation of its technical, engineering and enterprise information technology services business and declared a pro rata dividend to its stockholders, effective after market close on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 (the "distribution date"), of all of the shares of SAIC Gemini, Inc., which will hold the spun-off business and be renamed Science Applications International Corporation (Science Applications) in connection with the completion of the separation.
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  Visit M.C. Dean at the 2013 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas
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Parsons hires Hillman as bridge practice leader
Parsons
Parsons announced that it has hired John Hillman as its bridge practice leader. In this role, he will be responsible for directing the pursuit and execution of complex and major bridge projects. He will also collaborate with team members and stakeholders to enhance Parsons’ profile and reach across the industry.
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Ohio board gives final OK to $2.9 billion in road construction projects
The Plain Dealer
Ohio transportation officials gave their final approval to $2.9 billion in new road and bridge projects across the state, paid for in part by Ohio Turnpike bonds. The unanimous vote by the Transportation Review Advisory Council means construction on some of the projects, including Cleveland’s Inner Belt bridge, could start within weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
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First signs of new bridge emerge from Ohio River
News and Tribune
Work on the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project reached a milestone recently. Two footers that will connect four piers on what will be the bridge tower closest to the Indiana shoreline in Jeffersonville peeked above the water.
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Study finds link between company focus on safety, financial return for investors
Bloomberg BNA
Companies that focus on worker wellness and safety significantly outperform the stock market and yield greater value for investors, new research strongly shows. In the report, "The Link Between Workforce Health and Safety and the Health of the Bottom Line: Tracking Market Performance of Companies That Nurture a 'Culture of Health,'" published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a team of nine researchers tracked the stock market performance of companies that had won the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's Corporate Health Achievement Award. The award is given to "organizations with exemplary health, safety and environmental programs," according to the organization.
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Former TVA Chairman proposes public-private investment to complete plant construction
Engineering News-Record
Dennis Bottorf, a private equity firm executive, says alternative approach would ease rates and speed project work.
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Annual Conference Opening Keynote - Baseball's Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr.
DBIA
Plan to attend the Opening Keynote on Monday, Nov. 4, beginning at 2 p.m., when Cal Ripken, Jr., will address attendees. Ripken's name has become synonymous with strength, character, endurance and integrity. His philosophy of working hard, playing with passion and enjoying the game has made a tremendous impact on the sport and on fans everywhere. In 1999, Babe Ruth League, Inc., changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball. Presently, over 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide. View Program.
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Open for industry input - Design-build best practices
DBIA
DBIA views this document to be the first of many iterations of best practices. The evolution of this document will be based on input from a broad spectrum of industry including DBIA members. We fully expect that the concepts expressed here will be refined and modified over time. The term “best practices” itself connotes an evolving process.
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DBIA Owner Hotline
DBIA
As a feature of DBIA's commitment to making access to information easy, we are introducing our Owner Hotline. The Hotline will give public agencies and private owners quick, direct access to information on design-build project delivery. See the DBIA website for details.
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A list of shutdown resources
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In light of the federal government shutdown, here are some resources you might find useful regarding the impact on the design and construction industry. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Korte to begin $42 million design-build construction for USPS in Houston
For Construction Pros
The Korte Company has been selected by the U.S. Postal Service to design-build a $42 million facility in Houston, Texas.

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History of the term, design-build
DBIA
In 1993, the founders of DBIA settled on the term design-build as the official name for the integrated project delivery method their companies had been using. Design-build had been used for thousands of years, however, under a few different names.

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Do you know about all your member benefits?
DBIA
As a member, you're probably aware of the information we send out - this e-newsletter is one source of industry information and our journal, Integration Quarterly, another. Project leads, access to epipeline, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, discounts on DBIA events and materials and many more are all benefits DBIA offers its members. Don't lose out on any of your member benefits - make sure your membership is current!
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Upcoming events
DBIA
Oct. 15, Webinar – Get DBIA Certified!
Nov. 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 4-6, 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 15, , Design Management Fundamentals, Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 18-22, Certification Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 22, Design Management Fundamentals, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 22, Conceptual Estimating, St. Louis, Mo.
New! Dec. 2-6, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
New! Dec. 9-13, Certification Workshop, DBIA National Headquarters, Washington, DC
New! Dec. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Oakland, CA

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 3-4, Design-Build 2013, 8th Annual Conference of the DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 17, Design-Build Risk Allocation and Legal Lessons Learned
Oct. 23, The Future of Port Canaveral

DBIA-Mid-America Region
Dec. 5, Iowa Chapter, Revised Energy Code and Project Rebates

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Oct. 8, Fall Fundraiser, Golf
Nov. 19, Monthly Program, Design-Build in Renovations and Design-Build in Energy/Utility Projects
Dec. 5, Annual Business Meeting: Design-Build in Education, Design-Build Awards, 2014 Elections

DBIA-New England Region
Oct. 17, 2013 Design-Build Project Award entries due
Oct. 24, Controlling Project Costs in Design-Build for Project Success

DBIA-Northwest Region
Oct. 8, Oregon Breakfast Series, Conceptual Estimating
Dec. 10, Oregon Breakfast Series, Case Study: TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
Feb. 11, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, DBIA Oregon Annual Owners' Forum
April 8, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series, Lean Construction
June 10, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event
Aug. 12, 2014, Oregon Breakfast Series Event

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Oct. 30, Lunch Program, Water/Wastewater
Dec. 12, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
Nov. 7, Breakfast and Panel Session, Owners' Panel/Emerging Markets
Dec. 5, Luncheon and Annual Project Awards Ceremony

DBIA-Southwest Region
Oct. 16, Dallas Fort Worth Chapter Networking Mixer

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Oct. 9, October Happy Hour
Nov. 20, Breakfast Program, Regional Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Oct. 7, Southern California Golf Tournament
Oct. 10, Bay Area Networking Cruise
Oct. 10, Hawaii Evening Mixer
Oct. 21, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 24, Sacramento Lunch Program
Nov. 12, San Diego Evening Mixer
Nov. 14, San Diego Luncheon/Mixer
Nov. 19, Los Angeles Breakfast Program
Nov. 21, Sacramento Evening Mixer
Dec. 5, San Francisco Evening Mixer
Dec. 6, Board/Annual Membership Meeting (Bay Area)

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