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Playing host to our Annual Design-Build Conference and Expo this year, the city of Denver serves as an ideal host in light of the distinctive development the city has undergone over the past 30 years. Emerging as a powerhouse for creativity and economic development in the West, Denver has experienced development in no small part due to its strong leadership from the Office of the Mayor.
In less than 4 weeks, DBIA's annual Design-Build Conference & Expo will feature an awards ceremony where we will honor the 26 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 Healthcare Facilities category.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is acknowledging the long odds facing his efforts to tie infrastructure funding with international tax reform by encouraging the House Transportation Committee to move quickly on a highway bill. Ryan, the House Ways and Means chairman, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have held discussions for weeks over a potential deal that would have something for both parties — long-term and robust funding for highways, and more generous tax rules for multinational corporations. The two powerful lawmakers had always faced a number of difficult hurdles in striking a deal, including an Oct. 29 deadline on highways and opposition from key Senate Republicans. But aides to Ryan and Schumer also acknowledged on Friday that they had not bridged significant policy differences in negotiations, most notably over how much to spend on highways.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has missed a deadline from Congress for legalizing the use of nonmilitary drones in the U.S. Lawmakers had required the agency to craft rules for a widespread expansion of drones by Sept. 30 in a 2012 funding bill for the FAA, but the agency has not yet completed the proposed regulations. The FAA has approved more than 1,700 individual drone flights, but the agency says it is still not ready to issue a blanket approval for drones to fly alongside commercial airplanes.
Indianapolis Business Journal
The past year has seen a flurry of new project announcements in central Indiana and around the state as hospitals have finally become more certain about the future under Obamacare. What has become clear is that health care providers won’t be able to attract patients tomorrow with facilities from yesterday. So they are scrambling to erect new structures that are more convenient—both in their location and in their combination of services.
"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.
The Construction Index
HDR will serve as general engineering consultant for the 35 km freeway, which will be first highway scheme procured under Arizona's public-private-partnership statute and ADOT's first design-build-maintain project. It is the largest, most complex construction project in ADOT history and is expected to create 30,000 jobs.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Business Journal
Design-build trade contractors link the design of the facility directly to the labor force that will ultimately install the system they are designing. In addition to designing the systems to operate properly and efficiently, the design-build contractor is assessing the constructability of the design and suggesting ways the work can be done more efficiently. Mechanical and electrical systems, for instance, can represent over 30 percent of project costs. Efficiencies gained in the installation of these systems can be significant.
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.
The Plain Dealer
The city's Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee on Thursday approved early stage designs for an iconic lakefront pedestrian bridge with an estimated price of $33 million, a number higher than the $25 million allocated to the project. David Marquard, design and construction administrator for Cuyahoga County, which is leading the project, didn't offer greater detail on the reason for the estimated cost increase. He cautioned that the true cost of the project couldn't be ascertained until the county selects a design-build team to construct the bridge. The county is leading a selection process to choose the design-build firm, which will further develop the design and bring it to fruition.
“The progress of the last year has laid the groundwork for the city to complete the rebuilding and recovery of Sandy impacted neighborhoods,” said Amy Peterson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. “We have implemented a number of creative and bold initiatives to push forward construction – none greater than the onboarding of three new construction managers this spring to quadruple our design and construction capacity. We are grateful to our local partners for their continued support and partnership as we continue to progress in the city’s Sandy recovery.”
For the first time, a transportation project has received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum Award. Port Metro Vancouver’s Low Level Road project recently earned the designation from ISI, an organization co-founded in 2011 by ASCE. Stantec Consulting Inc. was the principal on the project, which was funded by Port Metro Vancouver, port industry, Canadian National Railway, Translink, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the City of North Vancouver.
The Denver Post
A single firm would oversee an expansive list of work in Denver's River North neighborhood under a proposed $140 million city contract. If approved, the construction management contract with Kiewit Infrastructure would start with three street and storm sewer projects, including a long-planned overhaul of Brighton Boulevard. It could expand to manage other projects such as the new RiNo Park and street improvements if the city nails down money for those.
The city of Presque Isle, Sargent Corporation and CES Inc. Engineers were awarded the 2015 Governor's Award for environmental excellence. The Presque Isle Landfill project was innovative and was successful due to collaboration between the design firm and the construction company to ensure smooth execution.
Albany Business Review
The New York State Thruway Authority is canceling plans for a new headquarters that would have been built near Exit 23 in Albany, ending a pricey project that Gov. Andrew Cuomo once touted as a way to cut costs and streamline government services. The authority this morning notified the four design/build firms about the termination of the contract for what would have been called the New York State Transportation Resource Center. Those firms are Gilbane Building Co.; Kirchoff-Consigli and Tishman (joint venture); The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; and Walsh Construction Co. II LLC.
Both Anirban Basu, President of Sage Policy Group, and Stuart Binstock, CFMA's CEO, said improved communication between agencies and contractors could significantly reduce the number of disputes in future public projects. "In many cases, construction firms didn't communicate adequately during construction... Constant communication is necessary. That seems obvious, but that doesn't happen nearly enough," Basu said. Binstock added that he hoped the study would be widely circulated among federal agency officials and contractors, and that it would encourage both parties to improve communication at all stages of a project to avoid future legal disputes.
"Our technology puts the sensor data into the context of the operations, which allows the manager to monitor progress; make real-time, data-driven operational decisions; and automate the worksite at an operational level," said Purdue doctoral candidate Joseph Louis. "Traditional software provides managers only a high-level view by specifying what work is to be done, but not how. Our technology allows for the analysis, monitoring and control of operations. By having the required level of detail in the operational model, it then becomes possible to specify and automate how exactly the work gets done."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015. "In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence." The final report on the Top 10 violations for 2015 will be published in the December edition of the Council's Safety+Health magazine.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, has announced the nine Regional finalists in the 2015 National Design-Build Student Competition. This year, 31 teams from 26 universities entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 46,000-square-foot science building on a liberal arts college campus. The Regional winners will move on to the second phase of the competition, responding to RFP deliverables. The top three finalists will present before a live jury at the Design-Build Conference and Expo in Denver on November 3. 2015 National Design-Build Student Competition regional winning teams are:
* California State University, Fresno
* Iowa State University
* NewSchool of Architecture & Design
* Roger Williams University
* Seminole State College of Florida
* University of Cincinnati
* University of Colorado Boulder
* University of New Mexico
* University of Washington
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Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- KCI Technologies, Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.
- The PENTA Building Group
Las Vegas, Nev.
New member listing as of Oct. 5, 2015.
- Joe Bair
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
- Chris Beaty
- Brian Feckler
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
- Jordan Frank
St. Paul, Minn.
- Rennie Friedman
Corman Construction Inc.
Annapolis Junction, Md.
- Jim Girouard
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Austin Hastings
- Nathaniel Herron
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii
- Jeff Lipham
John C. Lipham Construction, Inc.
- Deborah Mastin
Law Office of Deborah Mastin, PLLC
- James Oakley
Navy Federal Credit Union
Virginia Beach, Va.
- Steve Ramirez
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, Calif.
- Donald Rosenbarger
Delta Companies Inc.
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
- Brandon Sapp
Navy Federal Credit Union
DBIA Contact: Membership
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.
Dec. 7-10, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
Plan Ahead for DBIA’s 2016 Conferences!
Apr. 18-20, 2016, Design-Build in Transportation Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 20-22, 2016, 18-20, 2016, Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Charlotte,
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015: Breaking Barriers, Building Success (Tenth Annual Conference)
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Oct. 20, Afternoon/Evening Program, "Design-Build with Chicago McPier"
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Jan. 12, 2016, Tri-State Chapter Evening Program, "Public Use of Design-Build"
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
Oct. 27, Evening Program, “Design-Build Project Delivery Tools for Tri-Met’s Tilikum Crossing” (with CMAA Oregon Chapter)
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 22, 2016, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament
DBIA Contact: Membership
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DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063