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Due to popular demand, DBIA has added two more hotel options for those attending the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo this Nov. 2-4 in Denver. Both the Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott City Center are providing our attendees a rate of $199/night plus tax and are within three blocks of the convention center. For information on how to complete your reservation, visit our website here. The Hilton Garden Inn rate expires this Monday, Oct. 19, and the Marriott City Center’s cut-off date is Friday, Oct. 23, so act now!
With less than 3 weeks left until our annual Design-Build Conference & Expo, hosted this year in Denver Colorado from Nov. 2-4, our weekly posts highlighting this year’s Merit Award winning projects are nearing an end! These projects, at a minimum, resulted in highly successful delivery and achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. These projects will also be highlighted during the Design-Build Conference & Expo on Nov. 3 during an Awards Reception. This week we recognize the winners from our Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration Category and Commercial/ Office Buildings Category.
DBIA has announced Richard M. Kunnath, P.E., DBIA as the 2015 recipient of the DBIA Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Kunnath co-founded DBIA in 1993, and went on to serve as its second Board Chairman. As Board President of the Charles Pankow Foundation, he has led the organization since its inception, overseeing the implementation of over 50 research grants and $10 million in research funds, all with the goal of improving the design and construction industry through technological and process advancement.
How intrinsically linked is the economy to transportation projects? That’s what the state legislature is expected to begin debating when lawmakers return to Trenton on a regular basis following next month’s Assembly elections...At issue is the role tax policy can play in boosting the economy. The discussion this year comes as Democrats who control the state Legislature want to increase New Jersey’s gas tax to help generate the up to $2 billion annually that will be needed to sustain the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, which is on course to run out of money by the end of June.
The governor of New York and mayor of New York City unveiled an agreement on Saturday to close a gap in funding a $26.1 billion capital plan for the region's deteriorating mass transit system, settling their differences over how to split the cost.
"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.
Thousands of older wood and concrete apartment buildings that would be vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake would get costly upgrades under sweeping retrofitting rules passed Friday by the Los Angeles City Council...The mandate would affect as many as 13,500 so-called soft-first-story buildings, which are typically wood-frame structures with large spaces such as parking lots on the ground floor. As many as 1,500 brittle concrete buildings would also require upgrades.
September marks the sixth consecutive months of job gains for the industry, which has added jobs every month of 2015 save for March, due to the harsh winter seen in many states.
Aconex has helped deliver $1 trillion in projects. We’ll be in Denver for the DBIA Conference. Learn how we support project-wide collaboration and help increase control and efficiency, from design reviews to BIM collaboration to handover. Get in touch, book a demo: the first 20 people will receive a gift!
The Fresno Bee
Five teams of builders competing for a contract to build a 22-mile high-speed rail segment in northern Kern County will have an extra month to prepare their bids. The California High-Speed Rail Authority last week extended the deadline for its Construction Package 4, which runs near the BNSF Railway freight rail line from the Tulare-Kern county line to Poplar Avenue near Shafter, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13. The Oct. 16 deadline was set when the state originally issued its request for bids in May; the deadline extension was part of an amended bid request for bids issued Friday by the state.
The traditional model for capital projects in the water business is known as "design-bid-build." It splits design and construction services into separate jobs performed under the terms of separate contracts. Design-build projects are considered to be less time consuming to administer. Under design-bid-build processes, time and resources devoted to the management of multiple contracts and projects often add months to a project. Design-build reduces project lead time and streamlines contract negotiations by avoiding multiple, potentially overlapping contracts.
There is so much to see and do at Autodesk University 2015, especially if you are in the construction industry. We’ve put together some of our top reasons why we think you should come see us at the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Check out the reasons why!
Plans are in the works for a $1.1 billion dollar project to build a 1,100 megawatt electric generating facility that will capitalize on the abundant supply of natural gas in southern Columbiana County. South Field Energy LLC announced on Thursday that it plans to build the facility on less than 20 acres of land approximately three miles from the Village of Wellsville.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. was named the "apparent best value" to build the major Interstate 15-Spaghetti Bowl widening and improvement project called Project Neon at a price of $559 million, the state Transportation Board was told Monday. The Transportation Department will now negotiate with the company to finalize a contract that could come to the state board for approval in November. The selection announcement was informational only.
The new program, the UW-CERC/Skanska Building Information Modeling (BIM) Certificate, was created to fill the gap in the field of people trained to use data-rich virtual-reality modeling tools. The 11-week program started on Sept. 29 and is open to UW students, local industry professionals and, via online streaming, to industry professionals nationwide. Students will learn tangible BIM software skills and gain an understanding of virtual design and construction processes that have real-world applications. Developed collaboratively by UW and Skanska to help the industry define and formalize a knowledge base for BIM managers, the course will be under the instruction of UW’s Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Education Research in Construction (CERC) Carrie Sturts Dossick and Skanska Virtual Design and Construction Director Mike Choquette.
P3s may work to align the interests of the owner and contractor in the outcome of the project. But P3s carry unique risks, particularly to contractors, as they require more than a keen construction acumen, and often involve financing structures, extended operations periods, management and maintenance obligations, and public interest concerns.
Retrofits of historic buildings can pose significant challenges to mechanical contractors. Existing equipment has to be removed and new systems worked in without disrupting the site’s architectural features…This was the case at the former site of the U.S. Post Office in St. Charles, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
Another irrefutable aspect of employee safety is acknowledging safety is an investment, not an expense. A successful safety program begins the moment a new employee is hired. Each new employee should be trained on the company’s safety policy and practice while reviewing general health and safety information, along with project-specific work rules and procedures.
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Innova Technologies, Inc.
Las Vegas, Nev.
- V.J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc.
New member listing as of Oct. 13, 2015.
DBIA Contact: Membership
- Eric Anderson
KCI Technologies, Inc.
Rock Hill, S.C.
- Shane Benefield
Alston Construction Company
- Brian Bush
- Jim Fox
- Phil Glenn
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
- Katie Goldberg
KJWW Engineering Consultants
St. Louis, Mo.
- Jim Kehoe
VanTrust Real Estate, LLC
- Charles Martin
New England Design and Building Technologies Inc.
- Gloria Miller
Washington State Department of Enterprises
Spokane Valley, Wash.
- R. Scott Olson
- Tucker Osterberg
Bauer Design Build LLC
- Lauren Resch
Commercial Builders Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
- John Stevens
Milender White Construction Co.
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, N.C.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
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
Dec. 4, Annual Members Meeting (San Francisco)
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access. Also – DBIA members – remember that your membership includes a subscription to epipeline lite!
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063