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Nov. 13-15, Certification Workshop, Miami, Fla.
Dec. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 8, Developing an Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 10-12, Certification Workshop, Fairfax, Va.
Jan. 23-25, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 5, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Feb. 5-7, Certification Workshop, Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 6-8, Certification Workshop, Centennial, Colo.
Feb. 7-9, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 26-28, Certification Workshop, San Francisco, Calif.
A complete schedule for 2017 through 2018 is on the DBIA website. Scroll down this newsletter for Region events.
As engineering and construction industry groups study House Republicans’ new, wide-ranging tax bill, with its proposed cuts in the corporate rate and in the tax liabilities for some individuals, some see it as a good starting point for an eventual revision of the tax code. But some major design and construction contractor organizations are sharply criticizing elements of the package, zeroing in particularly on a rate cut that many of their member firms wouldn’t get, if the plan were to become law as it now stands. ... The House GOP measure does include repatriation but makes no mention of infrastructure. In fact, the bill would do away with the federal subsidy for private-activity bonds, which have been used to help finance certain infrastructure projects. A Ways and Means Committee summary of the bill notes that the ban wouldn’t affect already-issued private-activity bonds, just new ones. It also wouldn’t prevent states and localities from issuing such bonds.
By Ray LaHood and Ed Rendell (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
It is past time that America had a long-term infrastructure plan. Both as a candidate and president, Donald Trump has consistently spoken about the urgent need to rebuild and modernize our infrastructure. We agree, and we think that the best opportunity to getting this accomplished is right in front of us. Congress and the administration need a win. They can get one by reaching across the aisle and collaborating on an infrastructure plan that can be included in the tax reform proposal.
The Mercury News
Beginning Wednesday, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel.
The new gas tax, approved by the legislature and signed by the governor in April, is expected to raise roughly $5.4 billion annually over the next decade. About half of the money will go to the state to improve highways, bridges and culverts. The other half will go to cities, counties and transit agencies for local street and road repairs, and improving public transit options.
Dodge Data & Analytics in its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts a 3 percent rise in the value of total construction starts to $765 billion next year. According to Robert Murray, Dodge chief economist, starts for 2017 should be up 4 percent from 2016 for a total value of $746 billion.
Dodge's starts projections included single family (+9 percent), multifamily (-8 percent), commercial (+2 percent), institutional (+3 percent), manufacturing (-1 percent), public works (+3 percent), and electric utilities and gas plants (-13 percent). Office construction, which has been a construction star for the past few years, should continue to bolster the commercial segment.
Murray said the slower growth of 2016, 2017 and 2018 compared to the double-digit boom years from 2012 to 2015 signifies a "mature stage of expansion" for the industry. The drivers for 2018 will be job growth, interest rate stability and funding from state and local bonds.
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The nation’s major airports find themselves in the midst of a massive facilities makeover as rising passenger numbers, coupled with air-carrier stability, have spurred a spate of capital projects. According to U.S. Bureau of Transportation statistics, U.S. airlines’ domestic and international passenger enplanements reached a seasonally adjusted all-time high of 71.6 million in July, part of a 12.6% systemwide increase recorded over the past three years.
Health giant UPMC announced Friday it will invest $2 billion as part of a monumental expansion that includes building three specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh focused on cancer, organ transplants, and heart and vision care.
UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff said the hospitals will be built on the campuses of UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, UPMC Mercy in Uptown and UPMC Shadyside.
Requirements for funding from the government as well as operating regulations affecting public ally bid contracts mandate time lines that even when optimized are much longer than anticipated or reasonably expected by the public.
The newspapers are full of stories on the recovery from hurricanes and major storms, and most recently with the October 2012 anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, which made land fall on the US east coast and produced billions in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. While most of the stories are about private property owners, there are also stories of government projects that are still making steady progress.
While political will may demand, may increase optimization, and may modify processes to expedite project work, government laws, the Owner’s internal checks and balances, and the Owner’s organizational procedures typically require a structured non-flexible set of processes that have far greater impact on project durations than the size of the project scope.
So why does it take so long?
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Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Missouri Lawyers Media honored corporate counsel at its first annual In-House Counsel Awards on Nov. 3. ... The honors included a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Bill Quatman of Burns & McDonnell. The attorney and architect said in an interview prior to the event that his goal has always been to combine his love of architecture and law.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Wiegmann Associates won a Contracting Business Design/Build award for its work on the $18 million expansion of Hoffman Beverage in Chesapeake, Va.
The design/build HVAC, refrigeration and building automation system controls project included the expansion and renovation of the beer distributor’s 217,392-square-foot beverage distribution center and office. The general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group.
Wiegmann was challenged to design an HVAC system for several different areas of the facility, from office space to a controlled environment warehouse with 32-foot ceilings.
The Kansas City Star
Liberty’s Utilities Operations Center has been named Project of the Year by the Design-Build Institute of America-Mid-America Region. The facility also earned an Honor Award for Civil Infrastructure.
The operations center and wastewater treatment plant was the first design-build project to receive State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing and the largest treatment plant in the state to utilize Design Build delivery.
“We don’t always give this top award,” said Oretta Smith, executive director of DBIA, Mid-America Region in a press release. “It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win. I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”
City officials chose to make the entire project a single design-built contract, rather than break it into multiple contracts. The final cost of the project was $78 million.
While construction sites in the direct paths of these natural threats were likely evacuated before they could have harmed construction workers or other field personnel, there are some instances where those working on the projects around a disaster may experience some of those disasters' effects. Smoke, minor flooding and high winds may be minor compared to what those in the middle of these events have to endure, but they can still be hazardous to workers on the periphery.
With hurricane recovery underway along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere, it's the smoke from the California wildfires that still remains a viable threat to those in close proximity. McCarthy Building Companies is working on the $535 million Marin General Hospital Replacement Building in Greenbrae, CA. The construction site, according to John Moore, a senior safety manager at McCarthy, is approximately 15 to 20 miles from Sonoma, CA — one of the areas that has been hit hardest by the wildfires.
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Recent natural disasters such as hurricanes in the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico have laid bare the need for more resilient buildings. Fortunately, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a sprayable, eco-friendly concrete that makes the exterior of buildings as strong as steel and able to withstand unforeseen disasters. The material is called Eco-friendly Ductile Cementitious Composite, or EDCC – and it’s is predominantly comprised of an industrial by-product called fly ash.
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The thermal drone is designed to deliver precision data that can be plugged into existing industry workflows. The quadcopter allows construction and rescue service professionals to carry out inspections with two embedded cameras both a video camera and thermal imaging camera.
Using LEED strategies in transportation facilities can help save project stakeholders significantly and lead to a higher return on investment, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED in Motion: Transportation report.
The operating costs of green buildings, according to a 2012 study from McGraw Hill Construction, dropped 13.6 percent for new construction and 8.5 percent for existing projects. LEED-certified buildings saw a 19 percent decrease in overall operating costs compared with similar, non-certified buildings.
In 2010, the transportation industry accounted for 14 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it the fourth most contributor. In the U.S. transportation took the number two slot for greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 27 percent in 2015.
Two design-build opportunities as part of Phase 2 of the Dulles, Va., Corridor Metrorail Project:
* Furnishing and Installing Dulles Airport Metrorail Station Windscreens (Package G)
* Stormwater Management Facilities (Package P)
RFQ for Durham, N.C., City Hall Design-Build Project
(pre-submittal conference on 11/15/2017)
Design-Build Services for Hudson Street Streetscape - Notice of Intent (New York City)
New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking design-build firms interested in providing design-build services for the Hudson Street Streetscape Project (the “Project”). NYCEDC intends to issue a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) to obtain Statements of Qualification (“SOQ”) from interested firms. This Notice is being issued solely for informational and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. (deadline 12/29/2017)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
Nov. 16, Design-Build Owner Forum
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Nov. 16, Hosting Integration Station Wisconsin
Dec. 5, Hosting Integration Station Chicago
Nov. 15, P3 Initiative and MDTA Nice Bridge Project Luncheon
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Nov. 15, Young Professionals Event, University of Denver AOB Project
Dec. 8, Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Nov. 28, Georgia Chapter Evening Networking Event
Nov. 16, Houston Chapter Luncheon Program, SH 288 - Connecting Houston with Toll Lane Expansion: A Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project
April 26-27, 2018, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 15, Breakfast Program, Downtown East – A Public-Private Partnership
Dec. 7, Young Professionals Volunteer Event at Feed My Starving Children
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Nov. 14, Sacramento Chapter Annual Evening Mixer
Nov. 16, San Diego Chapter Mixer
Nov. 28, Arizona Chapter Luncheon Program, University of Arizona South Parking Structure – Why Design-Build Was the Right Solution
Nov. 30, Annual Membership Meeting, with presentation by Geoffrey Neumayr, Progressive Design-Build, an Alternative Look at Design-Build Done Right
Dec. 8, Hawaii Chapter Luncheon Program, An Owner’s Perspective of Design-Build
Dec. 15, Presentation proposals for 2018 Regional Conference due
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
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