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DBIA Announces 2016 Board of Directors; Bill Quatman, General Counsel for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company will serve as DBIA’s National Chairman of the Board. Mr. Quatman serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Burns & McDonnell and is a Designated Design-Build Professional™. He is also a licensed architect and attorney as well as an internationally recognized author and speaker on construction law and on design-build. Mr. Quatman is a published author and has extensive experience in the area of state and federal legislation for design-build and alternative project delivery. Additional membership elections to DBIA’s 2016 National Board of Directors leadership include: Praful Kulkarni, AIA, gkkworks, to serve as Vice Chair and H. Thomas McDuffie, Jr., AIA, RIBA, to serve as Treasurer.
Public Works Director Steve Hansen and Assistant Public Works Director Andy Noll received three team design-build plans on Oct. 30 from the teams of Clarkson/HDR, Radmacher/Burns & McDonnell and Emery Sapp & Sons/TranSystems. “The review process will take some time, and the plans have to be evaluated,” Hansen said. “We have to then negotiate a final contract. The basis of the award will be a combination of the lowest cost and the best value. These are two separate issues, but what we are after is a plan that fits with the needs of the city and answers the obligations to the voters.”
Balfour Beatty Construction’s Chief of Innovation Mark Konchar recently joined fellow research partners to present findings from their report “Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide” at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver. The conference is the Design-Build Institute of America’s annual conference that brings together industry professionals spanning the A/E/C community, including owners who are both new to and experienced in design-build project delivery.
The Benjamin P. Grogan & Jerry L. Dove Federal Building has been awarded this year’s Design-Build Institute of America’s highest honor, Design-Build Project of the Year. The St. Jude Medical Center Northwest Tower and North Carolina’s I-485 Outer Loop projects were also recognized for excellence in the critical areas of design and teaming. The winners were announced at the Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Dinner in Denver, Colorado.
Businesses that develop a solid plan before acting can double their chances of success. Similarly, planning in the early stages of a build project, although intuitively necessary, when done right can reap substantial rewards. When the design team considers a cellular wire management raceway system during the initial planning stage it improves the likelihood of success and provides many meaningful benefits.
Leaders in the House appointed 16 Republicans and 12 Democrats to sit in on the forthcoming negotiations with the Senate, including Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who are the top ranking lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
"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.
In his first big personnel decision, House Speaker Paul Ryan put the committee that writes U.S. tax law in the hands of Texan Kevin Brady, who agreed to stand aside last year when Ryan wanted that chairmanship. Brady, who’s finishing his 19th year in Congress, will be in charge of guiding the Ways and Means Committee as it considers whether to revive dozens of tax incentives that lapsed at the end of 2014.
Risk & Insurance
The dilemma of limited public sector budgets and crumbling infrastructure may have found a cure. The state of Pennsylvania took advantage of recent developments by surety bond underwriters to help secure an aggressive program to replace bridges around the state. "The key feature of the performance bond used for the Rapid Bridge Replacement project that is different from more traditional ones is that it spells out a specific process about accepting claims, dispute resolution and how long such a process can take," said Michael R. Bonini, director of the Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office at PennDOT.
Poor information management has been guilty of derailing more than one transportation project. So when Denver RTD embarked on a massive 122-mile expansion of commuter and light rail it sought the right technologies to keep everything on track. Watch highlights of an interview with project director Greg Straight on how the agency makes sure everyone on each of RTD’s 40+ projects has access to the information they need for rapid decision making.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the new funding from Proposition 7 will give the state more money to spend on infrastructure projects without having to enact new taxes, tolls, fees or debt. The plan, beginning in 2018, will send $2.5 billion of revenue to the state highway fund after state sales tax revenue exceeds $28 billion. And starting in 2020, 35 percent of Texas’ vehicle sales and rental tax revenue in excess of $5 billion will also go to the highway fund.
The levy would raise $930 million from property taxes to fund a variety of projects, including repaving roads, developing safe school routes, building bridges, adding bus lanes and boosting stoplight technology. It’s more than twice the size of the Bridging the Gap levy that it replaces.
New York Business Journal
New York’s state-level involvement in transportation projects has been mostly limited to the authorization provided by 2011 design-build legislation (a limited approach to P3) following the success of the $3.4-billion Tappan Zee Bridge project. Most experts, however, agree that the design-build approach alone will be insufficient to meet the state’s infrastructure needs that will likely exceed $250 billion in the next 20 years.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) and Bennett Wagner Grody Architects (BWG), as design-build partners, have been selected to complete design and construction for the new $59 million health and medical center building on the Colorado State University (CSU) campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The recent nationwide initiative for the introduction of high-speed (or “higher” speed) passenger service in the U.S. has experienced mixed success. While California is progressing on its challenging path to VHSR (Very High Speed Rail), other initiatives have been criticized in political venues for their failure to introduce European- or Asian-style “bullet trains” across America. However, in many cases, 100- to 110-mph service that operates with high reliability with reasonable frequencies is sufficient to meet demand and fits within North America’s existing freight railroad framework.
The single largest challenge for the project was the budget. Early on, the design-build team understood the constraints and was involved in a site-adapt investigation that eventually led us back to using the occupied campus. We provided a plan to reuse the existing jail and tie into the existing prison in order to share laundry and food services, which would accommodate the increase in beds for the county jail. There was great risk involved in tackling the entire project for the stated budget, so the design-build team creatively agreed to construct Phase I of the project prior to committing to Phase II.
The economic turnaround, demand for construction and general inflation have added millions of dollars to bond projects. District staff project the total cost of all the projects listed on the eight- to 10- year bond to reach $695 million.
NASA is looking for its next class of astronauts, and engineers are on its list.
Lean design and construction champions from Balfour Beatty Construction joined industry peers, building owners and trade partners to collaborate and share ideas at the recent 17th Annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress 2015 in Boston. With an expanded presence at this year’s conference, Balfour Beatty is advancing its own Lean journey and intentional commitment to continuous improvement and respect for people working smarter to maximize value for clients.
North American design firm Stantec will expand its presence in Texas and Alabama with the planned acquisition of the Infrastructure Americas Division of KBR, expected to close in December 2015. With offices in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, Texas; and Mobile, Alabama, Infrastructure Americas will bring approximately 180 professionals with experience in transportation, water/wastewater, and aviation projects. This acquisition will strengthen Stantec's Texas presence and enhance the firm's infrastructure design capabilities in the Gulf Region.
Competing in front of a live jury and audience at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver, the shortlisted teams from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of New Mexico and University of Washington defended their design and construction plans for a science building on a college campus in California. Judges evaluated teams based on their delivery solutions and demonstration of team collaboration and synergy to solve design-build problems. The finalists varied in their solutions to approaching the project, but the overall scores were extremely close. Competing under the team name JAMM Design-Build, the first-time participants from the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning were named the 2015 winners of the competition on Nov. 4.
DBIA, in association with the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation and the Water Design-Build Council, is accepting presentations for the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference. The conference seeks to create a platform for successful capital project delivery in the water sector by teaching the effective integration of design and construction services using design-build contracting to ensure success for owners and design-build practitioners. Submit your presentation online at https://www.dbwater.com/call_for_papers.cfm. Questions? contact Allison Leisner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
New member listing as of Nov. 9, 2015.
- Mark Anderson
Texas Department of Transportation
- Jesus Angulo
Hunter Contracting Co.
- Michael Benz
Mackey Mitchell Architects
St. Louis, Mo.
- Robert Bistor
- Antonius Djojopranoto
PT Multibangun Adhitama Konstruksi
Jakarta Barat, Indonesia
- Dominic Herrera
Powers Brown Architecture
- Joshua Hunter
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
- Robert Januska
Horner & Shifrin
St. Louis, Mo.
- David Kang
CSI Electrical Contractors
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
- Brent Kelley
Los Angeles, Calif.
- David Leber
Wagman Heavy Civil
- Steven Seville
- Rick Todd
Horner & Shifrin, Inc.
DBIA Contact: Membership
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 7-10, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
New Dec. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 25-28, Certification Workshop, Dayton, Ohio
Jan. 25-28, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 8-11, Certification Workshop, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 22-25, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 22-25, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Mar. 7-11, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Mar. 14, BIM Execution Planning, Worchester, Mass.
Mar. 18, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Mar. 21-24, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 28-31, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 4-7, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
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.
Apr. 25, BIM Execution Planning, Dayton, Ohio
Apr. 25-28, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 25-28, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 9-12, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
May 12, Design Management Fundamentals, Oakland, Calif.
May 16-18, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
May 20, BIM Execution Planning, Portland, Ore.
May 23-26, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 6-9, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 13-16, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 27-30, Certification Workshop, Laurel-Brooklyn, Md.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
DBIA-Liberty Northeast Region
Jan. 12, 2016, Tri-State Chapter Evening Program, "Public Use of Design-Build"
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 18, Networking Event and Surly Brewing Co. Tour (preregistration deadline Nov. 13)
Jan. 22, 2016, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Nov. 19, San Diego Evening Mixer
Dec. 4, Annual Members Meeting (San Francisco)
Dec. 10, Bay Chapter Holiday Membership Party
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!
The City of Virginia Beach is soliciting Letters of Interest (LOI) from consortia interested in providing design-build services for the Virginia Beach Light Rail Extension to Town Center project, CIP 2092000. (deadline Nov. 23, 2015)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
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