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Iowa State Student Receives National Design-Build Leadership Award
Iowa State University
Iowa State University construction engineering senior Brandon Mai was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award at the Design-Build Conference and Expo, held Oct. 8 in Dallas, Texas. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) gave the national award to only three individuals this year: an academic professional, an industry professional, and a student.
MLK Interchange Project Receives DBIA-Florida Transportation Award
Jacksonville Business Journal
The project team behind the MLK Parkway and 21st Street interchange was chosen for an Honor Award in Transportation from the Design-Build Institute of America, Florida Region. GAI Consultants Inc., Archer Western Contractors LLC and the Florida Department of Transportation District Two received recognition for the $31 million effort, according to a news release.
The Austin Company Wins DBIA-Florida Design-Build Award
The Austin Company
The Austin Company, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, has been recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Florida Region for their work on Northrop Grumman’s Building 228 – Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence.
Public-Private Partnerships: Design-Build Revolution or Evolution?
Design-Build Done Right
The 21st century has ushered in a revolution in construction delivery methods in the United States away from the separatist traditional design-bid-build method and toward a more integrated approach of which design-build is at the forefront. Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) represent an extension or evolution of the integration efficiencies seen in design-build construction for appropriate infrastructure projects. P3's focus on the integration of the design-build with the long-term operation and maintenance of public infrastructure assets represents an important evolution of infrastructure development.
Dodge Forecasts 9 Percent Rise in Construction Starts in 2015
After steady growth in 2014, the construction industry could see a strong uptick in construction starts in 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Dodge forecasts that the total value of construction starts could reach $612 billion next year—up 9 percent from 2014. The residential, commercial and institutional sectors, in particular, are expected to boost activity.
Federal Officials Make Plans for Aging Northeast Corridor Rail Line
The Associated Press via The Patriot-News
Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C. to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New York City under some of the more ambitious long-range plans described by federal rail officials to remake the beleaguered Northeast Corridor.
Big Steps for U.S. 290 and Grand Parkway, Uncertainty on Uptown
When folks look back, this will have been a big week for Houston freeways. Decisions by the Texas Department of Transportation will not radically redefine the road system, but they could tilt things a certain way. First, as a recent story noted, plans for U.S. 290 are changing so TxDOT can dedicate more of the freeway to general use lanes, leaving a single, reversible managed lane for carpool and transit use.
Army Net Zero Initiative Soldiers On
Now that the Army's ambitious Net Zero initiative has passed the pilot stage with flying colors, planners have been gearing up for the next steps. One of them involves expanding from a nine-part demonstration field to encompass scores of other Army facilities, but that’s just for starters. Today we bring you an exclusive insider view of what’s in store, provided by someone who has been guiding Army renewable energy and efficiency policy since 2008.
Collaboration Generates More LEED Points for Project in Canada
Journal of Commerce
When architect Gerry Pilon spoke to a full room of contractors, owners, engineers and architects, his message was that meaningful collaboration between the design-build team members and the owner can significantly bump-up LEED points.
Advocates: 60 Percent of Transit Initiatives Approved by Voters
Sixty percent of transit initiatives before voters on Election Day this week were approved, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is touting. The group said 15 out of 25 local transit initiatives, totaling more than $6 billion, were approved during last Tuesday’s elections, despite widespread gains in many areas of the country for Republicans who campaigned on reducing government spending.
Possible High-Speed Rail Quickens Dallas Transit Plans
The Dallas Morning News
A private company’s plans to connect Dallas and Houston with a 90-minute high-speed train ride is prompting Dallas Area Rapid Transit to fast-track plans for increased transit options downtown. The region’s largest transit agency is working on a three-pronged approach to increase rail lines, streetcar routes and downtown train capacity by 2021, when Texas Central Railway’s trains could arrive in Dallas.
Florida DOT Shares New I-4 Ultimate Design, Construction Milestones
Orlando Business Journal
Design has kicked off and we're just a few months away from the planned construction start for the $2.3 billion major revamp of Interstate 4 in Central Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its design/build partner, I-4 Mobility Partners, presented an update on Nov. 3 to the Orlando City Council regarding the project that involves tearing up, rebuilding and improving — including adding tolled express lanes — 21 miles of I-4 from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County.
Face-Lift Coming for Miami Beach Convention Center
After years of on-again, off-again planning, the Miami Beach Convention Center is set to reclaim its place among the elite meetings spaces in the U.S. A bold white, wavy facade — very futuristic-looking — was the key element of the aging center's schematic redesign plans recently revealed by Denver-based Fentress Architects to city commissioners. Fentress is the design criteria professional on the project and is preparing 30 percent of the plans before handing it off to a design-build firm; city commissioners will select that firm later this month.
Transportation Leadership Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
DBIA’s Transportation Leadership Awards pay tribute to owners, industry professionals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the public and private transportation sector to advance awareness, understanding and use of design-build best practices. Nominees may come from any transportation mode including, but not limited to, highways/bridges, marine/water, rail and air. The awards will be presented at the 2015 Transportation Conference on March 12, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 12, 2015.
Owner Scholarships Now Available for 2015 Water and Transportation Conferences
DBIA is now taking Owner Scholarship Applications for the 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference and 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference. Both conferences will take place March 9-13, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Eligible Individuals can receive complimentary registration and/or travel assistance to our upcoming conferences. All applications must be submitted online by Jan. 19, 2015.
Share Your Winning Spotlight – Order Your DBIA Award Trophies Today!
DBIA's 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition has recognized 25 design-build projects with awards this year. Celebrate this honor with your colleagues, clients and team members by ordering a personalized award trophy today! DBIA Award trophy orders can be placed online through: www.theawardgroup.com/dbia or by calling Charity Concepcion at 212-473-7000 ext. 209.
New Members of the Class of 2014 DBIA Credential Holders
Sarah Chavez, P.E., DBIA
City of San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
David Hill, DBIA
Reynaldo Rivas, P.E., DBIA
Michael Savidakis, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Hunt Construction Group, Inc.
Gordon Stanley, III, DBIA
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego, Calif.
Allison Bujacich, Assoc. DBIA
University of Puget Sound
Jamie Clune, Assoc. DBIA
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
Darren Jones, Assoc. DBIA
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Menlo Park, Calif.
Edward Lao, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Randy Rominger, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Teal Shoop, Assoc. DBIA
Darin Strawn, Assoc. DBIA
Skanska Building USA
DBIA Contact: Valexia Hall
We would like to welcome our newest members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
New member listing as of Nov. 10, 2014.
- Sebastian Choularton, LEED AP
San Fernando, Calif.
- Scott Croteau
- Ronald Johnson
- Megan Laufer
- Chris Laughton, P.E.
- Peter Opsahl
Lund Opsahl LLC
- Kevin Smith
Los Alamitos, Calif.
DBIA Contact: Membership
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Dec. 8-12, Certification Workshop, DBIA Offices, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 12-16, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Jan. 26-30, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 2-6, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Feb. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 9-13, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 27, Design Management Fundamentals, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 2-6, Certification Workshop, Atlanta, Ga.
Mar. 9-11, 2015 Design-Build in Transportation Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 11-13, 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 18-20, Owner Boot Camp, Orange County, Calif.
Mar. 23, BIM Execution Planning, Dallas, Texas
Mar. 25-27, Owner Boot Camp, Oakland, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 3, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Mar. 30-April 3, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Apr. 6-10, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Apr. 20-24, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 22, Conceptual Estimating, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 27-May 1, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 5, Conceptual Estimating, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 8, Design Management Fundamentals, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 15, Design Management Fundamentals, Portland, Ore.
DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson
Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Dec. 3, Region Annual Meeting
Nov. 18, USACE Program Update, Fort Meade
Nov. 20, Annual Meeting Dinner – PSU Design-Build Study
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Nov. 17, Happy Hour and CHS Field Jobsite Tour
Nov. 19, Regional Meeting and Breakfast Program
Jan. 23, 2015, Region Award Entries Due
Mar. 18, 2015, Region Awards Presentation
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Dec. 5, Annual Membership Meeting
Dec. 11, Bay Area Holiday Party/Mixer
Jan. 12, 2015, Orange County Mixer
DBIA Contact: Anieca Lord
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