$2 billion in federal projects for Washington contractors
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Share
Despite challenging times for construction, there appears to be an abundance of federal contracting jobs. Last week, managers from three federal agencies - Tom Moore of the Navy, Anil Nisargand of the Army Corps of Engineers and Rick Thomas of the General Services Administration - presented their upcoming projects before members of the Associated General Contractors of Washington. Together, the projects represent about $2 billion worth of work. More
8 trends in hospital design and development
Hospital Review Share
Proficient health care design gives hospitals the buildings and framework to help them gain efficiency and avoid risks associated with health care reform. Doug Strout, health care practice leader for KMD Architects, explains recent trends in hospital design along with tips for hospitals considering future development. More
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., celebrates completion of water plant
Sky-Hi Daily News Share
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., residents and interested community members will be recognizing the completion of the Hot Sulphur Springs Water Project during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. In one year since the town's launch of a $3.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act water improvement project, Hot Sulphur has a new state-of-the art water plant, a new clear well, a second 230,000-gallon storage tank, a new water intake system and related river restoration work. More
The delicate balance between design and build
Red Beard Share
There are some projects where significant design input is not required in the early stages. Perhaps the project is at such an early stage that you don't even know whether the idea will fly. Perhaps you're trying to save money and just put something out there quickly, especially if the scope is fairly limited. To quote a startup guy, "I generally introduce (visual) designers to a new project pretty late, they cause big delays if they're involved too early." I have experienced this phenomenon: it wasn't that design was unhelpful, we just did too much of it for an untested idea. More
Lakeview, Neb., board may move on Shell Creek project
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The Columbus, Neb., Shell Creek Elementary School remodel and expansion could take another step forward during the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education. The board met with legal counsel to discuss available options for the work, and Lakeview Superintendent Russ Freeman said a process could be selected at the next meeting. Three processes are being considered for the project - design-bid-build, construction manager at-risk and design-build. The approximately $3.88 million project includes adding a nearly 4,000-square-foot cafeteria, increasing the number of classrooms to 21 and expanding the library, as well as other offices and rooms. More
Money is flowing towards America's leaky water infrastructure
Triple Pundit Share
It's no secret that America's water infrastructure is in a state of crisis. Water infrastructure in the U.S. is functioning far past its designed operating life, with a water main breaking somewhere in the U.S. about once every two minutes. All those leaky pipes waste about 1.7 trillion gallons of water a year, or about 17 percent of the U.S. public water supply. More
RFP: Washington state, I-5 Joe Leary Slough to Nulle Road - Paving
The project requires design and construction of pavement preservations to approximately 11.6 miles of I-5 Northbound Mainline including all interchange/rest area/median crossing areas that are within WSDOT ROW, MP 231.79 to MP 243.30; utilizing Dowel Bar Retrofit, Mill and Fill, Overlay, and Crack and Seat and Overlay rehabilitation methods. This project also includes three bridge rail retrofits and other work. The estimated value is in the range of $15 million to $20 million. More
Using design-build for health care facilities
Finance & Commerce Share
Efficiency, cleanliness, accessibility, security, sustainability, codes and standards are the vital building blocks of a quality health care facility design. It takes a team of experts to design a facility that follows the rules and fits the needs of health care provider and patient. You could - and should - spend a long time working out the fine details. But when "shovel-ready" is thrown into the mix, there's no time to wait. That's why the design-build process is fast becoming the tool of the moment. More
3 teams in running to build SR 520 floating bridge project in Washington
Bellevue Reporter Share
Three teams have been selected to compete to design and build the new SR 520 floating bridge, estimated to cost $700 million to $900 million. The new bridge will replace the existing vulnerable floating bridge with a six-lane facility that will open to traffic in 2014 and help improve travel between Seattle and Redmond, Wash. This will be the third design-build effort for WSDOT in the SR 520 corridor. More
Best practices in sustainable design and low-impact development
Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, the U.S. Navy's Headquarters Command for training, has been developing disciplined, motivated and highly skilled sailors for the fleet since World War I. The base has an equally rich heritage in environmental stewardship. The Navy became the first federal agency to certify a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) project in 2000 when the Great Lakes Naval Training Center's Bachelor Enlisted Quarters achieved LEED Certification. More
Minnesota 494/169 interchange redesign contract awarded
Eden Prairie News Share
The contract to rebuild the Highway 169/Interstate Highway 494 interchange in Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Edina, Minn., has been awarded to the design-build team C.S. McCrossan/Edward Kraemer and Sons, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced. Initial construction items such as bridge pier, retaining wall and temporary bypass work are scheduled to begin this winter, with major construction to begin in spring 2011. More
DBIA recommends changes to state design-build statutes
Ahlers & Cressman - Construction Law Share
The Design Build Institute of America, Northwest Region, is a membership organization founded to advocate and advance single source project delivery systems within the design and construction industry. Design build is a method of project deliver that combines the design and construction functions and vest single-point responsibility for those functions in one entity: the design builder. Traditional design-build-bid methods require that the public entity manage two separate contracts: one with the designer and one with the contractor. With the design-build delivery method, the public entity enters into a single contract with a design builder and then utilizes an integrated team to both design and construction the project. More
DBIA opens registration for 2011 Transportation and Water/Wastewater Conferences
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Nov. 15-18, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
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Registration for 2011 Education Tour courses and the 2011 specialty conferences is now open. More
Design-build - A healthy choice
The November issue of Design-Build Dateline is up on the DBIA website. See the cover story, about how design-build enabled three award-winning hospitals to be completed on time and under budget. More
Nov. 18, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Annual Meeting and Holiday Dinner
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Dec. 7, DBIA-Mid-America Region, Iowa Chapter, "The New Normal in Banking"
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