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12 professionals honored for leadership in promoting design-build project delivery include a State Senator, university professor, student, practitioner, two young professionals, and six owners. “Every single one of these award-winners is key to the growing use of design-build,” says Lisa Washington, CAE, the Executive Director/CEO of DBIA.
The Michelin North America Red Oak manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C., has been awarded a 2015 National Award of Merit in the industrial, process and/or research facilities category from the Design-Build Institute of America. The facility manufactures tires for earth movers and was completed in 15 months, more than 50 days ahead of schedule. Gray Construction of Lexington provided design-build services for the facility.
New York is grappling with the challenge of updating their aged infrastructure in a time- and cost-efficient manner. To frame this issue and draw insight from the players seeking its solution, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) hosted two panels comprised of transportation experts – one from the public sector, the other from the private sector to discuss how P3s and design-build can help solve this challenge and the risks involved with each. And while the two draw many similarities, we thought it important as the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes design-build best practices, to point out some important aspects of design-build when comparing innovative project delivery methods.
Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, has called on Congress to approve full funding of the agency’s construction activities at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington. GSA said Thursday a study found its Enhanced Plan to build a consolidated St. Elizabeths headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security will save the government as much as $800 million and taxpayers almost $1.2 billion over a 30-year period.
Bangor Daily News
New opportunities are opening up for contractors working on public projects in Maine. A new bill, already introduced to the Maine Legislature to be considered when lawmakers return to Augusta in January, would allow for public-private partnerships for the development and operation of public buildings and facilities.
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.
The number of new construction projects rose considerably in the third quarter of 2015 in markets across the country, according to data compiled by Chicago-based BidClerk, a leading provider of construction project data in the United States and Canada.
The BidClerk Construction Index (BCI) reported more than 76,000 new projects valued at over $200 billion nationally in third quarter 2015; an upswing of 21,000 projects and $35 billion from third quarter 2014.
The task before the building team on the design-build project was not easy. The site was tight, with limited space for development outside the existing building footprint. New construction would have to take place largely within the historic structures. Floor elevations varied between the seven brownstones, making internal circulation a nightmare. Already tight existing spaces would have to be reallocated to meet expanded program demands, such as enhanced recreation facilities and new science classrooms.
"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.
The New York State Thruway Authority has redesigned its website that chronicles the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge to showcase the progress on the $3.9 billion project. The website, www.newnybridge.com, now features more videos and photo galleries that capture such unique engineering feats as the installation of girders over Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson line tracks in Tarrytown.
BIM was critical to meeting the schedule. Using as-built drawings from 1925 as the starting point, design-builder Clark Construction Group generated a model of the structure and supplemented that with field survey details. The as-built model included detailed modeling of the large existing trusses in the ceiling of the 12th floor, which held up the building’s roof where the main mechanical rooms were located.
BIM is great. But Connected BIM is better because everyone on the project team can collaborate on the model, easily and securely. Now BIM can support all the documents, decisions, and processes that are necessary to deliver an asset. Learn how multiple organizations share, visualize, coordinate, review, and mark up BIM models from a web browser in this 3-minute video intro to Connected BIM from Aconex.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Projects at the Old Cathedral, the Laclede Group and a hospital in Joplin, Mo., are among the 2015 Keystone Award winners from Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The annual awards recognize a contractor’s success in resolving construction challenges faced on a project. Also recognized are industry leaders “whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community,” the AGC said. The group’s 2015 Keystone Heritage Award went to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Daily Commercial News
The fast-track, $30 million project was completed by design-builder PCL Constructors Canada Inc. on budget in a scant 18 months, two days before its scheduled contract delivery deadline.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has awarded the $559.4 million Project NEON design-build contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West. The project involves widening a 3.7-mile stretch of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl interchange in downtown Las Vegas. NDOT says this section of the interstate is the busiest section of highway in the state and has 300,000 vehicles traveling on it each day. The department expects that figure to double over the next 20 years.
St. Louis County Library’s (SLCL) $120 plus million Your Library Renewed Campaign will see 19 branches of the SLCL system either placed or remodeled. One of the first facilities to be completed is the new Lewis & Clark Branch, which opened on October 14 after a one-year construction effort. The 20,000 square foot facility, designed by KAI Design & Build, includes an enlarged children’s area featuring discovery-themed activities, a business center, three distinct computing areas, a community meeting room outfitted with audiovisual and presentation equipment, three study rooms, and an expanded teen zone. The original stained glass panels depicting Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their guide -Sacagawea, created by Emil Frei & Associates, were reinstalled in the new structure. The $6.5 million project was funded through a 2012 referendum.
The National Institute of Building Sciences has released a new white paper calling for sweeping action to improve the nation’s resilience to natural disasters.
“The current methods to incentivize investment in resilience strategies rely on three primary mechanisms: federal grant programs (with some support from private foundations); insurance premium discounts for implementing measures to reduce vulnerability; and the political will of communities, either in the wake of a disaster or before an event occurs, through the foresight of community champions,” NIBS says. “While these approaches have provided a level of resilience, they have taken the nation only so far.”
Daily Commercial News
"We are really trying to understand how BIM is transforming the way people work and also how people are using BIM data as part of their work practices and how to design tools that better work for you guys," Staub-French said of research being undertaken at her BIM lab at the university. A member of the education committee for BuildingSMART Canada, Staub-French said this research is being framed from the perspective that BIM is much more than technology or a software tool. According to a definition published in a BIM handbook, BIM represents a new approach to design, construction and facility management that ultimately involves broad process changes in construction.
In Bass' view, this newfound abundance of processing power is opening new doors when it comes to computer-aided design and is redefining the term altogether. Earlier this year, Autodesk launched software called Autodesk Within that when given certain parameters, like desired weight and maximum stress, for example, spits out optimized designs that meet those requirements. Bass had a rendering of strange-looking engine block on-hand to demonstrate its capabilities.
DBIA, in association with the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation and the Water Design-Build Council, is also 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 by tomorrow. Questions? contact Allison Leisner at email@example.com.
Atul Apte, LEED AP, CMAA, DBIA
APSI Construction Management
Robert Burness, DBIA
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Alicia Esmay, P.E., CCM. DBIA
Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Will Hopkins, DBIA
Salt Lake City, Utah
Ronald Kowalski, DBIA
San Francisco, Calif.
Alba Rodriguez, DBIA
Rudy (Rodolfo) Armendariz, Assoc. DBIA
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego, Calif.
Andrew Croskrey, LEED Green Assoc., Assoc. DBIA
Lydig Construction Inc.
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Harold (Jim) Dorsey, P.E., Assoc. DBIA
McCormick Taylor, Inc.
Sean Fitzpatrick, Assoc. DBIA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
North Potomac, Md.
Cosmo Guido, LEED GA, Assoc. DBIA
Guido Brothers Construction Company
San Antonio, Texas
Lam Ho, Assoc. DBIA
Souder Miller & Associates
Artem Konotopskiy, EIT, Assoc. DBIA
USCG Facilities Design and Construction Center (FDCC)
Daniel Martin, Assoc. DBIA
Innovative Construction Services
Lauren Resch, Assoc. DBIA
Commercial Builders Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
Heather Tanza, Assoc. DBIA
EV Williams, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Michael Vachon, LEED® AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego, Calif.
Jamila Valero, Assoc. DBIA
Culver City, Calif.
Rafael Vasquez, CCM, PMP, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Morgner Construction Management, Inc.
South Pasadena, Calif.
Nathan Welch, Assoc. DBIA
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Raimond Zwiers, Assoc. DBIA
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
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Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Buzz Oates Construction, Inc.
- Gary Baker and Associates,, LLC
Wichita Falls, Texas
- Molded Fiber Glass Construction and Water
Union City, Pa.
- Sprayroq Inc.
New member listing as of Nov. 16, 2015.
- Michael D'Antonio
Methuen Construction Company, Inc.
- Harry Franklin
Mona Electric Group, Inc.
- Jeff Schroeder
Garmong Construction Services
- Jerry Whitlock
GA & FC Wagman Inc.
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Dec. 7-10, Certification Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
New Dec. 14-17, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Dayton, Ohio
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 8-10, Certification Workshop, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 16-18, Certification Workshop, Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 22-24, Certification Workshop, Denver, Colo.
Mar. 7-10, George Mason University Boot Camp, Herndon, Va.
Mar. 14, BIM Execution Planning, Worchester, Mass.
Mar. 18, Conceptual Estimating, Fairfax, Va.
Mar. 21-23, Certification Workshop, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 28-30, Certification Workshop, Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 4-6, 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. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Spokane, Wash.
Apr. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Sacramento, Calif.
May 3, Design Management Fundamentals, Virginia Beach, Va.
May 9-11, 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 23-25, Certification Workshop, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 6-8, Certification Workshop, Dallas, Texas
June 13-15, Certification Workshop, Indianapolis, Ind.
June 27-29, 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-New England Region
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Design-Build Awards Event
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Jan. 20, 2016, Breakfast Program and 2016 Executive Council Elections
Jan. 22, 2016, Regional Award Entries Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Nov. 19, San Diego Evening Mixer
Dec. 4, Luncheon Program and Annual Meeting, How To Give Up Your Guns and Open Your Arms: Collaborative Project Delivery in the Era of the Involved Owner (San Francisco)
Dec. 10, Bay Chapter Holiday Membership Party
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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!
Knox County Releases RFPs for Gibbs, Hardin Valley Schools
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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