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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.
States boosted their total capital spending, including construction and major repairs to roads, buildings and other infrastructure, by 5.7 percent in fiscal year 2017 to an estimated $107 billion, the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) said in a new report. NASBO’s 2017 report on all state expenditures, released on Nov. 16, shows that transportation again was the top capital-spending category, with $70.2 billion, up 7.6% from 2016. Federal funds accounted for $27.8 billion, or 39.6 percent, of the transportation total.
The Baltimore Sun
Now, as construction on the Purple Line gets underway, some of those same officials — Republicans and Democrats — are warning that a provision of the tax overhaul moving through Congress would threaten similar projects by making it more difficult to lure that private investment. As a result, Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration is planning to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds by the end of December to secure a year’s worth of funding before President Donald Trump has a chance to sign a tax bill into law. The sweeping tax legislation approved by the House this month would end the so-called private activity bonds, a tool local governments have used for transportation projects, affordable housing and student loans. Supporters say the financing mechanism reduces costs, but critics view it as a subsidy to private businesses.
The shape of a typical cash flow for initial design and construction of an infrastructure project is stable. For every $10 government spends on design, it spends more than $100 on initial construction. The initial delivery time frame for a typical design-bid-build project is eight years. But, the cost of a typical infrastructure facility extends far beyond eight years. In-service costs over a facility’s 35-year life, with a typical refit/repair mid-way through that life, are more than 10 times the cost of design and construction. For every $110 government spends on design construction, it spends more than $1,100 on operation, maintenance and repair. On a life cycle basis, a commitment of $10 to fund the design of an infrastructure facility typically leads to further commitments of more than $100 to construct it and more than $1,100 to operate, maintain and repair it over its useful life, including a refit/repair mid-way through that life.
Wall Street analysts offered a broad scope of engineering and construction market trends for 2018, based on new research and recent reports gleaned from public company executives. Brent Thielman, senior vice president and senior research analyst at D.A. Davidson, on Nov. 15 said the October results of its monthly survey of U.S. transportation-department bids in 43 states show that the $42-billion bid value total, representing about 14,300 projects, rose 21% from the same month in 2016. The October result is the largest trailing 12-month improvement since March 2015, he noted. Thielman points to results in nine large and small states that “suggest some broadening in new transportation project work.”
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Who owns the water pipes beneath your street? Increasingly, it is a private company, a shift from the mostly public ownership of the systems used to provide drinking water and remove waste that has prevailed in the U.S. since the early 1900s. In the first half of 2017, companies spent, or planned to spend, about $2 billion in a total of 53 deals involving water and wastewater utilities. The biggest, energy giant Eversource's recent $1.7 billion acquisition of water company Aquarion in New England, is still pending, according to Bluefield Research. And the Boston-based consulting and research firm expects that trend only to accelerate in the years ahead. ... Despite the urgency of making these fixes, the federal government is now less likely to help with the cost. U.S. funding for water utilities peaked in 1976 at $16.9 billion and has since dropped to $4.3 billion in 2014, according to Bluefield. Meanwhile, public water systems also are facing more environmental pressures, with 5,300 in the U.S. listed with serious system violations.
Design-build service contract to be awarded in early 2018 for building to be named after deceased former U.S. Senator and actor Fred Thompson.
As workers struggle to restore power in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, companies and government agencies are looking for ways to make the islands’ power grids more resilient and better able to withstand future storms. Rather than wait for the government go-ahead, some companies are preparing plans for when they get the green light and reaching out to private industry. “In our minds, it is an almost perfect setting to demonstrate what the future of power grids could be,” says Tom Lewis, president of Louis Berger U.S. In addition to being the Army Corps of Engineers contractor on the agency’s emergency generator mission, the company is readying itself with a tool box of approaches to help harden the grids in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
In July, the state tapped AECOM to oversee project management, engineering and design for the proposed $1.3-billion Mid-Barataria Diversion Project. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the state agency overseeing the state’s $50-billion master coastal plan, hopes to have 15% of the design completed and negotiate a construction manager-at-risk (CMAR) contract for the project by September 2018. In October 2017, the state began to advertise for an engineer and designer for a second project, the $800-million mid-Breton diversion. Helping those efforts will be a new, state-of-the art physical model of the lower Mississippi that will open in January in the state’s new Baton Rouge water campus.
Jay Stenklyft, MIFAB Inc.
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The Oakland A's announced Thursday that they have hired four design firms to lead the design process for their plan to build a new baseball stadium near Laney College. ... The A's said Sasaki, a design firm based in Boston, Snøhetta, which is based on Norway but also has a San Francisco office, and Oakland-based Studio T-Square will lead master planning and urban design efforts and will assist the baseball team in the community engagement process. The A's said HOK, a global architectural and planning firm that has an office in San Francisco, and Snøhetta will collaborate on design of the new ballpark and its interface with the master plan.
The construction industry has, in fact, had its share of innovations: Alternative delivery systems like Public/Private Partnerships, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling aim to address construction clients’ changing needs. Other examples include Green Building, modular construction, automated equipment and the inclusion of 3-D printing. We are also now seeing all kinds of digital monitoring devices for human behavior, atmospheric conditions, waterflow, security and video records with cameras and lasers on drones.
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to introduce the first clear-water scour model based on both the informational entropy concept and the principle of maximum entropy, showing that a variational approach is ideal for describing erosional processes under complex situations. The proposed bridge-pier scour entropic (BRISENT) model is capable of reproducing the main dynamics of scour depth evolution under steady hydraulic conditions, step-wise hydrographs, and flood waves.
Roads & Bridges
After inspecting the affected column, it was determined that immediate repairs were required before allowing truck traffic on the ramp. SCDOT and their consultants designed a traditional concrete jacketing repair where the 30-in. diameter column was enlarged to a square footprint. The emergency repairs were designed, approved and constructed in less than two weeks. ... While these deficiencies were not severe enough to warrant extensive strengthening of the columns, they were treated as potential hazards to both the traveling public and the construction teams working around the structures. SCDOT and joint-venture design-build contractor Flatiron-Zachry sought an economical, high-strength alternative solution to confine the damaged sections of the columns until they were demolished during the eventual reconstruction of the interchange.
| DESIGN-BUILD INSIGHT DIRECTORY|
The Maryland Department of Transportation has scheduled an Industry Forum on December 13 for the P3 Traffic Relief Plan related to I-495 and I-270. Details, including how to register, are at the below link:
General Landing Page
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)
RFP: Design-Build Services San Fernando Groundwater Basin Remediation
This BAVN ID refers to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Bid opportunity. For more information, click on the "Go to eRSP Bid" link below to navigate to the Bid in LADWP's Electronic Request-Solicit-Procure (eRSP) online procurement system. From the eRSP Bid, interested bidders can register with LADWP, login to eRSP, view and download complete Bid specifications and instructions, participate in Bid Questions & Answers, and submit Bid Responses electronically to LADWP.
RFQ for Durham, N.C., City Hall Design-Build Project (due Dec. 7, 2017)
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
DBIA-Great Lakes Region
Dec. 5, Hosting Integration Station Chicago
Dec. 13, Kansas City Chapter, Benefit Breakfast for Ronald McDonald House
Jan. 31, 2018, Kick-Off Event at Lockton-Kansas City
DBIA-New England Region
Dec. 15, Submissions for Regional award competition due
Jan. 18, 2018, Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
DBIA-Ohio Valley Region
Jan. 11, 2018, Cincinnati Mixer
Dec. 12, Oregon Chapter Breakfast Program, Integrated Project Delivery – Bridging Cultures to Improve the Planning Process
DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
Dec. 8, Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon
April 26-27, 2018, 2018 Annual Conference
DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
Dec. 7, Young Professionals Volunteer Event at Feed My Starving Children
Jan. 19, 2018, Submissions for Regional Awards Competition Due
DBIA-Western Pacific Region
Dec. 8, Bay Area Chapter Young Professionals Mixer
Dec. 8, Hawaii Chapter Luncheon Program, An Owner’s Perspective of Design-Build
Dec. 15, Presentation proposals for 2018 Regional Conference due
Jan. 8, 2018, LA/OC Chapter Evening Mixer
Apr. 26, 2018, San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament
May 17, 2018, Regional Conference, Removing Barriers and Building Lasting Relationships
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