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House OKs Bill to Limit DOD Design-Build Short Lists
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A U.S. House-approved $585-billion Dept. of Defense authorization bill includes design-build provisions that will benefit contractors and architects who seek DOD projects, including a cap on the number of short-listed firms and a ban on "reverse auctions."
DBIA Opposes Use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable for Design-Build Services
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The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches, and promotes best practices in design-build, has released a position statement opposing the use of lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) in federal, state or municipal government contracting for design-build services.
Business Council: New York Should Repeal the Scaffold Law to Maximize Infrastructure Investment
It is encouraging to see consensus building around using a large portion of the state's $5 billion, one-time settlement income for rebuilding public infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water, sewer and others. It makes sense to use one-shot revenues for capital projects rather than recurring expenses.
2015 California Construction Law Update
JD Supra Business Advisor
Over 2,200 bills were introduced during the second and final year of the 2013-2014 legislative session of which 931 were signed into law. For the design and construction industry, the end of the second session, like the end of the first session, saw a number of new prevailing wage bills signed into law, which again reflected the strong Democratic majorities in both the Assembly and Senate.
Best Practices for Public Building P3 Projects: What Works and What Doesn't?
Nossaman LLP via Lexology
The Performance Based Building Coalition (PBBC) and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) together hosted the P3s for Public Buildings Summit in Miami on Nov. 17 and 18, 2014. One of the panels formed for the Summit reviewed “Best Practices for Public Building P3 Projects: What Works and What Doesn’t?”
Failing Transit System Needs Long-Term Solution
Nashville is becoming known for jams — and not just the ones created by its country music stars. Our region has a traffic problem — and it's guaranteed to only get worse. As a state, Tennessee ranks 13th in vehicle miles traveled annually. Because our roads cannot handle the growing number of vehicles, we all experience a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Congestion is not just inconvenient. It costs every Tennessee family and business hundreds of dollars each year.
Water Mapping Tool May Lead to More Informed Decisions
In drought-wracked California, efforts to conserve every bit of available water are prompting ambitious solutions. But while the state looks to major infrastructure projects to meet future demand, researchers at the Arid Lands Institute are working on a software mapping tool, Divining LA, to give urban planners, architects and engineers a better view of a region's water profile to maximize use.
Devore Interchange Project Passes Halfway Mark
The $324 million Devore Interchange Project in California has passed the halfway mark, and already the junction of Interstates 15 and 215 has begun to take on an entirely different look for commuters. When Atkinson Contractors finishes the project in the spring of 2016, the interchange will bear little resemblance to the original, which was constructed in the mid-1960s when most of the Inland Empire was just vacant land.
Fed Beige Book Shows Job Gains "Widespread" Across U.S.
The Federal Reserve reported broad-based employment gains across U.S. industries and regions, two days before the Labor Department issues its highly anticipated monthly jobs data. “Employment gains were widespread,” the Fed said today in its Beige Book business survey, which is based on reports gathered on or before Nov. 24. “A number of districts also noted that contacts remained optimistic about the outlook for future economic activity.”
How P3s Plug Infrastructure Gaps
Building a “top ten” global financial centre requires many things – a strong, stable financial system, a competitive business environment, a highly-skilled talent base and an enviable quality of life. Toronto has all of this and more. But there is one area that still needs more work – building and upgrading our infrastructure, from roads and transit lines to airline links and water pipes. This matters for a city region like ours because we are now competing with global financial centers around the world.
Construction to Begin Soon for VW's $900 Million Expansion at Chattanooga Plant
Chattanooga Times Free Press via Engineering News-Record
Construction of Volkswagen's planned $900 million expansion at its Chattanooga plant is expected to begin in earnest soon with plans to award the first of the project's big contracts on Friday.
Gray Construction of Lexington, Ky., is recommended to undertake $33.6 million in work to enlarge the factory's body shop, technical center and assembly finish area. A $2.2 million contingency also is included in Gray's proposed contract.
Minnesota Bridge Replacement Marries Handmade, High Tech
La Crosse Tribune
The $187.5 million Interstate 90 bridge taking shape over the Mississippi River is a confluence of man and machine. Some 50 feet above the icy waters, ironworkers clung to reinforcing steel forms Wednesday morning as 20 mph winds pushed the wind chill to 11 degrees. Piece by piece, they are wiring together the thousands of pieces of rebar that will provide strength to the massive concrete piers that hold up the two roadbeds.
California County Gives OK to Contract for Jail Expansion
Kern County, California supervisors complained they don't like the deal they're getting from the state, but voted unanimously to spend some $100 million in state grants to build 822 more jail beds. The county supervisors said the new facility should help shield them from future lawsuits, though critics say it's still not clear how the county will pay to operate it.
Check Out DBIA's 2015 Events and Annual Sponsorship Opportunities
DBIA sponsorship opportunities include conferences, events, exhibits, advertising and much more throughout 2015. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer exceptional educational offerings for the benefit of our membership and our industry. Learn more.
New Offering from DBIA and The Charles Pankow Foundation
Available for purchase through DBIA's online bookstore, the just-released Professional's Guide to Managing the Design Phase of a Design-Build Project is a step-by-step guide to managing every step of the design phase of a design-build project. The Professional's Guide is a follow on to the original Design-Build Management Guide. For more information or to order a copy today, please visit our online bookstore.
Don't Miss the Last Design-Build Done Right Webinar of 2014!
On Thursday, Dec. 18th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Robynne Parkinson will present a webinar on Design-Build Contract Focus: Standard Forms. Industry associations - DBIA, AIA, EJCDC, AGC's ConsensusDocs – all have design-build contract forms. Ms. Parkinson will discuss the forms developed by each of these organizations and provide insight regarding the similarities and differences between them.
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San Pedro, Calif.
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Saint Paul, Minn.
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Grand Rapids, Mich.
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