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This year marked the three-year period in which DBIA Board leadership reviews and updates the organization’s strategic direction to ensure we remain current and relevant to both our members and the industry. Beyond examining our past and present and making informed assumptions about the future, we used our recent strategic planning processes as an opportunity to more appropriately target DBIA resources, reshape programs and services and transform other critical aspects of our operations to set the stage for achieving the aggressive goals put forth. A copy of the strategic direction can be found here.
The DBIA Board and staff are excited and energized about the opportunities that lie ahead. As a membership-driven organization, we invite DBIA members in good standing to submit expressions of interest for committee involvement in areas that fit your area of expertise.
Please click here to review the 2016-2018 DBIA Committees and charges. If interested in being considered for committee involvement, please complete the application no later than Dec. 21, 2015, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your interest in helping to advance DBIA, design-build and the industry. We will be back in touch no later than Jan. 11, 2016, to let you know if you have been selected for committee involvement.
Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a massive tax and spending package Tuesday night, arguing that the GOP didn't win every fight, but they kept many of their policy preferences in place for the next 10 months.
In a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans, Ryan (R-Wis.) touted a pause in Obamacare's "Cadillac tax," the lifting of a longstanding oil-export ban and preservation of several other policy preferences in the year-end deal, which include $1.149 trillion in spending and several hundred billion in tax breaks.
New Hampshire Business Review
Rebuffed by the NH Legislature, advocates for expanded commuter rail service have turned to a funding concept that has yet to be tried in New Hampshire. Known as public-private partnerships, or P3s, they have become the go-to financing structure for a diverse menu of public projects, ranging from transportation infrastructure to public works and education.
Hailed as the largest single down payment for infrastructure repairs ever delivered to an American city, the federal government has agreed to pay New Orleans $2 billion to fix its crumbling streets and cracking water pipes.
The Dallas Morning News
The city of Arlington and Texas Rangers are considering collaborating on a $200 million mixed-use development near Globe Life Park. The agreement, which would be a public-private partnership between the city and the Rangers, calls for a hotel with at least 300 rooms and 35,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The complex would be the southwest corner of Nolan Ryan Expressway and East Randol Mill Road, currently the site of Rangers parking lots.
When Hill International got tapped to lead the renovation of New York City Hall, the construction manager knew it had to guarantee tight security over project information. But it also needed an efficient way to manage information and processes across the project team. In this 3-minute video, Project Executive Michael Brothers explains how technology helped reduce document turnaround times from 14 days to mere hours.
The Port Authority’s board of commissioners agreed last week to create a development corporation to advance construction of a new $10 billion rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York.
The corporation, to be created in concert with the U.S. Department of Transportation and Amtrak, builds on the recent agreements between the two states and the federal government to split the cost of a project.
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
A research team at Western University in London, Ontario, found that the performance-based incentives and accountability requirements built into public-private partnerships help large infrastructure projects deliver high-quality projects more efficiently, cost-effectively and timely than traditional procurements. The private partner’s commitment to operate and maintain many of these projects over time also provides more value for money than do strictly government-managed projects.
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 raceway system for wire management during the initial planning stage it improves the likelihood of success and provides many meaningful benefits. By considering a cellular raceway system early, Design/Build Firms can realize the best return for their money. Quality solutions are those that will save them money, and deliver long-term value for their clients. Our raceway systems are designed to do just that for designers and their clients who plan ahead.
When Governor Larry Hogan announced in June that the state would move forward with the $2.1 billion Purple Line light-rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton, he did not guarantee it would be built. First, a new funding structure involving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties had to be resolved, reducing the burden on the state treasury. Then new technical and financial proposals for a less-expensive project had to come from the four private-sector contractor teams competing to build the 16-mile, 21-station line.
The Cass County Democrat Missourian
A routine inspection at the wastewater treatment plant in Harrisonville revealed significant damage to concrete flooring in a digester basin, which is the final part of the treatment process. According to engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, total repair costs will likely be between $500,000 and $1 million. The damage is considered an emergency, and the city will forego a typical bidding process to expedite the repair timeline. Erik Patterson, assistant director of Public Works, said Burns & McDonnell was contacted because the engineering firm designed the original plan. The city and the firm entered into a preliminary design-build agreement.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered metal buildings & steel systems construction. Through the use of the company’s advanced engineering programming, Varco Pruden combines steel structural materials with virtually any exterior finish to create metal buildings that are energy efficient and provide years of trouble-free performance.
Building solutions...one relationship at a time.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state transportation board on Thursday morning has selected a preferred team to design, build and partially finance the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, which is expected to bring relief to one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the nation. North Perimeter Contractors won the bid at $460 million, which brings the revised total for the project to $679 million. The team is a partnership between contractor Ferrovial Agroman US Corp and engineering firms The Louis Berger Group and Neel-Shaffer.
Eight months out from its debut, the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is already a star. Since the Metrodome started coming down in January 2014, cameras have been televising the progress on the new stadium around the clock from various vantage points.
A new research report explores the past, present, and future of the workplace and reveals how organizations are using new strategies to improve the productivity and success of employees. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) released Distributed Work Revisited: Research Report #37, which is a follow-up to its 2009 Distributed Work report. Workplace strategy and design experts HOK helped IFMA develop and analyze the survey, collect the case studies and write the report.
JS Supra Business Advisor
With the new year less than one month away, the compliance countdown for new laws has begun. Limited time remains in 2015 for employers to ensure policies and practices are developed or revised to meet 2016 obligations. Time is of the essence, particularly as key management personnel are more likely to be absent this time of year because of upcoming holidays and planned vacations. Companies must make the most of what remains of 2015 to ensure they are prepared when they ring in 2016. To assist with this process, JD Supra has identified key labor and employment laws that will take effect in 2016 and impact employer operations throughout the country.
There were a number of significant legal developments impacting the construction industry in Ohio over the past year. You can find Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter’s top three for Ohio in 2015.
OSHA inspectors often don’t give advance notice of an inspection, and when they show up it can cause panic. Advance preparation and knowledge is the key to preserving rights under the law. It pays to prepare for an inspection before the inspector shows up.
The International Code Council has approved building code changes based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's investigation of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. The changes are intended to protect schools and their related high-occupancy buildings from the most severe tornadoes.
In the higher education sector, sustainability and green building extend far beyond the built environment. Buzzwords like “living lab” and “experiential learning” are indicative of the trend toward more holistic sustainability programs that incorporate all facets of college life—operations, curriculum, campus/community engagement, research, buildings, even resiliency and climate change.
Brief Policy Perspectives
Here’s a thought experiment: if the US capital were planned and built from scratch today, what would it look like? Would we still have the Paris-inspired streets of the L’Enfant Plan, or the dense neoclassical government buildings of Federal Triangle? Since the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing of a federal building and the renewed terrorist threats of the 21st century, federal buildings’ increased security and counterterrorism efforts have often created a salient tension between security and urban policy. Zoning ordinances, design practices, and security policies have adjusted to new threats but appear to be at odds with the ethos of historic government buildings: reinforced concrete planters create a haphazard barrier around many downtown buildings, and the security perimeter around the White House is ever-expanding.
Desmond Coelho, P.E., DBIA
Sparks Glencoe, Md.
Andres Herrera, CPC, LEED AP, DBIA
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Nathan Rosenker, DBIA
Kevin Smith, EIT, DBIA
Scott Whelchel, LEED AP, DBIA
Visioneering Studios, Inc.
Rennie Friedman, Assoc. DBIA
Corman Construction Inc.
Annapolis Junction, Md.
DBIA Contact: Certification
Industry Partner members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
- Academy Energy Group, LLC
- Gaudreau, Inc.
New member listing as of Dec. 14, 2015.
- Eric Berger
- Sean Donnelly
- William Fiorillo
Hunt Valley, Md.
- Jason Foisset
Greenwood Village, Colo.
- Heather Johnston
- Kevin Lugo
MBP Carolinas, Inc.
- Dave McCarthy
Commercial Builders Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
- Heather Skeehan
- Ben Warren
DBIA Contact: Membership
Jan. 25-27, Certification Workshop, Miamisburg, 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. 28-29, 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 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"
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
Jan. 11, 2016, Southern California/OC Evening Mixer
Jan. 21, 2016, Nevada Chapter Las Vegas New Year Evening Mixer
DBIA Contact: Membership
Opportunities for upcoming projects are on the member-only page on the DBIA website. Log on to the site for access.
DBIA Contact: Todd Rich
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