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NASBP-Sponsored Webinar on DBIA's Newly Released Bond Forms
In early May, DBIA announced the release of a full set of warranty bonds, proposal bonds and payment and performance bonds specifically for design-build projects. Now, to explore these new forms, the National Association of Surety Bond Producers is sponsoring a virtual seminar presented by G. William Quatman, Esq., FAIA, DBIA, Vice Chair of DBIA's 2015 National Board of Directors, Chair of DBIA's Documents Task Force and General Counsel for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co.

The seminar will take place June 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Those online at the time will have the opportunity to submit questions.

Register Now!

For questions, contact Charnita Lee at or 202-464-1174.

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Bipartisan Proposal on DBIA Best Practice Offered on Defense Bill
As challenges continue to face America's infrastructure today, efforts are under way on Capitol Hill to improve upon the efficiency and effectiveness of government contracting. In pursuit of this, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) have filed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016 to add the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act – currently H.R. 1666 – to the annual defense authorization bill.
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Larry Hogan Just Asked for $28 Million to Develop a Maglev Train Line between Baltimore and D.C.
Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland has applied for $27.8 million in federal funding toward a proposed maglev project that could connect Maryland and D.C. with trip times as low as 15 minutes, the Hogan administration said Thursday. Hogan also agreed to a memorandum of cooperation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that will have the state and the Japanese government working together in several areas including maglev high-speed rail.
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Michigan $54 Billion Budget OK'd with Roads Boost, Cuts to Economic Aid
The Detroit News
Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a $54.5 billion state budget next year that dedicates $400 million in general revenue to road repairs and delivers an 11 percent cut to state spending on economic development.
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Illinois Governor Rauner Dumps Controversial Illiana Expressway Project
The Associated Press via Daily Herald
Illinois Department of Transportation officials decided "in light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time. Project costs exceed currently available resources," a statement from the governor said.
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GOP, Obama See Common Ground on Energy Infrastructure
The Hill
“Many people are even asking — not surprisingly — is there enough common ground between our efforts and the Obama administration to enact meaningful energy legislation,” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the energy and power subcommittee, said at the Tuesday hearing. “I do believe that this question was answered with a clear ‘yes’ when the Department of Energy’s first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review was released last April,” he said. “This detailed study focuses on the infrastructure implications of America’s new energy boom, and many of its recommendations overlap with provisions in our draft energy bill,” he continued.
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An A/E Perspective on Optimizing the Design-Build Strategy
When it comes to winning a design-build competition and pursuing the resulting contract, the level of trust and teamwork that can be achieved between the design side (architects & engineers) and the build side (construction contractors) is truly what makes or breaks the project. Inter-team communication is thus critical in design-build projects, and the vehicle for early communication between teams today is the design charrette.
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U.S. Construction Spending Jumps to Near 6-1/2 Year High
U.S. construction spending surged in April to the highest level in nearly 6-1/2 years as outlays increased broadly, pointing to some pockets of strength in the economy. Construction spending jumped 2.2 percent to an annual rate of $1.0 trillion, the highest level since November 2008, the Commerce Department said on Monday. The percent increase was the largest since May 2012. March's outlays were revised to show a 0.5 percent increase instead of the previously reported 0.6 percent fall. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast construction spending rising 0.7 percent in April.
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Despite Controls, Floods in Houston No Surprise
Claims Journal
The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains last week hit the Houston area should be no surprise. “It happens fairly frequently,” said Sam Brody, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Beaches and Shores. “Houston is the No. 1 city in America to be injured and die in a flood.” The Harris County Flood Control District, the agency working in recent years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on hundreds of millions of dollars in projects to ease the flooding impact, has been around since 1937, itself a product of catastrophic flooding two years earlier. “Houston is so vulnerable,” Brody, who’s been studying the issue for 15 years, said Wednesday. “There’s very little topography. They’ve added hundreds of miles of pavement and can’t keep up with all the positive initiatives. … So we get these floods.”
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Oregon Tries Taxing Drivers By the Mile
The Hill
Oregon is testing a new system that would tax drivers by the mile to pay for transportation projects. The system, which is known as MyOreGo, will be the first so-called "vehicle miles traveled" program in the nation. The Oregon Department of Transportation says the program will be voluntary and has promised drivers' personal information will be protected. "OReGO is the Oregon Department of Transportation’s new road usage charge program. OReGO volunteers will pay for the miles they drive, creating a fair and sustainable way to fund road maintenance, preservation and improvements for all Oregonians," the agency said on the program's website. Drivers who join the program will be charged 1.5 cents per mile for trips that take place on Oregon roads. Participants will be given the option of using a GPS to record their miles or using a non-GPS option that will track usage based on the mileage counters of cars.
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A New P3 Model for Building Green Infrastructure in Prince George's County, Maryland
Leaders in Maryland's Prince George's County face an enormous task in complying with a federal "pollution diet" to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Over the next decade, the county must convert 15,000 acres of watertight surfaces -- almost 5 percent of the county's total area -- into surfaces that will either soak up or treat rainwater. To meet that deadline, Prince George's will have to add some 46,000 stormwater devices, said Adam Ortiz, the director of the county's environment department. "This isn't like building one high school or a bridge. We're building tens of thousands of little ecosystems in some of our most disadvantaged areas. We need a new approach." So Prince George's, which borders Washington, D.C., is turning to a public-private partnership to help install the rain gardens, cisterns, permeable pavements, and other devices for filtering and absorbing stormwater. Slowing the rapid runoff from roads and rooftops could reduce pollution that flows into sewers and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay.
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End of Financing Threatens Progress on Massachusetts Bridge Repairs
The Boston Globe
A sweeping $3 billion program that has significantly helped reduce the state’s number of structurally deficient bridges is slated to end next year, with no funding to replace it. An estimated $14.4 billion of repairs are still needed, according to the state, which includes fixing several hundred deficient bridges across the Commonwealth, some of which carry sections of the Massachusetts Turnpike; Interstates 93, 95, 495, and 84; and other major thoroughfares. That cost estimate is expected to grow as expenses to repair the state’s bridges — on average the oldest in the nation — increase, according to industry experts.
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Efforts to Cut Water Intake Costs Continue in North Carolina
Wilkes Journal-Patriot
The group discussed using the design-build method, in which design and construction services are contracted by a single entity. They also discussed the “construction manager at risk” method, in which a hired construction manager determines a guaranteed maximum price for the project.
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Construction Firms, Engineers Betting on Phoenix Light Rail Expansion
Phoenix Business Journal
Transportation, construction contractors and engineering firms are financially backing a Phoenix ballot measure to expand the Metro light rail system via a $17 billion sales tax. City voters will decide the fate of Proposition 104 in August. It would increase an existing 0.4-cent city sales tax approved for light rail in 2000 to 0.7 cents and extend it through 2050. Opponents to Prop. 104 include fiscal conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
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NIBS, RICS to Explore P3 as Tool To Achieve High-Performance Buildings
Building Design+Construction
Building owners and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the performance of buildings. Whether driven by sustainability, resilience concerns or the desire to protect the investments of taxpayer dollars, government agencies are under increasing pressure to achieve performance-based requirements. These pressures are coming at a time when budgets for new facilities, major capital improvements and long-term maintenance are contracting. Utilizing P3s may help governments overcome challenges related to project financing while driving achievement of performance requirements.
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West Virginia DOH Awards $174 Million Bid for Final Section of U.S. 35
Charleston Daily Mail
The project will use both the design-build and public-private partnership construction models to engineer and finance the project. Under the design-build model, which proponents say saves time and money, the state’s contractor is in charge of designing and constructing the project. The public-private partnership aspect affects how the state will pay for the project. Under traditional projects, the state would pay a contractor a lump sum when a project’s bid was awarded. Under the public-private partnership plan, the contractor will be paid in installments as work progresses.
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Barnhill Contracting Chosen as Design-Build Contractor for N.C. Greenville Bypass
For Construction Pros
Construction is expected to start in March 2016, and the project should be completed by July 2019. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.
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Getting the Best from BIM
Construction Week Online
BIM offers tremendous business benefits to the design and construction industry, as well as to the owners of infrastructure assets. However, in order to realise them, it is essential that the scope of the project and the BIM execution plan be clearly defined.
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Engineering News-Record Names Balfour Beatty Southeast Contractor of the Year
BusinessWire via MarketWatch
Balfour Beatty has been named Southeast Contractor of the Year by Engineering News-Record (ENR), the preeminent magazine for the construction industry. The recognition is based on the combined performance of Balfour Beatty’s U.S. business units in the Southeast region, including Balfour Beatty Construction Services US, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure and Balfour Beatty Investments.
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Mortenson Selected to Build Northgate Light Rail Station in Seattle
Puget Sound Business Journal
Mortenson Construction was selected as the contractor for the new light rail project and the company said it would begin building the $177 million Northgate Link light rail station next year. The station is part of the $2.1 billion Sound Transit light rail expansion. The project is one of the top 25 largest construction projects in the Puget Sound region right now.
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Emery Sapp & Sons Chosen to Rebuild Three I-70 Bridges in Missouri
MoDOT used a design-build process to select the contractor for this job. Instead of considering competing bids and choosing the lowest-cost option, MoDOT sets the budgets and teams compete to see who can deliver the most value for the money. According to MoDOT, Sapp's proposal "offered the most aggressive schedule to minimize traffic impacts." The contractor's proposal also calls for the new bridges to be built next to the existing structures, and then slid into place. This plan is expected to "minimize closures on I-70 and affected city streets."
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Six Contractors Competing to Build New CPS Energy Headquarters in San Antonio
San Antonio Business Journal
CPS Energy is still considering its options for a new location but issued a request for qualifications last month seeking design-build firms to provide architectural, engineering and construction services for the project. Six general contractors have thrown their hats into the ring to win a bid that could be worth up to $100 million: Hensel Phelps, Harvey Cleary with Gensler, Skanska & Zachary with HOK, SpawGlass with Marmon Mok, Sundt with Smithgroup and RVK, Swinerton with Ziegler Cooper and GSC Architects.
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VIDEO: Group Selected to Build $1.2 Billion Regina Bypass in Canada
SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP), a 12-company consortium, was selected to tackle Saskatchewan’s largest transportation infrastructure project in history as part of a public-private partnership. The consortium will design, build and finance the construction portion, then operate and maintain it over 30 years. “This was the best proposal that was made for value for money,” said SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant.
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One Week Left to Submit your Presentation Proposal for 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo!
The Call for Presentations deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo. The Design-Build Conference & Expo is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. Continuing to grow each year, the Design-Build Conference & Expo features nearly 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from across all design and construction sectors. All presentation proposals must be submitted online by Wednesday, June 17 to be considered. Details on suggested topics and requirements can be found on our website at: Submit today!
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Leadership and Brunelleschi Award Nominations Are Open
DBIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards. The Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor DBIA bestows, and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and construction industry through outstanding leadership and the advancement of integrated design-build project delivery. Past winners include Craig Unger, DBIA; Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA; Dr. Robert Tener; and Walker Lee Evey.

The Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards are given to leaders who advocate for and promote the merits of Design-Build Done Right in six different categories: owner, industry professional, legislator, academic faculty, students and – for the first time this year – young professionals (age 35 or younger). In submitting nominations, specific attention should be focused on the nominee’s efforts and achievements in furthering the understanding and use of design-build as an effective and efficient delivery method, which will vary depending on the position they occupy within the industry.

Please send nomination forms for the 2015 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and/or the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Awards to DBIA by July 10, 2015. Questions? contact

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New Members of the Class of 2015 DBIA Credential Holders

Eric Bain, DBIA
Hensel Phelps
Phoenix, Ariz.

Devin Hunsaker, DBIA
Mortenson Construction (M.A. Mortenson Company)
Chandler, Ariz.

Willem Kymmell, DBIA
California State University, Chico
Oregon House, Calif.

Philip Penzel, P.E., DBIA
Penzel Construction Co., Inc.
Jackson, Mo.

Assoc. DBIAs

Rocio Carroll, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Anthony Corigliano, Assoc. DBIA
Lydig Construction Inc.
Spokane, Wash.
Thomas Koch, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Meghan Murphy, Assoc. DBIA
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Fairfax, Va.

Eric Olson, Assoc. DBIA
Lydig Construction, Inc.
Spokane, Wash.

Richard Salguero, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

Lisa Shier, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Lydig Construction Inc.
Spokane Valley, Wash.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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We would like to welcome our newest members
Industry Partner members
  • Iron Mike Construction, LLC
    Centennial, Colo.

  • Lamp Rynearson & Associates
    Omaha, Neb.
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • John Bale, P.E., DBIA, MBA
    JW Bale, Inc.
    Layton, Utah

  • Yindy Felkins, P.E., LEED AP
    Western Allied Mechanical
    Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Scott Harm, AIA, NCARB
    POWER Engineers, Inc.
    Tacoma, Wash.

  • Anthony Marraro, DBIA
    Hill International, Inc.
    San Mateo, Calif.

  • Benjamin Mohr, P.E.
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
    Richmond, Calif.

  • Eldon Petersen, LEED AP
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, Ind.

  • John Reilly, LEED AP, AIA
    Peak Construction Corporation
    Des Plaines, Ill.

  • Ronald Ritter, P.E.
    HRI, Inc.
    State College, Pa.

  • Pedro Rodriguez
    Dallas, Texas

  • Sergio Rodriguez, P.E., LEED AP
    Sacramento, Calif.

  • Aralia Sendejas
    CRB Builders, LLC
    Kansas City, Mo.

  • Tracy Seymour
    Straughan Environmental Inc.
    Columbia, Md.

  • Marc Stafford
    R.J. Watson
    Alden, N.Y.

  • Jeff Werner, PMP, CMAA, PSP, CFCC
    San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
New member listing as of June 8, 2015.

DBIA Contact: Membership

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Upcoming Events
June 15-18, Certification Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
June 22-25, Certification Workshop, Noblesville, Ind.
June 29-July 2, Certification Workshop, San Diego, Calif.
July 6-9, Certification Workshop, Laurel, Md.
July 17, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aug. 7, BIM Execution Planning, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17-19, 2015 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Sep. 4, Design Management Fundamentals, Dallas, Texas
Sep. 4, BIM Execution Planning, Cypress, Calif.
Sep. 18, BIM Execution Planning, Denver, Colo.
Sep. 21-24, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sep. 28-Oct. 2, Cal Poly Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Oct. 5-7, Owner Boot Camp, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 19, Conceptual Estimating, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 19-22, Certification Workshop, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 2-4, 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 16-19, Certification Workshop, Washington, D.C.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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Region Events Calendar
DBIA-Florida Region
Oct. 8-9, Design-Build 2015 (Tenth Annual Conference)

DBIA-Great Lakes Region 
Sep. 21, Clay Shoot Event

DBIA-Mid-America Region
July 16, Summer Social and BBQ Contest, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala

DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region
Sep. 9, Joint Event with AGC of Virginia Tidewater District

DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region
June 26, Golf Tournament
Aug. 14, Clay Tournament
Sep. 23, Owners' Forum
Dec. 10, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

DBIA-Southeast Region
June 18, Networking Happy Hour, Charlotte, N.C.
July 30, Carolinas Chapter, The Future of Design-Build in North Carolina: Trends and Impacts on State Construction Projects, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 6, Breakfast Program, Atlanta, Ga.
Sep. 28, Annual Golf Tournament, Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 12, Annual Awards Banquet, Atlanta, Ga.

DBIA-Upper Midwest Region
July 15, Tour (TBD)
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
June 15, Bay Area Golf Tournament
June 18, Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter, Summer Networking Event – Evening Cruise
June 18, Nevada Chapter Luncheon Program, Design-Build, an Owner’s Perspective: UNLV Campus Development and Design-Build Past, Present and Future
June 25, Sacramento Luncheon Event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 16, Hawaii Luncheon Program, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build
July 21, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Lean Construction and Partnering in the Design-Build Industry
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament

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Construction of a Complex of Transit Facilities, Infrastructure and Mixed Use Development in Charlotte, N.C,. in Mecklenburg County

DBIA Contact: Todd Rich

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