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DBIA Launches Young Professionals Program
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) took their mission to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build to the next level recently with the launch of a program specifically for industry professionals aged 35 and under. The DBIA Young Professional Program is intended to provide unique opportunities for active involvement in the industry, to provide resources for professional growth and give Young Professionals an opportunity to build important relationships as early as possible in their careers.
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The Latest Highway Trust Fund Bill a Win for Design-Build
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee got the ball rolling this past week on a long-term reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund by approving the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act by a unanimous vote. The bill, among other things, provides six years of increased funding, giving state and local governments the certainty and stability they need to improve and develop their transportation infrastructure. It retains the design-build provisions written into the two previous transportation reauthorization bills and creates new programs that lend themselves to innovative project delivery and financing like design-build and P3s.
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Full Funding of Change Orders on Federal Contracts: The Anti-Deficiency Act
Ahlers & Cressman PLLC
In federal government contracting, as in most public works contracts, contractors are required to comply with Contracting Officers' decisions. Contract clauses mandate that in pending resolution of disputes, the contractor must proceed with the performance of the contract, the dispute notwithstanding. Thus, even if a contractor suspects that the Contracting Officer directing the extra work does not have appropriate funds to pay for the changed work, the contractor has little choice but to perform the extra work. This is a trap for unwary contractors that expend their own funds only to find out that there is no appropriation to pay for the extra work. The Federal Anti-Deficiency Act was passed to prevent this very issue from occurring, but as contractors have learned, this Act has not precluded government employees from directing extra work for which they have no funds.
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Four Things to Remember in July for the Highway Trust Fund Debate
Capitol Hill was buzzing this month as legislators debated numerous high profile proposals ranging from trade to national security authorization, but no debate was bigger for us here at DBIA than the reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. With their backs against a May 31 deadline, Congress extended the authorization of the Fund for an additional two months to push its expiration to July 31. Well, June is now gone, and July is very much upon us. Over the past month, exploratory hearings were held, several proposals emerged and tentative schedules were established. In an attempt to provide some clarity, I think it’s important to reflect on the month that was in order to provide direction for the month to come.
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New York University Study Projects Single-Contract Savings
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
A report from New York University on Wednesday projected major savings from combining contracts to design and build public works, citing savings from the approach already in use on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
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BART General Manager Proposing a $3 Billion Funding Package
San Francisco Business Times
Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency General Manager Grace Crunican told a Commonwealth Club gathering in San Francisco Friday she's proposing a $3 billion funding package to deal with critical infrastructure upgrade projects.
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International Right of Way Association Professionals Keenly Interested in Design-Build Issues
JD Supra Business Advisor
During last week’s annual Education Conference of the International Right of Way Association in San Diego, California, Nossaman litigation/eminent domain partner Artin Shaverdian hosted a panel on “Design-Build Projects and Right of Way Acquisition: Benefits, Challenges and Pitfalls.” The panel described the various risks unique to design-build, and the range of approaches taken, from the owner’s total retention of responsibility and risk associated by guaranteeing access to the design-builder by a particular date (e.g., Utah DOT’s I-15 Project), to transferring almost total responsibility and risk to the design-builder (e.g., SCDOT’s US Route 701 Bridge Replacements over Yauhannah Lake, Great Pee Dee River, and Great Pee Dee Overflow Project). Alternative Technical Concepts and Value-Engineering Change Orders were also a major topic of interest. The panelists described their individual experiences in how these concepts have been used to great benefit.
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St. Paul Saints Celebrate Opening of CHS Field with Work Zone Cam Time-Lapse Movie
Minneapolis-based developer and contractor, Ryan Companies, served as Design-Builder and Architect of Record for the new 7,210-seat ballpark. Based on a unique combination of high quality images, dedicated customer service and marketing support, project executives selected Work Zone Cam to document each stage of the construction process. "CHS Field is a remarkable achievement, and it wouldn't have happened without the commitment of the City, the Saints, the design-build team, and every vendor and partner that worked on this project," said Mike Ryan, Director of Architecture Engineering for Ryan Companies.
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Concerns of Failure a Reality in Global Construction Projects
Daily Commercial News
A KPMG International survey interviewing construction project owners around the globe found that despite having confidence in planning and controls, failures still weigh heavily on the industry, with less than one-third of projects completed on time and on budget. According to the results, only 31 per cent of respondents' projects came within 10 per cent of the budget in the past three years, with 25 per cent coming within 10 percent of the original deadline within the past three years. Fifty-three per cent suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year as well, the report notes.
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A Look at 24 New Energy Projects up for Bid in Mexico
San Antonio Business Journal
Officials with Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced on Monday that it has opened up a series of 24 new energy projects that will all be up for bid starting this summer. Representing more than $9.8 billion in infrastructure investments, Mexico is looking to generate an additional 1,442 megawatts of power and lay down close to 1,500 miles of natural gas pipeline as well as close to 2,000 miles of power lines.
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NREL: Not Just a Research Lab – Also a Massive Economic Engine for Colorado
Denver Business Journal
The U.S. Department of Energy laboratory also is an economic engine for the state and the nation, pumping about $701 million into Colorado’s economy in fiscal 2014, according to a recent study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.
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Colorado Design-Build Procurement Task Force – Progress Update
DBIA Rocky Mountain Region
Members of the ACEC/AIA/DBIA/QBS Colorado task force met with representatives from AGC Colorado to discuss their best practice recommendations to Larry Friedberg. The intent was to gain support for their recommendations from AGC, and meet jointly with Larry Friedberg to ask for his support as well. Their recommendations were discussed in detail, particularly the item dealing with qualifications-based selection of the AE team on design-build projects.
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University of Arizona Old Main Project Wins Three Awards
Inside Tucson Business
Sundt Construction, Inc. led the design-build team that won three prestigious awards last month for renovating the University of Arizona Old Main building in Tucson. The rehabilitation project, which preserved Arizona’s second oldest continuously occupied building, received two awards from the Arizona Preservation Foundation and one from the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region.
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STV/The Lane Construction Corporation Support Unique "Turbine" Interchange in North Carolina
PR Newswire
The Lane Construction Corporation/STV design-build team has created a new icon in the southeastern United States with the brand new "turbine" interchange at I-85/I-485 in Charlotte. The turbine interchange opened to vehicular traffic in June and features a dramatic design that makes it a first-of-a-kind roadway structure in North Carolina. Additionally, the interchange closes the final link for Charlotte's I-485 Outer Loop – a critical roadway network that connects I-77, N.C. 16, N.C. 115 and U.S. 74. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) anticipates that 180,000 daily motorists will use the corridor by 2035.
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Colorado DOT's $1.17 Billion I-70 Plan Draws International Array of Interested Firms
Denver Business Journal
Five teams of companies, including firms from the Denver area and internationally as well, are vying for the contract to build the $1.17 billion I-70 East project for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
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A Year Later, Engineers Learning Lessons from Pilger, Neb., Tornadoes
It's been a year since twin EF4 tornadoes ripped through Pilger. The storms killed two people, ripped buildings off foundations, decimated trees and presented a team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln civil engineers with an opportunity to study the ruin wreaked by natural disaster. “We’re trying to study and analyze complex deformations and be able to detect and quantify damage,” said assistant civil engineering professor Richard Wood. The engineers spent three days in Pilger within a week of the storm, using lasers and a remote-controlled quadcopter equipped with a camera to document damage.
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Why Onerous Contract Document Provisions Are Bad for Everyone
Construction Executive
Construction contracts can be lengthy and complicated documents. While these agreements form the foundation for the relationship between the signing parties, it’s not unusual for construction participants to fail to thoroughly examine them. Even if the contract is read completely, or if it is not examined by an attorney, technical legal clauses or phrases with profound effects may go unnoticed. While it may not be feasible to hire an attorney to review every contract, it is important for parties to understand that the contract can be used to carve out legal positions, limit rights and demand certain actions. Top-of-the-chain parties routinely attempt to shift financial risk further down the chain, sometimes through onerous contract provisions, because nobody wants to bear a project’s financial risk, but overall this type of onerous contract provision doesn’t help anybody.
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Construction Bonds and Subguard Insurance
JD Supra
In virtually all public projects (and in many private projects), the owner requires the general contractor to post a performance bond and a payment bond. Recently, in some cases, general contractors have obtained subcontractor default insurance or “Subguard” in lieu of or in addition to a performance bond or a payment bond. This article explains the purposes for, and use of, performance bonds, payment bonds and Subguard insurance and the differences between Subguard and performance bonds or payment bonds.
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How Building Information Modeling Saved One University $10 Million
Fast Co. Design
In most architectural projects, budgets far exceed projections. While the sources of cost overruns vary from project to project, technology can help alleviate some of the causes. In the case of the recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) in Portland, Oregon, Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and digital collaboration tools saved an astounding $10 million in construction costs on the overall $295 million budget.
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2015 Owner Scholarship Applications Available for Annual Conference!
DBIA is pleased to announce that we are accepting scholarship applications for the 2015 Owner Scholarship through September 1. The 2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo will take place this November 2-4, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Individuals can apply for complimentary registration and/or travel assistance to the event. Apply Today!
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One Week Left to Submit for Leadership and Brunelleschi Awards
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

Joren Bass, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA
Portland, Ore.

Kevin Kleinchester, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Baltimore, Md.

Eric Murphy, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Baltimore, Md.

Gregory Tadd, DBIA
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Raleigh, N.C.

William Vandrovec, AIA, DBIA
Phoenix, Ariz.

Assoc. DBIAs

Stefanie Beemer, Assoc. DBIA
Parsons Brinckerhoff
New York, N.Y.

Ian Cathcart, Assoc. DBIA
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Fairfax, Va.

Marcus Grace, Assoc. DBIA
Garney Construction
Kansas City, Mo.

Matthew Hensley, Assoc. DBIA
Los Angeles, Calif.

Mauricio Romero, Assoc. DBIA
Turner Construction Company
Anaheim, Calif.

DBIA Contact: Mihisha Henderson

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We would like to welcome our newest members
Individual and Industry Partner representative members
  • Jacqueline Norman
    University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, Calif.

  • Justin Stranzl, LEED AP
    DLR Group
    Portland, Ore.

  • Mark Raffenberg
    Greater Cincinnati Water Works | Metropolitan Sewer District
    Cincinnati, Ohio
New member listing as of June 29, 2015.

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Upcoming Events
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July 17, BIM Execution Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 20-24, Cal Poly University Boot Camp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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Aug. 14, Conceptual Estimating, Cypress, Calif.
Aug. 17, Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy, Washington, D.C.
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Nov. 1, Performance Requirements: The Keys to Effective RFPs, Denver, Colo.
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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 8, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
July 9, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
July 14, Ozarks Chapter Luncheon Event
July 16, Summer Social and BBQ Contest, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 6, Iowa Chapter Happy Hour
Aug. 7, Regional Award Entries Due
Aug. 12, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Aug. 21, Regional Awards Judging
Sep. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 16, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Sep. 17, Iowa Golf Tournament
Sep. 18, Clay and Trap Shoot at Powder Creek
Oct. 1, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct 21, St. Louis Chapter Breakfast Event
Oct. 22, Regional Awards Gala
Nov. 5, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Nov. 11, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 3, Iowa Chapter Breakfast Event
Dec. 9, Kansas City Chapter Breakfast Event

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

DBIA-New England Region
July 16, Massachusetts Advanced Energy Projects and Design-Build

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

DBIA-Southeast Region
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, Minnesota Senate Building Tour and Happy Hour at Barrio
Sep. 16, Breakfast Meeting

DBIA-Western Pacific Region
July 9, Demystifying Design-Build Series with AIA San Francisco, Program 3: Design-Build … the Good, Bad and Ugly
July 9, Long Beach morning event, Design-Build from All Angles (with CMAA Southern California)
July 14, Los Angeles morning event, The CSU’s Collaborative Design-Build Selection Process
July 16, Hawaii Luncheon Program, BIM Execution Planning for Design-Build
July 21, Bay Area Luncheon Program, Leon Construction and Partnering in the Design-Build Industry
July 30, San Diego Golf Tournament
Aug. 5, San Francisco Owners Luncheon Program, “How to Innovate the Design-Build Process under Enabling Legislation”
Sep. 14, Sacramento Golf Tournament
Oct. 16, Hawaii Golf Tournament

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