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How the design-build team on I-405 dodged 'Carmageddon' on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles
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Amid intense media attention, a design-build team on July 16 closed one of the most congested highway stretches in the country, demolished half an iconic bridge and reopened the 10-mile stretch to traffic 17 hours ahead of schedule - and earned a $300,000 bonus. The $1 billion Sepulveda Pass widening will add high-occupancy vehicle lanes to a stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. More

Ramtech Building Systems completes modular construction at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
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Ramtech Building Systems, a Mansfield, Texas-based company, declared that it has finished the work on a new prefabricated building at the New Mexico located White Sands Missile Range. The 4,320 square feet modular building will offer the needed engineering and office space for the Multinational MEADS Air Defense Program's flight test and final system integration functions. More

ARCADIS US opens Guam office to support local projects
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ARCADIS, the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, announced it has opened an office in Tamuning, Guam on Marine Corps Drive. The office is currently providing infrastructure design-build and munitions remediation services under two multiple award contracts, with a total construction value of $550 million. ARCADIS U.S. performs services under subconsultant agreements for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, Guam. More

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Los Angeles Mayor and Chairman of Metro Villaraigosa on Carmaheaven, Expo, 405 Subway
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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has long been a friend to buses, trains, and bikes - and the people on them - and starting this month, he's exerting more power over everything transit-related by once again becoming Chairman of Metro's powerful board (he replaces outgoing Board Chairman, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe). Mayor talked to Curbed recently about the issues he hopes to take on - like getting that darn Expo Line finished and starting a bike share in the city. Curbed also asked him about that tricky Century City subway station and whether we'll ever have a train over the Sepulveda Pass. More


Senators, transportation advocates make the case for 2-year highway bill
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Lawmakers in the Senate and proponents of the chamber's approach to a new federal surface transportation bill made the case for a shorter bill that does more than a longer measure that locks in reduced spending. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee began debating the two-year, $109 billion proposal put forward by Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., recently. Boxer said that was more preferable than the six-year, $230 billion measure that has emerged from the House GOP, even as she touted bipartisanship on the bill from Republicans on her committee. More

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Federal Symposium advanced registration closes Aug. 3
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Advanced registration rates for the 2011 DBIA/SAME Federal Project Delivery Symposium expire next Wednesday, Aug. 3. Register today and save $100 on a full conference registration. Learn How

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NASA legend, Capt. James Lovell, confirmed Annual Conference Keynote
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Don't miss Keynote Speaker, Capt. James Lovell on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Capt. Lovell will apply lessons gleaned from his extraordinary missions to the goals and ambitions of ordinary organizations, proving that even during challenging times, innovation and new height of leadership are possible. Read More

DBIA book of the week for Aug. 1
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Next week's selection is Design-Build Essentials, by Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA. She brings her years of expertise to give you all the fundamentals to mitigate risks, optimize results and be successful in the practice of design-build. Use the link to get 10 percent off the list price. More

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Boost your IQ
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DBIA's begun a new journal, Integration Quarterly. Read a little about it - we'd like your comments and input as to what we can do to make IQ relevant to your needs and interests. More

epipeline for DBIA members
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An important DBIA member benefit is access to epipeline - a source of information for federal, state and local contracts. Contact Sean Campbell at epipeline,, for information on getting access. More

IP Members - Do you have an owner you'd like to encourage?
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DBIA offers all Industry Partner member contacts, benefit recipients and additional contacts the opportunity to nominate one owner for a free one-year individual membership. They'll receive Insight every week, as well as other DBIA communications. This is a good way to encourage an owner who appreciates the benefits of design-build or educate one who's still undecided. See the details of this - and other IP member benefits - on our website. More

The Design-Build Institute of America reminds you of another member benefit!
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The Design-Build Institute of America is proud to announce a new member benefit! As a member of DBIA you are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 16 percent* on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services. Also, save up to 70 percent on any LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. with FedEx Freight®, YRC Transportation and UPS Freight®.

• FedEx Express®: 16 percent on select services
• FedEx Ground®: 8 percent on select services
• FedEx Freight®: Up to 70 percent
• YRC Transportation: At least 70 percent
• UPS Freight: At least 70 percent If you would like to enroll in the DBIA

Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day.

Upcoming events
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Aug. 9-11, 2011 Federal Project Delivery Symposium, Crystal City, Va.
Aug. 12, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management, Irvine, Calif.
Aug. 15-19, Penn State University Boot Camp. State College, Pa.
Aug. 26, , Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, St. Louis
Sept. 16, Design-Build Contract and Risk Management, Oakland, Calif. 
Sept. 19-23, Certification Workshop, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sept. 20, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Rochester, N.Y.
Sept. 26, Post-Award Design-Build: Managing the Design-Build Process, Seattle
Sept. 26-30, Cal Poly University Bootcamp, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Industry Events Calendar
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We also have an Industry Events Calendar for events from other associations.

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Region events
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Aug. 4, DBIA-Great Lakes Region, 2nd Annual Awards Luncheon and Golf Outing 
Aug. 8, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Network Opportunity
Aug. 11, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program: San Diego
Aug. 17, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Water/Waste Water Program
Aug. 23, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Breakfast Program: Southern California 
Aug. 24-25, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, MEGAvention, Virginia Beach, Va.
Aug. 26, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, Sporting Clay Tournament 
Aug. 26, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Golf Tournament
Sept. 20, DBIA-Mid-Atlantic Region, George Mason University Student Night ESPC Presentation
Sept. 21, DBIA-Rocky Mountain Region, 2011 Regional Conference 
Sept. 21, DBIA-Upper MidwestRegion, Breakfast Program
Sept. 26, DBIA-New England, Golf Tournament
Sept. 27, DBIA-Western Pacific Region, Lunch Program: Northern California

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Project leads
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