America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Fails to Make the Grade…Again

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America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Fails to Make the Grade…Again

Design-Builders Want to Help Turn Promises Into Progress

For most Americans, it’s no surprise that our nation has received a dismal D+ grade on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new Infrastructure Report Card.  Our nation depends on a strong infrastructure system to thrive and yet we continue fall short in many vital categories, including: roads, transit, aviation and wastewater.

“Today’s ASCE infrastructure report is especially frustrating to the nation’s design-builders who are delivering some of America’s most innovative projects and are ready and able to do so much more in communities desperate for infrastructure improvements.  What our nation desperately needs is the political will to turn infrastructure promises into real progress.”…Lisa Washington, Design-Build Institute of America Executive Director/CEO

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization representing all of the unique specialties involved in creating design-build projects; including, architects, engineers, owners, contractors, manufacturers, financiers and more.  As diverse as our membership is they share a common view that revitalizing the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, water systems through increased infrastructure investment will provide lasting economic benefits to Americans from coast to coast. For decades, design-build has been delivering some of the nation’s most successful public projects and should be a part of any national infrastructure strategy.

“As Washington considers making a large and overdue investment in our infrastructure, it is important to remember that funding these projects is just the start.  We must also ensure those hard-to-come-by funds are wisely spent. Design-builders know first-hand the importance of cooperation and communication to delivering successful on-time and on-budget projects.  Congress should also embrace that philosophy to craft an aggressive infrastructure improvement plan.  With much of our nation’s infrastructure either structurally deficient, functionally obsolete or both, now is the time to turn promises into progress.”…Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director/CEO



The Design-Build Institute, based in Washington, D.C., is the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, owners, contractors, manufacturers (and more) to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build.

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