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DBIA Legislative Update – May 2020

  DBIA’s Advocacy team spends a lot of its time bringing design-build to as many communities as possible. Just like everyone else, the Coronavirus has changed the infrastructure industry on a federal and local level, so we reached out to DBIA’s Vice President of Advocacy as well as our Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs, for … Continued

Urging Congress to Address Infrastructure Reform in Latest Stimulus Package

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest has once again been renewed in passing infrastructure stimulus, with lawmakers having more formal discussions about a long-talked-about infrastructure package. “Lawmakers may be away from Capitol Hill, but negotiations have already quietly begun on what could become a fourth stimulus package to respond to the novel coronavirus. … Continued

Kansas Approves the Use of Design-Build in Transportation

The Kansas legislature passed a 10-year transportation stimulus bill as part of the Eisenhower Transportation Legacy Program to help counter the economic damage from the Covid 19 pandemic. The bill re-authorizes the Kansas Department of Transportation to use alternative delivery methods like Design-Build and Construction Management at Risk (CMAR). KDOT had Design-Build authority for a … Continued

Cuomo Signs NYC Design-Build Legislation

2020 is the year design-build officially comes to New York City! Governor Andrew Cuomo signed design-build legislation as one of his final legislative approvals of 2019. Design-build authority was passed this summer and the City has an estimated 49 major design-build projects lined up including NYCHA repairs, the replacement of Rikers Island and reconstruction of … Continued

P3s Could Soon Debut in Arkansas

The Arkansas legislature passed P3 legislation in 2017 and according to a story in Arkansas Business today the state could be less than a year away from tackling its first P3 projects. Arkansas Business provided this coverage today: “The Arkansas Economic Development Commission hired the consulting firm KPMG in February to develop rules for the … Continued

Design-Build Authority Granted in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin has made a giant leap in expanding design-build with the passage of its biennial budget bill, Assembly Bill 56, and signed by Governor Tony Evers. Governor Evers’ partial veto of some portions of the transportation budget bill was also good news for design-build by rejecting proposed limits on the number of … Continued

Design-Build Comes to New York City…(Finally)

After years of being left behind in legislative efforts to expand the use of design-build in the State of New York, the legislature has now granted design-build authority to the City of New York. “This is the dawn of a new era in the City of New York –one that will allow agencies to deliver … Continued

Washington State Embraces Progressive Design-Build

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation authorizing the use of progressive design-build (PDB) in all agencies already using design-build. Washington is the first state to specifically address the use of progressive in legislative language, building a model that could help inform the use of progressive in other states nationwide. DBIA enthusiastically supported HB 1295 … Continued

2018 Federal Owners Forum: A Cross-Section of Owners and Ideas

Each year, DBIA and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) host the Federal Owners Forum, bringing together a diverse group of agency leaders to brainstorm solutions to the unique challenges facing federal project delivery teams. DBIA and SAME strive to help federal agencies ensure they have the right tools, the right people and the right processes … Continued

Design-Build Successes Sway Legislatures

This year’s legislative sessions nationwide provided the design-build industry with important wins and new challenges as DBIA works to expand design-build and P3 authority in all fifty states. In New York, design-build authority was set to expire this year; therefore, eliminating or at least extending this expiration was a priority. We aggressively deployed a full … Continued