In a move described by City officials as “a disgrace”, the New York State Legislature didn’t address Brooklyn’s bid to use Design-Build for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway’s $1.9 billion rehabilitation. The Legislative session closed on Wednesday, June 21st with no action on the bill. On Friday, State Sen. Daniel Squadron expressed his frustration. “We could cut out years of headaches and millions of dollars if Albany got out of the way, he said. “It’s another example of Albany inaction having real consequences — it’s urgent we pass design-build as soon as the Legislature reconvenes.” Read More to learn how this failure to act will impact the welfare of Brooklyn’s infrastructure, budget, and its residents. Photo by Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio met with elected officials, business leaders and advocates in front of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) in downtown Brooklyn Friday, June 2nd to announce a $1.9 Billion investment in capital funds over the next five years to rehabilitate the sixty-year old triple-cantilever roadway. De Blasio stressed that NYC has “serious capital needs that cannot wait for an emergent crisis” and explained why Design-Build legislation is so critical to the success of upcoming NY infrastructure projects. “It is critical we attend to these needs right away and in the fastest and most cost-effective way possible”, de Blasio noted, “Design Build authority would save us time and money, which means our roadways would open sooner, emergency room wait times would decrease and the NYPD could begin training at their new facility.” Click on the link to learn more about upcoming NYC capital projects and the City’s commitment to using Design-Build on these necessary infrastructure improvements. Read More.
As the New York Assembly’s 2017 session draws to a close, momentum in support of legislation to authorize design-build for New York City is building. Legislation (A.8134/S.6427) providing limited design-build authority for eight critical NYC projects passed out of the Assembly Committee on Cities yesterday and now moves to the Ways and Means Committee. Your comments to legislative leaders and your own representatives can help bring design-build to the City. Please take just a moment and send an email (or make a call) to tell lawmakers how important passing design-build legislation for the City is to its agencies and the taxpayers they serve. Click to read the full article, which provides a sample letter that you can send to your representatives, along with the addresses you will need to reach those who can make this happen! Read More
DBIA invites all members to “Increase Your Expertise – Build Your Business – Make Industry Connections” at this year’s Design-Build Conference and Expo, being held November 8th-10th at the Philadelphia Conference Center in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Owners and design-build professionals from across the nation come together to attend three days of workshops, panel discussions and keynotes by industry leaders that address real-world challenges America’s design-build teams and owners face across all sectors. To register, find lodging, and plan your conference itinerary, click here:
Anthony Shorris & Dean Fuleihan, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Applying Design-Build to existing NYC construction projects would save millions, according to Anthony Shorris & Dean Fuleihan. Citing the success of current D-B projects such as the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Atlantic Avenue Viaduct in Brooklyn, Shorris & Fuleihan estimate transitioning current projects to D-B would result in taxpayer savings of more than $450 million, with a total cost of approximately $7.3 billion over 10 years. Potential projects include section of the BQE we will be reconstructing near Brooklyn Heights could be completed — and associated traffic delays ended — around 12 to 18 months faster. Other potential projects include Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and The Department of Environmental Protection facilities on Staten Island. Read More