New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the state has selected three design-build teams to bid on a $750 million replacement for the Wadsworth Center Laboratory in Albany, New York. The public health lab project is expected to generate $2.3 billion in economic activity for the region. READ MORE
President Trump is pushing the deadline for his promised steel tariff sanctions on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico to to June 1. Trump did reach preliminary agreements with with Australia, Argentina and Brazil ahead of the Monday night deadline. U.S. trading partners are negotiating to avoid the proposed 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum by establishing quotas that will restrain imports. South Korea will be exempt from the tariffs, according to the White House. Read More.
Join DBIA Liberty’s newest chapter on Thursday, April 5th at The Chadwick in Wexford, PA for an evening of networking and celebration. The DBIA Liberty Alleghenies Chapter is hosting the event, which kicks off with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Learn more about the organization and listen to panel discussions on local design-build efforts, and receive professional credits for your participation. Hope to see you there! Upcoming Events
NYC Mayor Urges Albany to Pass Design-Build Legislation to Enable Critical Infrastructure Improvements
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.
Last Sunday in the state DOT building by the Harriman tolls, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the $150 million Woodbury Transit and Economic Development Hub Design-Build project would be completed by 2019 rather than 2024. The project will improve access and reduce traffic congestion along corridor that serves more than 70,000 vehicles daily. According to information provided by the governor’s office, these design-build contracts call for a single team of contractors to be responsible for both designing and building an entire project in order to ensure that coordination is seamless, and that work is completed in the shortest possible time frame. Design-build also provides cost certainty for the state with contractors assuming the risk for project delays and cost overruns. State transportation officials are expected to announce a short list of qualified firms in mid-April. Those firms will then be allowed to submit proposals on this $150 million project, with work scheduled to begin in November 2017 and be completed in November 2019 – five years earlier than originally planned. Read More