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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE// Building on our 2013 Achievements SINCE DBIA WAS founded in 1993, we have seen a number of significant legislative achievements. However, 2013 will go down in history as one of DBIA's most productive years yet. With a sixty-eight percent legislative success rate, not only are DBIA's dedicated legislative efforts paying off, but this advancement demonstrates a greater acceptance of design-build as the preferred delivery method. During most of DBIA's first 20 years, our legislative activities focused on enabling legislation for design-build. We still have those types of challenges, but, more and more, we are focused on expanding existing design-build authority both to other industry sectors and to state and local governments. In 2013, the majority of bills expanded design-build authority in the transportation sector and at the local level. We also saw in both "stand alone" bills or embedded in more general bills, the codification of best practices and elimination of arbitrary limits on project size and program sunsets. Although there were a lot of transportation bills in 2013, perhaps the most important bill was the comprehensive qualifications-based selection (QBS)/public-private partnership (P3) bill in North Carolina (House Bill 857). The use of design-build has been growing dramatically over the last five years, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) has become a leader in design-build both in terms of the number of projects and the value of those projects. After seeing the success of the DOT, local governments sought legislative approval to do their own design-build projects. Typically at least a dozen bills are introduced in a given session in North Carolina by local governments seeking legislative approval for a whole host of projects. The number of bills demonstrated the demand for design-build, but no two bills were alike. This lack of standardization in the process concerned both design-build advocates and opponents alike. dbia.org After another dozen local design-build bills had been introduced, design-build professionals and legislators began to wonder if there wasn't a better solution. Fortunately, North Carolina had industry professionals willing to collaborate and a legislative sponsor who truly understood the issue. Rep. Dean Arp, the majority freshmen whip and an engineer by trade, understood firsthand the benefits of designbuild. He was able to articulate a complex issue that many legislators don't feel comfortable debating. Arp deftly managed sometimes conflicting industry agendas and the unpredictable legislative process. The final bill not only standardized the local designbuild process, it incorporated QBS and P3 authority. North Carolina clearly demonstrates how important it is to have key knowledgeable legislators as your champions. The peer-to-peer connection among legislators can be incredibly powerful, and great things can get done. The new North Carolina QBS statute may prove to be a blueprint for local governments moving forward with design-build best practices. Local owners looking for quality, high-performance projects now have a new delivery model and sample legislation they can use to craft their own legislative proposals. The North Carolina QBS Act is the first in nearly a decade and has created a buzz in the industry and state houses around the country. This could prove to be the catalyst not only for QBS at the local level, but at the state and federal level as well. DBIA's advocacy team is working diligently to see this dream realized as we continue to further advance the industry through 2014. By Richard Thomas RICHARD THOMAS IS DIRECTOR OF STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS AT DBIA. THOMAS HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE DESIGN-BUILD MANUAL OF PRACTICE AND THE AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION'S (AWWA'S) DESIGN-BUILD FOR WATER-WASTEWATER. winter//2014 7 http://www.dbia.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IQ Winter 2014

leadership reflections
legislative update
project of the year
DBIA survey
design-build best practices
design winners
nationalo design-build student competition

IQ Winter 2014

IQ Winter 2014 - (Page 1)
IQ Winter 2014 - (Page 2)
IQ Winter 2014 - (Page 3)
IQ Winter 2014 - (Page 4)
IQ Winter 2014 - leadership reflections (Page 5)
IQ Winter 2014 - leadership reflections (Page 6)
IQ Winter 2014 - legislative update (Page 7)
IQ Winter 2014 - project of the year (Page 8)
IQ Winter 2014 - project of the year (Page 9)
IQ Winter 2014 - DBIA survey (Page 10)
IQ Winter 2014 - DBIA survey (Page 11)
IQ Winter 2014 - DBIA survey (Page 12)
IQ Winter 2014 - DBIA survey (Page 13)
IQ Winter 2014 - design-build best practices (Page 14)
IQ Winter 2014 - design-build best practices (Page 15)
IQ Winter 2014 - design-build best practices (Page 16)
IQ Winter 2014 - design winners (Page 17)
IQ Winter 2014 - design winners (Page 18)
IQ Winter 2014 - design winners (Page 19)
IQ Winter 2014 - nationalo design-build student competition (Page 20)
IQ Winter 2014 - nationalo design-build student competition (Page 21)
IQ Winter 2014 - nationalo design-build student competition (Page 22)
IQ Winter 2014 - nationalo design-build student competition (Page 23)
IQ Winter 2014 - nationalo design-build student competition (Page 24)
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