Perspectives -- February 14, 2012
» Survey suggests productivity improvement from IPD FMI
RALEIGH, N.C. — Productivity in the nonresidential construction sector continues to improve, but the rate of improvement is slowing, according to FMI (www.fminet.com), a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry. However, integrated project delivery (IPD) can have a significant impact on productivity, FMI recently reported in its newest survey, “The 2012 U.S. Construction Industry FMI Productivity Report.”
» Report: Infrastructure investment falling short globally CG/LA
WASHINGTON, D.C., AND LONDON — At a point in which the global economy is balancing between growth and a return to recession, CG/LA Infrastructure's annual estimate shows that global infrastructure investment is falling short of its target by 10 to 20 percent. In its annual report on global infrastructure, “The Global Infrastructure Marketplace: The World in 2015,” CG/LA forecasts that global demand for infrastructure projects will reach nearly $10 trillion in the period from now until 2015, while investment will fall considerably short of that figure, reaching only $4.5 trillion to $5 trillion.
» TxDOT pursues design-build strategy for Grand Parkway in Houston Texas DOT
AUSTIN, TEXAS — The greater Houston area is one step closer to reduced traffic congestion for more than 2.5 million people as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) accelerates plans for the completion of the next phase of State Highway 99 (the Grand Parkway). TxDOT announced it is moving forward with a design-build strategy for the next sections of the Grand Parkway and is expected to issue a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for this project in early March.
» Gainesville Public Safety Complex wins DBIA award Heery International
GAINESVILLE, GA. — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) bestowed a Regional Design-Build award for best public project over $15 million on the Gainesville Public Safety Complex at its annual awards dinner. Heery International served as the design-builder for the $18 million project.