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Billd Partners with ConstructConnect

AUSTIN, TX, June 29, 2022 – Billd, the leading provider of material financing and pay app advancement for commercial trade contractors, today announced a partnership with ConstructConnect, a portfolio of software and services that combines a builders network, robust project data, and takeoff tools for construction professionals. This partnership will enable subcontractors using ConstructConnect to more easily secure approval on financing for projects. Combined, these services increase bid confidence and competitiveness, allowing trade contractors to take on more projects and grow their businesses.

With this partnership, Billd’s premier financing offerings are now readily available to trade contractors as they assess and bid on new projects. This allows trade contractors to plan their financial strategy for each project, reducing the risk of negative cash flow, which can be disruptive once a project reaches execution. By providing access to upfront cash solutions for materials, approved ConstructConnect customers will be able to lock in crucial materials as soon as projects are won, mitigating financial risk from unpredictable market fluctuations in cost and project delays from increased lead times.

“Subcontractors have long struggled to gain access to working capital to maintain and grow business through traditional financial institutions,” said Jon Kost, chief strategy officer of ConstructConnect. “Our partnership with Billd informs subcontractors about the opportunity to secure material and labor payment financing while they wait for payment on work already completed. This should better position companies that require access to working capital to succeed and grow their businesses.”

Billd has taken major strides in the construction industry to provide financing terms that align with payment cycles. Trade contractors and suppliers are typically the last to get paid, waiting on average over 83 days. A recent US market report from Billd that surveyed nearly 800 contractors found that 66% of contractors pay for materials and 82% pay for labor before receiving payment for their work. Billd works to help alleviate this financial burden through cash flow solutions that allow trade contractors to take on and execute more projects.

“The lack of access to finance resources has shortchanged trade contractors for decades, causing limitations on their ability to maintain healthy cash flow,” said Chris Doyle, CEO of Billd. “We’re thrilled to bring financial options to more contractors through ConstructConnect’s pre-construction portfolio. Together we will increase bidding confidence and support execution.”

About Billd

Billd was started by Christopher Doyle and Jesse Weissburg, industry veterans in both construction and finance. Chris and Jesse were inspired to launch Billd to bring the financial power of Wall Street to the construction jobsite, allowing contractors to bypass project hurdles with access to upfront funds while enabling suppliers to sell more materials with less risk. For contractors who usually aren’t paid until more than 83 days from purchasing materials, Billd provides 120-day terms so they can stabilize cash flow and more effectively grow their businesses. With a deep understanding of the construction industry, Billd knows traditional credit metrics are poor predictors for risk in this vertical segment and has built a variety of industry-specific proprietary analytic tools to better assess risk in the construction industry.

About ConstructConnect

ConstructConnect is a leading provider of commercial construction information and technology solutions and is committed to transforming the way the construction industry does business by providing its customers the tools, information, and connections needed to drive their success.

USACE Norfolk Selects Woolpert-RS&H JV

NORFOLK, VA, June 27, 2022 – The US Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District has selected the joint venture of Woolpert and RS&H to provide full architecture and engineering services in a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. The Woolpert-RS&H JV will provide design support to vertical and horizontal construction requirements within the Norfolk District’s Area of Responsibility under this $240 million, Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

Woolpert-RS&H JV services will include but not be limited to site investigation, charrettes, master planning, permitting, documentation, concept design and site planning, cost estimating, engineering and construction management. The joint venture will support all general multidisciplinary architecture and engineering services for new construction, renovation, maintenance and repair for military and non-military government agencies.

This is Woolpert and RS&H’s second-straight selection for this contract, which was previously awarded in 2017 and supported a wide range of projects. These ranged from administrative and airfield facilities to warehouse and cemetery administration buildings, including the restoration of the Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater.

“There are not many projects more iconic than Arlington National Cemetery,” RS&H Senior Vice President Richard Hammett said. “This site serves as a revered shrine to the men and women who have selflessly served our nation. This is something the Norfolk District is strongly committed to serving. To say we are honored to support their efforts is an understatement.”

The Woolpert-RS&H joint venture also is under contract to provide architecture and engineering services through the USACE Louisville District for Air Force Reserve projects nationwide and with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center for the Air Force’s worldwide design and construction mission.

Woolpert Vice President Doug Brown said these contracts illustrate the joint venture’s ability to effectively support the nation’s expansive military design needs.

“Our two companies have worked together for a long time, and we have similar cultures and values. We truly respect each other and have established a complementary relationship that expands and evolves specific to our federal clients,” Brown said. “It’s great to have a team that you can work with all day and still want to spend time with afterward. We look forward to working with RS&H and the great team at the Norfolk District to advance their mission under this contract.”

About RS&H

RS&H is an employee-owned firm that began in 1941 to support the war effort. Over the years RS&H has helped build the launch platforms for the national space program, create international airports, shape progressive highway systems across the country and provide facilities for Fortune 1000 companies. RS&H continues to build on this long history by delivering time-tested insights to clients in defense, aerospace, aviation, corporate, health & science and transportation. RS&H is consistently ranked among the Top 100 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record with expertise in the full range of AE services incorporating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions. RS&H has more than 1,400 professionals and provides an integrated approach.

For more information, visit rsandh.com.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. They innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government clients worldwide. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, recently earned its sixth-straight Great Place to Work certification and actively nurtures a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, OH, Woolpert has been America’s fastest-growing AEG firm since 2015. The firm has more than 1,900 employees and 60 offices on four continents.

For more information, visit woolpert.com.

Woolpert Expands Partnership with Google

Launches Support for Google Maps Platform in Europe, Middle East, Africa

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 24, 2022 – Woolpert announced that it is expanding its partnership with Google to provide Google Maps Platform services in Europe. The international architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm has delivered award-winning Google Maps and Google Cloud services to hundreds of businesses across the US for nearly a decade. The news was announced at Home Delivery World Europe in Amsterdam.

Woolpert will supply Google Maps Platform services, with a focus on mobility, to customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. These capabilities align with those of Woolpert, which has delivered geospatial services for more than 50 years, employs more than 600 geospatial professionals, collects mapping data and imagery around the world, develops and patents geospatial technologies, and owns and operates a fleet of aircraft and sensors.

Woolpert senior vice president Jon Downey said Woolpert specializes in Google Maps Platform mobility solutions because they require the ability to navigate complex mapping challenges.

“Google Maps Platform and these key services fit with who we are,” Downey said. “Over the last few years, Google has developed solutions like On-demand Rides & Deliveries, Last Mile Fleet Solution and Cloud Fleet Routing to support journey sharing, driver navigation, real-time ETAs, fleet optimization and route planning. These are the kinds of leading technologies that the world has come to expect from Google, and we’re excited to share them with additional customers in Europe.”

Woolpert has earned two Google Cloud Location-Based Services Partner of the Year Awards and a Google Cloud Partner Award for Customer Success in Google Maps Platform. The firm has achieved 10 expertise distinctions, including retail and automotive in the Google Cloud Partner Program.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to serve public, private and government clients worldwide. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, has earned six straight Great Place to Work certifications and actively nurtures a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, OH, Woolpert has been America’s fastest-growing AEG firm since 2015. The firm has over 1,900 employees and 60 offices on four continents.

For more information, visit woolpert.com.

Infotech, HDR Partner for BIM

GAINESVILLE, FL, June 23, 2022 – Infotech, a leader in infrastructure construction software solutions, announced a consulting collaboration with HDR to conduct an industry assessment of its current products and services in order to expand the company’s building information modeling (BIM) offerings and its impact on digital delivery and advancing open data standards. As experts in the use of BIM and digital project delivery for transportation infrastructure, HDR will consult Infotech on the company’s strategic BIM for Infrastructure (BIMFi) plan.

Infotech has developed and improved e-Construction solutions that address each phase of the contract lifecycle for 40 years. These solutions automate construction contract processes from estimation to bidding to construction inspection and management in order to provide an open, collaborative environment for effective oversight of an organization’s construction portfolio. Infotech’s solutions, such as Appia and Bid Express, and its longstanding position as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project, position the company to help accelerate the adoption of BIM within the infrastructure industry.

“Infrastructure construction leaders are trying to connect their existing e-Construction solutions with their BIM strategy, and Infotech offers key points of connection between owners and their contractors to capture data that feeds into the BIM design,” Chad Schafer, Infotech vice president of revenue, said. “Understanding BIM and future industry expectations is critical for the success of civil infrastructure projects, and we are excited to collaborate with HDR to enhance our BIMFi strategy.”

HDR is a full-service engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm specializing in both horizontal and vertical infrastructure. In 2022, its transportation program was ranked in the Top 5 design firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record. As a leader in the application and integration of digital delivery methods, they specialize in engineering design, construction management, and data acquisition services. In addition, the firm offers advisory services for enterprise digital workflows to support lifecycle data strategies for managing transportation infrastructure. HDR is currently working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), buildingSMART International (bSI), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and American Roadway Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to research, promote and advance digital delivery initiatives in the US transportation industry. The firm is renowned for navigating the changing environment of BIM and digital delivery as well as leveraging enterprise data to advance infrastructure projects.

“There are tremendous opportunities in this industry to leverage digital data to inform decisions during the design, construction, operations and maintenance phases,” Alexa Mitchell, HDR Transportation BIM program manager, said. “We are strong advocates for open data standards to more efficiently connect the different business areas, which will make it easier to collaborate and provide digital information that can be used to improve the project delivery process from start to finish. Our collaboration with Infotech will help advance these processes.”

Infotech and HDR will work together to expand the use of BIM throughout project delivery of civil infrastructure projects by focusing on open data standards to support the asset lifecycle.

“It is extremely common for data to be siloed across business areas both for the owner and the contractor. Now, when you talk about BIM and digital project delivery, it is all about collaboration and managing the full asset lifecycle,” Schafer explained. “The United States is behind when it comes to open data standards, and together, we are two leaders in the industry focused on advancing the adoption of these best practices to help our industry move forward, faster.”

About Infotech

Info Tech, Inc., DBA Infotech (Infotech) is a leading SaaS solutions provider for the infrastructure construction industry. Informed by DOT relationships and decades of experience, Infotech develops software solutions that bridge the gaps between owners, consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders. Whether it be tools for construction administration and inspection or secure online bidding, Infotech’s solutions are built to increase transparency, productivity and insights through data management. Infotech is the developer of Appia, Bid Express, and Doc Express, as well as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project.

For more information, visit infotechinc.com.

About HDR

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Their expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Their engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project.

For more information, please visit www.hdrinc.com.

AIA Appoints Three Leaders to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2022 – Three new leaders have been elected to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors.

AIA delegates elected Kimberly N. Dowdell, AIA, as the 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect; Britt Lindberg, FAIA, as the 2023–2024 Secretary; and Illya Azaroff, FAIA, the 2023-2025 At-large Director. View full announcement on AIA’s website.

Kimberly N. Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, elected 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect

Dowdell has had a myriad of volunteer roles at the AIA. She participated on the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee from 2019-2020, the New Urban Agenda Task Force from 2019-2021, the AIA New York Nominating Committee in 2021, the AIA Chicago EVP Search Committee in 2021, and was a Young Architects Award Recipient in 2020.

Dowdell also served as the 2019-2020 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). She has been an AIA member since 2007. Dowdell graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006 and received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 2015. She is currently Marketing Principal at HOK Architects.

Britt Lindberg, FAIA, elected 2023-2024 Secretary

Lindberg, a Technical Director at Gensler, is currently an AIA Board At-large Director. She served as President of AIA California in 2018 and was on the Board of Directors from 2013-2018.

Lindberg received a Bachelor of Chemistry from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Illya Azaroff, FAIA, elected ​2023-2025 At-large Director

Azaroff, Associate professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and Founding Principal of +LAB architect PLLC, has a long history of volunteering with AIA, including serving as the 2021 President of AIA New York State.

Azaroff received a Bachelor of Geography from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.

Visit AIA’s website to learn more about AIA leadership.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.