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WDBC E-NEWS – December 8, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • A Decade of Progress in Design-Build Delivery

  • How Do I Prepare My Organization to Use Design-Build Delivery?

  • WDBC Member CH2M's Role in the DC Water Biosolids Management Program
  • Meet WDBC Board Member: Patrick Gallagher

WDBC: A Decade of Progress in Design-Build Delivery 

The growth in the use of design-build delivery methods and the collaborative process has dramatically increased over the past decade – due in a significant and large part to the work of the Water Design-Build Council. Over a decade ago, numerous challenges and impediments existed both on the part of owners' ability to pursue the use of collaborative delivery – and that of industry practitioners in providing those services.

Addressing the education, procurement practices and financial challenges was foremost in the minds of the organizers of the Water Design-Build Council, and one that has remained constant over the past ten years as the mission of this organization. WDBC’s 2015 Annual Report will capture the work that has occurred in the past decade to advance this collaborative delivery model. Design-Build delivery is no longer an alternative model – it has now the leading and preferred collaborative approach.

How Do I Prepare My Organization to Use Design-Build Delivery?

This topic – perhaps the most crucial to any utility or agency desiring to pursue a design-build delivery for their project – is also one that is becoming more in demand. Captured comments from one of WDBC’s recent discussions with a major utility are passed on as "lessons’ learned" for others to consider. Using the WDBC Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook as its core education source, WDBC’s training program concentrates on the nuances that occur in the everyday world of owners and managers.

In addition, WDBC has produced a guidance list of best practices to guide owners and industry members with the steps needed to prepare for, procure and manage a collaborative delivery model for water and wastewater projects. Is your organization ready?

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WDBC Member CH2M's Role in the DC Water Biosolids Management Program

As previously reported, DC Water's prior method to manage its biosolids included: Collecting and blending primary, secondary and nit/denite sludges; addling lime; a mixing process; dewatering with centrifuges, and hauling more than 65 truckloads of the resulting material to nearby firms.

CH2M's design work on the final dewatering facilities for this project achieved cake solids concentrataions of 28 to 32 percent (the same or better than centrifuges), with much lower energy, polymer consumption, and cake odor compared with centrifuges, as well as resulting in $1o million per year savings in hauling and disposal costs.

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Meet WDBC Board Member: Patrick Gallagher, Esq. Vice President CDM Smith

Pat_Gallagher.jpgCurrently serving on WDBC’s Executive Committee, Pat Gallagher is the CDM Smith member representative to the Board of Directors. Pat has provided invaluable services to WDBC since the early years of the organization, holding numerous offices and serving as WDBC’s president in 2013. His most recent contributions have been directed to the procurement guides, technical research, and providing legal guidance in governance and financing.

An attorney and an environmental engineer, Mr. Gallagher has nearly 40 years of experience directed to the legal, contractual, institutional and financial aspects of wastewater, water, biosolids, solid waste, and hazardous waste projects and services. He serves as a consultant to domestic and international clients and as in-house counsel on the procurement, contract development and implementation of all facets of collaborative delivery (construction management at-risk, design-build, design-build-operate, and design-build-operate-finance) as well as private sector participation in public infrastructure. He holds a J.D. from Suffolk Law School (cum laude), an M.E. and B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.



The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit association established in 2006 to educate best practices in design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement delivery. Implementing this mission occurs through education and outreach, serving in a leadership role as an industry advocate for the value of collaborative delivery for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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The Water Design-Build Council stands ready to contribute its expertise, resources, innovation and enthusiasm to the challenge of strengthening our water and wastewater infrastructure.