Now available – a new guide to selecting design-build delivery methods for the water and wastewater projects

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Water Design Build Council

WDBC’s “New” 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water Design-Build Handbook – Now Available Online

WDBC is pleased to announce that its 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water Design-Build Handbook is now available online. With a new section on Design-Build-Operate, this updated and expanded version continues to provide readers with an overview of important factors to consider in implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects using the various delivery methods of Design-Build (DB), Construction Management at-Risk (CMAR) and Design-Build-Operate (DBO).

One of the more important features of the 2013 version is the new terminology advocated for use in the water industry. No longer are terms such as "alternative" or "traditional" project delivery used in this document. WDBC now urges all industry members to focus on, and use the term, "collaborative" process. The reason for this change is that in reality, the practice of design-build delivery is a collaborative approach for water projects; and after over 20 years of application, it is no longer an “alternative” method. Similarly, the term “design-bid-build” is no longer a “traditional” delivery method. DBB is only one of the many options that water industry owners have available to them for use in implementing their infrastructure projects, which does not have the same level of collaboration as design-build.

The contents of the updated Handbook also include references to “Best Practices,” provide industry guidance for both owners and practitioners, and address the following topics:

  • Understanding the Basics of Design-Build and CMAR for water infrastructure projects
  • The spectrum of project delivery methods and key factors to use in the decision-making process
  • Planning for a Design-Build or CMAR project and determining the best method for a particular water infrastructure project
  • The major steps in the procurement process for Design-Build and CMAR projects 
  • Risk allocation in Design-Build and CMAR projects and understanding the basic allocation principles
  • Management an oversight of Design-Build and CMAR contracts
  • The final steps of a project, startup and commissioning, project acceptance and transitioning to owner operations
  • The key components to implementing a Design-Build- Operate project
  • An appendix highlighting award winning Design-Build, CMAR and DBO water infrastructure projects

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David “Peter” Hughes (WDBC Executive Director) Remembered 

On Friday, January 10th numerous friends and colleagues joined Peter’s wife Julie, his son Geoffrey, daughter Catherine and brother Jonathan in a remembrance service at St. Gabriel’s Church in Denver, CO. Inspired by Peter’s welsh heritage, the service included welsh music and scripture and messages from Geoffrey and Jonathan.

WDBC members learned in late December that Peter Hughes, WDBC’s Executive Director of two years, had died suddenly of heart failure on December 27. Peter’s contributions to the WDBC will always be valued and his work with its Board members remembered and held in high esteem. During his tenure, Peter supported the development of the Procurement Guide for Progressive-Design-Build Projects, the new videos, brochure and Handbook with his technical expertise on risk and liability. He led the work on a study of selected States throughout North American where regulations enabled the use of progressive design-build delivery; supported researchers on the WDBC’s recent customer satisfaction and impediment surveys; and provided a leadership role in membership recruitment.

As WDBC’s Executive Director, Peter Hughes brought to the organization more than 40 years of extensive experience in large industrial and water infrastructure projects. His role within the WDBC was to represent the organization in the marketplace, convey the overall vision and mission and support the fulfillment of its strategic goals in order to gain new members and to advance the use of collaborative delivery methods in the water industry. An attorney and mechanical engineer, Peter also served ‘Of Counsel’ to the Denver law firm Polsinelli and Shughart. 

Retiring in 2008 as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc. (design-build sector), Peter’s 14 years of work helped to build and manage the company's Integrated Project Delivery business section, particularly for water, wastewater, transportation, and environmental projects. Peter was an experienced speaker and writer on the topics of project risk management and project development issues – and will always be remembered for his wit and many stories. He authored the chapter on “Design-Build for Water & Wastewater Projects” in the Aspen Publications book Design-Build for the Public Sector (Michael Loulakis, editor); and the chapter on “Project Delivery Methodologies for Megaprojects” in Megaprojects, a forthcoming book from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Jack Dignum, ed.). 

Peter held a J.D., from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley and a B.S.M.E. (Energy Conversion Systems) from San Diego State. He was a member of the State Bars of California and Colorado, a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and had an “AV” ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Peter was also recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

We all have people come and go throughout our life’s journeys, but individuals like Peter Hughes are an exception! He left a footprint of knowledge and expertise; and most of all, a legacy of wisdom and compassion. Peter will be missed in so many ways.