Water Design Build Council Blog

Design-Build Delivery: Not Just for 'Big' Water Projects

Quite often, many of the examples of publicized projects about design-build delivery are larger projects – which is not always an accurate representation of what is going on in the industry. For instance, a few months ago, I was partaking in my normal perusing of Google alerts for online items relating to projects in the water sector, when I spotted an intriguing newspaper headline from a small Ohio village.

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Topics: design-build

The Common Language between Utilities of the Future and Design-Build Delivery

This piece was originally published here on April 1, 2016.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Fixed-Price Design-Build Selection

Posted by Doug Wachsnicht,Vice President, Goodwin Brothers Construction on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

The fixed-price design-build delivery method allows owners of water infrastructure to select design-builders that best fit the project budget, scope and schedule requirements.  With a good understanding of their overall project objectives, budget, and schedule requirements in the procurement process, owners can achieve the great success using fixed-price design-build.

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Topics: design-build

Mitigating Risks Through Collaborative Delivery

During the preliminary design or preconstruction phase of a project, developing a risk registry in parallel with the design, scope development and costing, gives the owner and the collaborative delivery firm a clear understanding of potential risks and their potential effects on delivering the final project.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Key Steps to a Successful Transition to Owner Operations

Both the owner and the selected collaborative-delivery firm share responsibility for ensuring a smooth transition from construction to operation. This process actually begins during the planning stage, when the owner drafts the implementation plan. The transition process is later addressed in the owner’s procurement documents, contract, and final project implementation plan.

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Topics: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

The Use of a Continuous, Real-Time Approach in Collaborative Projects

Posted by Dan Reynolds, Vice President and COO, The Walsh Group on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

In design-build delivery, the construction management at-risk (CMAR) firm’s ability to provide real-time services in an integrated and collaborative environment, is key to delivering the project on a reliable schedule and with a higher level of assurance of meeting the GMP during preconstruction services.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

Safety in the Integrated Project Delivery Approach

Safety on projects is increasingly important for a successfully completed project in financial outcomes, as well as public perception. In addition, it is just the right message to send to all of the team by saying that it is unacceptable for anyone to be injured.

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Topics: design-build, safety

What is Construction Management At-Risk?

Posted by John Awezec, HDR Integrated Delivery Director, WDBC Board Member on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 04:46 PM

Throughout the North America’s design-build industry, there are a number of project delivery models that are successfully used for the design, construction and operation of water and water reclamation facilities. 

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Topics: CMAR

Smart Partnerships Involve Equipment Suppliers in an Evolving Water Design-Build Industry

Posted by Roman J. Aguirre, Evoqua Water Technologies, WDBC Advisor Member on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 04:51 PM

Equipment vendors and technology suppliers are quickly becoming important players in collaborative delivery for the water industry. As technologies become more advanced, equipment suppliers offer a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions with respect to operations, service impacts, and long-term performance.

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Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

Innovative Approach to Remediation System Design Brings EPC to Industrial Client

Posted by Tom Visosky, PE | Arcadis, Design-Build Director on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 03:12 PM

Collaborative contract delivery solutions are not just for municipal clients. Arcadis is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to improve the operating efficiency of a groundwater remediation effort.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Project Delivery

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