Water Design Build Council Blog

Repairing Our Nation's Water Infrastructure: Dramatic Efforts Needed

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

The dramatic need for repairing and replacing the nation's water infrastructure was spotlighted last week across the U.S. by numerous organizations. But, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last!

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Tags: Wastewater Infrastructure

Using Design-Build to Improve the Water System in Goodyear, Arizona

Posted by Admin on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

The Technical Challenge

The City of Goodyear, Arizona, is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. with an average annual growth rate of 15 to 20 percent. With growth exceeding the existing infrastructure capabilities, the City developed a program to quickly grow their potable water delivery capacity.  The brackish groundwater from local perched aquifers also required treatment for potable use in most cases. 

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Tags: Brown and Caldwell, Water Infrastructure

Balancing Risk Reduces Design-Build Project Cost & Scheduled Time

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

A major advantage for utility and agency owners who chooses a design-build procurement process is the flexibility to optimize overall project risk to reduce cost and schedule. In contrast with design-bid-build procurement, owners are limited by the contracting approach and regulations that separate responsibilities for design and construction, and do not value overall performance.

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Tags: risk allocation

Covering the Risks in Design-Build: WDBC’s Response to ENR's Editorial

Posted by Admin on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

In Engineering News-Record's March 30 Editorial on “Covering Risks in Design-Build” delivery, a representative of the Association of General Contractors posted the question as to whether “design-build projects were introducing industry contractors to risks for which they are unprepared?” While AGC’s statements are directed to those in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing industries – they can seriously misconstrue and/or misinterpret the successful achievements of allocating risks in water design-build projects contracts. 

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Tags: risk allocation

When Does Protecting the Owner's Best Interest Jeopardize the Project?

Posted by David Kinchen, WDBC Board President on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

As I reflect on this year's DBIA conference, I was encouraged by the dialogue between owners and practitioners during the General Session “Finding Common Ground Through Best Practices.” The open and candid discussion centered heavily on the key role owner's advisors (OA) and owner's engineers (OE) play during the life cycle of the project, from procurement planning through delivery and startup.

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Tags: risk allocation, design-build

Project Spotlight: Arizona's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility

Posted by Admin on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

Partnering to Promote Best Design-Build Practices in Pima County, Arizona

CH2M HILL (CH2M) partnered with Pima County to implement one of the world’s most advanced water reclamation facilities: the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility. As the single-entity designer, builder and operator, CH2M combined its integrated delivery capabilities and penchant for technical excellence to create an industry-first wastewater treatment process that saves taxpayers’ money and conserves resources in Arizona’s water-starved climates. 

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Tags: CH2M Hill, Water Infrastructure

Lend Your Voice: Push for Legislation to Repair Our Water Systems

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

When was the last time you took the time to write a message to your local politician, addressing a topic near and dear to your heart?

Now is the time for us, as caring residents of our communities to stand for the organizations that we support. Now is the time to tell our elected representatives in Congress and the Government that it is time to pass legislation that supports funding, building and maintaining the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Tags: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Week, Water Infrastructure

Project Spotlight: Quincy, Washington Industrial Water Reuse Utility

Posted by Admin on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Third-Party Contracting and Public/Private Collaboration Open the Door to Design-Build in the City of Quincy, Washington

To maintain operability, data centers demand abundant amounts of low-cost power, reliable infrastructure, mild weather, low-risk seismic zoning, buried power lines and reasonably priced Greenfield land. Since 2006, these criteria have made the city of Quincy, Washington an ideal location for farming, food processing and data centers. Located in Grant County, the largest potato producing county in the United States, the city of Quincy is home to over 60 megawatts (MW) of server farms for Microsoft, Dell, Yahoo!, Intuit and others.

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Tags: Brown and Caldwell

Project Spotlight: Orlando Wastewater Treatment Discharge Project

Posted by Admin on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

In an effort to relocate freight traffic out of Orlando, Florida, CSX offered to purchase the City of Winter Haven’s 1,200-acre spray field for the development of an intermodal station. The city was interested in selling the property in order to gain the financial benefit of the sale price and to create economic development and additional tax revenue for the community.

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Tags: WDBC Admin

Answering Questions about CMAR and Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Admin on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

During a recent education and discussion session with a state regulatory agency the following questions pertaining to the differences in design-build and CMAR delivery were addressed. The responses on these topics are provided below. Currently, most State SRF and DWRF programs require completion and approval of design prior to construction as well as a competitive bidding process. 

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Tags: CMAR