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.
It’s political season and the news is filled with commentary on liberals and conservatives and... progressives. So what exactly is so progressive about progressive design-build?
Well, it's no surprise, but the label for this valuable delivery method doesn’t have any political meaning! Instead, it’s all about evolving the design-build process to meet the needs of owners that could not use – or preferred not to use – fixed price design-build:
Why does it take a crisis or public outrage to motivate policy officials to take action on water and wastewater issues? In 2016, the water quality and compliance issues impacting the public’s health and environment – with the crisis in Flint, Michigan, serving as a prime example – should not be happening.
As 2015 came to close, the city of Houston, Texas, awarded a $900 million progressive design-build project to a joint venture of Water Design-Build Council member firms CDMSmith and CH2M for the design and construction of a 320-mgd water purification project. The project would expand the northeast plant from 80-mgd capacity in order to meet the demands for water by residents and businesses. Immediately signing the contract, the project teams began work in early 2016.
A common question we hear is, "Can I use local contractors in a design-build project?" The short answer is, "Yes, you can." However, there are advantages and disadvantages to be considered.
Quite a buzz in the water design-build industry erupted last week from an ENR opinion page report published on January 26 regarding findings from a team of university researchers in China and Australia. Their report, entitled Time and Cost Performance of Design-Build Projects, stated that over half of design-build projects analyzed ran over budget.
Design-build provides benefits for both owners and practitioners. It gives the owner the ability to contract with a single entity which bears the full responsibility for the design, quality, construction and commissioning of a project.
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My work in 2016 started with support on a new program for a terrific client that is all about building critical infrastructure. Together, we’re figuring out the best delivery method to share risk, manage cost, drive innovation and get a shovel in the ground. It’s no surprise that alternative delivery is front and center in our thinking. And, oops, there I go again.
Much of California is in the grip of a historic drought, and the residents and businesses of San Diego, as well as its surrounding communities, have longed for a consistent, locally controlled, drought-proof supply of high-quality water.
Their wait is over.
As the final weeks of being President of the Water Design Build Council conclude in 2015, I stand amazed by what we have accomplished within the very spirit of collaboration that is design build. Over the past year, the Water Design-Build Council has held true to its mission:
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