Water Design Build Council Blog

The Most Valuable Assets Of Design-Build Projects

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 04:52 PM

39225459_s_1From the Water Design-Build Council's 2015 research study of the lessons that executives and managers have learned from their design-build projects, the importance of communication, education and teamwork stood out from all others.

Within this theme, the participating utility/agency executives and project managers also believe that "peer-to-peer education" is a very valuable process to learn about design-build delivery methods. And, they are also willing to share information about their experiences with others.

From WDBC's own research came...

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Topics: design-build

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery: A Black & Veatch Report

The outlook for progress in the water infrastructure industry looks very bright; and Black & Veatch's 2015 Strategic Directions Report further confirms that collaborative delivery models such as design-build and construction management-at-risk are at the forefront of making it become a reality. 

This report, which surveyed 454 qualified utility, municipal, commercial, and community stakeholders, more than half of which responding were utilities, found that they were either currently using, or already considering the use of, design-build as part of the delivery strategy to implement their capital programs.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure

What is the Best Way to Procure a Design-Build Project?

Posted by Steve Gates, PE, BCEE and Gus Hrncir, DBIA on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

An owner’s choice of delivery method and procurement approach invariably influences the level of success of a project’s outcome. To be successful, owners should perform a comprehensive assessment of project requirements to establish a clear understanding of its objectives, expectations, capabilities, and priorities. Individually or together, these attributes guide selection of the most appropriate project delivery method. The selected project delivery method, in turn, affects the duration, complexity and cost of procurement. 

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Topics: water design-build project, procurement

How Much Control Should Owners and Managers Have in a Design-Build Project?

Posted by Charlie Rocheleau, Haskell on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

The amount and length of control an owner “should” have, or “wants to have” in a design-build project has truly become one of the more discussed themes – most recently from WDBC’s Lessons Learned Survey as well as in our education sessions. And while it may be debated as to whether this question is the most critical one, especially within the context of the whole project, it is really a very important and serious question.

It is a question that Owners should thoroughly address, and decide upon at the beginning of any project. The reason is a very compelling and critical one, and one that has inter-related topics. In any project where risks are involved, there is the need to define how risk  will be managed early on, in order to minimize and avoid the conflicting control roles later in the implementation process of the project.

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Topics: Haskell, water design-build project, Owners

Haskell Spotlight: St. Marys Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

Posted by Bryan Bedell, Water Director, Haskell on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 01:07 PM

Located in the City of St. Mary’s, Georgia, the Point Peter Wastewater Treatment Plant was consistently experiencing flows of 1.2 mgd  and exceeded the capacity and 0.9 mgd discharge limits of its operating permit, primarily due to unanticipated development in the area.

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Topics: Haskell, CMAR, Wastewater Treatment

What's the Value of Water?

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Our esteemed colleagues at the Value of Water Coalition just unveiled a new educational campaign and toolkit: What's the Value of Water? The campaign hopes to bring recognition to water, one of the world's most precious, yet often taken for granted, resources.

We at Water Design-Build Council also support these efforts to raise awareness of the importance of this valuable resource, by continuing to push for legislation and/or funding to replace and improve the infrastructure. Yet, still, water and its infrastructure are critically undervalued. Help the Value of Water Coalition accomplish this mission by sharing their new What's the Value of Water? toolkit, available for free to any organization that strives to raise awareness about the importance of investing in water, the water infrastructure, and its water resources.

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Topics: Value of Water Coalition, Education

The Olathe Water Treatment Plant Expansion: Fixed-Price Design-Build

Posted by John Doller, Senior Vice President, Carollo Engineers, Inc. on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

The decision of the City of Olathe, KS to pursue a design-build delivery method to expand its existing 17-mgd water treatment plant to 36 mgd and then retaining Carollo Engineers to perform a feasibility study, were essential first steps towards achieving a successful project conclusion.

Following the feasibility study, the City not only contracted with Carollo for 30% design of the expansion; but also a joint venture of Carollo Engineers and Garney Construction to complete the design and construct the treatment plant expansion. This award-winning design-build project included the integration of membrane filters into the existing retrofitted lime-softening facility.

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Topics: Carollo, water design-build project

Defining the Role of Design-Build Delivery for Utility of the Future

Posted by Admin on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 01:46 PM

WDBC Vice President Leofwin Clark conveyed to NACWA attendees at the 45th annual conference the message as to the role that design-build delivery has for achieving their vision of the Utility of the Future. Design-Build is a foundational approach to this topic – collaborative delivery is fundamental to the goals of the Water Resources Utility of the Future vision and to Innovative Financing.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

What Are the Top 3 Success Factors in Collaborative Project Delivery?

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:28 AM

In my day-to-day interaction with owners and industry colleagues, one of the most common questions asked over the years about design-build delivery has been… “What are the key success factors for a Design-Build (DB) or Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) project?”  

Is it a schedule-focused approach, or is it driven by technical innovation?  What about project costs: Should capital cost considerations drive project decisions, or are operations and maintenance costs better indicators of success?  

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Oppose Cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program

Posted by Admin on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contains significant cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program. The WDBC is urging its members in the water and wastewater industry to contact their Representatives TODAY to urge them to oppose these cuts.  It is critical that we make our voices heard on this issue. 

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Topics: CWSRF


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