Water Design Build Council Blog

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

Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure

Posted by Admin on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

By Liz Kelly, CH2M HILL Senior Consultant

Liz Kelly presented at a half-day workshop, “Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, February 17, at 8:30 a.m., during the 2015 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference (UMC), held from February 17-20, in Austin, Texas.  Learn more about CH2M HILL’s participation in UMC 2015.

Delivery of water projects using alternative contracting approaches continues to be of great interest in the water industry. 

The three-hour workshop, sponsored by the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC), was a “problem-solving” interactive education session designed specifically for utility administrators and agency managers involved in capital water and wastewater projects. The overall goal of these sessions is to equip industry professionals with the essential knowledge they need to plan for and manage through the transition process, a design-build water and wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement project.

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Tags: CH2M Hill

Enhancing Innovation through Design-Build

Posted by Admin on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Authored by: Chitra Foster, Vice President, and Andrew Beaton of CDM Smith

Every owner knows that innovation is vital to building and maintaining water and wastewater infrastructure. If you’re looking at design-build delivery, you’re already moving in the right direction. Design-bid-build siloes engineers, contractors and owners in traditional roles. Design-build teams achieve a better final product with higher value and greater innovation, because engineers, builders and owners are given the agility to collaborate in an integrated process.

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Tags: CDM Smith

What Are the Benefits of Using Design-Build Delivery Methods for Water and Wastewater Industry Projects?

Posted by Admin on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

It is well-documented through research data within the water industry, that design-build delivery methods for municipal water and wastewater projects are being used with increasing frequency across the United States. These predominant delivery methods include Design/Construction Management-at-Risk, Fixed Price Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build.

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Tags: HDR

Castle Rock (CO) Water Supply Augmentation Project

Posted by Admin on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

The Town of Castle Rock, Colorado, faced demand projections that exceeded their available water supply. The town identified properties for deep-aquifer well development and transmission to their newly constructed water treatment facility.

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Tags: WDBC Admin